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Master's Programme in Management and International Business

PLEASE NOTE! THIS STUDY PROGRAMME IS DISCONTINUED AND YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR MANAGEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IN THE NEXT AALTO UNIVERSITY MASTER'S ADMISSIONS. New Master's programmes, Strategic Management in a Changing World and People Management and Organizational Development will replace this study programme. Information regarding the new programmes will be available on these pages soon.

Master's Programme in Management and International Business prepares students for expert and management-level positions in global organisations. MIB students gain a holistic perspective of global business challenges, are equipped with the skills and knowledge that is required of future leaders, and are offered a unique chance to complete a double degree programme with the University of Queensland or South Carolina. The programme shapes you into an open-minded and competent professional with the analytical, conceptual, communicational and cultural sensitivity skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing business environment.
Management and International Business


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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Objectives of studies

The MIB programme offers you enduring skills and competence. The programme equips students with management and leadership skills while combining a holistic understanding of business. MIB graduates have:

  • Strategic mindset. Graduates gain competence to analyse, lead and facilitate innovative strategic work.
  • Leadership. Graduates can solve organisational challenges in a humane manner and motivate its people.
  • Sustainability management skills. Graduates obtain the skills and knowledge required for addressing linkages between business and sustainability.
  • International orientation. Graduates have a broad skill set in international business and know how to promote a cross-cultural and inspiring workplace.
  • Communicational skills. Graduates have the ability to address and deal with complex communications challenges in changing organisational contexts.

Upon graduation, MIB students are ready for management positions in today’s international businesses. Graduates are prepared to pursue a path within their respective fields of specialisation, ranging from strategy, international business, communications and human resources to sustainability.

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

Management and International Business 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 (24 ECTS)
  • Electives (12 ECTS)

Moreover, only MIB students have the option to complete a double degree programme with the University of Queensland (Australia) or University of South Carolina (USA).

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.

Content of studies

The MIB programme offers you an international and interactive study environment. In our challenge-based courses, we work closely with diverse organisations and experienced business professionals, offering you the latest insights as well as live cases to solve. You can select one of the suggested specialisation paths below, combine courses from two of them or tailor your own course portfolio by selecting courses of your choice from the course offerings.

Suggested focus areas:

  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Organisational Communication
  • Strategy Work
  • Sustainability Management

Examples of the wide course selection:

  • Strategy Work (6 ECTS)
  • Business Negotiations (6 ECTS)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (6 ECTS)
  • Gender and Diversity at Work (6 ECTS)

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The programme offers you skills and competences that do not expire easily!

Management and International Business

International opportunities

MIB provides an international study environment and prepares students for an international career path through a wide variety of international business courses, including Intercultural Communication and International Strategy. As part of their studies, MIB students have the chance to spend one exchange semester abroad. Moreover, only MIB students have the possibility to complete a double degree programme with the University of Queensland (Australia) or University of South Carolina (USA).

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 coordinators, 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

The content of the MIB studies go hand in hand with several Minor programmes and elective courses offered at the Aalto Campus.

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 multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

Career opportunities

Hybrid careers are becoming increasingly common and the programme encourages dynamic career choices. MIB graduates often take on entry-level positions in consultancy, human resources, management and communications. Graduates have an abundance of inspiring paths towards top positions, such as executives, country managers, or entrepreneurs.

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 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 Management and International Business is a great foundation for doctoral studies

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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 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 [email protected]

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

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