Aalto University

Global Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Are you interested in building a successful international career? The Global Management programme with CEMS Master’s in International Management equips students with skills and know-how needed to act as game changers in tomorrow’s global business environment. The programme is offered by Aalto University.


CEMS – global quality

CEMS is a global alliance of 30 leading business schools, close to 80 multinational companies and NGOs which together offer the top-ranked, international and practice-oriented CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM) programme. Globally more than 1000 students enroll in CEMS MIM every year and there are over 10 000 CEMS alumni of 81 nationalities working in 75 countries.

Consistently ranked among the top in the world by the Financial Times, the CEMS MIM unites multinational companies and international-caliber professors from leading universities and business schools.

The Global Management Master Programme is offered by the Aalto University.

Earn two qualifications at the same time

The Master’s Programme in Global Management (GM) offers the students two highly prestigious qualifications: MSc in Economics and Business administration granted by Aalto University School of Business and CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM) granted by CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education.

The programme consists of:

1. a specialisation track with a Master’s thesis in one of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Corporate Communication
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Finance
  • Management and International Business
  • Marketing or
  • Strategy; and

2. CEMS MIM studies conducted at Aalto University and at another CEMS school.

During their first MSc year, students complete the specialisation track courses and the Master’s thesis. The second year incorporates most of the CEMS MIM components, including an exchange semester at another CEMS school.

In addition to the Aalto MSc degree, the student has to complete an international internship and fullfil CEMS MIM language requirements in order to obtain the CEMS MIM diploma.

Study experience

The Global Management MSc programme with CEMS MIM has a fixed, carefully designed curriculum, and it calls for ambitious students interested in growing professionally as well as personally to assume ethical and responsible leadership roles in the future.

Students learn to solve interdisciplinary problems in an international context and are encouraged to adopt an analytical and critical approach in lectures, discussions and project works.

The CEMS Corporate partners contribute to numerous curricular activities:

  • Real-life course cases
  • Business projects
  • Seminars on practical skills
  • Company visits

Outside of academic activities their student life is enriched by activities of the CEMS Club and other student associations. The CEMS experience continues even beyond graduation in the global alumni network.

Learning outcomes

Global Management programme grows confident, agile, and reflective decision-makers that will be able to apply innovative solutions to complex international business challenges. In addition, students will be able to specialise in their chosen discipline.

Upon completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Execute effective business decision-making and change management in diverse global contexts;
  • Apply modern management and leadership skills developed through systematic engagement with the corporate world;
  • Master deeper knowledge in your specialisation area;
  • Champion responsible business decision-making, leadership and citizenship, informed by ethical reasoning, personal integrity, and respect for social diversity.

Career opportunities

The graduates of the CEMS MIM programme have exceptionally good career perspectives. Over 90 % of all CEMS-graduates are employed in less than 3 months from their graduation. Almost half of them work outside of their home country and approximatelly 40 % now work for a CEMS Corporate Partner.

See the descriptions of the focus areas to find out more about the career prospects specific to the different fields: Accounting, Corporate Communication, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management and International Business, Marketing and Strategy.

In addition to acquiring knowledge and a wide skill set, students can build a lifelong network of contacts with your fellow students at Aalto School of Business and during the CEMS exchange, which helps you to build a successful career.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Global Strategy
  • Responsible Global Leadership Seminar
  • Global Management Practice
  • Business Project
  • Business Communication Skills Seminars
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • You need the following GMAT score:

    Required score: 550

    The GMAT - or Graduate Management Admission Test - is a frequent requirement for admission at management and business schools across the world. The GRE score ranges between 200 and 800 and measures the verbal and quantitative reasoning of test-takers. Read more about the GMAT.

Admission Requirements:

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.

Programme-specific requirements

The eligibility criteria of the Global Management Programme (and CEMS MIM) are:

  • 60 ECTS of business related studies (corresponding to one year of full time education at university level)
  • Language requirements.
For more information, please visit programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1400 EUR/month
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