Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management

What opportunities do new technologies bring about for companies? How can the necessary changes be implemented? How to motivate employees to embrace change as a leader? The Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) programme answers these questions while educating future leaders and changemakers who know what it takes to create, lead and transform technology-based businesses.
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1.12.2021 – 3.1.2022




2 vuotta, täysipäiväinen


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120 opintopistettä


Perustieteiden korkeakoulu


EU/ETA-alueen ulkopuoliset kansalaiset, €15000/v (maisteriopinnot)

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The Master’s Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management is a unique combination of engineering, business and leadership studies. The recent growth in the importance of digital technologies and the on-going digitalisation of companies and society make the skills that our graduates have even more valuable. In particular, the ability to understand and integrate technology and engineering on the one hand, and business and management on the other hand is becoming increasingly critical.

Upon graduating from the Master’s Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, graduates will have:

  • An integrative understanding of technology and business. You will understand how technologies and business processes are connected to value creation and building competitive advantage.
  • Strong leadership and people skills. You will be equipped to lead and develop organisations and motivate people to realise their inherent potential.
  • Practical problem-solving and strong analytical skills. You will be skilled in data crunching, building statistical models, and applying the data to solve problems and create business value.
  • A can-do attitude. You will be confident and willing to face challenges and tackle new tasks with determination.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset. You will be able to identify innovative opportunities for adding value for technology-based businesses.
  • Broad knowledge of various organisations. You will be able to apply the learnings to a wide scale of technology-based businesses from early-stage startups to large multinational corporations.
  • Hands-on experience. You will have practical experience in putting what you learn into action within the context of technology-based businesses.

Structure of studies

Industrial Engineering and Management is organised by the School of Science and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Major (45 ECTS)
  • Minor (20 ECTS)
  • Electives (25 ECTS)
  • Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

The variety of courses provided is extensive, covering topics like entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and organisation design and leadership. There are several common core courses for all three majors, on which more information can be found in the next section.

The minor is chosen from a technical field and guarantees that the student acquires the appropriate level of knowledge in a technical discipline. The minor can be chosen from an appropriate field of engineering, where appropriateness depends on the student’s educational background. To learn more about choosing the minor, please visit the student portal Into (into.aalto.fi).

Students of the programme can also apply for taking part in the HealthTech Linkage programme, which is a joint programme between Aalto University’s School of Science, and University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Medicine. The program is interdisciplinary and highly interactive, bringing together a select and diverse mix of students from different backgrounds, such as engineering as well as health and medicine. As part of the programme, students solve innovation challenges for companies that represent different aspects of the HealthTech industry, such as health care services, medical device technologies and pharma. Visits to companies and joint social activities are also a core part of the course.


The programme offers three majors. No matter which major students choose there are several common core courses. Students are encouraged to choose their major before starting the programme. It is noteworthy to mention, however, that the majors have many overlapping themes and there is a variety of optional courses. Therefore, choosing a specific major does not bind the student to a fixed curriculum or a career path, but allows them the flexibility to develop their unique competency profiles.

There are three majors in the Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management:

>> To learn more about the IEM studies, see the programme curriculum (into.aalto.fi).

Studies in Industrial Engineering and Management are the best field for high-growth entrepreneurship.

Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia, Founder of F-Secure, Alumnus of Aalto IEM


The programme’s study environment is highly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. Students can participate in the international exchange programme at one of Aalto University’s many top-tier partner universities worldwide. Other options to gain international experience are to include a summer course or practical training abroad in the degree.

Apart from the studies, student life among IEM students is very welcoming and active. New students can join the IEM student organisation called Prodeko, which provides different activities, events and other opportunities to balance studies with free-time fun. Prodeko also organises networking events and mentoring by alumni of the programme. They also organize an annual seminar for students, alumni and faculty. For more information on Prodeko, please visit prodeko.org.

In addition to the invaluable support by Prodeko, the programme’s alumni act as mentors for international students, smoothing their integration into the IEM and Aalto communities.

As Prodeko members, students also join the international student organisation ESTIEM that organises events and activities around Europe for IEM students. It comprises over 60 student organisations across the continent and offers not only great networking opportunities but also possibilities to take on responsibility in different leadership positions – already as a student. Fore more information, please visit estiem.org.

Many of our students also participate in Slush, which is a yearly startup event (one of the largest in Europe) that is organized by students. Fore more information, please visit slush.org.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through their studies, but also through multiple free time events, celebrations and extracurricular activities around the campus. Active tutoring programs and support services work hard to help international students integrate to the Nordic culture and feel at home in Finland.

Further study opportunities

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field). Several graduates of the programme have also launched successful academic careers and are now working at leading European or North American universities.

Career opportunities

Our alumni have taken expert and leadership positions in a number of different types of companies, ranging from start-ups to large multinational management consulting companies, as well as public and non-profit organisations. They have co-founded several startups that include some of the fastest-growing companies in Europe (for example Supercell, Relex), and have been involved in some of the major strategic decisions taken by a number of multinational companies (for example Nokia, Kone, Stora Enso).

Our department’s close collaboration with the industry and an active alumni network helps students build relationships with companies throughout the studies. Companies are involved in many courses, for example through guest lectures or company assignments, which allows students to establish contacts. The majority of students write their master’s thesis for a company, which often leads to employment after graduation. Typically, graduates work in expert, analyst, consulting or project management roles in their first job after graduation (see the description of the majors for more information about typical entry jobs).

Aalto University has well-established career services to support students’ employment in Finland and abroad. Thanks to the flexible curriculum, many Aalto students work already during their studies and guarantee themselves entry positions before graduation. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, working as a springboard for founding a company.

Research focus

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management conducts world-class research focusing on the creation and transformation of technology-based business. Examples of current areas of research include:

  • Digital platforms and the platform economy
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) in the corporate strategy process
  • Digital operations management
  • Forecasting in retail management
  • The impact of COVID-19 on global supply chains
  • Leading corporate venturing initiatives
  • Crowdfunding

Research is typically done in close collaboration with companies and the goal is to make an impact on real-life business practices. More information on the relevant research conducted can be found from the website of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. To see examples of practitioner publications, please visit the following articles:

Co-operation with other parties

The IEM programme is multidisciplinary in itself. We cooperate closely with national and international companies - ranging from start-ups to multinational enterprises – through e.g. guest lecturers and students solving real-world business problems. The faculty and students are also active in organising events, company visits and mentoring opportunities. The alumni are closely involved with the current generation of students and actively participate in events jointly organised by alumni, students and faculty. In addition, the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management has research cooperations with leading international universities.

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.

Programme-specific admission requirements

Industrial Engineering and Management applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated according to the below Evaluation criteria. The evaluation process is described under Applicant evaluation process. In addition to the obligatory application documents, this study option asks the applicants to submit also the documents listed under Requested documents.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, obligatory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admission Services at [email protected].

For enquiries regarding the programme-specific admission requirements or studies in the programme, please contact Learning Services at Aalto University School of Science at [email protected].

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