Digital Business Master Class

Digital Business Master Class is a project-based course with a focus on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. Discover the advantages of digital trends, emerging technologies, business design thinking, and data-driven business in Finland's innovation capital Espoo.​
Digital Business Master Class (DBMC)

Included in the Master Class

Digital Business Master Class is an interactive and fast-paced graduate-level course (6 ECTS) focusing on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the Master Class, we learn how companies transform their processes and systems by implementing digital technologies.

During the intense 2 weeks, we build a project, planning a digital solution for a real-life company problem. Concepts covered include mobile and social technologies, service design, data analytics, platforms and ecosystems, business models, working in virtual teams and project management frameworks.

In addition to on-site learning, the course includes pre- and post-work periods. We learn in virtual, classroom, teamwork and corporate environments.

Digital Business Master Class (DBMC) - 2019 batch

The Master Class (6 ECTS) includes viewpoints to the Finnish digital business landscape and companies through industry lecturers and company visits. Lectures are held by Aalto faculty, visiting faculty, and industry professionals.

Digital Business Master Class (Photo: Allas Sea Pool / Eetu Ahanen)
Allas Sea Pool (Photo: Eetu Ahanen)

We arrange various social and cultural activities including welcome and farewell events, company excursions, and visits to local gems. 

The DBMC experience surpassed my expectations and transformed me by building on what I had already learned in the MBA digital module

Deborah Flannery, Digital Business Master Class student 2019

Study experience at DBMC


The Master Class welcomes people from all around the world to the course. The international setup provides unique opportunities for exchanging views and improving cross-cultural communication skills while growing your international professional networks. 


At the Master Class, students work in teams to create digital solutions for problems provided by our real-life partner companies. We inspire our students to take responsibility and ownership of learning. The teams are encouraged to research their topic, and brainstorm strategies and concepts to address the challenge. 


Spending two weeks in Finland exploring a new country and making friends from all over the world creates memories for a lifetime. We at Aalto do our best to make the students feel welcome and to help them make the most of their experience. 


In order to apply, you must be an enrolled student at a partner university of Aalto University School of Business and nominated for exchange by your home university exchange coordinator. We also have a limited number of spots available for Aalto students.

Applications should include:

  • Study transcript
  • CV + LinkedIn profile
  • Motivation letter

International students: contact your home university about the nomination and application for the course.
Aalto students: fill in your application here. 

Aalto-yliopisto Kauppakorkeakoulu klusteriaula kolmas kerros Kuva: Mika Huisman / Aalto-yliopisto
The lectures are held in the brand new School of Business building in Otaniemi campus, Espoo. Espoo is known as the innovation capital of Finland and it's located next to the capital city Helsinki. Metro ride from Helsinki to the campus takes 15 minutes.

DBMC Course Fees

Tuition fee

There is no tuition fee for students who are nominated for exchange from a partner institution of Aalto University School of Business.

Service fee: 480€

All DBMC students face a service fee which is to be paid at the time of confirming participation to the course. 

The service fee includes:

  • Course materials
  • Tickets to public transportation (during 9-20 March 2020)
  • Events and trips organised by the course (as listed in the course program)

The service fee does not include:

  • Living costs such as lunch and other daily meals
  • Transportation from airport to accommodation
  • Any damage caused by a student to the accommodation provider

Accommodation options can be optionally added to the service fee. 

Please note:

The Aalto University School of Business reserves the right to adjust the service fee up to confirmation of participation if external costs change materially. The tuition fee and service fee are non-refundable. The service fee and tuition fee are to be paid by bank transfer. If the invoice is not paid by the due date, the application will be considered lapsed.

The student is responsible for arranging his/her travel insurance.

Accommodation options

We offer two hotel options for the students who would like to reserve their accommodation through Aalto University. Both hotels are located in the centre of Helsinki, with excellent public transportation connections to the Aalto University campus.

The price of the accommodation is added to the service fee. 

Meet the DBMC team

Laura Kitinoja

Laura Kitinoja

Department of Information and Service Economy
Project Manager
Laura Sivula

Laura Sivula

Information Technology Program (ITP)
Program Director

Digital Business Master Class offers a unique learning experience

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