Aalto University Summer School

Digital Business Master Class (Spring)

DBMC is a challenge-based course with a focus on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the online 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:

5.10.2020 – 3.1.2021

Course format:



2 weeks full-time



Field of study:

Business and Economics




School of Business

Tuition fees:

0€ Aalto students and nominated exchange students, 1200€ non-degree students

Please note that the Spring 2021 Digital Business Master Class is an online course. The course application is now open!

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 the online adaptation of the DBMC, students from all over the world have the chance to join a highly facilitated and challenge-based course on Digital Business organised by Aalto University. This gives the participants a great opportunity to build their professional networks and improve their cross-cultural communication skills.

    Man with headphones sitting with his back to a camera, looking at a computer screen that says "Time for group discussion".
    Online studies at DBMC are interactive. Photo by Petri Anttila.

    Studying online at the DBMC

    Cross-cultural interaction is one of our top priorities in the Digital Business Master Class. The online DBMC is not a MOOC, but a facilitated and interactive course where students are encouraged to participate in discussions, share their ideas and work together. Company projects around digital topics ensure challenge-based learning and international and multidisciplinary teamwork. 

    To provide participants with possibilities for interaction, lectures during the course are held synchronously. Lectures are scheduled to accommodate as many time zones as possible. However, they will also be recorded so students who are unable to attend some of the lectures will be able to watch them later.

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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.

    Course fees

    Tuition fee

    The tuition fee for external students is 1200€ (including VAT 24%).

    There is no tuition fee for students who are nominated for exchange from a partner institution of Aalto University, for Aalto degree students or for students with a flexible study right (JOO-right) from another Finnish university. 

    Please note: The tuition fee is to be paid by credit card. If the fee is not paid by the due date, the application will be considered lapsed. 

    Cancellation terms

    In the case of cancellation:

    • Cancelling up to 60 days before the beginning of the course: 85% refund (Aalto University will deduct 15 % of each course fee as a service and bank cost fee)
    • Cancelling up to 30 days before the beginning of the course: 50 % refund
    • Cancelling less than 30 days before the beginning of the course: no refund

    Contact the DBMC team

    Laura Kitinoja

    Laura Kitinoja

    Project Manager
    School Services, BIZ
    Laura Sivula

    Laura Sivula

    School Services, BIZ

    Read about our previous courses:

    Person sitting on a pink couch in front of a big window holding a laptop

    Short-term virtual mobility promotes digital learning and collaboration

    Students from 25 countries developed their digital collaboration skills on the challenge-based Digital Business Master Class in July 2020.


    The application period is open until 3.1.2021 23:59 (UTC+2)

    Apply now!
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