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Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning and Advice)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

A unique major

Join a growing industry with the only university financial planning and advice specialisation in New Zealand.

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What is it like?

The Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning and Advice) will help you become a professional financial adviser with the skills to work across large or small business, in the banking industry or as a consultant.

It is an area of growth, with qualified financial advisers commanding high salaries.

In demand

As the population of New Zealand ages and comes closer to retirement, an increasing number of people will be seeking financial help. This, along with increasing scrutiny of financial institutions is creating demand for more qualified financial planning and advice professionals.

A new Code of Professional Conduct for Financial Advice Services is being implemented in New Zealand in 2020, which increases the requirements for financial advisers in NZ and will make your BBus (Financial Planning and Advice) even more sought-after.

What does a financial adviser do?

A financial planner or adviser works with people and companies to help them make the best financial decisions for their situation. You may help individuals with advice on mortgages, term investments, shares or insurance options.

Become a highly qualified professional

You may be taking the first steps towards becoming a financial adviser, or you may currently be a competent financial adviser looking to gain further certification.

The learning in this degree will help you on both those paths. You will learn the skills required for the Financial Planner Competency Profile of the Financial Planning Standards Board.

The Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning and Advice) also satisfies the education requirements for becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM professional.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management studies ranks in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration, communication and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Our lecturers and professors are actively researching both nationally and internationally, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice to the classroom.

Relevant to potential employers

Employers want people who can think critically, communicate well and deal well with other people through both written and face-to-face communication. These are just some of the skills you will gain from studying a Bachelor of Business at Massey University.

The Bachelor of Business will give you the leadership, communication and critical thinking skills that will make you a sought-after employee.

The Bachelor of Business will give you skills you can use in many different types of businesses or your own entrepreneurial ventures, in New Zealand and around the world. You will be someone that has a sound base in the business fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, law and communication.

Wide range of knowledge

You will be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise in all areas of business, like small business and entrepreneurship, human resource management, communications and marketing. That means you will graduate with a broad knowledge of general business practice and will be prepared for management roles across business.


There are a large number of scholarships available to first year and current Massey University business students including hardship and sports-related scholarships.

Our Future Leaders Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship to recognise emerging leaders enrolling in full-time business, communication and agricommerce programmes at Massey University.

Financial Advice New Zealand

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Have an aptitude for maths, finance and economics
  • Are a financial adviser that wishes to upskill and gain CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM professional certification.


There is a shortage of highly-skilled financial advisers in New Zealand. The Financial Planning Standards Board has a goal to have 250,000 CFPCM professionals in 40 territories around the world by 2025. In New Zealand, there were 279 CFPCM professionals as at the end of 2017, leaving a big gap to fill.

A qualification in financial planning and advice will set you up for a wide range of careers, in banks or companies that specialise in finance or as a specialist in a small to medium sized company. Many financial advisers are self-employed.

There are huge opportunities in the financial planning area ­– you will be in demand and employment opportunities are predicted to rise much faster than average in the coming years. Careers include:

  • Financial planner
  • Financial adviser
  • Wealth manager
  • Insurance adviser
  • Mortgage adviser

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