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

Master of Business Administration

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Name of the Degree Programme

Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management


There are no lines of specialization in this Degree Programme.

Qualification awarded

Degree: a second-cycle (master's) degree
Degree title: Master of Business Administration

Level of qualification

The degree programme leads to a second cycle Master-level qualification in the European Higher Education system. In the eight-level European and Finnish National Qualifications Frameworks the qualification belongs to level 7.
The description of the level of the Degree is included in the Statute, at

Specific admission requirements

Eligibility for studies at a university of applied sciences is stipulated in the Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014.

The selection criteria are specified in the data of the Degree Programme at and

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Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (RPL)

The RPL procedure means the identification and recognition of the student’s previously acquired learning. The student has the opportunity to apply for the recognition of their competencies if the competencies correspond to the learning goals of the Degree Programme. The identification process is closely connected with the preparation of the student’s personal curriculum and is updated during personal counselling discussions.

The identification and recognition practices are presented in the RPL Instruction of SeAMK. It specifies how recognition of competencies is applied for, how the application is processed, and how the student is informed of it. The instruction lists the RPL contact persons of each Degree Programme, who counsel students on matters related to the process.

In the assessment of prior learning, for example the following evidence is used:

– certificates on training programmes with similar content and other training programmes
– testimonials and further clarifications by an employer
– interviews of the student
– written and oral exams or reports
– functional or written assignments or other evidence
– presentations, portfolios

The final project/thesis and the Maturity Test cannot be submitted to the RPL procedure.

The arrangements are based on the general RPL guidelines established at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Qualification requirements and regulations (incl. graduation requirements)

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Pedagogical approach and learning environment

Multi-modal learning methods are used. Each course includes two two-day contact sessions on an average. The emphasis of learning is on independent work as well as solving distant learning assignments and studying online. The development project is an essential part of the studies.

Profile of the programme

The first-year studies focus on the management of international business, which are common to all.
The second-year studies consist of the studies advancing the student’s personal career development. Students can specialize either in the development of international business or project management.
The thesis process will start during the first semester. The studies of research and development support the progress of thesis process throughout the study program.
Furthermore, the study program includes elective studies which contribute to the student´s professional development. They will be organized in cooperation with Vaasa University of Applied Sciences and Centria University of Applied Sciences.

Occupational profiles

Most of the graduates of the programme work in different specialist or management positions in business and industry. Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has taken a Master's degree at a university of applied sciences is qualified for posts or positions in the public sector for which the qualification requirement is a first cycle/second cycle degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specific fields of study.


The programme is conducted in English in an intercultural study group. It has strong co-operation with its international key partners including common Global Master School, other course options and welcoming visiting lecturers, In addition double degree programme is organized in co-operation with Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences.

Access to further studies

Eligible for third-cycle higher education studies.
The admissions decisions are made in the receiving higher education institution.

Structure of the studies

In accordance with the Universities of Applied Sciences Act, the studies of a Degree Programme consist of advanced professional studies, free elective studies, and a final project/thesis. The extent of the studies is 90 credits.

Common Advanced Professional Studies, 30 ECTS
Studies for Advancing the Student’s Personal Career Development, 15 ECTS
Elective Studies, 15 ECTS
Master Thesis, 30 ECTS

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Graduation requirements

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and instructions for graduates at Intra.

Mode of study

The courses of the programme are taught on Friday afternoons and Saturdays, which allows the students to work during their studies.

Head of degree programme

Ms Anne-Maria Aho
tel. +358 40 8304 173
e-mail: anne-maria.aho(at)

Student counsellor

Ms Anne-Maria Aho
tel. +358 40 8304 173
e-mail: anne-maria.aho(at)

Coordination of international mobility

Tiina Välimäki, 040-830 4127, tiina.valimaki(at), Coordinator, Outgoing student exchanges to Europe
Maria Loukola, 040-830 2240, maria.loukola(at), Coordinator, Incoming and outgoing student exchanges outside Europe

Student services

Tel. +358 20 124 5055,

Field of study

Business, administration and law

The classification of the educational field is based on the international ISCED classification used by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Learning outcomes

The programme aims to increase professional knowledge of international business. Having completed the programme, the student has grown into a business management professional capable of independent decision-making, working with management or demanding expert tasks in businesses that operate in the international market or are planning to go international.

Generic and subject specifc competences

Competencies are extensive knowledge entities, or combinations of the individual’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes. They describe qualifications, performance potential, and the ability to cope with professional duties.

Common/general competencies are fields of know-how common to different Degree Programmes, but their special characteristics and importance may vary between professions and work assignments. General competencies form the basis for professional activities, cooperation, and the development of expertise. According to Arene’s (Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences) recommendations, general competencies include learning skills, ethical competence, cooperation skills, innovation skills, and internationalization skills. In addition to the above-mentioned competencies, entrepreneurial skills and quality management skills are emphasized in the degree studies of SeAMK as competencies common to all.

Degree programme-specific competencies form the basis for the development of the student’s professional expertise.

Work-based learning and work placements

The Degree Programme doesn’t include practical training.

The student’s salaried work during their studies and the competencies achieved through it can be used in order to complete a course. This is referred to as employment-integrated learning, and it can also be related to voluntary work or hobbies. It is essential that the things learnt through working contribute to the attainment of the learning goals of the course. Learning achieved through employment-integrated learning can be verified, for instance, through skills demonstrations and assignments.

Coordination of Practical Training

The Degree Programme doesn’t include practical training.