Digitalization of services means that businesses have a growing need for experts who can combine ICT technology, people and business skills. That is where we come in: we educate people to become the next innovators, challengers of existing practices and decision-makers in ICT.
We do this by providing these inquisitive minds with tools and skills to design, develop and implement systems that solve individual and organizational problems. With us, the students do not only get state-of-the art education, but also support from a like-minded community of students and faculty members and the possibilities of a multidisciplinary Finnish university.
Here you can gain access to an impressive network of professors, scientists and companies around the globe. We welcome you to get JYUnited – our university is a community of friendly, ambitious thinkers!
Give and get more. For us, a student is someone who actively engages in learning and who gives 100 % in solving the challenges presented to him or her. Our international community of researchers, teachers and other students support each other in the endeavor; together we will achieve far more than ever alone. The programme is one of the three biggest IS programmes in Scandinavia.
You deserve a future career you will love. With a degree in Information Systems from JYU you will have versatile career opportunities available. Want to work with large ICT development projects? Consult and lead digitalization development? Perhaps establishing your own start-up is more your thing? Upon graduation, the choice is yours. Many of our alumni go directly into jobs in such companies as Accenture or Deloitte. Some pursue doctoral studies.
Come & question the current status quo. Every one of us uses digital services for work and play, and even more so in the thoroughly digitalized future. We need people with skills and abilities to question the current solutions and develop them based on reliable analysis and methods. With a degree in Information Systems, you will learn how to do it in a very practical way. At JYU, we emphasize practical and proven ways for developing new, better systems and digital services based on customer needs.
Get JYUnited. The University of Jyväskylä is JYUnited with the surrounding society. The campus is in the heart of Jyväskylä , making JYU and Jyväskylä the perfect urban retreat for studying. We will help you to settle in and support your studies with our Student Life operating model. It helps students to succeed in their studies by creating optimal conditions for academic learning and well-being in this Scandinavian, lively and safe city. We also have strong collaboration with industry both at local and national level; the vast majority of Master’s theses are completed in collaboration with industry.
The degree is unique in Finland in combining Information Technology with Economic Sciences. Our graduates will be able to:
- analyse real-life problems and provide ICT-based solutions to them;
- design intelligent ICT-enabled services;
- manage an existing ICT organisation;
- create a new, ICT-driven business.
Graduate characteristics also include good international communication skills due to the integrated language and communication studies; argumentation skills and logical thinking; team working abilities and social skills.
MSc (Econ) Information Systems, 120 ECTS
Mandatory courses, 65 ECTS
- TJTSM52 Digital Business and Emerging Technologies, 5 ECTS
- TJTSM64 ICT Policy and Strategy, 5 ECTS
- TJTSM53 Project and Change Management, 5 ECTS
- TJTSM54 Advanced Topics on Systems Development, 5 ECTS
- TJTSM55 Information Systems Theories, 5 ECTS
- TJTS504 Research Methods, 5 ECTS
- TJTS505 Master’s Thesis Seminar, 5 ECTS
- TJTS502 Master’s Thesis, 30 ECTS
- TJTS503 Maturity Test, 0 ECTS
Elective IS courses, 15 ECTS (Choose from below)
- TJTS566 Digital Service Innovation and Design, 5 ECTS
- TJTSM60 Advanced Topics in Service Innovation, 5 ECTS
- TJTS5650 Digitalization of Services, 5 ECTS
- TJTSM51 Information Security Management, 5 ECTS
- ITKST50 Secure Systems Design, 5 ECTS
- TJTSM65 Information Privacy, 5 ECTS
- TJTS5780 Advanced Software Business Studies, 5 ECTS
- TJTS5790 Lean Startups, 10 ECTS
- TJTS594 Advanced Training/ TJTS5950 Advanced Internship Abroad, 1-10 ECTS
- TJTS590 Advanced Professional Expertise in IT, 5-10 ECTS
Mandatory Language Studies, 10 ECTS
- XSU005 Finnish 1(-5) for non-native Finnish speakers, 5 ECTS; optional language courses for native Finnish speakers, 5 ECTS
- XENX009 Integrated Research Communication, 5 ECTS
Other Optional Studies, 30 ECTS
Students may freely choose from any course or subject delivered in English subject to course/ subject specific prerequisites, e.g. language studies, Business studies, sports courses, career development course and so forth.
Application period: (08.01.2020 at 08:00 – 22.01.2020 at 15:00)
Student admission to study programme
These admission criteria are valid in student selections made in 2020, 2021 and 2022. However, the Faculty of Information Technology reserves the right to make changes to the admission criteria, if needed, in between admission rounds. The number of study seats available in the programme is decided on yearly, and will be published in the Studyinfo portal before each admission round.
The admission process comprises of two parts.
Phase 1: Online application and required attachments
First, the applicant submits an online application and required electronic attachments in the Studyinfo.fi portal. The applicant submits hard copies of application attachments to the University of Jyväskylä Admission Services, as per instructions. Instructions on submitting attachments will be published on the University’s website before the beginning of the admission round.
All eligible applications are evaluated according to the criteria explained below. Ineligible applications will not be processed further, after they have been found not to meet the eligibility criteria and/or documentary requirements.
Applicants are ranked based on their application documents. The applicant may receive 1-5 points from three categories: GPA of the undergraduate degree (1-5 points), grade of the Bachelor’s thesis (1-5 p) and motivation letter (0-5 p). The points are added together and multiplied by ten; thus, applicants will be ranked based on their points (0-150).
|1. GPA of the undergraduate degree (1-5 points)|
|2. Grade of the undergraduate thesis (1-5 p)|
|3. Motivation letter (0-5 p)|
* ECTS grade C = Finnish grade 3.00
If there are two or more applicants with the same total score placed in the last place for selection, all of them will be selected for the interview.
Phase 2: Evaluation of interview
After the first phase, all eligible applicants are invited to an interview, which is conducted online. Interviews will be evaluated according to the criteria stated below.
Four main categories are assessed during the interview:
- 0-3 points: knowledge and skills in information systems and technology;
- 0-3 points: knowledge and skills in business and economics;
- 0-3 points: preparedness for studies and language skills; and
- 0-3 points: motivation to study in the programme.
If an applicant obtains a score of 0 for 2 or more categories, he or she will be disqualified.
The structured interview will take c. 15 minutes per candidate. The interview will assess the candidates’ current knowledge and skills from prior studies and work, their motivation and the adequacy of their language skills.
After the evaluation of the interview, each applicant’s scores from the first and the second phase of admission are added together to form the applicant’s final admission score. Applicants will be ranked according to their admission score, and the highest-scoring applicants, in accordance with the number of study seats in the programme, will be admitted. If there are two or more applicants with the same total score placed in the last place for selection, all of them will be selected.There are no arrangements for clearing i.e., study places for those accepted students who do not wish to enroll will not be reallocated.
All applicants will be informed on the results of the admission round via email by the deadline given on the University’s website. In connection to the results, applicants will be informed on the policy and deadline for appealing against the admission decision.
Application for the tuition fee scholarship
Applicants, who are liable to pay tuition fees, can apply for a tuition fee scholarship from the University of Jyväskylä. The application for the scholarship is integrated in the admissions application. In this Master’s programme, two (2) scholarships, which cover 100% of the tuition fee for two years, and four (4) scholarships, which cover 50% of the tuition fee for two years, are available for applications. The scholarships are awarded based on the admission criteria of the programme. The scholarship-applicants will be ranked according to their admission score. The two highest-scoring applicants will receive the 100% scholarship, and the four next ones will receive the 50% scholarship. If two or more scholarship-recipients have the same admission score, higher weight is given to the points received from the interview, in particular, the knowledge and skills in information systems and technology.
If the applicant applies for the scholarship to more than one Master’s programme at the University of Jyväskylä and gets admitted to more than one programme, the applicant can receive the scholarship only to one programme, according to the preference she/he has stated on the application form.
If one of the scholarship-recipients does not accept the scholarship, it can be transferred to the next-best scoring applicant. The scholarship can be transferred from one applicant to another only once.
Admitted applicants will be informed on the result of their scholarship application together with the Letter of Admission.
Eligible applicants to the Master’s degree programme must have a suitable higher education degree and adequate proficiency in the English language demonstrated in one of the ways described below.
1) Higher education degree, which meets the following requirements:
Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree, which gives eligibility to Master’s level education in the country in which the degree was issued. Applicants holding a degree, which gives eligibility to Doctoral programmes, should primarily seek admission to Doctoral level.
Suitable fields of the degree with at least good* average grade are e.g. Management Information Systems, Information Systems, Informatics, Computer Information Systems, Information Systems Engineering, Business Information Systems, or Wirtschaftsinformatik, including sufficient (c. 30 ECTS) studies in business and economics. Very good applicants without adequate background in business and economics may be accepted with the requirement for complementary studies (Basic Business Studies).
The applicant must have completed adequate basic studies (c. 30 ECTS) in Information Systems / IT management and have the basic skills in programming, databases and IS development methods.
* Good = C in the ECTS scale
The higher education institution awarding the degree has to be a recognised part of the official national education system of the country, i.e. to be listed as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).
If the applicant holds a degree, which gives general eligibility to Master’s level studies, but the field of the degree is not wholly compatible with that of the Master’s programme, it is possible for the Faculty to accept the applicant, if she/he can complete the required studies as electives included in the Master’s degree. However, if such complementary studies are required, which would cause the total amount of credits in the degree to exceed 120 ECTS, the applicant cannot be admitted.
The degree used for proving eligibility may be unfinished at the time of application, in which case the applicant can be conditionally selected. In such a case, the degree must be completed and related certificates (degree certificate and/or final official transcript of records) must be received by JYU by the given deadline. The deadline will be published on the University’s website before the beginning of the admission round.
2) English language proficiency demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- Upper secondary education, in which the language of tuition is English, completed in a Nordic country (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland), the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
- A higher education degree, in which the language of tuition is English, completed in an EU/EEA country, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
- An international language proficiency test in English. Approved language tests and required minimum results are as follows:
- TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 92
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE): A, B, C or C1
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): A, B or C
- PTE Academic: 62
PTE, IELTS and TOEFL results are valid for two years. The result must be valid until the end date of the application period. The University of Jyväskylä accepts only the results of Cambridge tests completed in 2005 and thereafter.
- The Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI), which must be passed at least with intermediate level 4 in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension. The University of Jyväskylä accepts only the results of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency tests completed in 2002 and thereafter.
- The applicant has completed or is completing a higher education degree in Finnish in a higher education institution in Finland, and the degree fills the requirements of proficiency in English as a foreign language as stipulated by Government decrees (Valtioneuvoston asetus yliopistojen tutkinnoista 794/2004 and Valtioneuvoston asetus ammattikorkeakouluista 1129/2014). ). In case the degree is uncompleted at the time of application,
- it must be the same degree, which the applicant uses for proving eligibility to the programme, and
- the applicant must have completed the studies required in the Government decrees for obtaining the required English proficiency in such a schedule, that he/she is able to submit a document proving these studies by the supplementation deadline for attachments.
Applicants should register for a language test well in advance of the application deadline, so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline. Receiving the test results may take up to two months.
If the result of the language test is below the required minimum, the application will not be considered for admission.
No other means for proving language proficiency than the ones listed above will be accepted. No waivers to the language proficiency requirements are given.
Some of the attachments can be submitted as electronic attachments to the online application form, whereas others need to be submitted as hard copies by postal mail. The specific requirements concerning hard copies will be published on the University’s website before each admission round. The applicant is responsible for reading the instructions and submitting the required documentation accordingly. The applicant must make sure that she/he complies with the requirements for the correct admission round.
Documents received by the University, which are not listed below, or which do not meet the University’s document requirements, or which are received by the University after the given deadline, will not be considered in the evaluation process of applications.
If an applicant has several higher education degrees, or separate studies in higher education that are not part of a degree, all of these can be considered for defining the applicant’s eligibility and calculating the admission score, provided that attachments proving these studies meet the University’s document requirements. If the applicant submits documentation of more than one degree, the admission score will be calculated using the degree and separate studies, which give the highest admission score to the applicant. Only studies from a higher education institution, which is a recognised part of the official national education system of the country in which the institution is located, will be considered.
Required attachments include:
1. A) Official transcript of records of a higher education degree
A transcript of records is a document issued by a higher education institution containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained by a student. If the awarding institution issues transcripts or their translations in English, Finnish or Swedish, a transcript of records in one of these languages is sufficient, and the translation mentioned in part 1. B) is not needed.
B) Official translation of the transcript into English, Finnish or Swedish, if needed
If the official transcript of records is in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation into one of these languages is required in addition to the official transcript in original language.
2. A) Copy of degree certificate of higher education degree
A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree and has graduated. If the degree certificate is in English, Finnish or Swedish, the translation mentioned in part 2. B) is not needed. A copy of degree certificate is not required in the application phase from applicants, whose degree used for proving eligibility is unfinished at the time of application.
B) Official translation of the degree certificate into English, Finnish or Swedish, if needed
If the degree certificate is in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation into one of these languages is required in addition to the copy of the degree certificate.
3. Certificate of English language proficiency
A certificate for proving English language proficiency can be:
- An electronic copy of a language test certificate submitted as an attachment to the online application form (these will be verified from the test organization)
- A copy of an official educational document
The accepted means for proving language proficiency are stated in the eligibility criteria of the programme. Instructions for submitting different kinds of certificates for proving language proficiency will be published on the University’s website before each admission round.
4. Copy of a valid passport
A copy of the identification pages of a valid passport with the applicant’s name, date of birth, nationality, and expiry date of the passport, submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application form. In case the applicant does not hold a valid passport, another official identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license) stating the same information is accepted. A copy of passport is not required from citizens of Finland, because their nationality can be confirmed from a national database.
5. Copy of residence permit card, if needed
A copy of both sides of the residence permit card, submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application form. Required only from applicants holding a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, EU Blue Card, or residence card for a family member of an EU citizen.
6. Motivation letter
An electronic attachment to the online application form. In the motivation letter, articulate clearly your reasons for applying. Consider your activities, experiences and commitment related to the field of the Master’s programme. Relate your plans after graduation, in case you are admitted to the programme. The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters in Latin alphabet, including breaks and punctuation.
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