Add-on CEMS MIM for Aalto students
Aalto students can apply to complete the CEMS MIM programme (66 ECTS) in parallel with their regular Aalto MSc studies during one academic year.
Aalto University School of Business has been the Finnish member of the CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education since 1998. The CEMS MIM study experience is characterized by intensive collaboration among the diverse members of the network: bright students, active alumni, accomplished academics, international companies and social partners, and more.
Apply to CEMS MIM
Students already enrolled in one of Aalto University’s study programmes can apply to the add-on ‘crown-model’ CEMS MIM (66 ECTS) to be completed in parallel with their regular Aalto MSc studies during one academic year.
To be eligible for this option, an applicant must be either a Master’s level student or in the last year of their Bachelor’s studies when applying.
Application for next academic year 2024-2025 has closed. Next application period for the Add-on CEMS MIM in academic year 2025-2026 will open in November 2024.
Who can apply
All Aalto University students are eligible to apply to CEMS MIM as long as they meet the following formal eligibility criteria:
- Students enrolled in any Aalto University's Master's programme or bachelor's level students at Aalto who 1) have been given the automatic study right to continue on Master's level upon Bachelor's graduation, and 2) will officially graduate from their bachelor's programme before August 1, 2024. In this case, MIM selection will be conditional until the Master’s student status has been obtained.
- Minimum 60 ECTS business related studies on BSc and MSc level combined, on record by August 1st 2024
- Proficiency in English and possibly in a second language
- Must meet the eligibility conditions for Master's level exchange studies in the student's own Aalto school / MSc programme.
Proof of proficiency with the eligibility criteria must be submitted with the application (see Phase 1).
Student selection criteria
In addition to the basic eligibility requirements listed above, applicants will be assessed based on the following CEMS-wide selection criteria:
Intellectual potential & knowledge
- Intellectual potential
- Academic excellence
- Prior knowledge in the business field
Attitude & soft skills
- Desire to achieve
- Interpersonal competences
- Critical thinking
- Motivation for the MIM programme
- Language skills
- International openness and cross-cultural aptitudes
How to apply
An online application form including supporting documents (Phase 1) is to be submitted within the application period.
Required application documents:
- Transcript of records
- Proof of proficiency in English (and possibly in language 2)
Based on the online applications, a select group of applicants will be invited to an interview and further assessment (Phase 2).
Phase 1 - Evaluation based on online application
Fill out the online application form within the application period (ongoing application period: Nov 15 - Dec 15, 2023 (3:00 pm, GMT +2)).
Required attachements (4), all to be uploaded in electronic format
1. Transcript of records
Your transcript should include both Bachelor's and Master's degree level courses to-date (including 1st period of academic year 2023-2024). The transcript must show that you have completed the minimum requirement of 60 ECTS business related studies. Applicants must demonstrate good academic performance.
If your Bachelor's degree is in a field other than Business, please highlight all the courses you would propose to be counted. Course descriptions should be included in cases where the course title does not tell enough about the content. If you continue your business studies in spring 2023, please include your study plan to show that you will have completed 60 ECTS of business studies by August 1, 2024.
2. Proof of proficiency in English (and possibly in language 2)
Acceptable proof of proficiency for English (if not mother tongue):
1) Bachelor’s or Master’s level university degree completed entirely in English,
- at an institution physically located in: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, while residing in that country; or
- in a CEMS /Equis / AACSB accredited institution in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, or South Africa, while residing in that country (e.g. Aalto University School of Business Mikkeli BScBa programme);
Note: The official language of such degree must have been English, and this must be clearly stated on the degree certificate.
2) One of the following language tests (minimum score):
- IELTS (Academic)/IELTS Indicator (7.0)
- TOEFL (iBT100)
- CAE (B),
- CPE (C),
- BEC Higher B;
Due to the current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following online tests are accepted: TOEFL iBT Home Edition (minimum score 100, with a score of at least 20 in each section), IELTS Indicator (minimum band score 7.0), TOEFL ITP® Plus for China Solution (see cems.org).
- Documentation of mother tongue will be collected upon acceptance to the programme
- If your only mother tongue is English, you must submit proof of proficiency at B1 CEFR-level in a language other than English. Please contact [email protected] for details.
4. CV in English
The comprehensive CV evaluation takes into account relevant education, work experience and extracurricular activities, as well as international orientation as demonstrated by e.g. work, studies or extracurricular activities abroad, participation in various international or inter-cultural activities in home country, and knowledge and interest in learning foreign languages.
Phase 2 - Interviews and further assessment
Based on the submitted application documents, a select group of applicants will be invited to an interview and further assessment. Phase 2 assessment will take place on February 13 and 15, 2024 on campus. Virtual assessment will be organized on February 14 if necessary. In Phase 1 you can request virtual assessment in case you have a valid reason not to be able to participate in person on campus during those days.
Applicants selected for Phase 2 will receive their invitation with an individual assessment date & time by January 31, 2024 via email.
Final selections and exchange allocation
Final student selections will be made in February. Students will be asked to confirm their participation in the programme within a few days from receiving the results. Exchange allocation is done after student confirmations, taking into account student preferences as much as possible.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, students from all Aalto schools can apply, provided that they meet the basic requirements for the programme, and their own school's eligibility criteria for MSc exchange.
Third year Bachelor’s students may apply to both the Add-on CEMS MIM and the 2-year Global Management / CEMS programme. Of the two, the Add-on CEMS MIM selection and admission takes place earlier. If a student is offered and accepts a slot in the Add-on CEMS MIM, they are no longer eligible in the Global Management admissions process. In order to apply to the Add-on CEMS MIM, a Bachelor’s student must have a guaranteed study right for Master’s level studies.
Yes, but the commercial English exam must take place by February 13, 2024. In this case you must submit a confirmation of your registration to an English exam with your CEMS MIM application.
In the past years, our annual CEMS MIM cohort size has been ca. 40 students.
Yes, you can apply to both. If you are selected to CEMS MIM, your regular exchange application will be cancelled automatically. If you are not selected, your application is still active in the regular exchange selection round.
No. Tri-National track, i.e. completing both MIM semesters at CEMS schools abroad is not available for Aalto students. All Aalto CEMSies spend one semester at Aalto University, and one at another CEMS school.
As academic performance is just one element of CEMS student selection, the average GPA has not been calculated. The minimum accepted Grade Point Average is the same as for regular MSc exchange, 3.0. However, CEMS students are expected to show good work ethic, perform well and receive consistently good grades in all their studies.
The CEMS organization considers qualifying English scores to be valid for life, regardless of the validity period that the testing service itself might grant. Thus, if you have once received a qualifying score, there is no need to retake the test for this Add-on CEMS MIM application at Aalto.
There is no need to order official score reports for this Add-on CEMS MIM application. An electronic copy of your score report is sufficient. Make sure your contact details are visible on the report.
Yes, a Bachelor's degree from a programme officially instructed entirely in English, in a CEMS or an EQUIS/AACSB accredited institution, is sufficient proof of proficiency. If parts of the programme (e.g. introductory courses or minor studies) were completed in another language, this condition would not be met. Currently at Aalto, only the Bachelor's degree in International Businesson Mikkeli campus and the Bachelor's in Economics (in English) on Otaniemi campus fulfill this requirement.
No, in order to claim English proficiency based on a 'university degree', you must have completed a university degree entirely in English, in an English speaking country or in a CEMS or EQUIS/AACSB accredited institution by August 1, 2024. Programmes mostly taught in English (or being currently enrolled in a MSc programme officially run in English) do not meet this requirement.