Study at Aalto

Applying to master’s programmes

The admissions to the two-year master’s programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year. The application period for studies beginning in the autumn of 2021 runs from 1 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.
Aalto University Master students

Admissions timeline

The application period for master’s programmes runs once a year. The application period for studies beginning in the autumn of 2021 runs from 1 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (3 pm, GMT +2).

1 December 2020 at 9.00
(9 am, GMT +2)
Application period starts and online application form opens
4 January 2021 at 15.00
(3 pm, GMT +2)
Application period ends and online application form closes
11 January 2021 at 15.00 
(3 pm, GMT +2)
Deadline for the required application documents to be uploaded to application form
January-March 2021 Eligible applications undergo evaluation by study option staff
No sooner than 22 March 2021 Admissions results published
20 April 2021 at 15.00
(3 pm, GMT +3)
Deadline for accepting the offer of admission (study place)
26 May 2021 at 15.00
(3 pm, GMT +3)
Deadline for officially certified study certificates (applicants admitted in March and April)
10 June 2021 Deadline for admitting applicants off the waiting list
31 July 2021 Deadline for graduation for applicants who applied with an incomplete degree
9 August 2021 at 15.00
(3 pm, GMT +3)

Deadline for a certified copy of the degree certificate to arrive at Admission Services (for applicants conditionally admitted with an incomplete degree)

Deadline for the results of the National Language Proficiency Certificate test to arrive at Admission Services (study options in Finnish/Swedish)

Deadline for officially certified study certificates for applicants admitted off the waiting list in May or June

August–September 2021 Studies begin with the orientation week

Study options

Aalto University provides education in three fields of education: art and design, business and economics, and technology and engineering. The master’s degrees granted are

  • in the field of art and design: Master of Arts (Art and Design),
  • in the field of business and economics: Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration),
  • in the field of technology and engineering: Master of Science (Technology), Master of Science (Architecture) or Master of Science (Landscape Architecture).

All Aalto University study options are presented on the Study options page. You can filter your search results by field of education, level of degree and language of instruction. To go to the study option’s web page, please select the study option from the list. On the study option's page, you will find detailed information on the studies, language of instruction and admissions criteria for the study option.

You may apply to a maximum of two study options.

Who can apply

How to apply?

The application period for studies beginning in the autumn of 2021 runs from 1 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (at 15.00, GMT +2).

You may apply to a maximum of two study options.

The application consists of an electronic application form, a set of required application documents and possibly study-option-specific application documents. Read the instructions for required application documents carefully.

Fill in the online application form in the Studyinfo.fi system during the application period. You can edit your application form within the application period. Application period ends on 4 January 2021 (at 15.00, GMT +2).

All application documents must be uploaded to your application form before 11 January 2021 at 15.00 (GMT +2). This deadline also applies to official English language test scores and GMAT or GRE test scores. The deadline cannot be extended. Documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered in any circumstances; the final deadline is the same for all applicants.

Admission Services reviews your application and the required documents for the general eligibility requirements. Only eligible applications proceed to the study options for evaluation. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Application and the required application documents

The application consists of the electronic application form, the required application documents specified on this page and study-option-specific application documents, if any. If a study option requires study-option-specific documents, they are listed on the web page of the study option.

You can fill in the application form only during the application period, from 1 December 2020 at 9.00 to 4 January 2021 at 15.00 (GMT +2). Read the application instructions and the study-option-specific evaluation criteria carefully before filling in the application form.

The deadline for the application documents is 11 January 2021 at 15.00 (GMT +2). All documents have to be uploaded to the online application form before the deadline. Documents received after the deadline are not considered. If an obligatory application document is not submitted as required by the deadline, the application will be rejected as incomplete.

If you apply to two study options you only need to submit one set of application documents – with the exception of study-option-specific documents that must be submitted separately for each study option.

Carefully scan the original documents and save them in colour PDF format. Scan the documents in the correct orientation so that a horizontal document is displayed horizontally, and a vertical document is displayed vertically. Name the files as instructed (e.g. Transcript-lastname-firstname). Upload each document separately to the correct attachment section on your application form.

OBLIGATORY ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS TO BE UPLOADED TO THE APPLICATION FORM (in PDF format)

  1. Scanned colour copy of the original Bachelor’s degree certificate*. Name the file according to format: Degree-certificate-lastname-firstname.
    *This document requirement does not apply to applicants with an incomplete degree. Their degree must be completed by 31 July 2021. If your degree is incomplete at the application phase, leave the upload attachment section for degree certificate blank.
  2. Scanned colour copy of the original official transcript of study records.
    Name the file according to format: Transcript-lastname-firstname.
  3. If your degree certificate and the official transcript of records are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, scanned colour copies of authorised translations. The instructions for authorised translations are below (see "Translations"). Name the file according to format: Translation-transcript-lastname.

  4. If you have any other higher education degrees you wish to be taken into consideration in admissions, scanned colour copies of degree certificate and official transcript of records. If documents are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, scanned colour copies of authorised translations are required as well.
  5. Copy of a valid passport or an official government-issued identification card with photo and information on citizenship. Upload a copy only of the personal information page of the passport (not all pages). Name the file according to format: Passport-lastname-firstname.
  6. Study-option-specific documents (details below).
  7. Portfolio (electronic). Some study options in the field of art and design, architecture and landscape architecture require an electronic portfolio in PDF-format. The maximum file size is 1.0 GB. Name the file according to format: Portfolio-lastname-firstname. If your portfolio contains password protected video links, include the password(s) in your portfolio. If a portfolio is not uploaded to the online application form by the deadline, the application will be rejected. Check the web page of your study option for instructions on the portfolio, additional instructions cannot be given.
  8. If you are exempted from the tuition fee based on your residence permit, submit copies of both the front and back sides of your residence permit card in Finland. See the residence permit types that exempt from tuition fees at Scholarships and Tuition Fees page.

 

DEMONSTRATING LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

  1. For details, accepted language tests and submission instructions, see Language requirements.
     

GMAT OR GRE TEST (business and economics)

  1. GMAT or GRE scores for applicants to School of Business study options in admission group 2 or all applicants to the study option of Finance. See submission instructions: GMAT and GRE test.

Instructions for

Language requirements

The language of instruction at Aalto University is Finnish, Swedish or English. In order to be eligible to apply, applicants are required to be proficient in the language of instruction of the study option, and demonstrate their proficiency by passing a language test, when necessary. The language test scores must meet the minimum requirements set by Aalto University.

Tuition fees

In Finland, tuition fees are collected from students who are citizens of countries other than those of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Tuition fees apply to degree programmes taught in English.

Contact details

The best way to contact Aalto University Admission Services is by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+358 2944 29290). See the opening hours of the telephone service at Admission Services Contact information page. If your email concerns a specific study option, mention the study option in your message.

If you have questions about the evaluation criteria or studies, please contact the study option in question directly. The contact information for study options can be found at the bottom of their webpages and on the Into portal (see ‘Contact’, the last item on the navigation bar of the programme pages).

Postal address:
Aalto University Admission Services
P.O. BOX 11110
FI-00076 AALTO
Finland

Street address:
Aalto University Admission Services
Otakaari 1
FI-02150 Espoo
Finland

(Floor 1, Room Y199)

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