Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


3 years


Level 7

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Real Life, Real Learning, Real Business: Our core business qualification to grow your opportunities

If you are starting your business career and you want a degree EIT’s Bachelor of Business Studies BBS is just right for you. Alternatively, you might not yet know what direction you want to take your career but know you want a degree; in this case a business degree is a good option to develop your generic skills that could be used in a wide variety of careers.

Our philosophy is that business is a practical subject and that is how we teach it so don’t be surprised when you are asked to solve problems in the real business world.

There are lots of business degrees and content is often quite similar, our point of difference is that we offer a practical approach together with a supportive learning environment and lots of practical hands-on experience.

Available at both the Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti Campuses, there are two entry points: February and July.

Graduate Profile

isaac-320x320Isaac Hughes completed his Bachelor of Business Studies at EIT Tairāwhiti, Gisborne.  Isaac is now working as an auditor at Coates & Associates in Gisborne.

Isaac has great plans for his future but for now is enjoying the sun, sand and surf living in Gisborne.


Full-time students take four 15 credit courses per semester, part-time can take one to three courses per semester and may choose to study only part of the year. There are three majors: accounting; management; and marketing. It is also possible to take a double major in management and marketing. Within each major there is a wide choice of courses available to meet your needs. The programme distinguishes itself from many other business degrees by being more practically orientated with a work-based project element.

You can expect a supportive environment with small classes and positive, experienced staff.

A further advantage is readily available one-to-one advice on course selection targeted towards your career.

Potential areas of study:


  • Management and financial accounting
  • Business finance


  • Human resources management
  • Operations management
  • Entrepreneurship/starting your own business
  • Career management
  • Business strategy

MARKETING: (Available only on Hawke’s Bay campus)

  • Marketing communication
  • Branding
  • Marketing research


Choosing your Major


The Bachelor of Business Studies accounting major is approved by both accounting professional bodies in New Zealand as a stepping stone to Chartered Accounting status.

Graduating with an accounting major will enable you to undertake accountancy related work in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. 


Typical opportunities after graduation include the areas of: human resources; operations management; or developing your own business. You will work initially in roles such as team leader, functional manager or management trainee, progressing to more senior positions with experience.  A good generic option.


Typical opportunities after graduation include work as a marketing manager, sales manager, account manager or product manager and progressing to more senior positions with experience.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduating with a business degree from EIT opens up many career pathways for a future in business, such as:

  • Operations manager
  • Marketing manager
  • IT manager
  • Sales manager
  • Finance manager
  • Key account manager
  • Product manager
  • Financial or management accountant
  • Human resources advisor
  • Entrepreneur (in your own business!)


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July



Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

International Entry Requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.