Bachelor’s Programme in Economics


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Program Description

The Economics programme is for analytical students who are fascinated by complex challenges such as climate change, global inequality and financial instability. We are looking for analytically minded and intellectually curious students who share our passion for understanding how societies work. We offer world-class training that combines analytical, computation and data processing skills that are high in demand and open the door to a wide range of careers.

Study objectives

What is the most efficient way to fight climate change? How do international trade and migration affect global inequality? What is the best way to promote innovation? How can we design institutions that provide resilience against shocks such as financial crises? Throughout the Bachelor’s Programme in Economics at Aalto, you will learn to systematically address questions like these among many others. After completing the Bachelor in Economics you will have:

  • A strong understanding of economic theory. Understand and interpret real-world phenomena in light of economic theories.
  • A comprehensive analytical toolkit. Strong analytical skills in economics combined with computation and data processing skills.
  • Systematic approach & critical thinking. A systematic approach to complex societal questions and economic phenomena.
  • A solid foundation for further education. Students admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Economics will automatically be eligible to continue for the Master's Degree programme in Economics at Aalto University School of Business or in other Master's Degree Programmes at the Aalto University School of Business (according to transfer regulations). The Department of Economics also has a strong track record of helping students to enter some of the most prestigious graduate programmes abroad.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English. If a student wishes, she/he may take some of the electives and/or minor studies in Finnish.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees concern degree students in English-language programmes who are not citizens of the EU/EEA region.

At Aalto University the tuition fee is €12 000 per academic year for the Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree offered in English and €15 000 per academic year for degree programmes leading to a Master’s degree.

Content of the studies

Economics is a social science building on rigorous theoretical models and careful data analysis. In the degree, aimed at analytical and mathematically driven students, you will study formal modelling, empirical methods and institutions at the leading centre of economic research in Finland. Your studies also include sequences in mathematics and programming, taught at the Aalto School of Science. Thus, we draw on the core competencies of Aalto University, particularly the ones at the Business School and the School of Sciences.

Examples of the wide course selection

  • Principles of Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Money and Banking
  • Urban Economics
  • Differential and Integral Calculus
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Programming
  • Matrix Algebra

Structure of the studies

The programme in economics is organised by the School of Business and comprises a total of 180 ECTS. The three-year programme consists of:

  • Basic studies (51 ECTS)
  • Major studies (60 ECTS), including Bachelor’s thesis (10 ECTS)
  • Business studies (18 ECTS)
  • Minor studies (24-30 ECTS)
  • Electives (9-15 ECTS)
  • Language & communications studies (12 ECTS)

You have the opportunity to complete your minor studies (24 ECTS) at an official exchange programme partner school of Aalto School of Business.

International opportunities

Our professors are internationally renowned scholars, who have worked in some of the best universities around the world. Economics students will gain internationally-recognised qualifications and knowledge that build a great foundation for an international career or continuing academic work at leading universities around the world. As a part of their studies, students have the chance to spend a semester abroad at one of the Aalto partner universities.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad each year. Program administrators, active student tutors and student support services work rigorously to help international students integrate into the Nordic culture and feel at home in Finland.

Multidisciplinary opportunities

As a field of study, the programme in economics encompasses a wide range of subfields. Thus, the programme provides an excellent basis for further studies in economics or other quantitatively oriented fields, and the programme is in close collaboration with the Aalto School of Science.

Aalto University is well-known for bridging disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus and freedom of choosing elective courses across the University bring students from different fields under one roof. This spontaneous multidisciplinarity environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

Lively Campus & Student Life

Aalto University is located in Otaniemi, ten minutes away from the Helsinki city centre. The brand new campus, with its cutting-edge facilities near nature, is a cosy home base for over 12,000 students. These bright minds meet each other not only during their studies but also at multiple recreational events and activities. Hundreds of different student clubs and associations related to culture, sports and other hobbies are active – something for everyone, as an attendee and organiser. Overall, everyday life at the campus is filled with inspiring encounters among students, professors, personnel and companies looking to hire.

Career opportunities

Economics opens up opportunities to pursue a career in major national and international institutions that demand rigorous analytical reasoning and data analysis. Most economics students continue their studies at the Master’s level. Upon graduation, students move on to securing roles in major companies, government, research, finance, startups and NGOs. Graduates of the economics programme typically become analysts, consultants, advisors to policymakers or researchers in their first jobs.

Aalto University has well-established career services which help you get employed in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find good positions with ease upon their graduation. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, which can help as a springboard for founding a company. Finally, if an academic career is of interest, Economics Master’s programme is a very good foundation for a PhD in economics.

Admission dates

The admissions to Bachelor's programmes at Aalto University in the field of Business and Economics are organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2021 is from 7 January 2021 to 20 January 2021.

Here are the most important dates to remember:

  • 7 January 2021 – Application period begins and the online application system opens
  • 20 January 2021 – Application period ends and the online application system closes
  • The deadlines to publish the admission results and for accepting the offered study place will be updated later.

The application period for applicants applying based on success in Talousguru, MAOL Lukion matematiikka or MAOL Datatähti competitions is 17 - 31 March 2021.

The application period for transfer applications is 3 - 17 May 2021.

Programme-specific Admission Requirements

Students accepted to the program will get a study right to the Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration at the Aalto University School of Business. The Master’s Programme in Economics is integrated into the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics.

Applications for the Bachelor’s Programme in Economics are to be submitted through the joint online application system for Finnish higher education institutions on (in Finnish The application period for studies starting in Autumn 2021 is 7 - 20 January 2021.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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