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Master's Programme in Economics

The Economics programme prepares students to structure and understand the world through in-depth economic expertise and strong analytical skills, combined with computation and data processing skills. It is meant for students who are fascinated by complex challenges such as climate change, inequality and innovation, and want to address these challenges in an analytical manner. Students have the unique opportunity to be part of Helsinki Graduate School of Economics, formed by Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics, and University of Helsinki, that aims to train the future generation of world-class economists.
School of Business Economics


Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Application period:

1.12.2021 – 3.1.2022

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Business and Economics


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Business

Tuition fees:

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

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Applying to master’s programmes

Studying economics gave me the ability to scrutinize complex problems and to not accept things at face value.

Juuso Nisula, Business Analyst, Magenta Advisory by BearingPoint

Objectives of studies

Specialists with strong analytical skills in economics combined with computation and data processing skills are high in demand. The Economics programme is for you if you want to approach real-world challenges in a systematic and empirical manner. How do international trade and migration affect global inequality? How can we build institutions that provide resilience against shocks such as financial crises? How should we design markets to incentivise innovation? The programme prepares you for understanding the connection between such micro- and macroeconomic questions and for distinguishing between causality and correlation. Economics graduates have:

  • In-depth knowledge of economic theory. Graduates understand modern microeconomics and macroeconomics, and selected domains of economics at a deeper level. Interpret real-world phenomena in light of these theories.
  • An analytical toolkit to address complex questions. Graduates possess econometric and mathematical analytical tools to address economic challenges and problems.
  • Strong argumentation skills rooted in economic theory. Graduates possess econometric and mathematical analytical tools to address economic challenges and problems.
  • Quantitative skills for efficient use of data. Graduates can use and interpret economic data critically and apply statistical methods to examine relationships and test economic hypotheses. 
  • Confidence in communications. Graduates are able to communicate fluently both to experts and non-experts about economic phenomena.

Upon graduation from the Economics programme, graduates are able to apply broad economic expertise and strong analytical skills in a wide variety of organisational settings.

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 languages

The language of instruction is English.

Structure of studies

The Master's Programme in Economics is organised 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)
  • Electives (12 ECTS)

The programme is integrated into Helsinki Graduate School of Economics. This means that you will also be able to take courses in economics at the following institutions: Department of Political and Economic Studies at the University of Helsinki, Department of Economics of Hanken School of Economics, and Wider Institute, i.e. United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research.

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

Content of studies

The economics programme builds on rigorous theoretical models and careful data analysis. You will study formal modelling, empirical methods and institutions at the leading centre for economic research in Finland.

Our courses cover all major areas of economics. In addition to the core mandatory courses, you may choose electives from a wide selection of specialised courses. Examples of the course selection include:

  • History of Economic Growth and Crises (6 ECTS)
  • Development Economics (6 ECTS)
  • Investment Decisions in Emerging Markets (6 ECTS)
  • Labor Economics (6 ECTS)
  • Microeconomics: Pricing (6 ECTS)

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Post-graduate study options

The degree grants eligibility for doctoral studies.

International opportunities

Aalto University Economics professors are internationally renowned scholars, who have worked in some of the best universities around the world. Economics students will gain internationally recognised qualifications and knowledge, which builds a great foundation for an international career or continuing academic work in leading international universities. As part of their studies, students have the chance to spend a semester abroad in one of the Aalto partner universities around the world.

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

As a programme, the Master's in Economics encompasses a wide range of subfields and is not limited to only a specific business function. Thus, the programme provides an excellent basis for further studies in economics, other quantitatively oriented fields, or another selection from the wide range of courses and programmes in the multidisciplinary campus of Aalto University. 

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

Career opportunities

Economics graduates are qualified in taking on positions that require broad economic expertise and strong analytical skills, whether it is building a career in academia, the private or public sector, or in a national or international context. Entry-level titles range from analysts, consultants, advisors to policymakers and researchers.

Aalto University has well-established career services which help you get employed in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find good positions with ease upon their graduation. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, which can help as a springboard for founding a company. Finally, if an academic career is of interest, the Master’s programme in Economics 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 2022 is from 1 December 2021 to 3 January 2022.

Here are the most important dates to remember:

  • 1 December 2021 – Application period begins and online application system opens
  • 3 January 2022 – Application period ends and the online application system closes
  • 29 March 2022 – Admission results are published at the earliest
  • 20 April 2022 – Deadline for accepting the offered study place

Programme-specific Admission Requirements

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

Admission group 1

Bachelor’s degree from a university in Finland


Admission group 2

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

Contact information

In case of programme-specific questions and inquiries, please contact Elina Yrjänäinen, [email protected]

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


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