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Aalto MBA

Shape Your Future

The Aalto MBA program is a journey of transformation. It is a life changing program for experienced professionals and managers who want to reach their full potential and become business leaders with an innovative and sustainable mindset.

New lenses are needed to look at the complex problems facing the world, and a new mindset and skills to tackle them. In the Aalto MBA program, the dialogue between sustainability, radical creativity, and entrepreneurial thinking – the core of Aalto University’s strategy – is present throughout the program. The creative problem-solving abilities, new knowledge, tools, and perspectives gained during the program will support you in your personal and professional growth and enable you to become a change agent in your own organization.

The Aalto MBA program holds the 'Triple Crown' of accreditations  the three most respected international quality accreditations, granted to only around 1% of the world's business schools: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.

The program diploma is granted by Aalto University School of Business.

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Shape Your Future
Aalto MBA is designed for ambitious people who want to accelerate their career. The world-class faculty, the immediately applicable assignments, and the broad experience of the participants will all play a central role in transforming your future.

 

Tailor Your Studies
We ensure that the Aalto MBA provides you with globally applicable knowledge and skills that are relevant and current. You can tailor your studies by choosing a mix of different, interesting elective modules or by concentrating on finance, entrepreneurship, or global business.

Graduate on Schedule
Our graduation rate is 98%. A flexible yet structured program design, together with the strong support of the MBA program team, enables you to successfully combine career responsibilities with intensive studies and graduate on time.

Benefits

The Aalto MBA program gives you a comprehensive understanding of different key areas of business and improves your personal leadership skills.

Gain new knowledge, tools, confidence, and skills to support your personal and professional development
Obtain a comprehensive understanding of the key functions of business and management with an emphasis on sustainability
Enhance your strategic thinking and analytical skills by grasping the key management concepts and frameworks and choosing the appropriate ones to be applied in your organization
Improve your communication, presentation, and negotiation skills to make an impact
Build the lifelong networks, friendships, and connections that are vital for future business leaders
Develop a creative, experimental, and entrepreneurial mindset
Inspire and be inspired by others
Feel secure with your investment; strong support from a dedicated MBA team ensures your timely graduation

For

The Aalto MBA is designed for ambitious and experienced professionals and managers who want to take their career to the next level. Some are already in management positions but want to develop their skills further, some wish to become entrepreneurs or make a complete career change.

The program brings together people with diverse backgrounds in terms of work experience, nationality, and previous studies. On average, participants have 12 years of relevant work experience, ranging from 6 to 20 years.


Profile of Aalto MBA 2021-2024 Participants

Educational Background

158

Participants

37 years

Average Age

12 years

Average Work Experience

23

Different Nationalities

Contents and Schedule

To fulfill the requirements for the Aalto MBA diploma, participants must successfully complete studies worth 90 ECTS credits. Studies include 12 core modules, three compulsory projects (Business Project, Sustainability Process, and Personal and Professional Development Process), and at least five elective modules. Typically, one module is worth 4.5 ECTS credits.

The Aalto MBA is a two-year program starting in January. The program has a modular structure and follows a six-week learning cycle. One study module typically includes two evenings (Wed and Thu) and two full days (Fri and Sat) with a total of 28 contact hours. Each module contains a pre-assignment and a take-home assignment.

Program Structure

Pre-module period of three weeks

Individual preparation and pre-assignment

Four-day module

Contact learning with instructor and peers

Post-module period of three weeks

Individual take-home assignment

Year 1: Core Modules

The first year of studies is dedicated to core modules. The core modules are designed to provide participants with a wide understanding of the different key areas of business, and participants acquire skills that are essential for any business leader. These modules are the building blocks of management education and help participants to integrate knowledge in the various management disciplines with hands-on practice. All these topics are approached and discussed at a managerial level.

  • Communications
  • Strategic Management
  • People Management
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting and Control
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Business Processes
  • Marketing
  • Data and AI in Business
  • Aalto Executive Summit
  • Capstone

Year 2: Elective Modules

The second year of the MBA studies focuses on the elective modules and finalizing the three projects. The Aalto MBA program includes a range of highly topical elective modules. Elective studies allow participants to acquire and deepen knowledge and skills that match their individual interests and future career needs. If you complete at least three elective modules in Finance, Entrepreneurship, or Global Business you will be entitled to a specialization in your diploma.

Specialization: Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship concentration develops a future looking, experimental, and entrepreneurial mindset. It exposes participants to creative thinking and an 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.

Specialization: Finance

The Finance concentration focuses on financial decision-making. The modules provide participants with the deep skills, latest knowledge, tools, and best practices vital for understanding the interaction between strategy and finance and mastering transition in a constantly changing business environment. Electives focusing on finance will introduce participants to the central concepts and questions in managing an investment portfolio. Participants will also gain knowledge on corporate financial policy, valuation, and structured understanding of the M&A process.

Specialization: Global Business

The Global Business concentration offers an immersive international experience and an opportunity to study elective modules around the world. Participants will explore interesting topics, gain perspectives on different markets, and build their network globally when attending our partner universities’ MBA programs. Global Business participants are also entitled to take two additional elective modules. This specialization has an additional fee. The travel and accommodation costs for elective modules abroad are not included in the fee.

During the second year of studies, we also come together for the Aalto Executive Summit and the final Capstone module. The annual Aalto Executive Summit brings together Aalto EMBA and MBA participants and alumni from around the world. During the Summit, you will learn about cutting-edge Aalto University research and innovations on current topics while enjoying a unique opportunity to meet business leaders and network with Summit participants.

Take Part in Memorable Study Tours and International Exchange

Participants can join optional study tours as part of the program. Designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the international business environment, a Study Tour typically involves around a five-day study period abroad. World-class faculty from, for example, Harvard and Yale, are guaranteed to provide interesting academic instruction. Study Tours count as one elective module and have an additional fee.

Participants can also attend an exchange program at one of the Aalto MBA program's partner universities around the world. The exchange program length can vary from one module to four months. This option is tailored individually. Travel and accommodation costs for the exchange program are not included in the Aalto MBA tuition fee.

Dive Deep with Insightful Processes

The Personal and Professional Development Process supports your learning and development as a leader throughout your studies and beyond. The process supports you in building a sustainable base for continuous self-development.

The Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Process is integrated across the curriculum. The topic is covered throughout modules and in the form of a learning diary. The process supports participants’ understanding of responsibility and sustainability in business and reflection on how these issues impact strategies, decision making, and value creation.

Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Process

“Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility has been a very impactful module for me and has led to concrete initiatives in our organization. We have initiated a task force for sustainability, written a research plan, and received a grant for sustainability research. We aim to benchmark against other units and learn to optimize disposable equipment use without compromising safety and infection control.”

Johanna Kaartinen, Head of Division of Emergency Medicine, HUS

“I feel like I’ve come a long way from when I first started learning about sustainability in the modern business environment. If I look at myself now, I actively engage in sustainability conversations with other people, and it has opened completely new business opportunities for me, e.g., yielding a strategically important project for our company.”

Fama Doumbouya, Sales Director

Personal and Professional Development Process

“My personal and professional development journey has taught me the value of continuous improvement, self-confidence, aligning with values, the power of "no", the significance of relationships, and the importance of stewardship in leadership. These insights will shape my future leadership endeavors as I work to make a positive impact on the world.”

Liene Krumina, Partner, LKOS Law Office Oy

“In essence, the learnings have helped me understand myself more and get a profound sense of myself in relation to my peers, colleagues, and competitors.”

Juha Salminen, Director, Concept & Strategy

"My learning journey has been a transformational experience. I've discovered more about myself, honed my leadership skills, and learned to foster collaboration and trust in relationships. The books I've read, coaching sessions, and peer discussions have been invaluable in this process. This journey has not only improved my professional capabilities but also enriched my personal life. I look forward to continuing this journey of growth and self-discovery."
 
Natalia Vyslovska , Sales Manager, Liquid Measurements, Vaisala Oy

 

Turn Insight into Action during the MBA Business Project

The Aalto MBA program includes a Business Project, a consultancy project carried out in a small team with the final aim of developing an analytical solution or tool for a concrete strategic business challenge faced by an organization. The project aims to utilize the insights gained during the program, with project groups organized to maximize the use of their individual competencies and supported by skilled academic tutors from Aalto University.

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 19,000 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.


Visitor Program or Global Leader as a Pathway to MBA Studies

Before formally starting your Aalto MBA studies, you can take up to four MBA modules as a visitor together with the current MBA participants.

Global Leader is a compact and flexible program that can help you strengthen your strategic skills to manage interlinked functions in a multinational environment. Global Leader provides an ideal springboard towards studying for an Aalto MBA.

Entry Requirements and Fee

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent

  • Minimum three years of relevant postgraduate work experience in manager/senior specialist/specialist position

  • 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 admissions team.

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Start Your Application Process

Start your application process by completing the preliminary application. Please note that submitting this form is the first step in the actual application process. After submitting the form, our program responsible will contact you and guide you in the application process.

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