Post-Graduate Diploma in International Business Management

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Get a high-quality business diploma, in a safe environment, and better your opportunities for an international career in business. Our post-graduate non-degree International Business Management Diploma offers a wide variety of Master-level courses to give you a new boost in your career!

Post-graduate Diploma in International Business Management is a non-degree progamme of minimum 60 ECTS credits delivered in two semesters. The academic content of the programme is at the master’s level (EQF 7-8).

The principal focus of this continuing education programme is to enable the participants to develop professional skills, innovate new ideas, solve complex business problems, and explore new business opportunities in global context.

The programme is targeted to individuals with a nationally recognized bachelor’s level degree in a suitable field to continue in a management programme. A typical student has experience in multiple facets of business world and wants to take their careers forward and upgrade their competence.

The student can apply to the programme on a non-stop basis when fulfilling the criteria: relevant Bachelor’s degree (conducted in English) and min. IELTS academic 5.5. or TOEFL 46 or PTE Academic 46. The qualified applicants will be invited to an individual interview conducted by Jamk. The interviews are organized usually on a monthly basis by the Global Education Services team of Jamk School of Business. The monthly interview dates can be found below. The order of receiving the applications is taken into account.

There's no application fee attached to the application and the nature of the questions in the application do not require any external assistance. In addition, Jamk has no affiliations to any agents or educational consultants.

The programme is conducted in English as a full time in-class delivery at Jamk School of Business in the city of Jyväskylä, Finland. The studies are not available online.

NB: If you apply and are accepted to our Master’s Degree programme, all the courses you’ve completed in the postgraduate diploma will be transferred to your future studies! Note, that the diploma fee does not cover the tuition fee for the possible future Master's degree studies.

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Management (15 ECTS)

Strategic Management and Innovation

In this course you learn to critically review, analyze and understand information available from academic and professional business sources in the field of strategic management and innovation. You also learn to apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to analyze business challenges and global trends to propose or put into action practical business solutions based on the findings. You communicate responsibly and effectively in English through oral, written and digital formats in academic and professional contexts. You demonstrate intercultural teamwork, leadership, and conflict resolution skills.

Leadership Dynamics

After finishing this course you will understand different approaches to leadership by exploring theories and models, and you will be able to expand and apply them to practical work. You can learn key leadership practices and describe them from the perspective of your job role or interest of study. You understand the importance of an ethical attitude to leadership. You will identify and assess your leadership and emotional intelligence and interaction skills and benefits, and identify your key areas for development. You will experience & test practical communications skills through interaction and discussions.

Managerial Accounting

This course will cover the following topics: Theoretical aspects of accounting, financial statement analysis, financial performance measurement, regulatory framework, corporate governance and ethical issues of accounting, financial ratio analysis, corporate valuation, balanced scorecard as a tool for strategic budgeting, economic value added (EVA), cost concepts, absorption costing, pricing, planning and budgeting, fundamental of financial management, capital investment appraisal, financial risk management, cash flow, forecasting, sensitivity analysis.

Research and Development (15 ECTS)

Professional Development

This course covers an orientation programme to the studies, personal learning plan, identifying target competences for professional development, competence assessment, portfolio.

Research-based Development

After completing this course, you will understand the difference between scientific research and research-based development. You understand the principles of research-based development,, its methodological starting points. You know the process of research-based development. You master and are able to apply some working life development methods in development activities at your filed of practice. You understand the importance of research ethics and good scientific practice in research-based development.

Qualitative Research

This course covers the following topics: Qualitative researches information theoretic basis, defining the research topic and the research task / problem, qualitative research process, the main data collection methods in qualitative research, different types of literature review, the main methods of data analysis in qualitative research, the reliability and validity of qualitative research, qualitative research ethical issues

Global Business Management (20 ECTS)

Global Marketing and Sales

Global marketing and sales course has been designed to emphasize on the global perspectives of marketing and sales management. The course offers rigour and relevance on classical and contemporary global marketing and sales concepts. The core areas of the course actively address a balance between rigour and relevance. The rigour aspect involves up to date research and conceptual understanding, whereas the relevance aspect of the course is delivered through case studies, sales workshops and evaluating the marketing and sales strategy of a product/service. Students in a group will apply the theoretical knowledge by evaluating the marketing and sales strategy of a product or service. The strategy will be designed and discussed step by step in every class followed by two sales workshops. Sales workshops will be accompanied by sales professionals and class teacher.

Global Growth Strategies

After completing this course you understand the possibilities of internationalization to create new businesses. You know the key concepts and models of internationalization, and you are able to apply them to analyze and design strategies for growing the company in international markets.

Emotional Management of International Business Complexity

After completing the course you will know how to move, coach, and process the complexity of International Business relations & contingencies, by up-skilling, re-skilling, and crafting Emotional Management. You will also know how to achieve positive solutions & results with and through people's emotions by developing the management & leadership of their social and emotional skills. You will have the opportunity to learn the art and science of creative communication, motivation and to develop a positive attitude to pose questions useful to the change and for the change in multicultural settings and blended environments (human-tech). You'll have an opportunity to experience meditation and/or contemplative/creative practices to support their talent and/or vocation to lead and manage stress and balancing professional and personal life. You'll learn how to deal with the new challenges the VUCA time is posing. You'll also become familiar with the SESS Skills (sensorial, emotional, and spiritual skills) required in both management and leadership and will learn to monitor and support followers-employees awareness in times of crisis and in a highly emotional multicultural setting

Corporate Finance and Risk Management

The course cover the following topics: Assets valuation, Capital Structure and Corporate Strategy, Impact of taxes on Financing Choice, Dividend policy & Share Repurchases; Bankruptcy Costs and Debt Holder-Equity Holder Conflicts; Managerial Incentives and Financial Decisions, M&As, Corporate Strategy, Risk Management, and FINTECH. Corporate risk management, quantitative financial analysis, investment analysis, corporate finance, firm leverage and cost of capital, international finance, accounting information analysis, corporate valuation, investment appraisal, strategic management accounting, financial forecasting, sustainable finance, wealth management, behavioral finance, financial technology (FINTECH), financial scandals, executive remuneration financial institutions and markets etc.

Elective Studies (10 - 19 ECTS)

Microeconomics of Competitiveness: firms, clusters and economic development

After completing this course you will understand the key determinants of competitiveness for firms, countries and regions. You can assess the quality of the business environment. You understand the importance of clusters and how cluster members such as network partners, industry associations, universities, and government can contribute to enhance competitiveness.

Brand Management

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to apply appropriate branding theories and toolkits to solve practical case studies, critically evaluate different approaches to measure brand performance, align epistemological assumptions with appropriate approach, exhibit fluency with the building blocks of branding strategies, identify appropriate segmentation strategies on appropriate bases, define targets and relevant brand positioning techniques and understand the evolutionary trajectory of consumer brand management

Introduction to Finnish

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Integration into the Finnish Society

By completing this informative course you will gain information about living in Finland, its culture, habits and practices in order to be able to integrate to the society. You will understand how Finnish society functions and you will be capable of acting as a part of the society.

You will understand how to get employed in Finland. You will have a clear understanding of your own situation and a personal plan for integration to the society.

Eligibility of applicants

The applicants are eligible if they have

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from a nationally recognized higher education institution in a suitable field, conducted in English
  2. IELTS Academic 5.5 or TOEFL 46 or PTE Academic 46. Other language tests can also be considered.
  3. Bachelor's degrees of less than 3 years will not be considered

Note: Post-bachelor working experience (minimum of 24 month) is preferred. It is NOT a requirement for the diploma studies. However, it is required for continuing into a Master’s degree.

Delivery mode

The programme is delivered as a full time in-class programme conducted in English at Jamk School of Business in the city of Jyväskylä, Finland. Online participation is not possible.

Study right

The study right is granted for one full year, for 01.01-31.12. or 1.8.-31.07. without a right for extension. The group size per cohort is maximum 50.

Study Fee and Cancellation Terms

The study fee for the full programme per student is 11 500€ (inc. VAT). Once the students are selected, Jamk will send the invoice of the study fee 11 500€. The students confirm their study place by paying the study fee with one instalment. The receipt of the study fee is a required document for the student’s resident permit application.

The only case in which Jamk can refund the study fee is in the case a student's residence permit application is declined, consequently, a student is not able to enter Finland. In this case, Jamk needs an official decision from the Finnish immigration service of the declined residence permit decision before the study fee is paid back for the student.

Residence Permit

Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit for studying in Finland. The residence permits are granted by the Finnish Immigration Service.  You can find detailed information and advice on the residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.

Please note that Jamk does not process the visa / residence permit applications nor can give any advice or guidance regarding the application process. Please contact Finnish Immigration Service in all issues regarding this matter.

Cost of Living in Finland

Living costs in Finland are close to Western European average. Students must make sure that their income covers the basic living costs for the entire time spent studying in Finland.

Students must be prepared to pay for accommodation, food, travel, study materials, insurances, health care, leisure activities and other costs of living.

Average monthly living costs for students are estimated to be between 750 and 1200 euros, depending on the student's individual needs and habits.

Lunch price for a diploma student is 6,20€ at Jamk Student restaurants

Income requirement for non-EU/EEA residents

Students from non-EU/EEA countries must prove their sufficient income as a part of the residence permit application. The Finnish Immigration Service has determined that a student must have at least 560 euros/month (6 720 euros/year) at their disposal.

More information on the income requirement can be found on the Finnish Immigration Service website.

Please direct your inquiries to:

Ani Lietonen,
Manager of Global Education Services, School of Business
+358408098391, ibmdiploma(at)

Jamk School of Business,
Matti Hirsilä, Head of Global Education Services
Rajakatu 35, FI-40200 Jyväskylä, Finland