Regulations for the Executive MBA programme

Regulations for the Executive MBA programme

Adopted by the Board of the Norwegian School of Economics 16/03/2004. Last amended by the Board of the NHH Executive on 16/02/2010, as enabled by the Act of 1 April 2005 relating to Universities and University Colleges.

Section 1 Scope

These regulations apply to the Executive MBA programme (experience-based master's degree programme) at the Norwegian School of Economics.

Non-degree Executive programmes at the MBA level are also covered by these regulations.

Comments: The programmes covered by these regulations are organised as part-time programmes and are funded through student tuition payments or contract work income.

Section 2 Definitions

Credits: A measure of the scope of work in the programme: 60 credits equal one year of full-time studies.

Module/course: "Module" is used to describe a thematic area/course in the programme. The scope, contents and (if applicable) order of the modules are defined in the curriculum.

Programme: Education of a specific scope and with a specific composition of modules/courses.

Degree: Education of a specific scope and composition, and which gives the right to use a specific title. The title is documented in a diploma.

Programme description: A description of the form and content of a programme, its modules and examinations.

Examination or assessment: Formal testing of students' knowledge and skills, whether during or at the end of a course/module.

These terms shall be used in the specific curricula prepared for each programme.

Section 3 Admissions

General admission criteria for the MBA programme and other programmes covered by these regulations are stipulated in the Regulations concerning Requirements for Master’s Degrees stipulated by the Ministry of Education and Research on 01/12/2005.

One of the following educations is required:
Bachelor's degree

  • Cand.mag degree
  • Other degree or educational programme of at least three years
  • Education that pursuant to section 3-4 of the University and University Colleges Act is approved as equivalent to the above-mentioned degrees or educational programme

In addition, at least two years of relevant work experience is required.

Further specifications of admissions criteria, including requirements to the scope of the work experience, are regulated by the programme description for each programme.

Applicants who do not fully meet the admissions criteria may be given a conditional admission and participate in teaching / sit examinations, but will not be awarded the MBA degree. The degree can be awarded subsequently if/when the admissions criteria have been fulfilled and documented.

Admission to the MBA programme are made by an admissions committee. The admissions committee is appointed by the Programme Committee for continuing and further education (PEU).  Admission to the AFA programme is regulated by a separate agreement between NFF and NHH.

PEU may issue supplementary rules.

Section 4 Admission. Contract. Tuition.

To have the rights arising from admission, students must be admitted to the programme pursuant to section 3 of the regulations, and must also have signed the study contract that is entered when accepting the allocated place in the programme.

The admission is for the programme or course/module the student is admitted to, and includes:

  1. The right to participate in teaching in accordance with the programme description for the programme or the course description for each individual course
  2. The right to supervision in accordance with the programme description or course description
  3. The right to an assessment in accordance with the programme description or course description

Admission is for the nominal length of study. An extension of admission may be granted if there are significant reasons for the application. No leave of absence is generally granted for the MBA programme or individual modules. For the AFA programme, provisions on leaves of absence are regulated by the contract. Provisions on withdrawal are regulated by the contract.

NHH's Executive MBA programme is based on students paying tuition. Tuition payment is regulated by the contract. In the event that tuition is not paid, the rights arising from admission are voided.

In programmes in which individual modules may be taken, contracts are entered for each module.

For contract work, a contract is entered with the corporation.

Students' other rights and obligations are regulated by the provisions in the Act of 1 April 2005 relating to Universities and University Colleges.

Section 5 Structure of the MBA degree: scope and content requirements

An Executive MBA programme shall have a scope of at least 60 credits and consist of teaching modules and one or more independent works.

The structure of the programmes is regulated by the programme description for each programme.
The programme description defines which modules/courses are included in the programme, and in which examinations must be taken, and requirements regarding the independent work.

A completed and passed MBA programme results in the "Master of Business Administration" degree.

The MBA degree may be awarded on the basis of one or more non-degree programmes at the MBA level as well as a supplementary module/programme that leads to the MBA degree.

Section 6  Programme description

PEU is responsible for approving the programme description for each programme. The programme description shall describe the form and contents of the programme, and shall include:

  • The objectives of the programme
  • The target group
  • The duration, scope and level of the programme
  • Admission requirements
  • Indication of modules/courses and associated examinations included and any requirements related to their order
  • Academic description of the modules/courses included in the programme and associated literature
  • Any requirements to the independent work, including scope and format and whether the work shall be carried out individually or in groups   
  • Description of the form of work and teaching, and any provisions on attendance / participation in teaching
  • Examination system, forms of testing and assessment
  • Specification of academic responsibility
  • Other provisions that are significant to the implementation and quality assurance of the programme

Significant changes to the programme description shall be approved by the PEU.

Section 7  Examination or assessment

The programme description contains provisions about the examination system and assessment form of the programme, and regulates grading, including the internal weighting of tests taken during the module/course, etc.

A re-sit examination is only organised for candidates who have not passed the examination, or who, due to illness, could not sit the regular examination.

The implementation of the examination is regulated by the provisions of the Universities and University Colleges Act.

PEU may issue supplementary rules.

Section 8 Exemption from examination or test due to external education

Exemptions are normally not granted for examinations in individual modules/courses. Applications for exemptions from the regulations are decided on by the PEU.

Applications for an exemption from participation in teaching are decided on by programme management/administration.

Section 9 Collaboration with external actors

In cases where programmes are offered in collaboration with external actors, the division of responsibilities and duties in the collaboration shall be clarified in a separate agreement between the parties. PEU is responsible for the academic approval of all programmes in which NHH is in charge of the examination and issues the diploma / awards the degree.

Section 10 Diploma and transcript

For MBA degrees, the diploma designates the degree as "Master of Business Administration" and also indicates the programme specialisation/thematic area. The diploma provides an overview of the modules/courses and any independent work included in the degree/programme, their scope and grade.

The diploma supplement is issued at the same time as the diploma for achieved MBA degrees.

For non-degree programmes of a scope of at least 30 credits, diplomas are also issued.

A diploma can only be issued to graduates who have fulfilled and documented the formal admissions criteria for the programme.

Section 11  Entry into force

These regulations come into force with immediate effect.

Section 12 Amendments to the regulations

PEU can adopt amendments to the regulations