Decision problems pop up almost everywhere, and a proper handling of them is fundamental for a well-functioning society. It is, therefore, somewhat paradoxical that even complicated decisions still to a large extent are based on intuition and not supported by adequate tools. A possible reason for this is that the latter are based on algorithms that in most cases can only be executed on computers.

In this programme, which consists of courses given at a distance and in accordance with your preferred timetable, you will learn how to structure decision problems and risk analyses. Moreover, you will acquire a solid knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of various decision support systems including an advanced one developed by researchers at DSV. Hence you will have the qualifications needed to give well-founded advice to decision makers in almost any domain after having completed the programme.

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Graduates may pursue careers in a variety of organisations, including large and mid-size corporations, public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations. Graduates may also enter Ph.D. programmes for a research career.

Distance studies

This programme is given as an online master, which means that you have the opportunity to study a master in your country, either at full-time (100%) or part-time (50%) study pace. The 50% study pace is more suitable for students that combine studies with professional work. (Note that you apply to a 100% study pace and when admitted you have the option to study at 100% or 50% study pace.)

All courses will be available through our learning platform giving students the freedom of being location independent. Teachers and tutors will give students support and feedback. You are able to read this programme via the learning platform with no campus meetings or lectures in Stockholm.

Flexible study pace

The programme is somewhat flexible but it is suggested to follow the programme outline for each study pace. When the course is scheduled, you will get feedback, help and results on your assignment and group work from the teacher. If you decide to read the course outside the programme outline, you have to wait until the next time the course is scheduled to get the feedback and result.

Programme outline

Complete outline for Master’s Programme in Decision Support and Risk Analysis 100% study pace

Complete outline for Master’s Programme in Decision Support and Risk Analysis 50% study pace

More information about the programme

Credits: 120
Language: English
Duration: 2 years
Study pace: 100% or 50%
Study form: Distance
Begins: Autumn
Education plan

Qualification requirement

A Bachelor degree or a degree equal to 180 ECTS

Language proficiency

Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6 or:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)- Academic Module: Overall minimum score of 6.5 (with no section below 5.5).
  •     TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
            Paper Based: Overall minimum score of 575 (with minimum score 4.5 in the written test)
            Internet based : Overall minimum score of 90 (with minimum score 20 in the written test)
  • University of Cambridge and Oxford: Certificate in Advanced English or Diploma of English Studies


The selection of students is based on grades of academic courses.

This means that you don’t have to submit recommendation letters or motivation letter when applying to this specific programme.


DSV’s Master’s Programmes start once a year, in September.

The application round is open from October 16, 2017 to January 15, 2018.

Apply online on the University Admission web site:

The University Admission web site contains all the information you need to be able to apply: key dates, documents you need to upload etc, and the staff will assist you with issues regarding the admission process.

Important information regarding the application process:

Late application

If the admission is closed, you are not able to apply. Occasionally some programmes are open for “late admission” and in that case, it is indicated at