Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Policy

The Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Policy at the University of Jyväskylä is a unique international programme. The Unit of Cultural Policy at the University of Jyväskylä plays a vital role in the ongoing evolution of cultural policy research and in the global cultural policy research community.

The intake into this programme has ended. However, during the next Joint Application to Higher Education of Spring 2019, you can apply to a new master's programme (degree programme also available!) of Cultures and Communities in a Changing World (KUMU) which combines cultural policy with ethnology and anthropology. Please note that the studies are in Finnish. KUMU is administered jointly by the Dept. of History and Ethnology and the Dept. of Social Sciences and Philosophy.


More info about KUMU master's programme.


More info about KUMU degree programme.



In the interdisciplinary master's and doctoral programmes in cultural policy students achieve abilities to:

  • evaluate the position of culture and cultural policy in societal transformation processes in public, private and third sectors
  • compare and explore international and national systems of cultural policy and questions of cultural economy
  • analyse the historical development and future of cultural policy in various geographical and sectoral contexts
  • critically apply theoretical, methodological and empirical knowledge to working creatively in internationalising branches of culture

We provide students with knowledge of and critical insights into the sociocultural, political and scientific challenges of analysing cultural policy and management. Students gain expertise and become professionals in the field of cultural policy research and administration.

The Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Policy is a study programme based on social sciences and connected to many disciplines via teaching and research both in Finland and abroad. The Master’s Degree Programme in Cultural Policy (120 ECTS) consists of four types of courses: core courses, optional courses, thesis studies including Master’s thesis and studies in the integrated major subject. Students major in one of the following disciplines of the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy: Philosophy, Political Science, Social and Public Policy or Sociology. A successful completion of the programme results in a Master of Social Sciences degree, and it qualifies graduates for doctoral-level studies.