Degree level

Master’s degree (EQF 7)

Starting group code


Study methods

Full-time studies

The programme can be completed in approximately one and a half year of full-time study through intensive periods from September to November and February to April.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Akpinar Murat

Akpinar Murat

Yliopettaja, Principal Lecturer
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
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​The principal focus of this full-time business programme is to enable you to develop professional skills, innovate new ideas, solve complex business problems, and explore new business opportunities. The programme is for those, who after experiencing the multiple facets of business world, want to take their careers forward and upgrade their competence.

The programme has two compulsory modules: 35 ECTS global business management module and 15 ECTS research and development module. Studies in the global business management module aim to develop students' competences for recognizing opportunities from changes in the global environment and formulating right strategies to capture them. Students assess, articulate and reshape new business opportunities in order to design and implement new business development projects and execute management tasks in global contexts. Studies in the research and development module aim to increase students' competences in identifying research problems and applying suitable research methods for creative problem solving and decision making at the workplace.

In addition, students make 10 ECTS elective studies, choosing from a variety of courses like brand management, financing new ventures in global markets, project management, strategic human resources management, and strategic management accounting. They can also participate in one of our study tours such as the leadership programme in Silicon Valley. Finally, students are required to complete the 30 ECTS master's thesis.

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Targeted competence

Strategic management competence. The student is able to forecast and analyze changes in national and international environment, to define aims, core competences and strategies of an organization, and manage according to them.

Innovation competence. The student is able to manage research, development and innovation projects, to master methods of research and development work, to manage project work, to create new information and improve existing working methods by combining expertise from different fields, and to develop customer-oriented, sustainable and profitable solutions.

Degree profile

​The objective of the master's degree programme is to further develop students' key competences required to continue their professional development. The graduate is able to initiate, plan and implement new business development projects for companies targeting global growth, or execute management tasks in global context. The student can communicate effectively in English language in oral and written formats for different stakeholders in global environment.


The Prior Learning Recognition Procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and selection

Information about applying for degree programmes and student selection

Structure and completion of studies

​Studies include degree-related advanced professional studies (35 ECTS), research and development (15 ECTS), elective studies (10 ECTS), as well as the master’s thesis or a working life development assignment (30 ECTS).

Structure Studies

Figure 1. The structure of studies in Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management.

The 90 ECTS programme is designed as obligatory core studies and optional studies (see Figure 1). The core studies include the 35 ECTS global business management module (as advanced professional studies) and the 15 ECTS research and development module. Courses in the global business management module aim to develop students' competences in strategic management, and the courses in the research and development module aim to develop students' innovation competences. Students can take 10 ECTS of elective studies from available master level courses, and they can choose their topics for their obligatory 30 ECTS master thesis. In making their personal learning plans students are guided by a tutoring process. They are also provided with personal supervision and guidance at master thesis seminars in making their theses.

Every course must be completed in no more than two full semesters from the start thereof. The exception is for the thesis and practice, as well as for extensive courses completed in a number of semesters. If a course is not completed, the student shall re-start it.

In the first contact lesson of a course, the learning outcomes and the content of the course, the different procedures and evaluation criteria are reviewed. In addition, a potential  examination date is agreed upon (the immediate performance time) and the course completion date is announced, after which attempts are no longer accepted. Students have the opportunity to try the completion of a course a total of three times: during the immediate performance time for the course or in two specially determined re-examination times.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Assessment and learning guidance

Learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the learning objectives of the course. Assessment decisions are based on the assessment criteria provided in the course descriptions. Courses are assessed on the assessment scale specified in the course description. According to its purpose, the scale may be either of five steps: 5 (excellent), 4 (very good), 3 (good), 2 (satisfactory) and 1 (adequate) or a pass (P)/fail (0). Completion of the course has been failed (fail (0)) if the student does not achieve the minimum outcomes set for completion of the course.

The student has the right to know how the criteria apply him or her. Course performance is recorded in the transcript of records no later than one month after the declared time of completion of the course and always before the end of the school year.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:


Being awarded a Master’s degree certificate requires the student to complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan.Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

The students are able to carry out managerial duties in demanding development projects, promote the competitive ability of enterprises in business planning and management tasks covering domestic and global markets, as well as can act as growth-oriented and innovative entrepreneurs.

Further studies

The master's degree of the university of applied sciences is a Master's degree of a University. The graduate may get the opportunity to continue their studies in the scientific or artistic studies of universities (§ 37/558/2009). Students can also continue for example by applying for the corresponding follow-up training programs at foreign universities. The University of Applied Sciences also offers continuing education opportunities for specialisation studies, Higher Education Level Apprenticeship Training as well as in working life based continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.


​The learning outcomes laid down in the curriculum of the degree programme have been derived from the analysis of the operating environment produced by the School of Business, JAMK's own strategy, and the school's core competence areas. Planning has been carried out in cooperation with representatives from regional working life (including Osuuskauppa Keskimaa, the Central Finland OP Bank, Nordea Bank Finland Plc, Metso Paper Ltd and Kesko). The development proposals and course feedback submitted by the students of the degree programme have been considered in the development of the curriculum. Foreseeing international expertise takes place by comparing the contents of the educational offerings of partner universities (e.g. University of Cyprus) and using the expertise of the visiting teachers. Representatives of the degree programme are closely involved in the activities of international networks, such as Microeconomics of Competitiveness at Harvard, PRME (Princip0les for Responsible Management Education) and the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).