Admission Application Evaluation


BI Norwegian Business School uses the ECTS scale. Diplomas and transcripts which use other grade scales will be converted to the ECTS scale before calculating the GPA and will be assessed on an individual basis. 

We require all transcripts from your bachelor’s degree, including transcripts of grades from exchange or study abroad semesters. Your school might not include the grades earned in classes taken while on exchange or study abroad semesters on your transcript, however, we require those grades for the calculation of your overall GPA.

The following guidelines are used for evaluating the minimum grade requirements established for admission to BI Norwegian Business School:

  • Grading scale used in the US: 3.33 (B+) GPA
  • Grading scale used in Britain: Second class, upper division, plus GPA of 60%.
  • Italian grading scale: 26
  • German grading scale: 2,1
  • Grading scale where 4.0 is the highest grade: 3.3 GPA
  • Scales of 1-10 or percentage grades: scales vary by country. However, minimum is generally 8 or 80%. 

BI Norwegian Business School’s established practice is to use all grades from each year in the bachelor’s degree to calculate the overall GPA or percentage score. As well, the credit value of the course is used in calculating the GPA. Other schools, especially higher education institutions in other countries, may use other methods for calculating the GPA eg. most schools in Britain calculate the percentage using only the final two years in a three-year degree in determining the overall percentage. The GPA for all applicants will be calculated using BI’s established procedures.


Overall Assessment

In the event an applicant does not meet all the minimum requirements, you might still be considered based on an individual overall assessment of your application. The MSc Admission Committee and/or the Associate Dean may make an offer of admission to an MSc programme based on other documented qualifications.

Be sure to use your motivation letter to make your individual case for admission to the master’s programme. The Admission Committee may also consider international experience (eg. semesters or study abroad), your experience outside the classroom (eg. extra-curricular and volunteer activities), or your motivation to learn (eg. did you do better in your final year of studies than you did in your first year) in addition to your academic record. Use this opportunity to convince the committee that you have the ability to succeed in a demanding master’s programme.


Admission Decisions

  1. Full offer: if you have successfully completed your bachelor’s degree and satisfy the admission requirements, you may receive an offer of admission
  2. Conditional offer: if you are in your final year, and we believe you will satisfy the admission requirements upon graduation, you may receive a conditional offer of admission. Or, you might be required to complete a course before beginning the semester. In this case, you will need to submit documentation as soon as you have fulfilled the conditions before you will receive a full offer of admission.
  3. Deferral: if you are in your final year or are retaking courses, and your GPA is close to the requirements, you may be asked to send us your grades from your Spring semester before a decision can be made.
  4. Denial of admission: if you do not meet the admission requirements, you will receive notification that you will not be admitted to the programme.

Please note: meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission. An overall assessment of an application or a lack of available study places may result in a denial of admission.