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Master's Degree in International Business Management

The English-taught Master's Degree at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary degree that welcomes graduates with at least a Bachelor's (first cycle) degree qualification. 

Degree  Master of Business Administration
Extent of Studies  90 credits
Duration   2 years (part-time)
Numberof Study places   20
Studies begin   end of August
Language of Instruction   English


The Master´s Degree in International Business Management is aimed at staff of growth and internationalisation oriented organisations, or organisations that already engage in international operations or at persons seeking employment in such organisations. The degree’s learning objectives and contents focus on strategic management, research and development methods, global economic issues, international business and the use of new technologies in business. 

The degree is a Master’s level (second-cycle) qualification of 90 credits in total. It takes approximately two years to complete. The degree consists of blended studies accomplished while working. All of the course assignments and the research based development assignment (Master’s thesis) are completed on behalf of the organisation that has commissioned them.



The studies are part-time. There will be an intensive week (4-5 days) of studies at the beginning of each semester (September, January) where everyone should be present. After that, the studies continue online using Moodle and other online platforms. The online lectures will be arranged once every second week or once every week, depending on the course structure. The students are expected to participate the online lectures and the discussions related to the courses. There may be group work and other assignments that give participants an opportunity to collaborate with students from different countries. 

Eligibility of Applicants

You can apply to study in this Master's degree if you have  

- a Bachelor’s (first-cycle) degree qualification in any field
- a minimum of three year’s work experience in the field of business and commerce after the Bachelor's degree
- sufficient proficiency in English.

However, if the Bachelor's degree is not acquired in the field of business, a minimum of 20 credits of business studies accomplished in a higher education institution are required. Applicants with work experience in demanding specialist posts or managerial/leadership posts can be considered to have achieved the required 20 credits of business studies. 



The online application for autumn 2018 intake opens for two periods: 9-24 January 2018 and 14-28 March 2018. It is recommended that international applicants apply in January.

The applications are submitted at The eligible applicants from both application periods will be invited to the entrance exam on 17 April 2018 in Kajaani. 

The entrance exam consists of three parts: self assessment & motivation, essay and an interview. Both written and oral English language skills are tested in the examination. The maximum points from the exam are 100. The applicant should reach the minimum point level from each examination part in order to be qualified. 

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences does not accept the entrance examination results from other exams.

For further information, please contact admissions(at)


Tuition Fees and Scholarships

The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens at KAMK is 6000 euros per academic year. There is no tuition fee for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students. The payment is done at the same time when accepted student confirms his/her study place at KAMK. 

In addition to the tuition fee, the students must pay for their study materials and for their own living costs.  

The Master-level students are able to apply for a scholarship of 3000 euros / academic year from their second year onwards, provided that they accomplish a minimum of 45 credits per academic year. The scholarships are allocated by application only.

The scholarship is directly used to reduce the tuition fee. The scholarship applies only to the tuition-fee paying students.

More information on tuition fees and benefits at KAMK is available here.


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