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Master’s programme (2 years)

Sustainable Leadership and Arctic Perspectives


Do you want to learn more about leadership and sustainability? And contribute to finding local and regional solutions to global problems and challenges? On this exciting and interdisciplinary study program, you have a unique opportunity to gain valuable international experience.

Programme description

In this study program, you will learn to understand the connection between economics, society, and nature. You’ll develop skills that are crucial for leading businesses and organizations, or contributing as an employee to processes aimed at finding smart, responsible, and sustainable solutions to challenges.

The program is based on gatherings and is also suitable for those who are not educated in economics. It involves a lot of activity and interaction, and you will have the opportunity to participate in the High North Dialogue, which is the largest international student conference in the Nordic region, held annually at Nord University.

As a student in this program, you’ll also have the chance to travel the world and broaden your professional horizons, gaining valuable intercultural experiences.

The program is designed so that you can go on an exchange in the third semester. Alternatively, if you choose not to travel abroad, you can select a set of customized study subjects. You can either go to the metropolis of Shanghai, where the Nord University Business School (HHN) is part of a forward-looking partnership program, or choose one of our partner institutions within the university alliance Universities of the Seas (SEA-EU). Another option is a regular exchange with Nord’s partners worldwide. If, for various reasons, you cannot go on an exchange, you can alternatively attend a study gathering in Bodø, along with other international and Norwegian students at the Nord University Business School. The master’s thesis (fourth semester) can be written from an optional educational institution with guidance from the Nord University Business School.

This master’s program will provide you with knowledge in areas such as:

  • Development driving vibrant and smart cities and local communities.
  • Socially and environmentally sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Quality of life in societies.
  • Energy transition.
  • Knowledge of the Arctic region.
  • Indigenous and Arctic perspectives.
  • Ethics and value reflection.

The program is full-time and based on teamwork and case work. Teaching and learning activities take place in English, within an international learning environment.

Career opportunities

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.

The study programme is session-based.

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.

Learn how to apply


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

April 15 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.

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.
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.


The candidate:

  • Possesses advanced broad and in-depth knowledge of central scientific theories, concepts, and models within sustainable leadership and how leaders, employees, and society at large can actively participate in the development of societies characterized by high quality of life within ecological framework conditions.
  • Has advanced knowledge of perspectives within leadership, entrepreneurship, and technological development at the company, societal, and institutional level, within a framework of social, economic, and ecological sustainability.
  • Has advanced knowledge of how environmental, social, economic, and geopolitical aspects affect the energy sector, and how circular value chains can contribute to sustainable development in both a Norwegian and international perspective.
  • Holds advanced knowledge of philosophy of science, social science research traditions, methodological approaches, and in-depth knowledge of research ethical norms.
  • Has insight into relevant and timely international research literature and can apply this to new phenomena and issues within leadership and sustainability.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of global challenges in general and concrete solutions in the Arctic context in particular, and how interdisciplinary perspectives, multicultural insight, and value-reflected assessments can contribute to solving challenges in a holistic way through local and regional measures.


The candidate:

  • Can, through interdisciplinary understanding, critical reflection, and analysis of information and sources, work out creative solution proposals for complex issues for companies, organizations, and public administration.
  • Is capable of putting global and local perspectives in context with each other and contribute to processes for increased understanding of how a constructive interaction between environment, culture, technological development, societal, and corporate economic aspects depend on ethical assessments and decisions.
  • Has a deep understanding of how proactive long-term solutions for sustainable development can lead to any ecological, cultural, and economic future crises being given less breeding ground.
  • Is capable of analyzing and holistically assessing issues based on relevant theory and empirics and assess suitable research method.
  • Can carry out, present, and communicate an independent delimited research project under supervision in line with research ethical norms.

General competence

The candidate:

  • Is capable of reflecting and thinking critically about established truths and their own experiences from international cultural diversity and is conscious of their role in the local and global society with ethical awareness.
  • Can contribute to seeing both the whole and maintaining focus in change and development work within sustainability, based on a balanced understanding of what can be valuable from a business, environmental, and societal perspective.
  • Can make use of acquired knowledge and relevant international research literature and contribute to the public debate on how interaction between politics, business, public administration, and civil society drives forward and contributes to processes towards vibrant and sustainable societies.
  • Can apply acquired qualities such as interdisciplinary understanding, creative thinking, and entrepreneurial inventiveness to both local, national, and international issues, and to new application areas.

Students with citizenship from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, must pay tuition fees. You will find more information on tuition fee rates, payment details and exemptions on our website.

Tuition fees for international students

Citizens of the EU/EEA/EFTA are exempt from tuition fees.

Students who hold citizenship from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA are required to pay tuition fees. The current tuition fee for this program is NOK 180,000 per annum. Please be aware that tuition fees are subject to annual adjustments, and the fee stated here may not reflect the most recent update.

Nord University does not provide grants or scholarships. However, certain students may qualify to apply for an exemption from the tuition fees.

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.

Renan de Jesus Ferreira

– Takk, bestemor!

Brasilianske Renan trives så godt i Bodø at han ønsker å ta master på Handelshøgskolen. Den muligheten får han fordi bestemor for lenge siden tok et klokt valg.