What will I learn?

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.

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 and 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.

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.

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.


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 and, retail directors.

Bachelor of Arts (Business Psychology) structure

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 21,468) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

13 July 2020, 22 February 2021


Auckland Campus

Massey University Auckland (East Precinct),

Albany Expressway (SH17),



0632, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 21,468) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

13 July 2020, 22 February 2021


Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,


4474, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 169.

For international students

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

About this uni

Massey University conducts ground-breaking research and delivers outstanding learning opportunities.

  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
  • Innovative campuses in three cities
  • A wide range of programmes to choose from foundation to PhD