Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


3 years


Level 7

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Real life, real learning, real business

If you are starting your business career and you want a degree then this 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.


Full-time learners take four 15 credit courses per semester, part-time learners can take one to three courses per semester and may choose to study only part of the year.

There are two majors: 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 placement.

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.


  • Management
  • Human resources management
  • Operations management
  • Entrepreneurship/starting your own business


  • Marketing communication
  • Branding
  • Marketing research

Work integrated learning

The workplace component of the BBS degree involves:

  • Activities in the majority of courses such as external speakers and site visits.
  • Specific courses such as Business Planning also include extensive collaboration with local organisations.
  • The capstone of the EIT | Te Pūkenga BBS is the work-based business project or internship. All majors have the option of a 30 credit work integrated learning project or 45 credit business internship, subject to the Programme Coordinator’s approval.

Your future career and study opportunities

Management Major

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.

Marketing Major

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.

Further your study with a postgraduate qualification.


Mahima graduated from EIT’s Hawke’s Bay campus in Taradale with a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Management.


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

International entry requirements


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July


Kate Henderson has come a long way since she won a Year 13 Scholarship to study at EIT’s School of Business.

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.

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
Tairāwhiti 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.