Master of Science in Business Administration

The MSc program in Business Administration offers a broad and exciting platform of theory and tools that will make you relevant and attractive for today's labor market. The UiS Business School has close contact with businesses and offers an active and social environment for students.

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Get an internationally accredited master's degree, tailored to your career ambitions

The MSc program in Business Administration ranks among the most recognised studies in Norway, is accredited by EFMD Global, and offers broad-ranging career opportunities nationally and abroad.

Students at the MSc program in Business Administration choose the main specialisation profile that includes at least three specialisation courses and the master thesis within the specialisation. Students are also required to widen their general knowledge in business administration by taking standard classes (Business Decision + Data Analytics and Research Methods) and at least 10 ECTS elective courses outside their specialisation. 

The MSc Program in Business Administration is accredited by EFMD Global, a recognised accreditation body for business schools, business school programmes, and corporate universities.

All the specialisations are open to international applicants. We provide an international and stimulating environment for students. 

The program offers the following specialisations that you choose after you've been admitted:

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What will you learn?

In this two-year master’s programme in Business Administration, you learn relevant business skills, such as analytical tools, interpersonal skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork and a growth mindset.

The programme gives you a robust and versatile business education. You gain knowledge and skills within key areas of business. You also specialise in the subject area of your interest and career ambitions by choosing a major. The programme offers five specialisation’s that are highly relevant in today’s job market.

As a student in this programme, you become competent at analysing business challenges. You learn strategic and analytical thinking, how to translate data and theories into insights, and how to apply your knowledge to make appropriate business decisions. Sustainability and social responsibility are integrated into the program’s curriculum.

About the programme
Duration

2 years (4 semesters)

ECTS credits

120

Tuition fees

From the academic year 2023/2024, non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees at the University of Stavanger. Read more and find the tuition fees here.

Start of studies

August every year

Language of instruction

English

Major: Choose a Specialisation to Build Your Career Path

Career prospects

The MSc program in Business Administration offers wide-ranging career opportunities in business, industry, government, and professional organisations, with prospects in terms of both leadership and professional expert careers. Examples of job content include economic research, fund management, investment analysis, corporate finance, energy and environmental impact analyses, system design for incentivized motivation, brand building and strategic marketing, industry development, regional, national or international administration, and work in development agencies, consultancies, think tanks, chambers of commerce, and innovative firms.

A master of science degree in business administration also meets the formal requirement for admission to Ph.D. programs.

Meet some of our current and former students

Work and career

MSB candidates succeed in the job market

An MSB degree from UiS Business School helps you become attractive in the job market. Candidates get good and relevant jobs.

Job after graduating

74% got a job within 6 months after graduating.

Salary

84% earns more than 500.000 NOK a year.

Positions

98% has a full-time position and 81% has permanent employment.

Sector

77% work in the private sector.

Industry

Energy, finance, real estate, banking, industry, auditing, accounting, offshore, IT and consulting are the industries most candidates work in.

Source: Kandidatundersøkelsen 2021

FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the MSc program in Business Administration

Applicants with a foreign educational background must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 90 ECTS within economics and administrative disciplines: Business Economics, Administrative Science, Economics, and Methodology. The subjects within the fields of business economics and administrative sciences must be at least 30 ECTS. The methodology must include both mathematics and statistics. Admission to this master's program requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.

Yes. You are granted entitlement to study for up to three years when admitted to the program. It's also possible to apply for a 4th year.

MSc in Business Administration at the UiS Business School is a campus-based study program, meaning there are physical lectures and no arrangements for distance studies. It will vary whether attendance is compulsory. See the individual course description for further information. We don't recommend combining a full-time job with this master's program.

UiS Business School is actively working for a good, active and engaging study environment. You can join different events arranged by either the master programs society ("linjeforening) MastØk, or for example the innovation projects such as Lyspæren and UiS Ingenious.

Customise your degree

Internship

Get relevant work experience to help your CV stand out in the application pile.

Student exchange

Dreaming of an international career? Go abroad as part of your MSB degree.

Student testimonials

Richard Reistad

Everyone can feel comfortable at UiS , perhaps because of its size and diversity.

Cathrine J. Sønvinsen

I experienced a very close-knit , inclusive and rewarding student environment at the University of Stavanger Business School.

Torill Hebnes

The study environment at the MSB programme is inclusive and fun!

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

Knowledge:

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

• Explain, demonstrate, compare and contrast core theories and methods in their chosen specialization

Skills:

Upon completion of the programme, students possess the skills to

• Design scientifically sound studies and execute appropriate methods to address real-world business challenges

General Competence:

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

• Critically evaluate ethical and sustainability perspectives in business

• Demonstrate abilities to communicate and work effectively with others

• Recognize regional, national, and international perspectives in the practice of business and management

Study plan and courses

Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here

Academic requirements

Applicants with foreign educational background must have a bachelor's degree with minimum 90 ECTS within economics and administrative disciplines: Business Economics, Administrative Science, Economics and Methodology. The subjects within the fields of business economics and administrative sciences must be equal to minimum 30 ECTS. Methodology must include both mathematics and statistics.

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.

Applicants who enter this programme based on these academic requirements will receive the degree, Master of Science in Business Administration, after completing the programme. They will not automatically obtain the professional title, siviløkonom.

English Language Requirements for International Applicants

As a general requirement, applicants to International Master's Programmes must document proficiency in English at an advanced level through an international test/exam recognized by the University of Stavanger. Read more here.

Application and admission

Deadlines

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Student life at UiS

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Information for international students

Accomodation. Visa and study permit. Scholarship and cost.

Questions?

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Webinar: MSc in Business Administration

Recording of the webinar for international students 7 December 2021