|Application deadline:||February 27|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||August 2015|
|Credits (ECTS):||120 ECTS|
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
|More information:||Go to university website|
The Master's Degree Programme in International Business is a two-year, full-time programme focusing on the identification and management of challenges arising from planning, controlling and coordinating business activities on an international scale. Based both on the required competence of international managers today as well as core areas of research within the University of Vaasa, the teaching on the programme centres around current theory and practice in three key aspects of international business - international strategic management, international marketing management, and international human resource management. The international EPAS accreditation is a mark of the quality of the business teaching in the University of Vaasa.
Besides these three key areas, the MIB programme offers students a range of country-focused studies which prepare students to do business in key emerging markets. Teaching on the programme is supported by high-quality, and internationally recognised research groups that have been rewarded several times for their contributions to the international academic community.
The programme is looking for students who have a good academic record from their previous studies in a relevant subject (business studies/economics), have a genuine interest in international aspects of business and management, have worked or intend to work in an international organisation, and who are committed to studying an intensive two-year programme which leads to a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree. The intake of the Master's Degree Programme in International Business is 25 students, and the application period is January - February annually.
There are no entrance examinations for international Master's programmes at the University of Vaasa. Admission decisions are made on the basis of the required documents, evaluating each complete application individually and selecting those with the best qualifications. Master's degree students have no tuition fees. They are only required to pay the Student Union membership fee of approximately 128 euro per academic year.
MIB focuses on the identification and management of challenges arising from planning, controlling and coordinating business operations on an international scale.
Based both on the required competencies of international managers as well as core areas of research within the University of Vaasa, the teaching on MIB centres around current theory and practice in three key areas of international business - international strategic management, international marketing management and international human resource management.
The study programme comprises 120 ECTS and leads to a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree. The programme can be completed in two years.
To be considered for admission to the programme, the applicant must fulfil the following criteria:
1. Scope of the degree
A 3- or 4-year Bachelor degree at university or polytechnic level
2. Prior studies at Bachelor level or higher in the core areas of the programme
For the MIB programme these areas are: international business, marketing, and management and organisation
3. Applicant’s performance (i.e. GPA) in previous studies, including the thesis or ‘final report’ (i.e. the final assignment students must complete in circumstances where a thesis is not used)
The overall grade (GPA) and the grade of the thesis for a Bachelor’s degree from a university should be at least ‘good’ 3/5 (ECTS grading), or equivalent in the systems not using the ECTS.
The overall grade (GPA) and the grade of the thesis or ‘final report’ for a Bachelor’s degree from a polytechnic or university of applied sciences should be at least ‘very good’ 4/5 (ECTS grading).
4. English language proficiency, which can be proved in one of the following ways:
TOEFL test results with minimum score of 580 in paper-based test, 213 in computer-based test or 92 in iBT (University of Vaasa’s TOEFL institution code is 0647)
IELTS test results (academic band) with minimum score of 6.5 (each section minimum 5.5)
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic band) results with a minimum score of 62
National Certificate of Language Proficiency (arranged by Finnish National Board of Education) with an average language skill level 5 or 6 in the English language
CPE test (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with pass grade A, B or C
CAE test (Certificate in Advanced English) with pass grade A, B or C
Certificate of secondary education completed in English in EU / EEA countries, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa
Certificate of English as the A language (i.e. mother tongue) as a part of International Baccalaureate degree, or as the LI (i.e. mother tongue) or the LII (i.e. as the official language) as a part of European Baccalaureate degree
Bachelor's or Master's degree (or equivalent) completed in English in one of the EU / EEA countries, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. If the language of instruction (English) is not clearly stated in the degree certificate, it is to be verified by a certificate signed by a university official
English as the major subject in Bachelor's or Master's degree
Certificate of English as a foreign language in a Finnish university degree
| CAE score: (read more) |
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.
|60 (Grade C)|
|TOEFL paper-based test score :||580|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||92|
The University of Vaasa does not offer scholarships for international students. Degree students are eligible for a Finnish state scholarship and a state-guaranteed bank loan only if they have lived in Finland for at least two years in some capacity other than that of a student and if their residence in Finland can be considered to be of a permanent nature. Those who have sufficient other income or who progress poorly in their studies are not eligible for support. As a rule, foreigners who have lived in Finland for less than two years are not eligible for financial support unless specific reasons make their residence in Finland permanent. More information may be obtained from the Academic Affairs Office at the University or at Kela office.
Some scholarship schemes for international students are offered by CIMO (Centre for International Mobility).
Please note that the University of Vaasa does not have scholarship programmes and cannot offer any financial aid for international students. The programmes are also full-time programmes and thus working is not an option when it comes to financing the studies in Finland.
The EPAS evaluation process considers programme delivery and design, programme outcomes, and quality assurance. The quality of education, international aspects and corporate interaction are also emphasised in the evaluation process.