Programmes

The Master of Science programme at BI aims to position graduates with skills that are in demand by businesses and industries today. Students at BI are provided with a theoretical foundation of competencies and the knowledge of how to apply it in practice. Due to the admission requirements for all of our Master of Science programmes, students will be among a population of simularly qualified students. With Master students from 52 countries, the student environment at the school is very international. We are very proud of our international environment. 

Why pursue a master's degree at BI?

There are many good reasons to pursue a master's at BI:

Specialise your degree

Expand your knowledge base and skill set

Gain more opportunities in the job market

Enjoy a flexible career path

Build your network

 
Specialise your degree

With a master's degree, you are able to focus on the subjects you are interested in. Many of our degrees also allow you to further specialise your skills through elective courses. This provides you with an intellectually stimulating academic life.

Gain more opportunities in the job market

More and more career listings feature a master's degree as a minimum requirement. Employers recognise the importance of hiring people with strong academic backgrounds. BI works hard to provide our students with the knowledge of how businesses will be managed and marketed in the future, and you will have this knowledge at your fingertips with a master's degree from us.

You will also have the practical skills necessary to make a difference at your workplace. Our master programmes use case work extensively, which helps you apply your knowledge to real-life business situations. This enables you as a master's student to be a contributor at your workplace from day one, making you an attractive job candidate.

Enjoy a flexible career path

Knowledge about management, economics and marketing is in high demand in most businesses. With the insight you gain from your degree at BI, you can easily change your career path after your first job - or move a step up the ladder and become a manager.

You do not need a bachelor from BI to pursue a master's degree here.

Get better jobs with higher salaries

A master's degree can accelerate your career. Many ambitious bachelor students fall short of their career goals, simply because there are many qualified candidates, and a master's degree is an easy criteria to pick the best candidate. It is also easier for managers to justify promoting someone with a master's degree.

According to a survey from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a master's degree earn, on average, $10,000 more annually than those who simply have a bachelor's degree.

Build your network

An estimated 60% of all positions are never advertised, according to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service. To compete for these positions, you have to build your network.

Through guest lecturers, company presentations, and case competitions here at BI, you can get a head start on that process before you even graduate.

91.2% of our Master students are employed within 6 months - Job Market Survey 2019

      • Master of Science in Strategic Marketing Management

        WHY STUDY STRATEGIC MARKETING MANAGEMENT?

        Strategic Marketing is about creating future-proof businesses that are able to create value for their customers, and make money in an ever-changing marketplace. This is a master's programme for people who like to communicate, and support their message with a thorough understanding of statistics and analysis to substantiate their communication to their targeted market. The programme could be your path to a leadership career in marketing management. Your understanding of digital platforms and new ways of reaching the market will be highly sought after.

         

        The programme will provide you with the academic and professional competence you need for managerial positions in marketing, both in Norway and abroad. The skills you develop in the programme are relevant to a wide range of positions in market-oriented organisations, wherever the ability to build and deliver value to customers is required.

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        You will receive cutting-edge, research-based training from faculty at BI's top-ranked Department of Marketing. The curriculum is advanced and innovative. Some of the most important topics in the programme include understanding the consumer's psychology and behaviour, marketing research and statistical methods, building strong brands in the goods and services markets, and the financial consequences of marketing investments. By taking a Master's degree in Strategic Marketing Management, you will be able to further develop your ability to understand what makes winners and losers in the market. You will develop analytical and communication skills through close interaction with faculty and fellow students.

         

        Among the most popular topics, you will find:

        •  Brand Management: Understanding how to strategically position and grow a brand. Could you build the next Apple or Coca-Cola?
        •  Understanding the Consumer: Get fresh insight into consumer behaviour and what makes people buy.
        •  Strategic Management: Learn to analyse markets and situations strategically, and get familiar with how you must think as a top-level executive.

         

        CAREER POSSIBILITIES

        A Master's in Strategic Marketing Management will provide you with a solid basis for managerial positions in market-oriented organisations. This is a programme in leadership education as well as in marketing education. With this degree, you will be able to work in a wide range of businesses and industries.

         

        Here are a few examples of positions our former student have obtained:

        •  Head of Integrated Communication, Mercedes-Benz
        •  Category Trade Manager, Mondelez International
        •  Brand Manager, Stabburet
        •  Marketing Coordinator, Silicon Laboratories
        •  Market Analyst, Verdens Gang AS (VG)
        •  Project Manager, Microsoft Norway

         

        There are many, many other opportunities as well! It is important to understand that with a marketing career, you need experience and knowledge of a market to really apply your knowledge to full effect. Try not to focus too much on titles, but try to find what kind of products and markets you really want to get to know.

         

         

         

         

      • Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Psychology

        WHY STUDY LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY?

        Businesses today must recruit, retain, develop, and reward employees and provide an environment in which they will perform their best. Strategic workforce planning improves business value, and makes it possible for companies and organisations to reach their goals. The Master of Science programme in Leadership and Organisational Psychology will provide you with the required education to implement and lead such processes in organisations, thereby contributing to organisational effectiveness.

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        The purpose of the programme is to provide the best possible education and environment for the development of knowledgeable and socially responsible HR-professionals for a variety of companies. You will gain a thorough understanding of theory and research in the area of leadership and organisational behaviour. You will develop skills in applying this knowledge to real-life organisational challenges, and identify necessary changes for meeting organisational goals and ambitions.

         

        Among the most popular topics you will find:

        •  Groups and Teams: How can you create winning teams? Learn how psychological processes can affect group performance.
        •  Strategic Management: Examine the frameworks and concepts employed by managers when they make decisions which govern the scope, direction, and competitive positioning of organisations.
        •  Persuasion and Power in Organisations: Why do some attempts to influence succeed while other attempts fail?

         

        CAREER POSSIBILITIES

        With a Master's Degree in Leadership and Organisational Psychology, you will be a relevant and attractive candidate for a great number of positions at the managerial level in a variety of organisations.

         

        Here are a few examples of positions our former student have obtained:

        •  Recruitment Coordinator Scandinavia, Tesla Motors
        •  Nordic HR Manager, Texas Instruments
        •  Consultant/Analyst, PA Consulting Group
        •  Talent and Reward Manager, Telia Norge
        •  HR Specialist, Opera Software
        •  Communication Manager, Thales Norway

         

        Other position titles include Organisational Consultant, Customer Relations Manager, Business Analyst, Manager for Change and Management Trainee in various companies.

         

         

         

         

      • Master of Science in Finance

        WHY STUDY FINANCE?

        Finance is ultimately about taking optimal and strategic decisions in an uncertain environment, which applies to all areas of business. A modern manager requires good insight into the drivers of the financial situation of an enterprise, which is intimately connected with its success. The Master of Science programme in Finance, therefore, will provide you not only with the required education for a career in finance and consulting, but also a strong basis for management positions in a broad range of industries. BI's Department of Finance is ranked in the top ten in Europe, giving you a solid foundation as a starting point and an education that is recognised internationally.​

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        The purpose of the programme is to provide the best possible education and environment for the development of well-trained, knowledgeable and socially responsible professionals for finance and other related positions. At the same time, since Finance is a quantitative and analytical subject, students will develop these skills, which are transferrable to all other business disciplines. These skills form the basis for critically assessing problems and being able to make optimal and strategic decisions. The aim is to develop valuable individuals for corporations and society both in relation to current practices and designing a better future with the ability to adjust to new challenges with vision. The Master's programme in Finance has an applied focus. Students will develop IT and programming skills to meet the needs of an industry that is becoming increasingly technological.

         

        Among the most popular topics you will find:

        •  Quantitative Methods for Finance: You will be introduced to programming in MatLab, as there is increasing demand for finance candidates with technical skills.
        •  Applied Valuation: You will learn a range of valuation techniques, and when the different techniques should be used. The use of Bloomberg terminals will give you the skills you need for a career in the industry.
        •  Investments: You will review the different financial assets available to the portfolio manager, the markets in which they trade, their risk-return characteristics, and how they are priced.

         

        CAREER POSSIBILITIES

        With a Master of Science in Finance, there will never be any doubt as to your qualifications, and a broad range of career opportunities will be open to you – both in Norway and internationally. The following are some examples of positions our graduates have obtained recently:

        •  Chief Economist, Sparebank 1 Markets
        •  Vice President, Credit Suisse
        •  Consultant, First House
        •  Business Controller, Kongsberg Maritime AS

         

        Our graduates have also secured jobs such as financial analyst in the oil industry, analyst in the stock market, adviser in a PR-company and senior executive officer in statistics and social analysis - to name a few.

         

         

         

         

      • Master of Science in Business

        WHY CHOOSE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS?

        You have the opportunity to customise your own programme by selecting a concentration area or ‘major’ in addition to choosing free electives from other fields. The comprehensive curriculum will provide you with competence relevant to a wide range of positions. In addition to being awarded a master’s degree, you may also qualify for the title of “Siviløkonom”, a well-established and recognised professional qualification in business and industry.

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        The opportunity to combine different subjects, according to your interests and career plans, is unique for the Business programme. You can choose courses from all core fields of business. You will combine a specialisation (major) in one field with a broader orientation in other fields. On one hand, you will become a generalist or an all-rounder, with a general management education that is relevant to a number of different positions. On the other hand, you will become a specialist in a subject area chosen to meet your interests and ambitions. You will also develop sound analytical and strategic skills that are needed in managerial positions in business, industry, and public administration.

         

        MAJORS

        Choose 1 of these 7 majors:

        •  Economics
        •  Finance
        •  Strategy
        •  Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management
        •  Marketing
        •  Leadership and Change (Starting autumn 2019, you can enroll in the Master of Science in Business with a major in Leadership and Change at our campus in Bergen.)
        •  Accounting and Business Control

         

        CAREER POSSIBILITIES

        As a graduate, you will have the business world at your feet. You will receive a solid education and a wide variety of skills, suited for a leader in an international environment. You will have a strong general knowledge of economics and management and, depending on your choices during your degree, benefit from a specialisation in a specific area. With this knowledge, the career opportunities are many. Master of Science in Business graduates work throughout the business world - both in Norway and internationally.

         

        Following are a few examples of positions our former students have obtained:

        •  Controller, Coca Cola Enterprises
        •  Relationship Manager, Nordea Bank AS
        •  Consultant, EY
        •  Industry Manager, Google Norway
        •  HR Generalist, J.P. Morgan
        •  Consultant Analyst, P.A. Consulting Group
        •  Investment Advisor, Ferd Kapital
        •  Global Account Manager, Universum

         

         

         

         

      • Master of Science in Business Analytics

        WHY STUDY BUSINESS ANALYTICS?

        The survival and performance of any business depends on the choices that are made. Business analytics plays an essential role in providing the tools to make the right decisions and strategies needed to survive in a competitive market and grow profitably. In a world of Big Data, analytics has become a strategic necessity in virtually all areas of business. Analytics now permeates business sectors from marketing to accounting, sales to logistics, and HR to operations. No industry or market is unaffected by Big Data, so the need for business analytics is universal.

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        To make the best decisions, businesses need to master both business and analytics. Through the Master of Science programme in Business Analytics, you will develop the analytical knowledge and skills within an applied business context. Analytics is a means to an end: to achieve greater business value through superior insight. Consequently, you will learn to conduct descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analyses to support and make business decisions. You will develop knowledge and skills through close collaboration with international industry partners. The programme actively utilises team projects so you will acquire and improve your analytical, communication and collaborative skills.

         

        Among the most popular topics you will find:

        •  Decision Theory: Learn about biases in decisions, risk, uncertainty, and game theory.
        •  Data Management: Identify and import data, and learn basic programming.
        •  Econometrics with Big Data Applications: Learn forecasting and prediction models, causal inference, and machine learning.

         

        CAREER POSSIBILITIES

        With a master's degree in Business Analytics, you will be a relevant and attractive candidate for a great number of positions across a range of businesses and industries.

         

        •  Portfolio Analyst
        •  Campaign Analyst
        •  Financial Analyst
        •  Marketing Operations Analyst
        •  HR/People Analyst
        •  Product Analyst
        •  Web Analyst

         

         

         

         

      • Master of Science in Applied Economics

        WHY STUDY APPLIED ECONOMICS?

        This master’s programme provides you with the tools to apply economics in real-life situations. You will specialise in industrial organization and macroeconomics, and you will be particularly well prepared for a career as a macro analyst or an economics consultant.

         

        The programme has a quantitative focus, using data science techniques to simulate economic models and analyse data. You will apply theories and empirical results to solve economic problems, analyse markets, and prescribe optimal business solutions.

         

        The Applied Economics programme is suitable for students with a bachelor degree in: business, economics, and finance; political science and other social sciences with a quantitative focus; and natural sciences including mathematics and statistics.

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        This programme provides you with a solid foundation in core economic disciplines. It has a quantitative focus and integrates data science techniques in the courses. You will develop strong analytical skills and learn a framework for analysis that can be applied to a great variety of areas, ranging from international trade, business cycles and financial markets, to firm competition, market analysis, and strategic behaviour.

         

        You will learn basic programming and data management, and you will learn the main econometrics estimation methods, using both time series and panel data. You will apply these methods to cases relevant for businesses. The emphasis on analytical and quantitative skills throughout the programme will enable you to understand and develop strategies based on statistical arguments, therefore improving on decision making in this digital age.

         

        Among the topics you will find:

        •  Industrial Organization: Learn how to apply econometric techniques to uncover casual relationships that may improve decision-making by firms. Understand how the principles of industrial organization are applied within economics consulting, through real-world cases.
        •  Macroeconomics: Learn the models and empirical techniques used by leading macro-analysts, and analyse macroeconomic events by simulating numerical models. Typical topics are investment, sustainable development, inflation, and how monetary and fiscal policy affect the economy and business.
        •  Data and programming: Learn basic programming for data management, data analysis, and model simulation.

         

        You will have the opportunity to learn directly from leading economists within fields such as Econometrics and Statistics, Industrial Organisation, and Macroeconomics. You will become part of an environment that has strong ties to both the business community and policy makers.

         

        CAREER POSSIBILITIES

        With a Master of Science in Applied Economics degree, you will be a relevant and attractive candidate for a great number of positions, both in the private and public sector. Since the basic concepts in Economics are transferrable, you will be able to work all over the world.

         

        Examples of career possibilities:

        •  Economics consulting/ management consulting
        •  Chief Economist
        •  Macro/micro analyst
        •  Strategic advisor
        •  Data analyst

         

         

         

         

      • Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

        Do you dream of launching your own company? Or maybe you want to follow your entrepreneurial interests and join a growth phase scale-up, or lead innovation efforts at an established company?

         

        WHY STUDY ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION?

        This programme is designed to provide you with entrepreneurial skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. This type of competence can enable you to start and develop your own business, help smaller companies grow and scale-up faster, and contribute to restructuring and innovation in existing businesses.

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        You will learn how to discover new opportunities, evaluate them in close dialogue with the environment, market, and customers, and implement new solutions or business areas. An important part of the programme is to learn about handling uncertainty and risk, and developing the skills necessary to quickly identify opportunities, test solutions, and adapt them to customer needs. Implementation and cooperation skills will also be key learning outcomes.

         

         

         

         

      • Master of Science in Quantitative Finance

        WHY STUDY QUANTITATIVE FINANCE?

        The globalisation of today’s financial markets has led to increased international competition and a growing need for employees with advanced skills. Candidates who combine a deep understanding of financial theory with strong quantitative skills are in high demand. Since companies today have access to large amounts of data, they need employees who can process and analyse financial data to make strategic decisions. The Master of Science in Quantitative Finance will provide you with the skills to assess problems, analyse them through advanced modelling, and make informed decisions. You will learn to use data and technology to better understand complex financial relationships and manage assets, evaluate risk factors, and maximize profitability. This combination of quantitative and analytical skills is easily transferrable to other business disciplines beyond finance, which will make you a valuable candidate for employment across industries.

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        The Master of Science in Quantitative Finance programme provides you with both quantitative and programming skills from topics covering numerical analysis, stochastic models, statistics, and econometrics. Along with the knowledge of finance that you gain, you will learn how to apply these advanced tools and be able to analyse complex financial instruments and contracts, analyse varied data sets for information extraction, as well as make forecasts and measure risk. This combination of knowledge and skills is what companies need in order to compete and succeed today.

         

        Among the topics you will find:

        •  Quantitative Risk Management: Learn about the fundamental issues of risk modelling and management in finance.
        •  Computational Methods: Gain insight into computational methods for pricing and hedging standard and complex financial instruments.
        •  Derivatives: Obtain a thorough understanding of the workings and pricing of derivative securities.

         

        +1 MODEL

        Do you already have a related master’s degree? If so, you may be eligible to complete a MSc in Quantitative Finance degree in just one year. Some applicants may need to take additional courses, which will be determined while evaluating your application for admission. Please click Course Link below for more information.

         

         

         

         

      • QTEM Masters Network

        QTEM (Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management) Masters Network, is an international network bringing together outstanding students, academic partners and international corporations.

         

        At BI, the QTEM option is available in the following programmes:

        •  MSc in Applied Economics
        •  MSc in Business Analytics
        •  MSc in Business - major in Finance
        •  MSc in Business - major in Economics

         

        WHY CHOOSE A MASTERS DEGREE IN THE QTEM MASTERS NETWORK?

        Earn your master’s degree as part of an international network of 25 of the best business schools in the world who partner with leading corporations committed to developing global talent with strong quantitative competencies, analytical skills, international and intercultural experience, and management potential. If you are looking for a master’s degree with global reach and an emphasis on the quantitative and analytical skills in demand by employers, then a QTEM Master is the degree for you.

         

        You will complement the knowledge gained in your core courses at BI with skills and competencies in Finance and Risk Management, Applied Economics, and Public Policy, Business Intelligence and Big Data, or Innovation and Strategy developed while studying at the QTEM partner business schools.

         

        At BI, students in the QTEM Masters Network are automatically members of the Master Merit Society.

         

        WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

        You will learn to make optimal decisions by applying the knowledge and competency you develop by studying at three prestigious business schools. Through the programme, you will learn the latest quantitative techniques and develop analytical skills needed for a global career in finance, economics, big data, or management. By adapting to three different cultures over the course of your educational experience, you will develop global insight and intercultural competency. Your internship will give you hands-on experience, providing a great starting point in your career.

         

        CAREER POSSIBILITIES

         

        •  Financial Analyst: Whether you want to work on the ‘buy’ side of investments or the ‘sell’ side of products, the QTEM programme will prepare you to work for a career in the financial industry.
        •  Equity Analyst: Help your organisation make the best investment decisions by building an investment portfolio within the company’s values and objectives.
        •  Business Intelligence Analyst: Help give your company a competitive edge. Use big data to build the resources your company needs to make timely and valuable decisions.

         

         

         

         

 

Other programmes offered to strengthen your MSc degree:

Students of the MSc Business programme are provided with the option of further enhancing their studies by applying for any of the following:

Double Degree

Students may take a double degree where they would earn two master’s degrees jointly from BI and a partnership university.

Exchange Semester

Students may go on exchange to top schools from all over the world.

 

Click here for more Master programme information.

 

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