Bachelor of Business Administration
The Bachelor Programmes are three-year full-time studies, each of which comprises 60 credits. In total, a Bachelor's degree program comprises 180 credits. The credits are in accordance with the European ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) system.
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a three-year-full time programme where the students will attain a solid first degree in international business administration.
Upon completion of the programme, students will have knowledge about different aspects of international business management in a cultural, behavioural, theoretical, practical, and sustainable context. Through the Norwegian learning environment, students will obtain specific knowledge about different aspects of business management from a Scandinavian perspective.
Through different majors, the students have the ability to get a thourough understanding of different aspects of developing and running multinational companies, how the highly international market of finance operates, or a specific global industry (shipping industry).
Upon completion of the programme, students will have the ability to solve complex business problems by using critical and analytical thinking and problem solving. Throughout the programme, students will develop analytical and digital skills. They will also have gained experience with working under time pressure on business cases in international teams in which good communication skills are paramount.
After finishing the programme, students may pursue a career in international businesses, or they may use the bachelor degree as basis for master studies within a wide range of different aspects of business to which they have been introduced to. The programme is taught entirely in English, and the student population is highly international and culturally diversed.
A BBA candidate:
- has acquired a broad knowledge in business management in an international and sustainable context from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. More specifically:
- how businesses are financed, investment decisions are made, management tools are applied, and how accounting standards are implemented and analyzed.
- how businesses are established, organized, and potentially led and managed, how strategies are developed and implemented, and how products and services are positioned and marketed
- how consumers and producers make their decisions, and how these are affected by politics, technology, international conditions – hereby globally determined sustainability goals.
- how international and/or global businesses conduct their business in an ethical and sustainable way.
- has acquired basic knowledge in mathematics, statistics and research methodology – including how relevant methodological tools are used in order to gather, organize and analyze data from a variety of sources.
- is familiar with the history of business and economics, their practice and research history.
A BBA candidate:
- can apply knowledge and results from relevant research, on practical and theoretical issues, and how to make informed choices. More specifically:
- gather, sort and evaluate relevant information contained in data
- analyze problems in light of relevant theory and empirical methods
- judge how risk impacts one’s analyses
- can communicate the content in analyses, the choice of methodology, results and assumptions, both written and oral.
- can apply practically relevant digital tools, techniques and media.
- can evaluate different forms of risk and their consequences in decision-making.
- can apply different academic stands and theoretical perspectives in order to understand how international business operates
- can integrate corporate social responsibility and sustainability goals into the analyses that forms the basis for decisions
A BBA candidate:
- is aware of his/her own values and how these affect one’s behavior and decisions
- demonstrates abilities of analytical and critical thinking
- demonstrates ethical awareness
- understands how processes and decisions affects, and are affected by, resources, context, and values
The Bachelor Programmes at BI Norwegian Business School are, as a rule, composed of 75 credits with Basis courses (common courses for all or more programmes), 75 credits with Program courses adapted to the individual study program, and 30 credits with elective courses. The minimum course size is 7.5 credits.
As a general rule, it is possible to change the bachelor's program after the first year of study. However, it may be necessary to take additional courses.
Students can enter the programmes after the 1st and 2nd year from other colleges, provided that they have covered the necessary subject areas or undertake to take necessary courses as well. Specific requirements for the subject composition are prepared for each study program.
To obtain a Bachelor's degree from BI, at least 60 credits must be acquired at BI Norwegian School of Management.
For students who are admitted to full-time multi-year programmes, there is a requirement for study progression in order to be able to move on to the next academic year. The requirements are:
A minimum of 30 credits (50%) must be completed and passed after the first year of study in order to be approved to the 2nd year.
A minimum of 60 credits (50%) must be completed and passed after the second year of study in order to be approved to 3rd year.
Some studies may require higher progression than this. The requirements for study progression for each study program are specified in the study contract. Students who do not satisfy the requirement for study progression are offered a one-year stay to address missing subjects and exams.
BI Norwegian Business School has set the norm that a full-time student should spend 1,600 hours per year. years of their studies. This means that a course of 7.5 credits will require a work effort of 200 hours including teaching, supervision, self-effort and examination. This is in line with the European standard set out in the Bologna Declaration. One of the key criteria is that credits can only be achieved through completed and passed work with an associated assessment of the performance and the learning outcome in relation to learning goals (= expected learning outcomes).