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Bachelor of Business (Economics)

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  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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Entry requirements

There are no special entry requirements for the economics major beyond those that qualify you for study at the University. However, competence in English is essential. If you are not confident in this subject we recommend that you undertake additional study prior to enrolling, or attend a Massey University summer programme in English.

Entrance to Massey University

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Business (Economics) structure

In 2017 changes were made to the Bachelor of Business Studies qualification (now the Bachelor of Business). The course structure presented below therefore applies from 2017 regulations onwards.

The BBus majoring in Economics has a total of 360 credits

  • Core business courses totalling 120 credits
  • Economics major courses totalling 120 credits
  • Elective courses totalling 120 credits

(Note: you should include 178.100 in your first year of study as you require this course to gain entry into a 200 level Economics course.)

In order to widen your choice of courses, or to fit in with your other commitments, you may opt for a mix of internal and distance courses.


Core business courses

Core courses are compulsory. These are courses which cover topics across the business spectrum. They are designed to give you the leadership, communication and solid business skills that you will need in your career. See main BBus webpages for information on core courses.

Economics major courses

Compulsory courses (45 credits)
178.100 Principles of Macroeconomics
178.200 Intermediate Macroeconomics
178.201 Intermediate Microeconomics

Compulsory capstone course (15 credits)
178.352 Survey of International Economics

Compulsory course (15 credits) from
178.300 Advanced Macroeconomics
178.301 Advanced Microeconomics

Compulsory course (15 credits) from
178.221 Methods of Economic Analysis
178.250 Contemporary Economics Issues
178.280 Introduction to Econometrics

Subject courses (30 credits) from
115.388 Internship in Business (maximum of 15 credits can be used towards major)
115.389 Business Internship
178.300 Advanced Macroeconomics
178.301 Advanced Microeconomics
178.360 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
178.370 Development Economics
178.380 Applied Econometrics

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search


  • 178.100 should be included in your first year of study
  • 178.352 is a capstone course, which means it is designed to be taken in your last year of study. It relies on you having completed first and second year courses and ties your learning together

Elective courses

Elective courses can be chosen from any area of study that interests you, as long as it fits with the timetabling for the courses you need to take to complete your Bachelor of Business.

For this economics major we do recommend that you choose one of the following first year courses for your elective choices in your first year: 161.101 Statistics for Business or 161.120 Introductory Statistics. These courses will assist with your numeracy abilities.

English language electives

If English is not your first language and you would like to increase your confidence in academic English we recommend you incorporate one or both of these programmes as electives:

  • 192.101 English for Academic Purposes for Speakers of Other Languages
  • 192.102 Academic Writing in English for Speakers of Other Languages

Minor Requirements

A minor consists of 60 credits in Economics: including 178.100, 178.200, 178.201; and either 178.352 or 178.360 or 178.370.

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