Business Administration

UiA offers two specialisations in MSc Business Administration for international applicants:

Specialisation in Analytical Finance:

The theory of finance is constantly developed and refined. The finance industry changes quickly and produces an ever-increasing volume of data. Consequently, there is a growing need for employees who possess a solid understanding of finance theory and who can process and analyse financial data. The program in Analytical Finance will provide you with deep knowledge of financial modelling, computer programming skills, and experience in quantitative analysis of financial data. While studying basic financial theory and econometrics, you will focus on combining computer software and real-world data to implement a wide range of financial models. The covered topics include, but are not limited to, portfolio management, asset management, performance evaluation, capital market equilibrium models, pricing of derivative securities, risk measurement, numerical optimization, computer programming, financial econometrics, forecasting, analysis of intermarket relationships, and stylized facts about financial markets. By the time of graduation, you will be proficient in using tools that feature prominently in the practice of modern finance. Your potential for critical and independent thinking will have been developed. You will be able to make evidence-based decisions, familiarize yourself with new subjects, and tackle new challenging problems. Upon the graduation, you will possess a competitive advantage for securing an attractive position in a bank, a stock exchange, in security trading, investment, risk management, insurance, government or other financial institutions.

This specialization requires a high level of knowledge in finance, mathematics and statistics.

Specialisation in International Business:

This specialization provides the students with the analytical and practical skills to cope with the challenges of an increasingly international market. Central to the specialisation is the multinational company, and how they operate, but also, the challenges small and medium-sized enterprises face in connection with entry into the international arena will be discussed. The specialization in International Business provides insights into this by showing the strategic and operational challenges businesses face and how these can be addressed. It emphasises the analysis of external and internal factors, conditions and strategic choices related to such alliances, international strategy, marketing and management control systems. Candidates with this specialisation are attractive both within the business community and among NGO, as banking and other financial institutions, consultancy, industry and microfinance organizations to name a few. The specialisation provides students with increased cultural understanding and knowledge of international business that makes them well-equipped for an international career.

This specialization requires a high level of knowledge in marketing, organization theory and strategy.

This study programme is not open for applicants outside EU/EEA.

Application deadline
Formal prerequisites

A Bachelor's degree (Equivalent to 180 ECTS credits) within Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or equivalent is required.

The following subjects are required as a part of the bachelor's degree with a minimum of 90 ECTS credits:

  • Business Economics (Accounting, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Investment Analysis etc.)
  • Administrative Sciences (Marketing, Organisation and Leadership, Business Strategy etc.)
  • Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)
  • Methodology (Mathematics, Statistics, Research Methods etc.)
  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

All applicants will have to meet the language requirement in English.

For more details see admission requirements on the programme's webpage.

Application period

  • EU/EEA applicants: From 1 February till 1 March.
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: From 1 February till 1 March.
Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Kristiansand
Credits 120.0
Language of teaching English