The International Business master’s programme provides students with theoretical insights and analytical skills in handling business management and challenges in a international markets. Central to the program are multinational companies and how they operate. Challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) when entering into the international arena will also be discussed.
The program provides students with knowledge of how the strategic and operational challenges can be analyzed, for example by developing and implementing relevant strategies, management and marketing practices as well as management systems.
The programme gives students increased cultural understanding and knowledge of international business, making them well suited for positions in enterprises operating in international markets.
International students are admitted to the program as well as Norwegian, and all compulsory courses are taught in English.
In the third semester students can apply for an internship, either in an enterprise in Norway or in a Nordic enterprise in a high-growth economy in Asia or Africa. Internship will be taken in a combination with electives, either at a partner university in the country where students get their internship, or at the School of Business and Law at UiA. Limited number of available places for internship placements.
|1. sem||BE-417-1 Management Control Systems 7.5 sp||ORG409-1 International Management 7.5 sp||ME-423-1 Research Methods in Business 7.5 sp||ORG449-1 Strategy 7.5 sp|
|2. sem||ORG448-1 Emerging Markets 7.5 sp||TFL400-1 Sustainable Capitalism 15 sp||MF-401-1 International Marketing 7.5 sp|
|3. sem||Electives or exhange|
|4. sem||BE-509-1 Master’s Thesis in International Business 30 sp|
Two courses are taught in parallel in the first half of the semester with a final exam before the next two courses are taught by the same principle. The course TFL400, taught in the second semester, are taught throughout the entire spring semester. Note that changes in the study plan may occur.
Electives may be subject to modifications as they rely on sufficient student enrolment and available resources.
Electives autumn 2022
Electives from other faculties:
*Separate admission process in second semester. Limited number of available places. Read more about the internship courses in the course descriptions.
**Limited number of available places and separate admission. Continuous admission to these electives. Contact the Student Adviser for information and admission.
Courses with course names in English are taught in English. All other courses will be taught in Norwegian.
Students may also apply for admission to electives offered in the master’s programme in Business Administration – Siviløkonom. Admission to these electives is based on pre-requisites. Contact the Student Adviser for information about this possibility.
In addition, students may apply for approval of European Integration (30 ECTS credits summer/autumn) as electives. Those who wish to do so should contact a student advisor at an early stage and must themselves apply for admission to the summer program by the regular deadline for application.
European Integration courses:
ST-419 History, Institutions and Policies of European Integration* (10 ECTS credits) Summer
ST-420 Current Issues in the European Union* (10 ECTS credits) Summer
ST-421 Current Debates on the European Union* (10 ECTS credits) Autumn
Students may apply for admission to "SV-420-1 UiA Samskaping – Teori i praksis (10 ECTS credits) and have it approved as an elective. They may also apply to have courses from other master’s programmes approved. Contact the Student Adviser at the School of Business and Law for further information.
Important information regarding electives
Please note that course schedule collisions might occur, and that courses on offer may be subject to modification as they rely on sufficient student enrolment and available resources.
A candidate who has successfully completed this programme should have the following learning outcome defined in terms of general competence, knowledge, skills:
GENERAL COMPETENCE (Programme Goals)
The candidate should be able to:
The candidate should be able to:
The candidate should be able to:
The International Business, master’s programme is international in content and orientation. Students are exposed to international dimensions and issues in teaching as well as in the curriculum. All teaching is in English, and most of the courses are also offered to incoming exchange students. Several faculty members have an international background and are active in international research networks.
Students can apply for exchange in the third semester. The School of Business and Law also offers internship in Nordic enterprises in Asia and Africa combined with studies at one of our partner institutions. Studying abroad provides an opportunity to take courses and subjects beyond what is offered at the School. Additional benefits of studying abroad are improved language skills and cross-cultural communication skills, both highly valued by many employers.
The School of Business and Law at UiA is internationally accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and the accreditation opens the doors for collaboration with good institutions worldwide. For further information on exchange opportunities, see the International Office's website.
INFORMATION REGARDING THE NORWEGIAN SIDE TITLE “SIVILØKONOM”
The master programme in International Business will not award students with the Norwegian side title “Siviløkonom” even though students hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, or equivalent.
UHR-Economics and Administration (a disciplinary strategic unit for Economics and Administration) has defined the terms for use of the side title “Siviløkonom”. See information here: https://www.uhr.no/strategiske-enheter/fagstrategiske-enheter/uhr
The master programme in International Business does not meet the terms to award students with the side title “Siviløkonom”.
Students holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, or equivalent, who would like to have the side title “Siviløkonom” kan apply for admission to the two-year master’s programme in Business Administration – siviløkonom. Students who get admitted to the master’s programme in Business Administration can apply for approval of courses taken the first year in International Business. Local admission with ordinary application deadline 15 April (for international applicant – see information from the Admissions office about application deadlines).
Students with a completed two-years master’s degree in International Business, who would like to take the two-year master’s degree in Business Administration – siviløkonom, will have to take a minimum of 60 ECTS-credits to get a new degree. These students will also have to write a new master’s thesis.
For more information contact the student adviser.
School of Business and Law