Westerdals ACT

Never too late for a master’s degree

The module-based teaching model at Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology enables you to work while you complete your education. When you finish a module, you take an exam, enabling you to complete every topic before you move on to the next.

 

Greater opportunities, more security

With a master’s degree in your hand, you have a better chance of being able to work with the professional challenges you really enjoy. With a few years of work experience, it is also satisfactory to receive fresh professional input.

The fact that many companies prefer to promote people with master’s degrees, should also not be overlooked. This is because a master’s degree provides a level of understanding and insight, which better qualifies for making strategic decisions and taking on management tasks.

“It appears to be a well-kept secret that both the private and public sectors in Norway are literally screaming for competent IT professionals, with skills beyond ‘just’ technology,” says Knut H. Rolland, a researcher and associate professor at Westerdals Oslo ACT’s Faculty of IT and Technology.

Versatile technologists need not worry much about changing global cycles, like the green shift in business and industry, or automation. These transitions cannot be carried out without people who have competence about how to link IT, innovation, and management.

The IT industry trend of outsourcing also mostly affects traditional, simpler development tasks. Hence, the broader your base, the safer you are. With a master’s degree, you can also expect a considerably better pay package.

Long industry experience

In all of our master’s programmes, work on the master’s thesis starts with a practice period, during which you define the topic of your thesis in cooperation with a company. This provides a unique opportunity to link research with business demand.

“We want our students to become strong practitioners. Our teaching model therefore lets the student alternate between studying theory and methods, and applying this knowledge on actual cases and practical group assignments,” explains Rolland.

Westerdals Oslo ACT has long experience with technological subjects. Over several decades, the former NITH, which is now part of Westerdals Oslo ACT, has educated students who go on to positions with such groundbreaking Norwegian IT companies as Bekk, Accenture, Sopria Steria, and Making Waves.

Strategy and management, or full focus on technology

To complete your master’s degree in Information Systems, you choose between two paths; Digital Business Systems, and Management & Innovation. If you are interested in the strategic aspects of technology use, the latter is a good choice.

“A main issue in both the private and public sectors, is that management have limited understanding of technology, while technologists have limited understanding of management and innovation. In this programme, you learn both. We offer a unique mix of knowledge and skills related to technology, management, and organisation,” explains Rolland, the programme mananger for Management & Innovation.

“If you want to work with the business solutions of the future, Digital Business Systems is the programme for you. We combine business sense with technology, with the intent to discover how technology creates business value,” says programme manager Asle Fagerstrøm.

The alternative master trajectory is a Master of Applied Computer Science. This programme leans more heavily on the side of technology, and will make you a competent IT manager.

“If you are not ready to settle for established solutions, Applied Computer Science is a good choice,” says associate professor Tor-Morten Grønli, programme manager of Applied Computer Science.

New perspectives

Westerdals Oslo ACT’s combination of full-time and part-time students puts you in contact with people of different ages, some having just completed their bachelor’s degree, while others have several years of work experience from business and industry.

Our programmes are taught in English and have many international students, which enables you to make professional cross-border contacts and become better equipped for working and cooperating on an international level. A record high percentage of the students complete the programme, confirming that we not only have motivated students, but also provide good facilitation for students that need to balance their education with work and family commitments.

Apply to Westerdals Oslo ACT’s master’s programmes here.