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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.

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Among the Best in the World
Aalto EMBA is among the top 100 in the Financial Times Executive MBA ranking. 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 with 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.


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 gain 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


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.

Profile of Aalto EMBA in Helsinki 2015-2018 Participants

Educational Background

14 years

Average Work Experience



Average Age


Different Nationalities

Contents and Schedule

To fulfill the requirements for the Aalto Executive MBA degree, participants must successfully complete studies worth of 90 European credits (EC). Studies include 12 core modules (52 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 22.5 EC (typically, one elective module is equivalent to 4.5 EC).

The Aalto Executive MBA in Helsinki program can be completed in 21–24 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 from 10:00 to 18:00, Friday from 8:30 to 17:00 and Saturday from 8:30 to 16:00. Each module contains a pre-assignment and a written 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

Aalto EMBA program includes 12 core modules:

  • Aalto EMBA Orientation and Capstone Module
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Economics
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Management Communication
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Personal and Organizational Leadership
  • Strategic Management


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 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 program locations. 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 15,000 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.



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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 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.

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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 team.

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Start Your Application Process

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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Further Application Stages

Application Deadlines