IBMA Degree Programme in International Business Management
Master of Business Administration, 90 ECTS


Master of Business Administration

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Name and level of degree

Master of Business Administration, Master's Degree

Admission requirements and applications

Act of Polytechnics 9.5.2003/351 20§

Haaga-Helia's Master's Programmes have been renewed in 2019. Starting from autumn 2019, the Degree Programme in International Business Management will not be available in application. The new master's business programme is called the Degree Programme in Leading Business Transformation.

Scope and duration of the degree

The scope of the studies is 90 ECTS completed in 1.5 to 3 years as part-time of full time studies.

Recognition of learning

Studies can also progress through the use of competencies acquired in the past or competencies acquired at work during the studies.

Mode of study

The mode of studies is blended and the amount of independent studying, virtual studies and sessions on campus depend on the chosen courses. The contact hours are scheduled for evenings and weekends.

Haaga-Helia's Master's Programmes have been renewed in 2019. Starting from autumn 2019, the Degree Programme in International Business Management will not be available in application. The new master's business programme is called the Degree Programme in Leading Business Transformation.

Language of tuition

The language of the studies is English.

Degree requirements and decrees

The degree curriculum includes Compulsory Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), Elective Advanced Professional Studies (EAPS) & Free-Choice Studies, Master's Thesis including Workshops 1 & 2 and Maturity Test.

Haaga-Helia's operations are governed by the Act on Studies in Universities of Applied Science 18.12.2014/1129 (in Finnish) and Haaga-Helia's Degree Regulations.

Study attainments and assessment

The course assessment criteria are available in the course descriptions. More information about the course assessment is available in Haaga-Helia's Degree Regulations.

Degree profile, targets and structure

Profile of the Degree Programme in International Business Management IBMA

Why IBMA is 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 Programme

The goal of IBMA is to develop students’ international business management competences through 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 organizations competitive players in international business.

The three main objectives of the IBMA Programme 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 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.

Haaga-Helia's Master's Programmes have been renewed in 2019. Starting from autumn 2019, the Degree Programme in International Business Management will not be available in application. The new master's business programme is called the Degree Programme in Leading Business Transformation.

Internationalisation

The students represent various nationalities and work in organisations operating in global settings, which allows learning to take place in multicultural teams. The learning assignments mirror professional’s work in a global setting. The students can also take part in an exchange program with selected partner universities of Haaga-Helia UAS.

Work placement and cooperation with the business community

The degree programme IBMA has an international learning environment as the students and teachers have international background and work experience. The students can also take courses at selected foreign partner universities of Haaga-Helia UAS. IBMA focuses on international business management challenges through individual and group assignments and the master’s degree thesis.

Career opportunities

IBMA students have in average more than 10 years of work experience that helps them to integrate their existing skills, knowledge and experiences with the new theories and concepts during their master studies. Their professional growth makes them competitive in the job market and it promotes their career development.

Postgraduate studies

For example university studies (Ph.D.) or vocational teacher's programme

Alumni activities

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Contact information

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Pasila campus
Ratapihantie 13
00520 Helsinki
admissionservices.pasila(at)haaga-helia.fi

Head of the Degree Programme
Hanna Rajalahti, hanna.rajalahti(at)haaga-helia.fi