International Design Business Management is an interdisciplinary graduate program at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

Since 1995, IDBM has delivered world-class multidisciplinary education and systemic research. The curriculum integrates business, design and technology to enable students to address challenges of tomorrow. Through challenge based learning in the fields of management, business modeling, and product and service design, students develop the skillset necessary to manage interdisciplinary teams dealing with complex challenges. The learning experience is supported by real-life industry projects in which students use their previously acquired knowledge and expand their professional capabilities through intensive teamwork.

After the two-year program students graduate with a master’s degree in business, design or technology, and extensive interdisciplinary teamwork experience.



Aalto University, Helsinki


Two-years, 120 ECTS


  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science in Technology
  • Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration



Application dates:

Major studies:
15.12.2017 - 15.01.2018

Minor studies:
15.05.2017 - 31.05.2017


Program structure


The first year studies of the IDBM program are composed of track specific compulsory modules and a six-month long industry project. During the second year, students can complement their studies with exchange and minor studies or choose additional courses depending on their interest and track requirements.

NOTE: The curriculum is currently being updated for the academic year 2017/18. The new study guides will be published at the beginning of August: