International Business

The programme provides you with knowledge and insights that are specifically relevant to the organisation and management of global activities. Global firms transcend national boundaries in the labour market as well as in product and factor markets, and this creates managerial challenges. For example, global firms hire from an international pool of talents and must meet the challenge of managing a nationally and culturally diverse work force. Global firms also source their input from suppliers around the globe and must deal with the cultural, logistic and institutional challenges involved in managing a global supply chain. The programme provides you with insights into and understandings of all of these issues that are core areas for managers in global firms.

Understanding the global business environment is equally important. International organisations such as the WTO, and global and regional trade and integration agreements, such as the EU, shape the global market place and the business models and strategies of global firms. Furthermore, international financial markets play a key role for such firms. The programme gives you thorough insights into and understanding of the global business environment facing any firm or organisation operating internationally.

To an increasing extent, firms are held responsible for their policies toward employees, the environment and consumers across national boundaries. Managers in global firms need to know how to identify and deal with the challenges, and to ensure that the firm as well as its complete supply chain acts responsibly and in accordance with high international standards.

The programme gives you a solid foundation for responsible leadership in an international context.

Candidates who have completed their specialisation in International Business will have acquired the following at the end of the program:


  • advanced professional insights into the global environment and the strategic and managerial challenges facing global firms
  • up-to-date knowledge of relevant theories and a profound understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of international business
  • solid competencies in empirical method applicable to international business as well as of ethics in an international business context


  • apply methodological and interdisciplinary skills to identify challenges and opportunities arising in international organisations.
  • use information and theoretical insights to propose and evaluate solutions to international challenges.
  • use the insights and theoretical foundation in international business as basis for acquiring new information and knowledge needed to handle international challenges.


  • communicate with both specialists and non-specialists about challenges and opportunities in international business.
  • reflect upon and take into consideration ethical issues and social responsibility, being aware of the added challenges that may arise in an international setting.
  • contribute with new insights and perspectives that further business development from an international perspective.

Students will be equipped with the right mix of analytical and practical skills for a career in multinational companies, international organisations or smaller firms whose activities involve a substantial degree of international business.

Application deadline
Formal prerequisites
  1. Bachelor’s degree: Admission to master’s degree studies in Norway requires Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Please refer to NOKUT (The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) for information about the minimum educational requirements for your country.90 ECTS must be within economics and business administration. This may include methodological subjects like statistics or mathematics, but not exclusively. 30 ECTS must be within business administration (e.g. finance, accounting, strategy, marketing, statistics, mathematics, etc.). Economics courses such as micro- or macroeconomics may not count toward the business administration requirement. This requirement is absolute and cannot be compensated by work experience, test results or other criteria.Applicants are ranked according to their grade average. Your GPA should correspond approximately to a B on the ECTS grading scale.
  2. GMAT or GRE: Applications not including a GMAT/GRE test by March 15 will under no circumstances be considered, unless you belong to one of the few groups exempted (see Exemptions from the GMAT-/GRE requirement below).Minimum test scores required: GMAT: a total score of 600 points.GRE: 152 points on the quantitative reasoning section. NB! There are some exemptions from this requirement. More information can be found on NHH'swebsite.
  3. English language requirement: TOEFL – Minimum total score: 90 points on the internet based test, 575 points on the written test or 233 on the computer-based test. IELTS - Minimum overall band score: 6,5. PTE Academic - Minimum score of62. TOEIC -There is no minimum score requirement for the TOEIC; the test result will be subject to an individual assessment.NB! There are some exemptions from this requirement. More information can be found on NHH's website.
  4. Curriculum vitae (résumé):You must submit a copy of your curriculum vitae/résumé. The CV/résumé should contain information about previous studies, work experience, extracurricular activities, languages spoken and other experiences you wish to bring to the attention of the admission committee.
  5. Documentation of financial ability: All citizens outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland must document financial ability.More information can be found on NHH's website.
  6. Documentation of identity:In order to confirm your identity, you must upload 1) a copy of your passport/ID card and 2)a copy of your diploma/transcript from secondary school (in the original language).
Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Bergen
Credits 120.0
Language of teaching English