The two-year master’s program aims to educate future leaders with good judgment, who can make well-balanced decisions.
MSc Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations, 120 credits
In the two-year master’s program in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organizations (SMIO) we aim to educate future leaders with good judgment, who can make well-balanced decisions.
The program combines fundamental academic knowledge (thinking and reasoning) and experiential knowledge (skills) to prepare students to go beyond applying known solutions to known problems. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have acquired good analytical skills and the ability to think strategically. Through the international focus of courses as well as the international composition of the SMIO class, students will be well-prepared for working in international organizations.
The courses of the first semester focus strategy by studying the two parts that strategy ties together, the inside of the organization and the environment of the organization.
The first course, Classic Leadership and Organization Dilemmas (15 ECTS) takes strategy as a starting point and explores a number of classic dilemmas (such as how to divide scarce resources between exploration and exploitation activities) and the resulting leadership and organization challenges.
The second course, Contemporary International Management Paradoxes (15 ECTS) starts in strategy as well, but looks outside of the organization and particularly on globalization issues and the macro perspectives. The course will initially take you on a historical journey to help you understand how we ended up where we are, but then zoom in on a number of challenges and paradoxes that organizations of today face.
The skills focused in the first semester are classic academic ones such as ‘learning to learn’, argumentative writing, visualization methods, rhetoric, critical thinking and analysis.
The dilemmas and paradoxes that students meet in this first semester are of the kind that are insoluble – that is they cannot be solved once and for all, rather they have to be continuously managed. The second semester therefore focuses on analytical tools and models that can be used to manage the dilemmas and paradoxes that were introduced in the first semester.
The semester starts with Business Finance (7,5 ECTS), a hands on case-based course focused on application and solving problems. Management Control Systems (7,5 ECTS) is the second course of the semester and focuses on issues such as performance measures and incentive systems through a number of cases. The third course, Perspectives on Human Resource Management (7,5 ECTS) starts in classic HRM issues and lands in contemporary models and challenges such as how to work with HR in increasingly temporary and project-based organizations.
The semester ends with a Term Project/Paper (7,5 ECTS) where you will synthesize what you have learned over the past two semesters. There are two optional approaches depending on your future career interests. The first option is to work together with a company and help them to solve a problem and then write a project report based on your findings. For those interested in a research career, the other option is to take on a research problem and work together with one of the professors at the department. The skills practiced this semester are qualitative and quantitative analysis, argumentation, writing, presentation and communication skills, project management, and teamwork.
The third semester also focuses on analytical tools and models that can be used to manage the dilemmas and paradoxes of the first semester. The semester starts with Strategy - Classic and Contemporary Views (15 ECTS) which will introduce you to different eras of strategic thinking, in the form of ‘Big’, ‘Best’, ‘Fast’, and ‘Beautiful’.
For your second and final course before the thesis, there are two options. If you are interested in innovation, project management, knowledge creation and integration, and working in high-tech companies then you can choose to study Innovation and Project Management (15 ECTS). If you instead are interested in marketing and sales, and issues of branding, product design and understanding consumers, then you can choose to study Advanced Consumer Marketing (15 ECTS).
The semester will end with the development of a Master Thesis Proposal. The skills focused this semester are further qualitative analysis and argumentation.
The fourth semester is entirely dedicated to your Master Thesis (30 ECTS), which will be written in teams of two. You will independently develop a research problem, design and carry out a study, analyze data, synthesize results, present it all in writing and defend your work in a public seminar. Each pair will be appointed a thesis advisor and be part of your advisor’s thesis group which will meet regularly to discuss and give feedback on your work-in-progress. The master’s thesis will tie together the program and enhance your ability to solve problems independently and in a scholarly manner.
Upon completion of the Business Administration master’s programme, students will be competent analysts and competitive candidates for employment in international organizations in general. Students who specialize in Innovation and Project Management will be ready to work within high-tech companies, and be equipped with a special understanding of highly innovative settings and project-based organizing. Students who specialize in Marketing will instead have a good foundation for understanding customer behavior, new market research methods and brands .. Among our alumni we find for example consultants, business analysts, innovation strategists, marketing and brand executives, HR managers and project managers. Some alumni have also started their own businesses while others have chosen to pursue an academic career through doctoral studies (PhD).
Degree: Master of Science (120 credits) in Business Administration
Duration: Two years
Pace of study: Full-time
Application code: LIU-91000
Application period: 16 Oct - 15 Jan
Start date: August / September
Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees
All others: SEK 110,000 (approx. USD 16,100/EUR 12,000) per academic year
Programme specific requirements
A bachelor's degree in business administration or economics with at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent. Alternatively, a bachelor's degree with/and at least 60 ECTS credits (two semesters of full-time study) of business administration-related courses (for example Accounting, Marketing, Organization Theory, Strategy, Finance, HRM).
Each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor's essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor's essay or project, then their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other academic activities related to the master's programme.
All supporting documents, including the letter of intent and the specific paper, should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE–838 73 Frösön, Sweden.
The overall purpose of the two-year master’s programme in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations (SMIO) is to educate a new generation of managers and researchers who understand science and business in an international setting.