Admission methods

Method 1, General method

General

This method is simple and possesses a high degree of legitimacy and legal security. It works well when the applicants are expected to have similar educational backgrounds.

Selection criteria

Prior education.

Specification of selection criteria

Only the number of earned higher education credits documented by the applicant in conjunction with the application will be considered. Foreign credits will be transferred according to the guidelines established by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Highest merit rating

The merit rating consists of the total number of earned higher education credits and is calculated in the interval 30 – 285 higher education credits.

Working method

The selection can, to a large degree, be carried out mechanically. If all applicants with the lowest equal merit rating cannot be offered a place, lots will be drawn.

Method 2, MBA Programme

General

This method is intended to assess the applicant’s suitability to study on the Internet-based MBA Programme.

Selection criteria

Prior education and professional experience.

Specification of selection criteria

If there is a higher number of qualified applicants, than seats in the programme, a selection is made within the group of applicants who fulfill the requirements. The selection method used aims at assessing the applicant’s suitability for studying the MBA programme, based on the applicant’s educational background and working experience.

The first step in the selection process is an assessment of the relevance of the student’s educational background in relation to the programme. Points are given, where no relevance = 0 points, some relevance = 0,5 point, and high relevance = 1 point.

The second step is an assessment of the relevance of the student’s working experience in relation to the programme, following the same model. No relevance = 0 points, some relevance = 0,5 point, and high relevance = 1 point.

In total, the applicant can get a maximum of 2 points. Points are given as follows: Education: Master of Science in Engineering (5 years or 3 years + 2 years) = 1 point. Master of Science within a technical subject area = 0,5 point. Bachelor’s degree within a technical subject area = 0 point.

Working experience: Manager, Project Manager, Personnel Manager, Budget and financial responsibility = 1 point. Project participant = 0,5 point. None of the above = 0 point

Maximum merit rating

The merit ranking is based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior education and professional experience, with the purpose of determining whether the applicant has sufficient preconditions to successfully complete the programme. The assessments from the two selection criteria are added together to a final merit ranking ranging between 0 and 2.

Working method

If all applicants with the same lowest merit point cannot be offered a seat, lots will be drawn.

Method 3, Master’s Programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

General

This method is intended to assess the applicant’s motivation and preconditions for studies at the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability”.

Selection criteria

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • An essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the programme, providing information about her or his relevant personal or professional experiences (maximum 2 500 words)
  • 2 letters of reference (recommendations from two people who are familiar with the applicant’s ability and skills)
  • Higher education grades

Specification of selection criteria

Ranking of the applicants will be based on the relative qualification level as regards:

  1. Academic results at prior higher education studies
  2. Relevance of degree (and of courses included) for scientifically based studies at Master’s level in strategic sustainable development
  3. Relevant professional experience
  4. Demonstrated interest in ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” (e.g. through choice of work, voluntary work, other community services or in other way)

 

Maximum merit rating

A maximum of 8 points will be given, based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic results at prior higher education studies:
  • 2 points: very good results (i.e. a significant number of courses with grades well above average – e.g. ’first class’ or ’pass with distinction’)
  • 1 point: good results (i.e. a significant number of courses with grades above average – e.g. ’second class upper division’ or ’pass with credit’)
  • 0 points: weak or sufficient results (i.e. a significant number of courses with average grades or under – e.g. ’second class lower division’ or ’pass’)
  1. Relevance of degree:
  • 2 points: degree in science and/or engineering with a significant number of courses in environment, sustainability, geoscience and/or socio-cultural studies or degree in economics with a significant number of courses in natural sciences, sustainability, engineering and/or socio-cultural studies
  • 1 point: degree in social sciences or professional qualification with a significant number of courses in natural sciences or sustainability
  • 0 points: degree in social sciences or professional qualification with few or no courses in natural sciences or sustainability
  1. Relevant professional experience:
  • 2 points: the equivalent of a total of 3 or more years’ work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
  • 1 point: the equivalent of a total of 1-3 years’ work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
  • 0 points: the equivalent of a total of less than 1 year’s work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
  1. Demonstrated interest in the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability”
  • 2 points: Manifests a clear interest in the programme and clearly describes how the relevant professional experiences or the personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability
  • 1 point: Manifests an interest in the programme and describes how the relevant professional experience or personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability
  • 0 points: Manifests no interest in the programme and does not describe how the relevant professional experience or the personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability.

Working method

Applications that are accepted for examination based on the general admission requirements for the programme will be ranked according to the above by the programme admissions committee, consisting of teachers of the programme.

Method 4, Relevant degree and English

General

This method intends to assess the applicant’s suitability to studies at a Master’s level in regard to the applicant’s direction of Degree of Bachelor and knowledge of English.

Selection criteria

Prior higher education studies and English.

Specification of selection criteria

The first step of the process consists of an assessment of the relevance of the applicant’s prior field and direction from a higher education degree for the direction of the applied programme. The assessment is done in three categories: minimal relevance given the entry requirements = merit rating 0, average relevance = merit rating 0.5, high relevance = merit rating 1.

The applicant’s TOEFL – respective IELTS levels of English are finally standardized to a value between 0 and 1, where 0 is the minimal level to be qualified and 1 is the maximum level of the test. Applicants who are exempt from demonstrating their level of English with TOEFL/IELTS levels are given the merit rating of 1.

These two values are added to a collected merit rating that may vary between 0-2.

Highest merit rating

Maximum 2 points are given according to the description above.

Working method

Applications that are accepted for examination based on the general entry requirements will be ranked according to the above. If all applicants with the lowest equal merit rating cannot be offered a place, lots will be drawn.