Master's Programme in Geoinformatics


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 Engineering

Organising department/s:

Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics.

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NB! There is no intake to this programme in the application round 2015. New programme in Geoinformatics will be offered since 2016. The new programme website will be launched in autumn 2015.


The Master’s Programme in Geoinformatics offers courses on spatial information management, analysis and visualization including spatial programming and application design. In the programme theory is supported by hands-on exercises, individual design and analysis tasks and projects.

Students learn to design and implement geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial applications and to apply spatial analysis methods to data sets in support of decision making. Students also acquire basic skills in map design and visualization of geographic information. The programme offers a solid theoretical basis including core concepts and methods.

Through oral presentations and small group discussions, students can share information and learn together. Students work on project topics given by GIS industry and other organizations.

Programme graduates can make a career in GIS software development, various application areas as well as research and teaching. Employing organizations are companies, governmental organizations, research institutes, universities and schools.

Please, see the student portal Into for the programme courses.

Evaluation criteria

In the academic evaluation candidates’ academic qualifications are assessed. Admission to the programme is granted on a competitive basis, and the candidates are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Previous degree
  • Applicability of prior studies (coursework related to the programme)
  • Prior academic study performance
  • Commitment and motivation to the programme How to write a motivation letter?:motivation_letter_2014.pdf

The suitability of previous academic studies with relation to the programme applied is evaluated. The aim is to select students whose academic background is suitable for starting the Master’s programme in Geoinformatics with minimum amount of supplementary studies. The previous university degree can be for example a BSc in Engineering or other relevant field with emphasis on Spatial Sciences, Geography, Geology, Hydrography or Environmental Sciences. A suitable university degree can be also BSc in Applied Mathematics (including studies in Statistics and Optimization) or BSc in Information Systems (including studies in Programming and Data Management).  

The academic study performance is evaluated based on the candidates’ cumulative GPA in the degree based on which the candidate is applying. Additionally, study success in the key subjects and/or BSc thesis related to the programme is taken into account.

The candidates will be ranked based on the academic evaluation criteria and listed in order for selection.

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


Contact information

Academic contact:

Head of the Programme
Kirsi Virrantaus, professor
kirsi.virrantaus [at] aalto [dot] fi

Administrative contact:

masters-eng [at] aalto [dot] fi

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