Required previous studies
To be considered for admission the applicant must have completed at least 60 ECTS of business related studies (corresponding to one year of full time studies at university level).
Language 1: English
Proficiency in English is an eligibility requirement for the programme. Proof of proficiency is required from both Admission group 1 and group 2 applicants. Acceptable proof of proficiency:
- Bachelor’s or Master’s level university degree completed entirely in English,
- at an institution physically located in: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, while residing in that country; or
- in a CEMS /Equis / AACSB accredited institution in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, or South Africa, while residing in that country (e.g. Aalto University);
The official language of such degree must have been English, and this must be clearly stated on the degree certificate.
- One of the following language tests (minimum score):
- IELTS (Academic)/IELTS Indicator (7.0), (*writing 5.5)
- TOEFL (iBT100), (*writing 22)
- CAE (B),
- CPE (C),
- PTE Academic (68), (*writing 54)
Note: TOEFL iBT Home Edition test is accepted; a minimum score of 100 is required, with a score of at least 20 in each section.
* Additional writing section minimum required by Aalto University. Please check the general Aalto eligibility rules to see if this additional requirement applies to you: https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes .
Good proficiency (CEFR level B1 or above) in a language other than English is required from all applicants. Acceptable proof of proficiency must be included with the application and may consist of e.g.:
- School certificate of primary/secondary education completed entirely in the specified language.
- Bachelor’s degree from a programme in which the official language of instruction was other than English. The official language must be clearly stated on the degree certificate.
- Certificate from a language test or course(s) in which the level of proficiency is clearly indicated.
- If no such clear proof of proficiency level is available, certificate of mother tongue issued by official authorities can be used (e.g. Digital and Population Data Services Agency in Finland).
The applicants that fulfill the above requirements of previous studies and languages are ranked according to the criteria below.
PHASE I: Application documents (all documents are mandatory for an applicant to be eligible)
1) Academic excellence (as documented by academic transcripts)
Admission group 1
Applicants must demonstrate good academic performance. Applicants with a weighted GPA of previous degree lower than 3.50 (Finnish ECTS evaluation) are not eligible for admission.
Admission group 2
Applicants must demonstrate good academic performance (evaluation is based on the GPA of the previous degree).
2) Motivation video
To demonstrate their motivation for studies in the programme, applicants are required to submit a motivation video (details to be announced later).
3) CV in English
The comprehensive CV evaluation takes into account relevant education, work experience, and extracurricular activities, as well as international orientation as demonstrated by e.g. work, studies, or extracurricular activities abroad, participation in various international or inter-cultural activities in home country, and knowledge of and interest in learning foreign languages.
Work experience in the CV must be documented by enclosing corresponding work/internship certificates. English translations of these are not required.
4) GMAT score (or comparable GRE score)
GMAT or GRE is obligatory in admission group 2 (minimum score 600 in GMAT or equivalent GRE score).
PHASE II: Interview and further assessment
Based on the evaluation in phase I, the best applicants are allotted a time for an interview and further assessment, including a short oral presentation on a pre-assigned topic.
The selection of applicants into the programme is based on phases I and II described above. In case of a tie, phase II scores are used as the basis for evaluation.