In this section you can find the four main modules that comprise the ISM Master’s Programme. All the four must be accomplished in order to grant the student the Masters of Science title. The complete structure of the programme can be found from the Study Guide of Aalto University School of Business (direct link). By clicking on the courses names you are taken to
 their own webpage with descriptions and overviews.

Students who have a Master’s from
ISM should possess the skills needed to:






– Study Program –


The complete structure of the programme and its list of courses can be found from Aalto Into (a portal with information and details about Aalto courses) here. By clicking on the courses names you are taken to their own webpage with descriptions and overviews.

The content and focus of the programme may differ according to the student choice of its three elective areas of specialization:

link to course descriptions

System Science

The focus of Information Systems Science is on providing students with knowledge and digital tools of managing and developing business processes using information systems and networks. The goal is not to develop coders or developers, but people with wide business knowledge and ability to lead business transformation projects applying digital technologies. Topics include business information systems, e-commerce as well as software business and their strategic applications. The aim is to train efficient managers of information resources and consultants who can develop the use of these resources.

Courses examples for this track are:

and Service Management

The focus of Logistics and Service Management is on providing students with the capabilities to manage and develop companies’ production, distribution, supply, purchasing and service operations. Topics include supply chain management in various operating environments, service development and operations, inventory management models and policies, quality management and different business models. This focus area prepares students for the challenges of the network economy and gives the ability to control and design complex logistics chains and to apply project management skills to various environments.

Course examples:

Business Analytics

Business Analytics orientation trains students to manage and analyze the rapidly growing volume and variety of data available to be utilized for business, technology and competitive intelligence. Managerial themes of the resulting data-driven decision-making include consumer analyses in traditional and digital markets, risk control (e.g. financial risk management), and exploitation of new technologies for developing and launching new products and services. The aim is to solve practical business problems by effectively utilizing modern managerial tools ranging from quantitative models, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to various techniques for analyzing big, open, and company-owned data. – “Big Data: The Management Revolution”, Harvard Business Review, 2012, – “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”, Harvard Business Review, 2012.

Course Examples:


Every Master’s degree granted by Aalto School of Business has to be comprised of a minor studies module. The minor has to be different from, and independent of, the ISM Programme. At Aalto School of Business a minor can either be comprised of an exchange semester or of one of the following modules:

  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Technology Program (ITP)
  • International Business
  • International Business Communication
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Sales Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Creative Sustainability
  • International Design and Business Management (IDBM)


Electives of the Master’s Degree are 12 credits. This can include for example

  • - additional studies in the degree programme
  • - additional studies in the minor study module
  • - language and communication studies
  • - studies at another Aalto University School
  • - studies at another university through flexible study right agreement (JOO studies)
  • - internship (6 cr)


In order to graduate from ISM Programme and achieve a Master’s degree, all students must write a Master’s thesis within the scope of the programme. Naturally, every topic is judged separately with the programme director and the student’s thesis supervisor and instructors. Also, all students must attend to thesis seminars which take place during the six months which the student is supposed to write the thesis. Below you can find a list of some of the recently delivered thesis:

  • Challenges of Outsourcing Systems Integration – Lessons Learned From the Public Sector: Johanna Immonen
  • Future Prospects of the Finnish Environment Industry Scenario Planning for 2020: Tero Kajander
  • Optimizing Release Planning Under Scrum in Complex Multi-Team Software Projects Case: Nokia Siemens Networks: Anatoly Tolstukhin
  • Determinant Factors in International Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Integration Project: Kimmo Vekkeli
  • Mobile Application Ecosystems and the Developer’s Perspective: The Case of App Store and Android Market: Maryam Roshan Kokabha


The programme allows students to choose between more consulting and management oriented or more quantitative and analytically oriented concentrations and combine studies from the different areas. ISM graduates typically find jobs easily and for example information systems majors have some of the highest starting salaries of all business majors according to both Finnish and international studies.