International Design Business Management (IDBM) program
Location: Aalto University, Helsinki region, Finland
Language: English
Duration: 2 years

IDBM is offered as a master and a minor program
Degree options: Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (M.Sc. Econ.), Master of Science in Technology (M.Sc. Tech.), Master of Arts (M.A.)

Admission for master studies: December-January
Application for minor studies: Until 15th of May

IDBM master program comprises international and multidisciplinary courses accompanied by a yearlong industry project in collaboration with companies from all over the world.

Apply for minor studies

About IDBM

The International Design Business Management (IDBM) program is a joint offering between the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, School of Science and School of Business. Since 1995, it has delivered world-class multidisciplinary and systemic research as well as learning in global business development through design and technology. The aim is to educate global producers and leaders of innovation in new product, service and business development. The program builds on the premise that new wealth, meaningful social innovation and solutions are increasingly created in the spaces between disciplines and thus there is a need to educate interdisciplinary professionals. IDBM is offered as a master and a minor program.

Industry collaboration

The core offering of the program includes an eight - month long learning-by-doing (embedding both practice and project based learning) industry project with a real-life business enterprise setting, with small (4-5 student) multidisciplinary teams that are balanced in terms of business, design and engineering students, coached by multidisciplinary faculty and expert industry tutors. The student teams develop new products, services and business concepts for the IDBM industry partners.

Check for more detailed descriptions about the IDBM program and IDBM industry projects. For more information on the multidisciplinary IDBM research activities take a look at these two publications: IDBM papers vol. 1 and IDBM papers vol. 2.

All master students from the three tracks (Arts, Technology, Business) will study the same compulsory IDBM courses during the first year of studies. At the core of the program is the industry project, lasting a full academic year, where multidisciplinary student teams work together on real-life challenges provided by industry partners. Students studying IDBM Master’s degree are expected to commit to full-time studies especially during the first year of the master’s degree.

Year 1

Industry project (15 ects)

Creative Teamwork (5ects)

International Design business Management (5ects)

Business Modelling and Management (5ects)

Creative Leadership (5ects)

Innovation and Project Management (5ects)

Interdisciplinary Product Development (5ects)

Brand Dynamics and Design (5ects)

Year 2

Master’s thesis (30ects)

School specific master studies (20ects)*
*School specific requirements depending on the master degree (ARTS/SCI/BIZ)

Elective studies/Minor study/Exchange studies (20ects)**
**Free choice of studies from any of the Aalto schools regardless of the master degree study track. Language studies, internships, minor studies and exchange studies can also be included here.

School specific degree structures:

The admission to Master’s Degree Program in IDBM is done through three tracks depending on the targeted degree of the applicant. Please refer to a more detailed degree structure according to your master degree:

IDBM MINOR STUDIES

Minor studies in IDBM consist of the Industry project (15ects) and two compulsory courses from the first year (5ects each). For the academic year of 2015-2016 the compulsory courses for minor students consist of 'Creative teamwork' and one more course chosen from the list of subjects of the 1st year.

ADMISSION INFORMATION

Application for IDBM master’s studies.

Admission to the master degree program in IDBM is done through three schools based on the targeted degree of the applicant. Admission to the Master’s Degree Program in International Design Business Management for the next academic year (2015/2016) is closed. Admissions for IDBM master studies will open in December 2015. Exact dates for the next admission period will be announced later.

For more information on admissions to master programs at Aalto University please refer to the university admissions page.

Application for IDBM minor studies.

Students from Aalto University and other Finnish universities can apply for IDBM minor studies. Deadline for application for minor studies for the next academic year is 15th of May. Applicants can send their CV, motivation letter as well as transcript of studies to IDBM Program Coordinator Anna-Mari Saari. A completed bachelor degree is required for applicants.

Apply for minor studies

IDBM Program Coordinator
Anna-Mari Saari
Mobile (+358) 40 353 8333
anna-mari.saari(at)aalto.fi

IDBM Program Director
and IDBM Director of School of Business

Mikko Koria
Tel. (+358 40) 3538 343
mikko.koria(at)aalto.fi

IDBM Program Assistant
Ines Vaittinen
Mobile (+358) 50 5277 374
isa.vaittinen(at)aalto.fi

Study Coordinator at the School of Business
Hanne Kauppila
Mobile (+358) 50 3667 355
hanne.kauppila(at)aalto.fi

Study Coordinator at the School of Arts, Design
and Architecture

Naoko Nakagawa
Department of Design, Arabia campus
Tel. (+358) 50 3613 928
naoko.nakagawa(at)aalto.fi

Study Coordinator at the School of Science
Kirsi Polvinen
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Otaniemi campus
Tel. (+358) 50 5715 678
kirsi.polvinen(at)aalto.fi

IDBM Director of School of Arts, Design
and Architecture

Peter McGrory
Department of Design, Arabia campus
Tel. (+358) 50 3036 543
peter.mcgrory(at)aalto.fi

IDBM Director of School of Science
Matti Vartiainen
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Otaniemi campus
Tel. (+358) 50 5553 380
matti.vartiainen(at)aalto.fi

Postal address:
Aalto University School of Business
P. O. Box 21230
FI-00076 AALTO

Visiting address:
Lapuankatu 2
00100 Helsinki
Finland