Executive Master of Management

Security management and cultural understanding

This master degree places emphasis on increasing the knowledge, expertise and skill level within security issues for managers and employees in different sectors of Norwegian society.

Background for the degree

Security has become a key challenge both for society at large and all types of enterprises, the military, police and NGOs. The security challenges faced both globally and by individual nations can no longer be resolved by a single specific measure carried out by a single player independent of all others. This warrants a more comprehensive and coordinated cross-sectoral approach. This will require employees with honed expertise and an ability to analyse and evaluate complex situations. They must make tactical, operative and strategic decisions in cooperation across professions, sectors and academic environments.

What will you learn?

Through five programmes, where security and cultural topics are in focus, this degree will better equip you to:

  • make decisions and contribute to decision-making processes in both a national and international context
  • to lead other people in an independent and reflective manner
  • know your possibilities and limitations with regard to knowledge, the surroundings and the alternative courses of action at your disposal


A total of five sub-programmes are offered within the degree that you must complete in their entirety to receive the specialisation within security management and cultural literacy. The degree is structured so that it can be completed over three years, part-time. The programmes are taught in English and the curriculum is also in English. Certain programmes include sessions organised as a study trip abroad. 


Semester Programme
Autumn 2018 Security and Conflict Management 
Cultural Understanding in an International Context
Spring 2019 Organising for the Unexpected
Autumn 2019 Security and Conflict Management 
Crisis Management and Logistics
Spring 2020 Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

"UNICEF works for all the children in the world, including those who live in the most dangerous parts of the world. I want to be able to contribute to the safest humanitarian operations possible, and I could not imagine anything more relevant to study now than security and cultural literacy."

Helene Sandbu Ryeng

Communications advisor UNICEF Norge

Why BI?

  • The degree is organised as session-based teaching and is designed to accommodate combination with a demanding job
  • You can choose to complete one or more individual programmes or the entire specialisation
  • You will meet experienced lecturers with considerable practical experience combined with high-quality research
  • Network – you and your fellow students will help create a joint platform and mutual understanding for security work
  • BI is an internationally recognised college, and the only one in Norway with three international accreditations

Is this degree right for you?

The degree is relevant for everyone working within both national and international emergency preparedness and security. The degree is particularly aimed at people working in police, military and aid organisations, as well as municipalities and ministries. The degree is also aimed at private enterprises that focus on emergency preparedness or that have international operations.

"As police superintendent and operative police lecturer at the Norwegian Police University College in Oslo, it is my job to prepare the students to handle conflicts and a confusing and complex threat scenario that is rapidly changing. This programme has provided me with professional development and excellent tools for understanding and handling this with the highly skilled lecturers and inspiring fellow students."

Inge Meløy

Police Superintended, Norwegian Police University College Oslo

Scholarships (in Norwegian only)

Stipendordning fra LO for etter- og videreutdanning:

Norges Offisersforbund:

Befalets Fellesorganisasjon:

Terrorism and counter terrosim


Rikke Cecilie Keim
Student coordinator
E-mail: rikke.c.keim@bi.no
Telephone: +47 464 10 121

Practical information

Admission requirements

Read the admission requirements for this programme.

How to apply

You apply directly to each sub-programme. Applications are processed until the start of studies or until it is fully booked. The application alone is not binding. The agreement is financially binding once you have signed the offer of admission to the study programme. You can withdraw from the programme up to four weeks before start-up at no cost. The application form for each programme is opened three months before start-up.


The module-based teaching allows the degree to be combined with a demanding job. The teaching is therefore concentrated into three intensive sessions per semester. The sessions normally last three days and are varied with interactive lectures, case-based discussions, simulations and group work. Attendance is not mandatory, but recommended insofar as possible.


For each programme, students are evaluated through a 48- or 72-hour home examination and a project paper that is written over the course of a semester for each sub-programme. The project papers can be used to solve actual issues from your employer or issues that you are interested in.

Programme fees

Academic year 2017/2018
Programme of 15 credits: NOK 41 000 
Programme of 15 credits with module abroad: NOK 45 700
Programme of 30 credits: NOK 86 700

Expenses for travel, accommodation and teaching materials are not included.


The study programme qualifies for a loan from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. Many students receive full or partial coverage of the degree from their employer because they use the project papers to write about specific issues facing the company employing them. This provides the company with a return on the investment they are making in the employee’s further development.