Become an Expert in Digital Business Transformation
Business Informatics is a Master’s degree programme for business and engineering professionals who want to deepen their strategic and managerial skills via better use of business information systems.
The Programme equips participants to address the challenges of digitalization and digital transformation in business and work life. The student will become an analyzer and a competent user of business information for decision-making, business operations, and business development. The student will apply his/her knowledge in business modelling, will learn how to collect, interpret and analyze data, and craft answers to business critical questions. The students will also learn how to apply business development methods to drive business growth and innovation.
Enjoy a Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Our students enjoy a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, tied-to-business environment and sharing expertise by the participants who are full-time working professionals. Classes take various forms. The courses are implemented via contact teaching, class discussions, team work, self-study, business simulations, workshops, seminars, and also sometimes online sessions. Students are instructed by staff and experts with business and academic experience.
The study group includes the students from two backgrounds studying together: from Business and Engineering. Business students will study toward a degree of Master of Business Administration (90 credits, for 2 years), while engineers will study toward a Master of Engineering degree (60 credits, for 1,5 year). We take students with business and similar previous education to the Business stream; and engineering and technology previous education to the Engineering stream. Both streams study together, just make sure you apply correctly.
Take Advantage of Close Ties with Work Life
Master's degree programme in Business Informatics (Master of Business Administration) will help to deepen your business skills in close ties with your work life. Your studies currently include
- Advanced professional studies, 50 ECTS including:
- Business Strategy and Management, 15 ECTS
- Business Analysis and Development, 15 ECTS
- Business Growth and Innovation, 20 ECTS
- Elective studies, 10 ECTS
- Master’s Thesis, 30 ECTS.
Thus, the Programme has a strong emphasis on sharpening general management skills for managers of technology-driven companies for the Digital age. Check the curriculum course description from study guide.
Graduate in Two Years
Master's degree programme in Business Informatics is organized to combine Master’s studies with a full-time job. To become a Master of Business Administration, it will take you 2 years. Contact sessions are arranged every 2nd Friday (from 9.00 to 16.00) and occasionally on other evenings.
Gain a New Expertise via a Master’s Project
You will plan and implement a Master’s thesis (an R&D project for a real company), typically your own place of work. A Master’s Thesis will combine your innovative development work with academic research (30 ECTS).
Research focus for Master's theses (final projects) in this Programme typically concentrate on: digital transformation, business transformation; use of data analytics and business information systems for business purposes; doing and modelling businesses for the digital age; digitization and improvement of operations and internal organizational processes; digitization and improvement of customer experience, services and product designs, and channels; use of business intelligence and marketing research, and other related topics.
For completing a Master’s thesis, the students get support and guidance form the school in the form of
- a practical, easy-to-follow 7-GATE approach to doing a Master’s thesis
- starting from first weeks in the Programme, working in a guided Master’s thesis process
- individual support from instructors; instruction on the R&D methods and problem-solving skills for excelling in your project
- participants’ own education, motivation and hard work make the necessary element of success.
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Javier Salcedo and Kristina Uluturhan
Violeta Tudose, Master of Business Administration 2022
I have completed my Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Metropolia University of Applied Science in December 2022 after my admission in May 2021 (in 1,5 years). My journey was faster than planned, but very intensive and extremely challenging. As a project manager with a software engineering background, I had leadership and technical experience but not the business acumen that could immediately be applied in my current workplace. The MBA Business Informatics programme taught me to think from a business perspective rather than as an engineer.
Not only have I become a more well-rounded leader in my career field, but I had the great opportunity to build personal and professional relationships that last a lifetime.
The core curriculum is well balanced across management, business analytics and leadership. Through courses such as “Strategy, Management and Leadership for Leading Digital Transformation” you gain better understanding of the three interrelated cornerstones of the job of a manager, while the “Digital Transformation in Business“ expands your digital insights and boost your capabilities as a strategic business leader able to implement digital transformation within your organization. Furthermore, the “Circular economy” course helps you develop your skills as a sustainable leader able to create a valuable environment for business development in a balanced way with nature and society. Of special utility were the Applied Business Analytics platforms I learned to guide my decision-making processes and solve business problems.
Additionally, it was helpful to have top quality, experienced and passionate professors that have given me the confidence and support when needed.
Taking the MBA at Metropolia was a worthwhile endeavor and I would recommend it for the life-long learners who are already in the workforce and want to be more successful in business and in their career.
Salla Kuula, Master of Business Administration 2019
Last Friday I ended one period in my life and finished my MBA studies in Business Informatics. It was no walk in the park with two small kids and a full-time job, but all in all it was definitely worth it. I got to study with such a great group of people lead by really high-class teachers. The greatest thing was the extra Umph it brought to my career. I feel that it changed the way I look at things and gave a wider, strategic perspective to my work. The most rewarding part was to write my Master’s Thesis about building a Data and Analytics Maturity Framework for my employer, Veho. It gives me the means to guide Veho into an even more data-driven organization in up-coming years. I am so excited to continue my professional journey with all this information and tools in my backpack.
Special thanks to my fellow students and teachers, especially Katja Kokko, Teo Tuomola, Raisa Varsta, Antti Hovi and the family supporting me along the way.
Katja Kokko, Master of Business Administration 2019
My impression is very positive about my studies in Business Informatics. I graduated in 2019, and before that I already was a Bachelor in Marketing from Metropolia Business School (2010). I do like marketing, but also responsible for other areas at work. My key concern is that all functions should work together.
In the Master’s Program in Business Informatics, many topics were directly relevant to my work, and I find my studies very rewarding. I would give 4,5 as my grade to the Program, since there is always room for improvement. Generally, I would say, it is a remarkable sign of the Program that highly experienced teachers, all coming from the industry, are mentoring students in a practical way.
In summary, I wanted to enjoy the studies, so I had a study leave (well planned in advance). For adult students such wonderful opportunities do not come often! Also, every 2nd Friday is a great schedule. All students agreed, it is much better that the evening studies.
My next step is toward ‘Business development’, this is the application area for me. I aim to be a change agent in the organization. BI Program definitely benefited me. I know my stuff, I can negotiated, I am able to take more responsibilities, and my confidence level has risen a lot. Thank to my instructors, I had enough gymnastics for my brain and sharpened the level of thinking. Thank you, Business Informatics!
Anniina Leppänen, Master of Business Informatics 2019
A year ago I graduated from the Master´s programme in Business Informatics and I still remember standing at the Graduation ceremony. I must say, I was very proud and grateful to my teachers who guided and were always supportive and encouraging.
I am interested in technology and currently working as a SAP consultant. I think, the best part about my studies were the discussions we had in the class. It was thrilling to learn from others and work together. Also, I truly enjoyed the courses, learning about new technologies and business - this is exactly what is needed today. My studies were a personal growth journey, too, with the biggest part being the thesis. As a result of my studies, I gained confidence, improved my skills, learned to have a critical mindset, and also developed "can do" attitude. Studying in Business Informatics may at times seem challenging, especially when it comes to practical analytics for business. But I learnt new ways of looking at things, seeing new opportunities and having a vision for the future. Working in projects as a subject matter expert, I applied my new skills almost immediately to solving problems and developed new readiness to go forward with my work projects.
I am truly grateful to Metropolia for making my dream of having MBA degree come true. As the world is changing, it is important to know where we are heading and gain knowledge and information to manage there. I would definitely recommend these studies. “You can do it”, that is all I can say!
Simon Ward, Master of Business Administration 2020
I had previously studied my bachelor’s degree at Metropolia’s Business School and had graduated in 2014. I really enjoyed my studies then and was hungry for more. My situation had changed since my bachelor’s degree and I had found full time employment in Finland. The Business Informatics program gave the opportunity I was seeking to continue working, while studying towards a master’s degree.
The degree program is very relevant to working life, with courses that cover various aspects of business, such as strategic management, project management, marketing and applied business analytics. The lecturers are very supportive and help you to achieve your best. During these two years of studying at Metropolia, I have learnt many new skills including now being able and confident to use data analytics tools such as PowerBI. These new skills I can now utilise in working life. There is the great opportunity to work with students from various international backgrounds and professions. I look forward to keeping in contact with the new connections I have made.
Thank you to all the lecturers in the Business Informatics’ program for a great and well-designed degree program!
Sudhindra Bangalore Seetharam, Master of Business Administration 2020
I am glad I went back to school and chose to be a student at Metropolia. This University of Applied Sciences has an excellent ambience and truly is international. The professional students and faculty members are filled with enthusiasm and have always been of great support. The programme is advanced and touches on recent and relevant areas like digital marketing, integrative project management, business analytics. The programme structure encourages group work, healthy competition, and invokes interest in the subjects with intuitive classes. It gives freedom, yet brings in the discipline. Advisors are well qualified with rich working experience and bring in real case studies and success stories in every theory to make it easier to understand. Metropolia gives you a strong foundation to deal with practical business challenges.
In this journey, I have built several networks with incredibly talented people. My experiences, especially with my advisors, have been enlightening and are of great help in my management career. I would not be wrong saying that my teachers are my honoured friends today that I can always lean for professional and practical guidance. I gratefully thank them for being few of the best faculties I came across as a student. My biggest take-away was our study trip to Stuttgart that gave me a real feel of the transformation in Industry 4.0 and brought me close friendships with my fellow students.
Ekaterina Airaksinen, Master of Business Administration 2020
I have recently graduated from Metropolia University as a Master in Business Informatics (MBA). The program included very modern-oriented courses, which I utilize in my daily work life now: artificial intelligence, circular economy, transformation and digitalization. Important to mention, that the courses are aimed at practical issues, where one can learn new things from the fellow students and their diverse experience. The program teaches you to look at the things broader and to think out of the box. One of the advantages studying for Master´s in Metropolia is the convenient timetable, which you can combine with work.
Thanks to Metropolia’s Master program I have found my current job and got a full-time position as a Data Analyst in the international company. The competencies and experience gained from the study allow me to apply the outcomes in a profound and thoughtful way.
Olli Koutonen, Master of Business Administration 2020
As I am writing this text, it is currently my last week of studies as an MBA student in Metropolia’s Master´s programme in Business Informatics. It was the most interesting period of my life & career to combine full-time employment with studies. The studies took place every second Friday full-day, and I will miss these days. Having a day for excellent teaching, innovation & discussions became a highlight for me, and these days provided a good counterbalance for stressful work weeks. My classmates work in different industries, and everyone has own stories to tell.
I was constantly surprised to notice how the programme courses walked together with my daily work & business environment. Whether we talked about business modelling in a competitive environment, business transformation & technology, or innovation in circular environments & responsibilities, I noticed that these subjects are currently happening every day. Previously, I was missing the required perspective, but now I have it with applicable capabilities in business analytics & management.
The Business Informatics program gave me confidence and broadened my perspective in the world of IT & analytics. I have already utilized my project management certification acquired in Metropolia in daily work, and vice versa, utilized my work environment certifications in my Master’s Thesis. Many of the things that I learned in school also became timely conversation starters at the coffee table at work, and some led to further innovation & analysis.
Olli's post on Metropolia Masterminds blog
Ville-Veikko Karttunen, Master of Business Administration 2020
Finance manager, Rakennuttajatoimisto Valvontakonsultit Oy
Being a work-oriented person, the idea of going back to a university for a Master’s degree was very appealing, but I was not willing to leave my employment behind to study full-time. Once I found out about Metropolia’s Master´s programme in Business Informatics, I knew it was something I had looked for but did not know about.
The way this programme is constructed suits well the individuals such as myself, who want to advance both their career and education simultaneously. On-the-campus lecture days are minimal and on most of the courses, the student is expected to reflect the topic to their own organisation, which helps to understand the topic and own business better. I personally found this approach and study topics very useful and practical. It also propelled my career, given that I was promoted from a controller to finance manager during my studies.
One of the best things about this programme is that it brings together experts from multiple different industries and cultures, which makes the studying environment a much more interesting experience. This programme is also a great place for networking and finding new friends!
Graduation speech (2020)
The Graduation Ceremony was streamed live on Metropolia´s YouTube-channel from Arabia Campus (Helsinki).