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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.
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.
The Aalto MBA is a journey of transformation: participants improve their personal leadership skills, competencies, and strategic thinking and obtain a comprehensive understanding of business. This enables them to become change agents in their own organizations.
Personal Transformation » With the support of a business coach, the Aalto MBA participants will grow as leaders and as individuals through enhanced skills and competencies related to self-development and self-awareness.
Business and Organizational Transformation » The Aalto MBA program provides a deeper understanding of the major developments taking place in global economies and develops participants’ ability to drive and lead change in their own organizations in order to remain competitive in today’s fast changing business environment. During the program, participants apply strategic frameworks and tools in practice, working, for example, with different organizations from start-ups to listed companies to develop their business model and strategy.
The flexible Aalto MBA program structure allows participants to work full time along with their studies. In-class sessions are held once a month from Thursday to Tuesday: classes primarily include two full days (Fri and Sat) and three evenings (Thu, Mon and Tue). The learning process enables Aalto MBA participants 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 both academia and business, a passion for interactive learning methods, and a sincere interest in their students.
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 a goal-oriented and comprehensive learning experience with 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.
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.
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 2019-2020 Participants
Average Work Experience
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, two compulsory projects (Business Project worth 9 EC and Personal and Professional Development Process worth 4.5 EC), and up to eight elective modules. Typically, one module is equivalent to 4.5 EC.
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 within one week. Classes primarily include two full days (Fri and Sat) and three evenings (Thu, Mon, and Tue) 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, discussions, group projects, business games, and lectures. Class attendance is mandatory.
Pre-module period of 2–3 weeks
Individual preparation and pre-assignment
Module: Five classes in one week
Face-to-face learning with instructor and peers
Post-module period 2–3 weeks
Individual take-home assignment or in-class exam
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.
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 two areas of concentration: Finance and Data and Entrepreneurship and Creativity. 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 EMBA and Global Leader participants. Elective studies enable participants to acquire knowledge that matches their individual interests.
Concentration: Finance and Data
The Finance and Data concentration introduces the participants to the financial decision making as well as for digital business transformation and leading with data. The modules provide the participants with the profound skills, latest knowledge, tools, and best practices, that are vital for mastering the transition and building company strategy in constantly changing business environment. The modules will discuss how the data-driven business development, risk management and scenario planning can contribute to more agile leadership and decision making. Electives focusing on finance topics will introduce the participants to the central concepts and questions of managing an investment portfolio. Participants will also gain knowledge on corporate financial policy, valuation, and structured understanding of the M&A process.
Concentration: Entrepreneurship and Creativity
The Entrepreneurship and Creativity concentration develops future looking, experimental and entrepreneurial mindset. It exposes participants to creative thinking and environment of entrepreneurial activity and spirit in both start-up and corporate contexts and strengthens participants’ skills in creating strategic advantage. The modules offer tangible tools and knowledge as well as inspiration for people aspiring to start their own business. In addition, participants will gain insights on how they can lead change and manage creativity in a complex business environment
One module (rotative) will be organized in co-operation with another world-class MBA program offering the participants an international learning and networking experience.
Participants can also take part in optional study tours and Aalto Executive Summits as 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. The Study Tours have a different theme and destination and are open to all Executive MBA, MBA and Global Leader participants.
The annual week-long Aalto Executive Summit brings together Aalto EMBA, MBA, and Global Leader participants and alumni from around the world. 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.
Study tours and Aalto Executive Summits equal one elective module and have an additional fee.
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.
The Personal and Professional 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.
Completed at the end of the studies, the capstone 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.