Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (2 yrs)

The admissions to Master's programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2017 is from 15 December 2016 to 25 January 2017. These instructions apply to the 2017 admissions in the field of Business and Economics.

Applying instructions on this page will be updated during September. See updated applying instructions in October.

Selection schedule

The application period for studies starting in autumn 2017 is 15 December 2016 - 25 January 2017.

Application period 2017

15 Dec 2016
 

Application period begins, online application system opens.

25 Jan 2017 (at 15.00 pm, GMT +2hrs)

Application period ends, online application system closes. Deadline for arrival of the required application documents. Studies to be considered in admissions need to be completed and graded and transcript submitted. Official GMAT, GRE and language test results need to have arrived at School of Business.

Feb - March 2017

Eligible applications are evaluated by programme staff.

5 April 2017

First possible publication date of admission results.

31 May 2017 (at 15.00 pm, GMT +3hrs)

Deadline for accepting the study place.

31 July 2017

The degree granting eligibility to apply must be completed and the completion verified.

7 Aug 2017
(at 15.00 pm, GMT +3hrs)

Deadline for providing officially certified copy of degree certificate and final study transcript (concerns applicants with unfinished degree).

around week 35/36

Term starts with orientation to studies.

Programmes offered

In the School of Business Master’s admissions you apply directly to a Master’s programme. You can apply for one of the Master’s programmes offered at the Aalto University School of Business. The selected Master's programme is marked on the application form. The decision on the programme is binding and it cannot be changed after the admission deadline.

The Master's programmes offered at the Aalto University School of Business in 2017 and their language of instruction are listed below. The programme-specific academic evaluation and eligibility criteria for 2017 are defined on the programme pages.

Who can apply

Admission groups and degrees granting eligibility to apply

If you have an appropriate Finnish or non-Finnish university or university of applied sciences degree you may apply directly to a Master’s programme to take the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

You need to apply in one of the two admission groups based on the degree granting eligibility to apply.

ADMISSION GROUP 1: Applicants with Finnish lower university degree in “Economics and Business Administration”

If you have a lower university degree in “Economics and Business Administration” completed at a university in Finland you must apply in admission group 1. The name of your degree is kauppatieteiden kandidaatti, KTK in Finnish. The Finnish universities are listed on the Ministry of Education and Culture website. In addition, in case you have a Finnish lower university degree with a major in Economics you can apply to the Master’s Programme in Economics in admission group 1.

Note! If you have a Finnish higher university degree in “Economics and Business Administration” you are not eligible to apply. The name of the degree is Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration in English and Kauppatieteiden maisteri (KTM) in Finnish.

All other applicants, including applicants from Finnish universities of applied sciences, apply in admission group 2.

ADMISSION GROUP 2: Applicants with Finnish university degree other than in "Economics and Business Administration”, university of applied sciences/polytechnic degree or non-Finnish university or university of applied sciences/polytechnic degree

If you have a Finnish university degree other than in "Economics and Business Administration”, Finnish university of applied sciences degree or a non-Finnish university or university of applied sciences degree you must apply in admission group 2.

The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply must be equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more, i.e. the degree must be of at least three years of full-time studies. The degree from a foreign university must in the awarding country give eligibility for corresponding Master’s level studies. The university granting the degree must be an official and recognised part of the national education system and it has to be found on an official list or in an international handbook that is completed by some international organisation (e.g. UNESCO). An applicable degree may also be an internationally accredited university level MBA-program. Aalto University School of Business has the right to determine whether a degree or the university granting the degree fulfill the eligibility requirements.

In admission group 2 you must have a GMAT or GRE test result and a language test result (if you are not exempted from the language test requirement).

GMAT / GRE test result

In admission group 2 Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is obligatory and the minimum score is 550 (Total score) in GMAT or an equivalent GRE score. More information about the tests, delivering the test results and deadlines is at: GMAT/GRE test result.

  • If you apply for the Master’s Programme Yritysjuridiikka (offered only in Finnish) GMAT or GRE test is not required. For all other programmes GMAT or GRE test is obligatory in admission group 2.

Language requirements

The language of instruction in the Master's programmes at the Aalto University School of Business is English, except for the Master’s Programme Yritysjuridiikka which is in Finnish. You must have excellent command of English and you are required to attach an official language test report to your application (unless an exemption rule applies in your case). The accepted language tests, their minimum scores and exemptions from the requirement are listed at: Language requirements.

Applying with an incomplete degree

If you are studying your final year in a Bachelor's degree programme, you are eligible to apply provided that you will graduate by 31 July 2017. If you are accepted to the university, you must deliver a certified copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation, if applicable) to the university by 7 August 2017. In case you are not able to graduate or fail to deliver a degree certificate by the given deadline, the conditionally granted study place is cancelled.

If you apply with an unfinished degree, note that you will have to be able to graduate by 31 July 2017. In some faculties/institutions it may not be possible to graduate during the summer. You must reserve enough time to complete all the courses required for the degree and for the administrative processes of obtaining a degree certificate at your home institution. If you expect to graduate after 31 July 2017 or cannot submit your degree certificate by 7 August 2017 you are not eligible to apply in the admission round 2017. There will be no exceptions to the deadlines.

Only studies included in the official transcript of records submitted by the end of the application period (25 January 2017 at 15.00) can be taken into account in the admissions.

Additional information

  • In addition to the degree granting eligibility to apply also other studies taken at Finnish or non-Finnish university/university of applied sciences may, by the decision of Aalto University School of Business, be taken into consideration.

  • Applications that meet the general eligibility criteria are evaluated in the Master's programmes. Each Master's programme has programme-specific academic evaluation criteria according to which the applications are ranked and the final admission decision is made. Programmes may have eligibility prerequisites such as minimum amount of credits in a specific subject or minimum GPA. The programme-specific academic evaluation criteria are on the programme pages. Note! See the academic evaluation criteria according to the correct admission group.

  • If you are a student of Aalto University School of Business and already have a study right to take the Master’s degree, you are not eligible to apply for admission. An exception for the rule is applying for the Master's programmes Creative Sustainability, Global Management or International Design Business Management (IDBM). If you have a study right both for the Bachelor and Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degrees, you can apply to one of these three programmes. If admitted to Creative Sustainability, Global Management or IDBM, acceptance of the study place will be considered as changing the study programme if you have already chosen your Master’s programme at the Aalto University School of Business.

  • Applicants who fulfil the requirements are not guaranteed to be admitted because admission to the programmes is limited. Only the best applicants are admitted and the programmes do not have a minimum quota.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees have been introduced in Finland and they concern non-EU/EEA citizens who start their studies in English-taught Master's programmes in 2017 or after. At Aalto University the tuition fee for Master's degree programmes is €15 000 per academic year.

A scholarship programme will be introduced to support non-EU/EEA students who study in a fee-charging degree programme. At Aalto University, the scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The tuition fee waivers awarded may cover either 50 % or 100 % of the full tuition fee.

Non-EU/EEA applicants can apply for the scholarship with the same online application form that is used for applying for a Master's programme. The scholarship decisions are made on the basis of academic evaluation of the applicants selected to the study programmes. Scholarship decisions are awarded with the admission decisions.

More information about who need to pay tuition fees and scholarships can be found on Fees and Scholarships.

How to apply

The application period is once a year. The application round for Master's studies beginning in autumn 2017 is 15 December 2016 - 25 January 2017. You can apply for only one of the Master’s programmes offered at the Aalto University School of Business. The selected Master's programme is marked on the application form. The decision on the programme is binding and it cannot be changed after the admission deadline.

1. Before applying

All applicants in Admission Group 2 and all applicants to the Master's Programme in Finance are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) standardised admission test. The official test result has to arrive at Aalto University directly from the test organiser by 25 January 2017. Make sure to book the test date and take the test early enough. The test procedure may take several months including booking the test date, practising for the test, taking the test and reporting the official results. Note also that there might not be test dates available or they may be fully booked closer to the application period. Applications without the test result by the deadline or with a score below the minimum requirement will not be processed. More information is at GMAT/GRE test result.

Also the language test needs to be taken early enough for the results to arrive by the deadline. Further information on the accepted language tests, their minimum scores as well as language test exemptions is at Language requirements.

2. Filling out the application form

The online application form is available only during the application period 15 December 2016 - 25 January 2017 (3.00 pm Finnish time, GMT +2hrs). Before filling in the online application form or submitting any documents, read carefully the admission requirements and instructions on this website as well as the applicant's guide to the online system.

You may apply for one Master's programme in the field of business and economics. The decision on the programme is binding and it cannot be changed after the admission deadline. Only one application form per applicant can be processed, do not fill in several application forms in the system.

You can follow the status of your application and see the arrival of your documents in the online application system. The online system is used throughout the selection process. Also the final admission results will be published via the online application system.

3. Gathering the required application documents

After filling in and submitting the online application form, print out the provided application cover letter from the online system, sign it and send it to the Aalto University School of Business with all the required application documents.

The application can be processed only if the signed cover letter and all the necessary enclosures are received by the School of Business by 25 January 2017 at 3:00 pm local time (GMT +2:00); incomplete or late applications will not be processed. Application documents cannot be sent by email.

4. Administrative check of general eligibility

Once your documents have been received by the Aalto University School of Business and marked as arrived into the application system, you will receive an e-mail notification. First the application is checked for general eligibility, i.e. it is checked that the application contains the requisite documents, the authenticity of the documents and that the application fulfills the general admission requirements. Only applications that fulfill the general eligibility criteria are sent to the degree programmes for academic assessment. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be rejected at this stage. 

You should check the Monitoring page in the online application system to see the status of your application, i.e. whether the application documents have been received and if anything is missing. We cannot reply to enquiries concerning the reception of the documents.

5. Academic evaluation

The final admission decision is made by the Master's programme based on the predefined academic evaluation criteria. See the programme-specific requirements and evaluation criteria on the programme pages. You can find the programme pages at Programmes offered.

Admission is granted on competitive basis - the applicants are assessed on the basis of the academic evaluation criteria and compared with each other. Only the best applicants will gain admission. The number of study places is restricted. This means that some applicants are not admitted even if they are eligible for the programme. The programmes are not obligated to fill up all the available study places.

The status of the applications cannot be commented on during the academic evaluation.

6. Results of admission

All eligible applicants whose applications are processed will be informed of their admission decision via the online application system. Successful applicants are sent a formal letter of admission to the address specified in the online application system by mail. The mailing address given in the application system must be exact and complete. Make sure to keep your contact information updated in the application system during the whole application procedure.

7. Appealing against the admission decision

The right of appeal means that the applicant has a possibility to request for rectification if she/he believes that there has been an error in the decision-making process. The appeal should be submitted to the Registry of the University within 14 days after the publication of the decisions. In the appeal the applicant should specify the reasons for it. The right of appeal is not a means for receiving feedback or asking for further information about the application process.

8. Accepting the offer of admission

The admitted applicants must accept the offer of admission according to the instructions sent with the admission letter. The study place must be accepted by the given deadline. The acceptance is binding and it cannot be changed later on. Further instructions are sent with the admission letter to the admitted students by mail.

Required application documents

Fill in and submit an online application form. After submitting the form online, print the provided cover letter from the online system, sign and send it with the required application documents to the School of Business.

Required application documents

The application form must be filled in and submitted online. The following documents must be sent to the Aalto University School of Business:

  1. Cover letter: printed from the application system and signed. Cover letter is provided in the system after submitting your online application form.
  2. Officially attested copy of official Bachelor's degree certificate (or diploma), or certificate of equivalent studies (does not concern applicants with incomplete degree, degree must be completed by 31 July 2017)
  3. Authorised translation of degree certificate (if degree certificate is not in Finnish, Swedish or English)
  4. Official and original transcript of study records (or an officially attested copy: see attesting instructions and country-specific requirements below). Plain copies are not accepted!
  5. Authorised translation of transcript (if transcript is not in Finnish, Swedish or English)
  6. Copy of passport or official identification card indicating citizenship
  7. GMAT or GRE test result in admission group 2 and in both admission groups for Master's programme in Finance. Official test result has to arrive directly from the test organiser by the deadline. (In addition an unofficial copy of the score report can be submitted as extra information)
  8. Language test scores (if applicable)

Additional documents, if applicable:

  • Enclosures required by the Master's programme for academic evaluation. These documents do not affect the general eligibility of your application, but can affect the selection decision.
  • Explanation of extent of courses completed at non-Finnish university/university of applied sciences compared to European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits (unless originally registered in ECTS credits)
  • Explanation of grading of courses completed at non-Finnish university/university of applied sciences
  • Official transcript of records of additional university level studies to be taken into account in admission (or officially attested copy)
  • Diploma Supplement, if you apply with a foreign degree certificate and if available. More information on European Commission website (ec.europa.eu)

If an obligatory application document has not been provided by the end of the application period, the application will not be processed.

The application documents are not returned. Do not use staples, paper clips or interleaves; simply arrange your application documents in order. Do not attach a photo to the application form. Do not submit any extra documents that are not required.

GMAT/GRE test result

All applicants in Admission Group 2 (except applicants for Yritysjuridiikka which is offered only in Finnish) and all applicants for the Master's Programme in Finance regardless of the admission group are required to take Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) standardised admission test. The minimum test score is a total score 550 in GMAT or an equivalent GRE result. GMAT and GRE tests are equal in the Master’s admissions i.e. taking one or the other is not considered better. GRE results are converted to GMAT results using the ETS (Educational Testing Service) guidelines and comparison tool at: ETS GRE/GMAT comparison tool (ets.org).

The official test result has to arrive at Aalto University directly from the test organiser by 25 January 2017, therefore we recommend booking your test date early enough. Unofficial score reports sent by the applicant are not accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to take the test early enough and to make sure that the test organiser provides the official test result in time. Please note that there might not be test dates available or they may be fully booked closer to the deadline. GMAT and GRE results are valid for five years; the earliest possible test date accepted in the admission is 15 December 2011.

Applications without GMAT/GRE test result in admission group 2 or with a result below the minimum requirement will not be processed. GMAT/GRE is not a language test, thus if a language test is required of the applicant, it cannot be replaced with GMAT/GRE.

  • GMAT: Aalto University School of Business requires that the applicant’s Official Score Report is delivered to the School of Business directly by the test organiser. Aalto University School of Business receives the test reports electronically from the test organiser. The institutions where the applicant wishes the score report to be sent are chosen in the beginning of the test session. The results can be sent to a maximum of 5 institutions. The GMAT Program Code for the Aalto University School of Business Master’s degree admissions is C1N-9F-85 (MSc Degree Programs). If you have taken the test earlier and the score was not sent to Aalto University School of Business with the above code, request the test organiser to send your Additional Score Report to Aalto University School of Business. Only the Total Score is considered in the admissions. Total Score consists of Quantitative Section and Verbal Section, thus Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning do not count for the Total score. For further information about GMAT, please visit GMAT (mba.com).
  • GRE: In addition to GMAT score, a comparable GRE test score is accepted. GRE General Test or the GRE revised General Test are taken into account. GRE Subject Test is not used. Aalto University School of Business expects to receive the applicant's official GRE test report directly from the test organisation. The reporting code to Aalto University is 7364. Aalto University receives the test scores electronically from the test organiser. If the test has been taken earlier and not sent to Aalto University, GRE report must be ordered from the test organisation (”Additional Score Report”). Only the Verbal Reasoning Score and Quantitative Reasoning Score of the GRE test are taken into account in admissions. GRE results are converted to GMAT results with the ETS GRE/GMAT comparison tool (ets.org). For further information about GRE, please visit the website of the test organiser at GRE (ets.org).

More information about GMAT and GRE is available in FAQ section of this website. Aalto University does not organise GMAT or GRE tests and cannot reply to questions about the tests (such as reporting times of the test scores etc.). Please contact the test organiser in any questions concerning the tests.

Language requirements

Accepted language tests and their minimum scores

  • IELTS (Academic IELTS only)
    • Overall Band Score: 6.5 and Writing Band Score: 5.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A)
    • Total score: 59 and Writing score: 50
  • TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test)
    • Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT) and Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)
  • CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
    • Grades A, B, C

No other English proficiency tests are accepted. The minimum requirements are very strict. If your score does not fulfill the minimum requirements, you are not eligible to apply and your application cannot be processed.

Exemptions from the language test requirement

You do not need to submit a language certificate if you have a higher education degree (or will have by 31 July 2017) that is:

  • instructed in Finnish, Swedish or English at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland.
  • instructed in English at a university or a university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country. The whole degree must be completed in English. The official language of the degree programme has to be stated in the degree certificate or its supplement, in the transcript of records or in an official document issued by the higher education institution.
  • instructed in English at a higher education institution that is physically located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand (physical presence on-site is required) .

If your degree includes studies from some other institution, also those studies must have been taken in English in a country and institution where the completed studies exempt you from taking an English language test (e.g. double degrees). However, this does not apply to degree studies completed during a student exchange.

Only the above-mentioned groups are exempted from the language test requirement. For all other applicants the official language test result is an obligatory application document and applications without the test result will not be processed. There are no exceptions to the above-mentioned requirements.

  • Note that the programme-specific requirements may include stricter minimum criteria for language test scores and exemptions. If you apply for the Master's Programme in Global Management, see the stricter programme-specific requirements on the programme page.

Submitting the language test scores

Applicants who take the IELTS need to enclose a copy of the score report with the application documents. IELTS certificates are verified electronically, therefore a plain copy of the IELTS certificate is enough. If you receive your IELTS score after submitting your application to Aalto University, send a scanned copy of your result by e-mail (admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi). Please write the Master's programme you are applying for to the subject field of the email and include your full name and application ID number in the message.

If you take the PTE A test you can submit your score to Aalto University once you have signed in to your PTE account on the test organiser's website. The scores can be sent to an unlimited number of institutions free of charge. The test organiser will send you an email to confirm that your scores have been sent. Note that according to PTE, it takes up to 48 hours for scores to be sent to institutions. For more information on how to deliver PTE results, please see the test organiser's website.

Applicants who take the TOEFL test need to request for the official score report to be sent directly to Aalto University, reporting code 7364 as soon as the score is available. Only the official score report submitted by ETS is accepted.

Applicants who take the Cambridge Certificate (CAE, CPE) test, need to request the testing authority to mail an official score report to Aalto University School of Business:

Aalto University School of Business
Learning Services / Master's admissions
P.O.Box 21210
FI-00076 AALTO
Finland

If you use a courier service, please give the following address:

Aalto University School of Business
Learning Services / Master's admissions
Runeberginkatu 14-16
00100 HELSINKI
Finland
tel. +358 40 353 8114

The language test result has to be valid during the application period, i.e. the test result has to be valid at least on the first day of the application period. Please note that the IELTS, PTE A and TOEFL language test reports are valid for two years, starting from the test date. Note also that the ETS does not send TOEFL test results after they have expired. CAE and CPE do not have any restriction for their validity.

Registration for language proficiency test

Be advised to register for the language test well in advance. There might not be test dates available or they may be fully booked closer to the application period. You need to take the test early enough in order for the result to reach Aalto University in time. Please check from the testing center how long it takes for the test result to arrive at Aalto University. The official language test result has to arrive at Aalto University by 25 January 2017. To find out more about the test dates and test centres, please visit the website of the test organiser:

IELTS (ielts.org)
PTE Academic (pearsonpte.com)
TOEFL (ets.org)
CAE (cambridgeesol.org)
CPE (cambridgeesol.org)

Studies in Finnish (only Master's Programme Yritysjuridiikka)

International applicants who wish to study in Finnish, but have not completed a school or a university degree in Finnish or in Swedish, must provide a certificate of their Finnish proficiency. Sufficient proficiency can be proven only by passing the National Certificate of Language Proficiency ("yleinen kielitutkinto"). At least two subtests must be completed with the grade 4, one of which must be Writing. You can check the test schedules for the Finnish test on the web pages of the Finnish National Board of Education Opetushallitus (oph.fi) which coordinates the tests. 

The National Certificate must be completed no later than 31 July 2017 and the test result must be received by the School of Business by 7 August 2017 at 3 pm. Applicants who fail to submit their test score by 7 August 2017 will not be admitted. In order to be able to deliver the Finnish language certificate by the deadline, the test has to be taken on 8 April 2017 at the latest. The deadline for signing up for the test is 28 February 2017. Please note that there are only a few test dates available every year and especially in the Helsinki metropolitan area they fill out quickly so it is important that you check the test dates well in advance.

Aalto University does not organise language tests.

Programme-specific enclosures

In addition to the application documents required from all applicants, the degree programmes require the following enclosures for academic evaluation:

  • Accounting: course descriptions*
  • Corporate Communication: motivation video (max. 2 minutes)**
  • Creative Sustainability: course descriptions*, motivation letter (approx. 1000 words)***, CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Economics: course descriptions*, motivation letter in the online system (max. 4000 characters)****
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management: motivation letter in the online system (max. 4000 characters)****
  • Finance: motivation letter (less than 300 words)***
  • Global Management: Language certificates / proof of language proficiency (English and second language, see programme page for minimum criteria and accepted documents), motivation video (max. 2 minutes, see instructions for uploading the video on the programme page), CV (curriculum vitae) and relevant work certificates
  • Information and Service Management: course descriptions*
  • International Design Business Management: course descriptions*, motivation letter (1-2 pages)*** OR motivation video (max. 2 minutes)**, CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Management and International Business: course descriptions*, analytic writing skills essay*****
  • Marketing: course descriptions*, CV (curriculum vitae), relevant certificates of employment (+ other certificates of professional experience, other certificates and information the applicant considers necessary), in admission group 2: analytic writing skills essay*****
  • Strategy: course descriptions*, motivation letter in the online system (max. 2000 characters)****, CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Yritysjuridiikka: see instructions on the website in Finnish

* Course descriptions of studies required in the programme's academic evaluation criteria. Submit descriptions only of relevant courses, not of all courses (do not submit whole course catalogue). Descriptions are not required of courses completed at Aalto University School of Business.

** Motivation video in English (Corporate Communication and option in IDBM) is submitted on a usb, cd or dvd with the other application documents by mail. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the video can be played with the most common programs such as VLC media player and Windows Media Player. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the usb/cd/dvd is properly packed so that it does not break during postal delivery.

*** Motivation letter (Creative Sustainability, Finance and IDBM) is not written in the online system. The letter is written in English with a computer, printed, and sent as a paper copy with the other application documents by mail.

**** Motivation letter (Economics, Entrepreneurship and IM and Strategy) is written in English in the online application system and is not printed. You can prepare the letter beforehand and paste it onto the online form. Economics and EIM: maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters including space characters, Strategy: maximum length is 2000 characters including space characters

***** Analytic writing skills essay (Management and International Business and admission group 2: Marketing) is written in English and it should have 750-1000 words. The essay is sent as a paper copy with the other application documents by mail.

Attesting the copies

If the degree is awarded by a higher education institution in Finland, the copies of study certificates must be certified either by the issuing institution or by two unbiased signatories. An unbiased person is at least 15 years old, not one's immediate family, current/former spouse, fiancé/e or adoptive parent/child. The copies must be made of the original, official documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page of the copy must carry the signature, name of the signatory/signatories and date. The signatories must see the original document and the copy of it side by side. By signing they certify that the copy is an unaltered copy of the original document.

If the degree is awarded by a higher education institution outside Finland, the copies of study certificates must be certified by the issuing institution or by a notary public. The certified copies must be made of the original, official documents. Plain copies of the original documents are not accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page must be certified separately and indicate clearly the date and the original signature, printed name and stamp of the certifying officer. The mere mention of the official copy (e.g. stamp "True copy") is not enough. Please see also the country-specific requirements.

Aalto University School of Business does not take copies of application documents or attest them.

Translations

All the required documents must be available either in Finnish, Swedish or English. If the original study certificates are not issued in Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must provide official translations of them. A translation is regarded official if it is made by an authorised translator or by the university that has granted the degree. Translations must be either originals or certified copies of the original translations. Certified copies of the original study certificates in the original language must be enclosed as well.

Country-specific documentation requirements

There are country-specific documentation requirements for degrees awarded in Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, United Kingdom and USA.

Please see the country-specific requirements.

Additional information about the required documents

  • All requested documents or their translations must be provided in Finnish, Swedish or English.
  • All copies of study certificates must be officially attested and all translations of them must be authorised and accompanied by a copy of the original. Regular copies of study certificates are not accepted under any circumstances!
  • See Country-specific documentation requirements if your degree is awarded in Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, United Kingdom or USA.
  • The copy of your passport does not need to be attested.
  • Make sure you deliver all documents within the application period. Documents delivered after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration. Applicants will not be requested to supplement additional documents. See the deadlines for providing the application documents at Selection schedule. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications or application documents are not accepted by e-mail.
  • If you deliver supporting or missing documents after you have sent your other application documents, make sure that it is stated clearly in the delivery for what purpose the documents are, what is your name and your application ID number.
  • Do not submit any extra documents that are not requested. Only the documents listed in the instructions are taken into account.
  • The application documents are not returned. Do not use staples, paper clips or interleaves; simply arrange your application documents in order. Do not attach a photo to the application form.
  • You can apply for one Master's programme in the field of business and economics. Remember to include the programme-specific enclosures for the programme you apply for.
  • Provisional degree certificate: In some countries students are awarded a provisional certificate upon graduation while waiting for the issuance of a final degree certificate. Provisional degree certificates cannot be more than five years old. If the provisional degree certificate has been issued more than five years prior to beginning of the application period, the applicant must deliver an attested copy of the final degree certificate.
  • The use of false application documents is illegal and will lead to rejection of the application and is reported to relevant authorities.

Delivering the application documents to Aalto University School of Business

The application documents are sent to:

Aalto University School of Business
Learning Services / Master's admissions
P.O. Box 21210
FI-00076 AALTO
Finland

If you use courier services, please give the following street address:

Aalto University School of Business
Learning Services / Master's admissions
Runeberginkatu 14-16
FI-00100 Helsinki
Finland
tel. +358 40 353 8114

(Or you can bring the documents in person to Runeberginkatu 14-16, 00100 Helsinki, main building, A-wing, 1st floor, yellow mailbox of Learning Services. Make sure to mark "Master's admissions" on the envelope.)

All application documents need to arrive at the School of Business by 25 January 2017 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +2:00). Application documents delivered after the application deadline will not be processed. The applicant is responsible for meeting the application deadline also in case the application documents are delivered by a third party, e.g. postal service. Application is considered delivered to the School of Business when it physically reaches the School of Business. We strongly advise international applicants to reserve enough time for the postal delivery and to use a courier company or other service which enables tracking the delivery.

Please note that we cannot reply to enquiries concerning arrival of application documents during the application period. Arrived documents are marked into the application system; you will receive an email notification once your application enclosures have arrived and your application is being processed. The online system should be used for following the status of your documents. 
 

Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about applying and admissions.

General Questions

How do I start the application procedure?

Familiarise yourself first with the Master's programmes offered at the School of Business and decide which programme interests you the most. You can apply for one programme. Read carefully the instructions on how to apply and the admission requirements as well as the academic evaluation criteria of the programme you are interested in. It is important that you read the programme requirements carefully in order to make sure you meet them. For instance, certain previous studies may be prerequisite for the programme you are interested in.

The application form is available only during the application period. The application period is 15 December 2016 - 25 January 2017.

Before the application period begins you can start preparing the required application documents. All applicants in admission group 2 (except when applying for Yritysjuridiikka) are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test and the official test result has to arrive at Aalto University by 25 January 2017. Also the language test needs to be taken early enough for the results to arrive by the deadline. Please see the selection schedule.

How many programmes can I apply for?

You can apply for one Master's programme at the Aalto University School of Business.

In addition, it is possible to apply for Aalto University programmes in the field of Art and Design and field of Science and Technology, if your background is suitable. The admission requirements and application procedures vary by field of study.

The study options at the Aalto University.

Where can I find information about the Master's programmes?

The Master's programme descriptions and programme-specific academic evaluation and eligibility criteria can be found on the programme webpages.

Course level information concerning the academic year 2016-2017 is available in the online Study Guide in the Into portal for Aalto students.

I study at university in my home country. Can I transfer to Aalto University?

It is not possible to transfer to Aalto University. You should apply and be admitted in the Bachelor's or Master's admissions in order to obtain a study right at the School of Business.

Bachelor's studies at the Otaniemi Campus are only offered in Finnish. The Mikkeli Campus offers an intensive Bachelor's degree programme in English in the field of International Business

Are there any distance learning / online programmes available?

No, we do not have any distance learning or online programmes. All studies require attendance at the university in Finland.

Do I have to pay tuition fee?

The Finnish Parliament has decided to impose tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens who are studying towards Bachelor's or Master's degree in languages other than Finnish or Swedish. The tuition fee is €15 000 per academic year for Master's degree programmes. The normative duration of Master's degree studies is two years. Please find further information about who is required to pay tuition fee at: Fees and Scholarships.

How many applied last year?

Information on admission statistics is available at: Statistics.

Admission criteria is decided on annually and due to the changes in the admission criteria the statistics on Master's admissions in different years are not comparable. Statistics are also not comparable between the Master's programmes in a specific year because of different evaluation and ranking criteria.

Can I postpone the start of the studies if I'm admitted?

According to the Universities Act a first-year student may register as absent during the first academic year only for the following reasons:

  1. service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Act on Women’s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
  2. maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  3. or if the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

Registering as non-attending due to an illness or injury is counted in the maximum period of registering as absent. It is not possible to register as absent during the first academic year for any other reason than those listed above. In other words, it is not possible to postpone the start of the studies and register as absent, for example, due to a job opportunity.

The normative duration of the Master’s degree is two years. The student has the right to complete the degree in a time exceeding the normative duration of studies by a maximum of two years. The duration of studies does not include leave due to voluntary military service or conscription or maternity, paternity or parental leave. Students can register as non-attending for the maximum period of two terms (i.e. one year) during the Master's studies (but during the first academic year only for the reasons listed in the Universities Act).

Can I change the Master's programme after being admitted?

A student admitted in the Master’s admissions obtains a study right for the particular Master’s programme only. It is not possible to change the Master's programme. In addition, students who have been admitted in Master's admissions and have a study right to take the Master’s degree at the Aalto University School of Business are not eligible to re-apply in the school's Master's admissions.

General Eligibility

Do I need to have a Bachelor’s degree to apply?

Applicants should hold a Bachelor's degree equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more to be eligible to apply. The degree must be of at least three years of full-time studies. The degree from a foreign university must in the awarding country give eligibility for corresponding Master’s level studies. An applicable degree may also be an internationally accredited university level MBA program.

In addition, the university granting the degree must be an official and recognised part of the national education system and it has to be found on an official list or in an international handbook that is completed by some international organisation (e.g. UNESCO).

Professional studies or qualifications (such as ACCA) are not taken into account in the Master's admissions.

I will receive my Bachelor’s degree certificate after the application deadline. Can I apply?

Students in their final year of a Bachelor's degree are eligible to apply, provided that they complete their Bachelor's degree and graduate by 31 July 2017. Admission is conditional for successful applicants who have not received their degree certificate by the application deadline. Conditionally admitted applicants must submit an officially certified copy of their degree certificate and final transcript as soon as they have obtained them, however no later than the deadline given by the university. If the student is not able to graduate or fails to deliver a degree certificate by the given deadline, the offered study place will be cancelled.

Only studies completed by the end of the application period and of which an official transcript of records is submitted by 25 January 2017 at 15.00, can be considered in the admissions.

Can my eligibility be assessed before I apply?

Application documents or the eligibility of an applicant are not pre-evaluated before the application period. The general eligibility decisions are made during the administrative check when all the required application documents have arrived at the university by the given deadline. Only eligible applications are sent to the degree programmes for academic assessment. The programme-specific eligibility is checked during the academic evaluation. The degree programmes do not evaluate documents or previous studies of applicants in advance.

Please read carefully the general eligibility requirements, academic evaluation criteria and how to apply before applying to make sure that your application fulfills the requirements.

Can I be exempted from the GMAT / GRE requirement?

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test result is obligatory for all applicants in admission group 2. In addition, also applicants in admission group 1 are required to take the GMAT or GRE test when applying for the Master's Programme in Finance. Only applicants for Yritysjuridiikka (only in Finnish) are not required to have GMAT or GRE score.

The minimum score is a Total score 550 in GMAT or an equivalent GRE result. GRE results are converted to GMAT results using the ETS (Educational Testing Service) guidelines and comparison tool: ETS GRE/GMAT comparison tool (ets.org).

Applications without GMAT or GRE test score above the minimum criteria by the given deadline will be rejected.

My GMAT / GRE test score is below the minimum criteria, can I apply?

The minimum criterion is a Total score 550 in GMAT or an equivalent GRE result. The requirements are strict and applications with results below the minimum criteria are rejected.

The language of instruction is English in my university. Do I need to take a language test?

According to the language requirements, all applicants are requested to submit a valid, official language test report. There are only few exceptions to this rule:

You do not need a language certificate if

  • you have a higher education degree instructed in Finnish, Swedish or English at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland.
  • you have a higher education degree instructed in English at a university in an EU/EEA country. The whole degree must be completed in English. The official language of the degree programme must be stated in the degree certificate or its appendix, or in the transcript of records or other official document issued by the higher education institution.
  • you have a higher education degree instructed in English at a higher education institution that is physically located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand (physical presence on-site is required).

If the degree includes studies from some other institution, the studies must also have been taken in English in a country and institution where the completed studies exempted the student from taking an English language test (e.g. double degrees). However, this does not apply to degree studies completed during a student exchange.

Only the above-mentioned groups are exempted from the language test requirement, for all other applicants the official language test result is an obligatory application document and applications without the test result will not be processed. There are no exceptions to the above-mentioned requirements. See the accepted language tests and their minimum scores at Language requirements.

Note! If you apply for the Master's Programme in Global Management, see the programme-specific language requirements on the programme page. The programme-specific requirements of Global Management are stricter for test exemptions and have higher minimum scores.

My language test score is below the minimum requirement. Can I still apply?

The minimum requirements are strict. If you fail to meet them you are not eligible to apply and your application cannot be processed.

There are no language tests available before the application deadline. Can I be conditionally admitted and send the language test score later? 

The language test score must arrive at the university by the given deadline. Incomplete applications will be rejected during the administrative check. Applicants are responsible for booking the test date and taking the language test in time for the official result to arrive at the university by the deadline (25 January 2017).

I do not meet all the admission requirements but have relevant work experience, can I be accepted?

No, all applicants need to fulfill the admission requirements.

Application documents

What is a certified / officially attested document?

A certified copy is a document that carries a stamp or a seal of an authority that has the power to confirm that the document copies correspond to the originals. The authority responsible for certification varies from country to country; in Finland it is the Notary Public in a local register office (Maistraatti). University documents are regarded official if they have been certified by the awarding university.

If the degree is awarded by a higher education institution in Finland, the copies of study certificates must be certified either by the issuing institution or by two unbiased signatories. An unbiased person is at least 15 years old, not one's immediate family, current/former spouse, fiancé/e or adoptive parent/child. The copies must be made of the original, official documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page of the copy must carry the signature, name of the signatory/signatories and date. The signatories must see the original document and the copy of it side by side. By signing they certify that the copy is an unaltered copy of the original document.

If the degree is awarded by a higher education institution outside Finland, the copies of study certificates must be certified by the issuing institution or by a notary public. The copies must be made of the original, official documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page must be certified separately and indicate clearly the date and the original signature, printed name and stamp of the certifying officer. The mere mention of the official copy (e.g. stamp "True copy") is not enough. Please see also the country-specific documentation requirements for degrees awarded in Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, United Kingdom or USA.

Aalto University School of Business does not take any copies of application documents or attest them.

What is GMAT or GRE?

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are standardised admission tests, which measure the applicants’ general verbal, mathematical and analytical skills. Both tests can be taken at various test centers all over the world. These tests are internationally used by Business Schools and Graduate Schools as one criterion in student selection to master's and doctoral programmes.

All applicants in admission group 2 (except applicants for Yritysjuridiikka, which is offered only in Finnish) are required to take either the GMAT or the GRE test. The minimum test score is a total score 550 in GMAT or an equivalent GRE result. GRE scores are converted to GMAT scores using the ETS (Educational Testing Service) guidelines and comparison tool (ets.org). Different combinations of GRE Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning Scores may produce the same GMAT result. Only the predicted GMAT total score is considered (the score range is not taken into account).

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

GMAT is a standardised, computer-based test that is organised in over four hundred GMAT test centers around the world. The test is in Standard American English and measures basic verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. It has been developed specifically to meet the needs of student admissions in business schools.

The current fee to take the test is approximately 250 USD. The fee is paid to the test organisation in connection with the registration. Before taking the test, you should familiarise yourself with the test structure and its contents and practice for the test, especially if you do not have previous experience from a similar test. Test-preparation software for the GMAT can be downloaded for free at www.mba.com. There are also GMAT prep books and study guides available to help you prepare for the test.

The test consists of the following sections:
• Analytical Writing Assessment (1 topic), 30 minutes
• Integrated Reasoning (12 questions), 30 minutes
• Quantitative (37 multiple-choice questions), 75 minutes
• Verbal (41 multiple-choice questions), 75 minutes

Only the Total Score is considered in the admissions. Total Score consists of Quantitative Section and Verbal Section, thus Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning do not count for the Total score. The GMAT Program Code to be used in the School of Business Master’s admission is C1N-9F-85 (MSc Degree Programs). Aalto University School of Business receives the test scores electronically from the test organiser.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

The GRE General Test or the GRE revised General Test are taken into account in admissions. GRE Subject Test is not used. The GRE revised General Test has the following sections:

• Verbal Reasoning: measures ability to analyse and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent, select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarise text; understand the structure of a text, understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts.
• Quantitative Reasoning: measures ability to understand quantitative information, interpret and analyse quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation, includes real-life scenarios.
• Analytical Writing: measures ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, examine claims and accompanying evidence, sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, control the elements of standard written English.

Only the Verbal Reasoning Score and Quantitative Reasoning Score of the GRE test are taken into account in Master's admissions of the School of Business. GRE results are converted to GMAT results with the ETS GRE/GMAT comparison tool (ets.org). Information on the test structure, contents and test preparation materials are available on the test organiser website at www.ets.org. The test fee is currently approximately 205 USD.

The official GRE test report must arrive directly from the test organisation. The reporting code of Aalto University is 7364. Aalto University School of Business receives the test scores electronically from the test organiser.

Important:

  • The test procedure may take several months including booking the test date, practising for the test, taking the test and reporting the official results. Be sure to book your test date and take the test early enough! The official results have to arrive directly from the test organiser by 25 January 2017. Check with the test organiser how long it takes to deliver the official results.
  • GMAT and GRE results are valid for five years; the earliest possible test date accepted in admissions is 15 December 2011.
  • Aalto University does not organise GMAT or GRE tests and all questions concerning the tests should be addressed to the test organisers. Aalto University cannot give any estimations on behalf of the test organiser, for example, of the reporting time of the official test scores.

Where can I take the GMAT or GRE test?

There are over 400 GMAT test centers around the world. In Finland, the test is administered by LAN Group Finland Oy (LGF), Valkjärventie 7 E (2nd floor), 02130 Espoo (Pohjois-Tapiola). Lan Group Finland only administers the test, audits the test takers, and monitors the test situation. More information about the test can be found on the test organiser website. Also registration for the test and payment of the test fee takes place on the website. When registering you should make sure that your name is written exactly the same as on your passport or ID card. The current fee to take the test is approximately 250 USD. The fee is paid when registering to the test.

The GRE revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries. More information about GRE is available on the test organiser website at www.ets.org/gre. You can register for the test on the registration website. In Finland the GRE test center is: Nuevo Mundo, Arabiankatu 12 (2nd floor), 00560 Helsinki. The test fee is approximately 205 USD.

When do I need to take the GMAT or GRE test?

The official GMAT or GRE test score report must arrive at Aalto University directly from the test organiser by 25 January 2017. Unofficial score reports are not accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to take the test early enough and to make sure that the test organiser provides the test result in time and with the correct reporting code. The test procedure may take several months including booking the test date, taking the test and reporting the official scores. It is important to start the process well in advance as there may not be test dates available or they can be fully booked closer to the application period. There are no exceptions to the deadlines and only the official test results sent by the test organiser are accepted.

Aalto University does not organise GMAT or GRE test. In questions concerning the tests, test locations, test dates or reporting time of the results, please contact the test organisers.

What GRE score is equivalent to GMAT total score of 550?

GRE scores are converted to GMAT scores using the ETS (Educational Testing Service) guidelines and comparison tool. The same GMAT result can be received with different combinations of GRE Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning Scores.

For example, the combination of GRE verbal score 161 + quantitative score 151 correspond to a total score 550 in GMAT. Also the combination of GRE verbal score 169 + quantitative score 146 correspond to 550 in GMAT. You can see the comparison tool and try the different combinations to see which produce the minimum GMAT score.

I have taken the GMAT/GRE test several times, which score is taken into account?

The best valid official test score received by the deadline is taken into account. The scores of different test dates cannot be combined.

What are course descriptions, which courses are they required of and where can I get them?

Course descriptions are submitted of the relevant courses, if the Master's programme you apply for has requirements for previous studies in its academic evaluation criteria. For example, the Master's Programme in Accounting requires previous studies in financial accounting and management accounting. See the programme pages for the requirements on previous studies (if any).

Course descriptions describe the content, learning outcomes and literature of the course. They include information about the teaching and assessment method, workload and level of the course. Course descriptions are often available in the university study guide or online course portal and they can be easily printed. You should contact your university to obtain course descriptions if they are not available online. If the descriptions are in some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish, translation of the descriptions is required. Course descriptions or their translations do not need to be official or stamped by the university registrar.

In case the applicant is unable to obtain course descriptions or provides them only of some of the relevant courses or if there is ambiguity about the content or level of the courses, the Aalto University School of Business is forced to interpret the information in an unfavorable way as regards to the applicant. The admission decision is based on the documents submitted during the application period.

Large courses (over 5 ECTS credits) that contain more than one subject need to be itemised, i.e. explained how the credits are composed of. For example, "Business course X, 10 ECTS" could be itemised as follows: Marketing 2 ECTS, Logistics 2 ECTS, Accounting 3 ECTS and Management 3 ECTS. Large courses with several subjects can be typical especially in some universities of applied sciences.

Note! Submit course descriptions only of the relevant courses required by the programme you apply for, not of all the courses in your degree. Do not submit a whole course catalogue!

My university does not use ECTS credit system. How do I convert my studies into ECTS credits?

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is based on the principle that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. A 3-year Bachelor’s programme has therefore usually 180 ECTS credits and a 2-year Master’s programme usually 120 ECTS credits.

Student workload in ECTS consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities such as attending lectures, seminars, independent and private study, preparation of projects, examinations, and so forth. In Finland the standard is 1600 hours per academic year, and 1 ECTS equals 26,66 hours of work.

Normally 60 ECTS credits are taken within one academic year. Here are some examples of converting the international degree into ECTS credits:

  • In a Chinese 4-year Bachelor’s degree (~160 credits) 1 credit normally equals to 1.5 ECTS credits (the degree totals to about 240 ECTS credits)
  • In a UK 3-year BA degree (~360 credits) 1 credit normally equals to 0.5 ECTS credits (the degree totals to 180 ECTS credits)
  • In a US 4-year Bachelor’s degree (~120 credit hours) 1 credit may often equal up to 2 ECTS credits (the degree totals to about 240 ECTS credits)
  • In a Russian degree the work load of the degree is often measured in hours. In Finland one ECTS credit equals 26,66 hours. Therefore 26,66 could be used as a divider to work out how many ECTS credits a Russian degree corresponds to.

You may read further information about the ECTS on the European Commission website about the ECTS System or by downloading the ECTS User's Guide.

My studies are not registered in ECTS grades, where do I get the required explanation of the grading of the courses?

In case you are able to get a conversion scale for ECTS from your university, you can attach that to the application. If it is not possible, you need to provide an explanation of the grading system used in your university.

The School of Business uses 5-point grading scale (ECTS grades). Only the passing grades are mentioned in the 5 scale system. A failing grade is not part of the grading, so if the grading is 4 scale and includes 1 failing grade, it is not a 5 scale system.

The Table below is an example of how some Finnish grades would compare to the ECTS system.

ECTS Letter Grade ECTS
Verbal Grade
Finnish Grade (grading 1-5) HSE Grade
(40-100)
prior to 2010*
Grade of Finnish
Universities prior to 8/2005 (grading 1-3)
A Excellent 5 86-100 3-, 3, 3+, ECLA, SCLA, L, ET, Excellent
B Very Good 4 70-85 2+, 2.5, MCLA, Very good
C Good 3 60-69 2-, 2, NSLA, CL, HT, Good
D Satisfactory 2 50-59 1, 1+, 1.5, A, LUB, TT, (Very) Satisfactory
E Sufficient 1 40-49 1-
FX/F Fail Fail Fail Fail

*Aalto University School of Business (former HSE) used another grading system than 1-5 prior to 2010.

You may read further information about the ECTS on the European Commission website about the ECTS System or by downloading the ECTS User's Guide.

Application and admission process

When is the application period?

The application period for Master's programmes is once a year. The 2017 application round is 15 December 2016 - 25 January 2017 for studies starting in autumn 2017.

Application form is available only during the application period. See the selection schedule for further information on deadlines.

Can I send my application before the application period?

It is not possible to send an application before the application period begins. Admissions are organised once a year and applications are accepted only during the application period. The online application system opens when the application period starts and the application form has to be filled in online before the cover letter can be printed out and sent to the university with the required enclosures. The application enclosures must arrive by the end of the application period.

The official language test results and GMAT or GRE test results can, however, be ordered from the test organiser already before the application period. The test results are saved into the Aalto University application system database.

It is not possible to send application documents for the purpose of pre-evaluating the application or the eligibility to apply. The general eligibility decisions are made during the administrative check when all the required application documents have arrived at the university by the given deadline. The degree programmes do not evaluate documents or previous studies of applicants in advance.

I missed the application deadline. Can my application still be considered?

The university will only consider complete applications submitted by the deadline. A complete application is one that includes the submitted online application, the printed cover letter and all the requisite application enclosures. The deadlines are strict. If you fail to deliver the required documents by the given deadline, your application will be incomplete and will be rejected. Late applications are not accepted.

What is administrative check?

All applications are first processed in administrative check for general eligibility. The authenticity of the documents is verified, it is checked that all the requisite documents have arrived as required and that the application fulfills the general eligibility requirements. Only eligible applications are forwarded to the degree programmes for academic assessment. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be rejected at this stage.

Applicants can follow the status of their application and see the arrival of their documents in the online application system.

What is academic evaluation?

The final admission decision is made by the degree programme based on the academic evaluation criteria. The programme-specific admission criteria are available on the programme pages. The academic evaluation criteria may contain for example: GMAT/GRE test score, suitability of previous studies, GPA, motivation, work experience etc. There can be also programme-specific eligibility requirements like in Accounting "30 ECTS credits of studies in Accounting and/or closely related subjects” or in Management and International Business “GPA under 3.00 is not eligible for admission”. Read carefully both the general eligibility requirements and the academic evaluation criteria of the programme you are applying for!

Admission is granted on competitive basis - the applicants are assessed according to the academic evaluation criteria and compared with each other. Only the best applicants will gain admission. The number of study places is restricted. This means that some applicants are not admitted even if they are eligible for the programme. The programmes are not obligated to fill up all the available study places.

The status of the applications cannot be commented on during the academic evaluation.

Online application system

Do I have to use the online application system?

Yes, the application form has to be filled in and submitted online before the provided cover letter can be printed out, signed and sent to the university along with the required documents. Applications not found in the online application system cannot be considered.

The online system is used during the whole application process. You can follow the status of your application and the arrival of your documents on the Monitoring page of the application system. The final results will also be available in the system.

What if I forget my password to the online application system?

Go to the online application system at apply.aalto.fi. Choose Log in to service – With apply.aalto.fi username and password. Click “Did you forget your password?”. Enter the e-mail address you have used to sign in to your account. The system sends a new password to your e-mail address.

Please note that you must use the original email address that you used for registering into the online application system. Even if you change your email address in your contact information, your username will remain the same (i.e. the email address you entered when registering).

How can I make changes to a submitted application? Should I fill out another form?

If you submit an online application form and then notice you have made a mistake, do not fill in a new form. Instead, send an email to admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi and request for your form to be returned to you. Mark the name of the Master's programme you are applying for and the application ID number to the subject field of the email. Once the form is returned, you will be able to log into your account and make alterations. Note that you will need to send the form again after you are done modifying the information.

Do not send several online application forms. Sending more than one online application form considerably slows down the processing of your application. If you are unsure which programme you would like to apply for, save your unfinished application form but do not submit it yet. If you save your work, you can return later to continue filling the form. Do not submit your online application form until you are absolutely sure it is finished.

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