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2 Bi MASTER PRoGRAMMES Bi norwegian Business School s Master programmes all lead to a two-year Master of Science (MSc) degree. our programmes will teach you what globalisation and internationalisation are all about and prepare you thoroughly for an international career. Bi is a business school with a strong research tradition and boasts norway's largest and one of Europe s largest and most productive academic environments in the areas of business economics, marketing, finance and management. All Master programmes consequently offer you state-of-the-art knowledge based on cutting-edge research. Bi's Master programmes provide a stimulating and multi-cultural learning environment. faculty and students have an international outlook and share a fundamental curiosity that will take them to the heart of any business and management related matter. The Master programmes are thorough, demanding and interactive, and the active participation of students is stimulating. All programmes are taught in English. norway friendly, down-to-earth people, unique scenery, summer nights bright as day and delightful snowy winters make norway a very special country. it is easy for a foreigner to feel at home in norway. English is widely spoken and coping with day-to-day life in norway does not require proficiency in norwegian. There are approximately 5 million norwegians and they are considered to be friendly and open to strangers. ABoUT Bi Bi norwegian Business School is an internationally recognised and accredited, private institution located in oslo, the capital of norway. Bi has one of Europe s largest and most productive academic environments in the area of business administration, marketing, finance and general management. Bi is a school for people who want a wide scope, accessibility and flexibility, as well as depth, specialisation and an international perspective. in May 2008, Bi obtained the status of a specialised university institution under the norwegian Higher Education Act. Bi in SHoRT EQUiS accreditation since 1999 and reaccredited in 2005 and 2010 Research oriented Undergoing AMBA and AAcSB processes Wide range of educational programmes taught in English: Bachelor of Business Administration, Master, PhD and Executive MBA programmes State-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities 21,000 students of which 52% are part-time 1200 international students oslo campus is home to over 8100 undergraduate and postgraduate students 390 faculty members Read more about Bi at Shipping, maritime, oil and gas, pulp and paper products, chemicals, shipbuilding and fishing are the most significant traditional industries. norway first emerged as a major oil and gas producer in the mid-1970s. Employment remains currently high, and the prospects for economic growth are encouraging. norway is a very safe country in which to live. its crime rate is amongst the lowest in the world and its environment and air are amongst the cleanest. norway is one of the world s richest countries in per capita terms 1. norway has the highest standard of living for its citizens 2. norway is ranked as 5th among the 10 cleanest places on earth 3. norway has a low unemployment rate at 3 percent 4 norway is one of the safest countries to live in 5 norway is the most prosperous country in the world 3 1 According to oecd rankings 2 According to annual Un report 3 According to forbes.com 4 According to Trading Economics 5 According to Global Peace index 2012 Read more about norway at Scenic norwegian ord and mountains. The new opera in downtown olso. The vast nature of norway provides many opportunities.
3 MSc in Business MSc in Financial Economics MSc in Strategic Marketing Management MSc in Leadership and Organisational Psychology MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor or electives courses credits Specialisation courses 60 credits Specialisation courses 60 credits Specialisation courses 60 credits Specialisationcourses 60 credits Major courses credits Possibility for exchange or internship in the 3rd semester or Double Degree in the 2nd year Possibility for exchange in the 3rd semester or Double Degree in the 2nd year Possibility for exchange in the 3rd semester or Double Degree in the 2nd year Possibility for exchange in the 3rd semester or Double Degree in the 2nd year Possibility for exchange in the 3rd semester or an entrepreneurial internship between 1st and 2nd year for more up-to-date programme information, visit PRoGRAMME STRUcTURE Programme details Duration: Mode of study: Total credits: course credits: Thesis credits: core courses: Specialisation courses: Thesis: 2 years of study full-time 120 EcTS credits 90 EcTS credits 30 EcTS credits 4 5 courses in ethics, methods, and subject areas related to the individual programmes subjects in-depth investigation of your chosen topic Specialisation courses Specialisation courses provide the main vehicle for specialisation. As a general rule, each course covers 36 contact hours over the semester. Group work, term paper preparation and independent study are important elements in all courses. Thesis Each specialisation includes a thesis, which is a major exercise in information research and analysis. The thesis process starts during the first year of the programme with a research methodology course. You will work on your thesis in teams of two students or independently. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor you will then work on an in-depth investigation of your chosen topic during the second year of the programme. Learning environment in the Master programme you will encounter a combination of teaching methods which involve a high level of student activity and regular feedback. To enhance the learning outcome and progression, emphasis is placed on teaching methods that involve a high level of student activity combined with forms of assessment that promote learning by means of regular feedback. facilities Bi is a future-oriented business school and is continually updating and improving its teaching facilities. Bi offers guaranteed housing to international students, on-campus health and welfare services, library and access to a fitness centre. More information at Bi careers Service The careers Service at Bi serves as a link between students and business life: it provides a counseling service and access to Bi's job database. More information at Student life Bi provides a wide range of services to make student life easier through organised activities by the Student Union. More information at Upon graduating, students maintain close ties through the extensive Bi Alumni network. More information at Graduate Students Society The Graduate Students Society (GSS) arranges various social events for students to get acquainted with each other, build friendships and have fun during their study time at Bi, in addition to providing opportunities to meet the business community. More information at Bi Master facts 2012 Student Population: 1057 intake: 542 Average age: 25 Male/female: 49%/51% norwegian/international*: 72%/28% number of nationalities represented*: 55
4 MSc in financial EconoMicS Bi is internationally recognised for its research in the field of financial economics and consequently lectures are given by faculty of high international standing. The finance industry is undergoing constant change and graduates with world class financial expertise provided by Bi are much in demand. This programme provides a thorough understanding of current financial theories, financial decision making criteria and risk management. More information at financial Statoil ASA Auditor Trainee Deloitte Management consulting PA consulting Group Business 3M Equity DnB nor Markets Stock Broker Pareto Securities The nielsen company Audit Representative Ernst & Young KLP capital AS MSc in STRATEGic MARKETinG MAnAGEMEnT Leaders come from different fields. We educate market-oriented leaders for the modern economy. This programme provides excellent in-depth knowledge of marketing as a discipline and a management philosophy. Because marketing is closely linked to business strategy, students learn to offer data-driven decisions and recommendations with financial implications. We hone students abilities for creative, analytical and strategic thinking by focusing on marketing theory, statistical methods, and financial analyses. More information at Brand Manager orkla Brands Business Developer L oréal Marketing coordinator DnB Junior client Advisor The nielsen company Sales Trainee ibm Marketing Manager consumer Microso norway Marketing coordinator Asia Pacific DnV (Det norske Veritas), china Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers (Pwc) Marketing consultant (communication) Rica Hotels (Head office) MSc in LEADERSHiP AnD organisational PSYcHoLoGY The programme focuses on the human side of organisations. it combines traditional business studies with management and organisational psychology. it provides students with up-to-date knowledge in research related to leadership and organisational psychology and its application to the tasks and challenges of management and leadership in the modern organisation. More information at HR Representative GE oil & Gas Accenture Project Manager corporate Relations norwegian Red cross HR Assistant opera So ware ASA Recruitment Specialist/Researcher Mercuri Urval HR Manager Statoil ASA Purchaser oluf Lorentzen AS consultant PA consulting Group Management Trainee DnV (Det norske Veritas) MSc in innovation AnD EnTREPREnEURSHiP Students will develop leadership skills and insight into processes of change, within enterprises as well as new venture creation. The programme focuses both on the practical matters as well as theoretical dimensions, aiming to combine theory with practice. The programme has been designed on the basis of a need within industry and is particularly suited for business development tasks. More information at Media Advisor omd norway consultant capgemini Business Developer Trainee opera So ware ASA Business Advisor opef Engineering Business Developer Self-owned company Entrepreneur lynet.no, norway Sales Trainee ibm norway Assistant ceo cerno AS founder Topir ips Bi s Master programmes give you the research-based academic background needed in order to apply for admission to PhD programmes in norway. More information at
5 MSc in BUSinESS This programme gives you a strong analytical and strategic business education. You have the opportunity to specialise in many business related areas and to tailor your Master to your qualifications and aspirations. The programme combines a broad business understanding, a strong analytical and quantitative orientation and the option to specialise in both a Major and a Minor of your choice. it is considered the broadest and most prestigious management education in norway. candidates may obtain the additional title Siviløkonom *, a title with a strong reputation amongst employers in norway. The programme is currently ranked in the financial Times ranking Masters in Management. * candidates need to combine the MSc in Business with a BSc degree in Business consisting of a broad and specific mix of quantitative and managerial subjects, as regulated by the norwegian council of Economic and Administrative Education (nrøa) Analytical core courses All students need study core analytical subjects, like Research Methodology, Statistics, Ethics, Mathematics and Microeconomics. These courses are taken during the first year, to ensure a research based degree and a strong quantitative and analytical foundation for the chosen Major. choose a Major A Major is where you specialise. Each Major consists of 6 to 7 courses within one academic field. The final thesis (30 EcTS) is written on a chosen topic within your Major, to assure you achieve in-depth knowledge in your chosen field. international Business new! finance Economics Marketing Human Resource Management Strategy Logistics Accounting, Law and Tax (norwegian skills required) You need to select a major when you apply, in order for Bi to assess your qualifications. new! Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers (Pwc) Accenture Accountant KPMG Business consultant ibm norway Associate McKinsey & company Business and Marketing controller Phillips, Hamburg Trainee Siemens AS Research Executive TnS Gallup Ernst & Young Management consultant Deloitte Major in international Business Bi s Major in international Business takes a cross-disciplinary approach to provide in-depth understanding of the international business environment and firms approaches to doing business cross borders. The Major transcends traditional subject specialisations and draws on strategy, organisation, marketing, finance and economics to provide a broad range of theoretical perspectives, models and methods for managing the complex-ity of international business. The Major entails compulsory exchange in the third semester, in order to integrate theory and experience of living and studying abroad. choose a Minor or free Electives at Bi or abroad You may choose a Minor, consisting of 3-4 courses from another academic field than your Major. A Minor gives a good understanding of another academic field, but not in the same depth as in your Major. Minor choices are all eight Majors plus two extra: Eight Majors innovation and Entrepreneurship internship (8 week job placement plus two courses) instead of choosing a Minor, you may choose 3-4 courses from different areas as free Electives and achieve a broader academic background. You may also choose to go on exchange in the third semester and take your Minor or free Electives abroad at a partner school. You may choose to apply for the Double Degree option, stay abroad for the whole second year and receive a MSc Degree Diploma from both schools. All options for the second year are decided during the first year. Bi will provide the information you need to make your choices within your first year of study. for more information about Double Degree and Exchange see international opportunities. More information at new!
6 ALUMni PRofiLE View our award winning campus at ALUMni PRofiLE «The MSc programmes at BI provide students with a wide range of resources and opportunities to help excel in their desired career. In addition to a strong theoretical base in my studies, I was able to strengthen my professional skills through experience and BI's network that led me to where I am today.» «The competence and international exposure gained from my Master s programme enable me to deliver on complex assignments with a global reach. Business reality requires from us the ability to make dynamic assessments, gauge risks and think of new solutions in an ever-changing world - that is the challenge I was trained for at BI.» Benjamin Kuban, USA Marketing consultant, Wilhelmsen Ships Service MSc 2012 Andra Maria Vasilescu, Romania corporate graduate programme in ﬁnance & control, Statoil ASA MSc 2012 EMPLoYER PRofiLE ALUMni PRofiLE Students from Bi are ambitious «A Master s degree is a challenging programme and students who want to go the extra mile need to have a Master s degree. It s a large workload and also a lot of fun. You learn constantly. It s definitely an enjoyable period. BI played an important role in my career planning. I got my job at PA Consulting through BI. Careers Service has been a huge help with courses, my internship, with applying for a job and getting in contact with the business community.» «Statoil recruits students from a variety of programmes to our summer internship and graduate programme. Students from BI are attractive candidates for us. They are knowledgeable and ambitious, and we have very positive experiences with candidates from BI.» Tone Rognstad, Vice President corporate HR, Statoil Ielyzaveta Nienova, Ukraine consultant, PA consulting Group MSc 2012
7 international opportunities All of Bi s MSc programmes offer at least one possibility to experience studying abroad. Exchange Bi Master students have an excellent opportunity to further expand their international horizon. They may apply to spend one semester abroad at one of Bi's over 160 international exchange partners in 43 countries. Bi offers a shortlist of partners tailored for each MSc programme. Visit international mentor programme The international mentor programme was launched in the Autumn of 2006 and is conducted over a year. it consists of approximately 20 Master students who are partnered with a mentor, based on personality, background, programme and interest. Mentors who participate in this programme have long leadership experience within an international environment. Visit Double degrees Students spend the first year at Bi and the second year at the host university. Students will receive two Master degrees, one from Bi and one from the host institution. MSc in Business: católica LiSBon School of Business & Economics, Lisbon, Portugal Queen s School of Business, Kingston, canada Edhec Business School, Lille, france University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (finance major only) MSc in financial Economics: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia MSc in Strategic Marketing Management: University of Groningen, The netherlands MSc in Leadership and organisational Psychology: Tilburg University, The netherlands Visit PRAcTicAL information Tuition fee nok 79,900 (approx. USD 13,950; EUR 10,600) per year.* Estimated living costs in norway nok 95,000 (approx. USD 16,600; EUR 12,700) per year.* Part-time work during your studies There are good opportunities for part-time work for international students in norway. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Average wage is around EUR/20 23 USD.* *exchange rate September 2012 Scholarships Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence as indicated by grade point average (GPA) and GMAT or other accepted admission tests. Scholarships for Norwegian and international students: The Bi Presidential Scholarships are for norwegian and international top level candidates (EcTS grade A or equivalent). They cover the full tuition fees for two years. Additional living costs scholarships are available for international students. Scholarships for international students: The Bi Master of Science scholarships: cover partial or full tuition fees for the first year. The norwegian State Educational Loan fund scholarships for students from Bi partner institutions in select developing countries cover living costs for both years (10 months per year) and most of the tuition fees. The A. Wilhelmsen foundation Scholarship: provides a two-year scholarship covering tuition fees and most of the living costs. Scholarship application deadline is March 1st. complete scholarship details can be found at Admission requirements Academic background: a bachelor degree from an accredited institution of higher learning (min. 180 EcTS) in Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, finance and/or subjects relevant to the chosen area of specialisation. Grade point average (GPA) should be at least B (EcTS scale). A satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) (600) and on the ToEfL (575) or ielts language test (6.5). A GMAT and ToEfL requirement waiver may be granted to students from Bi partner institutions. This list of general admission requirements applies to all programmes. You will find detailed admission requirements for individual programmes at When you apply please include your bachelor diploma (if finished), transcripts, cv, motivation letter, financial plan, copy of passport and GMAT/ToEfL score (if applicable). Deadline for applications is March 1st. We operate a rolling admission system a er that date, subject to the availability of places and scholarships. complete application and admission details and an online application form can be found at Academic year guideline March 1 March 1 March 1 May 1 Mid August nov Dec Early January May June Mid June Scholarship application deadline Admisson application deadline Deadline for receipt of all documents Housing application deadline Welcome to Bi and classes commence Exam period classes commence Exam period Academic year ends for more information visit Bi norwegian Business School reserves the right in every case at its discretion and for any reason to amend changes in regulations, syllabuses and fees without prior notice and to alter and not to offer courses or part of courses. This brochure does not form part of any contract between any person and Bi norwegian Business School.
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