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Bachelor of Applied Management

Level 7

Gain the understanding and expertise to work in today’s ever-changing business environment with UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Management.

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Quick info

Level: 7

Locations: Palmerston North, Online**

Duration: 3 years, full-time or part-time study options

Palmerston North
19 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 28 Jun 2019

Domestic Fees:*
$5,993.00 Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

With practical industry experience built into this three-year programme, as well as workplace assignments and case studies, our students are well prepared for a successful career in business management.

You can specialise in up to two majors* from your second year in the following areas of study:

• Accounting
• Business Information Systems
• Project Management
• Sales & Marketing
• Operations & Production Management

* Programme majors are subject to availability

The Bachelor of Applied Management degree has professional accreditation with Chartered Accountants New Zealand (CAANZ) and Certified Professional Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) for students who undertake the Accounting CA major.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Management will have the skills and knowledge to be able to apply contemporary management theories and practice to the solution of work-based problems within the business environment.

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Promotions and public relations
  • Sales and advertising
  • Operations manager
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Managers and Analysts.

Course Information

Year One Core Courses

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Professional Communication
  • Business Heritage, Culture and Sustainability
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Computing
  • Management

The following years' courses vary according to your Major.

Industry Connections

Staff have excellent industry connections with local industry representatives on the School’s Stakeholder Engagement Group. 

Our Business programmes are supported by the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia), and the Institute of Management New Zealand (IMNZ). Our business students also benefit from our relationship with the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand (AAPNZ).

Being involved in industry is an important part of our students’ journeys at UCOL. Work placements, internships, industry based assignments and case studies are all part of the process of getting our students industry ready.

Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants under 20 years of age:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects at level 3 or above made up of 14 credits each in three approved subjects.
  • Literacy 10 credits at level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing.
  • Numeracy 10 credits at level 1 or above made up of Achievement standards (specified Achievement standards through a range of subjects), or Unit standards (a package of three numeracy Unit standards: 26623, 26626, 26627, all three required).

Or equivalent academic achievement, such as:

Or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

Or a provisional enrolment.

International Entry Requirements

International students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they meet New Zealand University Entrance requirements. Places are available to international students on a full fee basis. In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

The Bachelor of Applied Management (with or without Majors, including Accounting, Business Information Systems, Operations and Production Management, Project Management, and Sales and Marketing) Level 7, comprises 360 credits.

Double Major
A double major may be completed when a student completes the courses for another major as the 5 courses for their elective. In this instance, the Co-operative Education Project must cover both disciplines represented by the majors. The degree title will have both the majors included after it eg Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting and Business Information Systems).

The Bachelor of Applied Management has accreditation and approval for the award of a non-major. In this instance a student has the ability to pull together a cohesive group of courses with a relevant outcome focus for them. This might be specific to a particular industry requirement or an area they wish to focus on. Prior internal approval is required for this.

The 75 elective credits of the Bachelor of Applied Management are a principal feature of its design. They allow students to complement the core courses specific to the degree, and compulsory courses in a major, with courses of their choice thus allowing time to further enhance their future career or personal goals.

The availability of a particular elective course is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that course.

The Co-operative Education Project
The Co-operative Education Project is the capstone of the Bachelor of Applied Management, which students complete in their final stage of study. Set in a workplace context, students will 400 hours undertaking an industry project to develop an understanding of the workplace.

Graduate Diplomas
The Industry Project is the capstone of the Graduate Diplomas, which students complete in their final semester of study. Students will be required to apply their knowledge and skill to a workplace issue and will reflect on their learning experience through this application. They prepare for full-time work through professional practice components completed during the project.

Studying Bachelor of Applied Management online**
A selection of Bachelor of Applied Management courses are available online via TANZ eCampus

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.