Degree level and field of study

Master’s degree (EQF 7), Business, administration and law

Starting group code


Forms of study

Part-time studies

Structure of studies

Individual courses

Intended competence

Contact information

Akpinar Murat

Akpinar Murat

Yliopettaja, Principal Lecturer
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
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Key learning outcomes

The principal focus of the international business management master's degree programme is to develop working life competences in global business management. These competences will enable the student to act as a global business manager to explore new business opportunities in global markets and manage global business operations.

Education content and professional growth and know-how

The professional growth of students is led by a tutoring process which starts at the very beginning of the studies and continues until graduation. In this process students complete personal learning plans and discuss with their tutors about their needs for developing their target competences. The 90 ECTS programme is designed as obligatory core studies and optional studies. The tutoring discussion leads to making appropriate choices in optional studies. The core studies include the 15 ECTS management module, the 10 ECTS research and development module, and the 20 ECTS global business management module. Courses in the management module and the research and development module aim to develop students' shared master competences, while courses in the global business management module develop students' expert core competence, namely the global business management competence. As optional studies, students can take 15 ECTS of elective studies from available master level courses and develop their complementary competence, and they can choose their topics for their 30 ECTS master thesis. Students are provided with personal supervision and guidance at master thesis seminars in making their theses.

Flexible studies

Students can do the studies at part-time (in 3 years) or full-time (in 1.5 years) pace based on their preference. Most of the courses are implemented by blending in-class activities with learning in virtual environments. Students can choose their electives from master level courses of other degree programmes or from CampusOnline, Edufutura, Yritystehdas, and Future Factory. Prior learning can be recognized via other master level studies or through work experience based on discussions with course instructors.

Working life oriented learning

Working life cooperation is an ongoing practice in the programme's curriculum as part-time students continuously reflect on their learning in the courses in the light of their current and previous experiences at their work experiences. Corporate interaction is intensified during the master thesis stage when students target to develop practices at their work places. Guest lecturing by industry professionals further enhance the working life cooperation.

The development assignments included in the study modules and courses are integrated with working life. The studies make use of the competencies and expertise of the study group members.

Career opportunities and employment

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. They can also act as growth-oriented and innovative entrepreneurs.

Degree-related qualifications

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

Further studies

The graduate may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37). Studies can be continued by applying for corresponding post-degree education at universities abroad, for example. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, an online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life based continuing education.

Education planning

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. 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 (Principles for Responsible Management Education) and the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).