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Master’s Degrees and Degree Programmes

The Master’s degree of Finnish universities of applied sciences is a Master's degree of a University. They are the principal route to further education for the professionals who have first completed a Bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences. The scope of the degree is 60 or 90 ECTS credits. The Master’s degree can be completed flexibly while working, within 2-3 years. The education is practically oriented and based on the needs of working life, deepening the student’s professional competence and expertise. Studying is free of charge for students who are citizens of EU/EEA area. Please, read more here.

The universities of applied sciences are more practically oriented than universities and prepare professional experts for working life and its development. Therefore, the university of applied sciences Master’s degrees clearly differ from university Master’s degrees in terms of objectives and profile. The university of applied sciences Master’s degree qualifies the graduates for challenging expert and managerial tasks as working life developers in their field. In the higher education degree system, a university of applied sciences Master’s degree is equivalent to a university Master’s degree. The graduates are also qualified to apply for positions requiring a Master’s degree.

Characteristics of Master’s Degrees at Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences

  • Admission criteria: Bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences or other applicable higher education degree, and three years of relevant work experience
  • Scope of the degree: 60 or 90 ECTS credits
  • Completion: usually through part-time study while working, duration 2-3 years
  • Nature of the degree: demanding, practise-oriented expert education
  • Mode of study: part-time, blending learning, integrating studies and work
  • Thesis: an applied study or development project that develops working life needs
  • Qualification provided by the degree: master-level qualification

The Master’s degree has offered the graduates of universities of applied sciences with a route to continuing and further education, as well as with the opportunity to obtain a master-level qualification. A successful completion of the Master’s degree strengthens the student’s field-specific competence, broadens the generic workplace skills related to management, entrepreneurship, research and development - thus creating new career development prospects.