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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 develops a strong professional network and accelerates your career progression. It boosts the key knowledge and skills relevant for individuals with significant professional work experience to succeed further in senior leadership roles.

The program focuses on the four core business areas of strategy, leadership, finance, and marketing, with 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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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.

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Graduation Rate 98 %
Flexible yet structured program design together with strong support from EMBA team enables you to successfully combine highly demanding career responsibilities with intensive studies.

Among the Best in the World
Aalto EMBA is among the top 100 in the Financial Times Executive MBA ranking. Aalto Executive MBA is the only FT ranked EMBA program offered in Finland.


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.

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
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 international study tours to innovation and industry hubs and Aalto Executive Summits
Benefit from personal guidance and a flexible study plan tailored to your schedule and future needs, which ensures timely graduation
Gain additional value from the offerings at different Aalto EMBA locations and from our partner schools’ EMBA programs
Utilize the opportunity of benefiting from a large consultancy project by having a relevant business challenge from your organization solved by highly experienced professionals
Receive a globally accredited diploma


The Aalto Executive MBA is designed for professionals with significant work experience – typically 15 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 2015-2019 Participants

Educational Background





Average Age

15 years

Average Work Experience


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 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 written pre-assignment and a take-home assignment.

Program Structure

Pre-module period of three weeks

Individual preparation

Three-day module

Intensive face-to-face session with instructor and peers

Post-module period of three weeks

Take-home assignment

Core Modules

Aalto EMBA program includes 12 core modules:

  • Personal and Organizational Leadership
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Communications
  • People Management
  • Business Processes
  • Capstone

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 modules under the Global Leader program in Helsinki
  • Range of electives in the form of study tours and Aalto Executive Summits and in EMBA programs at our partner universities in Europe and Asia

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, peer coaching, facilitated group workshops, 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, MBA, and Global Leader participants and alumni from around the world. During one intensive week you will study with highly renowned international guest speakers and faculty while enjoying a unique opportunity to meet business leaders and network with Summit participants. Aalto Executive Summit location alternates between Helsinki and Singapore.

Take Part in 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 a chosen theme relevant in the local environment and typically involves a five-day study period abroad.

World-class faculty from, for example, Harvard and Yale, 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.


Global Leader Program as a Pathway to Executive MBA Studies

Studying in Global Leader offers many benefits for those who are planning to pursue future studies in one of our MBA or EMBA programs. Global Leader has a similar program structure, participant profile, and studying format to our MBA and Executive MBA programs and is often utilized as a pathway to studies.

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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 positions
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Recommendation letter
  • Personal meeting

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

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Application Deadlines

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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