Department of Finance

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance is the leading finance department in Finland with a strong dedication to research, as shown by a stream of research published in top Finance and Economics journals.

The department runs an excellent seminar series and is equipped with all major finance databases. The department offers finance education at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level. Finance PhD studies are organized within the Graduate School of Finance (GSF). The Department of Finance also hosts the Nordic Finance Network (NFN).

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People at the Department of Finance

Faculty 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)

The Master’s Programme in Finance at Aalto University offers an exciting curriculum spanning various topics including corporate finance, (alternative) investments, mergers and acquisitions, behavioural finance, sustainability, fixed income, entrepreneurial finance, fintech, and financial econometrics. Students can select minor and elective studies from numerous other disciplines including Economics, Accounting, Analytics and Data Science, and (Financial) Engineering. Students selected into the programme share high academic potential, ambition, and an analytical mindset, making Finance graduates an extremely attractive talent pool for global employers in the financial sector and beyond. The programme also provides an excellent preparation for the world’s leading PhD programmes.

Study options
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PhD Programme in Finance

The PhD programme at the 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

RDM & Open Science training
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Register for training in research data management and open science

New topics included! Registrations for autumn 2023 are open.
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Admission requirements for the Master’s Programme in Finance are changing

Applicants who have completed a suitable bachelor's degree at a Finnish university will no longer be required to take the GMAT or GRE test when they apply to the Master's Programme in Finance
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Perspectives on open data: Aalto Research Data Uncovered

Marika Tervahartiala and Kamyar Hasanzadeh took the stage to share their insights on opening geographic and visual data.

Events

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Lectures and seminars

African Economic Outlook: Mobilizing Private Sector Financing for Climate and Green Growth in Africa

Professor Kevin Chika Urama, the Chief Economist of the African Development Bank will provide insights into the economic prospects of African nations. Ritva Reinikka, Senior Fellow at Aalto University, will moderate the event.
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Lectures and seminars

The Future of AI-Human Relationships

Participate in a dialogue with the Unite! university alliance researchers about the future of AI-Human Relationships.
Introduction to Research Data Management
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research

Introduction to Research Data Management, Oct 3, 2023

Get to know the basics of RDM with Data Agent Dr. Essi Viitanen from Research Services.
Title: DMPs a workshop, subtitle: ONLINE. Pictures of Lucie Hradecka and Enrico Glerean.
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research, Workshops

Data Management Plans: Online workshop for early-career researchers, Oct 4, 2023

Learn about DMPs with Information Specialist Lucie Hradecká and Staff Scientist & Data Agent Dr. Enrico Glerean.
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