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Bachelor of Applied Management

STARTS: July 2024
Madras Street
Close Date: Received all year
International Close Date: PLEASE ENQUIRE

Gain specialist skills to make your mark in business.

This flexible degree will prepare you to succeed in business by equipping you with widely applicable, real-world knowledge and skills. You’ll develop your ability to think critically and strategically and gain valuable skills in your chosen area of business.

In your first year you’ll develop a depth of business knowledge and skills required for any commercial context. This includes skills in management, leadership, accounting, marketing, HR, law, economics and sustainability, as well as knowledge of Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Then in your second year you’ll choose a specialisation to suit your desired career. You can also choose a second specialisation, five elective courses or go on a student exchange programme.

Your final year of study involves more complex critical and strategic thinking skills. You’ll do a work placement and put your learning to the test. Through a practical project with a real-world organisation, you’ll address a business problem or advance a business opportunity for that organisation. On successful completion, you’ll have real-life work experience to add to your CV.

Flexibility has been built into this degree, allowing you to not only study part-time, full-time and/or in the evenings, but to also choose two specialisations at no extra cost and without additional time. Alternatively, you can personalise your degree by including up to five elective courses from any subject of your choosing or pathway from the New Zealand Diploma in Business and complete the degree in just two years (full-time).

Specialisations include: Business Information Systems, Event Management, Human Resources, Marketing and Sales, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Operations and Production Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Logistics, Strategic Management and Transformation and Change.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$7,197 - $8,057 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:

  • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,
  • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Business and ICT Pathway or equivalent

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

* NZQA approved subjects: see

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Core courses
Elective courses

Career opportunities

A business qualification enables you to work in a variety of industries and roles. Depending on the specialisation, career avenues include: accountancy, business analysis, project management, change management, event management, hospitality management, human resources, health and safety, marketing and sales, operations and production management, strategic management, supply chain and logistics management, to name a few.

Study pathways

Ara offers a range of graduate diplomas in a variety of business specialisations. Alternatively, you could pathway to a Masters qualification.

Recommended school subjects

English, Maths

Bachelor of Applied Management

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Gain specialist skills to make your mark in business.

Type Degree
Code CH3988
Next Starts July 2024
Application close date Received all year
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date PLEASE ENQUIRE
Credits 360
Level 7
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3988-GENE

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$7,197 - $8,057 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

Placements or workplace assignments are an integral part of this programme. You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid vaccination status to apply for or to study this programme but please be aware that some workplaces may require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated for Covid before allowing you to complete work at their organisation. The number of organisations at which your workplace can be completed may be impacted, depending on your vaccination status.

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Bachelor of Applied Management - Yr 1 - July 2024
Start date: 22 July 2024
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Start date: 22 July 2024

With an internationally-recognised Ara qualification, the world is your oyster. Our graduates can be found working and making a difference across the globe…


Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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