Admission criteria

Application period: (15.11.2018 at 08:00 - 10.01.2019 at 15:00)

Student admission to study programme

Master’s Degree Programme in Educational Sciences, Master of Arts (Education), 120 ECTS credits, 2 years (tuition fee 10000€/per year for non-EU/ETA citizens)

Validity of admission criteria – Application round 2019 (application period 15.11.2018-10.1.2019)

Study places in this programme: 30


Online application form and electronic attachments must be submitted at Studyinfo.fi and possible paper attachments must be mailed to Admission Services by January 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2).

Applicant will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary, a request to supplement the application. Supplementation deadline (for submitting missing attachments) is January 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). No exceptions to this or other deadlines are given. Late, incomplete or otherwise ineligible applications will be disregarded.


After the submission of the application, the admission process comprises of the following phases:
1) Assessment of the application documents
2) Written online pre-task
3) Online interviews of the selected applicants


Phase I: Assessment of the application documents
The student admission team assesses the content of the eligible applications – ineligible applications will be disregarded and are not reviewed. The admission team will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic background, motivation letter, research interests and proven work experience in the field. These sections will have the following weights:

Selection criteria Points
Educational background max. 2 points
Motivation letter max. 4 points
Research interests max. 4 points
Proven, relevant work experience max. 2 points

Total max. Max. 12 points


Points for ‘Education background’ section are given from the degrees and studies in the field of education. Points for ‘Proven, relevant work experience’ section are given so that six (6) months of relevant and proven work experience counts for a half (0.5) point. Applicant must
score the minimum of three (3) points from ‘Motivation letter’ and ‘Research interest’ sections, and get points from both of these in order to be eligible for next phase of the admission process. Based on this rating, the student admission team ranks the eligible applications and makes a selection of the applicants invited for completing the pre-task and online interviews. Up to 70 highest scoring applicants will be invited to the online interview. Notification of the result of this phase will be sent to all applicants via email by February 22, 2019.


Phase II: Written online pre-task
Selected applicants are invited to complete a mandatory online pre-task. Pre-task is open and must be completed between February 25-28, 2019). Pre-task will be addressed in the admission interviews and is used as a part of academic language proficiency screening.

Phase III: Online interviews of the selected applicants

The final phase of the student admission process is the online interview. Interviews will be conducted between March 4-8, 2019. The online interview is recorded. The applicants selected for interview are responsible for providing themselves the space, time and equipment to enable participation in the online interview. Basic requirements include: a quiet space and possibility to use a computer with video and audio capabilities, and a broadband internet connection. Detailed advice will be given with the phase II invitation. The interviews will focus on the motivation letter, research interest and written pre- task assignment, and are based on the application materials submitted by the applicant.


The following sections will be taken into account in the final selection with the following weight:
Motivation letter 20%, Research interests 30% and the interview 50%. The applicant must achieve at least half of the maximum points of the interview to be accepted to the programme. The structured interview will take 15–20 minutes per candidate. Applicants will be given a written assignment to the interview. Both, the written pre-task assignment and interview recording are evaluated by the Language Center of the University of Jyväskylä. This evaluation (academic literacy screening) is tripartite (excellent, good, mediocre) and focuses on written and oral academic language skills. With this evaluation: 1) excellent mark will weigh the final score up 10%, 2) good mark will not weigh the final score, and 3) mediocre mark will weigh the final score down by 10%. This final weighted ranking list will also determine the applicants who are eligible for the scholarship (for non-EU/EEA applicants).


If more than one person have equal points from the final selection, the order will then be decided by the points the applicant got from the interview. If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants got from the research interests. If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants got from the motivation letter. If there is still no difference, the order will be raffled.

Eligibility

Required degree

Bachelor’s degree (academic first cycle degree), relevant to the field of education, and completed with good grades. Admission of an applicant graduating after the application deadline is conditional till s/he submits the degree certificate. The degree must be     completed and the copy of the degree certificate and the transcript of records must reach JYU by July 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2).

English language proficiency demonstrated in only one of the following ways:

1) Upper secondary school degree, English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

2) Bachelor’s Degree (or higher), English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The degree must be fully completed in English and the thesis must be written in English. The language of instruction must be clearly marked in the degree certificate or transcript of records, or other official document provided by the higher education institution in question.

3) Applicant has completed 6 ECTS credits of studies in academic English (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages levels B2-C1 and field-specific terminology) in a Finnish institution of higher education. This requirement also applies to the University’s own students who, after completing their bachelor’s degree, continue to foreign-language-medium degree programmes for which they have been granted the study right at the same time when they were granted the right to pursue the bachelor’s degree. Applicants who wish to prove their English proficiency in this way are required to submit the form available at: https://www.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/how-to-apply/6-ects-of-studies-in-academic-english-form. However, applicants who have completed a minimum of 6 ECTS of studies in academic English at the University of Jyväskylä are not required to submit the form.

4) a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (internet-based)

5) an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic test score of 6.5

6) a Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade C or above

7) PTE (Pearson Test of English) 59

8) National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) for English taken in 2012 or after, which must be passed at least with intermediate level

4 (in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension).

Please note:

o Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL language proficiency tests are valid for two years and the test result must be valid until the end of the application period.

o As there are often some delays in the language proficiency processing, please ensure that you register for the 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. It usually takes approximately a month for the test results to arrive at the institution.

o If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.

o The demonstrated English language proficiency is different from the Academic language screening.

Required attachments

Required attachments

Application and electronic attachments must be submitted though an online form at studyinfo.fi.

Certificates, transcripts and language-skill tests are supplied according to the general admission criteria set by the University of Jyväskylä. Educational documents must be officially certified. Requested paper attachments must be mailed to Admission Services. Additional materials or information send through other outlets are not taken into account in this admission process. If the applicant fails to submit appropriate attachments to prove eligibility and language proficiency according to the instructions and by the deadlines given, the application is deemed ineligible.

Please see further instructions on how to submit attachments here.

Required documents:
1) Officially certified transcript of records from the student’s institute of higher education both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is English, one certified copy is sufficient. Note that the transcript is a document containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. Copies must be certified by the university issuing the degree, a Notary, Embassy or other public body. See further information on the requirements for officially certified documents and copies and country-specific document requirements.

2) Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient. Copies must be certified by the university issuing the degree, a Notary, Embassy or other public body. See further information on the requirements for officially certified documents and copies and country-specific document requirements.

3) Copy of a valid passport (the identification pages with name, date, place and expiry date) or other official identification document (i.e. personal identity card)

4) Certificate of English language proficiency (see the criteria above)

5) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

6) Motivation letter. Please consider your activities, experiences and commitment related to the field of education, what experiences make you to apply to this programme? What is your dream, where you see yourself in five years’ time after the graduation? Please read the curriculum of the programme carefully, the Specialisation Studies modules in particular. Consider your motivation regarding the Specialisation module of your interest. Please note that this does not indicate the final choice of the study module, the choice is made when the studies begin. You are expected to write max. 3000 characters about your interests in the programme and your reasons for applying.

7) Research interests. Familiarise yourself with the Research Strategy of the Faculty of Education and Psychology. Based on the strategy write, max. 3000 characters which of these research areas interest you and justify your interests. Why that area of research is important and what kind of skills you think you need for conducting research?

8) Copy of a residence permit (if available) that exempts its holder from paying tuition. Required only from applicants who are liable to pay tuition based on their nationality, but are in possession of a residence permit that exempts them from paying tuition. Such residence permits include: EU Blue Card, type A or P residence permit card in Finland, P-EU residence permit card, or an EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland.

The application and all the enclosures need to reach University of Jyväskylä Admission Services by the application deadline January 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). Applications submitted late will not be taken into account.

The applicant has the right to supplement the missing attachments to the application. All the enclosures need to reach the Admissions Services by January 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2). Enclosures arriving after this deadline will not be taken into account.

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required attachments
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä
10.01.2019 15:00

Additional information on applying

Application round opens: 15 November 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (GMT+2)

Application deadline for online application and enclosures: 10 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2). NB: Online application cannot be submitted after this deadline.

Supplementation deadline (i.e. deadline for missing enclosures to reach the University): 31 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2)

Applicants are informed of results by 2 April 2019

Deadline for accepting the study place: 23 April 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2)

Commencement of the studies: August/September 2019

Deadline for requests for rectification concerning admission decisions: 16 April 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2)

Additional information on request for rectification:

https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/student-services/instructions-and-regulations/requests-for-rectification

Admissions services

Admission Services

Visiting address:
ADMISSION SERVICES, Seminaarinkatu 15 (T-building) 2nd floor

Postal address:
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä

E-mail: admissions@jyu.fi
Telephone: +358 40 805 3018
https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply