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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Business, Economics and Finance

The degrees that can be completed on the Aalto University Doctoral Programme in Economics are Doctor of Science, Economics and Business Administration, Doctor of Philosophy and Licentiate in Science, Economics and Business Administration.
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Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Application period:

5.11.2019 - 23.1.2020

Language of instruction:




Relevant master's degree awarded by university or university of applied sciences degree, or corresponding degree completed abroad

Field of study:

Business and Economics


Organising school:

School of Business

Tuition fees:

The Aalto University School of Business offers a four-year doctoral programme in English. The degree offered is Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

The program has 12 specialization areas: Organization and Management, Accounting, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management Science, Finance, Economics, Business Law, Logistics, Information Systems Science and Organizational Communication.

New doctoral candidates are admitted once a year. The deadline for applications is on 23 January at 12:01 (EET). Please see further information on the application procedure on our Into website.

Structure of the degree

The Doctoral Programme Study Guide 2018-2020 contains a description of the degree requirements and courses that will be offered during the next academic year.

Doctoral degree 240 credits

Doctoral degree is 240 credits and consists of the following entities. The content and scope of each entity may vary depending on specialization area and discipline.

Doctoral degree 240 credits
Common core studies (12 credits)
Specialization Area studies (48 credits)
Common studies in specialization area (12 credits)
Disciplinary studies (36 credits)
Doctoral Dissertation 180 credits

The doctoral program is thoroughly international in many ways. The faculty comprises professors eg. from USA, Germany, New Zealand, Russia and Norway, apart from outstanding Finnish scholars. Almost one quarter of the students come from outside Finland. The language of instruction is English and most doctoral dissertation are published and defended in English.

The pre-examiners and opponents of dissertations are mostly distinguished professors from well-known universities worldwide. A large number of doctoral candidates carry out part of their research and coursework in foreign universities and publish their research in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals.

We consider full-time dedication to doctoral studies vital and therefore have launched a funding program which covers all new students willing to study full-time.

Departments and centres of the School of Business

Department of Accounting & Business Law

The Department of Accounting is one of the leading research faculties in the Nordic region.

Department of Accounting group photo by Heidi Kouvo

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance is the leading finance department in Finland with a strong dedication to research.

Architectural picture of the inside of the School of Business. Many people sitting on different coloured chairs.

Department of Management Studies

The Department of Management Studies offers a dynamic environment for scholarship and learning.

Stack of management books.

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics provides a comprehensive insight into the functioning of economies and the environment in which companies operate.

Outside picture of the School of Business building in Otaniemi. Three Aalto Flags swinging in front of the building.

Department of Information and Service Management

The Department of Information and Service Management refers to the creative use of information and digital technology in business and the move from industrial to service dominant forms of production.

Two business students, one is holding a laptop, discussing with the Professor after his lecture. Another group of students talk in the background.

Department of Marketing

The Department of Marketing is a thriving and dynamic community of faculty, researchers, staff, and students. The department has earned international acclaim for its ambitious and rigorous research output. We are at the bleeding edge of marketing.

marketing major

Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT

The Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT) is a research center conducting academic and applied research specializing in Russian economy and business environment. 

CEMAT St Petersburg

Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research CKIR

CKIR’s main research focus is on innovation ecosystems, ICT enabled service platforms and thus enabled new business dynamics.

Close-up of two students making notes to research articles that they are reading.

Application period open now

Application period will close on 23.1.2020
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