Apply to our international master's programmes
Every year, we welcome international master's students without entrance exams. Admission decisions are based on your application documents. Check the specific instructions and deadlines below.
We have two application processes.
- Rolling admission is open only to applicants who have completed their previous degree in a non-Finnish higher education institution. Applicants who meet the criteria will be accepted in the order that they apply until the intake is full.
- Joint admission is open to those with previous degrees from Finland or abroad. Results of the joint application round are announced in spring after all applications have been processed.
Even if you have not graduated yet, you can still apply!
Just submit an officially certified copy of your latest transcript of records. Submit the documents that you have at the time of application and if you receive your degree certificate and final transcript of records during the application period, send them too. You might be conditionally accepted pending graduation. Make sure to meet our admission criteria (e.g. GPA or thesis grade) and present your degree certificate and final transcript of records to us by 11 July 2024.
Contact our international team and students
Do you have questions about our international degree programmes or the application process? Seeking insights into studying at the University of Vaasa? Perhaps you'd like to join us at events or webinars?
Don’t hesitate to reach out with any inquiries – we are here to help! You can also connect directly with our student ambassadors for firsthand insights. If you'd like agent support for applying, you can find a list of our approved education agents on our contact page.
Application deadlines and instructions
Applying for autumn 2024? Here's how!
- Early bird rolling admission: Apply from 1 November 2023 to 2 January 2024 – or until the intake is full.
- Joint application round: Apply from 3 to 17 January 2024.
- Final call rolling admission: Apply from 4 March to 30 April – or until the intake is full.
In the final call admission round 2024 it is possible to apply to the following programmes:
Industrial Systems Analytics
Strategic Business Development
Strategic Project Management (Seinäjoki)
Sustainable and Autonomous Systems
Studies will begin in August 2024 for all. Find more details about applying to our international master's programmes below.
As our admission decisions are based on the documents that you submit along with your application, it is very important that you prepare your application with care and submit all necessary documents. We only consider applications that contain all the required documents.
Eligibility for our master's programmes depends on your previous education. As per the Universities Act (558/2009), section 37, you’re eligible if you have:
- a relevant bachelor’s degree from a university;
- a relevant bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences; or
- relevant study programmes completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.
Finnish universities function under specific legislation, like the Universities Act (558/2009) and the Government Decree on University Degrees. Our quality assurance system has passed the audit by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC).
Each programme has more detailed admissions criteria that cover, for example, success in previous studies or level of language skills.
All applicants are notified of admission results by email to the address given on the application form. Make sure to check both your inbox and junk email folders.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Our tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students range from 10,000 to 12,000 euros per year. However, if you're an EU/EEA citizen or meet specific residence criteria, fees may not apply.
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Frequently asked questions
- Do I need a GMAT?
No, we do not require GMAT test for admission. Selection of the applicants is done based on their application documents.
- I have completed my Bachelor's degree in English, do I need a language test?
- I have a Bachelor's degree from a Finnish Higher Education Institution, do I need a language test?
- My language test score is below the minimum requirements. Can I still apply?
The language criteria is exact, and if you have scored under the minimum requirement you won't be eligible for admission.
- Do I need to certify my documents? Do I need to certify Finnish degree certificates?
Yes, all copies of your educational documents attached to your application need to be officially certified - this is with a stamp, date and signature for example by the institution which issued the original document or a notary public. Copies certified correct by two individuals not representing an official body are not accepted. However, if the University of Vaasa requires the documents from your degree-awarding country in another way (country-specific requirements), please follow those instructions first and foremost. Please consult the country-specific requirements to see if they concern your degree-awarding country.
If you are completing or have completed your degree at one of the Finnish universities or universities of applied sciences and your degree was completed at the earliest on 1 January 2003, you do not need to submit officially certified copies, as University of Vaasa has electronic access to required information. However, photocopies of the degree certificate and transcript of records need to be submitted.
- Can I apply to more than one programme at the University of Vaasa?
Yes! If you wish to apply for admission to more than one programme, please choose all the programmes you apply to on your application form. Please note, that in rolling admission, you can only apply to a maximum of two of our programmes.
- Can I apply even if I haven't graduated yet?
You can apply to the programmes even if you have not yet graduated. If you have not graduated by the time the application period for the programme begins, you are required to submit an officially certified copy of your latest Transcript of records (please also see Country-Specific Requirements). If you receive the Degree Certificate and the final Transcript of Records during the application period, it is recommended that you submit them as well. You should point out the anticipated graduation date on the application and submit the documents that are available by the time you apply. If you are accepted with an unfinished degree, the acceptance is conditional and you will need to present your Degree Certificate and final Transcript of Records that meet the admission criteria, to the University by the given deadline in July.
- Are recommendation letters mandatory? How can I attach them to my application?
Recommendation letters are not requested. Additional documents, such as diplomas or transcripts of additional studies can be uploaded to the application form, to the section reserved for "other documents". These documents are not mandatory.
- When do the studies begin?
If you are accepted, orientation days for new students take place towards the end of August and courses start in early September. New students are also required to register at the University by the given deadline.
- If I am accepted, can I postpone my studies?
New master's students must accept or decline the offered study place bindingly. Master's programmes offered by the University of Vaasa are included in the one study place per term provision. You can therefore accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term.
In addition, students must register at the University personally by the given deadline at the very latest. Please also note that you have to start your studies in the programme in the beginning of the autumn semester and register as attending for the whole academic year. You cannot register as non-attending for the first academic year and you cannot postpone the beginning of your studies to the next semester or academic year.
- Can I transfer credits?
University of Vaasa does not have transfer agreements with any universities at the moment. If you are accepted to a Master's programme you are required to complete 120 ECTS.
- Are there tuition fees and do you have scholarships available?
Annual tuition fees vary between 10 000 and 12 000 EUR, depending on the Master's programme. University of Vaasa provides a scholarship scheme for students who are subject to tuition fees. You can apply for the scholarship at the same time when applying for the admission to the Master's Programme. More information on tuition fees and scholarships is available here.
- Who can I contact if I have questions?
If you have questions on how to apply or about the admission criteria, you are most welcome to contact the Admission Services of the University of Vaasa at admissions(at)uwasa.fi.
For inquiries about your application, please contact us primarily via email.
Phone service hours: Mondays and Thursdays at 12:00-14:00 (Finnish local time), +358 29 449 8006
Please note that there might be delays in the responses during holiday seasons and the application period, therefore it is important that you read the admission criteria carefully through to make sure your application is complete.