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Recommendation for admission criteria in university on applied sciences (UAS) Master’s degree programmes 2018

Eligibility | Educational requirements| Work experience requirements | Submitting degree and employment certificatesAdmissions criteria | Accessible student admission – special arrangements for entrance examination

Eligibility for Master’s degree programmes at universities of applied sciences (programmes provided in Finnish, Swedish and English)

Eligibility for a UAS Master’s degree programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree and at least three years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. As a relevant field is regarded both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree.

Educational requirements

Each university of applied sciences determines the basic educational requirements separately for each programme choice.

Applicants must complete the degree used in the application procedure in time for a copy of the final degree certificate to arrive at the admissions office of the relevant university of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance).

In order to prove their eligibility, anyone applying with a non-Finnish degree certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for the application by the deadline specified in advance to the admissions office of the university of applied sciences. This is not applicable to applicants who complete their foreign qualification during the application period.

If a certificate was issued in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must submit a copy of the certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator to the admissions office of their first-choice university of applied sciences. Such copies must be submitted to the admissions office by the deadline specified in advance.

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his or her qualification, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to sit an entrance examination or take any advance assignment submitted by the specified deadline into account. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his or her refugee status (a decision to grant asylum or a residence permit issued on the basis of need for protection). The applicant must submit a copy of this decision to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline specified in advance.

Work experience requirements

In order to be eligible, applicants must have 36 months (three years) of work experience accumulated as from the date of award of the final degree certificate and obtained no later than 31 July 2018 for the spring application period and no later than 31 December 2018 for the autumn application period.

Universities of applied sciences also accept work experience obtained after completion of a post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma in Finland (in any field of education) but prior to taking the higher education degree. In such cases, too, at least three years of work experience obtained in a relevant field is required.

Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme. (YEL = statutory pension scheme for entrepreneurs; MYEL = statutory pension scheme for farmers, forest estate owners, fishers and reindeer herders and their family members). Enterprising activities abroad should be substantiated with comparable official documents.

Instead of work experience, artistic activities of equivalent duration, verifiable by evidence such as a portfolio, may be required in the fields of Crafts and Design, Media and Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, and Music (Act 932/2014).

In Seafaring, at least six months of officer service aboard a vessel approved by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi), as per an extract of the seamen’s register, is accepted for the Master’s Degree Programme in Marine Technology (Master Mariner). An additional requirement is work experience in the seafaring field, either at sea or on land, to the extent that the above-mentioned officer duties and other seafaring work experience add up to at least 36 months (three years) of work experience.

Work experience is given in full months. When converting part-time work (work under 35 hours per week) into its full-time equivalent, 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained with the same employer. The amount of work experience points awarded for simultaneous employment relationships may not exceed the amount awarded for full-time employment.

Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.

Submitting degree and employment certificates

Degree and employment certificates and any possible other certificates will be checked for those admitted as students. The university of applied sciences may cancel admission if an applicant fails to submit qualification certificates/certificates of employment by the specified deadline, or if an applicant has provided false information.

Work experience must be verified with an employment certificate provided by the employer. An employment certificate must indicate details such as the exact start and end dates of employment, the employer’s contact information, work duties, as well as working hours for part-time work. If the employment continues, the applicant should request a temporary employment certificate from the employer.

If an original employment certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must submit a copy of the certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, bearing the translator’s name, signature and stamp, along with the copy of the original certificate to the relevant admissions offices.

Admissions criteria for Master’s degree programmes at universities of applied sciences (programmes provided in Finnish, Swedish and English)

Entrance examination and/or advance assignment

  • Entrance examination and/or advance assignment 100 points (an entrance examination may include an interview). The minimum acceptable score is 20 points.
  • Language proficiency will be assessed in connection with the entrance examination/advance assignment for those applying to programmes provided in English.
  • The grade awarded for a Bachelor’s thesis, school performance and work experience may be taken into account as part of the entrance examination/advance assignment.

Selection between applicants with equal admission scores 

In cases of equal admission scores, applicants will be ranked on the following grounds:

  1. Entrance examination and/or advance assignment
  2. Applicant’s first-choice programme on the application form.

If these criteria fail to produce a difference between tied applicants, a university of applied sciences may choose to admit all or none of the equally ranked applicants, or the applicants may be automatically selected by lots drawn by a computer system.

Accessible student admission – special arrangements for entrance examinations

An applicant may submit a separate application to request the right to special arrangements for taking an entrance examination. The same application form model is used by all higher education institutions, and it can be found on the website of each institution.

The application should indicate the types of special arrangements being requested and the grounds for the request. The applicant should enclose copies of the certificates to which he or she makes appeal. As a general rule, the statements should be not more than five (5) years old. The application contains more detailed information about the attachments.

In cases where an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements already exists during the application period, an application for special arrangements for entrance examinations must be submitted by the common deadline decided by the universities of applied sciences. The applicant must submit a separate application to each university of applied sciences to which he or she has submitted an application. A university of applied sciences may provide additional instructions, for example related to two-stage admissions. The application should be submitted to the admissions offices of the relevant higher education institutions.

If an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements emerges or is identified between the end of the application period and the entrance examination date, the applicant must submit an application for special arrangements to the admissions offices of each university of applied sciences arranging the entrance examinations that he or she intends to take without delay. A university of applied sciences may deny an applicant the right to special arrangements if such arrangements are impossible to implement, for example because of schedule-related reasons.

Special arrangements for entrance examinations are specific to each programme choice and valid only on a specific examination date. Procedures indicated by good governance must be followed when making the decisions. The applicant will receive a notification (not a decision) about the special arrangements sufficiently early before the entrance examination. Any attachments to applications for special arrangements shall be secret.