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Master's Programme in Global Management (including CEMS MIM)

The Global Management (GM) / CEMS programme prepares ambitious students for a career in influential positions in international organisations. A driven student community, close collaboration with CEMS corporate and social partners and an exchange semester provide a strong foundation for students to develop a global mindset and gain leadership skills. Graduates become members of a truly global and lifelong CEMS network comprising over 15,600 alumni and 108 different nationalities, working at some of the world’s leading companies in over 75 countries.
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Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Application period:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

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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In today’s rapidly changing business environment, analytical yet empathic leadership is a prerequisite for success. The Global Management programme equips students with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to navigate international markets. Based on the programme pillars Global Management -students improve their skills and know-how in the following areas:

  • International competence. Graduates are able to make effective business decisions and adjust their management style to fit international and diverse environments.
  • Business-savvy. Graduates have experience in applying academic knowledge to practical business challenges, developed through systematic experience and engagement with the corporate world.
  • Strong values. Graduates have a broad vision for responsible decision-making in business and leadership, informed by ethical reasoning, personal integrity, and respect for social diversity.
  • Ability to reflect and think critically. Graduates are open-minded problem-solving and agile decision-making, with an ability to develop and apply innovative solutions to complex business challenges.
  • Capability for holistic leadership. Graduates have a comprehensive understanding of personal responsibilities, accountability and the ethical and cultural frameworks in which leadership is applied.

Upon graduation from the Global Management programme, graduates will have world-class knowledge and the skill set to lead organisations towards international success.

What makes studying in the Master's programme in Global Management and CEMS so unique?

Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko. Photo by: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

”I was inspired by the strong relations to the corporate world. Getting to know companies helped me figuring out what I wanted to do in my career.”

Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, CEO, Marimekko

Linda Tenho, photo by Ramiro Gonzales

“In CEMS you get an opportunity to learn how to build both economically and environmentally sustainable businesses in a multicultural world.”

Linda Tenho, Associate Solution Consultant at Salesforce

Karoliina Torttila, photo by: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

“Through CEMS I have gained a broader perspective on strategic issues, rather than just a deep-dive in only one field.”

Karoliina Torttila, Head of Analytics at Virtual Site Solutions

Niko Uusitalo

“CEMS has enabled me to work effectively in an international multicultural environment and to make decisions and take responsibility for them in an uncertain world, and most of all, learn more about and gain respect for social diversity.”

Niko Uusitalo, Analyst, Meltwater

Rita Järventie-Thesleff, Professor, photo by: Anni Hanen

“When employers are asked what differentiates CEMSies from other business school students, they say it’s their drive. CEMS students are pro-active, motivated and passionate.”

Rita Järventie-Thesleff, Professor, CEMS Academic Director

Language(s) of instruction

The language of instruction is English.

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.

Content of studies

The Global Management programme is organised by the School of Business and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The programme is based on cutting-edge academic knowledge and practical real-life cases. The two-year programme consists of:

  • An area of specialisation with a Master’s thesis 
  • CEMS MIM studies conducted at Aalto University 
  • CEMS MIM studies conducted abroad at another top-ranked CEMS school during an exchange term 

In order to obtain the CEMS MIM diploma, students need to also complete an international internship and fulfil the CEMS MIM language requirements.

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.


The Global Management programme is a unique MSc that allows you to be part of the CEMS community at Aalto from day one of your studies.

Rasmus Öhman, Global Management student

Further study options

The programme grants eligibility for doctoral studies.


CEMS MIM is a truly global programme in which the 33 member schools select the best talent from around the world from diverse backgrounds. Completing an international internship, carrying out the CEMS exchange term and entering the global CEMS alumni network fundamentally equip students for future global career opportunities.

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 the Nordic culture and feel at home in Finland.

Multidisciplinary opportunities

CEMS studies bring together students from various backgrounds with diverse interests.

Aalto University is well-known for bridging disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus brings 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

CEMS graduates are highly sought after by international companies: according to a 2019 graduate survey, 98 percent of CEMS graduates are employed within 3 months of graduation. Based on a 2018 alumni survey almost half of CEMS alumni are working outside their home country and have worked for a CEMS Corporate Partner.

Aalto University has well-established career services through which you can 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 Global Management 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 2021 is from 1 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.

Here are the most important dates to remember:

  • 1 December 2020 – Application period begins and online application system opens
  • 4 January 2021 – Application period ends and the online application system closes
  • 22 March 2021 – Admission results are published at the earliest
  • 20 April 2021 – Deadline for accepting the offered study place

    Programme-specific Admission Requirements

    In addition to the programme-specific admission requirements listed below for admission group 1 and admission group 2, applicants must also fulfill the general admission requirements.

    The following aspects of the 'ideal CEMS student profile' are considered when evaluating applicants' suitability for the programme:

    Intellectual potential & knowledge

    • Ability to analyze, learn and reflect
    • Academic excellence

    Attitude & soft skills

    • Desire to achieve, strive for results
    • Interpersonal skills: accurate understanding of others, learning from others, ability to convince
    • Integrity
    • Critical thinking
    • Motivation for the MIM program

    International orientation

    • Language skills
    • International orientation: curiosity for differences, sensitivity & adaptability


    Admission group 1

    Bachelor’s degree from a university in Finland

    Phase 1

    Phase 2

    Motivational video

    Admission group 2

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

    Phase 1

    Phase 2

    Motivational video

    Contact information

    In case of programme-specific questions and inquiries, please contact CEMS Programme Managers Liisa Kotilainen and Arja Sahlberg, or CEMS Academic Director Rita Järventie-Thesleff:

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

    You can read more about the programme on the CEMS website.

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