Master's Degree Programme in Educational Sciences, Master of Arts (2 yrs)

Degree name
Master of Arts (Education)
Planned duration
2 years
Studies begin
Autumn 2018
Extent of the study programme
120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction
English
Degree level
Master's degree
Tuition fee per year for non-EU/EEA students
10000 Euros

Study objectives

Learn about Educational Sciences and choose your area of Specialisation from the following: Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Studies, Inclusive Education, Guidance and Counselling, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Current Issues in Education and Psychology!

The objective of the Master’s Degree Programme in Educational Sciences is to prepare highly competent and internationally oriented educators to raise the quality of education in the diversifying contexts of the globalised world. During the Master’s Degree Programme in Educational Sciences, students will gain a broad understanding of the field of education with a particular awareness of international issues in education. The students become familiar with the Finnish education system and reflect it to their own experiences and the global contexts. Students will have the opportunity to specialise in areas of education which they find the most relevant and interesting. The areas of specialisation are Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Studies, Inclusive Education, Guidance and Counselling, Foreign Language Pedagogy, and Current Issues in Education and Psychology.

Students will acquire scientific expertise in the field of education and be able to work with theories and analyse and develop educational practices. The Master’s Degree creates a foundation for producing scientific knowledge and applying scientific methods in practice in the field of education. The programme prepares experts into various sectors of education in national and international contexts: educational planning, administration, consultancy, coordination, development, teaching and research.

Study contents

The programme offers a unique opportunity to get firsthand experience on Finnish Education System.  Studies also include aspects of intercultural competence and international education policies and practices. Research studies consist of academic skills, research methods and master’s degree thesis.Students also focus on their chosen Specialisation area (Early Childhood Studies, Educational Leadership, Inclusive Education, Guidance and Counselling, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Current Issues in Education and Psychology) where they acquire deeper understanding of the specific topics. Collaboration and discussion between students focusing on different Specialisation areas deepen their understanding of the different educational phenomena and broaden their multi-professional and multidisciplinary knowledge and know-how. 

Tuition fees

In Finnish universities, there are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. Tuition fees concern only non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.

The tuition fee is 10 000 euros / academic year.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens *)

*) continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type

University of Jyväskylä has scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees. Scholarships are applied for when applying for the admission to the programme.

For more information about tuition fees and scholarships visit: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/tuition-fees

Structure of studies

The degree consists of 120 ECTS credits:

  • Orientation, Communication and Language Studies, and Academic Skills 15 ECTS credits
  • Advanced Studies in Education 75 ECTS credits, including master’s thesis 30 ECTS credits
  • Specialisation Studies 25 ECTS credits
  • Optional Studies 5 ECTS credits

Final project

Students are required to conduct a small scale research and write a Master’s thesis supervised by professors and senior lecturers. The thesis topics are related to the research areas of the Faculty of Education. The thesis process is supported by research method courses, research seminars and individual supervision.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares students to work as experts in a variety of educational settings, for example, as educational planners, consultants, coordinators, teachers, teacher educators or researchers.

Qualification

Administrator and teacher in educational institutions both in public and private sectors; human resource facilitator or manager; university lecturer; doctoral student

Internationalization

Education research and teaching are realised in connection with high level international networks, emphasising social change and societal impact. In our international cooperation, as in all activities,the focus is on the future – education, learning and teaching in the rapidly changing, global society.

Master’s Degree Programme in Educational Sciences is an international programme with a global application process. Our students represent several countries from different continents. The cultural diversity of this multinational learning community is strongly emphasised all through the programme.Students bring their own expertise to the group and create a diverse learning environment where different views are shared and valued.

Internship is an optional part of the programme where students have a possibility to familiarise themselves with an educational institution either in Finland or abroad. Visiting scholars from different countries visit our Faculty regularly and international seminars are organised yearly. 

Research focus

Research and teaching in the field of education focus on lifelong learning, ranging from early childhood education to adult education. Research activities provide a sustainable basis for the continuous development of our internationally recognised educational system. Our research is located particularly within the following core field of the University of Jyväskylä: education, learning, and teaching in the future and human technology.

Research in the Faculty of Education and Psychology and Finnish Institute for Educational Research can be divided into five domains of research strength:

  1. Processes or learning, teaching and guidance
  2. Professional identities, career paths and competences in the changing work life
  3. Wellbeing, participation and contexts of growth of children and young people
  4. Special topics of learning and participation
  5. Education of the future and societal change

Postgraduate study opportunities

After finishing the programme and being awarded a Master’s Degree of Arts in Education, the students are eligible to apply for doctoral studies. Universities have different admission requirements for doctoral studies; please check the requirements from the universities in question.

Application period: Master's Degree Programmes (University of Jyväskylä) (15.11.2017 at 08:00 - 10.01.2018 at 15:00)

Student admission to study programme

30 study places in total.

The selection process comprises of two parts:

1) Reviewing the application documents

2) Online interview

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

You will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary a request to supplement the application.

The student selection committee at JYU assesses the content of the applications -- ineligible applications will be disregarded. The selection committee will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic background, motivation letter, research interests and proven experience in the field. The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:

Selection criteria

Points

Educational background

max. 4 points

Motivation letter

max. 4 points

Research interests

max. 4 points

Proven, relevant work experience

max. 2 points

Total max.

14 points

The Student Selection team ranks the eligible applications and makes a pre-selection. The minimum of 5 points in total must be reached from the phase I to be eligible for the interview. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to a online interview. Notification of the result of this phase will be sent to all applicants via email by February 16, 2018.

Should an applicant have grounds for an appeal from the phase I, he or she may, appeal in writing to the Appeal Committee of the University of Jyväskylä for a review of the decision by March 2, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). A request for rectification must specify in detail the part of the decision and the grounds on which the request is based. A request for rectification must be addressed to the Appeal Committee of the University and sent to the Registry Office of the University by 3:00 p.m. Address: Appeal Committee of the University, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä. E-mail: kirjaamo@jyu.fi

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

The following sections will be taken into account in the final selection with the following weight: Motivation letter 20%, Research interests 30% and the interview 50%. The online interview is recorded. The applicant must achieve at least half of the maximum points of the interview to be accepted to the programme. The structured interview will take 15–20 minutes per candidate. Applicants will be given a written assignment to the interview. Both, written assignment and interview are evaluated by the Language Center of the University of Jyväskylä. This evaluation (academic literacy screening) is tripartite (excellent, good, mediocre) and focuses on written and oral academic language skills. With this evaluation: 1) excellent mark will weigh the final score up 10%, 2) good mark will not weigh the final score, and 3) mediocre mark will weigh the final score down by 10%. This final weighted ranking list will also determine the applicants who are eligible for the scholarship (for non EU/EEA applicants).

If more than one person have equal points from the final selection, the order will then be decided by the points the applicant got from the interview. If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants got from the research interests.  If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants got from the motivation letter. If there is still no difference, the order will be raffled.

The final decision is definitive, there is no waiting list available.  

Eligibility

Bachelor’s degree (academic first cycle degree), relevant to the field of education, and completed with good grades. Admission of an applicant graduating after the application deadline is conditional till s/he submits the degree certificate. The degree must be completed by July 17, 2018 and the copy of the degree certificate and the transcript of records must reach JYU by July 17, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). 

English language profiency

English language proficiency demonstrated in only one of the following ways:

1)      Upper secondary education completed in English in a Nordic country (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland), the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

2)      A higher education degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.The language of examination must have been English and the thesis must have been written in English.The language of examination must be detailed in the degree certificate or its attachment, the transcript of records or other official document issued by the higher education institution.

3)      a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (internet-based)

4)      an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of  6.5

5)      a Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): passing level A, B or C

6)      PTE (Pearson Test of English) 59

7)      National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) for English, which must be passed at least with intermediate level 4 (in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension).  

8)      The applicant has completed or is completing a higher education degree in Finland and the degree includes studies of academic English for at least 6 ECTS credits (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, levels B2–C1 and field-specific content).This requirement also applies to the University’s own students who, after completing their bachelor’s degree, continue to foreign-language-medium degree programmes for which they have been granted the study right at the same time when they were granted the right to pursue the bachelor’s degree.

Please note:

Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL language proficiency tests are valid for two years. The certificate must be valid until the end date of the application period.

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. It usually takes approximately a month for the test results to arrive at the institution.

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

Entrance examination and aptitude test

Entrance examination and aptitude test (study option data)

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection. Invitations to the interview will be sent via email by February 16, 2018. The interviews (ca. 15-20 min.) will be conducted online between February 22–28, 2018.

Time Place Description

Entrance examination and aptitude test (study option data)

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection. Invitations to the interview will be sent via email by February 16, 2018. The interviews (ca. 15-20 min.) will be conducted online between February 22–28, 2018.

Time Place Description

Required attachments

Required documents

1) Officially certified transcript of records from the student’s institute of higher education both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is English, one certified copy is sufficient. Note that the transcript is a document containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient.

2) Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient.

All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16#certified_copies

3) Copy of a valid passport (the identification pages with name, date, place and expiry date) or other official identification document (i.e. personal identity card)

4) Certificate of English language proficiency

5) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

6) Motivation letter. Please consider your activities, experiences and commitment related to the field of education, what experiences make you to apply to this programme? What is your dream, where you see yourself in five years’ time after the graduation? Please read the curriculum of the programme carefully, the Specialisation Studies modules in particular. Consider your motivation ragarding the Specialisation module of your interest. Please note that this does not indicate the final choice of the study module, the choice is made when the studies begin. You are expected to write max. 3000 characters about your interests in the programme and your reasons for applying.

7) Research interests. Familiarise yourself with the Research Strategy of the Faculty of Education and Psychology. Based on the strategy write, max. 3000 characters which of these research areas interest you and justify your interests. Why that area of research is important and what kind of skills you think you need for conducting research?

8) Copy of a residence permit (if available) that exempts its holder from paying tuition. Required only from applicants who are liable to pay tuition based on their nationality, but are in possession of a residence permit that exempts them from paying tuition. Such residence permits include: EU Blue Card, type A or P residence permit card in Finland, P-EU residence permit card, or an EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland.

All the enclosures need to reach University Admissions Finland by the application deadline January 10, 2018.

The applicant has the right to supplement the application by January 24 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2). All the enclosures need to reach University Admissions Finland by January 24 at 3:00 p.m. Enclosures arriving after the deadline will not be taken into account.

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required documents
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
00170
HELSINKI
10.01.2018 15:00

Additional information on applying

Application round opens: November 15, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (GMT+2)

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

The results will be available by March 28, 2018.

The study place must be accepted by April 20, 2018.

Studies begin in September 2018.

Should an applicant have grounds for an appeal, he or she may, appeal in writing to the Appeal Committee of the University of Jyväskylä for a review of the decision by April 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2).  A request for rectification must specify in detail the part of the decision and the grounds on which the request is based. A request for rectification must be addressed to the Appeal Committee of the University and sent to the Registry Office of the University by 3:00 p.m. Address: Appeal Committee of the University, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä. Email: kirjaamo@jyu.fi

Instructions for the Requests for rectification are available in https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/study/guides/requests-for-rectification

Admissions services

Admission Services

Visiting address:
ADMISSION SERVICES, Seminaarinkatu 15 (T-building) 2nd floor

Postal address:
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä

E-mail: admissions@jyu.fi
Telephone: +358 40 805 3018
https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply

University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Education and Psychology

The University of Jyväskylä is Finland’s leading expert in the field of education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Education and Psychology, includes three departments: Department of Education, Department of Teacher Education and Department of Psychology.

The University of Jyväskylä is the heart of Finnish teacher education. Its roots are in the country’s first Finnish-language teacher training college, which was established in Jyväskylä in 1863, and now the Faculty prepares teachers and educators for every grade level. Furthermore, the Faculty of Education and Psychology provides the widest profile of teaching and learning in Finland with 3300 students and 320 staff members. 

In the Faculty of Education and Psychology, education is research-based. Education and research are tightly integrated into the societal development by predicting and building the learning environments of the future. The aim of the faculty is to educate autonomic and ethically responsible experts who critically analyse and renew the educational culture and who commit themselves to lifelong learning. Together with its research networks, the Faculty of Education and Psychology forms an internationally appealing and multi-disciplinary centre for research.

The education sciences of the University of Jyväskylä were ranked among the top 101-150 universities by the QS World University Rankings by Subject. We aim to maintain and even improve our status through active international research collaboration, joint projects and publications. The Faculty has internationally and domestically influential research in various areas of strength: 1) Interaction in learning, education and therapy, 2) Learning, 3) Family and childhood, 4) World of work, 5) Teaching, guidance and education.

In addition to various programmes in Finnish, the Faculty provides Master's Degree Programme in Educational Sciences, with global and intercultural contents in English. In the programme the student has a possibility to choose a Specialisation area either in Early Childhood Studies, Educational Leadership, Inclusive Education, Guidance and Counselling, Foreign Language Pedagogy or in Current Issues in Education and Psychology.

More information can be found on the pages of the Faculty of Education and Psychology in https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/en

Accessibility and learning support

 

Student benefits

Information on living expenses

In Finland, the general cost of living is relatively high. You must be able to cover your everyday living expenses independently so you should have at least 700-900 euros per month at your disposal. When applying for student residence permit, you (unless you are EU/EEA student) will need to show, that you have at least 560 € per month (6720€ per year) at your disposal. This is the absolute minimum required by the immigration authorities. EU citizens who come to Finland to study do not need to apply for a student residence permit, however they should also be able to cover their living costs independently.

Please look also at the information concerning the tuition fees charged (from non-EU/EEA students).

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Finland are approximately 700-900€. This may vary a bit, depending on your study location in Finland – for example, accommodation and other living costs are not necessarily so high in Jyväskylä than other larger cities.

As a student you can get discounts in student restaurants and cafeterias, public transport, etc. Student housing with shared facilities is usually a low-cost accommodation option.

You can’t be guaranteed to find employment during your studies so it is not possible to cover part of your living expenses doing work.

Financing your studies

The University of Jyväskylä offers high-quality, research-based Master’s degree programmes in English.

In compliance with Section 10 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university must charge a fee of at least EUR 1,500 per an academic year from a student admitted to education other than bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in Finnish. Fees are not charged to a citizen of a state belonging to the European Economic Area or to a person who is equivalent to a European Union citizen under a treaty concluded by the European Union and its Member States with another contracting party, or to a family member of the individual. Nor is a fee charged to a person with the European Union Blue Card, a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national referred to the Finnish Aliens Act, or to a family member of the individual. The Aliens Act is applied in the definition of persons regarded as family members. Furthermore, no fee is charged to a student participating in commissioned education in compliance with Section 9 of the Universities Act.

A university must have a scholarship system to support the studies of students participating in fee-charging degree education.

For further information, please see: tuition fees and scholarship.

The cost of course literature is not very high, since most of the course books can be borrowed from the University Library.

International students cannot apply for student loans and grants in Finland, unless you have lived in Finland for the past two years in some other capacity than that of a student and can be considered permanent residents in Finland. Further information: www.kela.fi

Health care services

The Finnish Student Health Service (generally referred to as YTHS) provides health and medical care for Bachelor's and Master's level students who have joined the Student Union. Doctoral students are not entitled to the services of YTHS. For further information, please see: healtcare.

Information about accommodations

Student housing in Jyväskylä is provided by KOAS (The Central Finland Housing Foundation) and Kortepohja Student Village. The student apartments are located about 2.5 - 4 kilomentres from the University main campus and the city centre. Degree students should apply for accommodation as soon as they have been admitted to the University of Jyväskylä.

Insurance

All students studying at the University of Jyväskylä are responsible for obtaining their own insurance. You should therefore acquire your own health, accident and travel insurance before coming to Finland.

Contact details

Visiting address:
Alvar Aallon katu 9,
JYVÄSKYLÄ

Postal address:
PL 35 (Ruusupuisto)
40100 JYVÄSKYLÄ