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Master's Degree Programme

About the programme 
Language: English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


Analytics refers to the scientific process of transforming data into insights for making well-informed decisions in businesses. Operations and Supply Chain Analytics (OSCA) focuses on the application of analytical tools to describe, analyze, and solve operations and supply chain issues. The successful applications of OSCA drive business innovation and help companies to stay competitive in real businesses. For example, Intel realizes $25 billion by applying advanced analytics from product architecture design through supply chain planning. Walmart applies data analytics, reinforcement learning, and dynamic optimization to make automated inventory and pricing decisions. The largest phosphate processing and exporting group in the world, OCP, uses optimization models to enhance production, marketing and logistical processes. Alibaba Vehicle Routing Planning Algorithms enables its on-time hour level delivery. The UN is saving and changing lives by delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience, etc. Read more stories about the applications of OSCA.

Acquired Skills and Competencies
The OSCA programme aims at providing you with theoretical foundation, quantitative and analytical skills, and hand-on experience to challenge and solve the sophisticated OSCM problems.   As an Operations and Supply Chain Analyst, you need insight into digital tools for analytics to be able to handle and transform diverse pieces of information and data, and then model and solve problems.

The programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge about

  • Strategy design and performance improvement in O&SCM.
  • Methods for planning and controlling the flow of goods and information in a company or across supply chains.
  • IT-based tools and how to work with data, matching the increased focus on digitalized and data-driven decision-making in OSCM.


The programme prepares you for managerial and consulting roles within the OSCM and provides you with analytical skills that enable you to appraise, systematically structure, and analyse the possible solutions to complex problems in operations and supply chains, so that right decisions can be made. The teaching format of the programme encourages student participation. An internship and Master thesis will provide you with self-management and communication skills.

The teaching form of the programme encourages student participation. An internship and Master thesis will provide you with self-management and communication skills.

Operations managers and supply chain managers with analytical skills remain the most in-demand jobs for both profitable and non-profitable organizations. As one of the most important business functions, OSCM also naturally creates rich opportunities for student jobs, internships, master theses, and career.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degrees with direct admission

Students that hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or variants hereof from Aarhus University can pursue direct admission to the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration after they complete their Bachelor’s degree programme.

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, Bsc (HA) from one of the Danish universities, you fulfill the specific admission requirements for the Master’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.).

If you hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or variants hereof from Aarhus University or Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, Bsc (HA) from one of the Danish universities, with a diploma older than 2000, your Bachelor’s degree will be assessed according to the specific admission requirements described under the section: “Students that hold a degree from another university”. 

Students that hold a degree from another university

If you hold a degree from another university, your qualifications will be assessed once you have applied for admission. The assessment will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points:    






7,5 ECTS


7,5 ECTS


7,5 ECTS

Organisation- and Leadership Theory

7,5 ECTS



Operations Management


Additional ECTS points within the abovementioned areas


Total ECTS within Economics and Business Administration


*Please note, applicants must have at least 15 ECTS within methods including at least 10 ECTS within quantitative methods or statistics.

Admission to the MSc in Economics and Business Administration for applicants with a professional bachelor’s degree (professionsbachelor)

In order to meet the admission requirements for the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration, applicants with a specific professional bachelor’s degree must have completed specific elective courses as part of their qualifying exam. In this table the requirements for elective courses are laid out.

Language requirements

As English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.
Please see the page on language requirments.

Restricted admission from 2022

As from the intake 2022, the Master’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.) only admits a limited number of students each year. Therefore, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme. 

Please note, for programmes with restricted admission special rules regarding supplementary Bachelor’s courses apply. Therefore, we no longer offer pre-assessments for the programme in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.).

Read more about supplementary Bachelor’s courses.

Selection criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than available seats, the Admissions Committee assesses each applicant based on the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. The Admissions Committee assesses each applicant’s marks based on the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Programme Structure

Academic Regulations

Below is an outline of the course:

The study programme consists of two semesters in the first year which cover the compulsory courses in the programme specialisation and two semesters in the last year which are reserved for the student's own specialisation.

In the first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme.

In the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in project-based internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. 

Student Life


Aarhus BSS (School of Business and Social Sciences) is one of Aarhus University’s four faculties. With approximately 13,000 full-time students, several thousand part-time students, more than two hundred PhD students and nearly six hundred faculty members, Aarhus BSS ranks among the largest business schools in Europe and is Denmark’s biggest business and social sciences unit at university level. Building on its broad academic base, it encompasses both traditional business and social science disciplines. Aarhus BSS holds the distinguished AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations and is thus a triple-crown business school.

At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research and teaching at the highest academic level. We are dedicated to imparting to our students exactly the knowledge, skills, and experience that are in demand – the skills that are essential for engaging in professional business activities in a global marketplace.

Our broad scope enables us to attract researchers, lecturers, and students from all over the world. With their help, we have built an international environment in which academic and cultural views are exchanged, experiences gathered, and friendships formed.

Our students are encouraged to take a semester abroad at one of Aarhus BSS’s approximately three hundred partner universities around the world. Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity for you to expand your horizon academically, culturally and personally, and for you to acquire valuable international experience and qualifications that are in high demand in companies and organisations everywhere.

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Inspired by the industry trend and demand, the new master programme of OSCA is modified from the programme of Logistics and Supply chain management. Graduates who have completed MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management have been employed by almost all Danish companies and many international companies. The primary tasks our alumni work with in their first jobs after graduation are shown in the diagram below (AU Competency and job catalogue).


The examples of the first jobs our alumni has taken are summarized below.

Stock management (lagerstyring), ordering materials, documentation, operation (drift), packaging disposition (emballagedisponering), meetings, follow up, presentation, reporting and item creation (vareoprettelse)

Planning and coordinating
Capacity planning, demand planning, disposition, coordination, operational planning, production planning, sales planning, space planning, tactical planning and transport planning

Data analysis, data management, forecast evaluation, business analysis, stock analysis (Lageranalyse), make or buy analysis and satisfaction analysis (tilfredshedsanalyse)

CRM responsible, IT support, IT administration, programming and program development, SAP, test and master data maintenance

Economy and Accounting
BI, Controlling, follow up on estimates, forecasting, accounting, cost management (omkostning) and preparation of business cases

Operation optimisation, shipment negotiation (fragtforhandling), business development, purchase disposition (inkøbsdisponering), contracts, learning, MPS, translation, processes, project management, travels, contact to distributors, material balancing (råvarebalancering), transport optimisation, KPI, sale, teaching and education



“Show commitment even though the tasks can be trivial at first. Be humble without selling yourself too short”. (Msc in Operations and Supply Chain Analytics)

  “It is worth a lot to use time and resources on practical courses. Excel, Accessm SAS etc. are used extensively by the Danish business world, and it gives an obvious advantage when starting your first job to be more than just a regular user”. (Msc in Operations and Supply Chain Analytics

The specialization in OSCA continues to focus on giving you applicable quantitative analysis and data-driven decision making skills and competencies to establish a career within the filed of OSCM. With the digitalization of SCs and arrival of big data era, the job market for operations and supply chain analysts is fast growing. You may start under the supervision of experienced colleagues and rapidly progress to managerial and executive roles. AU’s holistic, analytical approach to OSCM allows our graduates to be versatile in their future careers and to find success across a variety of sectors.

In addition, the student union, SULO, organizes a variety of events to help you establish a network. SULO provides you a network for both your study and future career development within the field of OSCM. The alumni frequently share the job and relevant event information in the network.

We want to help our students find successful careers. Students can always contact our Career Services for advice and assistance with getting onto the Danish labour market. Check out our careers page to see the range of services we offer.