Master of Business Administration, Management and Business in a Digital Environment

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Field of study: Business Administration
Extent: 2 years 90 credits
Location: Vaasa
Application period: 8-22 January 2020

Application 8-22 January 2020.    New 2020!


Do you wish to develop your skills on a program that combines theoretical knowledge with practical application? Do you need to develop your skills in management, business and digitalization? If you said yes, the MBA program Management and Business in a Digital Environment (90 ECTS) is something for you.

The programme is organized as part-time studies which will include contact and distance studies. The contact studies will take place once a month. You can work with different development tasks or projects connected to working life or to your own work place. The courses are tailored in building blocks of leadership studies, business management, business communication and digitalization studies.

The study pace is flexible and the student can build his own individual study plan with regard to his/her individual needs and prior knowledge. 

For the students who have an earlier Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (210 ECTS) the studies consist of 90 ECTS (2-3 years)

Study objectives

The Master’s Degree Programme answers the constantly growing competence requirements and needs in management, businesses and working life. The profile of the programme is on the combination management skills, business and communication. The goal is for the student to be able to meet the demands of the new digital world. The different professional and cultural backgrounds of the students will enable a dynamic and interactive learning environment.

The degree programme delivers generic competences and programme specific competences. The competence includes knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The language of instruction

The programme is offered in English.

Study contents

The studies are tailored in blocks of following advanced studies, master’s thesis and elective studies:

  • Leadership studies 25 ECTS
  • Research Methodology 5 ECTS
  • Digital Tools in Business 10 ECTS
  • Business Communication 10 ECTS
  • Business Management 10 ECTS
  • Master’s Thesis 30 ECTS

Final project

The Master's thesis is a working life based development project and an important part of the Master’s degree. The Master’s thesis is a demanding development project or research work combining theory, praxis and creation of new knowledge. The thesis subject and aims are based on requirements and needs of working life. The thesis is an applied study research and it emphasisies development of the work, the organization or the working community. Conducting the Master’s thesis project requires independent and demanding expertise. The student gives proof of mastering the methods of retrieving information, research and development as well as the skills of adapting research information in an analytical and critical manner.

In the Master’s thesis the student is able to:

  • combine theoretical framework and pragmatic work with the contextual needs in a development or research project
  • network and communicate professionally with relevant organisations and communities
  • evaluate critically sources and methods, select the suitable ones and use them systematically and ethically
  • document, report and give a presentation of the project or research status and the final results

Career prospects

The programme leads to a higher professional qualification and it is strongly oriented towards working life. After studying in this programme the students will be prepared to work with management tasks within different organizations which want to develop their business. The studies give students an advanced knowledge base for the future leadership challenges in the digitalized business environment.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Management and Business in a Digital Environment is a university of applied sciences post-graduate degree.

Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has taken the Master’s degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a second-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level e.


An international learning environment will be realized by students and teachers having an international background and experience.

Co-operation with other parties

The focus, study contents and ways of implementation of the programme are planned together with the working life interest groups. Close contacts and co-operation with the working life also continue in programme implementation and continuous development.

Postgraduate study 

With a Master´s degree, students are able to continue to university post-graduate studies.

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