Master's Degree program in International Business Management educates young professionals to become successful in managing the international business. The program is conducted in English and can be completed within 1½-2 years at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki Finland.

This program is offered entirely in English and it leads to an internationally recognized degree called Master of Business Administration. Accomplishing IBMA takes around 1½-2 years of part-time studies. The contact sessions are scheduled for the evening hours and for the weekends because this program is targeted at students who work full-time.

The goal of IBMA is to develop students' international business management skills and competencies through a variety of courses and through personal tutoring in their work development project/s as their Master's thesis. The thesis writing starts from the very beginning of the program. Students are expected to act as change agents by applying their knowledge in practice that will make them and their organization's competitive players in international business.

Profile of the Degree program in International Business Management IBMA

Why is IBMA a good choice for you? It provides you:

  • a practical learning approach: Learning by Working
  • flexibility in your study schedules: evenings, weekends, study tours, intensive and virtual sessions
  • an opportunity to create your individual schedule and your Personal Study Plan (PSP) that allows you to select your elective and free-choice international business studies to maximize your strengths as a manager

By taking a practical approach to learning - such as workshops, exercises, lectures, thesis work, and other student-centered activities - IBMA creates a learning context where students are expected and able to integrate their work experience with their international business studies.

Key learning outcomes of the Degree program

The goal of IBMA is to develop students’ international business management competencies through a variety of work development methods and tools, international business management courses, and through tutoring them in an applied research and work development project as their Master's Thesis. Working on the thesis starts from the very beginning of the studies. Students are expected to act as facilitators and leaders of change by applying in practice their international business knowledge that will make them and their organization's competitive players in international business.

The three main objectives of the IBMA program are to:

  • satisfy the increased demand of organizations for employees with practical and current international business knowledge and competencies,
  • provide a career opportunity for Bachelor graduates by continuing and upgrading their education in international business management, and to
  • encourage students to apply their international business management skills and knowledge in their everyday work in order to create and extract value for their organizations.

Professional growth

The professional growth in IBMA has three phases: CAPS, EAPS and Master’s Thesis. After accomplishing the Compulsory Advanced Professional Studies CAPS, you prepare your Personal Study Plan (PSP) for taking Elective Advanced Professional Studies EAPS and Free-choice Studies to enhance your international business competencies. The Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS) is a Work Development Project that is related to challenges in the international business management of an organization. Therefore, the Master’s Thesis provides value not only for the students but for their organizations as well.

Upon graduation, you will possess an internationally recognized degree called Master of Business Administration that is a Master’s degree awarded by Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.

Suggested Study Path

  • Semester 1: Applied Research and Development; Project Management; and International Talent Management.
  • Semester 2: Strategy in Practice; Leading Change; and Leadership in the Knowledge Economy.
  • Semesters 3: Tools for Analysing and Forecasting; Leadership Communication; and Internationalization of the Firm.

Furthermore, students can participate in study tours to Silicon Valley and/or to Hong Kong voluntarily. Elective master courses can be taken in universities, open-university, specialization studies, partner schools abroad, and in summer schools abroad after the approval of the study advisor.

Eligibility to apply to the Master level degree program requires a Bachelor’s (or a higher) degree in an equivalent field and at least three years (36 months) of relevant work experience to be completed after finalizing the Bachelor degree.

Work Experience

Any work experience must have been obtained no later than 31 July 2017 for the spring application period. Work certificates must have a start and an end date of employment and a brief job description. If the applicant has worked part-time, the work certificate must clearly indicate the number of work hours per month. Part-time work will be converted into full-time equivalents such that 150 hours or 20 full working days (at least 7 hours per day) correspond to one month of work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained working for the same employer. Work experience will only be accepted if it is verified by a certificate provided by the employer.

Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme for entrepreneurs. No periods of practical work placements or on-the-job learning included in a degree used to apply will be counted towards work experience. Military or non-military national service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience. The amount of work experience points awarded for simultaneous employment relationships may not exceed the amount awarded for full-time employment. Those who are applying with a qualification completed outside Finland must submit work certificates by 31 January 2017 at 15:00.

Tuition 9 500 E Student accommodation (inc. water and electricity) 300 E / month Food 150-250 E /month Transportation 50 E / month

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