Master's degree

Master's Degree Programme in entrepreneurship and business
Master of Business Administration, 90 ECTS

tradenomi (ylempi AMK), Master of Business Administration

  • Programme
  • Curricula
  • Implementations


The objective is to produce new perspectives on entrepreneurship and new types of expertise that strengthen the company's resilience and promote business continuity and growth. The programme also aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial skills of experts and professionals already working as entrepreneurs or planning to start a business.

The studies give you new perspectives on entrepreneurship and new expertise that strengthens your company's resilience and promotes business continuity and growth. After training in a multidisciplinary group, you will have the skills to commercialize innovations and develop new successful businesses.

After graduating, you can work as an entrepreneur in your own company or in a variety of management, development and expert positions. The programme provides eligibility for positions that require a master's degree, and for many people, a master's degree clears the path to more responsible and demanding positions.

Degree programme description

The studies consist of core competences, complementary competences and a master’s thesis. The core competence studies are further divided into three modules. The modules and courses are:

Module 1, Entrepreneurship and business development processes :
- Responsible entrepreneurship
- Critical success factors in business
- Strategic business opportunities

Module 2, Innovative management:
- Intelligent leadership
- Sustainability and responsibility in business
- Knowledge based management and entrepreneurship

Module 3, Company growth strategies:
- Enablers of business growth
- Business growth competence
- Growth strategy into practice

Complementary competence

You can choose complementary competence studies from a wide range of Xamk Master School’s common studies based on your interests. These common studies cover courses instructed both in Finnish and English and include the following:

- Research and development
- Management, leadership and entrepreneurship
- International working environments
- Information, digital services and networks.

You can also choose complementary competence studies from other universities provided that they are offered as master’s degree level studies.

If you have previously completed studies at the level of EQF 7, and they match the objectives of the degree programme, they can be accredited as part of your studies. More information is provided by the Degree Programme Coordinator.

Implementation of studies and flexible learning tracks

The goal is for you to plan your studies according to your life situation, combining contact and online learning.

Study guidance

At the beginning of your studies, you prepare a personal study plan (PSP) which helps you make choices related to the studies, practical training, master’s thesis and international activities. Your Studies Coordinator supports you in preparing the personal study plan. Studying at Master School provides you with the opportunity to build the career path of your choice, in line with your own objectives.

Student wellbeing

Student wellbeing is a top priority at Xamk, and we support students in different ways in all matters related to their studies. Our entire staff ranging from the Studies Coordinators, Student Wellbeing Advisors, Study Counselling Psychologists, student healthcare personnel and University Chaplain are committed to ensuring your wellbeing.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

According to Xamk’s BYOD policy, students must bring and use their own devices on campus. More information is available on Xamk website.?

RDI and cooperation with world of work

The degree programme is multidisciplinary, providing you with the opportunity to meet professionals from various fields during your studies. Together with your teachers, they aim to encourage critical thinking and improve your argumentation skills. As a result, you do not only gain new perspectives to your own field, but also contribute to the development of other fields.

The networks created with experts during the studies are also a considerable advantage for you after graduation. This is something that students graduating from Xamk Master School consider one of the most important aspects of the education.

Development-oriented approach to work

At Master School, you learn to retrieve and process field-specific research data and apply it to your own work. Learning is research-based, development-oriented and aimed at promoting innovation. You can also carry out research work and other assignments as part of Xamk’s research, development and innovation (RDI) projects.

RDI specialists are an essential part of Xamk Master School, building bridges with the world of work. Among Finnish universities of applied sciences, Xamk stands out as the largest in the field of RDI activities. The total number of ongoing projects per year is nearly 200.

Learning environments

The studies include contact and online studies, company visits and refining your own business idea with the help of personal coaching. The studies are completed in the form of individual assignments, personal coaching and projects.