Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research

Why choose Mathematics and Operations Research at Aalto University?

  • We offer a study programme that combines mathematical tools and methods with practical problem solving skills.
  • The choice of major (mathematics, applied mathematics or systems and operations research) offers the possibility to fine-tune the orientation between mathematical theory and practical problem solving.
  • There is a growing demand of mathematicians and operations researchers in the industry and the public sector due to the need to model complex phenomena and dissect big data using mathematical methods.
  • The programme provides a seamless continuation to doctoral studies.
  • Our location in Otaniemi, 10 kilometres from the Helsinki city center.

    • Otaniemi is a technology hub with a large number of top-level research organisations and technology businesses. This creates opportunities for real-life projects with companies already during studies.

    • Otaniemi hosts also a large student village, so most of our international students live on campus.

Key academic staff

Nuutti Hyvönen

Nuutti Hyvönen

Associate Professor, Programme Director
Applied Mathematics

Juha Kinnunen

Juha Kinnunen


Harri Ehtamo

Harri Ehtamo

Systems and Operations Research

Find out more

Interested in research conducted in Mathematics and Operations Research? Want to meet our other academic staff? Please visit our department pages for more information.

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