Applying to master’s programmes
The application period for master’s programmes runs once a year. The application period for studies beginning in the autumn of 2020 runs from 2 December 2019 to 3 January 2020 (3 pm, GMT +2).
|2 December 2019 at 9.00
(9 am, GMT +2)
|Application period starts and electronic application form opens|
|3 January 2020 at 15.00
(3 pm, GMT +2)
|Application period ends and electronic application form closes|
|10 January 2020 at 15.00
(3 pm, GMT +2)
|Deadline for the required application documents to be received by Admission Services|
|January-March 2020||Eligible applications undergo evaluation by study option staff|
|No sooner than 30 March 2020||Admissions results published|
|28 April 2020 at 15.00
(3 pm, GMT +3)
|Deadline for accepting the offer of admission (study place)|
|10 June 2020||Deadline for admitting applicants off the waiting list|
|31 July 2020||Deadline for graduation for applicants who applied with an incomplete degree|
|7 August 2020 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)
|August–September 2020||Studies begin with the orientation week|
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
You are eligible to apply in master's admissions if you have a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor's degree must be equivalent to 180 ECTS credits or three years of full-time study. The degree must give eligibility to apply for master’s degree studies at university in the awarding country. The awarding higher education institution has to be a recognised part of the official national education system of the country. It has to be accredited as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).
In the field of art and design, an applicant may apply on the basis of sufficient knowledge and skills, gained by means of other studies and/or work experience, that correspond to a relevant bachelor's degree. Other eligibility for higher education is not an option for applicants who have completed (or will complete no later than 31 July 2020) a bachelor's degree that makes them eligible to apply to a master’s programme. Applicants applying on the basis of sufficient knowledge and skills must provide evidence of their skills with documents such as work or study certificates. See the website other eligibility for higher education for document instructions. In the field of technology or business, a relevant bachelor's degree is required.
You cannot apply to a master’s programme on the basis of a previous master's degree. Only bachelor’s degrees give eligibility for master’s programmes. An exception to this are ‘long-cycle’ master's degrees that have been granted without a bachelor’s degree, for instance, degrees awarded in Finland prior to the adoption of the two-cycle degree system in 2008.
If you have completed or are completing other higher education degrees in addition to your bachelor’s degree, you can include one of them in your application form. All the studies included in the application form must be supported by the required application documents. The same documentation requirements apply to all degrees. For further information, see Application form and the required application documents.
Admitted students may be assigned supplementary studies.
Study options usually require prior studies in a relevant field. Check your study option's requirements and criteria on the study option's web page.
Study option staff will not comment on the relevance of prior studies in advance. All the required application documents need to arrive at the university by the deadline. Only complete applications that fulfil the general eligibility criteria will be evaluated by the study option.
Make sure to read both the general eligibility criteria on this page and the study-option-specific criteria on the study option’s page.
You can apply to a master’s programme with an incomplete bachelor’s degree, provided that you will graduate by 31 July 2020. If you are accepted to the university, you must deliver a certified copy of your degree certificate by 7 August 2020 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +3). In case you are not able to graduate or fail to deliver your degree certificate by the deadline, your conditionally granted study right will be cancelled.
If you apply with an incomplete degree, note that it may not be possible to graduate during the summer months. You should look into the graduation schedules and requirements of your own faculty or school in good time.
Only studies included in an official transcript of records submitted by the deadline can be taken into consideration in the evaluation. Updated transcripts or any studies completed after the application period cannot be taken into consideration.
For the study options of the School of Business, a relevant degree awarded abroad may also be a degree earned through completion of an American-type, internationally accredited university-level MBA programme.
The following applicants are not eligible to apply to the study options of the School of Business:
- Applicants with a Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) degree from a university in Finland.
- Current students of the Aalto University School of Business. However, an exception to this are the following three master’s programmes: Creative Sustainability, International Design Business Management, and Global Management. These are available also to students who have been admitted to a bachelor’s programme of the Aalto University School of Business. Students previously admitted to the Aalto University School of Business in master's admissions are not eligible.
Applicants to the School of Business study options are divided into two admission groups based on the degree that grants them eligibility to apply for the master’s programme.
- ADMISSION GROUP 1: Bachelor’s degree from a university in Finland
Finnish universities are listed on the web page of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
- ADMISSION GROUP 2: Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences in Finland or from a higher education institution abroad
In admission group 2, all applicants are required to have taken either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE), with the exception of the study option of Yritysjuridiikka (taught in Finnish).
For information on taking the tests and submitting the test scores, as well as the deadlines, see the web page on GMAT/GRE
If you are currently an Aalto University student, you should not, as a rule, apply in the master’s admissions to the study options of your current Aalto school or programme. If you are not sure whether you need to apply in master’s admissions, please contact your bachelor's programme.
In the fields of business and technology, an Aalto University student may have only one valid study right towards a given degree. If the student accepts a new study right in a master's programme leading to the same degree at Aalto, the old study right will be cancelled.
How to apply?
The application period for studies beginning in the autumn of 2020 runs from 2 December 2019 to 3 January 2020 (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, because some of them are required as certified paper copies by mail and some of them as electronic attachments uploaded to the application form.
Fill in the application form in the Studyinfo.fi system during the application period. The paper-format application documents must be sent by mail, courier or delivered in person. All application documents must be received by Admission Services no later than 10 January 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2). Documents arriving after the deadline will not be considered.
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.
Read the application instructions, the admissions criteria of the study option, and the list of required application documents carefully.
Prepare the application documents in advance and check which documents can be uploaded to the application form and which documents are required as certified paper copies. We recommend obtaining the certified copies and official translations (if required) in good time and submitting the required documents as early as possible. For document instructions, see the Application and the required application documents section below.
For information on language tests, see the Language requirements section below. If you are required to submit a language test score, book a language test well in advance so that your test scores will arrive at the university on time.
If you apply to a School of Business study option and are required to take a GMAT/GRE test, book a test date in good time to make sure your results arrive before the deadline.
You can find all the Aalto University study options on the Study options page.
You may apply to a maximum of two study options, which you should list in order of priority. You can change the study options or their order of priority only during the application period. It is not possible to change the order of priority once the application period has ended.
In addition, you can apply to Erasmus Mundus, Nordic Master or other master’s programmes organised through international cooperation, which have different application periods and procedures (for more information, see the programmes’ web pages). If you apply in several admissions and are offered admission to more than one degree programme beginning in the same term, you may only accept one offer of admission (the ’one student place per term in higher education’ rule). This ‘one student place per term in higher education’ rule applies to all degree-granting education in Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences.
The application form and links to it are available only during the application period, from 2 December 2019 at 9.00 to 3 January 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2). Please read carefully the instructions on eligibility, application procedure and submission of application documents before filling in the form.
Once you have submitted your online application form, you will receive an automatic confirmation email with a request to submit the required application documents. Your application is incomplete until the required documents have arrived.
For information on the required application documents, their submission and the address to which the paper-format documents must be sent, see Application and the required application documents.
An application can only be considered if the electronic application form has been submitted during the application period and all the required application documents have been received by the given deadline.
Start the application process and prepare the application documents in good time and reserve enough delivery time if you are submitting the documents by mail. Submitting the electronic application form alone is not sufficient.
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 for each study option. For instance, a motivation letter is a study-option-specific document and needs to be written separately for each study option, if both study options require a motivation letter. The possible study-option-specific document requirements are described on the web page of the study option.
Please note that Admission Services cannot answer questions about the arrival of individual documents. Once all application documents have been received and the application has been processed, the applicant will be informed by email. Due to the great number of applications, there may be a delay in processing the application.
Applying and submitting all the documents as early as possible is highly recommended.
Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria decided in advance for each study option. See the study-option-specific evaluation criteria on the web page of your study option.
The study option evaluation criteria may include, for example, the relevance of previous studies, academic performance, motivation, and portfolio in the fields of art and design and architecture.
The applicants are compared to each other and the best applicants are admitted. Since the number of study places is restricted, not all eligible applicants can be offered admission. Study options are not obligated to fill all available study places. It is not possible to give information on the progress of individual applications during the evaluation.
Field of art and design: two-stage evaluation process
Study options in the field of art and design may have a two-stage evaluation process. This means that some of the applicants are invited to the second stage after an evaluation. If the admissions process has only one stage, this is mentioned on the web page of the study option.
In the first stage, selection committees evaluate the application documents. The results of the first stage are sent to the applicants no later than 9 March 2020. The applicants are notified by email of whether their application made it to the second stage or was rejected.
The second stage consists of an interview. The interview may be conducted by telephone or via Skype, if the applicant is not in Finland. An exception to this is the study option Kuvataidekasvatus (taught in Finnish/Swedish) which requires applicants to be physically present at the entrance examination.
In addition, the applicants may be asked to submit more work samples or complete further entrance examination assignments. Any additional work samples, entrance examination assignments and the time of the interview will be communicated simultaneously to all applicants who made it to the second stage.
The date of the second stage varies by study option; the time and place will be specified in the invitation to the second stage.
The admissions results will be published on 30 March 2020 at the earliest. The applicants will receive an email notification once the results are published. The Aalto University schools send an official electronic acceptance letter by email to those who have gained admission to the university.
Those who have applied to two study options can only be admitted to one of them. You cannot change the order of priority of the study options once the application period has ended.
Applicants who do not accept the offer of admission by the deadline can be replaced by the applicant highest on the study option’s waiting list, if such a list exists. The deadline for admitting applicants off the waiting list is 10 June 2020.
The number of applicants admitted off the waiting list cannot be estimated in advance.
Appealing against the admission decision
Dissatisfied applicants may appeal against the admission decision within 14 days of the publication of the results. The purpose of the written appeal procedure is to allow applicants to appeal against the decision on the grounds of a possible error in the decision-making and thus correct an erroneous decision. The procedure is not for requesting feedback or additional information on the admissions results. Instructions for appeals
Successful applicants must accept the offer of admission by the given deadline. Instructions are sent by email. The notification of acceptance is binding and cannot be changed afterwards. For additional information on accepting the offer of admission and starting your studies, contact the school responsible for the study option or send an email to [email protected].
The ‘one student place per term in higher education’ policy
According to the ‘one student place per term in higher education’ policy, applicants who are offered admission to more than one degree programme beginning in the same academic term at a Finnish university or university of applied sciences may only accept one offer of admission. The policy applies to all degree-granting higher education programmes, whether applying through: joint application procedures, separate admissions procedures, or applying to doctoral education (to earn a licentiate or doctoral degree).
If you are offered admission to more than one degree programme in different admissions, you can only accept one of them. It is not possible to cancel the acceptance of a study place.
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 2 December 2019 at 9.00 to 3 January 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2). Read the application instructions and the study-option-specific evaluation criteria carefully before filling in the application form and submitting the documents.
The deadline for the application documents to be received by Admission Services is 10 January 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2). All documents have to arrive before the deadline. Documents received after the deadline are not considered.
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 for each study option.
The application documents will not be returned.
PAPER DOCUMENTS TO BE SENT BY POSTAL MAIL OR DELIVERED IN PERSON
- Certified copy of a Bachelor's degree certificate* if degree is completed. Degree must be completed by 31 July 2020.
Original official transcript of study records or a certified copy.*
*Regular, uncertified copy of your degree certificate or transcript of records is not accepted. See below the instructions for certification of documents. Any country-specific requirements will override these instructions. Note that there is a country-specific requirement also for degrees completed in Finland.
- Authorised translations if the degree certificate and the official transcript of records are not in Finnish, Swedish or English. See the instructions for authorised translations below.
- Original official transcript of study records (or a certified copy) and a certified copy of a degree certificate of any other higher education degrees you wish to be considered in admissions. If documents are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, authorised translations are required.
- Portfolio (paper-format) for the study options in architecture and landscape architecture. Check the web page of your study option for instructions on the portfolio, additional instructions cannot be given.
ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS TO BE UPLOADED TO THE APPLICATION FORM
- Copy of a valid passport or an official government-issued identification card with photo, including information on citizenship. Upload a copy only of the personal information page of the passport (not all pages).
- Study-option-specific documents (details below).
- Portfolio (electronic). Some study options in the field of art and design require an electronic portfolio in pdf-format. The maximum file size is 1.0 GB. The file name should be according to format: Portfolio-Lastname-Firstname.pdf. 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.
- If you are exempted from the tuition fee on the basis of your residence permit, submit a copy of your continuous or permanent residence permit card in Finland (residence permit type A or P), a long-term resident’s EU residence permit granted to non-EU nationals in Finland (residence permit type P-EU), the EU nationals’ family members’ residence card in Finland, or the EU Blue Card in Finland. Attach a copy of both sides of the card to the application form. The fee-exempting residence permit must be valid at the beginning of the academic year (1 August 2020).
DEMONSTRATING LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
- For details and submission instructions, see Language requirements.
GMAT OR GRE TEST (business and economics)
- GMAT or GRE scores for applicants to specified 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 study-option-specific documents, country-specific requirements, certified copies, translations and submission of documents:
The study options may require study-option-specific documents, e.g. motivation letter, CV, certificates of employment or references. Any study-option-specific documents are specified on the web page of the study option. Do not submit any extra documents. If your study option does not require for instance references, do not submit them.
Upload the document(s) to your online application form in pdf-format. Name the file(s) according to format: Name of document-Lastname-Firstname (e.g. CV-Lastname-Firstname.pdf). Maximum file size is 1.0 GB.
While failure to submit study-option-specific documents (except portfolio) does not affect the applicant’s general eligibility, it may affect the evaluation done by the study option. Applicants will not be requested to supplement the application with study-option-specific documents. Any questions regarding study-option-specific documents must be addressed to the study options. For contact details, see the web page of the study option.
The country-specific requirements apply to degrees awarded in any of the following countries:
Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, the United Kingdom or the United States.
Read the requirements on Country-specific requirements page.
Copies of study certificates (a degree certificate and a transcript of records, if the transcript is not original) must be certified by the awarding university or by a notary public. The certified copies must be delivered as hard copies either by mail, courier service or delivered in person.
The copies must be taken from the original, official documents. A multiple-page certified copy must be certified on the front side of every page. Each page must have the certifying official’s original signature, printed name, ink stamp and date. Copies of officially certified copies are not accepted, the certifying official’s ink stamps and signatures must be original. A note declaring official copy status (such as a “True copy” stamp) is insufficient.
- The documents must be submitted according to country-specific requirements if the degree is awarded in:
Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, the United Kingdom or the United States.
Aalto University Admission Services does not take copies of documents nor certify them.
Application documents will not be returned, do not send your original degree certificate.
The documents must be in Finnish, Swedish or English. If the original degree certificate or transcript of records was written in some other language, an official translation of the document must be submitted.
The translation is official if it has been done by the higher education institution that awarded the degree or by a certified translator (authorised translator). The translations must have the certified translator’s original ink stamp and signature.
The official translations must be either original or certified paper copies of the original documents. Unofficial copies of the translations are insufficient. The official translations must be accompanied by certified paper copies of the original documents in the original language. Translations by themselves are insufficient.
In Finland, the Finnish National Agency for Education (www.oph.fi/en) maintains a register of authorised translators who are based in Finland.
- Provisional degree certificate: In some countries, there can be a delay before the final degree certificate is issued to graduates. In such cases, a provisional (or temporary) degree certificate can be issued to a student who has successfully completed all the studies included in the degree and has graduated. The provisional degree certificate must include the name of the degree, the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of awarding the degree, and the name of the student. A statement of completion of the studies is insufficient.
- The transcript of records must be an official transcript bearing the original ink stamp of the educational institution. Original transcripts are generally easy to obtain from student service departments. Contact the student services of your home institution. The transcript of records should include the studies you have taken, the grades and credits awarded, and the date of completion.
If your degree contains studies completed in some other higher education institution (e.g. transfer or top-up studies), also submit a transcript of records of those studies.
- An officially certified copy of a diploma supplement can be submitted instead of a transcript of records if it contains the information required of a transcript of records (see above).
- Official Aalto University transcripts for Aalto students
Aalto University students may order an official transcript of records as instructed on the Into portal (into.aalto.fi). The official electronic transcript of records must be uploaded to the online application form.
- If you have completed or are completing more than one university degree that you would like to be considered, submit the official transcript of records and, if you have graduated, a certified copy of your official degree certificate. Your studies will be considered only if the study certificates are submitted in the required manner.
- Applicants applying to two study options only need to submit one set of the documents with the exception of study-option-specific documents.
- Do not add extra staples, paperclips or interleaves to your documents.
Write “Master's admissions” on the envelope. Submit paper documents to the postal address:
Aalto University Admission Services
P.O. BOX 11110
or if you send the documents by courier service (e.g. DHL, UPS) or bring the documents in person, the street address is:
Aalto University Admission Services
tel. +358 2944 29290
You can deliver the documents in person in a closed envelope to the mailbox of Admission Services. The white mailbox of Admission Services is located at Otakaari 1, Floor 1, in the corridor in front of Room Y198. The mailbox is labelled with the name "Admission Services". The closed envelope can be submitted during the building's opening hours. Do not leave the documents anywhere else, the Admission Services mailbox is the only place to leave the documents in the campus area. Application documents are not checked or evaluated in the customer service.
All documents must arrive at Aalto University Admission Services by 10 January 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2). Application documents that arrive late will not be considered and incomplete applications will be rejected. Belated documents will not be considered even if the delay took place irrespective of the applicant. Applicants are responsible for submitting the documents in the required manner and meeting the deadline. This also applies when the documents are sent via a third party, such as a postal service. The documents must arrive by the deadline; the postmark date is irrelevant.
The sender is responsible for any charges related to the submission of application documents. If you send your documents by courier, indicate zero (0) as the monetary value of the shipment in order to avoid customs duty.
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.
Applicants to programmes taught in English must demonstrate their proficiency with an official language test, unless they are exempt from the language test requirement. See the exemptions at the Exemptions from English language test requirement section below.
Recognised language tests and their minimum score requirements
- IELTS Academic: 6.5, and 5.5 for Writing;
- iBT (Internet-based Test): 92, and 22 for Writing or
- PDT (Paper-Delivered Test): Reading 22, Listening 22, and Writing 24
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): 62, and 54 for writing
- Cambridge English Qualification:
- C1 Advanced (previously called Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, CAE): A, B or C
- C2 Proficiency (previously called Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE): A, B, C or Level C1
No language tests other than those mentioned above are accepted. If an applicant has taken several language tests, the best official score that is still valid and received by Aalto University by the deadline will be considered in the admissions. You cannot combine scores from different test dates (e.g. TOEFL MyBest scores is not accepted).
Period of validity of test results
IELTS, TOEFL and PTE test results are valid for two years from the date of the test. For 2020 admissions, these test results are valid if the test was taken on or after 2 December 2017. However, note that the ETS does not send TOEFL test results after they have expired. For the C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency test, only tests that can be verified online, i.e. tests taken after 2005, are accepted.
For more information about language tests, refer to the websites of the test administrator:
- IELTS (ielts.org)
- TOEFL (ets.org)
- PTE Academic (pearsonpte.com)
- C1 Advanced (cambridgeesol.org)
- C2 Proficiency (cambridgeesol.org)
Submission of English test results
The official language test scores must arrive at Aalto University Admission Services by 10 January 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2). Only official reports of the language test are acceptable as proof of proficiency.
- For IELTS test, upload a copy of the official test report (as a PDF) to the application system. The test results are verified through the test administrator’s electronic verification service.
- TOEFL test results must be sent to Aalto University by the test administrator directly. Request your official score report to be sent from the test administrator to Aalto University reporting code 7364. Unofficial score reports sent by applicants will not be accepted. Test scores submitted with the Aalto University reporting code are checked for authenticity in the test administrator’s verification database. The scores are available within 1 to 2 weeks of sending the score report request.
- PTE test scores are sent via the test administrator’s electronic service. Applicants who took the PTE test must log in to their PTE account and send their results in the system to Aalto University. The test administrator notifies by email when the results have been sent to the university.
- For the C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency language test, upload a PDF copy of the results report to the application system. The test-taker’s ID number (e.g. ABC1234567) and reference number (e.g. 173YU0034522) must be entered in the system. Test takers must be logged in to the language test system to submit their results to Aalto University. The results are verified electronically.
An English language test is not required if:
- you have earned a degree taught in Finnish, Swedish or English at a university or university of applied sciences in Finland; or
- you have earned a degree in an English-medium programme at a university or university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country, in which case the language of the degree must be stated unambiguously in the degree certificate or its appendix, or in the transcript of records or other official document issued by the awarding institution; or
- you have earned a degree in an English-medium programme at a higher education institution in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States while residing in that country; or
- you have received your primary and secondary education in English in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States; or
- you have been an exchange student at Aalto University, in which case an Aalto University transcript of records or certificate of student status is required; or
- you are applying for education where the teaching is conducted in Finnish or Swedish.
If you are exempt from taking an English language test based on previous studies, submit a certified copy of your degree certificate or of your secondary-school final certificate by 10 January 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2).
A minimum of one half of the degree must be completed in a country and higher education institution that meets the requirements for exempting the student from taking an English language test.
The exemptions above apply also to applicants with an incomplete degree at the time of applying, in which case the degree must be completed by 31 July 2020 and a certified copy of the degree certificate received by Admission Services by 7 August 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2).
As the majority of Aalto University’s master’s programmes are taught in English, applicants to English-taught programmes are not required to demonstrate Finnish or Swedish skills. Check the language of instruction for your study option from the study option’s web page.
Demonstrating proficiency in Finnish or Swedish
1. Higher education degree or studies
You can demonstrate proficiency in Finnish or Swedish with a higher education degree, if you have completed:
- a higher education degree taught in Finnish/Swedish OR
- a thesis (or written final project) of a higher education degree in Finnish/Swedish OR
- an approved higher education maturity essay in Finnish/Swedish OR
- a higher education degree with Finnish/Swedish (or equivalent studies) as your major OR
- at least 60 credits (or 35 older credits, i.e. ‘study weeks’) in the Finnish/Swedish language OR
- as part of a higher education degree, a grade of at least Good in the language test or studies for demonstrating proficiency in oral and written Finnish/Swedish as a national language of Finland
If the proficiency in Finnish/Swedish is demonstrated with the higher education degree providing eligibility to apply in the Master's admissions, no additional proof of language proficiency needs to be submitted. If language proficiency is demonstrated with another higher education degree, certified copies of the degree certificate and transcript of records are required.
2. Basic education in Finland, or an upper secondary school final examination or other examination conferring eligibility for higher education, if Finnish/Swedish as a mother tongue is with a passing grade in the school leaving certificate.
3. Finnish matriculation examination
- Mother tongue test in Finnish/Swedish with a grade of at least approbatur (A) OR
- Finnish/Swedish as a second language with a grade of at least magna cum laude approbatur (M) OR
- Advanced-syllabus-level Finnish/Swedish with a grade of at least eximia cum laude approbatur (E) OR
- Intermediate-syllabus-level Finnish/Swedish with a grade of laudatur (L)
4. IB diploma
- Language A syllabus in Finnish/Swedish (literature / language and literature / literature and performance) with a grade of at least 2 OR
- Language B syllabus in Finnish/Swedish with a grade of at least 5 OR
- For an IB diploma, earned before 2013, Language A1 syllabus in Finnish/Swedish with a grade of at least 2 OR the A2 syllabus in Finnish/Swedish with a grade of at least 5
5. EB diploma
- Language 1 (L1) syllabus in Finnish/Swedish with a grade of at least 4 OR
- Language 2 (L2) syllabus in Finnish/Swedish with a grade of at least 7
6. Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsches Internationales Abitur (DIA) examination at the Deutsche Schule Helsinki
- Finnish as a mother tongue with the grade of 4 OR
- Finnish as a second language with a grade of at least 8 OR
- Oral test in Finnish as a mother tongue with a grade of at least 8
7. Kulkuri School of Distance Education: passing the amount of studies equivalent to Finland’s basic education syllabus in the subject of Finnish
8. National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) (Finnish/Swedish) issued by the Finnish National Agency for Education at the minimum proficiency level of 4 in all subtests (reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking).
9. Civil service language proficiency certificate (Finnish/Swedish) with a grade of at least Good.
8. TISUS (Test i svenska för universitetsstudier) examination in Swedish: passing all components of the test
Submitting proof of proficiency in Finnish or Swedish
Documentation of Finnish or Swedish proficiency must arrive by 10 January 2020 at 15.00 (GMT +2).
If the language proficiency is demonstrated with the bachelor’s degree providing eligibility to apply in the Master's admissions, no additional proof of language proficiency needs to be submitted.
If language proficiency is demonstrated through the Finnish matriculation examination, upload a copy of your diploma to your electronic application form.
If the language proficiency is demonstrated with basic education, an upper secondary school final examination or other examination conferring eligibility for higher education, upload a copy of your school leaving certificate or certificate of graduation, that includes the language grade, to your online application form.
For the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI), civil service language proficiency certificate or TISUS test, a certified paper copy of the test result is required. The certified paper copy must be submitted to Aalto University Admission Services by mail or in person. In contrast to the other forms of documentation, YKI or the civil service certificate must be received by 7 August 2020 15.00 (GMT +2).
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.
Tuition fees are charged for degree programmes taught in English. Citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees. In addition, tuition fees are not charged of applicants who possess any of the following documents:
- A continuous or permanent residence permit for Finland (marked A or P, respectively, on the residence permit card)
- An EU residence permit card in Finland for third-country nationals with long-term EU resident status (marked P-EU)
- Resident permit card in Finland for a family member of an EU citizen
- EU Blue Card in Finland
The fee-exempting residence permit must be valid at the beginning of the academic year (1 August 2020).
If you are exempt from tuition fees on the grounds of your residence permit, upload along with your proof of identity a copy of both sides of your residence permit card to your online application form. A residence permit card in itself is not valid proof of identity.
For more information about determining tuition fee liability and tuition fee exemptions, see Studyinfo (studyinfo.fi). For more information on residence permit card types, see the Finnish Immigration Service (migri.fi) website.
Aalto University’s tuition fee for English-medium master’s programmes is 15 000 euros per academic year.
Aalto University has a scholarship programme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. At Aalto University, the scholarships are awarded in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The scholarship may cover 100% or 50% of the tuition fee.
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who are liable to pay tuition fees can apply for the Aalto University scholarship. The applicants can apply for the scholarship with the same electronic application form used for applying in master's admissions during the application period. There are no separate scholarship application forms. It is not possible to apply for the scholarship after the application period has ended.
Scholarships are awarded based on the study-option-specific evaluation of applicants admitted to the programmes. The applicants are ranked according to the predetermined evaluation criteria published on the study options' webpages.
Scholarships are not awarded on social or economic grounds. The scholarship decisions are made in connection with the admission decisions. According to the Universities Act (558/2009), university scholarship decisions are not subject to appeal.
More information about tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University can be found at the Scholarships and Tuition Fees website.
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 and customer service point at Admission Services Contact information page. If your email concerns a specific study option, mention the 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).
Aalto University Admission Services
P.O. BOX 11110
Aalto University Admission Services
(Floor 1, Room Y199)