Digital Business Master Class (Online)
NOTE: This is the 2020 course. Information about our Digital Business Master Classes for 2021 will be updated during autumn 2020.
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.
In the online adaptation of the DBMC, students from all over the world have the chance to join a 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. DBMC Online is also well-suited for students from Aalto and other Finnish universities who want to benefit from the summer semester.
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.
The course includes three phases: self-paced pre-work and post-work, and two intensive weeks of lectures and project work in teams.
1 - 12 June: Pre-work
- Self-paced course orientation
- Individual research for the project
Estimated workload: 20 h
29 June - 10 July: Lectures & Project work
- Daily online lectures (Mon-Fri at 13:00-16:00, GMT+3). Attendance is strongly recommended but the lectures will be also recorded.
- Virtual company excursions
- Teamwork on a company project
Estimated workload: 80 h
11 - 17 July: Project work
- Finishing the company project
Estimated workload: 30 h
by 7 August: Post-work
- Individual reflection on key takeaways, teamwork and course experience
Estimated workload: 10 h
You can participate in the daily online lectures via a Zoom link, which you will be provided in the beginning of the course. You will also get a DBMC Student Guide, once you have accepted your participation in the program. We use Microsoft Teams as a learning environment and an online space for project work.
The Digital Business Master Class is aimed at graduate students and lifelong learners with an undergraduate degree.
Digital Business Master Class (47E00100) is open to master's students from Aalto University. Aalto students apply through the registration link on this page, not through WebOodi.
If you are an MBA or master's student at one of Aalto University School of Business's partner universities, you are eligible to apply to the Digital Business Master Class as a tuition fee waiver. Please contact the international office at your home university about the nomination for the course or contact program manager Laura Kitinoja (laura.kitinoja(at)aalto.fi) for more information.
Students from other Finnish universities can apply for DBMC through the flexible study rights agreement (JOO). Flexible studies (JOO) are free of charge for students. Students need to be enrolled and registered as attending at their home universities in order to be able to be eligible to apply for flexible study rights and to complete studies at another university.
A limited amount of places for the Digital Business Master Class are available through Aalto University Open University. Please find the registration link and information here: https://studyinfo.fi/app/#!/koulutus/18.104.22.1682.17.61064849088
The price of open university courses is 15€ / ECTS.
Graduate students from other universities and lifelong learners with an undergraduate degree as a pre-requisite can apply to the Digital Business Master Class as external students and pay the tuition fee. We are unfortunately not able to offer scholarships or other ways to waive the tuition fee.
Tuition fee: 900€
DBMC Course Fee
The tuition fee for external students is 900€ (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.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
All live sessions during the course are scheduled to accommodate as many time zones as possible. At the moment it looks like the best time for live lectures and workshops will be around 1 PM/13:00 Finnish time (EEST/GMT+3). All lectures will also be recorded, so students who are unable to attend some of the lectures will be able to watch them later.
Cross-cultural interaction is one of our top priorities in the Digital Business Master Class. One of the main ways how this is achieved is through a team project, where students from all around the world are teamed up to work on a real business case from a Finnish company. It’s good to note that the online DBMC is not a MOOC, but a facilitated and interactive course, where students are encouraged to participate in discussions during lectures and work together.
While this is the first time we are hosting a fully online version of the DBMC, virtual teamwork has been an integral part of the course also in previous years.
Digital Business Master Class will unfortunately not be organised on-site at the Otaniemi campus in Summer 2020. The students who have already been accepted to the program can participate in the online version of the course or transfer their place to 2021.