Real Estate Economics, Master of Science (Technology)
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The application period will open 1.12.2022 09:00 (UTC+2)
The Master's Programme in Real Estate Economics offers a thorough understanding of the dynamics of real estate markets. You will attain a holistic understanding of the phenomena related to real estate markets and learn the techniques used to analyse and manage real estate.
The programme combines the scientific disciplines of economics, management, land management and planning to provide you with the key skills needed in a wide range of career paths in the real estate sector.
Many courses combine theoretical knowledge with real life projects and business cases, giving you hands-on experience and an understanding of the complexity of the subjects. As most jobs in real estate are about people and interaction, a strong emphasis in the studies is placed on teamwork.
More detailed information about study objectives is available on our website.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is English. Exams also provided in Finnish or in Swedish on request.
More information and Aalto University guidelines on the language and communication studies in the degree here.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Aalto University’s tuition fee for master’s programmes taught in English is 15 000 euros per academic year. Tuition fees apply to citizens of countries other than those of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Aalto University has a scholarship programme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. The scholarship may cover 100% or 50% of the tuition fee.
More information on tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available at the Scholarships and Tuition Fees webpage.
Structure of studies
The Master's Programme consists of 120 credits (ECTS), including following elements:
- Major studies (60 ECTS); includes 36 ECTS of common studies and 24 ECTS of advanced studies
- Elective studies (30 ECTS); to be chosen according to your interests and specialisation
- Master's thesis (30 ECTS); your master's thesis is an independently conducted piece of applied research
The programme is designed so that you are able to complete your common and advanced studies during the first year. This leaves your second year for elective courses and the master's thesis. It also makes it easy for you to go for an exchange period during the second year. Alternatively, you can further build your expertise by taking more of our programme's advanced courses as elective courses.
For more details, visit Aalto University's student portal Into.
Studies in the Master's Programme in Real Estate Economics introduces you to real estate economics, investment, development, management, technology and legislation. If you are interested in the planning and development of land use, the programme also offers in-depth studies on land use management.
Real Estate Economics students are actively encouraged to spend a semester abroad, studying at one of the top-tier international partner universities of Aalto University.
Further study opportunities
Master’s programme in Real Estate Economics at Aalto is considered as a great foundation for doctoral studies.
Real estate and urban environments require expertise in every phase of their lifespans. The Master of Science in Technology degree from the Master's Programme in Real Estate Economics gives you a great starting point for working in the industry. Our graduates are employed in both the private and public sector, both in Finland and abroad. The real estate sector offers diverse career paths, so you will have the opportunity to follow your own goals after you graduate.
The Master's Programme in Real Estate Economics, a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities and an active real estate economics student organisation combined offer you a strong network that reaches beyond the university. You will have opportunities to connect with current and future real estate professionals from the start of your studies, and many of our students find their future position before they even graduate thanks to these connections. After graduation, you can find work as an analyst, a valuer, a real estate inspector, a researcher or an expert, to name a few. Career paths typically lead to management positions in real estate investment, management and technology.
The Real Estate Research Group at Aalto University is the only university-level research unit in Finland focusing on the broad area of real estate.
More detailed information about real estate as a research field is available at our website.
Co-operation with other parties
We collaborate closely with our stakeholders within our Master’s Programme, engaging with both public and private sector actors in our education. We also collaborate with other Master’s Programme at Aalto University in our education and research field.
Students of a real estate development course used the map-based tool CHAOS to navigate the large information sets used to create development plans for real estates.
Stockholm based Annina Salakka works with alternative long-term financing options for real estate investments.
Pia Mäkilä found a her job with the National Land Survey through her Master’s thesis project, which gave her a new perspective into the field of real estate.
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Admission requirements 2023
Aalto University's student selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) conducted by Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the school's programme-specific academic evaluation. The programme is planned for full-time studies and preference is given to applicants who are committed to this.
Applicants meeting Aalto’s general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria decided in advance for each study option. The applications to Master’s Programme in Real Estate Economics (REC) are evaluated based on the following criteria:
What is evaluated: Grades of the previous degree/CGPA
Admission requirements: Grades need to mainly very good or excellent
Evaluated documents: Transcript of records
Relevance of previous studies
What is evaluated: Content and quantity in relation to the applied study-option-specific requirements
What we look for in an applicant: Content suit very well or excellent to the study option
Evaluated documents: Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)
Recognition and quality of institution
What is evaluated: Recognition and quality of the applicant's previous institution
Admission requirements: Recognized for high quality of education and research
Method of demonstrating competence: International and national rankings of higher education institutions
What is evaluated: Applicant’s further applicability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies
What we look for in an applicant: The applicant should be motivated to study and commit to full-time studies with a plan to complete a master’s degree in two years. Motivation should be clearly related to the programme.
In the motivation letter applicant should clearly state the reasons for applying and why she/he would be a good candidate for this programme. Motivation letter is mandatory.
Please see further instructions for the motivation letter below.
Evaluated documents: Motivation letter
We encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply to the programme. To ensure that the students have sufficient skills and knowledge for the Master's studies, priority in student selection is given to students whose earlier studies (either bachelor's degree or other studies):
a) are in real estate, land management or other closely related field or
b) include at least the basics of economics, law, statistics/econometrics and finance.
If completed courses or studies on these topics that are not included in the degree that is used as grounds for the application, the certificates should be attached on these studies in the application.
Study option -specific documents
The following documents is requested to provide by the programme:
- a motivation letter - mandatory (the lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application
Max 1 page
Should be written in English
Examples of questions to consider when writing the motivation letter:
- Why are you applying for this master’s programme?
- What do you expect to gain from studies in this master’s programme?
- How will your previous education, work experience, knowledge and skills support your success in your master’s degree studies?
- Describe your professional goals. How do you think the master’s programme you are applying for would support the development of your professional profile?
- What kind of career are you planning?
- Why do you want to study at Aalto University and in Finland?
If you have already completed another master’s degree in a closely related field or have the right to study for another master’s or doctoral program, explain why you are applying for this master’s degree.
Professor, Programme Director
Programme Planning officer
Admission Services of Aalto University
For enquiries regarding the application process, obligatory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admission Services.