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Master's Degree

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 scope is determined by the scope of the bachelor’s degree:

  • Bachelor’s degree 210 credits -> Master’s degree 90 credits
  • Bachelor’s degree 240 or 270 credits -> Master’s degree 60 credits

You can complete your master’s degree flexibly while you work over the course of approximately 1–3 years. Studies are practically-oriented and focused on working life. They expand the student’s professional competence and expertise. Studies are subject to a charge for students from outside the EU and EEA.

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

  • Admission criteria:
    • Bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences or other applicable higher education degree, and three years of relevant work experience
    • An applicable bachelor’s degree, some other applicable degree from an institute of higher education or otherwise acquired knowledge and skills sufficient for the studies, as deemed by the university of applied sciences, is required for studies starting on or after 1 August 2020. In addition to this, at least two years of work experience in the field in question after earning the applicable degree from a university of applied sciences or some other institute of higher education are required.
  • 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
  • Forms of study: part-time studies, where studies and work are combined by integrating study assignments into the student’s work and the development of the work community.
  • Thesis: an applied study or development project that develops working life needs
  • Qualification provided by the degree: master-level qualification

Master’s degrees enable students to continue to post-graduate studies, such as licentiate or PhD studies at universities.