Regulations for the Master of Science Programme in Economics and Business Administration (full-time), 2004 curriculum

Regulations for the Master of Science Programme in Economics and Business Administration (full-time), 2004 curriculum

Adopted by the Executive Board of NHH on 10 June 2004. Changed by the Executive Board on 28 April 2005, 8 December 2005 and 8 February 2007 pursuant to the provisions of the Act relating to Universities and Colleges of 1 April 2005, §3-3, § 3-5, § 3-6, § 3-7, § 3-9, § 3-11, § 4-2, § 4-5, § 8-2.

Section 1 Scope and extent

These regulations apply for students who enter the Master of Science programme in Economics and Business Administration at NHH Norwegian School of Economics from the Autumn semester of 2004.

Section 2 Admission to the master programme for students from the bachelor programme at NHH

1. Students who have completed and passed the undergraduate part of the five year “siviløkonom”-programme or the Bachelor of Science programme in Economics and Business Administration at NHH, have the right to direct progression in the following semester to the Master of Science programme without previous admission and grade requirements. Students must register transfer to the Master of Science programme on the special web form by designated deadlines.

2. The Master Programme Board may in special cases and in accordance with set guidelines make exceptions to the rule that the bachelor programme must be completed before the student can start the master programme. The student cannot, in any case, lack more than 7,5 ECTS credits in the bachelor programme. The guidelines are stated in the Study handbook.

3. As an option, the student may choose to have an intermission between the completion of the bachelor degree and the start of the master programme. The intermission may have a maximum duration of two years. Students who wish to have an intermission must give notification of this at the completion of the bachelor program, within specific deadlines. At the end of the intermission, the student must give notification on the special web form before the deadline for registering their transfer to the master programme.

4. Students who do not use their right of direct transfer to the master programme, or who have an intermission and do not return within two years after the completion of the bachelor programme, will be required to apply for admission to the master programme, on an equal footing with external applicants.

Section 3 Admission to the programme for external applicants

1. Admission to the Master of Science programme in Economics and Business Administration is governed by the "Regulations for qualifications for admission to Master Programmes", enacted by the Ministry of Education and Research. The Executive Board of NHH determines the number of students to be admitted in accordance with the Section 3-7 of the Act relating to Universities and Colleges.

2. Detailed regulations concerning conditions for admission, deadlines for application, and processing and ranking of applications for admission are decided upon by the Master Programme Board and will appear in the curriculum.

Section 4 Admission Committee

The Admission Committee appointed by the Master Programme Board determines applications for admission.

Section 5 Right to Study

1. In order to achieve the right to study, the student must be admitted to the program in accordance with sections 2 or 3 of the regulations.

2. The right to study includes:

i) the right and obligation to have a study agreement fixed in accordance with section 8

ii) the right to participate in classes in accordance with the curriculum and the course plan

iii) the right to be assessed in accordance with the curriculum and "the Regulations for examinations at NHH (full-time programmes)"

iv) the right and obligation to be tutored

v) access to the school's teaching premises, reading rooms and computer rooms, in accordance with the rules for use of these

3. A condition for retaining the right to study is that the student has confirmed his or her study agreement in the first semester of the programme.

4. Students must, upon request by NHH, present original documents that form the basis for admission to study or for the issuance of diplomas of NHH. Students who do not present the requested original documents for inspection may lose the right to study. Diplomas from NHH may be withheld until the requested original documents have been presented and controlled.

5. The right to study normally ceases if all attempts at an examination have been used, without a passing grade being achieved [cf. section 14, Regulations for examinations at NHH (full-time programmes)].

6. The right to study is in effect for up to three years from the time of admission. In particular cases, the school may grant further extension of the right to study. Leave of absence from the programme may be granted if an application is based on serious reasons, e.g. illness, birth, National Service. Leave of absence is normally granted for up to one year.

7. The right to study will normally cease if the student's study progress shows:

  • no course credits after the first semester
  • fewer than 15 course credits after the second semester

8. Students who lose the right to study on the basis of the third or seventh subsections of this section may reapply to the Master of Science programme, in accordance with the current regulations and curriculum. Students who lose the right to study on the basis of the fifth or sixth subsections of this section cannot reapply.

9. A student who has already been awarded a Master of Science in Economy and Business Administration from NHH cannot be granted a new right to study in the Master of Science Programme in Economics and Business Administration, cf. also section 6.

Section 6 Qualifications for the Master Degree

1. The Master of Science programme in Economics and Business Administration has a scope of 120 course credits and has a normal duration of two years of study. The Master Degree in Economics and Business Administration is awarded on the basis of a completed Master of Science programme. After the degree has been awarded, the student can no longer sit examinations of courses entering into the degree.

2. Students who satisfy the following requirements at the time of admission to the master programme:

  • Courses in method: 24 ECTS credits
  • Courses in economics: 24 ECTS credits
  • Courses in business economics: 30 ECTS credits
  • Courses in strategy and management: 24 ECTS credits

can be awarded the title “siviløkonom” in addition to the master degree. The Master Programme Board may, to a certain degree, make exceptions to these requirements.

An evaluation of whether a student with a non-Nordic educational background satisfies these requirements is made during the admissions process.

3. A condition for award of the degree is that courses equivalent to a minimum of 60 course credits of the degree have been passed at NHH, cf. Forskrift om godskriving av høyere utdanning (“Regulations for the accreditation of higher education”) established by the Ministry of Education and Research.

4. A minimum of 90 ECTS credits forming the basis of the master degree shall not be part of an earlier achieved degree nor practical experience, cf. Forskrift om godskriving av høyere utdanning (“Regulations for the accreditation of higher education”) established by the Ministry of Education and Research. Exempt from this requirement are degrees awarded in cooperation with other Norwegian or foreign institutions, also cases in which a part of the degree is accredited on the basis of another master degree from NHH.
The candidate must provide information on degrees awarded from another university or college.

5. The independent work must be completed as a part of a Master Degree in Economics and Business Administration at NHH, cf. also Regulations for examinations at NHH (full-time programmes), section 9. Exempted from this requirement are degrees awarded in cooperation with other Norwegian or foreign institutions.

6. New degrees are not granted for new specializations within the same programme of study.

7. The programme includes:

  • Mandatory and optional courses worth 90 ECTS credits.
  • Independent work worth 30 ECTS credits. Tutoring is mandatory for the independent work.

8. The curriculum for the Master of Science programme in Economics and Business Administration indicates the foundation for the content of the degree, and establishes:

  • The programme's goals, content and organisation
  • Which courses are taught and for which exams can be administered
  • Academic description of the courses of the programme
  • Any demands and recommendations to the order of courses in the study
  • Course literature, work- and education forms
  • Any requirements for course approval as a condition for admission to examinations
  • Assessment forms for the various courses
  • Preparation and guidelines for exchanges
  • Rules for integration of other educations
  • Other regulations that are significant for completion and quality assurance of the programme

9. Any changes in the curriculum are decided by the Master Programme Board

Section 7 Assessment

1. The students' knowledge and skills in each course will be tested. This may take the form of a final examination, continuous assessment, or in any other way in accordance with the curriculum.

2. If the curriculum specifies special requirements for previous knowledge or course approval achieved on the basis of mandatory participation in classes, written work or similar, students will only have the right to be admitted to examination if these requirements are met.

3. Independent work may only be carried out once. Repetition of independent work is only permitted if a passing grade is not achieved at the first attempt. Independent work must not have been previously assessed as part of a programme at other educational establishments.

4. Further examination regulations are given on the basis of the "Regulations for examinations at NHH (full-time programmes)".

Section 8 Study agreement

All students who are granted admission to the Master of Science programme in Economics and Business Administration must confirm a study agreement. The study agreement is a mutually binding agreement between NHH and the individual student, and has the intention of ensuring that students achieve their education goals within the standard time. The agreement must be drawn up during the first semester, and confirmed each semester, within set deadlines, as specified in the curriculum.

Section 9 Exemption and entry

1. Exemption may be given from examinations or tests that are included in the basis for the Master degree, if the curriculum requirements have been met through equivalent examinations or tests. CF. also section 6.

2. Students can have up to 30 ECTS credits approved on the basis of courses passed at foreign educational institutions in connection with student exchanges organized by NHH. Separate rules apply for double degrees awarded in cooperation with international partner institutions.

3. Detailed rules about the processing of applications for exemption may be assigned by the Master Programme Board and will appear in the curriculum.

Section 10 Diplomas and transcripts

1. When the Master of Science degree is awarded, a diploma is produced containing the grades achieved for each course and their relative weightings. The diploma states in which term the candidate took the final examination. It is a precondition for the issuing of a diploma that the curriculum has been adhered to and passing grades are achieved.

2. Courses that have been included from other educational institutions are indicated in the transcript as "exempt".

3. The diploma is issued in Norwegian with an explanatory section in English. International degree students who complete their studies in an English-taught major will normally have their degree produced in English. A separate inclusion (Diploma Supplement) gives a more detailed description in English of the candidate’s education and the Norwegian educational system.

4. On request, students can have transcripts issued after examinations have been passed. The transcript states the grade for the various courses and their relative weightings. If examinations have been repeated, the best grade achieved is entered on the transcript. A passed course cannot be removed from the transcript.

5. Separate transcripts are issued for courses that have been taken in addition to the requirements of the curriculum.

Section 11 Validity etc.

These regulations go into effect immediately. Changes in section 6 do not have retroactive effect for students who already have the right to study Master of Science programme in Economics and Business Administration.