The Master's programme Entrepreneurship is a two-year full time study consisting of 120 ECTS credits.
The programme has two tracks, one at the University of Oslo that is taught in English, and the other at The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences in Bergen that is taught in Norwegian. Note that there will be no admission to the Bergen track in 2019.
The programme taught at the University of Oslo has the following structure:
- Mandatory courses, 80 ECTS credits
- Elective course, 10 ECTS credits
- Master's thesis, 30 ECTC credits
Course of study - Oslo track
|4th semester||Master's thesis|
|3rd semester||ENT4400 – Corporate Innovation Strategies and Project Management||ENT4460 – Corporate Entrepreneurship Project||ENT5100 – Methods and Topics in Entrepreneurship Research|
|2nd semester||ENT4350 – Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing||ENT4340 – Managing New Venture Growth|
|1st semester||ENT4000 – Business Creation||ENT4050 – Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership||ENT4330 – Entrepreneurial Finance||ENT4070 – Entrepreneurial Opportunity Evaluation||Elective course|
|10 ECTS credits||10 ECTS credits||10 ECTS credits|
This Master's programme is an interactive full-time study that requires consistent participation in both lectures and group projects throughout the semester with significant amount of group work and in-class activities. Thus in most courses, attendance of the lectures is mandatory, which means that you will need to attend at least 80 percent of all the lectures in each class in order to pass the course.
Each semester has an overriding theme where the courses reinforce each other in order to develop a better link between theory and practice and to offer an overall coherent programme:
1st semester - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Four courses in parallel providing the foundations of entrepreneurship. Each course is evaluated both on individual performance and on group performance. The student groups are the same for all four courses and last for the entire semester serving as an active learning arena for learning about team work and team leadership. In addition, in order to further develop your field of expertise from your bachelor’s degree, you are required to take one elective master course within natural sciences, technology or medical sciences.
2nd semester - New Venture Creation and Growth
Two courses and a student venture creation project organized in parallel for the entire semester focusing on the challenges of starting and growing a new company. The courses focus on practical sales and marketing as well as managing new company growth. In the venture creation project student groups operating as founding teams are encouraged to try to develop their own start-up project in collaboration with a local incubator. The student groups must qualify to enter. Those who don’t qualify will work as an intern in an existing start-up company.
3rd semester - Corporate Entrepreneurship
Two courses and a corporate entrepreneurship project within a medium to larger local firm organized in parallel throughout the semester. The course on Corporate Innovation Strategy and Project Management covers topics in corporate entrepreneurship both strategically and operationally. The corporate entrepreneurship project serves as an active learning arena for this course. The course on Methods and Topics in Entrepreneurship Research covers qualitative and quantitative research methods and relevant topics in entrepreneurial research. This course serves as an introduction to academic research as well as a preparation for writing the master's thesis in the fourth semester.
4th semester - Academic Research
Individual master's thesis. You can write your master thesis on the topic you are the most passionate about. Write it alone, in groups, or in collaboration with a company. Read more about the Master thesis in Entrepreneurship, procedures and deadlines here.
Additional summer courses
Students in Oslo who meet the Norwegian language requirements are encouraged to apply the study programme Gründerskolen. This programme gives students 25 highly relevant additional ECTS credits during the summer between the second and third semester, and is taught in Boston, San Francisco and Toronto.
Note that there will be no admission to the Bergen track in 2019.
A different version of this Master's programme is taught in Bergen in cooperation with The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). The programme structure for this programme is different. To qualify for the diploma, which is issued by the University of Oslo, students must complete the following University of Oslo courses as a minimum in addition to the master's thesis course at the University of Oslo:
- ENT4190 – Entrepreneurship Theory in an International Context
- ENT4200 – Startups in practice - Entrepreneurship
- ENT4210 – Practical Innovation Management
The first two courses are part of the Gründerskolen programme and include an internship in a start-up and studies at Rice University in Houston. The last course is taught at HVL in Bergen. On the following page you will find a table with an overview of the programme for the Bergen Track.
Read more about the Master thesis and finishing the programme for the Bergen track.
Recognition of Master's courses from former education
If you are admitted to the master's programme and you have completed master's courses outside the University of Oslo, you may apply to have these courses recognised as part of your degree. Please contact the Department of Informatics for more information.
Being a master student
There are many things to remember as a master student. Here you can find information for all master students at the Department of Informatics.
Diploma and degreeThis programme leads to the following degree: Master of Science in Entrepreneurship
The diploma is issued when you have completed the courses that meet the requirements for a degree. Read more about diplomas.