Westerdals ACT

The smart choice: Combine business education with a master’s degree in IT

To achieve innovation and growth going forward, business and industry need people who master business as well as IT. Topping off your bachelor’s degree with a master’s degree in IT can prove both provident and profitable.

“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,” says Knut H. Rolland, a researcher and associate professor at the Faculty of IT and Technology at Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology.

Poised for the future

In the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise’s annual “competence barometer” survey, approx. 5000 member companies state which competence they think will be most important in the years ahead. The survey shows a large and increasing need for people with insight into technology.

« - It is 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. »
Knut Rolland

Business and industry are changing

We can be absolutely certain that technology will continue to influence future development. And, as a result, your level of technological competence may influence how attractive you will be in the business and industry of tomorrow, regardless of your other experience.

“A master’s degree in IT from Westerdals Oslo ACT is a stong hand to play in the competition with other business and administration graduates,” says Asle Fagerstrøm, associate professor, and responsible for the Digital Business Systems programme.

With interdisciplinary insight into technology, you also need not worry about global fluctuations, such as the much discussed “green shift” in Norwegian industry. Such a transition cannot be made without people who have competence about how to link IT, management, and innovation. The outsourcing trend in the IT industry is also generally limited to traditional, simpler development tasks.

“Our unique mix of knowledge and skills relates to both technology, management, and organisation. This is why our master’s degrees are the closest you can get to a guarantee of finding work,” says Knut Rolland.

Combining business sense with IT

If you want to take a master’s degree in Information Systems, you choose between two paths: Digital Business Systems, and Management & Innovation. Either of these should fit you, if you are interested in strategy related to technology use, and you already have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as IT, management, economics, e-business, or marketing.

“If you want to work with the business solutions of the future, Information Systems is for you. We combine business understanding with technology, in order to educate proficient leaders and discover how technology can create value for business and industry,” says Asle Fagerstrøm.

We also offer an Applied Computer Science master’s programme, which leans more heavily on the side of technology.

Long IT experience

Westerdals Oslo ACT has solid IT experience. Over several decades, the former NITH, now part of Westerdals Oslo ACT university college, has educated students who go on to positions with groundbreakingNorwegian IT companies as Bekk, Accenture, Sopria Steria, and Making Waves.

“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 to actual cases and practical group assignments,” says Rolland.

Unique industry relations

Westerdals Oslo ACT enjoys especially close relations with the most prominent Norwegian technology companies. These companies cooperate closely with the university college; giving lectures, tutoring students, and maintaining an ongoing dialog with the academic community, ensuring that the eduation offered always remains relevant.

All master’s programmes start work on the master’s thesis with a practice period, during which you define the topic of the thesis, in collaboration with a company. This is a unique opportunity to link research with business demand.

Interdisciplinary approach provides true competence

Westerdals Oslo ACT’s interdisciplinary environment lets students test their abilities in assignments closely resembling those they would encounter at an actual workplace.

Some of the master’s programme students have just completed their bachelor’s degree, while others are consultants with several years of industry experience. The master’s programmes are taught in English, and students come from nearly every corner of the world. This means that, as a Westerdals Oslo ACT graduate, you also qualify for working in international positions.

Students tend to spend a lot of time on campus outside of lectures too, which provides good opportunities to socialise, as well as more learning. A record high percentage of the students complete the programme, confirming that we not only have motivated students, but also provide good facilitation.

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