Business and Development Studies

Entry requirements

You are qualified for (but not guaranteed) admission to the programme if you:

A) Fulfil the language requirement by the application deadline
B) Fulfil the specific entry requirements below
C) Have a bachelor degree (or will by study start)

The programme has a limited number of places. If there are more qualified applicants than places available at a programme, there will be a selection process, according to the selection criteria below.

English language requirement

The programme requires English at Danish level A.

The English requirements are very strict, which means that only the qualifications listed on the English level A page are accepted as alternative fulfilment.

The English language requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline.

Specific Entry Requirements

This is a concentration under the MSc in Business, Language and Culture programme. MSc in Business, Language and Culture has two concentrations. The entry requirements below are the same for both concentrations.

The MSc in Business, Language and Culture is the natural progression for the BSc in Business, Language and Culture from CBS and the BSc in International Business in Asia from CBS.

Applicants who do not have one of the above-mentioned bachelor degrees can also be qualified for the programme, if they have an equivalent academic background, which covers the academic areas listed below in full and as prescribed. Your educational background will be subject to an overall individual assessment in order to establish whether your bachelor's degree qualifies you for the programme and the following specific entry requirements are met: 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ECONOMICS LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
25 ECTS-points in Business Administration/ Economics

The programme requires proficiency in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish as well as comprehensive understanding of cultural, societal and political contexts.


Choose the applicant category that best describes your situation from the two options below (non-native or native speaker) to find out how to document fulfilment of the language and culture requirement.

5 ECTS-points in Micro/Macroeconomics

Non-native speaker

The chosen language is not the first language you learned, nor the language you use most frequently at home. You may have studied it at upper secondary level and/or during your bachelor programme, but you did not receive a full education in the respective language.

You can only document fulfilment of the language and culture requirement through one of the three following alternatives:
 

  • 325 hours of study in the chosen language during upper secondary school and 15 ECTS-points at bachelor level (language courses and cultural area studies) passed in the language in question OR
     
  • 60 ECTS-points at bachelor level passed in the language in question (language courses and cultural area studies) OR
     
  • One of the following language tests:
Chinese French German Japanese Spanish
  • HSK Level 6
  • HSK Level 5
  • HSK - Level 4 Writing Test AND Speaking Test Intermediate Level
  • SIELE GLOBAL with a min. level of B2 in all four disciplines

Language tests must be passed at the minimum levels listed above.


Only the language tests/exams listed above fulfil the entry requirement in the language in question; language tests not listed above are not taken into consideration.
Language tests may be taken all over the world, but at different dates and intervals. You must sign up for a test taking place well in advance of the documentation deadline and upload a proof of registration when you apply for the programme, to make sure that you will be able to receive the results and make them available to us on time.

NB: You may apply even if the language requirement is not yet fulfilled; however, you must indicate in your application in which way you plan to fulfil the entry requirement. The entry requirement must be fulfilled and documented by study start (or 1 June, if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen applying in Group 2).

Native speaker

The chosen language is a language you were brought up with and frequently spoke at home as you were growing up, and you have a full formal education in the respective language, i.e. an upper secondary and/or bachelor degree taught entirely (or almost entirely) in the respective language.

You are required to document that you have:

- A full bachelor programme OR a full upper secondary education taught in the language in question (i.e. where the majority of the courses have been taught in the language in question)

AND

- 15 ECTS-points in language/cultural/political/society studies



The language you choose (Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish) determines which regional track courses you will study. For more information, see MSc BLC - Business and Development Studies or MSc BLC - Diversity and Change Management.

 

More information about the assessment
The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level. Courses done at master level are not able to be used.

The courses must have a specific academic content and a level of analytical competence comparable to bachelor level courses at CBS and it is CBS Admissions who determine if a course can fulfil a certain specific entry requirement or not. We make our assessment based on official course descriptions and study programme regulations.

The exact number of ECTS-points must be covered as per the specific entry requirements listed above (for example, 6 ECTS-points are not sufficient for covering a 7.5 ECTS-points requirement).

If your grade transcript does not indicate the courses' workload in ECTS-points, CBS Admissions will carry out an ECTS-points conversion - please find more information on our general admission page.

 

SELF-ASSESSMENT (COURSE MATCH)

Use this form to get an overview of your undergraduate courses (from your bachelor degree as well as any supplementary courses outside of your bachelor degree). You can include courses you have passed as well as courses you are currently taking, or plan to take in the summer.

FileSelf-assessment form: Business, Language and Culture

 

Advance Assessments

The following advance assessments are valid for the 2020 admission round for applicants whose bachelor degree exactly matches the university, degree title and enrolment year listed.

The advance assessments are based on the obligatory courses as listed in the programme regulations. If you have obligatory courses that have been credit transferred from elsewhere, we will not use the advance assessment and will instead assess your courses using the available documentation.

The advance assessments are grouped accordingly:

·       Qualifying Bachelor Degrees:
Your obligatory courses fulfil the specific entry requirements

·       Potentially Qualifying Bachelor Degrees:
Your obligatory courses do not fully cover the specific entry requirements. You will therefore need to either choose relevant electives or take supplementary qualifying courses to fulfil the requirements.

·       Non-qualifying Bachelor Degrees: 
Your obligatory courses do not fulfil the specific entry requirements and it is unlikely that elective courses and/or taking supplementary qualifying courses will help you to fulfil the requirements in full.

Your bachelor degree could be placed in different categories for different enrolment years.

Fulfilment of the entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Read more under ‘Selection Criteria’.

CBS Bachelor Degrees



BACHELOR DEGREE:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:
SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO BE FULFILLED:
SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:
HA
English to be fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
HA(jur.)
English to be fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 do not fulfil the following specific entry requirements:
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
HA(it.)
English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 do not fulfil the following specific entry requirements:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points Politics/ Culture/ Society Studies

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration.

The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
HA(mat.)
English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 do not fulfil the following specific entry requirements:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points Politics/ Culture/ Society Studies

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration.

The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
HA(fil.)
English to be fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
HA(kom.)
English to be fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
HA(psyk.)
English to be fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
IBP
English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
IB
English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
BSc in Business Administration and Service Management
English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
HA i Europæisk Business English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements 2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
BA EOK
 
English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 do not fulfil the following specific entry requirements:
  • 30 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration.

The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
BA IMK
English to be fulfilled
If you have studied English as part of your BA degree, English is fulfilled.
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 do not fulfil the following specific entry requirements:
  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration.

The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled
If you have studied French, German or Spanish as part of your BA, this meets the requirements for the 2nd foreign language in question.
BA Information Management
 English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 do not fulfil the following specific entry requirements:
  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Economics
  • 15 ECTS-points Politics/ Culture/ Society Studies

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration.

The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled

BA i Europæisk Business with English

English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement must be fulfilled

Qualifying Bachelors Degrees
 

     
     
     
     

Potentially Qualifying Bachelors Degrees (Can Supplement to Qualify)
 

     
     
     
     

Non-Qualifying Bachelors Degrees
 

     
     
     
     


 

Other Danish Bachelor Degrees

BACHELOR DEGREE:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:
SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO BE FULFILLED:
SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:
BA int. (SDU)
English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
The German language requirement is fulfilled.
 
BA negot. (SDU)
 
English is fulfilled, if you studied BA negot. with English
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015, 2016 or 2017 fulfil all the specific entry requirements
2nd foreign language requirement to be fulfilled.
If you have studied Chinese, German or Spanish as part of your degree, this meets the requirements for the 2nd foreign language in question.
 

Qualifying Bachelors Degrees
 

     
     
     
     

Potentially Qualifying Bachelors Degrees (Can Supplement to Qualify)
 

     
     
     
     

Non-Qualifying Bachelors Degrees
 

     
     
     
     

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

The programme has a limited number of places. Only applicants fulfilling the entry requirements are considered qualified and will be considered in the selection process.

Applicants studying one of the CBS bachelor degrees for which the MSc in BLC is the natural progression  (see more under "Your natural graduate programme" at Graduate Admission Overview), graduating the same year as applying, are automatically qualified for and ensured admission at the programme, but not at a specific concentration and will be subject to selection criteria for the concentrations.

If there are more qualified applicants than places available at one or both of the concentrations, a selection process will take place, where applicants are selected according to an overall assessment of the educational background at bachelor level, with focus on relevant courses and grades.

The following factors are of importance:

  • Analytical skills and experience with social science methodology
  • Grades and relevance of educational background at undergraduate level, with a focus on the following academic areas:
    - strategy, finance and economics for the Business and Development Studies concentration
    - language studies, cultural studies, management and organisation for the Diversity and Change Management concentration
  • Motivation given in personal statement*

*Even if you have a legal claim to MSc in Business, Language and Culture, you MUST still write a personal statement as there is selection at the concentration.

 

Personal statement

Personal statement is an important element of your application. It is your opportunity to draw our attention to your academic accomplishments, professional experiences and personal aspirations, and to stand out from hundreds of other applicants.

It is very important that you write a personal statement specific to the programme/concentration you are applying for admission to, as it will be carefully considered during our evaluation of your application. Please use a maximum of 2 pages total for your personal statement, and decide for yourself which information you consider to be of most relevance and which information to omit.

1. Tell us about yourself

  • Describe yourself in a few sentences, highlighting the personal characteristics you find most relevant to your application
  • What can you contribute to the programme/concentration, considering your academic, extra-curricular or professional merit? What makes you stand out?
    • Describe and discuss the prior academic accomplishments you find most relevant to your application
    • Describe and discuss the prior professional experiences or extra-curricular accomplishments you find most relevant to your application
  • If you have an existing connection to the labour market in Denmark, for example via a student job with a Danish company, internship in a Danish organisation or another professional network in Denmark, please make sure to mention it. If you don’t have an existing connection, state that clearly and move on to other topics.

2. Tell us what you want to study at CBS and why 

  • Why are you interested in this academic field? Which specific criteria or experiences is your decision to pursue studies in this field based on?
  • Why this programme/concentration?
    • What interests you in the programme/concentration description? Are there any particular keywords that immediately grab your attention? Why?
    • Which aspect or component do you find especially challenging? Why? Do you have any strategies in mind to overcome these challenges?
  • Given what you know about CBS, why do you want to study this programme/concentration at CBS compared to other universities? What criteria helped you choose CBS?
  • What would you do if your application were rejected? Do you have a plan B programme, university, internship, work experience or the like?

3. Tell us about your future plans after graduation from CBS

  • Which academic, extra-curricular or professional characteristics do you want to develop in the future? How will pursuing this programme/concentration further your growth in these respects?
  • What are your plans after graduation? Specify concrete career trajectories or advanced academic paths, making sure to lay out the reasoning behind your choices.

 

STATISTICS ON ADMISSION

In our statistics on admission you can find information about the number of applicants for the programme in previous admission rounds as well as the number of places.

See our statistics on admission