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Master of Science in Business Administration

Do you wish to work in banking, finance or insurance? Or is perhaps the transport, consultancy, telecommunications or energy business more tempting? The Master of Science in Business Administration is one of the most multifaceted programmes internationally and welcomes students with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or similar.
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In this programme students will learn how to tackle questions such as: How to target the desired audience? Whom to collaborate with and how do I set up a successful organisation? Depending on the specialisation the students will furthermore get an insight into how innovation processes work in the economy and how they are perceived by society.

The Business School at the University of Stavanger (UiS) has close contact with the Norwegian business sector, which in the Stavanger region also has extensive international relations. The UiS Business School plays an active role in research both internationally and regionally. Our students are very active and cooperate with a number of companies and organisations in the Stavanger business community.


For international students, the programme offers two specialisations:

Strategy and Management

This specialisation tackles the major questions applicable to any organisation, i.e. what is the purpose of the organisation, what customers will we cater to, how will we make money, who are our competitors, how will our organization be set up, who will we collaborate with? The combination of work experience and knowledge that you will acquire during your studies on the various different topics within this specialization will enable you to tackle management tasks in private and public organisations. By studying this specialisation, you will gain sufficient knowledge to set up and operate a profitable business that is equipped to deal with the business conditions and changes of tomorrow. Ensuring that your business is profitable is necessary for your business to make a useful contribution to society.

Business Innovation

This specialisation provides an understanding of the importance of innovation both for individual businesses and for society as a whole. The specialisation gives insights into how innovation processes work, how strategies and organisation affect the ability of businesses to innovate, and how businesses are part of larger networks and systems, which are important for innovation. Furthermore, the specialisation provides knowledge about the role of innovation in the economy and about how to understand innovation from the perspective of society. The specialisation will enable the candidates to contribute to innovation processes in private and public enterprises, both as managers and employees, as well as to work in the field of innovation policy.


In order to give students depth and breadth within this programme, students must select one area of specialization (major) and a set of elective courses which may constitute a minor. The specialist area and supporting area should both be within the area of business administration. It is possible, for example, to do strategy and management as a specialist area with economics or applied finance as a supporting area. Optional masters' courses are also offered, that add depth to the programme. Note, however, that Norwegian requirements (NRØA) for the "siviløkonom" title specify a minimum of 20 ECTS outside the specialisation area. 


Student exchange

During the study period there are possibilities for international student exchanges at one of our partner universities in Scandinavia, Europe, USA, or Australia.


Kilde: CP Published 03.11.2017