Business Informatics, Master's Degree

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  • Application on the Basis of Metropolia’s Open UAS Studies (application period 1 May - 31 October) 01.05.2024 - 31.10.2024
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Degree
Master of Business Administration / Master of Engineering
Duration
60 - 90 ECTS
Time
1 - 1.5 years
Mode of studies
Language
English
Price
Tuition fees might apply

Studies

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.

Via either face-to-face or online studies, you choose

Our Programme has 2 concurrent study groups: online and face-to-face, and you can choose your mode of studies. 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 both online and contact teaching, class discussions, team work, self-study, business simulations, workshops, and seminars. Students are instructed by staff and experts with business and academic experience.

Enjoy a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

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).

The difference is due to the length of eligible Bachelor degrees of the applicants which are 210 ECTS for business professionals and 240 ECTS for engineering professionals.

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.

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.

Scholarships and tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for non-EU/EEA applicants

  • 11 000 for those, whose right of study starts before 1 August 2024
  • 11 500 € for those, whose right of study starts after 31 July 2024.

This fee applies only to non-EU/EEA degree students.

Read more on tuition fees and scholarships

Student's and Alumni's experiences

See how Javier Salcedo and Kristina Uluturhan tell about their experiences in Business Informatics programme.

Ask Head of Degree Programme about the content of studies

Ask Study Coordinator about study plan or Master's level studies

Send your question to Carita Liukkonen mbsmasters [at] metropolia.fi (mbsmasters[at]metropolia[dot]fi).

Applying

  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 15.5.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    Syksy 2024
    • Business
    • Technology

    The transfer application is aimed at all students enrolled in studies leading to a Finnish higher education degree and:

    • who wish to transfer their study rights from one Finnish higher education institution to Metropolia so that the degree title remains the same or changes

      OR
    • who wish to transfer their study rights within Metropolia from one degree programme to another, so that the degree title changes.

    Students transferring within Metropolia in such a way that the degree title remains the same, are not considered as "transfer students" and have their own separate application procedure available on Metropolia intranet (OMA). Please note that it is not possible to transfer from abroad.

    Students applying for a transfer should note that their maximum study period or the period for which they are entitled to receive student financial aid will not be extended due to the transfer. The maximum study period is calculated from the date on which the student accepted the study place in the previous higher education institution.

  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 31.10.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    autumn 2024
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    • Business
    • Technology

    The Application on the Basis of Metropolia’s Open UAS Studies is aimed at those who have completed open UAS studies at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Studies are considered to be Metropolia's if they are entered in the Metropolia's study register, and open studies if they have not been completed with the right to study for the degree-leading education.

    Application period: 1 May 2024 8:00 am - 31 October 2024, all times refer to local time in Finland https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/finland/helsinki.

    Application instructions: published at Studyinfo.fi

  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 15.5.2024 at 15:00
    • Business
    • Technology

    The Application on the Basis of Finnish Higher Education Studies is aimed at those who have completed higher education studies in Finland. Studies are taken into account regardless of whether they have been completed as open studies or in education leading to a degree, or whether the right to study is valid or has expired.

    Application period: 1 May 2024 8:00 am - 15 May 2024, all times refer to local time in Finland https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/finland/helsinki.

    Application instructions: published at Studyinfo.fi

More information

For more information on the application process please contact

Metropolia's Student and Admission Services:
+358 40 712 5100
admissions [at] metropolia.fi (admissions[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Starting studies

How to start your studies in Metropolia

Welcome to study for a degree at Metropolia!

Congratulations! You have been admitted to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and we are delighted to have you as a new member of our vibrant community of more than 16 000 students!

You have made an excellent choice - Metropolia offers you unique multidisciplinary opportunities throughout your studies with its strong connections to working life and active role in innovations built around socially significant phenomena.

We are happy to have you with us and help you with any questions you might have. Welcome to Metropolia!

The below information applies to students who have been accepted to study for a full degree at Metropolia. Make sure to complete all the steps in order to secure your study place.

Welcome to study Master’s Programme in Business Informatics

(Updated on 8th April, 2024)

Dear Master’s student in Business Informatics,

Welcome to study! Please read this letter carefully & keep it close at hand. It informs you how you will study in your 1st semester at the Master´s Programme in Business Informatics at Metropolia University of Applies Sciences, and about your summer assignments and recommended readings. It also asks you to make a few registrations.

Online & face-to-face groups (please confirm your registration!) and the Opening Days

BI Master´s Programme has 2 concurrent groups, one online and one face-to-face. You will be registered to one or the other group for your 1st year. (We will try to accommodate your wishes, but we need to keep the groups even, so in some cases the BI Programme will make the final decision). The Schedule is organized in such a way that a face-to-face class will always come first, followed by the online class. Please plan your autumn time carefully! If you want to change the mode of your studies, you can do it before the new semester starts (for the whole semester).

In both groups, attendance is mandatory on the minimum level of 80% of all classes in each course. If you attend less, you will fail the course and will need to do this course again. When studying, in those rare cases when you are not able to join some particular class, we recommend you to join the other group (exceptionally, as a guest), rather than miss a class. But this should not interfere with the studies of other students, nor instructors, nor staff, so that your personal schedule will never affect nor cause any inconvenience to others. In simple words, act responsibly, plan, be independent, care for others. You will learn more about “The BI Code of Conduct” at the Opening day.

You will start your Master’s studies on 22nd August (f2f group) and 29th August (online group), Fridays, 9 am in Myyrmäki campus, Vantaa. This is the Opening day of the Programme. After that, your studies will (almost) always happen on every second Friday, 9-16 pm (8 times in autumn 2024). In spring 2025, you will also have a few additional evenings (2-3 Wednesday or Thursday evenings for thesis seminars at 16-20 pm, always online in the evening times). You will learn about your schedule-2025 as soon as you get your Metropolia´s access codes in August.

Your Summer assignments and Recommended readings

Notice that, even before starting the school, we warmly encourage our students to begin their Master’s studies immediately after their acceptance. Feedback from our previous students clearly advises to start your studies right away, so that to make your academic journey smooth and rewarding. Our graduates also confirm that it is necessary to use the summer months for getting into the right mindset.

What are our objectives for your summer learning? There are two of them:

  1. We need you to be good at absorbing knowledge effectively from articles and books. This is why you are advised on how to read extensively and pick up key messages (read clever). Therefore, as your summer task, you will have several books and a few articles to read and absorb. Notice that asking questions (why?) is often more important than getting quick-fix answers to questions. Use your summer time to absorb the readings at own pace.
  2. We also need your time to think about and negotiate a good topic for your Master’s Thesis. This is why we ask you to think about possible options and discuss with your colleagues and manager(s). You will find this task under Summer task 5, below.

Use the summer time to absorb the articles and books at own pace, and - importantly - discuss your possible Master’s thesis topic. We are sure that accomplishing these tasks will help you to advance in your Master’s studies in the autumn!

Online courses that you can complete in the summer time (and thus start and finish your Master´s studies earlier!)

Importantly, our students often ask if there is any online course in the summer time to speed up the studies. This year we can recommend 3 options, especially targeted at the MBA students, studying towards a Master of Business Administration degree (they have a longer study period and more courses to do).

Therefore, we warmly advise you to find a good elective course for yourself and complete it even before the Opening of your studies. Note, you need to select only 1 such course, either:

  • Option 1: ”Strategy, Management and Leadership”, 5 ECTS (relevant to the MBA students especially). Enrolment ends on 12th August, 23.45 pm latest. This is an elective course for MBA students. The course is an online intensive 2-week course completed in August 2024 (on 5 afternoons, 14.8, 16.8, 21.8, 23.8 and 28.8, at 17-20 pm). The course is focused on a deep dive into the three cornerstone topics for business leaders.
    • Note especially Option 1! This is a course that was previously part of the mandatory BI Curriculum, and now it has “retired” to electives. Many of your pointed to this course as an attractive course in your applications to BI programme. (In place of this course, we will offer a more socialized “Digital Strategy” course in curriculum-2024). We warmly recommend to take “Strategy, Management and Leadership” as preparation for the more specialized “Digital Strategy” course especially for MBA students! (For engineering students, we will offer “Digital Strategy” as an elective course later in autumn 2024, so be ready to take ”Digital Strategy” as your elective. More information for engineers will come on the Opening day).
  • Option 2: ”Corporate Social Responsibility L000CF93-3013”, 5 ECTS (relevant to the MBA students especially). Enrolment ends on 18th August, 23.45 pm latest. This is an elective course for MBA students in case you are interested in Corporate sustainability topics. The course is an online intensive 2-week course completed in August 2024 (on 5 afternoons, on 19-21.8 and 26-27.8, at 16-19 pm). The course includes lectures and group discussions, and is conducted by an industry practitioner.
  • Option 3: ”Quantitative Research Methods”, 5 ECTS (relevant to the MBA students only). Enrolment starts in August and then continues non-stop. This is a mandatory course for MBA students for autumn 2024. The course is an online non-stop course that can be done at own pace. The course is part of BI Curriculum (mandatory).
  • Additionally, Option 4: “Systemic Leadership and Coaching Competencies for Future Leaders”, 5 ECTS (relevant to the MBA students especially). Enrolment ends on 18th August, 23.45 pm latest. This is an elective course for MBA students in case you are interested in Leadership topics. The course is an online intensive 2-week course completed in September 2024 (on 2 mornings and 2 evening times). The course includes lectures, group discussions and reflective sessions. The course is focused on combining systemic leadership theories to practice and learning how to use different tools in organizations.

See more detailed information about MBS Master's Summer School offerings.

  • Finally, Option 5: A set of three virtual courses, “Elements of AI” (2 cr, virtual, non-stop), “Building AI” (2 cr, virtual, non-stop) and “Ethics of AI” (2 cr, virtual, non-stop) provided by the University of Helsinki and Reactor. This offering is relevant to the MBA students mostly. Enrolment is round-the-year and non-stop, via the home page of the course: https://www.elementsofai.com/ This is a set of short & easy online courses (2 credits each) that can become part of your Master´s studies, or they can be studied optionally, for widening your professional horizons. Upon completion of the course, obtain a course certificate with 2 cr for each course and inform the Programme about your completion. Note, it makes sense to complete all three courses together, so that to earn 6 ECTS in place of one elective course (min. 5 ECTS) in the BI Programme.

We look forward to an intellectually inspiring year with you! Our address is Leiritie 1, Vantaa, 00160, Myyrmäki campus (a 10-min. walk from Myyrmäki railway station).

A warm welcome to study in the Master’s Programme in Business Informatics! You will get another letter from us before the Opening day in mid-August. We look forward to meeting you at the Opening day!

Kind regards,

Zinaida Grabovskaia, PhL, Senior Lecturer
Head of BI Master’s Programme
+358 40 198 4008 (sms)
zinaida.grabovskaia [at] metropolia.fi (zinaida[dot]grabovskaia[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Carita Liukkonen, Study Coordinator
mbsmasters [at] metropolia.fi (mbsmasters[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Please note that owing to summer holidays there will be no answering to your emails between 28th June and 5th August.

Master's Degree Programme in Business Informatics, schedule for autumn 2024

NB! Changes are possible, dates will be confirmed in August.

Face-to-Face group:

  • Orientation to Business Informatics studies, 22.8 at 9:00-16:00
  • Tutoring session: Personal Study Plan, course enrollments, Master's Thesis Process, 8.11 at 13:00-16:00
  • Research Methods and Skills, 6.9, 4.10, 22.11 at 9:00-12:00
  • Digital Strategy, 23.8, 20.9, 1.11, 2.11 at 9:00-12:00 (notice 1 Saturday)
  • Business Modelling and Competitive Environment in the Digital Era, 23.8, 6.9, 20.9, 4.10, 8.11 at 13.00-16.00, on 15.11 at 9:00-12:00

Online group:

  • Orientation to Business Informatics studies, 29.8 at 9:00-16:00
  • Tutoring session: Personal Study Plan, course enrollments, Master's Thesis Process, 15.11 at 13:00-16:00
  • Research Methods and Skills, 13.9, 11.10, 29.11 at 9:00-12:00
  • Digital Strategy, 30.8, 27.9, 1.11, 2.11 at 9:00-12:00 (notice 1 Saturday)
  • Business Modelling and Competitive Environment in the Digital Era, 30.8, 27.9, 1.11, 2.11 at 13.00-16.00, on 15.11 at 9:00-12:00

Summer Task 1

Summer reading

Course: “Digital Strategy”, 5 cr (your first completed course, with the final event on 1-2 November 2024, Friday-Saturday; all students present)

Start by reading and absorbing two recommended articles for your course in autumn 2024:

ARTICLE 1: Harvard Business Review, Analytics Services (sponsored by Red Hat) (2022). Digital Transformation Refocused: New Goals Require New Strategies: Report. (12 pages). Available here.

This HBR article can be downloaded after pre-registering (for free) via the link above.

ARTICLE 2: PwC (in partnership with Microsoft) (2017). How Finland is Embracing Digital Transformation – Digital Challenges and Successes Showcased. (48 pages). Available here as a pdf-file.

The general teaching approach on the course will be to blend up-to-date digital transformation aspects and digital strategy via lectures, discussions and team work, with the final big event on 1-2 November 2024, focused on real-life practices in organizations.

Students will benefit from reading materials from other courses, especially the “Business Modelling” course.

Summer Task 2

Summer reading
Course: “Business Modeling and Competitive Environment in the Digital Era”, 5 cr

Read and absorb these “must-read” books and articles for your course in autumn 2024.

BOOK 1: Osterwalder, A. & Pigneur, Y. (2010, or any later editions). Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers. Wiley.
See also https://www.strategyzer.com/books & videos by Osterwalder in YouTube.

Osterwalder together with Yves Pigneur & Tim Clark created the concept of the Business Model Canvas (BMC), which has taken the world of strategic management and business modelling by the storm during the last ten years. (Borrow from a library or buy own copy). This book will be your textbook for the course. You also will find the BMG useful in your other courses. The book will be available as a book and e-book from Metropolia library, once you enroll and get your access to Metropolia’s learning platform OMA. (Note, you will be able to activate your personal student account since mid August via either your Finnish banking codes, or by obtaining a password from Metropolia´s Admissions office).

ARTICLE 1: Blank, S. & Euchner, J. (2018). The Genesis and Future of Lean Startup: An Interview with Steve Blank. Research Technology Management, Vol. 61, Iss.5, pp.15-21. Available from: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08956308.2018.1495963 (This is a 6-page long article on applying ‘The Lean Startup’ Method across the corporate contexts).

ARTICLE 2: Iansiti, M. & Lakhani, K.R. (2020). Competing in the Age of AI: How machine intelligence changes the rules of business. Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb 2020. Available from: https://hbr.org/2020/01/competing-in-the-age-of-ai (This is an article and and audio record (25 mins) discussing how AI will impact the business competitive environment and organisations´ competitiveness).

ARTICLE 3 (in Metropolia online library): Porter, M. (2008). Five Competitive Forces That Shape the Strategy. Harvard Business Review. 2008, Vol.86 (1), p.78-137. Available from: https://metropolia.finna.fi/PrimoRecord/pci.cdi_openaire_primary_pmid_943972d09a79a7628a508e1a2c665372?sid=4362525414 (This is a 17-page article on applying Porter’s five forces model across industries).

ARTICLE 4 (in Metropolia online library): Baloutsos, S.; Karagiannaki, A., & Mourtos, I. Business Model Generation for Industry 4.0: A “Lean Startup” Approach. The International Technology Management Review 2020, Vol.9 (1), p.34-4. Available from:

https://metropolia.finna.fi/PrimoRecord/pci.cdi_springer_journals_10_2991_itmr_k_200630_001?sid=4361259414 (This is an 11-page article on applying Business Model Canvas & Lean Startup Methods for Industry 4.0).

ADDITIONAL READINGS:

BOOK 2: (in Metropolia paper-book library): Ries, E. (2011). The lean startup: How today's entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses. New York, Crown, cop. See info here: https://metropolia.finna.fi/Record/3amk.77632?sid=4381814352

BOOK 3 (in Metropolia paper-book library): Porter, M. (2008). On Completion. Harvard Business School Publishing. See info here: https://metropolia.finna.fi/Record/3amk.240365?sid=3087289923

AUDIO BOOK 4 (in Metropolia online library): Iansiti, M. & Lakhani, K.R. (2020). Competing in the Age of AI. Available from: https://learning.oreilly.com/videos/competing-in-the/9781469076287/ (Length 9.5 hours)

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TIPS for extensive reading: How to read fast

Klein, P. (2010). How to Read an Academic Article: Blog.

The information about the library opening hours & a telephone number to contact them can be found here. We welcome you to plan a visit to the library starting from 19th August, Monday. The staff will be happy to help you on Mondays-Thursdays, at 10-17 pm (“staff present of-site”). You can get your library card, borrow paper books, and get access to the online library collection starting from this date. Plan your visit in such a way as to come during the “staff working hours” (rather than the self-service hours) for the first time. Please check the opening hours before coming: https://libguides.metropolia.fi/opening_hours

Before you visit to the Library, we warmly recommend you to activate your student account at Metropolia UAS using your Finnish banking codes starting from mid August. Those international students who do not have Finnish banking codes can activate their student account by getting a password after visiting the Admissions and Student Services, or by asking your password via email from them. The contact information of the Admissions and Student Services can be found here.

The Metropolia library is open to everyone. After activating your student account, you will get access also to our big online library collection!

Summer Task 3

Summer reading
Course: "Applied Strategic Management and Analysis”, 5 ECTS (in January-March 2025)

Read and absorb this book; prepare for the Business game.

Rice, Anthony (2011 or any later editions). Accounts Demystified: The Astonishingly Simple Guide to Accounting. Pearson Education. (Also available as e-book from Metropolia library upon you getting access as a student in August 2024: https://metropolia.finna.fi/Record/nelli15.3710000000607624?sid=4381940493 )

Specifications for Pre-assignment:

  1. read extensively and absorb the book, take notes when reading (of terms and important topics) related to financial performance of a company.
  2. notice, you will apply the knowledge gained from the book for competing in a Business game conducted in teams.

Where to get the book from

Summer Task 4 (mandatory)

Master’s Thesis: Search for a topic
Course: ‘Research Methods and Skills’, 5 ECTS (in September-November 2024)

Think about and discuss at work your possible Master’s thesis topic

This task is done individually. Due date for initial ideas by September 22nd, Friday.

Tips for a Master’s topic search:

  1. reflect on an actual business need/challenge(s) that your company is now facing
  2. you are recommended to hold preliminary discussions on potential Master’s topic(s) with your team, superiors or management
  3. make a list of possible topics that both the company and you yourself would be interested to investigate in your Master’s project
  4. please name your file with the list of topics as: Surname- Fist name-BI-Possible Master’s topics.docx. Upload into your course by 1st October 2024.
  5. This list will make the first step in thinking about your Master’s topic. This discussion will continue after the first instructions in class.
  6. continue after the first instructions in class.

These questions might guide you in search for a possible Master’s topic:

  • The (business) issue is ………….. (statement about the problem).
  • This is important because …. (the impact of this issue / “cost” of the problem / what happens if not fixed).
  • Given this, the objective of this study is… (to develop/improve/propose/change what?).
  • The output of the study will be… (how do you see a possible solution; give an example).
  • This solution will help (the company/unit/society) because… (link back to number 2, contribution).

To find an engaging topic, it is important to start thinking on it in advance! No delivery needed right after the summer, but an initial idea by 1st October and a good, realistic, approved suggestion for a Master’s topic by 1st November 2024.

For an example of a Master’s topic, you can take a brief look at the thesis example below:

This early discussion at work will help you to identify an interesting and relevant Master’s topic. We wish you a nice and rewarding summer learning 2024!