Master's Degree Programme
|About the programme|
Language: English (See language requirements) | Place of study: Aarhus | Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)
It is a time of transitions in the business community with increasing globalisation, intensifying competition and considerable social and technological changes.
To act and contribute as a manager and employee in tomorrow's emerging business community, skills related to strategic, organizational and leadership processes are necessary. These processes are in focus in this programme, which gives students relevant knowledge, insight, and behavioural skills. Real-life processes are often international in scope which is reflected in the content of the different courses in the programme.
We offer a theme-based, practice and process-oriented and progressively structured study programme supported by modern and technologically updated teaching methods. The study programme is characterised by a high level of student involvement and responsibility for your own learning.
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”.
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:
Organisation- and Leadership Theory
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
Below is an outline of the courses:
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.
At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research at the highest academic level.
All researchers employed are engaged in research projects covering a wide range of different subjects and focusing on knowledge and skills considered essential for professional business activities in the global marketplace. All faculty have both research and teaching responsibilities, which means that our teaching is continually based on the latest research results.
Aarhus BSS is very internationally oriented. The broad scope of our research activities and educational programmes enable us to attract researchers, teachers, and students from all over the world, and this creates an international environment for research and learning in which academic views are exchanged, experiences are gathered and friendships are formed.
Aarhus University is a leading university in Denmark in building student exchange opportunities. The university encourages all students to spend time studying abroad. Every year, more than 700 students from Aarhus BSS go abroad to participate in exchange programmes around the world at our more than 300 partner universities. About the same number of students from all over the world come to participate in the exchange programme in Aarhus, and this contributes to a truly international learning atmosphere.
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This programme primarily provides you with the competences needed to take up so-called development positions. These are functions, which typically require the ability to integrate technological, organisational and human development processes. Thus, the MSc in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership is aimed at qualifying you to a wide variety of functions in private firms as well as in NGOs and public organisations.
In recent years, graduates specialising in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership have widely been employed as consultants in management consultancy firms, as system consultants in the IT sector, as development consultants and trainees in large corporations, as human resource consultants or as executive assistants. Some have also chosen to pursue their studies as PhD scholars.
The MSc in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership programme primarily provides you with a number of fundamental theoretical and analytical qualifications. You thereby acquire basic knowledge as well as a broad selection of methods and tools, which will enable you to contribute to resolving specific organisational and managerial problems.
Students following the programme in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership will acquire competences relevant to running private or public organisations from a managerial point of view.
More specifically, after graduation the student will be able to:
The set of competences derives from a teaching philosophy, which emphasizes theoretical and methodological training in combination with the case method. This teaching philosophy has a derived effect in leading to a number of communication competences as students during all four semesters regularly will present and discuss the results of their efforts in reports as well as oral presentations. Furthermore, since the programme includes group work as well as individual work the student will obtain collaboration and self-management competences. Finally, since the teaching takes place in an international environment with students from numerous countries the student will obtain a number of cultural competences.
”Try to find the best possible student job as you can during your studies. That will be very helpful after you graduate - either you will have a normal job afterwards or an entry in your CV which will count. Once you graduate, education becomes not that important - your experience is what counts the most and catches the eye of the future employer.” (MSc in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership)
“Use your network. Tell everybody what you are looking for as there is almost always a person who knows someone.” (MSc in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership)
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