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 business, 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 career opportunities both in Norway and abroad.

Students choose a main specialisation profile (major) and a supporting profile (minor). 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 specialisation courses for each of the profiles: Business innovation, Economics, Finance, and Strategic marketing.

Flexibility is introduced in semester three, when all students are free to pursue elective courses or international exchange, to form the basis for their minor.

In the fourth and final semester, students are expected to devote themselves to research and writing for their MSc thesis. Below you will find a brief introduction to each of the profiles of the MSc program in Business Administration.


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 the economics profile we have two tracks for sub-specialisation, namely motivation and labour markets and/or energy, resource, and environmental economics. A specialisation in economics will offer career opportunities in private businesses (finance, industry, energy) and in the public sector (local and central government, directorates).


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 specialisation 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 specialisation in finance you are highly relevant for job opportunities in banking, capital management, and corporate finance.

Strategic Marketing and Analytics

A specialisation in in strategic marketing and analytics provides you with knowledge of marketing from a strategic perspective and enhances your strategic capabilities and skills.

The program blends knowledge of strategy and marketing science with a data-analytic approach to decision making. This applied program 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.

Business Innovation

A specialisation in Business innovation gives you a deeper understanding of the significance of innovation for companies, industries, and society at large. You will be introduced to the structure and anatomy of innovation processes, how strategy and organization influences the capacity and ability to innovate, as well as the role of companies in networks and systems that are important for innovation.

Moreover, this specialisation builds competence on the role of innovation of the economy, and how innovation can be studied and understood in a broader societal context. As future leaders and professionals, students on this specialisation will be able to contribute to policy design and strategy formation to foster innovation both in private and public enterprises.

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 20.12.2018