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What is EMBA?
EMBA (Executive Master of Business Administration) is a leadership programme for working professionals with extensive work experience. The EMBA Turku enables the participants to develop and exploit high-performance leadership and business management skills that they can instantly apply to deliver genuine value to their organisations.


Benefits for the participant:

  • Leadership and management skills with focus on personal growth
  • Visionary thinking in a global and complex business environment with tools for strategic foresight
  • Wide understanding of global business dynamics and strategy creation
  • Entrepreneurial mindset for developing new ventures and implementing new, innovative ideas
  • Enhanced coaching, mentoring, communication, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Powerful network of people with passion for learning and personal development
  • Executive MBA degree with English as the programme language to support career development​

Benefits for the organisation:

  • Strengthened employer brand and talent management; rewarding and enhancing employee engagement and commitment
  • New competencies and tools for futures thinking and strategic foresight knowledge
  • Assignments and thesis to contribute the organisation’s needs by providing tangible ideas and solutions with monetary benefits
  • Up-to-date practices, knowledge and expertise instantly applied for the benefit of the participant’s organisation
  • Organisational development in leadership culture, best practices and ways of working
  • Widening of the organisation’s networks with both customers and business partners

Studying in the programme



A new EMBA Turku group comprising of up to 25 participants who represent several industries, functions, age groups and cultural backgrounds. A group might include engineers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and doctors and the typical EMBA student has several years of management experience and great lead​ership potential. The common feature of our participants is their willingness to learn more and a keen desire to develop themselves. 


Our participants contribute their varied experience and diverse perspectives to the programme. They are willing to share their knowledge and experience and to learn with and from fellow participants. Networking is an important part of the EMBA programme and future careers, and it also creates business opportunities within the group.​




The classroom activities in the EMBA Turku programme are interactive, promoting inspiring discussions. Various learning methods are used, ranging from lecturing, group work, workshops, cases, debates, and company visits to reading lists, presentations, assignments, and thesis work. 


​​The programme benefits from the expertise of top national and international academics and businesspeople who work at the forefront of global business research and in global business. These experts are highly motivated and committed to sharing their knowledge and experience with the participants in the EMBA Turku programme.


The versatile personal assignments included in the programme ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired through study are instantly applied for the benefit of the student's organisation. The participant can bring to the table a critical reflection of the current state of affairs, and will have consulted with experts and fellow participants on problematic areas to offer an unparalleled source of insight into organisational development.



"The EMBA Turku programme is a flagship programme of the Turku School of Economics and the University of Turku targeted to future oriented leaders who wish to develop their leadership skills. The learning objectives and focus areas of the EMBA Turku programme reflect the research strengths of the TSE. The strong commitment of the faculty members to the EMBA Turku programme make it possible for us to provide the participants with the newest academic knowledge on business competence and to truly add value to the participants and their organisations. Besides their academic knowledge and interests, the faculty members working as experts and teachers in the EMBA Turku are genuinely interested in real-world businesses as well as the challenges and opportunities the businesses face. We believe in co-creation of new knowledge in collaboration between academia and business world and therefore are ready and willing to invest our effort and time in working closely with our participants and their organisations. The EMBA Turku offers fresh and relevant insights on developing the businesses for the future! "

Jarna Heinonen, EMBA Turku Academic Director




The thesis process forms an essential part of the EMBA programme. The aim of the thesis work is to resolve a current, practical business challenge, preferably in the participant’s own organisation. Theories and results from academic research are used as analysis tools as well as sources for ‘lessons learned’ and fresh perspectives. In the process, the participants not only gain expertise in the chosen topic but also enhance their analytical skills and hone their writing, reporting, and communication abilities. In many cases the EMBA thesis works turns into an actual project or process in participant's organisation, resulting in monetary benefits and practical applications. 

Study journeys abroad 


The EMBA Turku programme includes international study journeys to different parts of the world. The journeys are deisgned to broaden the participants' perspectives on business, deepen their understanding on the globalising business environment and enhance the skills they will require to lead international operations. The journeys also provide a truly global view by looking into businesses abroad, extending networks, and stimulating a well-developed cross-cultural competence.


The programme of the journeys is organised in cooperation with our highly acclaimed international partners.


Our international partners include


The Chinese University of Hong Kong - The Asia-Pacific Institute of Business 


Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring China and the West together. As a top university in Hong Kong and Asia, CUHK aims to nurture students with both specialised knowledge and wisdom for life.The Asia-Pacific Institute of Business (APIB) is the executive education arm of the Business School of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


For the past 25 years, APIB has been providing the Hong Kong and Asian business communities with unique learning programs. Such programs have been designed for senior executives who will benefit from the Business School’s cutting edge research and pragmatic applications.

The University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business


One of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country, the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to educating the business leaders of tomorrow while creating knowledge for industry and society. Currently the fastest growing high-tech city in the U.S., Austin, Texas, is home to over 800 companies in the semi-conductor, energy, computer and software industries. 


Working closely with world-class companies such as Dell, Dynergy, IBM, Rackspace, Samsung and others in this dynamic and competitive business environment keeps our programs at the leading edge of business research and practice.


FUTOUR – Italian Future Center


FUTOUR is an innovation firm that uses human centered, design based approaches to help public and private organisations grow, innovate, change, develop capabilities, build business and shape the future in an effective and sustainable way. Having operated in over 30 countries, FUTOUR is part of the international network of accelerators of creativity and innovation through participatory design.


Over the years, hundreds of thousands of key stakeholders have been engaged in participatory design workshops, helping organizations and society to prepare for future challenges, creating collaborative spaces that strengthen creative processes and transform ideas into actions. Dialogue and leadership are keywords.