Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management

General

Program Description

Advance your career with a multicultural flavour

Expand your future and become an expert in international business management. This master’s degree programme focuses on state-of-the-art skills and concepts needed in the challenging field of international business.

This mid-career Master’s degree requires 3 years of work experience after Bachelor’s.

As a business professional, you will face new demands and challenges in multicultural environments. This master’s degree programme enables the graduates to manage and lead international business operations successfully.

Planning, managing and executing international operations in challenging business environments are in a major role in your studies. You will learn how to apply theory into practical cases of international business management. The degree programme can be completed within 1.5 years alongside work as blended learning.

With your master’s degree, you will have the skills needed to work independently as well as an active member, leader or manager in organisations. You are a trained expert in building international networks and taking into account various aspects of cultural differences, communication, change management, leadership and strategic thinking.


Study objectives

The Master's Degree in International Business Management is a professional higher education degree. The programme focuses on state-of-the-art skills and concepts of international business management, and it enables the graduates to manage and lead operations in challenging multicultural environments in Finland and abroad.

The studies provide you with contemporary skills and tools to lead and manage demanding international business.

The degree complies with the criteria set by the Finnish national degree system as well as with the European framework for degrees and competences. The degree gives a qualification for a public appointment where a Master's degree is required.


Study contents

The degree programme is worth 90 credits with an emphasis on studies required to develop and manage international business operations. The mode of the study is part-time tuition. The course contains lectures, teamwork, individual readings, presentations and online work.

The studies include themes like strategy and change, leadership skills in international context, accounting and financial management, project management, managing international business risks, global operations management, intercultural communications in a multicultural environment, and professional customer and market analysis.


Structure of studies

The studies can be completed within 1.5 years alongside work as blended learning. However, there is an extension option for those working alongside their studies. The extent of the program is 90 credits, consisting of professional studies (55 credits), free-choice studies (5 credits) and master's thesis (30 credits).

The professional studies provide you advanced topics from the broad field of international business management. The studies include themes like strategy and change, global leadership challenge, accounting and financial management, project management, managing international business risks, global operations management, intercultural communications in a multicultural environment, and professional customer and market analysis.

The studies include also a 5 credits course of academic research and practices. This course and regular seminar work will support the preparation of your Master thesis.

Final project

Masters thesis is a practical development work with an international connection, prepared by using scientific research methods. The writing of the final thesis is supported by seminars where you have the opportunity to report the progress of your work and to get feedback.

As an applicant, you must have a feasible plan on a Master's thesis proposal which is submitted at the time of application.


Internalisation

Participants - with a variety of cultural backgrounds - bring a truly multicultural flavour to the degree. Application of learned content happens in the students' own environment and thus a global context.


Career opportunities

After graduation, you will qualify for leading positions in international trade and commerce in multicultural environments. The former graduates of the programme work for example as specialists and consultants as well as managers and project coordinators in companies and organisations both in Finland and abroad.

The degree gives a qualification for a public appointment where a Master's degree is required.


Postgraduate study opportunities

TAMK's master's degree certificate offers you the possibility to apply for doctoral studies in other universities according to their admission policy.


Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee for the programme is 10800 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Scholarships

  • -1 500 € Early Bird -scholarship, if whole year paid in one instalment by 31 May
  • Academic Award -scholarships 25% - 50% for the second year based on credits gained

Graduating students can qualify for Academic Excellence -scholarships for a variety of reasons: exceptional thesis work, success in practical placements or project work. These scholarships are governed and awarded by the TAMK R&D Fund.

Students can also be sponsored by either family or organisations/companies. TAMK is currently negotiating company sponsorships for future students.

Last updated February 2019

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