CCIS Second Application Round
The second application period for Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences programme starting in autumn 2018 runs from 20 April 2018 to 4 May 2018. Results are published on 1 June 2018.
- Selection schedule for CCIS 2nd application round
- Who can apply
- Study options
- How to apply
- Required documents
- Language requirements
- Tuition fees
- Contact information
A second application round is organised for some of the study options in the Master's programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS). The application period for studies starting in autumn 2018 runs from 20 April 2018 to 4 May 2018.
Selection schedule CCIS second application round 2018
20 April 2018
Application period begins, application system opens.
4 May 2018 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00)
Applicants who are not eligible to apply or who have delivered incomplete applications are informed about the rejection of their application.
1 June 2018
15 June 2018 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00)
Deadline for accepting the offered study place.
31 July 2018
Deadline for graduation for those applicants applying with an incomplete degree. An attested copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation) must be received by the Admission Services by 7 August 2018 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00).
August - September 2018
Term starts with orientation to studies.
Eligibility for applying
You may apply for one CCIS study option during the second application round if you have not applied to Aalto University's master's programmes in the field of science and technology during the first application round or if you have only applied for one study option during the first application round.
Applicants with an appropriate degree from a university or a university of applied sciences may apply directly to a master’s programme in the field of science and technology at Aalto University. Admissions are organised once a year and applications are accepted only during the application period.
Applicants are eligible to apply for master-level studies in the field of science and technology if they have completed:
- A 3–4 year bachelor’s degree from a university or the equivalent education. The degree must entitle the graduate to apply for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
- A polytechnic degree (Finnish university of applied sciences, ammattikorkeakoulu).
- A polytechnic degree in an EU country if the degree entitles the graduate to apply for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
The university has to fulfill the following criteria:
- The university must be an official and recognised part of the national education system.
- The university has to be found on an official list or in an international handbook that is completed by some international organisation (e.g. UNESCO).
- A first cycle higher education degree (a bachelor’s degree from a university or a polytechnic) grants eligibility to apply to a master’s programme. It is not possible to apply to a master’s programme on the basis of a master’s degree. The only exception are one-tier degree programmes where the first cycle degree is not compulsory or the so called long cycle degrees. If you have completed or are currently pursuing some other degree in addition to the bachelor’s degree, you can list one additional degree on the application form. A licentiate or doctoral degree (third cycle degrees) do not grant eligibility to apply to master-level studies and they are not to be listed on the application form.
- Admitted students may be required to take complementary studies to gain the knowledge and skills required for the studies.
- In the field of technology at Aalto University, a student may only have one valid study right in a degree programme at any given time. If a student accepts a new study place in a degree programme of the same level (e.g. Master of Science in Technology) the old study right is forfeited.
Students in their final year of a degree programme are eligible to apply, provided they will graduate by 31 July 2018. If the applicant is accepted to the university, he/she must deliver a certified copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation, if applicable) to the university by 7 August 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +3:00). If the student is not able to graduate or does not deliver a degree certificate by the given deadline, the offered study place will be cancelled.
If you apply with an incomplete degree, please note that you will have to be able graduate by 31 July 2018. In some faculties/institutions it may not be possible to graduate during summer. The students must reserve enough time to complete all courses required for the degree and for the administrative processes at their home institution.
In the second application round for the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS), the study options are certain major subjects of the programme, depending on the results of the first application round. The study options "Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Game Design and Production" and "Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence" will not be available during the second application round.
Applicants can choose only one study option. If you have already applied for two study options in the field of science and technology during the first application round you cannot apply in the second application round. If you have not applied to Aalto University's master's programmes in the field of science and technology during the first application round or if you have only applied for one study option during the first application round, you may apply for one study option in the second application round.
The language of instruction in the study options is English and the estimated study time is two years. The study options are not obligated to fill up all the available study places.
List of study options for CCIS second application round 2018
Please note that the application form can be accessed only during the application period (20 April 2018 - 4 May 2018, 3 pm). Please remember to read instructions on how to apply before you fill in the application form.
Applying to Aalto University’s master’s programmes is done via Aalto University's application system. The CCIS second application period for studies starting in autumn 2018 begins on 20 April 2018 and the application deadline is 4 May 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +3:00). The application documents are returned to the Admission Services of the university.
Admission is primarily based on the student’s previous academic record. There are no entrance examinations or tests for applicants. The evaluation of the applications is done by the programme staff. The applicant has a right to apply for a maximum of one study option during the 2nd application round (max two study options during the admissions for master's programmes in 2018).
1. Before applying
Read the instructions for applying carefully and find out about programme-specific evaluation criteria and documents on programmes’ web pages.
Book a language test well in advance so that your test scores will arrive at the university on time. More information about language tests and requirements can be found in Language Requirements.
2. Choice of study options
You can choose study options from certain major subjects of Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS). During the first and the second application rounds in the field of science and technology, you can apply for a maximum of altogether two study options. If you have already applied for two study options during the first application round in the field of science and technology, you cannot apply for the CCIS study options during the second application round. If you have not applied to Aalto University's master's programmes in the field of science and technology during the first application round or if you have only applied for one study option during the first application round, you may apply for one study option in the second application round. Only one application per applicant can be processed. Changes to the study options on the application form can be made only during the application period.
More information about Aalto University's master's programmes can be found from the Study options section.
3. Filling out the application form
Read document 'Application steps' (pdf) as well as the information regarding eligibility to apply, application process as well as required documents carefully before filling out an application. You can start the application process either from the list of study options on this page by choosing ‘Apply here’ or in studyinfo.fi by choosing ‘Fill in application’ on the Programme description site. The buttons are available and active only during the application period. The service will direct you to the registration form of Aalto University’s application system (apply.aalto.fi.)
The application form is available only during the application period. Before filling out the application form or submitting any documents, please read the admission requirements and instructions as well as in the document 'Application steps' carefully.
Applicants use the application system to follow the status of their application and see the arrival of their documents. The application system is used throughout the whole application process. Also the final admission results are published via the application system.
4. Gathering the required documents and submitting the application
After filling in and submitting the application in the online application system, you should print out the provided cover letter, sign it and send it to Aalto University Admission Services with all the requisite application documents. The application can be processed only if the printed cover letter and all the necessary enclosures are received by the university by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.
Only one application from each applicant will be processed. If you send more than one applications, only the most recent one will be processed. More information about required documents can be found under Required documents.
All required documents must be received by the Admission Services no later than 4 May 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +3:00).
5. Application processing - General Eligibility
Once your documents have been received by the Admission Services at Aalto University, you will receive an email notification. The Admission Services process all the applications and check their general eligibility, i.e. check the authenticity of the documents, make sure that the application contains all the requisite documents and that the applicant fulfils the admission requirements.
Applicants should check the Monitoring page in the application system to see the status of their application, i.e. whether their application has been received by the Admission Services and if there are documents missing from it. Only the eligible applications are sent on to the programme staff for academic assessment. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be rejected at this stage.
The final admission decision is made based on the academic assessment made by the programme staff. Admission is granted on a competitive basis - the applicants are assessed on the basis of their previous academic record and compared to each other. Only the best applicants will gain admission. The number of seats is restricted. This means that some applicants might not be admitted even if they are eligible for the programme. The programmes are not obligated to fill up all the available study places. Please see the programme web pages for programme-specific evaluation criteria. Unfortunately we cannot comment the status of applications during the academic assessment.
The admission decisions are published on 1 June 2018. Once the results are available, all eligible applicants whose application has been processed will receive an email from the online application system. They will then be able to see their admission decision on the Monitoring page of their application. Successful applicants will also receive a formal letter of acceptance which will be mailed to the address specified in the application system. The applicants are themselves responsible for keeping their contact information updated during the whole application procedure. The instructions on how to update the contact information is available in the document 'Application steps'.
There is no waiting list system in the admissions for master's programmes in the field of science and technology. This means that if someone does not accept the offer of admission, the study place will not be offered to an applicant who has not been accepted. The study option applied for cannot be changed after the application deadline.
8. Appealing against the admission decision
The right of appeal means that the applicant has the 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 applicants should specify the reasons for it. The right of appeal is not intended as means for receiving feedback or asking for further information about the application process.
Appeal instructions (pdf)
Successful applicants must inform the university about accepting the offered study place by 15 June 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +3:00) at the latest. The acceptance of the offered study place is binding. Instructions on how to accept the study offer are sent to accepted students along with the letter of acceptance. More information about accepting the offered study place and start of studies is available at the school in question and from studentservices [at] aalto [dot] fi. Studies will start in August-September.
An application consists of the application form which needs to be filled out and submitted online, as well as the printed and signed cover letter, a set of compulsory documents listed here, and additional documents if they are required by the study options you are applying for. You can fill in the application form in the application system during the application period (20 April 2018 - 4 May 2018 3 pm). You can print the cover letter once you have filled in, saved and submitted the application form in the application system. Please read the instructions for applying and the programme-specific evaluation criteria very carefully before filling in the application form or submitting any documents.
Make sure to deliver all the documents you wish to be taken into consideration in the application process within the application period. Documents delivered after the given deadline cannot be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the application. Applicants will not be requested to supplement the application with programme-specific, additional documents.
Application documents are not returned to applicants.
An officially attested copy of an official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma
or a certificate of equivalent studies (the studies must be completed by 31 July 2018)
Authorised translation of the degree certificate/diploma
An official transcript of records
or an officially attested copy of it
Authorised translation of the transcript of records
either as a pdf file uploaded in the application system (the file name must be in format CV_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf) or as a printed copy attached to the hard copy of the application
Copy of passport or an official identification indicating the citizenship of the applicant
A demonstration of language proficiency, i.e. language test scores
Please see the language requirements for more detailed information
If you are exempted from tuition fees based on your residence permit: copy of a continuous or permanent residence permit card in Finland (type A or P permit), a long-term resident’s EU residence permit for third-country nationals in Finland (type P-EU), EU family member’s residence card in Finland, or an EU blue card in Finland.
Applicants with an incomplete degree deliver official transcripts and their authorised translations (if applicable) of their studies. Please also note the country-specific documentation requirements.
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 Country-specific documentation requirements.
All 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, precise, word-for-word 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. All translations must be accompanied with a certified copy of the original document.
Degrees 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. 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.
Degrees 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 also see the country-specific requirements.
The copy of your passport does not need to be officially attested.
Aalto University Admission Services does not take copies of application documents or attest them.
Applying with an incomplete degree
Students in their final year of a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply provided they complete their bachelor's degree by 31 July 2018. If the applicant is accepted to the university, he/she must deliver a certified copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation, if applicable) to the university by 7 August 2018 at 3 pm. 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.
Applicants with an incomplete degree can attach a certificate of student status or a statement by the home university about the estimated time of graduation to their application documents. All applicants are evaluated based on their academic record. Applicants with an incomplete degree are evaluated based on their academic record at the time of applying. Updated transcripts or any studies completed after the application period cannot be taken into consideration in the evaluation process.
If you apply with an incomplete degree, please note that you will have to be able graduate by 31 July 2018. In some faculties/institutions it may not be possible to graduate during summer. The students must reserve enough time to complete all courses required for the degree and for the administrative processes at their home institution.
Provisional degree certificates
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.
In addition to the compulsory application materials, some programmes may require additional documents to be able to better evaluate your application, such as recommendations, work certificates, GRE or GMAT results. While these documents are not compulsory, they are strongly recommended, because they provide further information about your background and thus may add value to your application. Additional documents do not need to be officially attested, regular copies suffice, unless mentioned otherwise. Please contact the programme in question for further information on additional documents.
Delivery of official transcript of records for Aalto University students
Aalto University students can deliver the official transcript of records electronically. Please follow the instructions in Into to order the electronic transcript. Send the electronic transcript to admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi with the subject “Aalto University transcript of records, Last name”. Please give your application ID as well as your study option on your email. If you do not deliver an electronic transcript of records you are required to deliver an official transcript of records in paper format, signed and stamped by a university official.
Additional information about the required documents
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.
If you are pursuing or have completed more than one higher education degree (bachelor's degree, master's degree), please provide official documentation of your full educational history (official transcript of records, official degree certificates). Only studies which have been officially documented can be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the application. All copies of study certificates must be delivered as instructed.
Motivation letter is part of the online application and as such a compulsory part of the application. You can prepare it advance and copy-paste it on the application form. Please note that if you do not deliver your motivation letter as part of the application form but in some other manner, the Admission Services cannot guarantee that it will be taken into consideration in the academic assessment.
Please choose one method of delivery for your CV. If you have attached a CV to your application in the application system, it is not necessary to submit a paper copy of the same document.
Do not staple the documents. Please also refrain from using interleaves, files, folders or binders. Simply arrange your application documents in order.
The Admission Services does not answer inquiries about the arrival of applications or individual documents. Once your application documents have been received, you will be notified by email. Applicants can follow the arrival of their documents and status of their application in the application system. The arrival of individual documents such as the language test scores or transcripts sent by your institution will be updated to the system once the whole application has been received by the Admission Services, i.e. once you have delivered the printed cover letter and the required documents.
Please allow the Admission Services time to process the documents. During the application period and especially at the end of each application period we receive a lot of mail. The mail will be processed in the order of arrival. You will be notified by email once we have received your documents. There is no need to make additional inquiries about the arrival of your documents.
If you deliver supporting or missing documents after you have sent your application, please make sure that it is stated clearly in the delivery for which purpose the documents are intended.
Make sure you deliver all documents and information that you wish to be taken into consideration in the admission process within the application period. Documents delivered after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration. Applicants will not be requested to supplement additional documents.
The use of false application documents will lead to the rejection of the application and will be reported to relevant authorities.
Delivering the application documents to Aalto University
Applications are sent to the mailing address:
Please write "Master's admissions - technology" on the envelope.
If you use courier services, please give the following street address and phone number:
tel. +358 2944 29290
You can also bring the documents in person to Otakaari 1, 02150 Espoo, 1st floor, room Y199 and leave them to the staff during office hours (please check our office hours from our contact information page) or in the white mailbox next to the office.
All application documents must be received by Aalto University Admission Services by 4 May 2018 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00). Applications received after the application deadline will be automatically rejected. 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.
We strongly advise international applicants to use a courier company or other service where it is possible to track the delivery.
The University accepts no responsibility for any possible expenses related to the delivery of the application, such as courier service fees or customs duties. The sender is responsible for all shipping costs.
As the copies of study certificates must be officially attested, we cannot accept applications delivered by email or fax.
Successful applicants must have an excellent command of English. All the CCIS study options are offered in English.
Accepted language tests
Applicants applying for a right to study towards a degree in an English-taught programme at Aalto University are required to provide an official certificate of their English proficiency. The recognised language tests and their minimum score requirements are listed below.
- IELTS (Academic IELTS only)
- Overall Band Score: 6.5
- Writing Band Score: 5.5
- TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test)
- Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT)
- Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)
- CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- Grades accepted: A, B, C
- Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic only)
- Total score: 59
- Writing score: 50
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. Only the above-mentioned language tests are accepted.
IELTS, TOEFL and PTE results are valid for two years starting from the test date. Thus the oldest acceptable test date during the 2018 application period is 20 April 2016. The CAE and CPE results do not have an expiration date.
Exemptions from the language test requirement
A language proficiency test is not required from the following applicants:
- Applicants whose higher education degree and the requisite studies have been taken at
- a university or a polytechnic (university of applied sciences, ammattikorkeakoulu) in Finland in Finnish, Swedish or English.
- a university or a polytechnic in an EU/EEA country in English. In this case, the whole degree must be completed in English. The language of the degree must be stated in the degree certificate or its appendix, or in the transcript of records or other official document, such as diploma supplement, issued by the higher education institution in question.
- an English-medium programme requiring physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
- 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 exempt the student from taking an English language test. However, this does not apply to degree studies completed during a student exchange.
- Applicants who have attended Aalto University as an exchange student in the field of technology (in which case an Aalto University transcript of records or certificate of student status required);
- Citizens of EU/EEA countries from a partner university under an agreement with an Aalto University school of technology (Erasmus partners, Cluster, NordTek, Nordic5Tech or some other official partner university in student exchange). Applicants whose official transcript of records does not contain language studies in English shall provide certificates from their home universities showing sufficient language proficiency.
Only the above-mentioned groups are exempted from the language test requirement. For all other applicants the official language test result is a compulsory application document and applications without the test result will not be processed. There are no exceptions to the above-mentioned requirements.
Submitting the language test scores
The language test results must be received by the Admission Services by 4 May 2018, at 3 pm (GMT +3:00).
Applicants who take the IELTS need to enclose a copy of the score report with the application documents. Because IELTS certificates can be electronically verified by Aalto University, applicants may send plain copies of their IELTS certificates. If you receive your IELTS score after submitting your application to Aalto University, you can send a scanned copy of your result by email (admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi). Please mention the programme to which you are applying as well as your full name and application ID number in the email.
Applicants who take the TOEFL test need to ask for the official score report to be sent directly to Aalto University as soon as the score is available. Please make sure to use Aalto University's institutional reporting code 7364. Only the official score report submitted by ETS is accepted. If the TOEFL IBT score delivery request has been made before the application has been submitted, the applicants are asked to give their TOEFL Registration ID number (16 digits, e.g. 00000000xxxxxxxx). The Admission Services have the possibility to verify scores which have been reported with Aalto University's institutional code 7364 in an online verification system provided by the testing authorities. The scores can be accessed in approximately 1-2 weeks after the delivery order has been made.
Applicants who take the PTE A test can deliver their score to Aalto University once they have signed in to the 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 an email to confirm that the 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.
If the CAE or CPE exam was taken in 2005 or later, the results can be verified electronically. For the verification, the candidate's ID number (e.g. ABC123456) and secret number (e.g. 1234) are required. You must include these two codes with a copy of your language certificate in your application package. Older test results cannot be verified electronically. If the CAE or CPE test was taken before 2005, you will need to include an officially certified copy of the certificate with your application.
If you take your language test and receive the score after the submission of your application to Aalto University, please notify us by email (admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi).
Please make sure that you register for the language test well in advance. There might not be test dates available or they may be fully booked. To find out more about the test dates and test centres, please visit the test organisers' websites.
- IELTS website (ielts.org)
- ETS website (ets.org)
- PTE Academic website (pearsonpte.com)
- CPE (cambridgeenglish.org)
- CAE (cambridgeenglish.org)
Language testing in Finland
In Finland, the TOEFL iBT test centers are:
- Real Training Solutions - Helsinki - Premeria (STN11457A)
Arabiankatu 12, 4. Floor, 00560 Helsinki
- Prometric, Regus Hämeentie Business Centre (APCU-8070)
Hämeentie 15A, 3. Floor, 00500 Helsinki
For more information about the TOEFL and GRE testing in Finland, please see the website of the Fulbright Center.
- Fulbright Center (fulbright.fi)
The IELTS test and the Cambridge language certificate exams (Certificate in Advanced English CAE, Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE) are offered by the Finnish British Society FINNBRIT.
- The Finnish British Society FINNBRIT (finnbrit.fi)
List of places where you can take the PTE Academic test can be found from the following document
- List of PTE Academic test centres
There is a tuition fee in the English-taught programmes leading either to a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. Tuition fees will not be charged from citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland.
Who will need to pay fees?
Citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees while studying towards a degree at Aalto University. Most non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees. The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who:
- have a continuous or permanent residence permit card in Finland (type A or P permit)
- have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (type P-EU permit)
- have an EU family member's residence card in Finland
- have an EU blue card in Finland
If you are exempted from tuition fees based on your residence permit in Finland, you need to enclose a copy of your residence permit card in Finland to your application documents. A copy of your valid passport or national ID card where your citizenship is indicated is required as well. Please note that the residence permit is not an official identification.
More information about determining one’s liability to pay and exemptions from tuition fees can be found on Studyinfo (studyinfo.fi).
Fees and scholarships
At Aalto University the tuition fee for master's programmes is €15 000 per academic year.
Aalto University scholarships are not available for the CCIS second application round. Students who have applied to CCIS study options during the second application round and who are admitted to the study options must pay the full tuition fee.
More information about tuition fees and scholarships is available at the Scholarships and Fees section.
The best way to contact the staff of Aalto University Admission Services is by sending an email or giving us a call.
Please see contact details for further information Aalto University Admission Services Contact details.