Master's Degree Programme in Information Systems, Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (2 yrs)

Degree name
Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)
Planned duration
2 years
Studies begin
Autumn 2018
Extent of the study programme
120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction
Degree level
Master's degree
Tuition fee per year for non-EU/EEA students
8000 Euros

Study objectives

The degree in Information Systems is unique in Finland in combining Information Technology with Economic Sciences.

Graduates will be able to:

  • analyse real-life problems and provide ICT-based solutions to them;
  • design intelligent ICT-enabled services;
  • manage an existing ICT organisation;
  • create a new, ICT-driven business.

Graduate characteristics will include good international communication skills due to the integrated language and communication studies; argumentation and logical thinking; team working abilities and social skills.

Our aim is to train highly competent professionals of the ICT domain and to provide professionals working in other fields with basic skill sets in using and managing information technology, as well as to carry out internationally acclaimed, high quality research in selected fields of expertise.

More about the language of instruction


Study contents

The relationship of IT and its users, both people and organizations, is in the very heart of Information Systems Science. The main interest lies in the development and usage of information systems as part of an organization and business with the aim of understanding them holistically from the viewpoint of technology, the users and the effects of the usage of information systems.

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 8 000 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:

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

Students will major in Information Systems. The major includes a set of core courses in Information Systems Science and electives in the topical issues of the ICT domain.

Structure of studies

Major Studies, 80 ECTS:

  • Compulsory IS Core Courses, 30 ECTS
  • Elective Major Subject Studies, 15 ECTS
  • Compulsory Thesis Studies, incl. Thesis and Thesis Seminar, 35 ECTS

Language Studies, 10 ECTS:

  • Finnish language, 5 ECTS
  • English language, 5 ECTS

Other Optional Studies, 30 ECTS:

  • Students are free to choose courses across the University subject to course/ level/ subject specific prerequisites.
  • Examples include: preparatory or advanced level language courses in various languages offered by the Language Centre, multidisciplinary module on Learning, Human Development and Wellbeing and Creating Careers Lecture Series just to mention a few.

Final project

The aim of the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) and the thesis seminar (5 ECTS) is to familiarize students in scientific thinking and ways of working and enable them to complete an empirical piece of research and report it following relevant scientific procedures.

Career opportunities

There are various roles IS graduates are able to adopt in private and public enterprises. The below list provides some examples of the role titles:

  • Expert positions in businesses: Analyst, Business Analyst, Product Owner, Project Coordinator, Service Designer, Service Developer, System Designer;
  • Management positions: Project Manager, CEO, ICT/Service Manager, Group Manager, Customer Service Manager, Product Manager, Service Delivery Manager, Service Line Director, Solution Manager, Solutions Lead, System Manager;
  • Marketing roles: Product Marketing Manager;
  • Consultation roles: Senior Consultant, Service Design Consultant;
  • R&D: Doctoral Student, Researcher, Postdoctoral Researcher, Development Manager, Business Development Manager, Service Development Manager, Product Development Manager, Project Researcher.


The Faculty staff is very international, including research staff, PhD students and teachers from around the world. We have active collaboration with our international partners, including student and teacher mobility. Our students can take part in student exchange and practical training abroad.

Co-operation with other parties

The IT Faculty is engaged in active international cooperation both in the field of research and teaching. We have strong collaboration with industry both at local and national level. The majority of Master’s theses are completed in collaboration with industry.

Research focus

The focus of research in Information Systems Science is the utilization of information systems and information technology as part of business activity and public organizations from the viewpoint of individuals, communities and the society as a whole.

Postgraduate study opportunities

After graduation, you will have the opportunity to apply for Doctoral studies in Business and Economics. The duration of Doctoral studies as fulltime study will take approximately four years and studies include both taught elements and Doctoral Dissertation.

  • social media
  • service ecosystems
  • information systems
  • e-business
  • it enabled services
  • service development
  • ict
  • business and economics
  • service management
  • cyber security
  • service innovation
  • data management

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

Number of study places: 30; number of applicants in 2017: 27.

Fewer students may be admitted if there are not an adequate number of applicants with good previous study performance and prior knowledge and who are deemed suitable for the programme based on the interview.

The selection process comprises of two parts:ranking of applicants based on the application documents and a Skype interview. No changes were made to the 2017 admissions criteria.

Ranking of applicants based on the application documents as follows:

Applicants are ranked based on their application documents. The applicant may receive 1-5 points from three categories:  GPA of the undergraduate degree (1-5 points), grade of the Bachelor’s thesis (1-5 p) and motivation letter (0-5 p). The points are added together and multiplied by ten; thus, applicants will be ranked based on their points (0-150).

1.       GPA of the undergraduate degree (1-5 points)

A minimum grade of C* (ECTS) is required

If an applicant has an additional, relevant Master’s degree with better grades, the assessment can be based on those grades

2.       Grade of the undergraduate thesis  (1-5 p)

A minimum grade of C* (ECTS) is required

If the degree does not include a thesis, or it is not yet completed, the applicant is given automatically 3 points

If an applicant has an additional, relevant Master’s degree with better grades, the assessment can be based on the Master’s thesis

3.       Motivation letter (0-5 p)

Reasons for applying

Candidates’ expectations for the programme and the benefits for their future career

English language and argumentation skills

* ECTS grade C = Finnish grade 3.00

If there are two or more applicants with the same total score placed in the last place for selection, all of them will be selected.

There are no arrangements for clearing, i.e. study places for those accepted students who do not wish to enroll will not be reallocated.


  1. Bachelor's degree
  • An undergraduate academic degree with at least good* average grade in a related field, e.g. Management Information Systems, Information Systems, Informatics, Computer Information Systems; Information Systems Engineering; Business Information Systems; or Wirtschaftsinformatik, including sufficient (c. 30 ECTS) studies in business and economics. Very good applicants without adequate background in business and economics may be accepted with the requirement for complementary studies (Basic Business Studies).
  • an applicable undergraduate academic degree relevant to the field of the programme, including adequate basic studies (c. 30 ECTS) in Information Systems / IT management.

*   Good = C in the ECTS scale

An applicant who will graduate during, or shortly after, the application period can be conditionally selected. In such a case, a confirmation of the graduation date by the home institution must be included in the application, and the degree certificate must be delivered to the Admissions Services by 17.7.2018.


  1. The  applicant must demonstrate English language skills in one of the following ways:
  • an international language proficiency test, or the National Certificate of Language Proficiency taken in 2012 or after, which must be passed at least with intermediate level 4 (in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension). The following levels are the minimum requirements for international language proficiency tests:

o  TOEFL: 580 (paper-based test) / 92 (Internet-based test); or

o  IELTS: 6.5 or

o  CPE and CAE: passing level A, B or C; or

o  PTE (Pearson Test of English): 59

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 JYU students who, after completing their bachelor’s degree, continue to a Master’s programme 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. Applicants who wish to prove their English proficiency in this way are required to submit the form available at: However, applicants who have completed a minimum of 6 ECTS of studies in academic English at the University of Jyväskylä are not required to submit the form.


Please note:

  • As there are often delays in the language proficiency test results processing, please ensure that you register for the language test well in advance of the application period so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline.
  • Late results will not be accepted. It normally 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

Skype interview to verify skills and motivation

After the ranking based on documentation, the top applicants will be interviewed using digital communication services (preferably Skype). The structured interview will take c. 15 minutes per candidate. The interview will assess the candidates’ current knowledge and skills from prior studies and work, their motivation and the adequacy of their language skills.

Four main categories are assessed during in the interview: 

knowledge and skills in information systems and technology;

knowledge and skills in business and economics;

preparedness for studies and language skills; and

motivation to study in the programme. 

Interviews will be held during March 2018.

An applicant may be disqualified as the result of the interviews.

Required attachments

Required documents

  1. Application form. There is an electronic application form. The application form is available only during the application period. Late applications will not be processed.
  2. Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). When the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient. Copies must be certified or legalised. Copies of the certified copies will not be accepted. NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.

  3. 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). When 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. Copies of the certified copies will not be accepted. NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.

  4. Certificate of English language proficiency

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



Requirements for certified copies:

University Admissions Finland does not accept regular photocopies of educational documents. All educational documents must either be officially certified (attested) by the awarding institution, or legalised (see below).

For some countries, there are country-specific document requirements that must be followed first and foremost before any other requirements for document attestation. In addition, officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public are accepted. Find more information at the website of the Local Register Office (Maistraatti).

NB! Please note that officially certified copies issued by notaries public in other countries are not accepted without legalisation.

  • Official certification by the awarding institution

Officially certified copies of academic documents can be issued by the awarding institution. If you request officially certified copied from the awarding institution, make sure that the copies submitted to University Admissions Finland meet the following criteria:

o  taken directly from your original educational documents

o  include every page of your educational documents

o  bear the original stamp of the awarding institution on each page of the document (e.g. a generic stamp stating only “Certified true copy” will not be accepted)

o  bear the original signature of the certifying officer

Please note that regular copies of certified copies will not be accepted.

The officially certified copy can be sent to University Admissions Finland either by the applicant or the awarding institution.

  • Legalisation of documents

If you cannot obtain officially certified copies of your academic documents from the awarding institution, you may submit legalised copies of your academic documents. Legalisation takes place by two different means depending on whether the relevant country is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 1961.

  1. Apostille: documents supplied by countries that have ratified the Hague Convention are legalised by the issuance of an Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate)

The Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate) is necessary if the document has been issued by the authorities of a country that has ratified the Hague Convention of 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. It also provides information about the authorities issuing Apostille Certificates in the various countries.

  1. Legalisation: documents issued by other countries are legalised in two steps: first by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, then by a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country.

If the country issuing a document is not a signatory of the Hague Convention, a document is legalised by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, after which a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country legalises the document, certifying the competence of that foreign ministry official to issue such legalisation.

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

Additional information on applying

The applicants are notified about the decisions by e-mail by 28 March at the latest.

Applicants who have grounds for an appeal may submit their appeal by 11.4.2018. There is no appeal process for the scholarship decisions.

Accepted students must confirm their enrolment by 20 April.

Studies will commence on 29 August 2018 with the Orientation Programme.

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

Telephone: +358 40 805 3018

University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Information Technology

The Faculty of Information Technology is the first and largest of its kind in Finland.  Information Systems Science has been taught at the University of Jyväskylä since 1967. Currently, there are more than 1500 Bachelor's and Master's level students and 150 doctoral level students studying in the Faculty of Information Technology. There are nearly 200 members of staff working in the Faculty.

Major subjects taught in the Faculty

  • Mathematical Information Technology
  • Information Systems Science
  • Computer Science
  • Cognitive Science

Students studying Mathematical Information Technology, Computer Science or Cognitive Science as their major subject, are awarded the degree of Master of Science. Students of Information Systems Science will graduate with the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

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 or Swedish. 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. Inquiries about study aid should be directed to the Study Aid Unit, P.O.Box 35, FIN-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland, tel. +358 14 260 1068. Further information:

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: healthcare.

Information about accommodations

Comfortable student apartments are located within walking distance or a short bus ride away from the campus.

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 kilometers from the University main campus and the city center. Degree students should apply for accommodation as soon as they have been admitted to the University of Jyväskylä.


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. For further information, please see: insurance.

Contact details

Visiting address:
Mattilanniemi 2 (Agora rakennus)

Postal address:
Informaatioteknologian tiedekunta, PL 35