The multidisciplinary International Design Business Management (IDBM) programme prepares you for a key role in global design business through interdisciplinary and collaborative learning that cuts across business, design and technology.
The programme embraces design more broadly as a method, mind-set and competitive advantage by focusing on product, service and business design, technology and innovation management.
Programme overview: multidisciplinary community and challenge based learning
The International Design Business Management (IDBM) programme is a joint teaching and research platform of three Aalto University schools: the School of Business, the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and the School of Science.
One of the main components of the IDBM programme is the Industry Project, a challenge based assignment from a client organization that students will undertake in small interdisciplinary teams during the first academic year.
In the programme, they will further have an opportunity to
Since the IDBM programme is a multidisciplinary learning community, students will have a lot of freedom focusing on your own learning outcomes. However, the obligatory part of the curriculum provides you with diverse perspectives to how design and technology can transform societies and develop radical as well as incremental innovations.
Building on this, during their studies students will develop a solid understanding of the
Upon graduating from the programme, students will be able to
Broad career prospects: from entrepreneurs to internal innovators
IDBM studies prepare students for a career in the creative industries and in businesses and other organizations that draw on creativity, design and technology as key components of their competitive positioning.
After their graduation, students embarking on a career in the private or public sector typically work in domains such as:
These career opportunities exist both in large multinationals and in small start-ups, in a variety of fields. These businesses typically leverage design to create new products and services, often involving the latest technology and business venturing and entrepreneurship. These activities have been further supported by the vibrant start-up communities in Aalto University.
The International Design Business Management - Economics and Business Administration programme is offered at Aalto University.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score (Grade C):
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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).
You need the following GMAT score:
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.
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