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Bachelor of Arts (Business Psychology)

Overview

Business and psychology - your powerful career combination

Combine your strong business sense with deep insights into human behaviour, and you’re all set for an amazing career.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Stand out from the crowd

Massey’s BA (Business Psychology) draws on leading expertise from business and psychology to set you apart from the rest. The BA (Business Psychology) is taught in collaboration by psychology and business lecturers. It applies psychology to the world of business. It will develop your understanding of how people affect and are affected by, organisational culture, human resources and management. Your understanding of human attitude and behaviour will be a distinct advantage in your ability to drive business growth.

The only programme of its kind in New Zealand

People are integral to the success or failure of any business. Massey is the only New Zealand university offering a major that combines psychology with the human side of business.

Use your skills to excel in business

Enhance your employability with a powerful skill-set. By studying business psychology within an arts degree, you will gain a comprehensive knowledge of business and psychology, as well as broad transferable communication and analytical skills integral to any career. This diverse mix of skills will enhance both your work-readiness and your world-readiness.

Careers and further study

Careers

Where can a BA (Business Psychology) take you?

Business psychologists often work as consultants. They often meet with business leaders and management to assist with improving personnel strategies, including hiring methods and training programmes, and evaluating the success of the organisational structure.

Our graduates work as:

  • human resources managers
  • real estate account managers
  • employment consultants
  • careers counsellors
  • training and development providers
  • human factor researchers
  • retail directors.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

There are no specific entry requirements for Massey’s BA (Psychology), outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

270 credits

(at least) from the Schedule to the Degree including:

Core courses

Business Psychology major

 
90 credits
 

Ensure across all your courses you also have:

  • Not more than 165 credits at 100 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level

Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See the Courses for this programme section for schedules of courses and Regulations for more details.

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses (90 credits)

90 credits
114241 Principles of Human Resources Management 15
152250 Managing Organisations 15
175101 Psychology as a Social Science 15
175102 Psychology as a Natural Science 15
175201 Social Psychology 15
175203 Introduction to Psychological Research 15

Compulsory course selections

At least 30 credits from (At least 30 credits from)

At least 30 credits from
114330 Equity and Diversity in the Workplace 15
114396 Strategic Human Resource Management 15
152304 Managing Services 15
152325 Designing and Developing Organisations 15
152336 Leadership Practice 15

At least 30 credits from (At least 30 credits from)

At least 30 credits from
175306 Assessment of Individual Differences 15
175343 Personnel Psychology and Career Development 15
175345 Organisational Psychology 15

Subject courses

175205 Brain and Behaviour 15
175206 Memory and Cognition 15
175210 Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology 15
175301 Community Psychology 15
175302 Abnormal and Therapeutic Psychology 15
175303 The Practice of Psychological Research 15
175309 Forensic Psychology 15
175311 Psychology of Women 15
175316 Evolution, Culture and Mind 15
175317 Health Psychology 15
175318 Experimental Psychology 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full time, in the first year you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school if you wish.  Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

About this major

The Business Psychology major in the Bachelor of Arts consists of 195 credits.

The two first-year (100-level) psychology courses are compulsory for this major. They are ‘Psychology as a Social Science’ and ‘Psychology as a Natural Science’, and together they are the basic foundations of your future studies in psychology. You must complete ‘Psychology as a Natural Science’ before you can move onto the more advanced (200-level) psychology courses.

Once you’ve completed the first-year courses, you can move on to the 200-level Social Psychology course and the 200-level Introductory Research course. In turn, you need to have these before you can go on to the 300-level psychology courses. When you have passed a 100-level course you can start the business part of your major. To do this, all you have to do is select courses 114.241 Managing Human Resources and 152.200 Contemporary Management offered by the Massey School of Business.

Minors

Completing a minor is optional. Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.

A minor must be in a different subject from your major.

A Bachelor of Arts (Business Psychology) with a minor

You may choose a minor from any University undergraduate degree that has recognised minors. If the minor is from another undergraduate degree, the regulations of that programme will apply.

A business psychology minor (for students who are studying a different degree) 

If you are not studying towards a BA (Business Psychology) and wish to complete a minor in business psychology see the BA regulations for requirements.  

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • want to help businesses improve their team culture
  • want to know what makes you and other people tick
  • want the flexibility to follow your passions.

Accreditations and rankings

QS ranking psychology

Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for psychology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).


Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships