It has been a long time coming – and a source of concern in many parts of CBS this autumn. The acclaimed flagship MSc EBA (cand.merc.) programme is under review for several reasons.
Since 2019, a problem has been identified with the MSc EBA (cand.merc.) admission process in relation to students’ legal claims. A new graduate programme has been developed in order to resolve this issue: General Management and Analytics (GMA) starting from 2023.
But that is not all: the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has pointed out the lack of 90 ECTS of basic elements (konstituerende fagelementer) across the MSc EBA (cand.merc.) lines required by the University Law.
Senior Management’s solution has therefore been to request that the 14 concentrations be reduced, in the expectation that the remaining concentrations will be accredited as full programmes – a ministerial process to start early next year.
On 29 September, the MSc EBA (cand.merc.) study board recommended that nine concentrations be continued as a programme, discontinuing five.
On 3 November, senior management announced its approval, but added the concentration: Applied Economics and Finance to the list.
Concentrations to be continued
- Accounting, Strategy and Control
- Applied Economics and Finance
- Finance and Investments
- Finance and Strategic Management
- Finansiering og Regnskab
- Management of Innovation and Business Development
- People and Business Development
- Sales Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Økonomisk Markedsføring
Concentrations to be discontinued
- Brand and Communications Management
- International Business
- International Marketing and Management
- Strategy, Organisation and Leadership
Academic Council and Reference group criticisms:
On 24 October, the Academic Council discussed the study board’s report and raised several concerns e.g. over the methodology applied to evaluate concentrations: some members stated that they did not see “a clear rationale and coherence behind the study board’s conclusions and the criteria functions in the background data across concentrations.”
A reference group echoed these critera concerns in their feedback from October 30, also emphasing a focus on the areas to be diminished:
“The reference group therefore suggests that the heads of departments and relevant programme directors review and discuss the affected domains to ensure that these domains continue to be clearly affiliated with relevant master’s programmes at CBS. The domains especially include economics, international business, organisation and leadership and branding and marketing.”
Both consulting fora question the limited time frame of the decision process and lack of information on current application patterns as a basis for the decision, and suggest a postponement of plans.
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Senior management’s recommendation for the MSc in EBA reform, including notes from Academic Council and the study board’s recommendation:
Timeline for reform:
Stay tuned to CBS WIRE for more comments and reactions following the two meetings on the MSc EBA (cand.merc.) reform.