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Master of Business Administration

The business environment in the High North and in other parts of the world is changing due to digitalization, financial and political developments, green economy and globalization, among others.

The research suggests that the future is in the North due to the changes in the demand of natural resources, demographic changes, global warming and globalization.Also the businesses are changing; the organizational structures, the ownership of businesses, business models and role of work and labor.

Networks are changing to emerging partnerships where all actors have to be actively looking for new innovations and trusted partners. Because of these developments, the character and role of entrepreneurship is seeking new forms.

The objective of the International Business Management is to give a holistic picture of the international business.

The programme is designed to increase the competencies of the students and to respond to the needs of the changing business environment. Its foundation is on definition and solving of a development idea and problem together with the fellow students and the working life.

A strong emphasis on multiculturalism is included to enhance competencies in the field of business model development, business cultures, business platforms and ecosystems, and strategic management in international business especially in the High-North.

Furthermore, the aims at designing and building concrete development plans for enterprises to support their internationalization processes.

The programme is conducted entirely in English. There are also close relationships with international partners, both businesses and universities.


Study contents

The Master’s Degree Programme in International Business Management will conform to the requirements knowledge, skills and competencies for the level 7 of European Qualification Framework, EQF(7).

Tuition is carried out virtually by utilizing Moodle and GAFE Study Environments and Ilinc system.

Contact weeks are arranged once in a semester. The on-line studies make it possible to combine studies with the work and private life.

The vision of the International Business Management programme is based on three competence areas:

  • digital transformation of enterprises,
  • business model innovation, and
  • service ecosystems and platforms.


Leadership plays a central role in a transformation process. This means that the success of a transformation is dependent on the skills and competencies of the leadership within an organization. The behavior of managers is an important determinant for the culture within an organization.

In the IBM programme, future managers will be trained in showing appropriate behavior and raising awareness and engagement.

Structure of studies

Overall theme: Business developer

The programme is divided into themes:

Theme 1. Changing Business Environment 20 cu

• Northern Business Environment 5 cu
• Business Model Innovations and Leadership 10 cu
• Elective: Intercultural Interaction 5 cu

Theme 2. Analyzing Business Models and Ecosystems 20 cu

 • Customer Experience Management 5 cu
• Service Ecosystems and Platforms 10 cu
• Business Research and Development Methods 5 cu

Theme 3. Digital Transformation Strategies 20 cu

• Knowledge and Network Management 5 cu
• Digital Transformation Strategies 10 cu
• Elective: Project Management 5 cu

Master Thesis 30 cu

Three themes consist of 10 and 5 credit unit courses, and an elective course. The thesis process starts from the first semester aiming at developing skills of the students in academic writing and in research and business development methods.

Final project

The aim of the Master thesis is to apply the all-encompassing knowledge and skills in international management to a specialized area of the student’s choice in her/his stakeholder organization or in a regional development project.

Most talents do research and write their Master thesis aiming to apply the learned theories in to practice, and to develop their own research competences and also internationalization processes of their home organizations.

It is also possible do research which has more general interest in enhancing cross-border co-operation in the High-North.


The Master’s Degree Programme in International Business Management will conform to the requirements knowledge, skills and competencies for the level 7 of European Qualification Framework, EQF(7).



The application period for Lapland UAS Master´s Degree programme starts on the 13th of February 2017 and closes on the 31st of March 2017 at 3.00 pm Finnish time (+2 hrs GMT).

Please note, that to apply to this programme you are to have a minimum of 3 years’ working experience after BBA graduation.

The applications for the programme is submitted through the , which is the national joint application service in Finland. Fill in the application form for this programme here.


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For further information

  • Degree
    International Business Management
    Tradenomi (YAMK)
  • Length
    90 ETCS credits (2 years)
  • Teaching
    On-line-studies with two seminar weeks per year in Tornio, Finland.
  • Language of instruction
  • Number of study places
    Tornio 20
  • Application period
    13.2.2017 - 31.3.2017
  • Entrance examination
    18 May 2017 at 8 - 17. Address: Minerva, Kauppakatu 58, Tornio
  • Studies begin
    Autumn 2017
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TornioHaparanda Twin city

Tornio is a cozy town in the Finnish Lapland. It forms a cross-border twin city together with Haparanda in Sweden.

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