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Global Management, Master of Science

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Programme description

The study programme provides you with the skills to lead businesses to find smart and responsible solutions to global challenges. The programme 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.

This is a full-time study programme 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 programme 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 in the fourth semester.

In the first semester, students develop knowledge about smart cities and communities. The semester focuses on increased use of technology and digitalisation in stimulating activities for a sustainable development. At the same time, the scope of focus is on the necessity of reflected knowledge about responsible leadership and ethics , and how employees and the society at large should take a greater part in development and growth. In addition, necessary knowledge about social and sustainable entrepreneurship is developed, together with a science methodological foundation.

The second semester focuses on international governance and management, geopolitics and energy. The students will immerse themselves in further development of the energy industry and the green shift. They will gain insight in circular economy for a sustainable development. In this semester, students will participate in the conference on arctic themes, High North Dialogue. Over 300 students, politicians, community and business leaders from all over the world participate in this conference. Here the students contribute to dialogues concerning sustainability in the High North:

In the third semester, students have a golden opportunity to take part in exchange programmes to one of our many partner universities. Students themselves choose which countries and universities they want to travel to for the courses. The exchange must be within the Nord University Business School limits for studies abroad.

In the fourth semester, all students immerse themselves in an independent research project, which is within the academic competence at Nord University Business School. In certain cases, for various reasons where exchange is not possible for the students, there is a possibility to choose 30 ECTS of elective courses at Nord University Business School.

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Teaching sessions

The study programme is session-based.

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, organisations 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 analyse and holistically assess issues based on relevant theory and empirical data, and assess suitable research methods.
  • 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: specialisation 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 organisational or management subjects

a minimum of 5 ECTS within social science methodology

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 organisations 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 programme 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 programme 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.


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.

Assessment methods

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

Graduation requirements

Final graduation examinations for the study programme is a master's 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 completed the first two semesters of the programme to start courses/exchange/internship in the 3rd semester. In addition general rules for Nord University regarding study progression apply. 
ECTS Credits 120 Study level Master's degree (2 years) Teaching language
Nord University Business School
Course location Bodø