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Aalto EMBA in Helsinki

A Journey of Leadership Transformation

Aalto Executive MBA (EMBA) is one of Europe's leading Executive MBA programs. 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.

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78 is for Impact
Aalto EMBA program is ranked 78th in the Financial Timess annual global ranking in 2017. Aalto EMBA is the only FT ranked EMBA program offered in Finland.

Graduation Rate 98 %
Flexible but structured program design together with strong support from EMBA staff enables you to succesfully combine highly demanding career responsibilities wtih intensive studies.

100% of participants would recommend the program
The Aalto EMBA program truly expands one’s understanding of the business world, and the new insights are highly applicable.

Among the Top 1% Globally

In 2017, Aalto Executive MBA was again the only Finnish program to hold onto its place among the top 100 in the Financial Times’ annual global ranking. As the ‘silver medalist’ of the Nordic countries, Aalto EE’s program is strongly defending its position among the world's top 100, ranking 35th in Europe and 78th overall.

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.

Benefits

The program is designed to enhance the participants’ personal skills and leadership competencies. 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. You will acquire a multidisciplinary perspective on business, and 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

For Whom?

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

12 years

Average Work Experience

Contents and Schedule

To fulfill the requirements for the Aalto Executive MBA degree, participants must successfully complete studies worth a total of 90 European credits (EC). These include eleven core modules (47.5 EC in total), two compulsory projects (the Business Strategy Project worth 11 EC and the Self Development Process worth 4.5 EC), and elective modules worth a total of 27 EC (typically, one elective module is equivalent to 4.5 EC).

The Aalto EMBA program starts in February 2018 and can be completed in 21 months. The program has a modular structure and follows a six-week learning cycle.

Modules are typically run once a month with in-class sessions on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 or 9:00 to 17:00 and Saturday from 8:30 to 16:00. Each module contains a pre-assignment and a take-home or in-class exam.

Program Structure

Pre-module Period of 2-3 Weeks

Individual preparation

Three-day Module

Intensive face-to-face session with instructor and peers

Post-module Period of 2-3 Weeks

Written exam

Core Modules

Elective Modules

Aalto EMBA participants can choose from a variety of elective modules:

  • Several elective modules under the Aalto Executive MBA in Helsinki program
  • Several elective modules provided by the Aalto MBA program in Helsinki
  • Several elective modules provided in our EMBA programs in Singapore, Taiwan, Poland, Iran and South Korea
  • Several modules under the Global Leader program in Helsinki
  • Several modules offered by our partner schools: ESADE in Barcelona and Madrid in Spain, Gothenburg University School of Executive Education (GUSEE) in Sweden, and for Russian speaking EMBA participants at the Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University (GSOM) in Russia

Outline Your Personal Learning Goals during the Aalto Executive MBA Orientation and Capstone Module 

The Orientation and Capstone Module outlines the program objectives and personal learning goals of participants at the beginning of the program, and assesses learning outcomes and benefits of the studies at the end. This core module strengthens the program’s emphasis on strategy and challenges participants to integrate learning from different areas of the program at the end of their studies.

Turn Insight into Action during the Aalto EMBA Business Strategy Project

The Aalto EMBA program includes a Business Strategy Project (BSP) carried out in a team with the final aim of developing an analytical solution or tool for a concrete strategic business problem faced by a company. The project aims to utilize the insights gained during the program, with project groups organized to maximize use of the individual competencies of their members. Skilled academic tutors from Aalto University help the teams develop an update on the state-of-the-art in academic research related to the project topic.

Dive Deep into Yourself in the Aalto EMBA Self Development Process

The Self Development Process (SDP) is a fundamental part of the Aalto EMBA; it supports you in the process of personal development as a leader and as an individual throughout your studies and way beyond. It includes self-steered studying and peer coaching, as well as facilitated group meetings and one-to-one coaching with the support of a professional instructor.

Experience True Internationality at the Aalto Executive Summits 

The annual Aalto Executive Summit brings together Aalto EMBA participants and alumni from all the locations – Djakarta, Helsinki, Poznan, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei and Tehran. During the Summit you will complete one elective while enjoying a unique opportunity to meet business leaders and network with EMBA participants. The location alternates between Helsinki and Singapore.

Take Part in Interesting and Memorable Study Tours

Although optional, international study tours are an important part of the Aalto Executive MBA program. An Aalto EMBA study tour is designed to offer in-depth understanding of the local business environment and typically involves a five-day study period abroad.

World-class faculty from, for example, Stanford and Harvard are guaranteed to provide interesting academic instruction. Other components of a study tour such as company visits and campus tours, as well as fun extracurricular activities, bring the finishing touch for a comprehensively superb experience.

Witness Your Own Progress as a Leader

Aalto EMBA graduates agree that the program develops strategic thinking by providing new knowledge and tools that can be applied immediately in practice. Just as important, you will gain insights into becoming a world-class leader – skills that never lose their relevance and which will be extremely valuable along your future path.

Gain Access to the Alumni Network

All graduates automatically become members of the Aalto EE and Aalto University alumni community. Aalto EE and Aalto University continuously arrange events, company visits and meetings with fellow alumni. With more than 10,000 alumni worldwide, Aalto EE provides a valuable network for you to connect with your fellow alumni. We offer you access to the latest knowledge and an extensive global business network. We build lifelong partnerships by providing development opportunities, quality services and benefits.

 


 

Global Portfolio

A Wider Choice Through the Global Portfolio

Once accepted into the Aalto Executive MBA program, you may take up to six modules altogether at the following Aalto EMBA locations: Helsinki, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Tehran and Poznan. You also have a chance to study electives and visit our partner schools’ EMBA modules in Barcelona, Madrid, and Gothenburg. St. Petersburg offers a further international exchange option for Russian speaking participants.

Aalto Executive MBA in Poznan

The Aalto Executive MBA is delivered in Poznan, Poland through our partner, the Poznan School of Banking. This cooperation provides Polish managers with access to a high-quality, intensive and internationally recognized Executive MBA program within their country. All the Aalto EMBA modules are taught in Poznan, some in Polish, some in English.

Aalto Executive MBA in Seoul

The Aalto Executive MBA is delivered in Seoul (South Korea) through a joint venture between the Aalto University School of Business and the Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies. The aim is to offer a high-quality, intensive and internationally oriented development program for the managers of Korean companies.

Participants in Korea usually take 21 modules of which 18 are taught in Seoul and 3 in Helsinki. They also have the option of negotiating to take modules in Singapore or Poznan.

Aalto Executive MBA in Singapore

The Aalto Executive MBA in Singapore is delivered by Aalto Executive Education Academy Pte Ltd – Aalto EE's hub in Singapore. The program offers the opportunity for Aalto EMBA participants to continue or complement their studies in Singapore. Similarly, if you start in Singapore, you can negotiate to take some Aalto EMBA modules in Helsinki, Seoul or Poznan.

Aalto Executive MBA in Taipei

The Aalto Executive MBA in Taipei (Taiwan) is delivered in a fully facilitated education hub through a partnership with Pan Asia International Education Center. The Program consists of 12 mandarin and six simultaneously interpreted English modules. Aalto Executive MBA participants may choose to join in the English modules that are taught by our Aalto professors and visiting faculty.

Aalto Executive MBA in Tehran

The Aalto Executive MBA in Tehran (Iran) is delivered in a cooperation between Aalto EE and the Iranian Business School. All the program modules are taught in English, most of them in Tehran. The program welcomes Aalto EMBA students from different Aalto EMBA locations.

Entry Requirements and Fee

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent

  • Minimum five years of relevant postgraduate work experience in managerial or senior specialist position

  • Good command of written and spoken English

  • Recommendation from your employer

  • Personal meeting

If you are not sure about meeting some of the requirements, please contact the Aalto EMBA staff.

Tuition Fee

Application

Start Your Preliminary Application

Start your Aalto Executive MBA application process by completing a short preliminary application. After completing the form, our program team will contact you to provide more information about the program and guide you in the application process.

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Application Stages

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