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 2019-2020, begins on 3 December 2018 and ends on 11 January 2019.  Your application package should be received by the admissions office 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.

Please pay attention. For the intake of 2019, the application is possible only: 

– via Department of Design/School of Arts, Design and Architecture

– via School of Business


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 (no intake for 2019) Department of Architecture
Real estate/Land Management/Urban Planning/Geography/Environmental Economy/Water management CS Real Estate and Water Management (no intake for 2019) 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.”

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.

Selection process CS Business and CS Design have a two-stage selection 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 Design). The second stage involves an interview. International applicants can be interviewed over the phone or Skype.


Why did current students choose Creative Sustainability?
resonated with my values • contemporary field • good career options • really interested in the themes • a new direction for my career • more meaningful • positive impact • unique opportunity • excellent reputation • “cool” vibe • broad learning of sustainability • multidisciplinary education • freedom to choose • spoke with an alumni who was happy with it • experimental but still one foot on the ground • systemic take on sustainability • international • creative approach • flexible choice of courses • lots of opportunities • the atmosphere of the school and its popularity • engaging students in real projects • didn’t sound commercial or unreliable • a friend’s good experience


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to prepare a portfolio for my application? – Only if you are applying for 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 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: 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 2019 in order to apply during the application period of Dec 2018 – Jan 2019.

Q. Is there any tuition fee for CS master’s degree programme? – From the academic year 2017-2018, non-EU students need to pay the tuition fee. Please check this page.

Q. Is there any scholarship for CS master’s degree programme? – There is a scholarship system only for those students who need to pay the tuition fee. Please check this page.

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.