Microdegrees

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The current developments in society and the economy put the focus of education on the independent and self-directed learner. Next to classic degree programs, opportunities to rapidly improve previously acquired skills and abilities are becoming increasingly important.

 

Estonian Business School was the first Estonian university to offer microdegree programmes (previously called nanodrgees) . EBS’ microdegrees are mostly master’s study learning modules, focusing mainly on five areas:  sustainability and green economy, digital transformations, communication and marketing, management and leadership, finance and accounting. Starting in autumn 2023 we have some microdegrees for participants, who do not have university degrees yet.

 

"When designing microdegrees, we are guided by the principle that we create and adapt them according to the challenges of the labour market," explains Jim Seltenrijch, Head of master’s studies at EBS.

 

Why is microdegree programme good for you?

 

1 The rapidly changing working life requires updated knowledge and skills, even if you already have a master's degree

2 An in-depth course in a specific field allows you to acquire modern knowledge with a future perspective

3 A systematic and short study period (9 weeks) allows you to acquire skills and knowledge at a pace that favours the formation of new habits, whilst fitting into your work schedule

4 Expand your horizons and business network – the study group includes experts with deep professional know-how and people with at least three years of management experience

5 Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded an EBS microdegree certificate with a value of 15 ECTS, which you can transfer to the curriculum of any university in the world and continue with graduate studies if you wish.


How will your company benefit?
1 An employee with modern skills is a valuable investment for the company, both when updating existing skills and if acquiring new skills
2 The student can connect the homework done within the programme with their professional life, so many real business challenges can be solved
3 Employee development plays an important role in the company's value proposition.

Spring 2024 

  • Strategic Communication * (The programme is held on the period April 11 until May 25, 2024. Registration is open until April 5, 2024
    A comprehensive module that provides a thorough understanding of strategic communication and its crucial components and gives a hands on learning experience via practical tasks. The aim of the module is to prepare students with an interest in marketing to utilize and harness the techniques, media and tools of professional communication.
    The programme will be delivered during 4 weekends (Fridays and Saturdays, except the first meeting on Thursday, April 11)
  • Leadership in Digital Era *  The programme is held on the period April 11 until May 25, 2024. Registration is open until April 5, 2024
    In a rapidly changing digital landscape, leaders must be adaptable and comfortable with uncertainty. Our programme focuses on acquiring 21st-century skills to thrive in a volatile, complex, and ambiguous world. Topics covered include leadership and management concepts, impactful communication and presentation skills, creative and playful leadership approaches, and managing diverse global teams. Through real-life capstone projects, students gain hands-on experience and work closely with business executives to provide innovative solutions. 
    The programme will be delivered during 4 weekends (Fridays and Saturdays, except the first meeting on Thursday, April 11)
* a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite

Autumn 2024   

We encourage you to have an online consultation with us to ensure that the program fulfills your requirements and aligns with your interests!

  • Green Transition and Sustainable Economy Foundations * (on Fridays and Saturdays, every other week, from 23 August until October 19, 2024)
    The programme addresses the acute need for individuals and organizations to understand the principles of sustainable economics and green business practices and the social, environmental, and economic benefits of transitioning to a more sustainable economy. It covers topics such as the role of businesses in the sustainability crisis, clean technology entrepreneurship, and the importance of reducing CO2 emissions. Also, programme aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of sustainable strategic management and innovation, emphasizing integrating sustainability principles into corporate strategies to tackle the transition towards a sustainable economy in Estonia.  Book and online consultation the Pre-registration has started. 
  • Sustainable and Green Finance* (on Fridays and Saturdays from October 19 until December 14, 2024; exact schedule will be published in May 2024.)  
    Advanced level microdegree is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of sustainable and green finance, and how it can be used to support environmentally friendly and socially responsible investments. By the end of the course, participants will be able to analyze, evaluate and support sustainable and green investments.  Join our comprehensive course to gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills. Start making a difference in your organization and the world. Get acquainted with the programme that took place in 2023
  • The Digital Innovation and Transformations * (on Fridays and Saturdays from August until October 2024, the exact schedule will be published in May 2024.)  
    Programme is focused on digital innovation and transformations, where participants will gain practical experience in implementing digital projects and driving organizational development. Through three courses covering topics such as developing digital innovation strategies, process management principles, risk management tools and practices, and the use of new technologies, participants will be equipped to analyze business processes, identify areas for digitalization, validate innovation solutions, and apply change management and also risk management methods.  
  • Data-Based Decision-Making and Leadership* on Fridays and Saturdays from October until December 2024; an exact schedule will be published in May 2024.)  
    In the newest module, you will be given an overview of data-based decision-making together with the tools for developing the skills as an aspiring or current manager. This programme is designed to empower emerging leaders and high-level managers with the essential skills for data-based decision-making and effective leadership. The program covers key topics such as data analytics, strategic planning, and organizational change management. Through hands-on exercises and real-world case studies, participants will gain actionable insights to drive business growth and operational efficiency. Ideal for professionals in the ICT, manufacturing, and financial sectors, this course bridges the gap between data science and practical business applications. Get acquainted with the programme that took place in 2023
  • Management and Marketing in the International Business Environment  (during working days and working hours in the period September- December 2024; an exact schedule will be available in May)
    This bachelor-level micro-degree provides an overview of the key issues and challenges of international economics, management and marketing and is designed for those interested in starting an international business career and does not require prior knowledge of business or economics. Get acquainted with the programme that took place in 2023
  • Core Competencies in Finance and Accounting (during working days and working hours in the period September- December; an exact schedule will be available in May)
    The bachelor-level microdegree is designed for those interested in starting an international career in finance. The content is aligned to the equivalent topics in the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Applied Skills exams and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level 1 requirements. Participants are required to have a basic knowledge of accounting and principles of finance. 
    Get acquainted with the programme that took place in 2023
     
     * a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite

Spring 2025

 

  • Going Green: Company-Level Changes * ( Fridays and Saturdays from January 2025 until March 2025)
    This advanced-level microdegree is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive sustainable development at the company level. The module aims to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle environmental and social issues and to drive sustainable development at the company level while maintaining business profitability.
    Lecturers: Kerli Kant Hvass, Mehruba Haque, Katri Kerem, Mari Kooskora + guest lectures.
  • Managerial Decision-Making. The programme will held from the end of January 27 until the end of May 2025. Registration starts in December
    The microdegree is designed for those interested in a managerial career in international organisations. Upon completion, the participants will be able to make, justify and communicate ethical and informed business decisions.
    Lecturers: Aet Toots, Alar Kein, Gaygysyz Ashyrov, Anu Lehing
    The programme will be delivered during on weekdays, office hours. The exact schedule will be available at the end of the year.
  • Introduction to Financial Management  The programme is held on the period last week of January until mid-May. Registration starts in December 2024
    The bachelor-level micro-degree is designed for those interested in financial and investment management and who have basic knowledge about this field The objective is to equip students with knowledge and skills for advanced financial decision-making. Upon completion, students will be able to assess various investment opportunities and risks, meeting the requirements of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1. This microdegree is part of an internationally recognized business administration program accredited by EFMD. The program is tailored for individuals with prior financial knowledge or experience in the field.
    Lecturers:  Alar Kein, Juan Sáenz Diez, Ilona Nurmela  The programme will be delivered on weekdays and during office hours. The exact schedule will be available at the end of the year.

Study format
 

Studies are in a session-based format, which allows to study without interrupting your professional life. Lectures and seminars for master-level programmes take place every second week on Fridays and Saturdays between 10:00-17:15 for nine weeks. Lecturers for bachelor-level micro degrees will be delivered mostly on Mondays to Thursdays during working hours. 
Active learning takes place in the classroom through discussions, groupwork and practical tasks. Group dynamics and communication are an integral part of learning, and that's why we put a lot of emphasis on it. In between school days, you need to contribute to your studies by preparing for lectures or seminars.


Registration


EBS will open registration for the new microdegree programmes twice a year- by the end of June 2023 and the end of December 2023. 


Programme registration goes via MyEBS  (login, add microdegree to the shopping cart)  and starts on December 2023 for spring 2024 programmes and  July 1, 2024 and for autumn 2024 progammes. If you cannot add the microdegree to your shopping cart yet, then you have not probably passed a consultation first. We are recommending to book your online consultation before that date.  Registration is open until 72 h before the first lecture of the programme or until there are free seats available.
NB! If you intend to take a microdegree (or any Open university short-term courses), you will not be issued a residence permit for studies. A residence permit for studying is issued only for studies leading to a degree

Prerequisites for master level microdegrees

  • Bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification
  • Have at least 3 years of work experience in business, entrepreneurship or economics sector. We value both people and process management experience.
  • Sufficient proficiency in English (B2)
  • Passed consultation with EBS consultant

     

  • For EBS alumni or previous EBS continuing education participants (Open University), please use your current EBS account in MyEBS.  
  • For the prospective learners for microdegrees only, please book an online consultation or write to avatudulikool@ebs.ee 
  • To start master's studies at EBS, please write to admission admission@ebs.ee

We encourage you to register for consultation if:

  • You doubt whether your previous work experience or education is compatible with your chosen microdegree;
  • You are choosing between several courses or programmes s want more information or support to make the right choice;
  • You want more information about the registration process, organisation of studies or the financing of studies.  
    The personal online consultation lasts for up to 30 minutes. The consultation language is Estonian or English

NB! If you intend to take a microdegree (or any Open university short-term courses), you will not be issued a residence permit for studies. A residence permit for studying is issued only for studies leading to a degree

Note! We would like to announce that, starting from the autumn semester of 2023, EBS nanodegree programs were renamed microdegree programs. Nanodegrees acquired until the autumn of 2023 remained valid with their former name and value (15 EAP).

Past microdegrees

The selection of EBS microdegrees (2020-2023 called nanodegrees) is constantly evolving according to the topics that are currently relevant in the business world and society in general.

Sustainability and Green Economy

Digitalisation and Data Management microdegrees

Communication microdegrees

Marketing microdegrees

Finance and Accounting microdegrees

Management and Leadership microdegrees

Additional information

 

Liina Reimann

Admissions and Students Experience Project Manager

liina.reimann@ebs.ee

+372 665 1340

Admission information for degree studies

 

Kadri Osula 

Project Manager

kadri.osula@ebs.ee

+372 665 1386

Studies in Open University