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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Business, Economics and Finance

Aalto Doctoral Programme in Business, Economics and Finance is a four-year, English-language doctoral programme. It provides doctoral students with comprehensive research training in a unique multidisciplinary environment, characterized by a longstanding commitment to research excellence and courageous, low-hierarchy culture with empowered students. The programme is designed for highly-motivated and ambitious aspiring business, economics and finance scholars who have excellent analytical, critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills and who are willing to serve as the future leaders in the world of higher education and academic research.
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Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

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to be announced

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4 years, full-time


Relevant master’s degree awarded by a Finnish university or a Finnish university of applied sciences, or a corresponding degree completed abroad

Field of study:

Business and Economics


Organising school:

School of Business

Choose doctoral studies at the School of Business

The doctoral programme is offered by the School of Business, which is an inclusive, multicultural academic community with excellent students, faculty, and staff. Our faculty features internationally highly-regarded scholars, many of whom are world-leading experts in their field. All doctoral students are assigned dedicated supervising professor and thesis advisor, who guide their research and mentor their development as scholars and higher education professionals throughout the programme.

The programme offers doctoral training in 12 majors: Accounting, Business Law, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems Science, International Business, Logistics, Management Science, MarketingOrganization and Management, and Organizational Communication. The degree offered is Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

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What are doctoral studies like?

As a doctoral student, you are part of an international academic community. The doctoral research and studies develop you into an expert of your research topic and build your professional capacity.

Doctoral education

Your path to doctoral studies at the School of Business

  1. Apply for a study right in our doctoral programme in December-January.
  2. You will receive the admission decision in February.
  3. If you are accepted as a full-time doctoral student, you will receive funding for the first two years of your doctoral studies from the School. 
  4. Your doctoral studies will start in the following autumn.

Before applying, please check below the eligibility requirements and qualifications.

Before applying

Prior to applying to the programme, it is advisable to familiarize yourself with the ongoing research in your department or unit of interest to identify potential supervising professors for your doctoral research. Consider reaching out to professors you envision collaborating with during your doctoral studies before submitting your application.

Please also note that when applying to the doctoral programme, you must identify a preliminary research topic for your doctoral thesis. Some majors also require a research plan.

Basic information on doctoral studies

Application instructions 2024

Admission is organised annually in December-January for studies starting in September.

Admission schedule 2024:
Application period opens on 11 December 2023 and closes on 11 January 2024 12:01 noon (UTC+2).

The GMAT or GRE test and language tests must be taken on 11 January 2024 at the latest.

Contact information

If you have a question that you cannot find the answer to in the application instructions, contact the doctoral programme's Doctoral Education Services at [email protected]

Who can apply?

Language requirements

To be eligible to apply, applicants are required to be proficient in the language of instruction, and demonstrate their proficiency by passing a language test, when necessary. The language test scores must meet the minimum requirements set by Aalto University.

If you apply to a Business Law major, you must demonstrate your proficiency in Finnish with an accepted proof of language proficiency, see more information below.

If you apply to other majors; Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems Science, International Business, Logistics, Management Science, Marketing, Organization and Management or Organizational Communcation, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English

Required documents

All material that you want to be considered in the application process should be in a language understood by the people evaluating applications. Generally, this means English or Finnish. If your documents are in some other language, you should contact your applied major’s professor beforehand.

The following appendices are required:

How to apply?

The application period for studies beginning in the autumn of 2024 runs from 11 December 2023 to 11 January 2024 (at 12.01 noon, UTC+2). The application consists of an electronic application form to which you need to upload a set of required application documents in PDF form. Late submission will not be evaluated and only complete applications will be processed.

On the application you will need to specify to which major you are applying to.

The GMAT or GRE test and language tests must be taken before the application deadline.

Admission results

Contact us

If there you have any questions about admissions and application instructions or programme-specific inquiries, you can contact [email protected]

You may want to talk to the faculty in your preferred major before submitting an application. Please find below a list of the professors who are in charge of doctoral studies in their respective majors and whom you can contact (please look up email addresses in

Accounting Associate Professor Lasse Niemi
Business Law Assistant Professor Moritz Scherleitner
Economics Associate Professor Kristiina Huttunen
Entrepreneurship Associate Professor Myrto Chliova
Finance Director Mikko Leppämäki
Information Systems Science Professor Matti Rossi

Professor Virpi Tuunainen
International Business Assistant Professor Iiris Saittakari
Logistics Professor Markku Kuula
Management Science Associate Professor Pekka Malo
Marketing Professor Henrikki Tikkanen
Organization and Management Assistant Professor Samuli Patala
Organizational Communication Assistant Professor Paula Koskinen Sandberg

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.

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Department of Finance

The Department of Finance at Aalto University School of Business is one of the leading finance departments in Europe.

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Department of Management Studies

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

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Department of Economics

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

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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.

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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.

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