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Aalto MBA

Program for Ambitious Professionals Looking for New Challenges

Aalto MBA is a life-changing general management program for talented people who want to broaden their career prospects and challenge themselves in an innovative way.

The Aalto MBA program will strengthen your business and leadership skills and strategic thinking. Moreover, the creative problem-solving skills, abilities, insights, and tools gained through the Aalto MBA studies will be a key to success in your future career.

The Aalto MBA program holds the 'Triple Crown' of accreditations  the three most respected university accreditations, granted to only 0.5% of the world's business schools: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.

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Learn from Others
Aalto MBA graduates emphasize the high level of broad expertise in each cohort. Learning from the experience of fellow participants and building a lifelong network is highly valued.

 

Graduation Rate 98 %
Our flexible and well-organized program structure, diverse support elements, and the program team's engagement ensure that you can concentrate on your learning goals and graduate together with your fellow students.

Ahead of the Curve
We ensure that the Aalto MBA provides you with knowledge and skills that are relevant and current in today’s business. Topics such as digital transformation and design thinking are part of the curriculum.

Benefits

The Aalto MBA program gives you a comprehensive understanding of different key areas of business, improves your personal leadership skills and competencies, and boosts your career to another level.

Globally accredited diploma
Expanded professional network
Confidence and credibility for new challenges
A platform for international networks
Broader and updated general business knowledge
Immediately applicable insights, and best practices
Fill in knowledge gaps within your organization
Increased motivation

For

The Aalto MBA is designed for determined and ambitious professionals. They are eager to develop themselves and have ambitions to move up the leadership ladder without putting their careers on hold while completing the MBA program.

The strategic, leadership, and tactical skills gained during the MBA program will encourage participants to think bigger and broader in terms of their future career.

Fellow MBA participants come from diverse backgrounds in terms of work and leadership experience, nationality, and studies. Many hold degrees in engineering, business administration, finance, or science and they typically have around 10 years of work experience.


Profile of Aalto MBA 2017-2018 Participants

Educational Background

10 years

Average Work Experience

Gender

35

Average Age

11

Different Nationalities

Contents and Schedule

To fulfill the requirements for the Aalto MBA degree, participants must successfully complete studies worth of 90 European credits (EC). Studies include 11 core modules, at least 6 elective modules, the Personal Development Process (4.5 EC), and the Business Project (9 EC). One module is generally equivalent to 4.5 EC. Study tours (4.5 EC, 1 elective module), Aalto Executive Summits (4.5 EC, 1 elective module), and international exchanges are optional.

The Aalto MBA is a two-year program starting in January. The program has a modular structure and follows a six-week learning cycle. In-class sessions of each module are typically run once a month with five in-class sessions over a 7-day period. Classes primarily include two full days (Fri and Sat) and three evenings (Mon, Wed and Thu) with a total of 30 contact hours. Each module contains a pre-assignment and a take-home assignment or in-class exam.

Class sessions are highly interactive utilizing a variety of learning methods such as case studies, guided discussions, group projects, business games, and lectures. Class attendance is mandatory.

Program Structure: A Six-week Learning Cycle

Pre-module period of 2–3 weeks

Individual preparation and pre-assignment

Module: Five classes within a 7-day period

Face-to-face learning with instructor and peers

Post-module period 2–3 weeks

Individual take-home assignment or in-class exam

Core Modules

The eleven core modules are designed to provide participants with a wide understanding of the different key areas of business. They are the building blocks of management education and help participants to integrate knowledge in the various management disciplines with hands-on practice.

  • Business Simulation
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Financial Accounting
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Roadmap to General Management
  • Strategic Management

Elective Modules

The Aalto MBA program includes a range of elective modules in addition to the core modules offered during the first year. The second year of studies focuses on the elective modules. Participants can select electives in three areas of concentration: Applied Finance and Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, or Renewal and Transformation. The Aalto MBA participants can also undertake some of the modules as exchange students at one of our top international partner universities. Additional options are study tours and Aalto Executive Summits together with Aalto Executive MBA participants. Elective studies enable participants to acquire knowledge that matches their individual interests.

Concentration: Applied Finance and Accounting

The Applied Finance and Accounting concentration is targeted towards participants who want to increase their knowledge of complex international finance issues as well as apply finance and accounting theory to real-world decision-making.

Concentration: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration exposes participants to the environment of entrepreneurial activity in both start-up and corporate environments. The modules offer tangible tools and knowledge as well as inspiration for people aspiring to start their own business. In addition, they explore corporate entrepreneurship and the benefits of an entrepreneurial spirit to large-scale enterprises, and discuss the challenges of becoming an entrepreneurial leader.

Concentration: Renewal and Transformation

In the spirit of Aalto University, the Renewal and Transformation concentration examines the world of business from a multidisciplinary perspective. Participants are encouraged to challenge conventional management thinking and examine it from new perspectives.

MBA Study Tours

Participants may participate in Aalto MBA Study Tours as a part of the program. Designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the international business environment, a study tour typically involves a five-day study period abroad with a well-planned combination of lectures, open discussions, and case discussions. The Study Tours have a different theme and destination every year and are open to all Executive MBA and MBA participants in all Aalto E/MBA programs, including those at international locations such as Singapore, Taiwan, and Poland. A Study Tour is equal to one elective module and is not mandatory. The Study Tour fee and expenses are not included in the Aalto MBA program tuition fee.

MBA Business Project – Challenge Your Newly Learned Knowledge

Participants are expected to work on an MBA Business Project towards the end of the program. Working in groups, the projects allow participants to apply what they have learned to a real-life business situation. The topic of the business project is based on the interests of the participants and can be from a participant's company. In this exciting context, you will mobilize the frameworks and analytical tools learned in class to blend knowledge with judgement and initiative.

Business Simulation – Linking the Skills Together

Completed at the end of the studies, the Business Simulation integrates learning from different areas of the program in an innovative and inspiring way. It challenges participants to link together the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program and apply them in practice to a complex business situation.

Personal Development Process

The Personal Development Process supports participants' learning and personal development throughout their MBA studies. The process is designed around guided steps that will allow participants to explore personal leadership, self-management, and wellbeing philosophies and practices. The process supports participants in building a sustainable base for continuous self-development.


 

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International Exchange for Current Aalto MBA Participants

In addition to the Aalto MBA modules in Helsinki, participants can attend an exchange program at one of the Aalto MBA program's partner universities around the world. Program length can vary from one week to four months. This option is tailored to each individual.

Aalto MBA exchange partners include some of the best business universities in the world.

Travel, accommodation, and living costs of the exchange program are not included in the Aalto MBA tuition fee.

Incoming MBA Exchange Participants

We welcome international exchange students from our partner schools at any time throughout the year.

Aalto MBA Program Structure

The Aalto MBA program has a modular structure that allows participants to focus on their specific learning objectives one at a time in individual courses. The program has a modular structure and follows a six-week learning cycle. In-class sessions of each module are typically run once a month with five in-class sessions over a 7-day period. Classes primarily include two full days (Fri  and Sat) and three evenings (Mon, Wed and Thu) with a total of 30 contact hours. Please note that attendance at the sessions is mandatory. Each module is completed by taking an in-class exam or submitting a take-home assignment.

Aalto MBA modules have 30 contact hours (without the in-class exam). One Aalto MBA module is equivalent to 4.5 ECTS.   

There are three concentration areas to choose from:

  • Applied Finance and Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Innovation and Renewal

For further information please contact your own school’s International Office or Aalto EE’s International Exchange Program Coordinator Ms. Yulia Lobanova: yulia.lobanova@aaltoee.fi.

Entry Requirements and Fee

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent

  • Minimum three years of relevant postgraduate work experience

  • Good command of written and spoken English

  • Two recommendation letters

  • Personal meeting

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

Tuition Fee

Application

Start Your Application Process

Start your Aalto 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.

Program start

Further Application Stages

Application Deadlines