Local admission to Master of Science in Business Administration

Information about local admission and admission requirements for Master of Science in Business Administration

Applicants who live in Norway and have a Norwegian ID number (fødselsnummer) must apply as a local applicant through local admissions, regardless of citizenship and educational background. 

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

In order to be eligible for Master's programmes in Norway, you need to document a Bachelor's degree of minimum three years. Depending on where you completed upper secondary education, you may be required to have more than three years of university education. Please check the GSU-list for detailed information and requirements for each country. 

A Bachelor's degree including minimum 90 ECTS in the following subjects is required:

  • Business Economics (accounting, investment analysis etc.)
  • Administrative Sciences (marketing, organisation and leadership, business strategy etc.)
  • Economics (macroeconomics, microeconomics etc.)
  • Methodology (mathematics, statistics, research methods etc.)

The subjects within the fields of business economics and administrative sciences must be equal to minimum 30 ECTS. The methodology subjects must include both mathematics and statistics.

Local applicants who enter this programme with a foreign education background will after completing the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Business Administration. They will not obtain the professional title siviløkonom, unless they also meet the requirements for a bachelor degree in business administration as decided by the National Council for Higher Education in Business Administration (NRØA). 


GMAT or GRE-test:

Applicants with a foreign academic education background outside of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Iceland) must complete a GMAT- or GRE-test with following results:

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): At least 600 points total. You must order a score report to be sent online to the University of Stavanger.  In addition you must upload a copy of your test result as PDF.


  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): At least 152 points on the quantitative section. You must add UiS as a recipient using our institutional code 0109. In addition you must upload a copy of your test result as PDF.

Test scores are valid for five years.


English language proficiency requirements:

One of the following tests is required unless you have a bachelor degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test with a total score of at least 90 points, and at least 22 points on the written section / Paper-based test of with a score of at least 575 points.
  • International English Language Testing service (IELTS) Academic test with a score of least 6,5 points total, and at least 6,0 points on the written section.
  • The University of Cambridge English exam: Certificate in Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English. First Certificate in English does not meet the requirement.
  • PTE Academic - The Pearson's Test of English with a total score of 62 points and at least 53 points on the written section.


How to register your application

Local applicants apply through SøknadsWeb. Please select 'National identifier and PIN', enter your Norwegian ID number (11 digits), PIN and log in. If you have not used this service before, select 'Register new user' and follow the instructions.


New application


Faculty of Social Sciences:

You can select up to 5 different alternatives. For master in Business Administration, local applicants can select all four specializations: Applied Finance, Economics, Strategy and Management, Business Innovation.

Please note, however, that only the following programmes do not require formal norwegian language proficiency for higher education:

  • Master in Business Administration, Energy, Environment and Society, International Hospitality Management


My documents

Please submit all your documents through Søknadsweb, as PDF-files. Please merge documents that contain more than one page into a single PDF-file. Please submit:

  • Diploma
  • Transcript of records
  • Certificate of relevant work experience: must include start and end dates; number of work hours; must be signed by your employer
  • English test if required

Please be warned that false documentation or forging of documents is considered a crime punishable by The General Civil Penal Code (straffeloven). The University of Stavanger will report any forged documentation to the police.


Local admission process

1 February

Local application is now open through Søknadsweb.


1 March 

Deadline for local applicant with a foreign education background.


5 March

Deadline for submitting your documents. For applicants who are finishing their degree after March 5: please submit preliminary transcript of records to your online application.



Highly ranked local applicants for Master in Business Administration get their admission letter.


1 July

For applicants who are finishing their degree after March 5: please submit your diploma and final transcript of records.


25 July

You will have received your admission letter within this date. The admission letter will be sent to your registered e-mail.