Master's Programme in Accounting

The Master’s Programme in Accounting prepares students for producing and using financial and non-financial information to control and manage companies. Accounting, whether financial accounting or management accounting, is at the heart of every business and a critical part of planning and decision-making in companies. Accounting graduates possess invaluable and highly universal know-how for succeeding in different organisations across all industries and continents.
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Degree:

Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Application period:

2.12.2019 - 3.1.2020

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Business and Economics

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Business

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)

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Scholarships and Tuition Fees

The key takeaways from my years at Aalto include critical thinking, networking and problem-solving skills.

Cindy Svetkow, Consultant, EY

Objectives of studies

Accounting plays a key role in any company’s strategic and operative decision-making. That role is to produce and use financial and non-financial information for making the right choices and strategic shifts in a turbulent global business environment. Upon graduation from the Accounting programme, graduates will have:

  • In-depth financial knowledge. Graduates are able to generate, analyse, interpret and communicate financial information for the benefit of organisations, stakeholders, and the broader society.
  • Problem-solving skills. Graduates view managerial challenges through numbers and find solutions to answer them.
  • Management capabilities. Graduates can effectively contribute to the development of management information systems.
  • Decisive roles in organizations. Graduates impact and guide the strategic and operative decision making of organizations.
  • Universal competence. Graduates possess accounting and financial skills are universal and can be applied in all kinds of organizations, across industries and continents.

Upon graduation from the Accounting programme, graduates have not only financial substance in the field of accounting but also leading-edge skills to apply it to solve business problems, lead operative and strategic decision-making and develop better ways for companies to operate.

What makes studying in the Master's programme in Accounting so unique?

Anna Kuusela, alumna of the Master's programme in Accounting

“Today I have the confidence in myself and my skills: I believe I can figure anything out. This is one of the key mindset shifts shaped by my studies at Aalto and I know this will set me up for success…for life."

Anna Kuusela, International online confidence coach for women and Founder & CEO of SISU Collective

Jussi Siitonen_alumnus of the Master's programme of Accounting

“My expectations for studying Accounting at the Aalto University School of Business were to get a strong analytical skill set to understand business dynamics and keep all the options open for further career opportunities. Now, after 30 years in the business I can assure that Accounting provided me not only with the analytical toolbox but also the capability to understand the importance of financial information as well as how to use that in the business world.”

Jussi Siitonen, Chief Financial Officer, Amer Sports

Teemu Malmi_Alumnus of the Master's programme in Accounting

"Accounting is the language of business and needs to be understood well by all aiming to achieve leading positions in contemporary organizations. Our master’s program is designed to equip you with solid financial skills to guarantee success in variety of jobs including general management, financial management, consultancy, entrepreneurship and many others."

Teemu Malmi, Professor of Accounting, Aalto University

Alumna of the master's programme in accounting: Kati Marttila

"Master’s studies at Aalto provided me with a solid foundation in financial reporting, as well as great opportunities for connecting with professionals from a variety of companies – everything needed for starting my career in the field."

Kati Marttila, Controller, Cargotec

Scholarships and Tuition fees

The tuition fee is €15 000 per academic year for non-EU/EEA citizens. Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

Study language

The language of instruction is English.

Structure of studies

The Master’s Programme in Accounting is organized by the School of Business and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Programme studies (84 ECTS), including Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)
  • Minor studies (24 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (12 ECTS)

Students have the opportunity to complete the minor studies (24 ECTS) in an official exchange programme partner of the School of Business.

At the beginning of their studies, students define their Personal Study Plans (PSP) together with an academic advisor. The primary purpose of PSP is to ensure that the studies support the student’s interests and are completed in a logical order.

Personal Study Plan (PSP)

Personal Study Plan (PSP) is a practical tool to define a student’s own study path, i.e. compiling an optimal selection of courses, aligned with the student's interests and programme requirements. PSP is also a useful tool for keeping up with studies. At best, it shows the stage at which students are with their studies and sets concrete milestones for them to follow.

Post-graduate study options

The degree grants eligibility for doctoral studies.

Content of studies

The teaching methods in the programme utilise problem-based learning: actual business problems get solved with real financial information and analytical tools. Theoretic lectures are balanced with independent hands-on assignments, case teaching and group work. Student feedback is well-received by the Department of Accounting and used to improve the learning experience further. There are two focus areas in the field of accounting:

International opportunities

Accounting is universal, making it an ideal field for international careers. The skills that students learn in the programme are universal and can be applied industry-wide. To further encourage internationalisation, Accounting professors have diverse backgrounds and most of the courses handle global topics.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad each year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through studies, but also multiple free time events, activities and celebrations around the campus. Programme administrators, active student tutors and student support services work rigorously to help international students integrate into Nordic culture and welcome them at home in Finland.

Multidisciplinary opportunities

Accounting is flexible when it comes to choosing the minor and elective courses from other majors, schools and universities. As accounting is needed in companies across all industries, applying it is not only limited to the field of business.

Aalto University is well-known for bridging disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus and freedom to choose elective courses across the university bring students from different fields under one roof. This spontaneous multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of Accounting, you will have broad career prospects. Typical job titles include, for example, Chief Financial Officer, Business Controller, Financial Analyst, Auditor and Business Consultant. The typical route from university to these positions happens through corporate collaboration. The students can network with companies especially during courses (e.g. Capstone course), student activities organised by KY Accounting (student association of accounting students) or thesis assignments. Most of the Accounting students have a guaranteed job already before graduating from the programme.

Aalto University has well-established career services that help you get employed in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find good positions with ease upon their graduation. An active entrepreneurship community is also present at Aalto, which can help as a springboard for founding your company. Finally, if an academic career is of interest, the Master’s programme in Accounting is a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.

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Admission dates

The admissions to Master's programmes at Aalto University in the field of Business and Economics are organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2020 is from 2 December 2019 to 3 January 2020.

Here are the most important dates to remember:

  • 2 December 2019 – Application period begins and online application system opens
  • 3 January 2020 – Application period ends and the online application system closes
  • 30 March 2020 – Admission results are published
  • 28 April 2020 – Deadline for accepting the offered study place
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Programme-specific Admission Requirements

In addition to these programme-specific admission requirements, applicants must also fulfill the general admission requirements.

Required previous studies

To be considered for admission the applicant must have completed at least 30 ECTS credits of studies in Accounting and/or closely related subjects. The studies must include:

  • a minimum of two courses (at least 12 ECTS credits in total) in financial accounting; and
  • a minimum of two courses (at least 12 ECTS credits in total) in management accounting; and
  • a minimum of one course (6 ECTS credits in total) in financial accounting, management accounting, corporate finance, or business law.

The applicants that fulfill the above requirement of previous studies are ranked according to the criteria below.

Admission group 1

ADMISSION GROUP 1: Bachelor’s degree from a university in Finland

 

In case of a tie applicants are evaluated on the basis of the number of credits and the grades of studies in Accounting. In this case, higher education level Accounting studies outside the degree granting eligibility to apply can be considered.

Admission group 2

ADMISSION GROUP 2: Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied science in Finland or from a higher education institution abroad

 

In case of a tie applicants are evaluated on the basis of the number of credits and the grades of studies in Accounting. Also the ranking of the degree granting institution can be considered.

Contact information

In case of programme-specific questions and inquiries, please contact the Planning Officer of the programme Anna Kuparinen at [email protected].

If there are open questions about the admissions and applying instructions, you can reach out to [email protected].

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