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Business (Master of Science)

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Programme description

The program develops skilled change agents with analytical skills and reflective critical thinking, which can use scientific and digital tools in practical problem solving. The program facilitates the students to design their own study program. With five majors and more electives, and the ability to choose subjects on the crossing of main profiles, students can design the course of study from their own areas of interest. The program also facilitates exchange stays at international universities.

We offer specialization within five majors:

  • Management Control
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Financing and investment
  • International business and marketing
  • Energy Management: International Governance and Business

In the first semester of the study program, compulsory subjects will be completed, which will provide students with broad knowledge within economics, with advanced knowledge of theoretical perspectives and models within the fields of change management, strategic analysis, valuation and profitability analysis, and research methodology. The subjects develop skills to critically evaluate established theories, models, information and its sources, and the ability to illuminate business-economic business situations and issues with ethical principles. Knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester are continued and further developed in other semester through a self-chosen major. The major provides both broad and deep knowledge within the self-chosen limited profile area. Students will also choose one subject from one of the other majors to acquire advanced insights into theories and models from another subject area and to be able to understand interdisciplinary issues. In the third semester, students go deeper into the major area, and will be prepared to apply research literature and methodology for independent research work. This semester also offers a number of electives that provide advanced insights into various phage maths. Third semester also facilitates exchange for one of our many cooperative universities in the world.

In the last semester of the study program, the student is working on an independent research work within the chosen major. The Master's thesis is a scientific work that will illuminate a business economics issue through investigation and contributions to relevant research literature. By using appropriate research methodology for collecting and analyzing empirical data, students will contribute implications to evaluation, innovation and innovations in business economic business cases. The study model has a comprehensive connection between the program's compulsory subjects, majors and research methodology, which provides gradual progression on academic knowledge, skills and general competence. Progression Requirements The student must complete a minimum of 45 ECTS credits from the first year of study to start the courses in the 3rd semester. To start the master's thesis, the student must have passed the research methods course and completed the major.

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge

The candidate:

  • holds advanced breadth and depth knowledge in the field of business economics.
  • have in-depth knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and models within subjects change management, strategic analysis, and valuation and profitability analysis.
  • possesses specialized knowledge within a self-defined limited major: finance, financial management, international marketing, or innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • have insight into relevant and contemporary international research literature and apply this to new phenomena and issues within the field of business administration.
  • have knowledge of relevant analytical tools and techniques to solve business ethical issues with ethical values.
  • holds advanced knowledge of business research research traditions and methodology, and in-depth knowledge of research ethical norms.
  • possesses specialized knowledge of methods, techniques, and acceptable progression to carry out and disseminate an independent empirical research project.

Skills

The candidate:

  • is specialized in analyzing existing scientific theories and research methods in the field of business administration, and has the ability to critically evaluate their interpretations.
  • has the ability to critically analyze and evaluate established truths, information and information sources.
  • is specialized in obtaining relevant research literature and able to compile, analyze and evaluate literature.
  • holds specialized competence in analyzing business economics issues based on relevant theory and empiric, and assess the appropriate research methodology.
  • is specialized in analyzing, structuring and formulating professional reasoning and arguments.
  • possesses specialized competence in implementing, producing and disseminating an independently defined research project under guidance in accordance with ethical norms within research.

General competence

The candidate:

  • has the ability to produce independent analytical scientific work in line with the corporate economic tradition of academic dissemination both in writing and verbally.
  • has the ability to apply scientific theories and models to illustrate business cases and issues in practice, based on ethical principles.
  • has the ability to reflect and be critical of established truths, and conscious of the role of their profession in the community of ethical awareness.
  • is competent to contribute to change and innovation processes in business-economic issues in a business.
  • has the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to carry out advanced tasks and projects for and in collaboration with various specialized public and private professions, and nonprofit organizations.
  • is specialized in analyzing and evaluating business cases with relevant tools to solve practical issues.
  • is specialized in discussing and communicating comprehensive business cases and an independent research project using enterprise economic expressions.
  • has the ability to communicate academic issues and conclusions in the field of business administration with other specialized professions and the general public.

Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification

Documented proficiency in English language

Bachelor's degree or equivalent three/four years of financial and administrative studies. The following requirements for the combination of subjects applies:

A total of 90 credits comprising:

  • a minimum of 30 credits of business: management accounting, financial accounting, finance and investment
  • a minimum of 25 credits administration subjects: organization, marketing, strategy and management
  • a minimum of 15 credits economics: microeconomics, macroeconomics, public finance
  • a minimum of 20 credits methodology: mathematics, statistics, scientific method

Admission requires a good result (laudabilis), ie an average grade of minimum C in the admission basis. For international students minimum 2nd Class, Upper Division/B or equivalent is required.

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Job opportunities

The programme covers many fields within Business Administration. Few other programmes offer the equivalent qualifications and skills aimed at both the private and the public sector. Candidates are employed in the banking sector, as consultants, in auditing, in insurance companies and in the tourism industry. Others are employed in the public sector, for example in various government offices, universities, and in non-profit organizations.

Further education

Upon successful completion of this MSc, candidates qualify for applying for admission to the PhD programme at Nord University Business School as well as at other institutions in Norway and abroad. For further information about the Nord University PhD programme, please refer to specific information about this programme on our website.

Study abroad

As part of the programme, students can take an exchange semester at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Australia or North America. We recommend students take an exchange in the second semester. We encourage our students to travel one of our partner institutions:

EUROPE

France: Kedge Business School - major International business and marketing

http://www.kedgebs.com/en

Ireland: Dublin Business School - major International business and marketing

http://www.dbs.ie/

Germany: Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm - major finance and capital budgeting

http://www.th-nuernberg.eu/

NORTH AMERICA

USA: International Student Exchange Program (ISEP):

The university is a member of ISEP and our students may study at member universities in the USA. Ther are opproximately 140 different universities to choose between. For more information, check ISEP (http://www.isep.org/ ) or contact our international office.

CANADA: University of Northern British Columbia - major International business and marketing

http://www.unbc.ca/

AUSTRALIA: Western Sydney University - major finance and capital budgeting or International business and marketing

http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/

Costs

No costs except for semester fee and sillabys.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved". Refer to applicable legislation, rules and regulations

Assessment methods

Candidates' knowledge of all subjects in the program must be considered. Various assessment forms are used for each subject. Home exam, paper / project assignments, case studies and other oral and written presentations are used in addition to traditional final written or oral examinations.

Graduation requirements

Final graduation examination for the study programme is the Master thesis.

Programme evaluation

The programme is evaluated via student questionnaire, as well as by the programme coordinator. The evaluations form a part of the University's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

Refer to applicable legislation, regulations and related guidelines
ECTS Credits 120 Study level Master Teaching language English Faculty Nord University Business School Course location Bodø