The Master's Programme in Strategic Management focuses on the theory and practice of strategic business development, from strategic analysis to strategic choice and strategy implementation. The areas covered by the programme encompass project management, international strategic management, and managing business networks. In addition, the programme offers students a wide range of optional studies that will enable them to deepen their knowledge in other areas such as human resource and cross-cultural management.
The two-year programme provides skills and knowledge required at middle and upper management level in all kinds of businesses and organisations, large or small, public or private. Students graduating from the programme will have the skills necessary to understand the strategic position of organisations, how to take strategic choices, and how strategy can be turned into action to become a source of sustainable competitive advantage.
The programme offers students excellent opportunities to work in manufacturing and service companies, in the business consulting sector, or to pursue an academic career. The degree awarded by the programme is a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.
To be eligible for admission to the Master's Programme in Strategic Management you should already have completed your Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field such as business studies, marketing or management and organisation. The intake of the programme is 20 students, and the application period is January - February annually.
There are no entrance examinations for the international Master's programme in 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.
The Masters programme in Strategic Management offers research-based education and practical applications in strategic business development. Graduates of the programme will possess the skills required at middle and upper management level in many businesses. You will study in a learning environment, which is:
Our cooperation with companies is active, and business leaders are guest speakers in all our courses. Many of our students have been doing their Master's theses in cooperation with companies, not only facing challenging and interesting tasks but also approaching and solving real-life problems.
We are constantly developing our course syllabuses together with companies to better meet the current and future needs of business managers. This way, we also strive to ensure our students' employability. Some examples of career prospects which our programme offers are: managing director, business developer, business consultant, project manager, sales manager, business analyst, business controller, and entrepreneur.
After completing your studies in the programme, you will be awarded the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Economics and Business Administration. The programme also offers excellent opportunities to pursue an academic career, particularly in the fields of Marketing and Management.
The study programme comprises 120 ECTS credits leading to a master's degree in business studies. The programme can be completed in two years.
Structure of the programme
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.