How to apply?

Instructions for applying to the International Master's Degree Programmes of JYU during the application round 2017-2018.

Application period and accepting the study place

The application period 2017-2018 will start on 15 November 2017 and end on 10 January 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2). The application form is available only during the application period. Applicants will be notified of the admission results by 28 March 2018. The appeal period ends on 11 April 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). Admitted applicants must accept the offered study place at the latest on 20 April 2018 by 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2). Applicants who are admitted from the waiting list have 14 days to accept the offered study place. The detailed admission criteria for the degree programme must state if applicants are accepted from a waiting list to the study option. If the applicant is liable to pay a tuition fee, the tuition payment is checked before registration as an attending student.

After you have accepted the study place it is not possible to cancel the acceptance nor accept a study place in an other institute of higher education in Finland in a programme that starts during the same semester (autumn semester 2018).

One study place per term provision

According to this provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. This rule applies to all higher education.

Higher education degrees included in the provision are:

  • Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences.
  • Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities
  • Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities

The provision applies to higher education regardless of how the studies are provided. For example, if you have accepted a study place from a separate application, you cannot accept a study place from the joint application in the same term.

Only exceptions to the provision are:

  • Transfer student selections
  • the Åland Polytechnic
  • the Police College of Finland

Furthermore, the provision cannot be applied to studies completed at foreign higher education institutions.

Application process

Application rounds for English-medium Master's degree programmes at the University of Jyväskylä are organised through a centralised admission service (University Admissions Finland, UAF) established by Finnish universities. The application process begins on the –portal. First, an applicant fills in the online application form in the portal. Then he/she sends the hard copies of the required documents (or requests an institute issuing a certificate/document to send it) to the address of UAF (University Admissions Finland, Unioninkatu 40 C, FI-00170 Helsinki, Finland). After that, UAF checks if the applicants have sufficient language proficiency considering the requirements of the degree programme and if the applicants are eligible to apply for master’s degree education. UAF also checks the authenticity of the documents.

Applicants should submit a language certificate (if needed) and other attachments to the application by the end of the application period. However, after the end of the application period, applicants have 14 days to supplement their applications by sending missing attachments. Please note, that the online application form must be submitted by the end of the application period. Late applications are not accepted.

In case of a conditional admission, previous degrees and study attainments must be completed and related certificates (degree certificate and/or final official transcript of records) must be submitted to JYU at the latest on 17 July 2018 by 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). A conditionally admitted applicant can accept the study place but cannot register as a student and cannot pay the tuition fee.

General admission criteria for International MDPs

1. Bachelor's degree or a polytechnic degree.

The degree has to be completed by 17 July 2018. Please check also programme specific application requirements.

2. English language proficiency 

Students selected to foreign-language-medium Master’s degree programmes are not required to have proficiency in Finnish at the admission stage. All applicants must attach a proof of their proficiency in the English language to their application. This may be a degree certificate of a degree completed in English in one of the countries listed in the admission criteria, or a language test result. Please see the programme-specific admission criteria on the website of the programme in question for further information.  

We accept the following language tests: TOEFL, IELTS Academic, CPE, CAE, PTE Academic, and the National Certificate of Language Proficiency.

Regarding English language proficiency tests:

  • As there are often some delays in the language proficiency processing, please ensure that you register for the language test well in advance of the application deadline so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline  10 January 2018 at 3 p.m. (GMT+2). It usually takes approximately a month for the test results to arrive at the institution.
  • Language test locations:

       - TOEFL (in Finland arranged in Helsinki)

       - IELTS Academic (in Finland arranged in Helsinki by FinnBrit)

  • If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.

Programme-specific admission criteria for International MDPs

Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

IMDP in Banking and International Finance

IMDP in Corporate Environmental Management

IMDP in Digital Marketing and Corporate Communication

IMDP in International Business and Entrepreneurship


Faculty of Education and Psychology

IMDP in Educational Sciences (EDUMA)


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

IMDP in Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society  (Applang)

IMDP in Intercultural Communication


Faculty of Information Technology

IMDP in Information Systems

IMDP in Cognitive Computing and Collective Intelligence (COIN)


Faculty of Mathematics and Science

IMDP in Biological and Environmental Science

IMDP in Nanoscience

IMDP in Nuclear and Particle Physics


Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

IMDP in Biology of Physical Activity

IMDP in Sport and Exercise Promotion


When applying to English-taught Master's degree programmes, the educational documents, which are required attachments for the application, must always be officially certified. Copies may be certified (attested) officially by the educational institution that has issued the document, or they may be legalized (more information at In addition, possible country-specific requirements for documents  must be acknowledged in the applications for international master’s degree programmes. The original signature and stamp of the certifier must be on each page of the document. In addition, officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public are accepted. The proficiency in English required for foreign-language-medium degree programmes must be proven with a degree certificate and/or a transcript of records (degree completed in a country specified in the admission criteria) or with a certificate of an English proficiency test specified in the admission criteria.

Tuition fees

Please see: tuition fees & scholarships

Application & selection process: dates and deadlines

Application round opens

15 November 2017

Deadline for applications (and documents,)

10 January 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2)

Deadline for supplementing applications

by sending missing documents

24 January 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2) (*NB  

Possible Skype/personal interviews

February/March 2018

Applicants are informed of results

28 March 2018

Participation to be confirmed

20 April 2018

Tuition fee payment deadline (if required)       

 31 May 2018

Studies begin at the University of Jyväskylä


August/September 2018

*) NB: All attachments must be received by UAF by the supplementation deadline. Attachments that arrive to UAF after this deadline are not processed or considered. The supplementation deadline applies only to those applicants who have submitted their online application form by the application deadline 10 January 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2).