Admission requirements

Master of Science in Business

BI prides itself on its rigorous academic curriculum and engaging educational experience with career-minded application of theory. BI is a highly selective institution; we seek to enrol business students who demonstrate the intellectual curiosity, professional leadership, and academic ability to succeed.

1.1 Requirements related to a Bachelor's degree
Depending on the applicant’s background, an applicant may be eligible to pursue the MSc in Business programme or the MSc in Business Programme with the Norwegian additional title “Siviløkonom”.

MSc Business with “Siviløkonom” title    MSc Business
A successfully completed Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) in the field of business administration, finance or economics   A successfully completed Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) in the field of business administration, finance or economics
The Bachelor’s degree must meet the NRØA (National Council for Economic and Administrative Studies) course requirements. The NRØA course requirements are as follows*:    The Bachelor’s degree must include the following foundation courses:
Economics: A minimum of 15 ECTS credits eg. Micro and Macro   Macroeconomics
Methodology: A minimum of 20 ECTS credits eg. mathematics, econometrics    Mathematics
Statistics or Econometrics
Business Economics: A minimum of 30 ECTS credits eg. finance, accounting   Accounting
Administration and Management: A minimum of 25 ECTS credits eg. management, strategy, marketing   And a minimum of two administration and management courses within marketing, organisational management, strategy, etc.
Please note: 
To meet the requirements set by NRØA, courses cannot overlap and must demonstrate academic progression
  Please note: 
The admission requirements above are minimum requirements. We recommend that applicants have more knowledge in the areas of methods, economics and within the field of the chosen major.
*These course requirements were adopted by NRØA on October 17, 2011 as a recommended plan for the institutions' design of Bachelor Programmes in Business Administration.   Students admitted in the MSc Business programme without the Siviløkonom title enroll in the preparatory courses offered before commencement of the programme. 

1.2 Requirements related to the Master in Business and Economics (Siviløkonom) degree 
Candidates applying who have been awarded a four-year Siviløkonom degree may seek admission to a 4 +1 model of the programme and will be individually assessed for admission.

The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement is 3.50 on an ECTS scale.

Applicants with a grade of D or lower in relevant courses may be refused admission on the basis of an overall academic assessment. Courses of particular relevance to the programme include the courses listed as compulsory requirements for admission.

Note: All grades will be converted to the ECTS grade scale before applications will be evaluated for admission. Follow this link to help calculate your GPA.

The admission requirements are minimum requirements and do not automatically give applicants a right of admission. If the number of qualified applicants is higher than the number of places, the applicants will be ranked according to qualifications. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of grade point average. If the grade point average is the same, applicants with a better GMAT score will be prioritised.

In special cases the Associate Dean for the programme may approve other documented qualifications that are fully or in part equal to the admission requirements referred to above for academically strong applicants.

NB: Admission requirements may be subject to change. Please note in addition to the general admission requirements, each Master of Science programme has specific curricular requirements you must also fulfill to gain admission.