Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Degree title in Finnish: Tradenomi (ylempi AMK)
The duration and extent of studies is 2.5 years, 90 ECTS.

Supplementary application: 10–31 July, 2019
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Study objectives

International Business Management degree programme focuses on high-level know-how in international business. The curriculum is workplace-oriented and studies are organized in line with each student’s personal study plan.

The aim is that graduates will be able to start up and manage processes related to international business and marketing, they know how to apply the principles of project management and develop a company’s strategic planning and implementation.

Study contents

The study programme includes advanced professional studies, project and research studies, free-choise studies and a thesis. The whole degree programme is conducted in English.

The degree programme can be completed alongside work. Contact teaching takes place approximately every third week (Friday 14:00–19:00, Saturday 9:00–15:00).

Structure of studies

Advanced Professonal Studies
  • Working in Global Business Environment 11 ECTS
  • Enhancing International Marketing and Sales 13 ECTS
  • Managing in Global Business Environment 18 ECTS
  • Methodology 3 ECTS
  • Free-Choice Studies including
  • Russian social and business culture studies
  • or
  • Management accounting studies
  • Human resources management studies
Master´s Thesis 30 ECTS
Total 90 ECTS

Final project

A Master's thesis (30 ECTS) is included in the programme. The Master´s thesis is carried out as a development project related to actual issues and challenges in industry, commerce or individual companies.

We encourage students to do their thesis related to their own working environment.


A part of the studies can be done in exchange in one of our partner institutions. The Saimaa University of Applied Sciences has partner institutions and universities around the world.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Business Administration can work as project managers for companies’ development initiatives, planners and managers in international trade, independent entrepreneurs, etc.

The degree meets the same qualification requirements for personnel in public bodies and authorities as a Master’s degree from a university.

Postgraduate study opportunities

Eligible for doctoral studies. The admissions decisions are made in the receiving higher education institution.

Research focus

The standing point of the RDI at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences is to create new lucrative solutions both to everyday life and business.

We believe that only genuine needs can generate real innovations. We want to be pioneers and remember the key role of the human being (a customer and a user) in the development.

Tuition fee

Non-EU/EEA students are subject to tuition fees. The annual tuition fee for students in Master´s degree programmes is 6 400 e/year. Applying for the 50 % scholarship is possible after the first academic year, if the studies have progressed according to the confirmed curriculum. For more information please see:

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