Choosing the Right Program for You – the MBA or EMBA
, Joanna Sinclair
Aalto MBA is a life-changing general management program for talented people who want to broaden their career prospects and challenge themselves in a creative and innovative way. 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.
Learn from Others
Aalto MBA graduates emphasize the high level of broad expertise in each cohort. Learning from the experiences of fellow participants is highly valued.
Graduation Rate 98 %
Our flexible and well-organized program structure, various support elements and the program team 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. For example, topics such as Digital Transformation and Design Thinking are a part of our curriculum.
The flexible Aalto Master of Business Administration program structure allows students to work full time along with their studies. In-class sessions are held mainly in the evenings and on Saturdays. The learning process enables Aalto MBA students to immediately apply their newly-learned knowledge in their work environment, and the flexible modular structure allows them to tailor the content to their specific learning targets.
Each module is taught by a professor from Aalto University or a visiting faculty member from one of the world's leading business schools, such as Emory University, San Diego State University and the University of Cambridge. Serving as great resources and mentors, our faculty have a wide range of experience in academia and in business, a passion for interactive learning methods and a sincere interest in their students.
The Aalto MBA is a journey of transformation: participants improve their personal leadership skills and competencies, and obtain a deeper understanding of business. This enables participants to become change agents in their own organizations.
Personal Transformation » The Aalto MBA improves understanding of core business and leadership concepts and related skills and competencies.
Organizational Transformation » The Aalto MBA provides a deeper understanding of the major developments taking place in global economies and develops participants’ ability to be a driver of change in their own organizations.
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.
Aalto MBA gives you a deeper understanding of different key areas of business, improves your personal leadership skills and competencies, and boosts your career to another level.
The Aalto MBA program is designed for determined and ambitious professionals who are eager to learn and want to complete an MBA without putting their careers on hold.
Fellow MBA students come from diverse backgrounds in terms of work experience, nationality, and studies. Many hold degrees in engineering, business administration, law or science and typically have 4 to 12 years of work experience.
Profile of Aalto MBA 2017-2018 Participants
Average Work Experience
Aalto MBA is a two-year program starting in January. MBA candidates must successfully complete studies worth 90 European Credits (EC). Studies include all 10 core modules, 7 elective modules, a personal development process (4.5 EC) and a 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 program has a modular structure and follows a six-week learning cycle. Modules are typically run once a month with five in-class sessions over one week. Classes are held mainly in the evenings and on Saturdays with a total of 30 contact hours.
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.
Each module contains a pre-assignment, and a take-home assignment or in-class exam.
Individual preparation and pre-assignment
Module: Five classes in one week
Face-to-face learning with instructor and peers
Individual take-home assignment or in-class exam
The ten core modules are designed to provide students with a wide understanding of the different key areas of business. They are the building blocks of management education and help students to integrate knowledge in the various management disciplines with hands-on practice.
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. Students can select electives in three areas of concentration: Applied Finance and Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, or Renewal and Transformation. The Aalto MBA students 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 students. Elective studies enable students to acquire knowledge that matches their individual interests.
Concentration: Applied Finance and Accounting
The Applied Finance and Accounting concentration is targeted towards students 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 concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation exposes students 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 concentration in Renewal and Transformation examines the world of business from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students are encouraged to challenge conventional management thinking and examine it from new perspectives.
Students can participate in an 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 rotating theme and destination every year and is open to all Executive MBA and MBA students in all Aalto E/MBA programs, including international locations such as Singapore, Taiwan and Poland. The Study Tour is equal to one elective course and is not mandatory. The Study Tour fee and expenses are not included in the Aalto MBA program tuition fee.
Students are expected to work on an MBA Business Project towards the end of the program. Working in groups, the projects allow students 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 students and can be from a student's company. In this exciting context, you will mobilize the frameworks and analytical tools learned in class to blend knowledge with judgement and initiative.
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 students to link together the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program and apply them in practice to a complex business situation.
The Personal Development Process supports students' learning and personal development throughout their MBA studies. The process is designed around guided steps that will allow students to explore personal leadership, self-management and well-being philosophies and practices. The process supports students in building a sustainable base for continuous self-development.
In addition to the Aalto MBA modules in Helsinki, students 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.
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 students to focus on their specific learning objectives one at a time in individual courses. Each module has a two-week structure followed by an in-class exam or a take-home assignment. Please note that attendance at the sessions is mandatory.
The program is part-time and classes primarily include two full days (Fri and Sat) on week one, and three evenings (Mon, Wed and Thu) on week 2, usually with the following schedule:
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:
For further information please contact your own school’s International Office or Aalto EE’s International Exchange Program Coordinator Ms. Yulia Lobanova: email@example.com.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Minimum three years of relevant postgraduate work experience
Good command of written and spoken English
Two recommendation letters
If you are not sure about meeting some of the requirements, please contact the Aalto MBA team.
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.