Department of Finance

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance at Aalto University School of Business is one of the leading finance departments in Europe. Our research revolves around financial decision-making and its implications for value creation, financial markets, and society. 
The department is actively organizing research seminars and conferences and hosts the Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and the Nordic Finance Network (NFN). We offer degree education at the BSc, MSc, and PhD level.

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People at the Department of Finance

Faculty and staff

Meet our professors, researchers, doctoral students and staff
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Finance Research

The Department of Finance's research covers a broad range of topics in the areas of corporate finance and financial markets. The current focus areas in the research are:

  • behavioral finance
  • corporate finance
  • asset pricing
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Ongoing Research

Examples of ongoing externally funded research projects at the Department of Finance.

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Department of Finance Publications

The Department of Finance actively publishes in leading Finance and Economics journals.

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Financial Data

The Department of Finance has access to high-quality financial databases, such as Datastream, Compustat and CRSP.

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Studies in Finance

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Applying to Bachelor's Programmes

The application period for bachelor's programmes in English is 3–17 January 2024 for studies starting in autumn 2024.

Admission Services
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Finance, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Dive into finance: learn to understand financial markets, manage risk and navigate global issues to face the latest challenges in the field.

Study options
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PhD Programme in Finance

The PhD programme at Aalto University School of Business is intended for candidates of excellent academic background and intellectual ambition who are motivated in producing research at the highest international level and pursuing careers in the academic and business world.

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Graduate School of Finance & Nordic Finance Network

The Department of Finance hosts the Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and the Nordic Finance Network (NFN). More information on the GSF and NFN websites.

Graduate School of Finance (GSF) (external link)

The national PhD programme in Finance

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Nordic Finance Network (NFN) (external link)

A network for research and doctoral training in Finance in the Nordic countries.

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Finance Department Seminars

The Department of Finance has two weekly seminars.

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Helsinki Finance Seminar (external link)

Helsinki Finance Seminar hosts international guest speakers on Mondays. Seminar schedule and more information on the GSF seminar page.

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Finance Brown Bag Seminar

The Finance Brown Bag Lunch Seminar is held on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 13:00. See the seminar schedule by clicking the title Finance Brown Bag Seminar.

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Finance Department contact information

Visiting address

School of Business building (3rd floor)
Ekonominaukio 1
FI-02150 Espoo
Finland

Postal address

Department of Finance
Aalto University School of Business
PO BOX 21210
FI-00076 AALTO
FINLAND

Department administration

Head of the Department: Associate Professor Matthijs Lof
Secretaries of the Department: Sara Viitala and Reetta Ali-Alha

Inquiries regarding

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News

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Register for training in open research

New topics included! Registrations for spring 2024 are open.
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Professors of the School of Business influence the editorial boards of academic journals

Being invited to the editorial board of a journal demonstrates appreciation for a professor’s work
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School of Business became a Champion member of the global PRME network for sustainability education

Champion-level membership demonstrates that the School of Business is a leader in promoting responsibility, not just nationally but also internationally, while also committing it to work more diligently to advance sustainable development and responsibility.
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SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT THE FINANCE FACULTY

We are primarily looking for students majoring in Finance, but we also welcome applications from students with other quantitatively oriented backgrounds. Completion of a Bachelor’s thesis or other relevant experience is a plus.

Events

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Lectures and seminars

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University of Helsinki and Aalto University have invited Sasu Tarkoma, Mona Mannevuo and Tero Ojanperä to discuss how AI is changing work.
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Defence of Thesis in Accounting, Antti Niemelä, MSc

The title of the Thesis: "Essays on the Implications of an Employee-empowering Agile Management Approach on Management control Elements"
AI in Research Work
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research

AI in Research Work, Mar 11, 2024

Learn about AI's impact on research work with Staff Scientist & Data Agent Dr. Enrico Glerean and Data Agent Dr. Pedro Silva.
Alumni Strategy Circle
Lectures and seminars, Networking

Aalto Alumni Strategy Circle After Work: Strategic performance management

Join to discuss latest thinking on identifying, achieving and rewarding performance, including management systems.
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