Part-time studies

  • study places 25 (spring 2020)
  • location: Kouvola
  • duration of studies: 2 years
  • next application period:
    • joint application 8.-22.1.2020
  • 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.

The game is changing. Do you have the cards to win? – Join the winning team

The Master’s degree programme improves the students’ professional expertise 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 students the possibility to exchange studies with our numerous partner institutions.


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 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. Our International Business Management 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 (30 cr), Complementary (30 cr) studies and Thesis (30 cr).

Core competence courses are the following:

  • Internationalization strategies
  • Sustainable growth
  • Marketing and sales management
  • Customer intelligence
  • Supply chain management
  • Strategic business game

Core competence courses aim to provide you with knowledge and skills to utilize and integrate different kind of business information to plan, implement and develop managerial interventions for the organization. The theoretical models and methods of the international business management are essential part of the core competences. One course covers 5 ECTS credits.

Complementary competence studies enable you to specialise and deepen your studies according to your own interests and needs. You can include 30 ECTS credits of free choice Master School studies into your diploma. The studies are categorized under the following themes:

  • management studies
  • research and development studies
  • Russia studies
  • communication studies and
  • entrepreneurship studies

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

Master’s thesis

Master’s thesis 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 projects.

The topic of the thesis should relate to the themes of international business management. The purpose of the 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.

The master’s students of International Business Management can strengthen their personal internationalisation 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 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 week days, 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

Xamk has had a BYOD policy since the autumn of 2017. According to this 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:

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

Student stories

Design your studies to fit to your own schedules!

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Totally new things to use in my daily work!

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Kouvola campus

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All Master´s Degree Programmes

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Further information on studies

Degree Programme Coordinator Mikhail Nemilentsev
tel. 040 630 7620

Further information on applying

Admission services
tel. +358 44 702 8752

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