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MBA Program in Helsinki School of Business Administration

Finland 10 August 2007, 00:00

In 1983 HSE launched a full-time international Master of Business Administration program in English. This was in response to the need for English language, masters-level business education in Finland

In 1983 HSE launched a full-time international Master of Business Administration program in English. This was in response to the need for English language, masters-level business education in Finland, and the increasing internationalization of Finnish firms. Since its inception, more than 1,200 professionals from all over the world have graduated from the program. A part-time mode of delivery has been offered since January 2000.

The full-time International MBA Program has been accredited by AMBA, the Association of MBAs, since May 1997. Accredited status was extended to the part-time program in January 1999. The program is the oldest and currently the only internationally accredited MBA program of Scandinavian origin.


The goal of the International MBA Program is to prepare business professionals with various undergraduate and post-graduate degrees for careers in international business.

The MBA Program provides the necessary tools, concepts, and approaches that enable students with backgrounds as diverse as engineering, business, economics, humanities, medicine and law to embark upon successful careers in industry, service, finance, consulting, or government.

Students are equipped with the knowledge required to operate successfully in global companies. The Program also helps participants to develop the competencies, confidence and networks vital for future business leadership roles, and for reaching new levels of personal achievement.

The program offers a wide selection of courses in general management with an international focus. Concentrations currently offered include International Finance, Information Technology Management and High-Technology Entrepreneurship.

International Center

The International MBA Program is administered by the International Center of the Helsinki School of Economics. The International Center has a Director and an Associate Director and a staff of 11 persons. The Center is governed by a Board of Directors which makes strategic decisions, approves the academic curriculum, and makes final decisions on student admissions and admission criteria.

Areas of study

Approximately one half of the MBA program is devoted to 12 core courses, which provide a general foundation for the program. The core courses are divided into four areas: external environment of the firm, organizational environment of the firm, functional management, and others (communication, ethics, and quantitative analysis).

The remaining half of the program is devoted to advanced electives in international business, general management, leadership, finance and the management of high technology companies. A selection of electives can be viewed on the Courses section of this web site.

In addition to the core and elective courses, students are expected to complete an Individual Project. These Individual Projects take three different forms: completing a business project for a company or other organization, writing a case, or studying abroad at one of HSE's partner business schools.

International perspective

The international character of the program is emphasized by recruiting the faculty from major business schools throughout the world, who have experience from diverse business cultures. The student body is also international and this enables the students to study in a cross-cultural environment.

Length of the program

The full-time program begins in September and March, and the part-time program begins in January. The full-time program can be completed in 12 months, and the part-time program in 2 years. The full-time program must be completed within three years and the part-time program within four years. If you are unable to complete your MBA within the given timeframe, an extension must be formally applied and approved by the Board of Directors.

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