Management and International Business

Programme description

At the heart of the Master’s Programme in Management and International Business is a practically grounded and research-based understanding of management and international business. The programme encourages students to cross disciplinary boundaries, engage with tough challenges, connect practice with scholarship, invite creativity, and lead inclusive futures.

As an M&IB Master’s student you can specialise in one or two of the following fields:

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

In addition to the specialisation options in the M&IB Master’s programme, the multi-disciplinarity of Aalto University allows you to add to your unique professional profile by choosing an interesting minor among the various subjects in Aalto University, or even abroad.

Learning outcomes

The programme seeks to educate open-minded and competent professionals with analytical, conceptual, communicational and cultural sensitivity skills needed to succeed in the international arena.

In close collaboration with companies and other organisations we provide our students a valuable opportunity to learn from real-world cases. We further equip our students with good research skills needed in contemporary organisations and academia.

Depending on your specialisation, upon completion of the Master’s in Management and International Business degree you will be able to:

• understand the nature and challenges of global businesses
• promote cross-cultural interaction
• design, perform and develop (I)HRM practices in diverse organisations
• create new sustainable businesses
• support renewing organisations towards sustainability
• understand strategy work in and across organisations
• analyse markets, businesses and organisations
• conceptualise complex business, management and organisational phenomena
• reflect upon and develop your own professional practice
• do research

Career prospects

Masters from the Management and International Business Programme are widely employable in the culturally mixed and competitive global labor market. The Management and International Business programme prepares students for a range of expert and managerial tasks and positions in domestic and international companies as well as in the public sector and not-for-profit organizations. Consultancy, human resources, communications, international marketing, sustainability management and development work are just a few examples of the wide range of the task areas of our alumni.

Programme director

Saija Katila

Additional information

Department of Management Studies website

Degree requirements 120 ECTS

1. Programme studies 84 ECTS

Common studies 48 ECTS

26E03700

Essentials of Management and International Business1)

6 cr

 I

21E00011

OR

26E02900

Doing Qualitative Research

 

Doing Quantitative Research

6 cr

 

6 cr

 I, IV

 

 V

21E99901/

26E99901

Master's Thesis

30 cr

 I-V

26E99905

Master's Thesis Seminar

6 cr

 I, IV

21E99903/

26E99903

Maturity Test

0 cr

 I-V

1) Replaces courses 26E02800 Management and International Business and 51E00500 Academic skills.
Students who started their studies 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 and have not taken one of the two courses above can replace the missing course as below:

  • 51E00500 Academic Skills can be replaced with either 26E03700 Essentials of Management and International Business or 21E72500 Finding Joy and Productivity in Academic Writing
  • 26E02800 Management and International Business can be replaced with 26E03600 Introduction to Management and International Business
Specialisation studies 36 ECTS
Capstone 6 ECTS
21E99904 Captone: Management and International Business 2) 6 cr  I-II, III-IV

2) Replaces courses 21E00013 Capstone: Workshop on Innovating Management and 26E03500 Capstone: Global Business Cases.

Alternative mandatory course duo 12 ECTS
Choose two courses from the following list.

Suggested specialization areas:

  • Strategy work
  • Human resource management
  • Sustainability management
  • International business.

21E00030

21E00031

21E00033

Strategy Work

Innovation, Strategic Resilience and Renewal

Strategic Change 3)

6 cr

 6 cr

6 cr

 II

 III

 III

21E00051

26E03400

Strategic Human Resource Management

People Management in Multinational Organizations

6 cr

6 cr

 II

IV 

21E16000

and

21E10000

21E11001

21E12000

21E06050

Sustainable Business and Consumption

other CS-course organized in BIZ:

How to Change the World: Innovating toward Sustainability

Dialogues on Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy 4)

Sustainability Politics and CSR - Reading Seminar

Responsibility Management, book exam

6 cr

 

6 cr

6 cr

6 cr

6 cr

 II

 

 IV

 III

*) 

 II, III,V

26E03100

26E03200

Driving Global Businesses

Managing in a Global Context

6 cr

 6 cr

 II

 III

3) Replaces course 21E90000 Managing Innovation and Change.
4) Replaces course 21E11000 Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy
*) Not lectured 2015-2016

Elective studies 18 ECTS

 Choose three courses from the following:

21E00012

Gender and Diversity at Work

6 cr

IV 

21E00032

Innovation Processes in Transition

6 cr

II

21E00034

Strategy Process

6 cr

I

21E00600

Human Resource Development, book exam

6 cr

I, V

21E01050

Management and Strategy Making, book exam

6 cr

I, III, V

21E03050

Inside Work Cultures, book exam

6 cr

II, V

21E12002

Capstone in Creative Sustainability

 6 cr  I-II
21E72500

Finding Joy and Productivity in Academic Writing 5)

6 cr

 I-II
21E73000

Innovatiivinen Kaupunki®-projektikurssi 

6 cr 

 I-II
25E50000

Venture Ideation

6 cr

 I-II

25E18000

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

6 cr

 II

25E46000

Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Competences

6 cr 

 I

25E54000

Current Issues in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

6 cr

 V

26E00200

Rising China - Business and State

6 cr

 V

26E00800

Global Marketing Management

6 cr

 III

26E02500

Doing Business in Russia

6 cr

 V

26E03300

Operating in Different Cultural and Institutional Contexts

6 cr

 V

32C31000

Työsuhdejuridiikka

6 cr 

 IV

51E00100

Business Ethics

6 cr

 IV

71E00400

Viestinnän johtaminen

6 cr

 III

75E14000

Sijoittajasuhteet

6 cr

 IV

 

Or courses from the alternative mandatory course list

 

 

5) Replaces course 21E72000 Psychology and Practice of Academic Writing

Please note that some of the courses can only take limited number of participants.

2. Minor studies 24 ECTS

 Due to the wide multidisciplinary nature of the programme, no minor studies structure is proposed. Students should choose a minor that compliments their academic profile. Please note that it is not possible to take Management and International Business as a minor.

Minor Studies are chosen from relevant business school disciplines, from other study modules at Aalto University or other available minor studies programmes, for instance, based on studies in a foreign university as an exchange student.   Students must complete the minor studies module to complete the degree. The following options are available:

1. minor studies offered by the Aalto University School of Business, see study guide for options.

2. minor studies offered by one of the official partner universities of the Aalto University School of Business student exchange programme, or an equivalent foreign university. Please see Internalisation and studies abroad for more information.

3. minor studies from other schools of the Aalto University. Please see Aalto Minors guide and internal mobility for more information.

4. minor studies at another Finnish university, as a JOO student. The JOO agreement allows a degree student at a Finnish University to apply for a temporary study right at another Finnish university. Please see JOO-Studies for more information.

3. Electives 12 ECTS

Master's degree includes 12 ECTS credits of Electives. This can consist of for example:

  • additional studies in the degree programme
  • additional studies in the minor study module
  • language and communication studies
  • studies at another Aalto University School
  • studies at another university through the flexible study right agreement (JOO studies)
  • internship (6 cr).

More information is provided under the titles Language and communication studies and Internship.

 4. Timing of the studies

  Timing of your studies 2

 Below you can find examples of study plans for the those taking their minor in Aalto and for those going for exchange.

The following courses are recommended for the second year:

  • Capstone: Management and International Business
  • Doing Qualitative Research / Doing Quantitative Research
  • Master's thesis seminar
  • Master's thesis
  • Maturity test
Example of the study plan for students taking minor in Aalto

1st year (60 ECTS credits)

2nd  year (60 ECTS credits)

I teaching period

•Essentials of Management and International Business
•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Minor studies / Electives

I teaching period

•Thesis seminar & Thesis
•Capstone-course or Minor studies / Electives

II teaching period

•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Minor studies / Electives

II teaching period

•Thesis
•Doing Qualitative/ Quantitative Research

III teaching period

•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Minor studies / Electives

III teaching period

•Thesis
•Minor studies / Electives

IV teaching period

•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Minor studies / Electives

IV teaching period

•Thesis
•Minor studies / Electives

V teaching period

•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Minor studies / Electives

V teaching period

•Thesis
•Electives
 Example of the study plan for students going for exchange

Students going for exchange aim to complete all the courses (except minor courses) in three semesters.

1st year (60 ECTS credits)

2nd  year (60 ECTS credits)

I teaching period

•Essentials of Management and International Business
•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Electives

I teaching period

•Minor in exchange

II teaching period

•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Electives

II teaching period

•Minor in exchange

III teaching period

•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Electives

III teaching period

•Thesis seminar & Thesis
•Capstone

IV teaching period

•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Electives

IV teaching period

•Thesis
•Doing qualitative/quantitative research

V teaching period

•Course from the specialization courses OR
•Programme’s elective courses / Electives

V teaching period

•Thesis
 Schedule of the programme studies 2015-2016

Below you can see how in which period the programme studies are lectured.

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