Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability - M.Sc. Degree in Technology


Master of Science (Technology).
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120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Technology and Engineering


2 years, full-time


An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Tuition fee:


Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
School of Business
School of Engineering

Application period:

2015-12-01 - 2016-01-15

Publication of Results:


The Master's Degree Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is an interdisciplinary programme of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering.

The CS programme is a joint teaching platform of the Aalto University on sustainable design and business. It is built on a number of fundamental disciplines: Urban Planning, Landscaping, Design, Construction Planning and Architecture, responsible Business Operations and Industrial Design in general.

The education in the programme enhances system approach and strategic thinking in all scales, from complex ecosystems, urban and industrial infrastructures, technologies, businesses to individual choices, in order to support sustainable future. It boosts re-thinking in design & architecture, business management, industrial management, and real estate.

The main aim of the CS programme is to develop competences and skills in the areas of project management, design, cross-disciplinary operations and activities, systematic sustainable design and sustainable business. The programme produces creative solutions for sustainable living, urban development, environmental planning and service production (e.g. welfare services).

The programme aims to train multidisciplinary professionals who can handle complex large-scale entities and work together with experts from diverse fields. Teaching language is English.

You may see the programme courses leading to M.Sc. Degree in Technology (Creative Sustainability in Real Estate) in the study portal Into.

See also the programme's own pages.

Evaluation criteria

The applications which pass the administrative evaluation (by Aalto University Admissions Services) proceed to the programme for academic evaluation. The academic evaluation is paper based. In the academic evaluation the candidates are ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Suitability of previous studies

    For Creative Sustainability in Real Estate the previous university studies should have an emphasis preferably on Real Estate, Land Economy, Geography, Environmental Economy or other relevant field.
  • Academic study performance (CGPA of the previous university degree)
  • Motivation and commitment to the programme

    The motivation letter is part of the on-line application form. The motivation letter should answer the following questions:

    1) Why am I applying for CS programme
    2) Why should I be admitted?
    3) What interests me in the CS programme?

Complementary studies

The university may require an admitted student to pursue supplementary studies (max. 60 credits) to gain the knowledge and skills required for the master’s programme studies. The supplementary studies provide the student with the prerequisite knowledge for the master’s programme and are not counted towards the degree of Master of Science (Technology). The contents of the supplementary studies are defined for each student no later than at the start of his/her studies.

Required application documents

The applicants for master's programmes should fill in an application form on the Aalto University online application system ( The application form is available only during the application period. Before filling in the online application form or submitting any documents, please read the admission requirements and instructions carefully.

Applicants use the online application system to follow the status of their application and see the arrival of their documents. The online system is used throughout the whole application process. Also the final admission results will be published via the online application system. Aalto University does not charge application fees.

Please, see information about the application documents and the delivery at:

Selection schedule

  • The next application period runs from 15 December to 30 January 2015.
  • The eligible applications are evaluated in the programmes during March.
  • The selection results will be published on 7 April at the earliest.  
  • Studies begin in late August - early September 2015.

Contact information

Mikko Jalas
mikko.jalas [at] aalto [dot] fi
Programme Director

Naoko Nakagawa
naoko.nakagawa [at] aalto [dot] fi
Programme Coordinator

Kauko Viitanen
kauko.viitanen [at] aalto [dot] fi
Professor in charge (Creative Sustainability in Real Estate)

Ari Laitala
riikka.kyro [at] aalto [dot] fi (
Academic Coordinator (Creative Sustainability in Real Estate)

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