Admission MSc in Economics and Business Administration

Admission MSc in Economics and Business Administration

Admission is once a year and the study programme starts in August. Admission is highly competitive.

The following information concerns applicants with a non-Norwegian bachelor's degree. If you have a Norwegian bachelor's degree, please go to the Norwegian pages to find the admission requirements and apply through the Norwegian admission process

Registration of application

Application deadline: 15 February

The application deadline for the academic year of 2021-2022 has passed. The application portal will open for applications for the academic year of 2022-2023 on 1 November.

  • If you are directed to a Norwegian language front page, but need English, please change the language settings on the landing page.
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  • The communication between you and the Admissions Office will take place by email, so please make sure to register your email address correctly and to check it regularly. Please also register admission@nhh.no as a safe email address. You have a responsibility to read and follow up on all emails from the Admissions Office during the application process.
  • When you have logged in, click on New Application and Master's programmes and select Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration Autumn 2021. Nine distinctive majors taught in English are offered. 

Documentation requirements

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND IMPORTANT DATES 

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree

Admission to master’s degree studies in Norway requires Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Please refer to NOKUT (The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) for information about the minimum educational requirements for your country.

90 ECTS must be within economics and business administration.

  • A minimum of 30 ECTS must be within business administration, e.g. finance, accounting, strategy, marketing. Economics courses, such as micro- or macroeconomics, may not count toward the business administration requirement.
  • A maximum of 45 ECTS may be within methodological subjects, such as statistics or mathematics.

This requirement is absolute and cannot be compensated by work experience, test results or other criteria.

Applicants are ranked according to their grade average. Your GPA should correspond approximately to a B on the ECTS grading scale. If you are to complete your degree in the spring semester of the admission year, admission will be assessed on results up to and including the penultimate semester. If final transcripts result in an unacceptable decrease in GPA, you may be refused unconditional admission.

2. GMAT or GRE

Unless you belong to one of the groups exempted (see below), you must pass the GMAT or the GRE test successfully in order to be qualified.

Minimum test scores required:

  • GMAT: a total score of 600 points 
  • GRE: 152 points on the quantitative reasoning section
  • If you are prevented from taking the GMAT or GRE test due to test center closures, we accept GMAT Online Exam or GRE Test At Home.

Test scores must be a maximum of five years old at the time of the application deadline and only test scores issued to NHH directly from the issuing authority are accepted.

Deadline: 15 February.

  • Exemptions from the GMAT-/GRE requirement

    Exemptions from the GMAT-/GRE requirement

    If you satisfy one of the following criteria, you are exempted from the GMAT/GRE requirement (please note that other exemptions will not be given):

    • You have at least 90 ECTS from a Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish or Icelandic institution.
    • You have a degree from an institution in the CEMS or PIM networks.
    • You have earlier passed at least 30 ECTS at NHH on the bachelor's or master's level.

    If you do not satisfy any of the criteria above, you are obliged to pass either the GMAT- or the GRE test in order to be a qualified applicant.

3. English language requirement
Unless you belong to one of the groups exempted (see below), you must document a good command of the English language by passing one of the three tests below:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum total score: 90 points on the internet based test, 575 points on the written test or 233 on the computer-based test.
  • IELTS Academic – International English Language Testing System
    Minimum overall band score: 6,5
  • PTE Academic - The Pearson's Test of English. Minimum score: 62
  • If you are prevented from taking one of these tests due to test center closures, we accept TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Test scores must be a maximum of two years old at the time of the application deadline and only test scores issued to NHH directly from the issuing authority are accepted.

Deadline: 15 February.

  • Exemptions from the English language requirement

    Exemptions from the English language requirement

    If you satisfy one of the following criteria, you are exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement (please note that other exemptions will not be given):

    • You have completed upper secondary school in Norway and hold a Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSK – generell studiekompetanse)
    • Your native language is English.
    • You have at least two years of higher education where the sole language of instruction was English.
    • You are exempted from the English language requirement according to the GSU-list (Higher Education Entrance Qualification for foreign applicants).

    If you do not satisfy any of the criteria above, you are obliged to pass either the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the PTE Academic in order to be a qualified applicant.

4. Curriculum vitae (résumé)

You must submit a copy of your curriculum vitae/résumé. The CV/résumé should contain information about previous studies, work experience, extracurricular activities, languages spoken, etc. 

5. Documentation of financial ability
All citizens outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland must document financial ability. Read about how to document financial ability here.

6. Documentation of identity

In order to confirm your identity, you must upload:

  • a copy of your passport/ID card
  • a copy of your diploma from secondary school (in the original language)

7. Online video and written assessment

After you have submitted your application with documents, we will pre-screen it. If anything is lacking, we will inform you by e-mail.

Once your application has been successfully pre-screened, you will receive an e-mail invitation to an online assessment. Please note that it may take up to a month before you receive the invitation. 

In the invitation we will give you  a deadline for completing the assessment. Please note that if you do not complete the assessment by the deadline your application will be considered incomplete and not processed further. 

Are you a former exchange student?

Please note that if you have formerly been on exchange to NHH and taken master level courses that are part of the basis for your admission, you will not be able to use those courses as part of a full-degree master's programme at NHH.

Contact us

Phone
+47 55 95 95 95
Email
admission@nhh.no