Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability - M. Sc. Degree in Economics and Business Administration

Degree:

Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.
More information.

ECTS:

120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Business and Economics

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Language of Instruction:

English
More information.

Organising school/s:

School of Business

Application period:

2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25

Creative Sustainability Aalto University School of Business

The Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability combines business with architecture, built environment, design, and real estate to help you learn how to create new sustainable solutions.

Sustainability challenges related to issues such climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality and rapid global economic changes are at the heart of the contemporary society. The multidisciplinary Creative Sustainability Master’s programme develops your ability to create new sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments.

Programme overview: joint programme of three schools

The Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint, multidisciplinary programme of three Aalto University schools: School of Business, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and School of Engineering.

As a student, you graduate with a field-specific Master of Science (MSc) degree as follows:

  • School of Business students - MSc in Economics and Business Administration
  • School of Arts, Design and Architecture students - Master of Arts, MSc in Architecture
  • School of Engineering students - MSc in Engineering

The multidisciplinary approach gives you a strong understanding of the inter-linkage of environmental, economic and socio-cultural issues to help you address future challenges.

As a student of the School of Business, you will especially be able to

  • gain knowledge on the management of organisations
  • understand the role of different actors of sustainability in promoting and bringing about more sustainable, fair societies
  • understand sustainability concerns in the context of business and corporate social and environmental responsibility
  • develop your problem-solving skills
  • increase your capability to promote business renewal and innovation

You will have the opportunity to learn through interactive class work in small groups, practical design and business development tasks as well as problem-based co-operation with business, public administration and civic society.

Competence areas

The programme will help you develop your skills in five key competence areas:

  • Multidisciplinary approach: developing capabilities in adapting knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.
  • Systems approach: integrating analytic and systemic thinking into critical problem solving that creates new holistic understanding about complex situations in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and the co-evolution of sustainability problems and solutions.
  • Business management: developing new approaches and skills for creating sustainable business models and improvement of business ethics and corporate responsibility.
  • Design thinking: enhancing creative problem solving capabilities that utilises the methods of the design process in defining the problem, generating ideas and obtaining solutions.
  • Project management: enhancing capabilities in multidisciplinary team leadership and communication in versatile industrial, urban and business environments that promotes sustainability in various cultural contexts.

Learning outcomes

Upon graduating from the programme, you will be able to

  • understand the role of different stakeholders
  • analyse sustainability problems and engage with them in a constructive way
  • use participatory design methods
  • demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • know how different business models and organisational forms are being used to support sustainability
  • understand what the role of explicit commitments to corporate social responsibility is

Broad career prospects

The multidisciplinary understanding of design, management and communication developed in the programme is widely applicable in different work environments.

Focused knowledge of sustainability creates a unique professional identity that is suited for working in organisations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. These include the private and public sectors as well as a wide range of non-governmental organisations.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. General admission requirements

The application must first fulfill the general eligibility requirements before it is sent to the Master's programme for academic evaluation. Please read carefully the general admission requirements, information on admission groups, selection schedule, required application documents and application instructions on our website section admissions. See also language requirements.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, each Master's programme has programme-specific evaluation criteria.

 2. Programme-specific requirements

To be considered for admission, the applicant must have completed at least 18 ECTS covering the domains of business and sustainability or subjects that support those domains (for example sociology, educational sciences environmental policy, consumer economics or communications). It will be decided case by case whether an applicant fulfills this requirement of previous studies. Internships cannot be included in the credits. The previous credits supporting studies in the Creative Sustainability programme are assessed by a representative of the degree programme.

The admission group depends on the degree you are applying with. Only applicants with a lower university degree in “Economics and Business Administration” completed in a university in Finland apply in Admission Group 1. The name of the degree is kauppatieteiden kandidaatti, KTK in Finnish. All other applicants apply in Admission Group 2. More information on admission groups is on the admissions page.

The applicants are ranked on the basis of the criteria below.

ADMISSION GROUP 1

PHASE I

1) Study success

Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of the study success. Applicants with 3.00 or lower weighted GPA of previous degree (Finnish ECTS evaluation) are not eligible for admission.

2) Motivation letter

Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the CS programme by writing a letter of motivation (approx. 1000 words). The letter should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why am I applying for CS programme?
  • What are the content and findings of your most recent thesis work?

If your prior studies do not include a thesis you may write about an equivalent final project, assignment or paper. If you have been in employment for more than 3 years, you may write about a work project or equivalent work-related situation.

3) CV

Professional activities relating to sustainability considered from a wide perspective, work experience, research activity, artistic activity, and other areas of interest.

PHASE II

4) Interview

Based on the evaluation of phase I, the best applicants are invited for an interview. Approximately double the amount of candidates that can be accepted to the programme will be invited for an interview. Interviews can be carried out either face to face or over Skype/telephone. The interview panel will assess the practical ability of the applicant to communicate and undertake the programme.

 

ADMISSION GROUP 2

PHASE I

1) GMAT (or comparable GRE) test result

Applicants with lower total score than 550 in GMAT (or comparable GRE result) or no GMAT/GRE score are not eligible.

2) Study success

Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of the study success. Applicants with 3.00 or lower weighted GPA of previous degree (Finnish ECTS evaluation) are not eligible for admission.

3) Motivation letter

Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the CS programme by writing a letter of motivation (approx. 1000 words). The letter should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why am I applying for CS programme?
  • What are the content and findings of your most recent thesis work?

If your prior studies do not include a thesis you may write about an equivalent final project, assignment or paper. If you have been in employment for more than 3 years, you may write about a work project or equivalent work-related situation.

4) CV

Professional activities relating to sustainability considered from a wide perspective, work experience, research activity, artistic activity, and other areas of interest.

PHASE II

5) Interview

Based on the evaluation of phase I, the best applicants are invited for an interview. Approximately double the amount of candidates that can be accepted to the programme will be invited for an interview. Interviews can be carried out either face to face or over Skype/telephone. The interview panel will assess the practical ability of the applicant to communicate and undertake the programme.

 

Contact information

Location: Aalto University School of Business, Töölö Campus, Helsinki

Further information:

  • For information on admissions and applying instructions please read carefully the Admissions section on our website.
  • Information on the studies in the Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability (in the academic year 2016-2017) is available in the online Study Guide.
  • Programme website: http://acs.aalto.fi/

Contact:

  • After reading all the instructions on our website, if you have general questions on admission and applying, you can contact admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi.
  • For questions concerning studies or academic evaluation of the programme, please contact Study Coordinator Marjukka Tuhola, CS-coordinator-les-biz [at] aalto [dot] fi.

Page content by: | Last updated: 08.03.2017.