Admission criteria

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

Student admission to study programme

The application period is open from 15 November 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (GMT+2) to 10 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2) in the Studyinfo.fi service. The application can be supplemented until 31 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2).

Study places: 20.

 

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

Fill in an online application form at Studyinfo.fi and submit electronic attachments. Possible paper attachments must be mailed to Admission Services. Applicants will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary a request to supplement the application.

A student selection committee at the Department of Language and Communication Studies assesses the content of the applications - ineligible applications will be disregarded.

The selection committee will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic excellence (consisting of previous degree, grades and Master’s thesis proposal), statement of purpose/motivation letter, and proven interest in the field. The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:

Criteria

Points

Educational background

0–10

Research proposal

0–10

Motivation

0–5

Proven interest in the field, also including relevant working and/or research experience

0–5

Total max.

30

The student selection committee ranks the eligible applications and makes a pre-selection. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to a telephone/skype interview. Invitations will be sent via email minimum one week before the interview.

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

Telephone/skype interviews for the programme will be held in February-March.

The points for the interviews are allocated as follows:

Criteria

Points

Knowledge of the field of study

0–5

Professional orientation

0–5

Interest and motivation

0–5

Spoken English and interaction skills

0–5

Total max.

20

Applicants need to receive at least 50% of the maximum score in the interview to be considered for admission in the programme.

The final score is a combination of the application score (max. 30 points) and the interview score (max. 20) so the final maximum score is 50 points.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a relevant field, for instance, in communication, linguistics/applied linguistics, modern languages, or other field within humanities or social sciences.

1) A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field completed by 15 July 2019. 

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

Certificate of English language proficiency

Minimum overall score/level

Certificate of previous education (bachelor’s or master’s degree, high school or upper secondary school) completed fully in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand

not applicable

TOEFL Paper Based Test

580

TOEFL Internet Based Test

92

IELTS Academic

6.5

CPE

passing level A, B, C or C1

CAE

passing level A, B, or C

PTE Academic

59

National Certificate of Language Proficiency test (YKI) in English

intermediate level 4 in all skill components

Please note:

As there are often 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.

PTE, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. The certificate must be valid until the end date of the application period. Only the results of National Certificate of Language Proficiency tests completed in 2012 and thereafter are accepted.

If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be considered for admission.

Conditional approval:

The applicants with a conditional approval must complete the degree used as admission criterion and submit the degree certificate and/or the transcript of records to Admission Services no later than on 15 July 2019.

Required attachments

Required attachments

Please see further instructions on how to submit attachments here.

1) Officially certified transcript of records from the student’s institute of higher education both in the original language and in English, Finnish or Swedish (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is one of these languages, 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. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Country-specific requirements for documents overrule the general certification requirements and must be followed strictly. Additional information: https://www.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/how-to-apply#required-attachments

2) Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English, Finnish or Swedish (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is one of these languages, one certified copy is sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Country-specific requirements for documents overrule the general certification requirements and must be followed strictly. Additional information: https://www.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/how-to-apply#required-attachments

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

4) Certificate of English language proficiency

5) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

6) Research Plan for Master’s Thesis (A maximum of 6000 characters)

Write a preliminary research plan for your master’s thesis. The research plan should include the following:
- preliminary title
- aim of the study and research questions
- scientific, social and/or personal motivation for the research
- related theories and research
- planned research method
- bibliography

7) Letter of Motivation State your interests in the programme (max. 4000 characters).

8) Copy of a residence permit that exempts its holder from paying tuition. Required only of applicants holding such a permit.

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required attachments
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä
31.01.2019 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

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