International Executive MBA in Finance and Control
Embrace the Challenge of International Financial Leadership Roles
The International Executive MBA in Finance and Control program is tailored to finance professionals gifted with the talent and drive to become CFOs. The program targets professionals with an academic background and several years of experience in a finance function within multinational organizations. It integrates general management capabilities with the specific requirements of the business partner role, reporting role and fiduciary role of senior finance professionals.
The program hosts an internationally diverse group of participants from multinational corporations (MNCs) providing an inspiring community with the potential for a ‘deep dive’ in several areas relevant for future CFOs. In addition to the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences in class, the participants also provide a lifelong network.
International EMBA in Finance and Control has been established to boost careers in finance. While many finance functions have become rather specialized, this program provides an opportunity to focus on the broad knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the role of CFO in one of the operating companies in an MNC.
Collaboration of Three Business Schools with a Strong Focus on Finance
The program is run by a partnership of three leading institutions: Aalto University Executive Education, NHH Norwegian School of Economics and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam School of Business Economics. All three institutions have an impressive track record of highly evaluated and accredited executive programs and have earned a reputation for delivering high quality finance professionals and CFOs in their respective countries. These institutions, together with internationally renowned faculty, give participants an opportunity to acquire and apply up-to-date knowledge in an MNC setting and to enhance their career towards an international CFO position.
The intensive program is offered in three locations – Amsterdam, Bergen, and Helsinki. All three cities have well-established flight connections to the rest of the world and are known both for their rich cultural heritage and their international orientation.
Financial Leadership Requires an International Perspective
Financial leaders must have a deep understanding of the complex business environment in which MNCs typically operate. International competition, business processes, markets, knowledge bases, performance standards, and resources determine the success of a business. Financial leadership requires a vision of how value creation can best be steered and controlled across the world to enhance competitiveness. The program is designed to cover both the relevant academic body of knowledge and practical experiences of MNCs and their financial leadership. International cases are studied and experienced, CFOs of MNCs are invited to discuss the international aspects of their strategic and operational challenges and participants and instructors from different nationalities share their knowledge and experience.
Immediately Applicable Knowledge
The program modules for the International Executive MBA in Finance and Control are prepared and presented by world-class professors from the three universities and senior practitioners from MNCs. In addition to their academic qualifications, our professors are both excellent teachers and have significant business experience in a range of organizations. Presentations and assignments encourage participants to link the academic input on the latest business and management theories with their professional experience and to reflect upon their own views and practices.
The essence of the International Executive MBA in Finance and Control program is establishing international finance leadership. The program strengthens participants’ strategic thinking and increases their understanding of why businesses need to evolve and how the pivotal contributions of strategy, general management, and performance management are enhanced.
The program is designed to maximize interaction and participation in order to unleash the full potential of the multicultural, multinational group of experienced participants and instructors. The approach focuses on integration of theory and practice and is adjusted to take differences in learning styles and preferences into account. A variety of methods facilitate learning, including presentations, group debates, casework, quizzes, role plays, lectures, real-life case studies, and encounters with business leaders. Activities draw upon the wide experience of participants, who represent different industries, functions, and educational backgrounds.
The International Executive MBA in Finance and Control program is designed for individuals with significant professional work experience.
The program targets particularly talented professionals aiming for an international career leading to a position as a finance executive. The program is designed for future CFOs and facilitates professionals who will take up a CFO position in an operating company in a multinational organization within a few years.
Contents and Schedule
To fulfill the requirements for the International Executive MBA in Finance and Control degree, participants must successfully complete studies worth a total of 90 European credits (EC). These include eight core modules (80 EC in total) and a compulsory business strategy project (10 EC).
The International EMBA in Finance and Control program can be completed in two years. The program has a modular structure and follows a six-week learning cycle.
Modules are typically run once every 2–3 months, with in-class sessions from Monday to Saturday. Each module contains a pre-assignment and a final assignment.
Pre-module period of 2–3 weeks
Intensive face-to-face session with instructor and peers
Post-module period of 2–3 weeks
Final module assignment
The International Executive MBA in Finance and Control program has eight core modules:
|CFO and Finance Function||Amsterdam, September 2019|
|Strategic Management||Helsinki, November 2019|
|Organizing and Managing Innovation||Bergen, April 2020|
|Managing in a Dynamic Business Environment||Bergen, June 2020|
|Decision Making and Data Management||Amsterdam, September 2020|
|Corporate Finance||Helsinki, December 2020|
|Data Analytics and Business Intelligence||Amsterdam, April 2021|
|Governance, Leadership, and Change Management||Bergen, June 2021|
Manage Your Personal Learning Goals
Before the start of the program, each participant outlines their personal learning goals. These goals are finalized during the first module. Each of the modules facilitates an assessment and evaluation of progress in achieving the personal learning goals. This strengthens the program’s emphasis on establishing international finance leadership and challenges participants to integrate learning from different areas of the program at the end of their studies.
Dive Deep into Yourself
Self-development is an important part of the program; 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 inspiring workshops with the support of a professional coach.
Enhance your Leadership Skills
The program develops strategic thinking and financial leadership by providing new knowledge, skills 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(s)
All graduates automatically become members of the alumni communities of their institution(s) of choice. The alumni communities continuously arrange events, company visits and meetings with fellow alumni. With thousands of alumni worldwide, these communities provide valuable networks to connect with. We offer you access to the latest knowledge and an extensive global business network.
Entry Requirements and Fee
- Bachelor's degree
- Minimum five years of relevant postgraduate work experience in financial management or specialist positions
- Good command of written and spoken English
- Recommendation from your employer
- Four short essays
- Personal meeting
If you are not sure about meeting some of the requirements, please contact the program team.
Start Your Application Process
Start your International EMBA in Finance and Control program 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.