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

Degree:

Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.
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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
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Organising school/s:

School of Business

Application period:

2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24

Creative Sustainability Aalto University School of Business

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

Programme overview

The Creative Sustainability programme (CS) provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of business, architecture, built environment and design. It allows students to study and develop solutions to global sustainability concerns such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty as well as social and economic inequality.

The global and local challenges increasingly require a multidisciplinary approach as well as education that can address the linkages between the environmental, the economic and the socio-cultural. The CS programme brings together students who are devoted to developing systemic solutions, working in multidisciplinary teams and challenging themselves with practical learning tasks. The studies offer students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines.

The international Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability is a joint master’s degree programme of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the School of Business and the School of Engineering. The CS students who enter the programme via the School of Business admissions will graduate with a degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

The students who enter the CS programme through the School of Business gain knowledge of developing sustainability in business through management, leadership and innovation. They are expected to provide creative input into problem solving in multidisciplinary teams and challenge others with insights which draw on profound understanding of sustainability in the global context, different interpretations of sustainability in business and innovation studies.

Learning outcomes

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 to problem-solve and create new holistic understandings of complex situations and the critical infrastructures of society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.

Design thinking: enhancing creative problem solving capabilities that utilise the methods of the design process to define problems, generate ideas and arrive at solutions.

Project management: learning to manage multidisciplinary teamwork, and to promote sustainability in culturally diverse organisational environments.

Business management: developing new approaches and skills for creating sustainable business models and improvement of business ethics and corporate responsibility.

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

What do you study in CS?

The Creative Sustainability programme comprises classroom lessons, group assignments, workshops, practical projects and a thesis. Courses deepen the basis for professional skills in sustainability in the business context. Contents of the projects vary from material innovation to enhancement of social sustainability. Courses and projects are carried out within topics of interest for partner organisations that can be e.g. private companies, NGOs or other associations or public organisations.

The two-year Master's Programme consists of 120 ECTS composed of compulsory studies of the Creative Sustainability programme, compulsory Management studies and elective studies including a minor subject. The curriculum is based on personal study plans, in which the students can also include studies completed at other universities or other modules from Aalto University. The pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based learning, and a strong connection to practical outcomes. You can find more information about the course offerings on the programme website.

For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic year of 2017-2018.

What career prospects do you have as a CS graduate?

CS studies prepare you to work as a sustainability expert in organisations that have a strategic view of the transformation towards sustainability. These include the private and public sectors as well as a wide range of NGOs. You can develop expertise in different professional profiles which vary from research skills to practical skills of management, leadership and design in different environments.

Business confronts new challenges in innovating for sustainable development. The CS programme teaches skills to meet these challenges through specialisation and interdisciplinary work, while students simultaneously fulfil the criteria for management studies. As a graduate of the CS programme you are an attractive target for progressive local and international employers as well as prepared for independent entrepreneurial activity.

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Professional identities of CS students

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. General admission requirements

The application must first fulfil 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

Admission to the programme is a two-phase process. In the first phase applicants are evaluated based on the application as a whole, including previous studies, CV and letter of motivation as well as GMAT/GRE test in admission group 2. In the second phase, the most suitable applicants are invited for an interview. The successful applicants are selected based on the results of both phases.

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.

Required previous studies

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). Internships cannot be included in the credits. The previous studies are assessed by a representative of the programme during the academic evaluation. Please note that the programme does not evaluate previous studies of applicants in advance.

The applicants that fulfil the above requirement of previous studies are ranked according to the criteria below.

ADMISSION GROUP 1

PHASE I

1) Study success

Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of study success. Applicants with a weighted GPA of previous degree lower than 3.50 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. The letter is written in English into the electronic application system and the maximum length of the letter is 4000 characters (including space characters). 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 three 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. 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 score (or comparable GRE score)

GMAT or GRE is obligatory in admission group 2 (minimum score 550 in GMAT or equivalent GRE score).

2) Study success

Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of study success. Applicants with a weighted GPA of previous degree lower than 3.50 (Finnish ECTS evaluation) are not eligible for admission. The ECTS verbal grade equivalent for GPA 3.50 is “very good” (ECTS grading scale 1-5; where 5 is the highest grade).

3) Motivation letter

Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the CS programme by writing a letter of motivation. The letter is written in English into the electronic application system and the maximum length of the letter is 4000 characters (including space characters). 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 three 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. 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 2017-2018) 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 Hanne Kauppila, CS-coordinator-les-biz [at] aalto [dot] fi. Please note that the programme does not evaluate documents or previous studies of applicants in advance.

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