Master of Science in Business Administration

The MSc program in Business Administration offers a broad and interesting platform of theory and tools that will make you relevant and attractive for today's labour market. The UiS Business School has close contact with the business community, and offers an active and social environment for students.
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The MSc program in Business Administration ranks among the most recognized studies in the country, and offers broad-ranging carreer opportunities both in Norway and abroad.  

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Students at the MSc program in Business Administration apply for the specialization profile (major) that includes four courses and the master thesis.To establish a common point of departure in terms of mindset and methodology, the first semester is devoted to three common courses offered to all students on the program.

Semester two continues with specialization courses for each of the profiles: Economics, Applied Finance, Strategic Innovation Management and Strategic Marketing and Analysis. Flexibility is introduced in semester three, when all students are free to pursue elective courses or international exchange, and a minimum of one course has to be outside of the major. In the fourth and final semester, students are expected to devote themselves to research and writing for their MSc thesis.

The program offers the following specializations:

  • Economics
  • Applied Finance
  • Strategic Marketing and Analytics
  • Strategic Innovation Management


A specialisation in economics will set you up with competence and research tools to analyse economic behaviour and relationships in business, for the public sector, and  for society at large. You will be capable of conducting competent analyses of business cycles and capital markets, labour markets and wage formation, environmental economics and energy markets. Within in the economics profil we have two tracks for sub-specialisation, namely motivation and labour markets and/or energy, resource, and environmental economics. A specialization in economics will offer carreer opportunities in private businesses (finance, industry, energy) and in the public sector (local and central government, directorates).

Applied Finance

A specialisation in finance will prepare you for work with financing of investment and operations of private and public enterprises. Relevant themes include capital structure, valuation of assets and investment projects, evaluation of M&A decisions, as well as various types of capital (fund) management. This specialization also offers specific competence on corporate organization and governance, as well as processes related to acquisitions and divestitures. You will be introduced to methods and tools that form the basis for valuation and investment decisions in various types of businesses and financial institutions. With a specialization in finance you are highly relevant for job opportunities in banking, capital management, and corporate finance.

Strategic Innovation Management

The economy is inherently dynamic. New products take over from old. Companies rise and vanish. 100 years ago, the “Silicon Valley” of the world was Berlin (“Electropolis”), and the processes that drive this change are very complex.

How do we develop new products? How do companies manage and take advantage of radical technological breakthroughs? How can local and national politics cope with the ever-increasing speed of technological advancement? Providing answers to these questions, requires experts with profound understanding of what innovation really is, how it emerges and diffuses, and most importantly, how to manage it.

A specialisation in Strategic Innovation Management will help you in becoming such an expert. You will get a profound understanding of the significance of innovation for companies, industries, and societies. You will learn how to manage innovation and how innovation effects businesses. Consequently, as future leaders and professionals, you will be equipped to contribute to the design of firm strategies and public policies addressing and managing innovation in private and public enterprises.

Strategic Marketing and Analytics

A specialization in Strategic Marketing and Analytics provides you with knowledge of marketing from a strategic perspective, enhances your strategic capabilities and skills, and prepares you for a successful career. The specialisation blends knowledge of strategy and marketing science with a data-analytic approach to decision making. This applied specialisation allows you to address real-world business challenges by learning from word-class faculty who knows you by name, working in teams on business cases, and engaging with industry through lectures by industry experts and work-integrated learning experiences. The career specialisation in strategic marketing and analytics is built on the principles of an engaged collaborative learning community, where your fellow students, faculty, industry, and alumni form your network of personal and professional relationships, enabling you to achieve your professional goals throughout your career.

Kilde: CP Published 02.07.2020