Part-time studies

  • study places 25
  • location: Kouvola
  • duration of studies: 2 years
  • next application period is not available
  • tuition fee: for non-EU/EEA citizens 7000 euros,
    scholarship scheme and further information

Master School is a learning community for Master’s degree students at Xamk.

Take your career to the next level

The Master’s degree programme improves the students’ professional expertise, giving them skills to succeed in demanding development, management and expert positions.

The International Business Management (IBM) studies focus on the aspects of international business which are of vital importance for the international strategic management and growth of companies. We offer our students the possibility to exchange studies with our numerous partner institutions.


Our learning approach bases on action learning and interdisciplinary team work together with the students, teachers and companies. Master School boosts your professional competence and connects you to a valuable network of professionals from different fields of study and businesses.

A higher university of applied sciences degree produces the same competence for public offices and tasks as a higher academic degree – such as the Finnish degree Master of Science in Economics (KTM). Masters’ degrees of Xamk are carried out within our Master School.

Our IBM programme provides you with the cards to take your career to the next level.

Study contents

IBM studies cover 90 ECTS credits divided into three parts: Core competence (40 credits), Complementary studies (20 credits) and Thesis (30 credits).

Core competence (40 credits)

Core competence courses are the following:

  • Business process development
  • Cross-border management
  • Customer intelligence
  • Innovation management in business
  • Marketing management
  • Strategic business game
  • Supply chain management and smart logistics
  • Sustainable growth

Core competence courses apply to all graduate students. Core competence courses aim to provide you with knowledge and skills to utilize and integrate a wide range of business information, necessary for the planning, implementation and development of managerial interventions in an organization. The theoretical models and methods of international business management are an essential part of the core competences. The extent of one course is 5 ECTS credits.

Complementary studies (20 credits)

Complementary competence studies enable you to specialise and deepen your studies according to your own interests and needs. You can include 20 ECTS credits of free choice Master School studies into your diploma. The studies are categorised under the following themes:

  • Research and development
  • Management, leadership and entrepreneurship
  • International working environments
  • Information, digital services and networks

The degree language is English. Teaching, assignments, exams and bachelor’s thesis are conducted in English.

Master’s thesis

Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) is a development work done for a thesis commissioner, which usually is the company where the student is working. The thesis may also relate to Xamk’s or other organizations’ RDI (research, development and innovations) projects.

The topic of the thesis should relate to the themes of international business management and include two major criteria – internationalization and business development. The purpose of the master’s thesis is to improve the skills necessary in research, project management and development work.


Studying in a master’s programme in South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences offers a truly international study environment with students and staff from over 30 different countries.

As a master’s student of International Business Management programme, you can strengthen your personal internationalization by studying abroad during the studies. Xamk offers students the possibility to study with our numerous partner institutions.

Study guide

Study contents

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Admission and entrance exams

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Study while you work – practice meets theory!

The IBM-programme is organised on a part-time basis and the studies involve a great deal of project work, teamwork and independent study. All studies are in English and carried out through blended learning methods, including lectures, online studies and project-based learning.

There are on average three contact days per month. Most of the studies are completed online individually or in small teams. Your progress is supported by online study counseling. The contact lessons are normally held during weekdays, typically on Thursdays and Fridays. It takes about two years to complete the studies. Contact sessions are mainly held on Kouvola campus.

BYOD – Bring your own device

According to BYOD policy, new students starting studies at Xamk must bring and use their own devices on campus. Read more.

International Business Management opens a versatile career at the top of the global business world. The graduates have found positions as:

  • Account Managers
  • Development Directors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Export Managers
  • Export Operators
  • Logistics Managers
  • Market Supervisors
  • Project Managers
  • Purchasers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Team Managers


Student stories

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Kouvola campus

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Further information on studies

Degree Programme Coordinator
Mari Maunula
tel. 044 702 8510

Further information on applying

Admission services
tel. +358 44 702 8752

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