The Master's Programme in International Design Business Management enables students to act as future world-class professionals in global business development through design and technology.
Best Masters in Business Management in Finland 2017. The Master's Programme in International Design Business Management enables students to act as future world-class professionals in global business development through design and technology.
The International Design Business Management (IDBM) programme is a joint teaching and research platform of the three Aalto University schools: the School of Business, the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and the School of Science.
The programme is intended for all students with interest in interdisciplinary work, design driven innovation, creative business models and product development.
The purpose of the IDBM programme is to develop world-class expertise in global design business management through multidisciplinary research and learning that cuts across the areas of business, design and technology. The IDBM programme aims to train skilled professionals for key roles in global design business.
The programme emphasises the importance of design as a competitive factor, linked with state-of-the-art technology and business models.
The main offering of the IDBM programme is the Industry Project, which is a real-life assignment from a sponsoring-company that a multidisciplinary team of four to six students undertakes during the first academic year.
The programme gives future marketers, engineering experts and designers an opportunity to practice important interpersonal skills through cooperative industry projects and specialised courses. The programme builds on the business, design or technology skills and competence achieved at the bachelor’s level, enabling students to make full use of their own potential as members of interdisciplinary teams, often within project-based work.
Students learn what is needed to undertake new business ventures in global environments. They master professional specialised concepts, applications and knowledge linked to their own business, design or technology background that are relevant to global business development.
This includes understanding the systemic nature of global issues and the impact of globalisation as well as the multidisciplinary responses needed to address these issues. They understand the need to possess the best knowledge projections of the future through foresight, and the need to understand agile and flexible operational practices.
Additionally, they understand the issues related to the creation and application of new knowledge within and in between the fields of business, technology and design.
The graduates are able to:
operate independently and in teams, arrive at successful cross-cutting solutions within complex, ambiguous and demanding problem settings and environments
create new knowledge and practices and apply them in multidisciplinary settings
execute demanding tasks in expert and entrepreneurial roles, and develop new strategic and operational approaches in complex and unforeseeable circumstances
manage and lead initiatives and people within the global business settings
evaluate the action of self and of teams, be responsible for the professional development of others, while demonstrating abilities to accumulate personal expertise and knowledge
master excellence in written and oral communication skills within and external to the professional sphere.
IDBM studies prepare for a career in the creative industries and in businesses that use and manage creativity as a key component of their competitive positioning. This can involve very large multinational corporations, and on the other hand, small start-ups, operating in a variety of fields. These businesses typically engage design to create new products and services, often involving the latest technology and business venturing and entrepreneurship.
The positions graduates undertake typically include managing design, product, service and business development, consulting, intra- and entrepreneurial initiatives and research. The initial specialist roles usually evolve into managerial ones.
1. General admission requirements
The application must first fulfill the general eligibility requirements before it is sent to the Master's programme for academic evaluation. Read carefully the general admission requirements, information on admission groups, selection schedule, required application documents and application instructions on our website section admissions. See also language requirements.
In addition to the general eligibility requirements, each Master's programme has programme-specific evaluation criteria.
2. Programme-specific requirements
To be considered for admission, the applicant must have completed at least 24 ECTS covering the domains of business and administration or subjects that support those domains (for example Management, Quantitative Methods of Economics and Management Science, Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Business Law, Finance, Logistics, Business Communication, Entrepreneurship or other studies in Economics and Business Administration). It will be decided case by case whether an applicant fulfils this requirement of previous studies. Internships cannot be included in the credits.
The admission group depends on the degree you are applying with. Only applicants with a lower university degree in “Economics and Business Administration” completed in a university in Finland apply in Admission Group 1. The name of the degree is kauppatieteiden kandidaatti, KTK in Finnish. All other applicants apply in Admission Group 2. More information on admission groups is on the admissions page. The applicants are evaluated and ranked on the basis of the criteria below.
1) Academic Excellence
Admission Group 1: Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of the study success.
Admission Group 2: GMAT (or comparable GRE) test result. Applicants with lower than 550 or no GMAT or GRE are not eligible.
2) Motivation statement (letter OR video)
Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the IDBM programme by providing motivation statement. The statement can be provided as motivation letter of 1-2 pages OR motivational video of max 2 minutes long. The statement should answer at least the following questions:
Why I am applying for admission to the IDBM Master's Studies Programme?
What I am expecting to learn or gain by participating in the IDBM Programme?
The contribution I will bring to fellow students and the continued success of the IDBM Programme?
3) Professional Experience
Applicant’s professional experience is looked at broadly and is considered to include work experience relevant to the IDBM programme as well as experience in scientific and artistic work, entrepreneurship and /or other relevant civic activity. Professional experience will be evaluated based on the CV.
Based on the evaluation of criteria 1-3, the best applicants are invited for an interview. The maximum number of applicants invited to the interview is double the amount of the quota. The applicants’ practical skills and ability to communicate in English are evaluated and the applicants are required to give a short oral presentation in English on a subject given when invited to the interview. The applicants are asked a series of questions regarding their motivation, abilities, and attitudes. Interviews can be conducted by phone or SKYPE if necessary.
The final acceptance of applicants will be made on the basis of the interviews. The student can be admitted only for one Master’s Programme in International Design Business Management.
Coordination: Aalto University School of Business, Töölö Campus, Helsinki. Note that learning activities take place on all Aalto University campuses.