Bachelor of Business Science

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The Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSci) is a four-year honours level degree providing for a scientifically based study of economic and management sciences, "premised on the application of quantitative methods".[1] The degree is offered in South Africa, and elsewhere in the Commonwealth.


The BBusSci "allows for intensive specialization" in the degree major[2] and thus comprises a four-year Honours level program. It differs from the Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) - the three year Bachelor's degree in business and economics usually offered in South Africa - in that, additional to the treatment of the major, all students are exposed to management theory in some depth. Further, majors in various quantitative-based subjects are available under the BBusSci, while these are not offered in (most) BComm programs; relatedly, all students must take a full first-year mathematics course, in addition to courses in statistics. For a comparison with other undergraduate degrees in business and management, see discussion under Business education, and compare Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

A student reading the Business Science degree will be able to specialise in the following subjects:


The degree is offered by several South African universities (all offer the BComm): The University of Cape Town has offered the BBusSci degree since 1968;[3] The University of KwaZulu Natal,[2] Rhodes University[1] and Monash University in South Africa[4] have offered the degree more recently.

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) [5] and UNISA[6] both have departments of business and management "Science", although do not grant the BBusSci qualification; Wits, in its BComm, requires compulsory credits in "Computational Mathematics" (calculus and matrix algebra) and statistics,[7] and allows Commerce students to major in quantitative subjects - if combined with economics - through the BEconSci.[8]

Elsewhere, the degree is offered by the University of Delhi[9] in India; by Strathmore University[10] in Kenya and by the Faculty of Business in University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Rhodes University: FACULTY OF COMMERCE". Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  2. ^ a b "Faculty of Management Studies: UKZN". Archived from the original on 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  3. ^ "Management Studies: Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town". Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
  4. ^ "Monash University Handbook 2011". Archived from the original on 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  5. ^ "Wits: School of Economic & Business Sciences". Archived from the original on 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
  6. ^ UNISA: School of Management Sciences
  7. ^ BCom Curriculum Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine,
  8. ^ Undergraduate: BEconSci Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine,
  9. ^ University of Delhi: Course information Archived April 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Strathmore University: School of Finance and Applied Economics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  11. ^ "Undergraduate Studies". University of Moratuwa. Retrieved 2022-09-07.