Record high interest for BI’s MSc programmes

26 March 2021

The number of applications to BI’s MSc programmes increase by 20 percent compared to last year, which was the previous all-time high. This means that more than 2,000 students have applied for MSc programmes at BI from the autumn of 2021.

The President at BI Norwegian Business School is very pleased with the results.

“These numbers strongly signal that BI’s programme portfolio is attractive even in challenging periods like this. Over the past years, we have increased our focus on making our research and academic capacities more visible, in addition to demonstrate the value of a degree and diploma from BI. These are great figures and in line with our strategy, “ says Inge Jan Henjesand.

Popular programmes

The Master of Science in Finance is the programme that has received the most applications of all MSc programmes with a growth in number of applications from 229 in 2020 to 258 applications in 2021, equal to a growth of 13 percent. Then follows the Master of Science in Business Analytics with 228 applications, compared to 210 last year.

“Despite the uncertain circumstances surrounding the Corona pandemic, we will eventually return to a new normal. This year's application numbers indicate that many use the situation to ensure a solid education that provides broad opportunities in a constantly changing working life, “ says Henjesand.

Great interest in finance at BI’s campus in Bergen

Master of Science in Business - with major in Finance, has the largest application growth of all MSc programmes. Here, BI has received 181 applications this year, compared to 108 last year (growth of 68%). The launch of the MSc programme at BI - campus Bergen is the most important reason for the growth with 48 new applicants.

“We are pleased that the interest in this programme is so great in Bergen. With this, we get a stronger footprint regionally,” says Henjesand.


  • As of March 26, BI had received 2116 applicants for the school's MSc programs. This corresponds to an increase of 20 percent compared to last year.
  • 56% of the master applicants are from Norway. 44% are international.
  • 57% of the applicants are men. 43% are women.
  • The average age is 26 years.
  • The largest groups of international applicants come from China, India and Pakistan.
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