Record high number of applicants to Aalto University’s master’s programmes

Applicants represent altogether 132 nationalities indicating strong worldwide interest
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Aalto University received a total of 17 632 applications from altogether 11 390 applicants during the master’s-level application period that ended on 2 January 2024. The majority of the applications, 12 021 in total, were submitted to programmes in the field of science and technology. The programmes in the field of art, design and architecture received 3 651 applications, while those in the field of economics and business administration received 1 960 applications. This represents a 46-percent increase in the total number of applications compared to the previous year.  

87% of all applicants were international students, i.e. students whose nationality was other than Finnish. In all, the applicants represented 132 different nationalities. 

In the field of science and technology, the most popular programmes were Computer Science and Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.Among the programmes in arts, design and architecture, Architecture and Collaborative and Industrial Design attracted the most applicants, while in economics and business administration, Business Analytics and Accounting were the most popular choices. This year, the programme with the largest increase in applications was Speech and Language Technology with its 178-percent surge in applications. 

The application period which closed at the beginning of January was reserved for applicants seeking admission to the two-year master’s programmes starting at Aalto University in autumn 2024. The numbers reported in this article do not include students who have completed a bachelor’s degree at Aalto University and have thus earned a right to continue to an Aalto master’s programme. The admission results of the master’s-level application procedure will be published 5 April 2024 at the earliest. 

Aalto’s international joint degree programmes’ application periods differ from the rest of the master’s programmes. The application periods can be found on each programme’s webpage. 

The next application period will be organised for the bachelor’s programmes taught in English and run from 3 to 17 January 2024. The application period for the bachelor’s programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish will run from 13 to 27 March 2024. 

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International joint degree programmes 

Information and guidelines on applying to bachelor’s programmes 

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