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 2020 has ended on 3 January 2020.
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 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

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 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 online application form in the system during the application period. Application period ends  on 3 January 2020 (at 15.00, GMT +2). 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 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 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 an obligatory application document is missing or 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 for each study option.

The application documents will not be returned.


  1. Certified copy of a Bachelor's degree certificate* if degree is completed. Degree must be completed by 31 July 2020.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


  1. 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).
  2. Study-option-specific documents (details below).
  3. 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.
  4. 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).


  1. For details and submission instructions, see Language requirements.

GMAT OR GRE TEST (business and economics)

  1. 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:

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 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).

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

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

(Floor 1, Room Y199)

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