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Business and Management Courses in New Zealand

If you are hoping to enter the fast-paced corporate world or have a passion for analytical and strategic thinking, New Zealand’s business and management courses are well worth researching. This is one of the largest and most developed fields in New Zealand, offering courses that aim to equip graduates with skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and resilience.

For more information about studying business and management in New Zealand, visit the following websites:

  • Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • New Zealand Association of Economists (NZAE)
  • Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ)
  • New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM)
If you’re interested in business and management, you may also consider courses in communications; humanities and social sciences; law; sport, leisure and recreation; and tourism and hospitality.

What you can study

Some ‘business’ courses see students studying general business functions and learning how businesses operate, but many others are highly specialised and prepare students for entry into specific areas of businesses, such as accounting, finance, human resource management and marketing. There are also specialisations related to other areas of study, such as agribusiness and construction management, and courses concerned with industries such as property and logistics.

If you are looking to become an accountant, it is best to choose a course that is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. While not compulsory, it is recommended that accountants seek registration. To become a chartered accountant you must complete four years of study in a recognised programme, complete three years of practical experience and pass a postgraduate professional competency programme, which includes workshops and exams. There are also opportunities to become an accounting technician, which requires two years of tertiary study and one year of practical experience.

Vocational study in business and management

At vocational level, courses include certificates and diplomas, covering the broad areas of business, business administration, commerce and management. Specialised areas include financial services, project management, real estate, banking, business enterprise, marketing and small business management.

Undergraduate study in business and management

At undergraduate level, the most common degrees are the bachelor of business and bachelor of commerce — each allowing students to pursue specialisations according to their interests and career goals, while also learning the fundamentals of the business world. In addition to common disciplines such as marketing and human resource management, there are interesting options such as entrepreneurship and economics.

Postgraduate study in business and management

There are many options available at postgraduate level, with programmes for graduates of business and non-business disciplines. Specialisations are similar to those at undergraduate level, but postgraduates can also choose to study a master of business administration (MBA) — the field’s internationally recognised ‘flagship’ qualification, designed for managers who are interested in taking the next step in their career.

Double degrees are another option, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. They allow students to combine business with another discipline, such as humanities, design, information technology or tourism.

Where to study

As one of the largest fields of study, courses in business and management are available at most education providers in New Zealand. This includes universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, as well as private colleges. When comparing courses and providers, you may wish to consider opportunities for work experience as well as the qualifications and experience of staff. Facilities and equipment are less important in the business and management field than in more practical disciplines.

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