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Master of Management and International Business at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland

Global management expertise through the Moore School, design thinking expertise from Aalto

Aalto University was founded in Helsinki, Finland based on a commitment to integrated thinking that blends the best of business/economics, art/design and engineering into graduate programming to prepare future business leaders for complex, dynamically evolving environments around the world.  Students participating in this double-degree program will spend a year at Aalto University and a year at the Darla Moore School of Business, and upon successful completion will hold two official master’s degrees: a Master of International Business from South Carolina and a Master of Management and International Business from Aalto. 

South Carolina students attending Aalto have the opportunity to specialize in design thinking, an area of business development that has a strong emphasis on design-driven innovation, sustainability, creative business model design, and product development. Students also have the option to develop a functional specialization in one or two of the following fields: human resource management, strategy work and sustainability management. Through a commitment to multi-disciplinary project teams and close partnering with businesses, non-governmental organizations and governments around the world in both programs, students receive hands-on experience in leading organizations in developing new products, services and systems to improve profitability, user satisfaction and community enhancement.

Program Requirements

The Moore School offers this double-degree opportunity for up to five MIB applicants each year. Students need an undergraduate degree in business to qualify and particular preference is given to those interested in the fields of marketing, sustainability, business development and consultancy.

Candidates for the double degree will be evaluated based on the strength of their application and supporting documents, GMAT scores and indications they are culturally, academically and personally motivated to participate in the program.

Program Structure

This double degree program is two years in length. Students may not deviate from the program structure in any way:





Semester I

MIB at South Carolina

Semester II

MIB at South Carolina


Semester III

Master of Management at Aalto

Semester IV

Master of Management at Aalto

Curriculum: Master of International Business at South Carolina

The MIB program consists of 30 credit hours or 10 academic courses. Students chose a specific track aligned with their career goals: International Trade and Investment; International Strategy & Organizational Leadership; or International Market Development. 

While each track is composed of unique, specific courses, the overall structure of each track is the same — 10 courses comprised of five key components: a Summer Methods Bootcamp; the MIB Common Core (four courses); a secondary core course which is track specific (one course); track elective courses (three courses); and non-track elective courses (two courses).

Curriculum: Master of Management at Aalto


Course Offerings

Master In Management Core Curriculum

Essentials of Management and International Business

Doing Quantitative Research

Doing Qualitative Research

Capstone Business Development Project

Specialization Offerings (students will take coursework in their chosen area of specialization to round out their program of study)

Design Thinking


Sustainability Management

International Design and Business Management

Master's Thesis

Thesis Seminar

Sample Course Offerings for the Specializations

Human Resource Management Track

Strategy Track

Sustainability Management Track

Strategic Human Resource Management

Managing Mergers and Acquisitions

Responsibility Management

People Management in Multinational Organizations

Strategy Work

How to Change the World: Innovating toward Sustainability

Gender and Diversity at Work

Innovation, Strategic Resilience and Renewal

Dialogues on Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy

Inside Work Cultures

Data Driven Business

Capstone in Creative Sustainability

Organizational Communication and Leadership

Innovation Processes in Transition

Sustainable Business


Strategy Process

Business Ethics 


Venture Ideation


For more information on the Master of Management and International Business and Aalto University, visit the program website.

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