Aalto University Summer School

Digital Business

Digital Business Master Class is a challenge-based course with a focus on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the intensive course, students work in international teams to plan digital solutions for real business cases from partnering companies.
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Teaching period:


Application period:

1.2.2022 – 6.5.2022

Course format:



2 weeks full-time



Field of study:

Business and Economics




School of Business

Tuition fees:

1600€ (partnership discounts apply)

The application period has closed

Digital Business Master Class (47E00100) is an interactive and fast-paced graduate-level course (6 ECTS) focusing on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the Master Class, students learn how companies transform their processes and systems by implementing digital technologies. Concepts covered include platforms and ecosystems, business design thinking, data-driven marketing, digital value creation, data-intensive business and agile development methods.

Challenge-based learning is an integral part of the Master Class. Students work on company projects in international and multidisciplinary teams. The projects are done in collaboration with partner companies, ensuring that the themes are relevant to the current business environment.

In addition to intensive lecture weeks, the course includes independent pre- and post-work periods. Learning experiences range from insightful discussions in class to multidisciplinary teamwork, independent research and corporate collaboration.

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Business projects in international teams

Working on a real-life business project with a multinational team offers an unbeatable learning experience. Students are invited to apply their knowledge to challenges provided by Finnish companies and organisations. Working together with a company partner provides meaningful connections with the industry and takes new topics from the classroom to the boardroom.

In addition to working on their digital business skills, participants get valuable experience of multidisciplinary teamwork and build their international communication skills. Whether taking the course online or on-campus, students meet people from different academic and cultural backgrounds, preparing them for international careers. The project work is facilitated by DBMC staff, with tips ranging from presentation skills to successful online teamwork.

Four Aalto University Summer School students walking and chatting in the lush, green forest areas around Aalto University campus in the summer.

Summer at Digital Business Master Class

Participating in the Digital Business Master Class in the summer gives students an excellent opportunity to enjoy Finland at its best. Visitors can enjoy the surrounding nature in full bloom, take advantage of the countless hours of daylight and experience the vibrant Helsinki city life. Digital Business Master Class organises cultural excursions as a part of the program, and participants are encouraged to take full advantage of the Aalto University Summer School social program as well. 

DBMC alumnus from 2019, Tyler Spring, shares his tips for making the most of your time at the Master Class:  "Make sure you take the time to explore all of the great things that Helsinki has to offer – especially the restaurants and nightlife. The program provides ample time on the weekend to explore outside of Helsinki, and I’d highly recommend taking the short ferry to Tallinn."

Information for Summer School Applicants

Contact the DBMC team

Laura Kitinoja

Laura Kitinoja

E790 School Common, BIZ
Laura Sivula

Laura Sivula


Students from Argentina, USA, Canada, Scotland and Peru take part in the Digital Business course by Aalto University Summer School

Digital Business Master Class is back on Aalto University campus after two years of online-teaching.

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Program Manager Laura Kitinoja and Program Coordinator Aarne Nykänen are excited to welcome Summer School students on campus aigan.

Read about our previous courses

Chisako Ogiwara Digital Business Master Class alumna from Aalto University Summer School standing outside a restaurant at a street with some lush and green mountains in the background. She is wearing a short-sleeved white blouse and is smiling towards the camera.

'The Digital Business Master Class helped my business to take the leap into digital'

Chisako Ogiwara from Tokyo attended the Digital Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School this summer.

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“Digital Business Master Class was a wonderful supplement to my MBA”

With a background in Marketing and Brand Management, Cordelia Blanchard was looking for short-term exchange possibilities and found the Digitial Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School.


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