12.11.2018

Admission Criteria

Student admission to study programme

Master's Degree Programme in Mathematics: 120 ECTS, 2 years, tuition 12 000 € per year for non EU/EEA citizens, study places 7

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).

Online application form and electronic attachments must be submitted at Studyinfo.fi, possible paper attachments must be mailed to Admission Services.

The reviewing of the applications will be done on February-March and the interviews of the highest scoring applicants will take place in mid-March.

Application process

The selection process comprises of two parts:

1) Reviewing of the application documents 2) Interview (in person or via Skype/Video/Telephone)

The reviewing of the applications will be done on February-March and the interviews of the highest scoring applicants will take place in mid-March.

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

You will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary a request to supplement the application.

The student selection committee at JYU will assess the content of the applications – ineligible applications will be disregarded. The selection committee will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic background, letter of motivation and supporting letter of reference. The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:

Selection criteria

 Points

Academic background     

 max. 60  points

Letters of Motivation and/or Reference           

max. 10   points

   

Total max.

70 points

The student selection committee will rank the eligible applications and make a pre-selection. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to an interview. Details of the relevant dates of the various stages are given below. In the evaluation of academic background, factors such as the percentage of relevant courses from the total and average grades will be taken into account.

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

As mentioned above, the highest scoring applicants from the pre-selection phase will be invited for an interview, with the interview carrying a value of 30 points. The structured interview will take 15-20 minutes per candidate. The final ranking will then be made on the total points scored in phase I and II, from a maximum of 100 points.

If more than one person has equal points in the final ranking, the order will then be decided by the points the applicant got from the academic background. If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants 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 motivation and reference letters. If there is still no difference, the order will be raffled.

The Students who have already completed their M.Sc. studies in similar degree programme cannot be admitted to this programme.

Eligibility

Required degree

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from a university with an internationally recognised academic standing, or equivalent qualifications. Successful candidates should have basic knowledge in a main research area at the department in mathematics.

Admission of an applicant graduating after the application deadline is conditional till s/he submits the degree certificate, the deadline being 15 July, 2019.

English language profiency

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, English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: EU/EEA country, 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) a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (internet-based)
  • 4) an IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5
  • 5) a Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade C or above
  • 6) PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) 59
  • 7) National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) for English with skill level 4 or higher (in every section; reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking, and writing)
  • 8) 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. See further information.

Please note:

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

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

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 (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. 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. 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 (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is Finnish or English, 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. 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) Letter of motivation

7) Letter of reference (optional)

8) Copy of a residence permit 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 original educational certificate must be presented at the faculty at the beginning of studies.

Additional information on the application

Timetable

  • Application round opens: 15 December 2018
  • Application deadline: 10 January 2019
  • Notification of admission status: 2 April 2019
  • Request for rectification deadline: 16 April 2019
  • Confirmation deadline: 23 April 2019
  • Studies begin: 1 August 2019

The original educational certificate must be presented at the faculty at the beginning of studies.

Right to appeal

According to the Finnish legislation, the rejected applicants must be informed about their right to an appeal:

Should you find that a mistake has been made in the selection process concerning your application for the Master’s Degree Programme in Mathematics, you may send a written appeal addressed to the Appeal Committee of the University. In the appeal you should clearly state, where the mistake has taken place and identify the matters your appeal is based on.

The appeal should be done in writing and within 14 days after the result has been made public.

You should send your appeal to:

Appeal Committee of the University

P.O. Box 35

FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä

FINLAND

It is worthwhile to keep in mind that the decisions on admissions are very seldom changed - unless a technical error or such has taken place - since they are based on a very careful consideration and a studious inspection of the applications.

For more information: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/study/guides/requests-for-rectification