How to Apply

Basic information

Application period The Application period for CS master’s programme opens once a year. The next application period, for academic year 2017-2018, begins on 15 December, 2016 and ends on 25 January, 2017.  For your application package to be considered, it should be received at the latest by the last day of the application period. New students commence their studies at the end of August of the academic year to which they have applied.

CS discipline and application route The CS master’s degree programme is organised by three schools within Aalto University: School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business, and School of Engineering. The eligibility criteria, application requirements and the route taken for submitting your application depends on your background and the CS discipline to which you are applying. The following table indicates the CS disciplines and organising departments related to your background field of study. For specific information on each CS discipline’s application requirements please see the next section.

Applicant’s background/field of study CS discipline/Application route Organising department
Design CS Design Department of Design
Business administration/Economics/Social Sciences/Law CS Business Department of Management Studies
Architecture/Urban Planning CS Architecture Department of Architecture
Real estate/Land Management/Urban Planning/Geography/Environmental Economy/Water management CS Real Estate and Water Management Department of Built Environment

Eligibility and application requirements In general, an applicant should have a suitable bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in one of the fields focused by the organising schools. Application requirements and process vary between CS disciplines. The following table lists the appropriate admissions website(s) for each CS discipline. Please pay special attention to “Who can apply,” “Required application documents,” and “Language requirements.” Those applying for CS Architecture and CS Design should prepare a portfolio.

CS discipline/Application route Admissions information Other requirements
CS Design Field of Art and Design admissions Portfolio; see programme-specific requirements
CS Business Field of Business and Economics admissions See programme-specific requirements. Please directly contact Admissions Office of School of Business in case of questions on GMAT or GRE tests.
CS Architecture Field of Science and Technology admissions Portfolio
CS Real Estate and Water Management Field of Science and Technology admissions

Selection process CS Business and CS Design have a two-stage selection process while CS Architecture and CS Real Estate have only a one-stage process. During the first stage, the applicants are selected based on their application (i.e. required documents and portfolios for those who apply for CS Architecture and CS Design). The second stage involves an interview. International applicants can be interviewed over the phone or Skype.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to prepare a portfolio for my application? – Only if you are applying for CS Architecture or CS Design.

Q. Is there any interview in the selection process? – Only in CS Business and CS Design. Only some of the applicants from the first stage are invited to be interviewed. International applicants can be interviewed on the phone or Skype.

Q. What is the selection schedule? – CS Architecture and CS Real Estate Link – CS Business Link – CS Design Link

Q. Is it possible to apply to CS master’s degree programme through more than one route? – An applicant can apply through more than one route. In such a case an applicant should deliver an appropriate application package fulfilling the entry requirement for each route he/she is applying through. Such an applicant, however, can be selected only through one of the four routes, and an accepted student completes the master’s degree of the School which he/she is accepted to.

Q. Is it necessary to have work experience when applying? – It can be an advantage if an applicant has worked or volunteered in the sustainability-related fields, however, it is not a requirement.

Q. If an applicant does not have a degree in the field of design, business, architecture, real estate, is it still possible to apply to CS master’s degree programme? – An applicant’s study background should be somehow related to one of these fields. If you are not sure if your study background is suitable or not, please cotact the CS coordinator of the School you are applying for. You can find the contact information from here:  http://acs.aalto.fi/contact/ If an applicant does not have background in these fields, he/she can possibly apply to an appropriate master’s degree programme within Aalto University. If accepted to Aalto University, the student can later apply to CS minor study.

Q. If an applicant’s bachelor’s degree is not ready during the application time, is it still possible to apply? – An applicant’s bachelor’s degree certificate paper should be ready by 31 July 2017 in order to apply during the application period of Dec 2016 – Jan 2017.

Q. Is there any tuition fee for CS master’s degree programme? – From the academic year 2017-2018, non-EU students will need to pay the tuition fee. Please check this page: http://www.aalto.fi/en/studies/fees_and_scholarships/

Q. Is there any scholarship for CS master’s degree programme? – There will come some kind of scholarship system only for those students who need to pay the tuition fee. Please check this page: http://www.aalto.fi/en/studies/fees_and_scholarships/

Q. What are living costs like in Helsinki? – If you are accepted as our degree student, you have to pay for study materials (100-200 eur/term depending on courses) and the fee for student union (about 120 eur/year). You will need about 800 eur/month (including rent: student housing starts from 350 eur/month) for living. Please visit Aalto University’s living expenses page for more information.

Q. Is it possible to find part-time jobs within Aalto University, or is it easy to find part-time jobs in general? – The University does not offer any regular part-time jobs to the students, and it is not so easy to find a part-time job in the city if you do not speak Finnish. Nonetheless, the first year’s study is intensive and full-time, and you are expected to concentrate on studying.

Q. Are there many international students in the CS master’s degree programme? – It depends on the year and the field (design, architecture, business, real estate). Generally, about half of the students are from outside of Finland. Currently we have students from about 40 countries.

Further Questions

Please contact our study coordinator, Naoko Nakagawa, if you have questions regarding application to CS master’s degree programme.