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Master of Science in Global Management

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Programme description

The study program provides you with the skills to lead businesses to find smart and responsible solutions to global challenges. The program gives you knowledge about developing businesses that drive smart and vibrant cities, and social- and sustainable entrepreneurship. It also gives you the most attractive skills for work life – complex problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity.

It is a full-time study program consisting of session-based teaching through team and case work, with an interdisciplinary approach in teaching. The teaching and learning activities are in English, which strives for an international learning environment. The program has compulsory exchange or internship during the third semester. The Master’s thesis can be written from any educational institution with supervision from the Business School the fourth semester.

In the first semester, students will gain advanced knowledge about smart specialization and management. The semester focuses on increased use of technology and digitalization in activities to improve products and services. The students will gain knowledge of responsible management and global citizenship, and how employees and society should play a greater role in growth and development. Additionally, the students will gain knowledge about social and sustainable entrepreneurship, and a scientific methodological foundation.

The second semester focuses on geopolitics and energy management. The students will immerse themselves in the management of petroleum and renewable energy. They will gain deep insight into circular economy for a sustainable development. During this semester, the students will attend the largest student-participating conference on arctic thematic, High North Dialogue. Over 300 students, business leaders, and politicians from all over the world participates in this conference.

In the third semester, the students have mandatory mobility to one of our partner universities in the world. The students can themselves choose which country and university they want to go to for the semester. The exchange must be within the framework of studies abroad of the Business School. During the fourth and final semester, the students will immerse themselves in an independent research project, which is within the academic competence of the Business School.

Partnership program: Study in Bodø, Moscow, and Shanghai.

This study program provides a unique opportunity to study in three world metropolises over the course of two years. The Business School has developed an exciting partnership program with MGIMO in Moscow, Russia, and East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China. As a student you can have the opportunity to study one semester in each city, on a innovative and provident partnership program. You will acquire distinctive experience and competence after graduation, which will make you attractive in the labor market both globally, nationally, and regionally.

The students who participates in the partnership program will study in Bodø for the first and second semester. Students from MGIMO and ECNU will also participate in studies during the second semester. This semester has a distinctive focus on energy management and geopolitics, with a further focus on artic governance and business management. All students in the program will travel to MGIMO in Moscow for the third semester. They will gain distinct knowledge about the energy sector from an international perspective. In the fourth semester, the students will travel to ECNU in Shanghai to acquire more in-depth knowledge of geopolitics and international relations, while also conducting independent research work.

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Teaching sessions

The study program is session-based, except for third semester, which is a semester abroad.

Learning outcomes


The candidate:

  • Has advanced broad and in-depth knowledge of central scientific theories, concepts, and models in global management and how leaders, employees and the community actively can participate in development and growth
  • Has in-depth knowledge of perspectives in management, entrepreneurship and technological development on business, community and institutional levels in a framework of social, economic and ecological sustainability.
  • Has in-depth knowledge about how environmental, social, economic and geopolitical aspects affect the energy sector and how circular value chains can contribute to sustainable development both in a Norwegian and international perspective.
  • Holds in-depth knowledge about philosophy of science, social science research traditions, methodological approach and research ethical norms.
  • Has insight into relevant and current international research literature and can use it on new phenomena and issues in the field of global management.
  • Has in-depth knowledge about global challenges and how multidisciplinary perspective, multicultural insight and value-reflected assessments can contribute to solve challenges in a holistic way through local and regional measures



The candidate:

  • Can through multidisciplinary understanding, critical reflection and analysis of information and information sources develop creative solution propositions to complex issues for businesses, organizations and public administration.
  • Has the ability to put global and local perspectives in connection to one another, and contribute in processes for higher understanding of how a constructive collaboration between the environment, culture, technological development, society and business aspects depend on ethical assessments and decisions.
  • Has in-depth understanding of how proactive and balanced long-term solutions for sustainable development can minimize the underlying causes of ecological, cultural and economic crisis
  • Has the ability to analyze and holistically assess issues based on relevant theory and empirical data, and assess suitable research method.
  • Can carry out, produce and disseminate an independent, limited research project under supervision and in line with research ethical norms.


General competence

The candidate:

  • Has the ability to reflect and be critical of established truths and own experiences from international cultural diversity, and is ethically aware of their role in the local and global community.
  • Can contribute to see both the whole and the parts, and stay focused in change- and development work with sustainable blue and green value creation, based on a balanced understanding of what can be valuable from a business, environmental and social perspective.
  • Can make use of acquired knowledge and relevant international research literature and contribute in the public debate about how the interaction between politics, business, public administration and civil society drives and contributes in processes towards viable and sustainable societies.
  • Can apply acquired qualities such as multidisciplinary understanding, creative thinking and entrepreneurial ingenuity in both local, national and international issues, and in new areas of application.

Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification

Documented proficiency in English language

Bachelor's degree or equivalent three/four years of studies. The following requirements for the combination of subjects applies: specialization with at least 90 ECTS within business and administrative subjects, or social sciences subjects with the following minimum requirement of content:

  • a minimum of 20 ECTS in organizational or management subjects
  • a minimum of 5 ECTS within social science methology

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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December 1 Local admission for non-European Union/EEA citizens

April 1 Local admission for European Union/EEA citizens

April 15 Local admission for applicants with Norwegian education (refer to information about admission to Norwegian-taught programmes)

NB We do not review qualifications or applications prior to the applicable deadlines. Applications submitted after the applicable deadlines will not be considered.

Career possibilities

This degree qualifies students to hold a wide range of positions in organizations and business and public administration. Graduates may, for example, be relevant to positions as a leader or advisory consultants within CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), business ethics and corporate social responsibility, and strategic planning and market analysis. They may also be relevant for positions as an adviser in the energy sector, as a supervisor in supervisory and control work, or as a consultant and leader in social and sustainable development - at business and social development actors at various levels.

During the study program period, several Norwegian and foreign companies will visit the Business School that wants to recruit potential employees among the students.

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

The study program gives you a golden opportunity to gain international experience. In the third semester, you can attend regular student exchange at one of Nord's many partnership universities, or participate in our partnership program in the world metropolises Moscow and Shanghai.


No tuition fees at partner institutions. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply in Norway. Students must also cover their travel expenses between Norway and partner institutions for the exchange semester (refundable for Norwegian students via the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund). The same applies for students choosing internship.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

For entering master programs, candidates must fulfil the admission requirements. Candidates may apply for recognition of experience-based competence relevant to the field of study only for entering bachelor/undergraduate programs.

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". Candidates work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved". View rules and regulations for examinations

Assessment methods

Written school exams, class presentations, casework, assignments, papers, project work, take-home exams, etc.

Graduation requirements

Successful completion of the master thesis.

Programme evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by questionnaires to students as well as by the programme coordinator. The evaluations constitute a part of the Universitys quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

Progression requirements

The students must have completede the first two semester of the program to start courses/exchenge/internship in the 3rd semester. In addition general rules for Nord University regarding study progression apply. 
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