SUOMEKSI Study guide
Curricula > Master's degree programmes > Master's degree programme in international business development
Master's Degree Programmes

Master's Degree Programme in International Business Development, Tradenomi (ylempi AMK): 90 ECTS
Master of Business Administration

  • Programme
  • Curricula
  • Implementations

Degree title and level

Master of Business Administration

Study objectives

The Degree in International Business Development is intended for people who wish to develop their professional knowledge, skills and competences of leadership, strategic management, innovation and process management in an international business context.

The profile of the applicant is a person who has been working for at least three years in a related field, has been working full time and would like to develop his/her professional skills in international business. Both Finnish people that would like to study in English and people who have moved to Finland are encouraged to apply. People who are currently in career transition can invest in their future skill-set to re-enter the employment sector.

Study contents

At the beginning of the studies, each student will complete a personalized learning plan consisting of 60 ECTS of master’s level studies and 30 ECTS of final thesis work.
Through the core competence courses offered in the programme (30 ECTS) the student will be able to analyse opportunities to creatively develop innovative international business. The main topics of the core courses are future and strategic management, customer management and digitalization, cross-cultural management, innovation management processes, and lean management.

In addition to the core courses, the student will plan a personalized learning path through complementary competence studies (30 ECTS) in order to shape and customize his/her learning to better fit with the set learning objectives.

The student is expected to be active in the discussions in the classroom and hone their professional skills of persuasion and argumentation both in written and oral forms.

Structure of studies

International Business Development 15 ECTS
Innovative Leadership and Development 15 ECTS

The duration of the programme is 1.5 to 2.5 years. Contact days of core studies are usually limited to 2 to 3 days per month (Thursday and/or Friday 9-16) during the first study year. The contact days of complementary competence studies depend on what courses the student will study. The students can choose elective master’s level courses also in other universities.

There is plenty of challenging independent work and on-line studies in order to accommodate busy people’s professional and personal lives. The studies are rigorous and intensive but manageable.

At Lahti UAS, we have created a Master School platform that allows students to move between the fields of business, social and health care, technology and design. This form of integration supports multidisciplinary thinking. We also encourage our students to participate in student exchange.

We will assess prior course work and prior work experience to determine whether they qualify for academic credit in your degree or as additional elective study.

More about the language of instruction *www

The language of the programme is English.


The student’s thesis is a capstone of his/her personal learning experience. Many of the course deliverables will contribute to building the thesis in order to form a more cohesive learning experience and in order to create a platform for either career advancement or career transitions. We will start the development of the thesis area from the very beginning of the programme, and it will evolve over the course of the programme.

The thesis can be done from the perspective developing your current workplace, your future workplace, or developing a creative international business, or finally, a University development project. The thesis provides a platform for the student to develop scientific research methods and the ability to use scientific sources in combination with making professional recommendations. It is intended that the theses are useful for innovatively developing international business.

Qualification *www

The Master’s Degree in Business Administration is a fully qualified and recognized in the Finnish Educational system and in the EQF (European Qualifications Framework) and fulfils the requirements for public sector positions.

The degree qualifies you to continue in Doctoral Studies, both domestically and abroad.


Students in the programme develop international competence during their studies by working in an international study group. The students can go on study exchange and participate in international seminars and projects.

Co-operation with other parties

The Master School is a joint platform between the Faculties at Lahti UAS (Business and Hospitality Management, Social and Health Care, Technology and Design) that organizes teaching for master’s level studies. The Master School organizes multidisciplinary courses that students can choose as complementary competence studies.

Career opportunities

Students in the programme can immediately apply their learning in their workplace. Many of the graduates are able to capitalize on new opportunities either within their current organization or in new professional careers. Gaining innovative skills and capabilities for developing international business helps our graduates expand their professional possibilities to bridge business beyond the local market challenges. These studies provide an excellent possibility to improve your spoken and written English skills in order to work in an international role by practicing and working in a multicultural environment.

Postrgraduate study opportunities *www

The Master’s Degree in Business Administration is a fully qualified and recognized in the Finnish Educational system and in the EQF (European Qualifications Framework) and fulfils the requirements for Public Sector positions.

The quality of our qualified to continue in Doctoral Studies, both domestically and abroad.