Record-breaking growth in the number of applications to the international Master’s degree programmes

In the first joint application round of 2023, the international Master’s degree programmes of the University of Vaasa attracted a total of 4 834 applications. The number of applications grew by a record-breaking 290 percent compared to the number of applications in 2022.

The University of Vaasa had a total of eight international Master’s degree programmes taught in English open for applications during the first joint application round of the year from 4th to 18th January 2023. All of the participating degree programmes received a record number of applications.

The most popular Master's programmes were International Business (942 applications), Industrial Management (709 applications) and Finance (683 applications).

The Industrial Management programme, had the highest relative increase in the number of applications: 709 applicants (compared to 161 in 2022). A big growth was also seen in the Master’s Programme in Smart Energy with 575 applications (compared to 138 in 2022).

This year there were also two new Master’s programmes, Sustainable and Autonomous Systems and Strategic Project Management. Both of these programmes surprised with their popularity, with almost 1,000 applicants in total.

Applicants represent 84 nationalities

The applicants represent 84 nationalities. About 90 percent of the applicants were from outside the EU/EEA countries. Most applications were received from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

The number of applications for international degree programmes at the University of Vaasa has been increasing steadily every year, but this year, the growth accelerated. The same trend can be seen in universities across Finland.

The University of Vaasa has set a goal of increasing the number of international Master’s degree students to 35% by 2030.

The admission results will be announced to the applicants during the spring and new students will start their studies in the autumn of 2023.

Applications are still accepted through the rolling admission round to the 31st May 2023, or until the intakes are full. In rolling admission we accept applications from applicants with previous degree from a higher education institution outside of Finland.

Read more about our international Master's programmes.

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