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Bachelor of Business Administration

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Programme description

The bachelor programme in economy and management focuses on business economy, administration, public economy, methodology as well as other topics. This is a full-time campus-based programme with regular lectures. All courses have their own online learning platforms. Learning and work forms will be based on research and praxis-orientation. This varies from course to course and is provided a.o. in the form of lectures, company visits, study groups, coursework submissions and practical exercises. We often facilitate teamwork that enhances communication training and cooperation. There is natural progression in the different courses throughout the programme, and each semester builds on knowledge acquired in the previous semester. It is therefore generally required that the students pass all courses before moving on to the next study year. In order to commence the third year of study, the first year of study as well as at least 30 ECTS credits from the second year of study must be passed. For individual adjustments of the education plan, please contact the Business School administration. Specific recommendations and conditions about pre-existing knowledge are described in the individual course descriptions. This programme aims to attract persons who want a broad and versatile education in economy and management, a degree that also qualifies candidates to apply for admission to master programmes in Norway as well as abroad. The first year of study provides the candidates with an understanding of markets and organisations, and also develops their ability to reflect on basic issues and values. Courses in mathematics, statistics, business economic analysis and financial accounting as well as law are also included. The first year of the programme is a joint year for students on bachelor programmes in accounting, real estate and a one-year diploma programme in economy and management. The second study year provides specialisation in public economy, strategy and management topics, as well as business economic courses in financial reporting and analysis, valuation, cost accounting and budgeting, finance and investment. Students may also opt for an elective course. The third year of study provides the candidate with specialisation in public economy and finance, in addition to a course in applied research methods. During the 5th semester, students will have the opportunity to specialise in one of their selected profiles. The bachelor thesis is written on a theme within the profile the student has selected. The final semester also allows students to opt for an elective course. The elective courses on offer as electives (2nd and 3rd year of study) and profile (3rd year of study) may differ and also vary between our campuses from one year to the next. Students on this programme are expected to possess a computer or tablet that allows use of relevant software.

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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, the candidate:


  • Has thorough knowledge of key themes, theories, issues, processes, tools and methods in business economy, administration and management, public economy and methodology.
  • Has knowledge of key issues in ethics, philosophy and law
  • Has knowledge of research and development work in the field
  • Has knowledge of the history and traditions in business and management
  • Has knowledge of how to establish a company, new economic trends and innovation systems.


  • Can assess operations as well as the public economic, human, legal, ethical and environmental consequences of decisions and actions
  • Can make economic and managerial choices based on limited resources so as to meet the organisation¿s targets to the best degree possible
  • Can apply professional knowledge and relevant results from R&D work to practical and theoretical issues, and make informed choices
  • Can reflect on his or her own professional praxis and adjust this under supervision
  • Can locate, assess and refer to information and academic literature and present this in order to inform an issue
  • Can apply ICT to solve various professional issues using relevant software
  • Can analyse and discuss professional management issues

General competence

  • Can plan and conduct a variety of work assignments and projects stretching over a period of time, both alone and as participant in a group, and in keeping with ethical standards and guidelines
  • Can communicate key professional information such as theories, issues and solutions, both in writing, orally and through other relevant forms of expression
  • Can exchange views and experiences with others in his or her field and through that identify opportunities and challenges related to praxis
  • Has knowledge of innovation and innovation processes
  • Masters relevant professional tools, techniques and forms of expression

Admission requirements

Opptak på bakgrunn av realkompetanse etter gjeldende regler. For dette programmet kreves matematikk og engelsk på GSK-nivå i tillegg til realkompetanse med relevant yrkeserfaring. Kontakt studieveilederen for mer informasjon om opptak på bakgrunn av realkompetanse.

Career possibilities

The demand for economists is high, and with this bachelor you will be well qualified to acquire a variety of positions within business, organizations and public administration. With this education you can, for example, work as an financial consultant, customer adviser and marketer. Today, several of our former students work as consultants, accounting managers, business leaders, product developers within everything from the technology industry to agriculture and fisheries, or as analysts in the banking and finance industry.

Further education

This programme qualifies candidates to apply for admission to master¿s degree programmes at Nord University as well as other universities in Norway and abroad.

Study abroad

Students can take courses at our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America as a part of this programme. The third year (either the whole year or just one semester) is best suited for a stay abroad. 


No tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply.

Assessment methods

The candidates knowledge in all course subjects will be assessed according to the relevant regulations. Examination forms will vary across courses. Take-home exams, papers, project assignments, case studies and other forms of presentations are used in combination with written and oral school exams. The Norwegian system for grading and assessment is applied, with an A denoting the best/highest grade and F denotes failed/not passed. Coursework may also be assessed as passed/not passed or approved/not approved.

Graduation requirements

Bachelor's thesis

Programme evaluation

This programme is evaluated annually by students through course evaluations as well as by the Programme Coordinator. The evaluations form part of the Nord University Quality Assurance System.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

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ECTS Credits 180 Study level Bachelor's degree programme Teaching language
Nord University Business School
Course location Bodø, Mo i Rana and Steinkjer