Degree level and field of study

Master’s degree (EQF 7), Business, administration and law

Starting group code


Study methods

Part-time studies

Part-time students can complete the programme in approximately three years. It is also possible to complete the programme in one and a half years as full-time studies. Lectures are delivered at late afternoons during the week and on Saturdays.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Akpinar Murat

Akpinar Murat

Yliopettaja, Principal Lecturer
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
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​The principal focus of this full-time business programme is to enable you to develop professional skills, innovate new ideas, solve complex business problems, and explore new business opportunities. The programme is for those, who after experiencing the multiple facets of business world, want to take their careers forward and upgrade their competence.

The core expert module of the programme is the 20 ECTS global business management module. Studies in the global business management module aim to develop students' competences for recognizing opportunities from changes in the global environment and formulating right strategies to capture them. Students assess, articulate and reshape new business opportunities in order to design and implement new business development projects and execute management tasks in global contexts. In addition, the programme has two shared modules: 15 ECTS management module and 10 ECTS research and development module. Studies in the management module aim to provide shared competences in strategy, leadership and managerial accounting. Studies in the research and development module aim to increase students' competences in identifying research problems and applying suitable research methods for creative problem solving and decision making at the workplace.

In addition, students make 15 ECTS elective studies, choosing from a variety of courses like brand management, global leadership and culture, project management, strategic human resources management, and strategic management accounting. They can also participate in one of our study tours such as the leadership programme in Silicon Valley. Finally, students are required to complete the 30 ECTS master's thesis.

Key learning outcomes

Global business management competence. Students understand the dynamics of the global business environment and are able to develop global marketing and sales strategies. Students also understand the mechanics of firm growth and are able to plan growth strategies. Furthermore, they understand the management of human resource needs of new ventures and are able to assess the innovation process to capture opportunities in global markets. Finally, they also understand the fundamentals of finance for new ventures and are able to make sound investment and financing decisions based on financial analysis.

Professional growth and know-how

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The professional growth of students is led by a tutoring process which starts at the very beginning of the studies and continues until graduation. In this process students complete personal learning plans and discuss with their tutors about their needs for developing their target competences. The 90 ECTS programme is designed as obligatory core studies and optional studies. The tutoring discussion leads to making appropriate choices in optional studies. The core studies include the 15 ECTS management module, the 10 ECTS research and development module, and the 20 ECTS global business management module. Courses in the management module and research and development module aim to develop students' shared master competences, while courses in the global business management module develop students' expert core competence. As optional studies, students can take 15 ECTS of elective studies from available master level courses, and they can choose their topics for their obligatory 30 ECTS master thesis. Students are provided with personal supervision and guidance at master thesis seminars in making their theses.

Working life cooperation and learning

Working life cooperation is an ongoing practice in the programme's curriculum as part-time students continuously reflect on their learning in the courses in the light of their current and previous experiences at their work experiences. Corporate interaction is intensified during the master thesis stage when students target to develop practices at their work places. Guest lecturing by industry professionals further enhance the working life cooperation.


The Prior Learning Recognition Procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them in partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in open online study portals (CampusOnline).


Being awarded a Master’s degree certificate requires the student to complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

The students are able to carry out managerial duties in demanding development projects, promote the competitive ability of enterprises in business planning and management tasks covering domestic and global markets, as well as can act as growth-oriented and innovative entrepreneurs.

Further studies

The master's degree of the university of applied sciences is a Master's degree of a University. The graduate may get the opportunity to continue their studies in the scientific or artistic studies of universities (§ 37/558/2009). Students can also continue for example by applying for the corresponding follow-up training programs at foreign universities. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.


​The learning outcomes laid down in the curriculum of the degree programme have been derived from the analysis of the operating environment produced by the School of Business, JAMK's own strategy, and the school's core competence areas. Planning has been carried out in cooperation with representatives from regional working life (including Osuuskauppa Keskimaa, the Central Finland OP Bank, Nordea Bank Finland Plc, Metso Paper Ltd and Kesko). The development proposals and course feedback submitted by the students of the degree programme have been considered in the development of the curriculum. Foreseeing international expertise takes place by comparing the contents of the educational offerings of partner universities (e.g. University of Cyprus) and using the expertise of the visiting teachers. Representatives of the degree programme are closely involved in the activities of international networks, such as Microeconomics of Competitiveness at Harvard, PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) and the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).

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