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Aalto EMBA in Sustainability

To Challenge and to Stimulate

Aalto Executive MBA (EMBA) is one of Europe's leading Executive MBA programs. It holds the 'Triple Crown' of accreditations – the three most respected international accreditations, AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS, granted to around 1% of the world's business schools – and is ranked among the top 100 programs worldwide.

The Aalto EMBA program develops a strong professional network and accelerates your career progression. It boosts the key knowledge and skills relevant for individuals with significant professional work experience to succeed further in senior leadership roles.

The program focuses on the four core business areas of strategy, leadership, finance, and marketing, with a special emphasis on strategy, and leadership in a global context. The sustainability perspective is integrated holistically across the curriculum, which deepens your understanding of responsibility and sustainability in business and how these issues impact business strategies, decision-making, and value creation. You will gain the tools and insights needed to transform your organization into a sustainable business.

The program diploma is awarded by Aalto University School of Business.

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Program Info Sessions

We organise Info Sessions on Aalto Executive MBA in Sustainability frequently.

Join our next Online Info Session on February 23, 2023, from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm (UTC+8). In the info session, you will hear about the program in detail, and meet the program team.

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100% of participants* would recommend the program

The Aalto EMBA program truly expands one’s understanding of the business world, and the new insights are highly applicable.

*Respondents to the program feedback questionnaire

Most Satisfied Participants in the Nordic Countries

Aalto EMBA program participants’ overall satisfaction is the highest among programs in the Nordics, 5th in Europe, and 21st globally.

Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2022

Graduation Rate 99%

The flexible yet structured program design, together with strong support from the EMBA team, enables you to successfully combine highly demanding career responsibilities with intensive studies.

 

Benefits

The program is designed to enhance the participant’s personal skills and leadership competencies from a sustainable angle. The modules also strengthen the participant's strategic thinking thus increasing their understanding of why businesses need to transform and how they themselves can become drivers of organizational transformation.

Feed your mind for growth to reach your highest potential
Acquire a holistic understanding of global business management
Develop universally relevant competencies with an emphasis on strategy and leadership
Gain insights and develop practical business-oriented skills that can be applied immediately
Broaden your perspective and develop the mindset of a sustainable leader in a complex and diverse global environment
Learn from classmates and faculty with vast and diverse experience
Build a network and social capital that will serve you well in the future as a source of advice, business, recruitment, and friendship
Give yourself time away from busy daily life for strategic thinking and reflection, both independently and with peers for mutual enrichment
Reinforce your professional confidence to face new challenges
Feel secure in your investment; strong support from a dedicated EMBA team ensures your timely graduation

For

The Aalto Executive MBA in Sustainability is designed for professionals with significant professional work experience – typically 5-8 years or more.

The program is best suited for talented professionals with strong management and leadership experience, steady career progression, and curiosity to learn more. Candidates who are looking to take their organization to the next level will find true value in the holistic overview the program offers for business management.

Contents and Schedule

To fulfill the requirements for the Aalto Executive MBA degree, participants must successfully complete studies worth 90 ECTS credits, including some international elements. Studies include 12 core modules (52 ECTS in total), one compulsory Business Strategy Project (11 ECTS), and elective modules worth a total of 22.5 ECTS (typically, one elective module is worth 4.5 ECTS).

The Aalto Executive MBA in Sustainability program can be completed in around two years. The program has a modular structure and follows a six-week learning cycle.

Modules are typically run once a month on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 13:30 to 21:30. Each module contains a written pre-assignment and a take-home assignment.

Program Structure

Pre-module Period of 2-3 Weeks

Individual preparation

Three-day Module

Intensive contact learning session with instructor and peers

Post-module period

Take-home assignment

Core Modules

The Aalto EMBA program includes 12 core modules. The core modules are designed to provide participants with a wide understanding of the different key areas of business, and participants acquire skills that are essential for any leader. The core modules are building blocks of the EMBA program and help participants to integrate knowledge in the various management disciplines with hands-on practice. All these topics will be approached and discussed from the point of view of leadership and strategy.

  • Personal and Organizational Leadership
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Sustainability
  • People Management
  • Leading with Impact
  • Capstone

Elective Modules

Aalto EMBA participants can choose from a wide variety of elective modules:

  • Elective modules under the Aalto Executive MBA program, the Aalto MBA program, and the Global Leader program in Helsinki
  • Range of electives in the form of study tours and in EMBA programs at our international partner universities
  • Several elective modules in the form of open executive programs

Aalto EMBA participants who are taking the concentration in sustainability, are required to complete the following sustainability elective modules.

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Social and Digital Sustainability
  • Sustainability Reporting

Outline Your Learning Goals and Assess the Impact during the Orientation and Capstone Module

The Orientation and Capstone Module kicks off and wraps up the EMBA studies. The program objectives and participants’ personal learning goals are outlined in the Orientation at the beginning of the program, while the learning outcomes and benefits of the studies are assessed in the Capstone. This core module strengthens the program’s emphasis on strategy and challenges participants to integrate learnings from different areas of the program.

Turn Insight into Action during the Aalto EMBA Business Strategy Project

The Aalto EMBA program includes a Business Strategy Project (BSP), a consultancy project carried out individually with the final aim of developing an analytical solution or tool for a concrete strategic business challenge faced by an organization. The project aims to utilize the insights gained during the program and maximize the use of the individual’s competencies. Skilled academic tutors from Aalto University help individuals to develop an update on the state-of-the-art academic research related to the project topic.

Take Part in Memorable Study Tours

Although optional, international study tours are an important part of the Aalto Executive MBA program. An Aalto EMBA study tour is designed to offer an in-depth understanding of a chosen theme relevant to the local environment and typically involves a five-day study period abroad.

World-class faculty from, for example, Stanford and Yale, are guaranteed to provide interesting academic instruction. Other components of a study tour such as company visits and campus tours, as well as fun extracurricular activities, bring the finishing touch for a comprehensively superb experience.

Witness Your Own Progress as a Leader

Aalto EMBA graduates agree that the program develops strategic thinking by providing new knowledge and tools that can be applied immediately in practice. Just as important, you will gain insights into becoming a world-class leader – skills that never lose their relevance and which will be extremely valuable along your future path.

Explore Cutting-Edge Research at Aalto Executive Summit

The annual Aalto Executive Summit brings together Aalto EMBA and MBA participants and alumni from around the world. During the Summit, you will learn about cutting-edge Aalto University research and innovations on current topics while enjoying a unique opportunity to meet business leaders and network with Summit participants.

Gain Access to the Alumni Network

All graduates automatically become members of the Aalto EE and Aalto University alumni community. Aalto EE and Aalto University continuously arrange events, company visits, and meetings with fellow alumni. With more than 18,000 alumni worldwide, Aalto EE provides a valuable network for you to connect with your fellow alumni. We offer you access to the latest knowledge and an extensive global business network. We build lifelong partnerships by providing development opportunities, quality services, and benefits.

 

Entry Requirements and Fee

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Minimum five years of relevant postgraduate work experience in a managerial or senior specialist position
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Recommendation letter
  • Personal meeting

If you are not sure about meeting some of the requirements, please contact the Aalto EMBA admissions team.

Tuition Fee

The Early Bird fee for the Aalto Executive MBA in Sustainability is SGD 55,000 (+GST). Materials needed for the studies are included in the fee.

The Early Bird fee is valid until March 31, 2023.

The fee does not include costs for the optional study tours abroad.

The Aalto EMBA contains no hidden fees, and all studies required to complete the program are included in the tuition.

Application

Application Deadlines

The next Aalto EMBA in Sustainability program is starting in October 2023. The closing date for applications for 2023 is July 31, 2023.

In addition to the final application deadline, we have an Early Bird deadline for early applications:

Early Bird deadline is March 31, 2023.

Start Your Application Process

Start your Aalto Executive MBA application process by completing a short preliminary application. After completing the form, our program team will contact you to provide more information about the program and guide you in the application process.

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