Master's Degree Programme in Sport and Exercise Promotion, Master of Sport Sciences (2 yrs)

Degree name
Master of Sport Sciences
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
8000 Euros

Study objectives

The SportPro programme provides both research and practice oriented master’s level education for future experts in the field of social and behavioural sciences of sport with two optional areas of specialisation: Sport Management or Sport Psychology.

The programme provides students with

  • research-based, interdisciplinary and high quality teaching
  • an individualised study plan
  • practical experience in the field
  • an international study environment
  • networking with the fellow students and experts
  • a possibility for a double degree from two network universities (in sport psychology)

More detailed information about the programme is available on the programme website.

More about the language of instruction

The programme offers educational opportunities for students of all nationalities. The programme is taught and completed entirely in English.

Tuition fees

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 at the University of Jyväskylä.

In this programme, the tuition fee is 10.000€/academic year. It is possible to apply for a scholarship. More information of the scholarships can be found on the website of the programme.

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

If you are unsure about whether you'd be subject to tuition fees, you can find more information from the University's web page: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/tuition-fees

 

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

Students choose either Social Sciences of Sport or Sport Psychology as their major. The other field of science will be studied as well, especially in the common core studies.

Structure of studies

The programme consists of 120 ECTS credits spread over two years of full-time academic study. Each student will draft an individualised study plan in co-operation with the programme staff. The programme emphasises collaborative learning, supporting the autonomy of the students, and developing social and personal skills. To this end, the programme utilises action-oriented, student-centred and collaborative teaching methods. The study programme consists of general studies (25 ECTS credits), core studies (25 ECTS credits), major-specific specialication studies (60 ECTS credits, including the Master's Thesis) and optional studies (10 ECTS credtis).

Aside from the regular programme modules the Master’s programme also gives students the opportunity to complete an internship/practicum period, gaining valuable experience and expertise to increase their career opportunities upon graduation. These can also be completed abroad. Practicum is an ambitious element in the programme. All students participate and get hands on experience in the professional field. Employers and the professional sector have been associated with our course. For example, sport and health organisations, research institutes, business companies, and sport clubs offer practicum placements, and opportunities for thesis and projects work. Some students in sport psychology have also an option to obtain a double master’s degree by including a mobility period (30 ECTS cr.) in their studies, completed at the University of Thessaly, Greece.

Final project

The Master's thesis is an essential part of the programme and it will be prepared during the whole two years of the programme. The scope of the thesis is 30 ECTS credits.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for experts in the field of sport and exercise. In sport management this master’s programme qualifies graduates to enter the working life, specialising e.g. in sport development and other expertise positions in public, voluntary and private sectors. Previous and current students in the programme have been employed e.g. in the management positions of major international sport events and as leading experts in sports departments of cities and municipalities or experts in sport organisations.

Graduates from sport psychology will be employed in the private and public sectors as, for example, psychological health and well-being consultants, performance enhancement consultants, or academic researchers in sport and exercise psychology.Sport and health organisations, business companies, sport clubs, and research institutes have offered job opportunities for previous students.

Qualification

The graduates receive a Master of Sport Sciences degree (major in Social Sciences of Sport or major in Sport and Exercise Psychology).

Internationalization

International and multicultural aspects are the corner stones of the programme. The students come from all over the world and also the teachers have a great deal of international experience. During the studies the students will be exposed to situations where they will learn intercultural interaction skills in addition to subject related skills.

Co-operation with other parties

The programme invites numerous experts from various organisations to share their knowledge and experience with the students concerning working in the field of sport and health. The students will also be connected with the graduates from the programme to learn where they have been working after graduating from the programme and what kind of advice they would give to the current students to benefit the most of the studies. The programme enhances alumni activities and networking with experts in the fields.

Postgraduate study opportunities

This master’s programme qualifies graduates to continue studying to PhD level. As the programme is research-oriented, many of our graduates have continued to PhD studies mainly in the field of Sport Sciences or Health Sciences.

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

The selection process comprises of two parts:

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

2) Phase II: Skype/phone Interviews and final student selection

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

University Admissions Finland pre-processes the educational certificates including credential evaluation and verifies the language skills. The applicant will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary, a request to supplement the application. After pre-processing, all applications will be sent to the University of Jyväskylä for student selections. 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, statement of purpose/motivation essay, research orientation (attested by the preliminary research proposal for the master's thesis), reference letters, and proven interest in the field. The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:

Criteria   Max. points

Educational background

Content and amount of studies

7 Points: Bachelor in a university in social sciences of sports, sport management or sport and exercise psychology

5 Points: Bachelor in a university in e.g. other sport sciences, sociology, social sciences, social psychology and general psychology

2 Points: Bachelor in a university in management, economics, communication, health sciences or education or Bachelor in a polytechnic/UAS in the field of sport science

1 Points: B.Sc. in a university in another related field, polytechnic/UAS degree in the field of business or marketing, physiotherapy. 
7
International experience (work, study, living)

3 points: from 6months onwards

2 points: 3-6 months

1 point: 1-3 months international experience (work, voluntary work, student exchange, living abroad)

3

Work or research experience in a related field and/ or voluntary activity within sport

4 Points: over 1 year

3 Points: 3 months – 1 year

2 Point: 1-3 months 

4

Motivation essay

0-10 Points: reasons for applying clearly described;

  • Sport experience
  • Motivation to apply
  • How the programme would benefit the student & student benefit the programme

10

Research proposal 0-15 Points: according to the attached table

15

Recommendation

1 point: 1 academic recommendation letter

0 points: No academic recommendation letter

1

Total   40

 

Phase II: Skype/phone interviews and final student selection

The student selection team ranks the eligible applications and makes a pre-selection. Max. 40 highest scoring applicants will be invited to a Skype (with video connection)/phone interview. At least two staff members of the programme will be present in the interview. The points for the interview are allotted as follows:

Issue Points
Knowledge and background of the field of study 0-15 
Applicant's motivation 0-10 
Research Experience and Knowledge of Research Methodology 0-15 
Self-Awareness, Adaptation and Readiness to Study

0-10 

Spoken English and presentation skills 0-10 
Total                    60

 

Applicants need to receive at least 50% of the maximum score in the interview to be considered for admission in the programme.

The final score is a combination of the application score and the interview score, i.e. the maximum overall score is 100 points. 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.

Eligibility

1) Bachelor’s degree (minimum duration of three years, 180 ECTS credits) in a related field, for example

  • Social Sciences of Sport/Sport Management
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Other Sport Sciences (e.g. Physical Education, Kinesiology, Coaching)
  • Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology)
  • Psychology (e.g. Social Psychology and General Psychology
  • Business Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Another related field

Eligible applicants for the Master`s Degree Programme must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field by 17 July 2018.

2) Proof of English language proficiency

A good command of both written and spoken English is required. Proof of proficiency can be provided in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): minimum score of 59
  • CAE, CPE: A, B, C
  • Secondary education (high school/upper secondary school) completed in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, 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. If this option is chosen, a certified school or degree certificate must be enclosed in the application package. 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. More information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16.

Please note:

  • In cases where language proficiency is proven with a language test, if the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed at all.
  • The language test cannot be older than two years and it has to be valid until the end of the application period

3) Additional selection criteria

  • knowledge in research methodology
  • relevant research and/or work experience
  • international experience
  • knowledge in computer skills
  • clearly articulated motivation for applying for the programme

Required attachments

Required documents for application

Documentation to be included in the supporting documents application package:
1) Copy of passport or other identification document
2) Copy of a residence permit that exempts its holder from paying tuition (required only from applicants who are liable to pay tuition)
3) Official transcript of records
4) Officially certified copies of degree certificates of previous studies
5) Certificate of English language proficiency
6) Testimonials or work certificates

7) One written academic reference

Note! Documents submitted as part of the application WILL NOT be returned to the applicant. Do not send originals, only officially certified copies.

Please notice that there are also some country specific requirements for the supporting documents. Please see more information on the country specific requirements on the list compiled by the University Admissions Finland.

Documentation details:

1) Copy of passport or other official identification document (i.e. identity card, driving license)

2) Copy of a residence permit 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 (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).

3) Official transcript of records from your institute of higher education both in the original language and in English or Finnish (if your institute of higher education cannot provide an English version, please have it translated by an authorised translator). Where the original language of the transcript is Finnish, Swedish or English, one certified copy in either language is sufficient. Note that the transcript must contain information on courses taken, dates of completion and grades and credits obtained. The grading scale needs to also be explained in the document. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. If a transcript is not obtainable, an officially certified list, by your institution, of academic work done or examinations taken each year will be sufficient, on condition that the information on the contents of the courses is also submitted. 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. More information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16. The original signature and stamp of the certifier must be on each page of the document. In addition, possible country-specific requirements for documents  must be followed to the letter.

4) Certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English or Finnish (if your institute of higher education cannot provide an English version, please have it translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language of the degree certificate is Finnish or English, one certified copy in either language 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. More information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16. The original signature and stamp of the certifier must be on each page of the document. In addition, possible country- specific requirements for documents  must be followed to the letter.

NOTE: Applicants who will graduate or receive their degree certificate after the application deadline need to attach either a temporary degree certificate or an official letter from their institution of higher education stating when the student is expected to graduate. The official letter of your institution of higher education should contain at least the following:

  • The expected/the first possible date of graduation
  • Name/field of the degree
  • Total amount of credits of the completed degree
  • Credits completed by the date of the certificate/letter
  • Major subject
  • Contact information of the university
  • Stamp and signature of the university official

5) Certificate of English language proficiency. Proof of the proficiency can be provided with one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): minimum score of 59
  • CAE, CPE: A, B, C
  • Secondary education (high school/upper secondary school) completed in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, 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. If this option is chosen, a certified school or degree certificate must be enclosed in the application package. 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. More information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16.

Note 1: As there are often some delays in the process of language proficiency testing 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.

Note 2: All above mentioned language tests are valid only if they have been completed within 2 years of the application deadline. Older test results will not be accepted.

Note 3: If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.

Sending the language test results:

  • When completing the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in University Admissions Finland's Institution Code 3138 in the Score Report Recipient field.
  • IELTS test results can be sent by the applicant together with the application package. However, if you take the IELTS test, you can address the test results in section 23 (Applications to Recognising Organisations) to University Admissions Finland (please see address above).
  • For CAE and CPE, please address the test results to University Admissions Finland. An applicant's copy of the test score is acceptable, as your results will be verified from the test organiser. Include your Candidate's ID (3 letters and 6 numbers) and secret code (4 numbers), if applicable (available for tests taken after 2005). If you do not have these codes, you can request them from the testing organisation. If the codes are unavailable, you should ask for the Statement of Results from Cambridge ESOL to be sent directly to University Admissions Finland. Test scores sent as email attachments will not be accepted.
  • Test results for PTE Academic are typically available within 5 working days following the test session. Once you receive your test score, send it to University Admissions Finland from your PTE account. Choose Finland as the ‘Country’, ‘University Admissions Finland’ as the‘Institution’ and click on ‘Search’. Then select the university you wish to send your results to and confirm your order. After this, UAF should have access to your test results within 48 hours. Be advised that online language test results will only be accepted from the test organiser

6) Testimonials or work certificates regarding relevant work experience, research experience, and/or voluntary work in the field of sport and/or psychology; at least the following information should be stated: 1) Dates of the activity, 2) Full- time or part-time (how many hours/week), 3) Type of activity, 4) Name and type of organisation, 5) Your own duties/role 6) Contact details of the organisation/supervisor

7) One (1) written reference from an ACADEMIC teacher or supervisor, not related to you, who is familiar with your academic, professional and/or personal qualifications. The referee's contact information must be stated. Please use the reference form provided by the programme: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/programmes/sportpro/reference-form-2018_sportpro.doc/view. If more space is needed, your referee may attach additional pages to the reference form.

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

Additional information on applying

Admission timetable

  • Application period opens 15 November 2017
  • Application deadline 10 January 2018
  • Notification of interview latest in February 2018
  • Interviews will take place during February-March 2018
  • Notice of acceptance latest by 28 March 2018
  • Confirmation of study place by student by 20 April 2018
  • Conditionally accepted students need to provide their graduation documents by 17 July 2018
  • Studies begin in August 2018.

Tuition fees

  • For EU/EEA citizens: No tuition fee
  • For non-EU/EEA citizens: €8000/academic year

Contact Information of the programme
Email: sportpro@jyu.fi

Tel: +358 40 805 4808

Admissions services

Admission Services

Visiting address:
ADMISSION SERVICES Seminaarikatu 15 (T-Building, 2nd floor)

Postal address:
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O. Box 35 (T-Building), FI-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 Sport and Health Sciences

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

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.

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:
Keskussairaalantie 4 (Liikunta)
JYVÄSKYLÄ

Postal address:
PL 35
40014 JYVÄSKYLÄN YLIOPISTO