The evaluation process has two phases. Concerning academic performance and the content of previous degrees, the programme has set benchmarks that the application must meet. In the first phase of the evaluation, the Board screens out the applications that do not prove outstanding academic performance and relevance of the previous degree studies. The second phase ranks the qualified applications according to all the three criteria.
In order to prove outstanding academic performance, the degree certificate and/or the official transcript of university records should clearly indicate that the applicant has been among the best students (top 10-15%) in his or her home university. For example, an applicant has achieved consistently the best grades throughout the degree studies (very high weighted average grade or GPA), which typically leads to graduation with distinction. For example, applicants from Finnish universities should have a GPA of at least 4.0 on the grading scale of 1-5. For universities of applied sciences, the expected GPA is generally at least 4.5, however.
Considering the relevance of previous degree studies, the programme prefers applicants who have a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in some field of engineering and at least 25 ECTS of business studies included in the degree.
The Board may deem other Bachelor’s degrees suitable if the content of these studies, together with relevant university-level non-degree studies, is comparable to the preferred degrees. In this case, the application documents should unambiguously show sufficient amount of studies in the following relevant subject areas.
Concerning business studies, the application should demonstrate basic knowledge of management science, covering at least the basic concepts of markets and competition, operations management, organizational behaviour and financial management.
The minimum amount of typical Bachelor’s level engineering studies is 70 ECTS consisting of
- University-level engineering mathematics at least 25 ECTS
- University-level computer science and programming at least 10 ECTS
- University-level physics or chemistry at least 10 ECTS or additional 10 ECTS in computer science or data analytics
- Minor or equivalent orientation in a field of engineering 25 ECTS
The Board also takes into consideration that the degree in the Master’s Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management will give the applicant genuinely new knowledge. Applicants that already have a master’s degree in the field of industrial engineering and management or an equivalent degree, or that have completed an equivalent combination of engineering and business studies, may not be considered for further evaluation.
In the second phase, the Board re-evaluates and ranks the qualified applications using all the three criteria. The Board weighs up the ability and motivation for pursuing the Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management as a whole. The academic performance is the primary criterion. Since all the candidates in this phase have outstanding academic performance, the content of previous degree(s) and in particular the motivation for pursuing the degree are also significant.
The programme seeks students who will complete the programme successfully in due time. Therefore, The Board also considers the applicant’s previous time-to-graduation besides the GPA. If the applicant has several relevant degrees, all attached information will affect the assessment but we value consistent performance throughout the academic record. However, the level of the highest degree achieved is not a proof of academic performance in this context.
The content of the previous degrees can affect the evaluation in several ways, both positively and negatively. While the studies in the relevant subject areas would have been sufficient to qualify for the second phase, The Board compares them against the other applicants. Deficiencies concerning business studies or typical engineering studies can weaken the application – although a student may later compensate minor deficiencies by compulsory supplementary studies or adjustments in the personal study plan (HOPS). The number of degrees or amount of studies is not an advantage as such but overlapping degrees create a clear disadvantage.
If an applicant already has a M.Sc. or higher academic degree, he/she should describe thoroughly his/her motivation to join and graduate from the program. To improve knowledge in management does not require degree studies because the Finnish educational systems offers other possibilities for this. For example, non-degree or open-university studies are recommended to complement the earlier degree or to improve one’s professional skills.
On top of the compulsory documents expected of all applicants to Aalto University, there are required study-option-specific documents:
- Motivation letter
- Applicants should include a motivation letter which describes not only interest in the field and willingness to pursue the degree but applicants should reflect on their capabilities and goals with respect to the objectives of our programme. Applicants should keep in mind that once accepted into the program they will be part of a very active community of students and alumni with ample opportunities for involvement. They are thus encouraged to familiarize themselves with the activities and values of the community and, in particular, reflect upon these in their motivation letter. Read more>>
- The motivation letter should be written in English. The maximum length of the motivation letter is about 4000 characters.
- Officially attested copies of certificates and study records concerning other university-level degree or non-degree studies in addition to the Bachelor’s degree providing eligibility.
- With documents related to degree studies, follow these instructions. With other higher education studies (e.g. open university or other non-degree), upload the documents to your application as part of the study-option-specific documents.
An applicant can also include the following optional study-option-specific documents in order to support his/her application. These documents provide evidence that support the profile created by the required documents. Quality counts more than quantity.
- Course descriptions of courses taken in relevant subject areas. These descriptions are important if you do not have a B.Sc. in engineering or you have only few business studies.
- If the standard official transcript of your institution does not articulate your studies in the way described in the criteria, you may attach course descriptions copied from an official study guide to your application. Your home university must certify this documentation. Internet links are not accepted.
- Letter of recommendation (at least one).
- The recommendation should be written by a person who has supervised you in either academic or employment capacity. The recommendation should be specifically addressed for the IEM Master's Programme. You can upload the recommendation letter(s) to your online application.
- Results of GRE- or GMAT-test
- Please upload the test result to your study-option-specific documents.
- Relevant letters of reference (work certificates) and other certificates of relevant activities.
- In case you have work experience or other activities that could support your application, upload copies of these documents to your application.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Please note that a valid degree alone does not guarantee a study place in the programme.
General instructions on study-option-specific documents
All additional application documents described above should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.
Upload the documents to your online application form in pdf-format. Name the file(s) according to format: Name of the document-Lastname-Firstname (e.g. CV-Lastname-Firstname.pdf). Maximum file size is 1.0 GB.
The study-option-specific documents must be uploaded for each study option separately, even if you use the same document (e.g. CV). Please check carefully the study-option-specific document requirements for each study option you apply to.
The deadline for the study-option-specific application documents to be uploaded to your application form is 10 January 2020 at 15:00 (GMT +2).