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Degree programme

International Business Management

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Advance your career with 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.

Degree earned

Master of Business Administration

Type

Master's degree (University of Applied Sciences)

Planned duration

1.5 years

Extent of studies

90 ECTS credits

City

Tampere

Campus

TAMK Main Campus

Form of learning

Multi-modal teaching

Tuition fee

10 800 €

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.

More about the language of instruction

The language of instruction is English.

Study contents

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

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 10 800 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students. For more information, please see Tuition Fees and Scholarships.

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 Masters 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.

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 Master's degree is required.

Qualification

Master of Business Administration

Internationalisation

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.

Co-operation with other parties

The degree programme is being developed continuously based on the feedback from students, employers and a Supervisory Board.

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.

Master of Business Administration, International Business Management

Admission procedure

Study places

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The student selection has two phases. The first phase is a pre-task and the second phase is an online interview.
Applicants are admitted based on the combined amount of points from the pre-task and the online interview.

Pre-task

The instructions for the pre-task will be published at TAMK’s website and Studyinfo.fi on 4 December 2018 at the latest. The pre-task has to be submitted by 30 January 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time

Please look for more information about the pre-task under the section Pre-task.

Online interview

The applicants will be ranked based on the points of the pre-task and the 50 best-performing applicants will be invited to the online interview

The interview will take place on 18-22 February 2019. 

Please look for more information about the online interview under the section Entrance exam.

Selection between applicants with equal points

If two or more applicants earn the same admission points, they will be ranked on the order of preference.

If the admission points are still at a tie after ranking applicants based on the above-mentioned criteria, the application system will automatically draw the order.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to TAMK's Master's Degree in International Business Management, you must hold Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Engineering or other suitable higher education degree AND have a minimum of three years' (36 months) work experience from the relevant field after completing the Bachelor's degree.

You have until 31 July 2019 to complete work experience requirement.

Work experience must be informed as full months. Part-time work will be converted into full-time 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 from the same employer. Work experience will only be accepted if it is verified by a work certificate provided by the employer. Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if the applicant can produce a certificate stating that he/she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme for entrepreneurs.

Applicants who have completed a vocational college degree or higher vocational degree in Finland (in Finnish: opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto)

For applicants who have completed a vocational college degree or higher vocational degree in Finland (opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) before completing the required Bachelor's degree, work experience completed after the lower degree will also be accepted. Applicants are still required to have a minimum of three years' work experience, and it has to be from the relevant field.

If the applicant has completed a vocational college degree or higher vocational degree in Finland (opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) before completing the required Bachelor's degree and has the required work experience between these degrees, the required Bachelor's degree must be completed so that the applicant can send a copy of the certificate to TAMK Admissions Office by 8 July 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.

Degree completed outside of Finland

If you apply with a degree completed outside of Finland and you are NOT an EU/EEA-citizen, the degree has to be completed by the end of the application period (23 January 2019). You need to upload the copy of your degree certificate to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest. If your original degree certificate is written in other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to upload a copy of its translation. The translation has to be done by authorized translator. The translation must be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator's signature and stamp. 

Language skill requirements

Sufficient English language skills are required for degree programmes conducted in English. English language skills will be evaluated as a part of the pretask and the interview. 

Entrance exam

Online interview

Based on the results of the pre-task, the 50 best-performing applicants will be invited to the online (internet) interview. The interview will take place on 18-22 February 2019. The exact date and time of the interview will be announced in the email invitation. Applicants can participate also from outside of Finland via internet. Applicants do not need to travel to Tampere for the online interview.

The online interview is tied together with the pre-task and will test applicants' motivation and suitability to the field of study. Applicants will be alloted a time between 18-22 February 2019 and must be prepared to be interviewed (i.e. have a computer with microphone and camera available) at the time given. Please note that interviews will be arranged during office hours Finnish time.

Applicants are admitted based on the combined amount of points awarded for the pre-task (max. 50 points) and the interview (max. 50 points). 

The total maximum amount of points is 100. Applicants must receive a minimum of 10 points from both sections (pre-task and interview) to qualify for selection. If you score less than 10 points from either the pre-task or the interview, you cannot be admitted to TAMK.

The invitation emails to the online interview will be sent on mid-February 2019.

English language skills are evaluated as a part of the pre-task and interview.

The pre-task and interview results are only valid for the one specific application period.

Pre-task

The pre-task has to be submitted by 30 January 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.

It is possible to score maximum of 50 points from the pre-task. Minimum of 10 points are required in order for the pre-task to be accepted.

Special arrangements for entrance exam

If you have special needs which should be taken into account when arranging your online interview/entrance exam, please fill in the application form and deliver it with the other required enclosures to TAMK Admissions Office by 30 January 2019 (3 pm Finnish time). 

You need to describe your special needs and the grounds for special arrangements in the application. Please enclose any relevant copies (e.g. medical certificate). 

Application form 

If you do not deliver the application in time, TAMK has no responsibility to make any special arrangements. If the need for special arrangements arises or is discovered between the end of the application period (23 January 2019) and the online interview/entrance exam, you must deliver the special arrangement application without delay to TAMK Admissions Office. 

The special arrangement decision only applies to one application round. 

Enclosures

Compulsory pre-task

When applying to Master's Degree in International Business Management, you have to submit a pre-task by 30 January 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.

The pre-task submission is only possible during the application period.

The applicants will be ranked based on the points of the pre-task and the 50 best-performing applicants will be invited to the entrance exam. 

Application Documents

All applicants (regardless of the country of the educational background) have to upload the school and work certificate copies to their application form by 30 January 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.

The application documents you need to upload are:

  • bachelor's/higher education degree certificate
  • transcript of records of the degree
  • work certificates stating the minimum of 36 months of work experience after graduating to the degree
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Résumé

If your document is in other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to upload a copy of its authorised translation made by authorised translator. The translation has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator’s signature and stamp.

Work certificates should be on company headed paper, unofficial testimonials by email or hand-written documents cannot be accepted.

The original certificates will be checked from admitted applicants at the beginning of the studies. 

TAMK may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the certificates by the deadline or if you have given false information.

Document proving exemption of tuition fee

All applicants must upload to the application form a copy of one of the following documents to establish their citizenship and/or residence status. This pertains to the legislation on tuition fees for those accepted students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland or holders of certain residence status in Finland. In case you hold a residence permit, upload that copy instead of passport copy, as it will also exempt you from payment of tuition fees.

You must upload the copy to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.

All submitted documents must be ones carrying a photograph, so they can also be used to establish identity. The copy must be fully legible and the photo must be identifiable.

Indicate which document you are referring to:

  • Passport ID page or ID card of EU/EEA/Switzerland which states citizenship
  • Passport ID page (all other citizenships)
  • EU Blue Card
  • EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
  • Type A permit (continuous residence permit in Finland)
  • Type P permit (permanent residence permit in Finland)
  • Type P-EU permit (EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence in Finland)

Contact information

TAMK Admissions Office

E-mail: admissions.tamk(at)tuni.fi
Telephone: +358 3 245 2395