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Business, Master of Science

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Programme description

The programme develops skilled change agents with analytical skills and reflective critical thinking, which can use scientific and digital tools in practical problem solving. The programme facilitates the students to design their own study programme. 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 programme also facilitates exchange stays at international universities.

We offer specialisation within four majors:

  • Management Control
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Financing and Investment (Norwegian language skills necessary)
  • International Business and Marketing

In the first semester of the study programme, 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. The third semester also facilitates exchange for one of our many cooperative universities in the world.

In the last semester of the study programme, the students work on independent research within the chosen major. The Master's thesis is a scientific work that will illuminate a particular business economics issue through investigation and contributions to relevant research literature. By using appropriate research methodology for collecting and analysing empirical data, students will contribute with implications to evaluation and innovation in business economy cases. The study model has a comprehensive connection between the programme'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


The candidate:

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


The candidate:

  • is specialised in analysing 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 analyse and evaluate established truths, information and information sources.
  • is specialised in obtaining relevant research literature and able to compile, analyse and evaluate literature.
  • holds specialised competence in analysing business economics issues based on relevant theory and empirical evidence, and assessing the appropriate research methodology.
  • is specialised in analysing, structuring and formulating professional reasoning and arguments.
  • possesses specialised 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 specialised public and private professions, and nonprofit organisations.
  • is specialised in analysing and evaluating business cases with relevant tools to solve practical issues.
  • is specialised 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 specialised 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 business and administrative studies. In addition the following requirements for the combination of subjects applies:


A total of 120 credits comprising:

  • a minimum of 30 credits of business: management accounting, financial accounting, finance and investment
  • a minimum of 30 credits administration subjects: organisation, marketing, strategy and management
  • a minimum of 15 credits economics: microeconomics, macroeconomics, public finance
  • a minimum of 20 credits methodology: mathematics, statistics, scientific method
  • a minimum of 7,5 credits ethics, CSR, sustainability


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.

How to apply

Career possibilities

The Business School’s Master of Business Administration degree is widely known and gives you a broad and applicable competence that gives you many job opportunities in both the private and public sectors. Our former students work in everything from the banking and finance industry, in accounting and auditing, industry and energy, and in ministries or other public institutions. Several of them are in senior positions or work as consultants, supervisors, and advisors. Several of our former students have also, with great success, developed their own companies. Over the years, the Business School has educated several thousand economists (siviløkonomer), and many of them are currently in leading positions in both Norwegian and international companies.

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 to go on exchange in the second semester. We encourage our students to travel to one of our partner institutions.



No costs except for semester fee and syllabus.

Assessment methods

Candidates' knowledge of all subjects in the programme 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 a master's 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

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ECTS Credits 120 Study level Master's degree (2 years) Teaching language
Nord University Business School
Course location Bodø