Master's Programme in Strategic Business Development, Faculty of Business Studies

The Master's Programme in Strategic Business Development focuses on the theory and practice of strategic business development, from strategic analysis to strategic choice and strategy implementation. The areas covered by the programme encompass project management, international strategic management, and managing business networks. In addition, the programme offers students a wide range of electives that will enable them to deepen their knowledge in other areas such as human resource and cross-cultural management.

The two-year programme aims at providing skills and knowledge required at middle and upper management level in all kinds of businesses and organisations, large or small, public or private. Students graduating from the programme will have the skills necessary to understand the strategic position of organizations, how to take strategic choices, and how strategy can be turned into action to become a source of sustainable competitive advantage.

The programme offers students excellent opportunities to work in technology and service companies, in the business consulting sector, or to pursue the academic career.

The degree awarded by the programme is a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration. To be eligible for admission to the Master's Programme in Strategic Business Development you should already have completed your Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field such as business studies, marketing or management. Candidates may apply with other than Business administration field degree if they can demonstrate a proper background in business studies as follows: minimum of 35 ECTS in business studies is required. The intake of the programme is 20 students, and the application period is once a year.

There are no entrance examinations for the international Master's programme. Admission decisions are made on the basis of the required documents, evaluating each complete application individually and selecting those with the best qualifications.


Rodrigo Rabetino Sabugo 
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Business Studies, Management
+358 29 449 8451
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Sami Ilomäki 
University Services, Education Services
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