BSc in Business Administration

With an international accreditation from EPAS, attesting to its quality, this diverse and demanding programme prepares students for careers and/or further studies.



180 ECTS.


Language of instruction is generally Icelandic. Selected modules are available in English, please see the online course catalogue for language of instruction for each course. For more information about courses in English, please contact the programme administrator:

Phone:+354 599-6338

The RU International Office also provides information about study programmes for exchange students.

Available minors

  • BSc in Business Administration with a minor in Law (in co-operation with RU's Department of Law)
  • BSc in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science (in co-operation with RU's Department of Computer Science)


  • Diverse course options and interdisciplinary studies
  • Emphasis on practical assignments
  • International knowledge and strong ties with industry
  • Teachers are accomplished academics in their fields
  • Guest lecturers bring the latest know-how from industry into the classroom

Innovation and starting new ventures

Reykjavik University's Department of Business Administration has developed a unique interdisciplinary course which is a requirement for all first-year students at RU. In three weeks during spring semester, students must develop a unique product, from idea to prototype to market. Students work in teams made up from all four academic schools.

International accreditation

The BSc programme in Business Administration has an accreditation from EPAS. The accreditation is granted by the European Foundation for Management Development, EFMD, a membership organisation of 750 business universities and other parties that work on developing and improving business education.

Information for current students


Core courses

144 ECTS



Final assignment


Length of study

Three years.

Students generally take five courses (30 ECTS) per semester, four courses over a 12 week period followed by  one course over a three week period.

Course catalogue

Information about courses can be found online in the RU Course Catalogue.



As a general rule, a matriculation examination or equivalent is a requirement. Other degrees are considered on an individual basis.


Applicants should preferably have certain basic mathematical skills. These basic skills consist in basic algebra (for example, power, roots, and logarithms), functions, curves in a coordinate system, and differentiation. It is preferable that students have completed at least mathematics 363 or equivalent.


Good skills in both Icelandic and English are required. The same admission requirements apply to the full-time programme and the part-time programme.

In order to apply for full-time programme, students need to speak Icelandic. Students can however take courses in the programme through the RU´s students' exchange programme.

What needs to accompany applications?

  • An official (stamped) transcript of the matriculation examination must be submitted in print format to the RU reception. Scanned diplomas are not accepted.
  • Letter of recommendation (a plus but not mandatory)

If students have completed university-level courses, they can apply for those previous studies to be evaluated for transfer of credit. Rules and form for evaluation of previous studies. 

Contact us

Saga-Yr-KjartansdottirSaga Ýr Kjartansdóttir
Programme Administrator of the BSc in Business Administration
Phone:+354 599-6338

You can also contact Student Services for information. 


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