Do you see a future in either the Nordic market or in the Financial Technology sector? Are you interested in developing your competencies through a program that emphasizes both theoretical knowledge and practical skills? Are you looking for an opportunity to advance your existing career or embark on a new one? If so, then this is the program for you!

The Master’s Programme in International Business Management is 90 ECTS with studies that last for either 1,5 years (full-time studies) or 3 years (part-time studies), which allows for studying alongside full-time employment. All students study a general knowledge course module, and can then choose between two unique tracks – Nordic markets and Financial technology.

Please note that master students are not entitled to study-related social benefits such as discount tickets for HSL, VR or Matkahuolto unless you are a member of the student union ASK. However, the Kela Meal Subsidy Card is granted to all degree students.

Focus areas

Nordic Markets

Arcada is the only University of Applied Sciences in Finland with a master’s degree program in English which focuses on the Nordic business environment. If you or your employer view the Nordic market as an interesting opportunity for personal or business growth, then this degree is what you are looking for. The Nordic business environment is a natural context for Finnish companies to either start or to develop their international business activities.


If you or your employer are interested in the disruptive revolution in financial services, then this track is particularly suitable for you. Fintech refers to technology-enabled financial services applied to a range of areas, such as payments, deposits, lending, insurance, market provisioning, capital raising, and investment management. The program covers the whole range of topics but focuses particularly on the use of data and analytics in the financial services industry.

What you will learn

  • Customer Relationship and Service Management
  • Finance in a Management Context
  • Digital Marketing
  • eBusiness and Distribution
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Management
  • Analyzing the Nordic business environment (Nordic markets)
  • Planning and preparing market entry in a Nordic country (Nordic markets)
  • Establishing and developing your market position in a Nordic country (Nordic markets)
  • An overview of Fintech in the past, present, and future (Fintech)
  • Fintech for financial transactions (Fintech)
  • Analytics and data for Fintech (Fintech)

Examples of future positions

  • Marketing Manager/Director
  • Customer Relationship Manager/Director
  • Digital Marketing Manager/Director
  • Nordic Country Manager/Director
  • Nordic Business Manager/Director
  • Strategic Marketing Manager/Director

From a student's perspective

Specialize according to your own interests

The Master’s thesis project (30 ECTS) consists of a development or research project for a client or your employer followed by a thesis report. You start working on your thesis project during the second year of the degree program and get to show your capability of systematically performing a project with a practical problem as a starting point. Based on the development needs of the client/employer you then develop the thesis project in close co-operation with your supervisor and contact person at the commissioning company.

A solid foundation for your future career

The Master’s program focuses on two highly relevant matters in today’s business world: while the Nordic business environment provides new opportunities for companies, the field of Fintech is experiencing tremendous growth in the coming years. By participating in this programme you will significantly broaden your opportunities for career advancement.

Tuition Fees

Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA-area are required to pay tuition fees. This master’s degree program, consisting of 90 ECTS, costs 11 000€.

No scholarships are offered for master level studies.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
1.5 - 3 years
11,000 EUR
for non-European Union/EEA-area students
Mar 13, 2020
The application period will be during 2.12.2019-13.3.2020.
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