New Master students of Strategising in Organisations


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Congratulations and welcome to master your future and to develop your competencies at Haaga-Helia's Master's Degree Programme.

On this page, you will find the information and materials needed to start your studies on the following programme:

  • Degree Programme in Strategising in Organisations, virtual

First and foremost, secure your study place by December 2, 2022 at 3 p.m. Finnish time. Also, carefully read the information and instructions on this page for starting your studies.

The Structure of the Curriculum

The scope of studies leading to a Master's degree is 90 ECTS and the completion is scheduled for 1.5 years of full time or part-time studies. The degree includes 20 ECTS of common core studies, 20 ECTS of specialisation studies, 20 credits of additional advanced studies and 30 ECTS of thesis.

Schedule and recommended order of implementations

Semester 1

  • Applied Design Research 5 ECTS (study period 3-4)
  • Organisational Behaviour 5 ECTS (study period 3)
  • Strategic Thinking and Growth Strategies 5 ECTS (study period 3-4)
  • Strategy in Practice 5 ECTS (study period 4)
  • Thesis 10 ECTS (study period 3-4)

    In total 30 ECTS

Semester 2  

  • Data Analytics 5 ECTS (study period 1)
  • Strategic Financial Management 5 ECTS (study period 2)
  • Evolving Organisations 5 ECTS (study period 2)
  • Free-choice studies 5 ECTS (study period 1)
  • Thesis 10 ECTS (study period 1-2)

    In total 30 ECTS

Semester 3

  • Experimental and Engaging Strategy (study period 3)
  • Effective Management Team 5 ECTS (study period 4)
  • Free-choice studies 10 ECTS (study period 3-4)
  • Thesis 10 ECTS (study period 3-4)

    In total 30 ECTS

Read more about the study structure and course descriptions of your degree programme through the link below.

Planning the studies 

The most important study courses in terms of the topic have been selected for the degree programme in Strategising in Organisations. It is recommended to complete the Applied Design Research course during the first academic year. It is good if you have a preliminary topic for your thesis in the beginning of the course but it is possible to define the topic also during the course.

We recommend starting your studies by choosing compulsory studies and specialisation studies for the spring. Most students complete 3-5 courses during the spring semester, depending on the time available for studies. Note that one 5-credit course means about 135 hours of student work, including teaching hours. In course assignments, it is possible to utilise your own work and organisation, so you can immediately apply the studies to your own work.

Plan your next spring’s studies by using the schedule below. You can enrol for the courses once you have received the credentials to Haaga-Helia’s systems.

Also book the following Master seminars (prev. specialisation evenings) on your calendar. These meetings support your professional development and the planning and construction of your thesis topic. You will also meet other students in the same specialisation. During the spring, you are expected to attend at least one of the evenings but students are recommended to attend them all. All evenings will be held online.

  • 1.2. in English
  • 9.3. in Finnish
  • 11.4. in English from-to 17.40-20.30

Start of studies

Familiarise yourself with the contents of the Master student’s webpages and start to orientate yourself to your studies already before the actual orientation evenings. In January, week 1, you will receive an email invitation to the orientation materials for Master’s students. If your credentials do not work by Thursday 5 January, please contact: opintopalvelut(at)

With the help of the orientation materials, you can familiarise yourself with the structure of the curriculum and you will also receive instructions on logging into Haaga-Helia's systems and how to enroll for spring courses.

To do before the Orientation

Note! You will receive the credentials in January in week 1, so book a time for the following things at the end of that week:

Read the invitation email and follow the instructions to:

  • Log in to Moodle and familiarise yourself with Master student’s orientation platform
  • Log in to the school e-mail and, if necessary, forward the school e-mail to your own e-mail
  • Download and log in to the Zoom and Teams online meeting programs. Read the instructions from IT Service's webpage
  • Enroll for spring courses and book Master seminars on your calendar

Support for study planning and technical issues will be available during the first and second week of January, more details in the invitation email sent in the first week of January.

Orientation evenings

Orientation to the studies is arranged on two weekday evenings before the beginning of the actual academic year. First evening on Tue 11 January is common to all new Master’s students and the latter evening on Wed 12 January is for Strategising in Organisations students. Both orientation evenings will be held in Zoom. Attendance at both evenings is mandatory. However, if you are hindered from attending, you can view the Tuesday’s orientation afterwards as a recording.

Tuesday 10 January from 5 pm to 7 pm the orientation will be arranged as an online meeting, to which you will receive a link on Thu 5 January by email. To be able to participate, you need a working network connection and the device you need to join the Zoom (we recommend computer/laptop, but also tablet or phone is possible). During the evening, you will get information about study planning and practices, hear about different study experiences and get to know Haaga-Helia's Master group.

Wednesday 11 January from 5 pm to 7 pm the orientation will be arranged as an online meeting to which you will receive a link on the morning of the same day. The meeting prepares you for the specialisation studies as well as provides an opportunity to meet student colleagues who share your professional goals with you.

Support for study planning and technical matters is also available during the orientation week, details of which will be provided in more detail in the email invitation arriving in the first week of January. Detailed information and instructions for orientation evenings will be sent to you to your student email no later than Thursday 5 January. So be sure to log in to your student email and, if necessary, redirect your mail to an address that you are actively following. 

Previously acquired expertise

Previously acquired expertise refers to applying previous master’s level studies in your degree. The studies may have been completed in Finland or abroad in a university, university of applied sciences, open university/open university of applied science or summer university. The studies must have been completed within ten years.

Start by checking the curriculum and reading the course descriptions. You can include previous Master's studies to the free-choice studies if they are clearly related to the field of the degree. Sometimes, if the course content matches, you can replace even common and/or specialisation courses with your previous Master's studies.