General Info

A Journey of Leadership Transformation

Transform Your Knowledge into True Wisdom and Better Leadership

Aalto Executive MBA (EMBA) is the leading Executive MBA program in Finland. It holds the 'Triple Crown' of accreditations – the three most respected university accreditations, AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, granted to only 0.5% of the world's business schools – and is ranked among the top 100 programs in the world by the Financial Times.

The Aalto EMBA program is designed around the four major areas of strategy, leadership, finance and marketing, with a special emphasis on strategy and leadership in a global context. Strategy is approached from a variety of perspectives with an emphasis on inventive strategies and novel business models. Leadership covers a range of themes from self-leadership to leading and inspiring others.

The Aalto EMBA program is offered in seven locations: Finland, Singapore, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Iran.

Aalto EMBA in Helsinki Quick Facts

The closing date for applications for 2018 is November 17, 2017.
Next program starts in February 2018. The program can be completed in 21 months.

The tuition fee is € 45,800 (+ VAT).

The fee does not include costs for the optional study tours or Aalto Executive Summits.

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Among the Top 1% Globally

The Aalto Executive MBA program improved its position in the Financial Times' annual ranking by fifteen places in 2016. In a global comparison, Aalto EMBA ranked 61st. The considerable post-program career progress made by participants played a particularly important role in the program’s impressive rise through the rankings. The participants’ success is a clear demonstration of the program's long term impact.  

More than 3,000 EMBA programs are currently offered around the world, with only the top 100 making it into the Financial Times' ranking. The Aalto EMBA is the only program offered by a Finnish university to have successfully entered the ranking.

The Financial Times ranking assesses 16 categories, including the versatility of the program, teacher qualifications, students' career progress, salaries, and achievement of personal goals. The ranking is based on assessments and information collected from students and statistical data provided by the schools. The ranking survey is sent to EMBA program participants three years after their graduation.

From Latest Knowledge to Practical Skills

The Aalto EMBA program modules are prepared and presented by a world-class faculty of professors from Aalto University and renowned business schools across the world. In addition to their academic qualifications, our professors are both excellent teachers and have significant business experience in various organizations. Presentations and assignments encourage participants to link the academic input on the latest business and management theories with their professional experience in organizations and to reflect upon their own views and practices.

Journey of Leadership Transformation

The essence of Aalto Executive MBA is transformation. The program is designed to enhance the participants’ personal skills and competencies as leaders and individuals. The modules also strengthen the participants’ strategic thinking thus increasing their understanding of why businesses need to transform and how they themselves can become drivers of organizational transformation.

A Wider Choice Through the Global Portfolio

We serve not only Northern Europe’s leading companies and individuals, but also a growing number of talented executives from Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Every year, almost seven hundred students representing a dozen nationalities participate in our portfolio of Executive MBA programs. In addition to globally relevant content, the Aalto EMBA provides participants with an opportunity to expand their cultural knowledge and skills. Up to six modules can be taken at other Aalto EE locations in Europe, the Middle East or Asia. Two elective Aalto Executive Summits and elective study tours abroad contribute further to developing cross-cultural competence. Aalto Executive MBA students in Helsinki and Singapore also benefit from the elective module offering from our partner schools’ EMBA programs at ESADE in Barcelona and Madrid in Spain, Gothenburg University School of Executive Education in Sweden, and the Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University in Russia.

Our Learning Philosophy

The Aalto EMBA is designed to maximize interaction and participation. The approach focuses on integration of theory and practice and is adjusted to take differences in learning styles and preferences into account. A variety of methods facilitate learning, including presentations, group debates, casework, quizzes, role plays, lectures, real-life case studies, and encounters with business leaders.

Activities draw upon the wide experience of participants, who represent different industries, functions, and educational backgrounds.  

Each module includes assignments designed to help participants and faculty see whether they have achieved the learning objectives.

Aalto EE’s Impact

We are first and foremost driven by the impact we can have through our programs - on participants, their organizations, the academic community, and society at large. 

Our customers benefit from our goal-oriented and comprehensive learning experience that have a proven impact on both the individual and the organization. We nurture and develop the knowledge and skills of individuals, foster self-confidence, and build individual learning paths and meaningful careers. We also do our utmost to ensure that our participants create the best, sustainable business networks. Read more »



The Aalto Executive MBA program is designed for individuals with significant professional work experience, typically 14 years or more.

We look for talented women and men with strong management experience, leadership potential, steady career progression, and curiosity to learn more. The Aalto EMBA program is particularly useful for candidates for promotion to a high-level management position.

Participant profile of Aalto EMBA 2017 students

Gender Women 33%
Men 67%
Average age 42 years
Average work experience 12 years
Engineering/Tech. 25%
Business/Admin. 20%
Other 20%
Medical 18%
Finance 10%
Law 7%
Nationality 6 different nationalities

Personal and Organizational Benefits

  • Acquire a multidisciplinary perspective on business
  • Develop globally relevant competencies with an emphasis on strategy and leadership
  • Learn from top-class international professors
  • Gain insights and develop practical skills that can be applied immediately
  • Reinforce your confidence to face new challenges
  • Utilize the possibility of benefiting from a large consultancy project by having a relevant business challenge from your organization solved by highly experienced professionals
  • Become a part of a group of participants with vast experience in different businesses, and have access to a valuable alumni network
  • Enhance your experience by participating in study tours and Aalto Executive Summits
  • Gain additional value from the offerings of several different Aalto EMBA locations and programs

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