Industrial Management,
Master's Degree

Degree: Master of Engineering

Duration:  1 year

Extent: 60 ECTS

Free of charge:Applicants from EU/EEA

Annual tuition fee: 11 000 € for non-EU/EEA applicants
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Study places: 70

Next application period: 9 - 23 January 2019

Transfer application: 1 - 15 May
1 - 15 November
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What is Industrial Management

Industrial Management Master's degree program is a 1-year program that allows to study alongside a full-time job. The average student in the program is a 30-40+ years old engineer or team leader, who wants to make a career leap from engineering toward management positions.

Our graduates gain a degree of a 'Master of Engineering' in Industrial Management (level 7 of EQF, European Qualification Framework, corresponding to diplomi-insinööri).

Industrial Management Master's degree program started in 2006 as a forerunner of Metropolia's Master's level education. The program has been developed in collaboration with leading industrial companies and is updated annually. In 2018, Industrial Management Master's has grown to 70 student places.

Our warm welcome to join a wide network of peers studying Industrial Management - from the leading industrial companies such as Kone, Outotec, Konecranes, Metso, Valmet, Schneider Electric, GE, ABB, Ericsson, Telia, Elisa, Enfo, and many others, including public organizations and peers representing various SMEs.

Why study with us

What you will study

NEW!  Starting from September 2018, Industrial Management Master's degree program will have specializations focusing on the fastest growing business areas of today: (1) International Service Business Management, see below, and (2) Logistics Management. We also offer a choice of two optional subjects, which is either 'Technical B2B Sales' or 'Process development'. The student will select his/her specialization at the beginning of studies.

In the Industrial Management Master's program the participants will: 

  • understand strategic management and key performance dynamics in firms
  • gain best practice in either 1.Service Business including customer orientation and service design and development for global context
  • or develop insight into 2.Logistics Management
  • appreciate 3. Technical sales skills in business-to-business contexts
  • practice 4. Process development and learn about innovation for renewal
  • boost personal & team leadership skills
  • improve their English-speaking and communication skills
  • enhance conceptual thinking and skills in analysis and business development
  • advance problem solutions and people management skills.

When selecting specialization in 'International Service Business Management', you will study:

Content of Industrial Management Master's Program 2019-2020

Are you interested to learn more about these courses?  Look at the videos below

Service Business Development and
Course I
Performance Management                 
Course V, see video - Veijo Köysti, CESIM
Customer Oriented Business
Course II, see video - Johanna Vesterinen
Process Development / Technical Sales
Course VI, options 1 & 2
Strategy, Management and Leadership
Course IV, see video - Dr. Thomas Rohweder
Master's Thesis
See video - Dr. Marjatta Huhta

How you will study

The courses are conducted via contact teaching, self-study, team work, class discussions, business simulations, workshops and seminars. The studies are integrated into real-life business projects that allow you to study part-time while working.

At the very heart of your studies will be the Master’s Thesis, a business development project conducted in a grounded evidence based manner, typically addressing a real-life business challenge of your employer organization.

Our agile learning mode offers you support whilst you are on the move:

  • Interactive lectures, expert workshops & class discussions
  • Face-to-face consultancy with experienced faculty members, and opportunity for individual advice, development and help
  • Multichannel learning with a variety of modes, with course materials available online
  • Audio/video/virtual opportunities
  • No examinations, instead practical assignments and discussion leader sessions
  • Active peer community of learners.

You will be instructed by experienced staff and experts from both business and academia. See below who your instructors will be.

Schedule for next year

Autumn 2019

Spring 2020

The autumn term includes 6 courses (30 credits) and preparation for Master's Thesis

  • You will study on weeks 36 - 50 (for 3,5 months)
  • Each Thursday 2-7 pm and Friday 9-4 pm
  • You will also study on 3 Saturdays  (weeks 36, 38, and 46)

The spring term includes the work on your Master's Thesis (30 credits)

  • You will study on 2-3 Fridays
    each month (for Research Clinics and Writing workshops)
  • Final Seminar: 22 - 24 April 2020
  • Graduation: May 29, 2020



Instructors and frequent contributors

Head of Industrial Management Department

Dr. Juha Haimala, Principal Lecturer, instructs in Performance management, IntraLogistics, Technical sales.

Doctorate from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Department of Industrial Management.

Dr. Haimala has 30 years of experience in development, marketing and implementation of various automation applications in paper and steel industries, food and dairy business, and manufacturing. During his career he has acted in various managerial positions, e.g. heading marketing & sales and implementation. Dr. Haimala also has 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Haimala’s core competences include marketing and sales of capital investments, supply chains and logistics systems, activities in international business, and development of business processes with the help of automation.


Dr. Thomas Rohweder, Principal Lecturer, instructs in Strategic Management, Leadership, and International Operations.

Doctorate from Aalto University of Economics, Department of Management and International Business.

Dr. Rohweder has accumulated roughly 30 years of experience in the Finnish paper making industry, most of which he has acted in various general managerial positions, e.g. heading business divisions, daughter companies, profit units. During his career he has lived as an expatriate in the United States and the Netherlands.

His core competences are strategic planning, management systems and people leadership, in a global business context.

Complementary to his university role, Dr. Rohweder is an active senior management coach.

Dr. James Collins, Senior lecturer, instructs in ‘International operations’ and R&D skills.

Dr. Collins spent over 20 years in the shipping industry - as mariner and in ship operations, a shipbroker and coal trader, and a marine insurance underwriter - before taking up academic research and teaching. His doctoral studies examined leadership in the UK public sector.  In addition to research skills & methods, his teaching and research interests are broadly captured by the topic of ‘people in organizations’.


Johanna Vesterinen, M.A., founder of XperienceFocus Oy, trainer, writer and consultant helping companies focus on developing customer experiences; instructs in 'Customer oriented business'.

Johanna has over 30 years of experience in the international business environment, where she gained expertise both from global corporate life in ICT, and from businesses of various sizes in different industries. During her career Johanna has gained expertise from various managerial and leadership positions, and she has held global roles in Communications, Quality and HRD.

Beside her main occupation, Johanna is a writer of study books, handbooks and guides. Her most recent book 'Committed to Customers' focuses on delivering great customer experiences. Johanna's books have been published in Finland, Sweden and Germany,

Johanna's core competencies are in customer centricity and measurement, people & team leadership and leading change and continuous improvement.


Marja Blomqvist, Lic.Tech, instructs in 'Supply chain management' and 'Process development'.

Licentiate from Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University), Marja has academic and industrial hands-on experience in the field of operations management, process development, and supply chain management, having worked as supply chain development manager in the consumer electronics industry. She also has research background in applied research with companies in the field of operations and supply chain management.

Currently Marja works with Aalto Executive Education and has part-time teaching activities at Aalto University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, as well as in Metropolia. She is also a partner in the consulting company QDC Business Engineering, where she can carry out her passion to help companies and organizations improve the way they operate.

Marja's main research interest is factory roles in operations networks. Her other professional interests cover operations strategy and Lean thinking. She is the editor-in-chief of Stoor, the membership magazine of Finnish Production Management Society (STO).


Zinaida Grabovskaia, PhL, Senior lecturer, Program head, instructs in 'Service business development and innovation' and industry communication and research skills.

Licentiate from St. Petersburg State University, Zinaida combines experience in teaching, writing and communication research. She taught students at St. Petersburg State University and worked for international companies in project management roles.

Zinaida welcomes students to come and consult on issues related to information and data search, managing research projects and mastering thesis writing and research skills. Her present interests focus on developing research skills and teaching research methodology.


Leena ja Ville Lehtinen (MEng)

Students' Stories

Toni Kymäläinen
Product Manager

"After working some years within the same industry, I was looking for opportunities to update knowledge and refresh my view on the latest business trends. Industrial Management Master’s studies fit well to these needs.
IM Master’s provides a nice recap of literature together with practical experience provided by lecturers, as well as fellow students. It is a great opportunity to meet people from different industries and roles, which in turn provides completely new perspectives in discussions. I have found out that, in the end, many companies tend to struggle with similar challenges, regardless of the industry. As all students in the group have hands-on experience and real life examples, the topics discussed in class are extremely interesting. Moreover, some of the key takeaways can be applied immediately in real working life!"

Juuso Virtanen
Product Manager
Meconet Oy

"When I started my studies in Metropolia's Industrial Management Master's program, I had five years of work experience in a role of Key Account Manager and Product Manager, working with domestic and international customers. Soon I noticed that it was the right time to seek for further professional skills and understanding.

Benefits of the studies relate not only to the quality of the courses, lectures and materials only. You will also be surrounded by highly motivated and professional co-students sharing their insights, culture and experience. With high level of motivation, commitment and efficiency, the studies are possible to be managed alongside your work, during the one year journey to became a top class professional!"

Mika Vinho
Quality and Documentation Engineer
Etteplan Design Center Oy

"The reason why I joined the Industrial Management Master’s program was to increase my personal competence and to learn more about leadership and business strategies. The program fulfilled my expectations, but it also gave me a lot more than that. The program has dedicated professors, interesting guest lecturers from top-level companies, spot-on courses and most importantly, it brings together same-minded fellow students across all industry fields.

Networking, sharing ideas and discussing theories with my classmates has been great experience throughout the whole program. However, the schedule is tight due to the one-year study period. Yet, it is well planned and therefore it is doable. The effort will pay off in the end, and I am more than happy to recommend the program to anyone who is looking for a challenge and wants to take the next step in their careers!"

Rauli Rautavuori
Technology Manager
Elisa Oyj

"Metropolia’s IM Master’s program supports very well my goals of refreshing knowledge and gaining a lot of new. Having spent a fair amount of time with long-term planning during my career, I had often found myself in a situation where it would have been useful to have deeper background knowledge on the topics of Industrial Management.

The people who run the program work hard to support the students, creating a positive atmosphere for learning. The program combines lectures, self-studying, teamwork and practical assignments in a way that relates to the student's own work experience and allows for learning from fellow students as well. The program is very intense, requiring a certain amount of dedication from students. Having been on shorter employer-sponsored courses on strategy and management before,  I would say the IM program in its completeness is so far the best I have attended. I feel that the more experience you have, the more the studies can benefit you. The time spent with the program will be time well spent!"

Jaana-Liisa Malin
Head of Digital Services Project Management Office, Finland & Baltics
Oy L M Ericsson Ab

"Industrial Management Master’s program raised my interest as it provides a Master’s degree in less than a year and studies can be completed alongside a full-time job. The program includes the courses which were a spot-on to my needs. After several years’ of experience in service delivery, project management and sales, the courses have given me new insights and tools for both practical work and analytical thinking.

The lectures are a perfect mix between Metropolia teachers and external speakers, who are coming from different companies (e.g. KONE, Toyota, Cargotec, VR) and academic institutions (e.g. Hanken, Aalto University). I have also learnt a lot from my class mates! They are professionals, who have shared with me new perspectives, best practice and lessons learned on common business topics from various industries.

Studying alongside work is not easy. You really need to commit to studying and dedicate time for it. However, it really pays off! This experience has shaped me to who I am as a professional and I’m sure it will only have positive effects on my career development in future."

Simone Andreani
Technology Architect, Partner
Roger Studio Oy

"For the first time in my academic experience I have found myself in a community that is giving 100% to everything that is done. I’m talking about the teachers, visiting lecturers and the students. Nothing is left unfinished and the quality of work is great to say the least. Courses in the IM program are chosen with work-life topics in mind and the course assignments are benefiting the companies they are done for. Perhaps the best part in the IM program are the students. Different backgrounds make a great basis for learning from each other and discussions in the classrooms are rich because of that. The IM Program is very efficient, but it also means that the one year of studies is intense and requires time to be put into it. But it will be well worth it."

Päivi Stordell
Quality Manager
Pylon Group

"For me the Industrial Management Master’s program provides a perfect professional upgrade in a compact package. The degree gives fresh insights from management, business models, process development and performance management. Studies are intense but they are still doable alongside a full–time job. I chose Metropolia because compared to other Master’s programs Metropolia Master’s provides truly up-to-date academic and practical knowledge. I have highly valued the possibility to pick brains with guest speakers from various industries as well as the privilege to join lectures of world class academics. The top moment of this fall was the lecture of the Legend of Marketing Dr. Christian Grönroos from Hanken School of Economics! Still, the thing I value most in this degree program is the fellow students – being able to network and exchange experiences with them is the absolute cherry on top of this degree!"

Subhashis Ghosh
Senior Technology Manager
Outotec (Finland) Oy

"I had been looking for such a Masters program in business management for some time. In this search, I formulated four personal decision making criteria i.e. the program should be for engineers, for full-time working professionals, with relatively short but intense courses, and with focus on industrial applications. Then I stumbled upon Metropolia’s Industrial Management Master’s, which fitted all these requirements to the tee. After joining, I have found out that not only the program is extremely intense in nature, but all the course modules are designed around industrial applications. In addition to the general management courses, the program also focuses on the relatively new management research discipline of service science. I found this approach truly motivating and effective.

Apart from the faculty experts with rich academic and industrial experience, the class is also full of intelligent, experienced and motivated professionals coming from diverse industrial backgrounds. This makes the learning experience engaging and co-creative. Based on my personal experience, I can recommend this program for any industry practitioner with technical background, who are seeking to enhance their business acumen and grow personally in order to contribute better in their organizations. "

Jesse Sarkanen
Customer Service Representative
Global Parts Customer Service
Konecranes Finland Oy

"I joined the Industrial Management Master's program in order to challenge myself and develop my business competence, which will benefit me in long run. IM Master's program gives deeper understanding of managerial aspect in international business, as well as it gives tools to handle situations which I did not thought much about before. The schedule is doable but demanding, especially when working full-time. The scope of subjects is wide, but is built to utilize what you have learnt in practice before and benefit your company. With the help of the lecturers, own hard work, and co-creation with the fellow students, the learning experience can be amazing. If you are ready for going extra mile in order to improve your business and managerial know-how, I can recommend to do this program."

Alan Toh
Power Solutions
Fortum Power and Heat Oy

"Studying at Master’s Program in Industrial Management has been one of the most valuable experiences for me. I joined the program with the interest to learn business and management to add to my technical background. Little did I expect that it would give me this knowledge and much more. The courses are run by dedicated faculty members who are not only experienced in their own respective fields but also create positive learning experience for all the students in the program. We had interactive sessions in all courses which allowed for ample opportunity for knowledge sharing and discussions with the instructors and fellow-students. The courses are designed with the current realities in mind, and we also got to learn through practice in our own respective companies. I would recommend this program for anyone who aspire to advance in their career."

Olga Hernesniemi
Product Information Specialist
Kesko Oyj

"Industrial Management Master’s has been an incredible experience. The program is designed as intensive and versatile, with the focus on developing the most critical business competences. The demanding scope of the program challenged my perspectives on ‘what I am’ and pushed to recognize ‘what I want to be’. The team of couches inspired me for personal and professional growth. Also, the demanding schedule of the program improved my prioritization and time management skills to a completely new level. I would like to thank the IM team for shearing their business know-how and encouraging me to use more critical thinking and questioning. Additionally, the atmosphere of the program was the most motivating and supportive that I have ever experienced. I have enjoyed this amazing journey of learning."

Mika Maaranen
ICT Manager
Arctia Oy

"I joined the Industrial Management Master's program after getting interested in its business and management courses. The autumn studies were very inspiring and they gave me a lot of tools that I could immediately apply to my work. Instructors are knowledgeable, helpful and they beautifully guided us through the thesis work in the spring semester. It was a very positive learning experience that I can recommend to anyone."

MEDIA and awards

Lauri Maristo awarded for Metropolia's Best Master Thesis in Technology

Lauri Maristo (MEng) graduated from the Industrial Management Department in May 2017. He earned the 'Award for Best Master's Thesis in Technology-2017' at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. The Award was granted on October 2nd 2017 at Metropolia's Alumni gathering event. 

We congratulate Lauri on his achievement!

 See Lauri's speech at receiving the award.

Karri Heinonen's thesis awarded by Finnish Operations Management

Karri Heinonen (MEng), IM student 2014-2015, was awarded for the best Master's thesis by the Finnish Operations Management Society in November 2015. This is the first time in the Association's history that a student from a University of Applied Sciences is recognized and awarded in this competition.

Read the press release in Finnish.

Tommi Karlsson's thesis awarded for Business process development

Tommi Karlsson (MEng), IM student 2014-2015, was awarded the best Master's thesis in Business process development produced in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in 2015. The award was granted on October 9th 2015 at the Alumni gathering event celebrating 10 years of Metropolia Master's programs.

See Tommi's speech at receiving the award.

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Contact Information

Juha Haimala
Head of Industrial Management Department
Tel. +358 40 678 6776
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Zinaida Grabovskaia
Senior lecturer, Program head
Tel. +358 40 198 4008
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To the Leppävaara Campus 2018-2019

This degree programme will move to the Leppävaara Campus during academic year 2018-2019. Read more

Experiences of Industrial Management, MEng

Toni Ruuska
Product Manager
Sanoma Media Finland Oy

"I highly recommend the Master's Program in Industrial Management. Graduating in one year while working requires serious determination, commitment and pursuit of knowledge. But in exchange one gets top notch business competences and skills that can be immediately applied in real-life projects."

MEDIA about the Program


About graduation 2016 (in Finnish)

Why send a staff member to IM Master's program

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Scholarships and tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for Master's Degree in Industrial Management is 11 000 €. The fee concerns only non-EU/EEA degree students. Read more about tuition fees and scholarships