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Equip yourself with the skills needed to help businesses thrive.

The business world can lead you in many directions. From general management roles through to specialties like accounting, human resources, sales and marketing, change management and business transformation. Whatever enterprise you find yourself involved with, either in New Zealand or overseas, our School of Business has a range of business and business administration programmes from foundation studies right through to graduate diplomas.

When you study business at Ara you will enjoy:

  • Work-focused programmes with our tutors and highly regarded local companies sharing their knowledge and experience, within and beyond campus.

  • Research opportunities that will boost your learning experience with chances to research and develop practical solutions of real value to business, industry and communities.

Our business facilities are located at our City campus in Christchurch, and at our Ashburton and Timaru campuses.

NB: If you’re still at high school, a Dual Enrolment programme at Ara can equip you with skills while you continue your education at school. Find out more here.

With campus-wide Wi-Fi, computer suites housing the latest software, and online access to hundreds of international journals, industry magazines and newspapers, you can be sure of always having access to relevant, up to date information. You can also be confident that your learning is taking place in one of the most technologically advanced tertiary institutions in the country with contemporary lecture theatres, work-stations and tutorial rooms.

As a student you’ll also have access to:

  • Prestigious business software systems
  • Publishing services and our on-site printery
  • 3D prototyping tools
  • Fast internet connection
  • Technology helpdesk

Along with valuable work experience and intern opportunities, our relationships with industry mean we can respond quickly to marketplace demands. This ensures you graduate with exactly the skills employers tell us they need. Ara graduates are popular with employers because they have a reputation for being highly skilled, industry-ready and keen to contribute their creative energy and ideas from day one.

Our Bachelor of Applied Management students complete an industry project or internship during their studies. These are designed to provide you with the opportunity to experience the complexities of 'real world' working environments. You’ll also be required to complete a research project based on your specialisation (major) with an internship provider.

Our Graduate Diploma students complete an industry project as part of their qualification. An internship or industry project can be valuable for future use and can even lead to job offers.

If you think you may require modifications in order to undertake the practical components of a particular course of study, we encourage you to discuss these with us so we can give them careful consideration.

As it may take time to consider and implement any modifications, please contact as early as possible prior to the course starting. We’ll also need to check that there’s no risk of harm to you or anyone else before making a final decision.

Throughout this process we’ll communicate with you in a clear and timely manner.