01.03.2016

Maturity examination

The maturity examination is a mandatory part of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Finnish Universities. In the maturity examination students demonstrate their expertise in the field of their thesis as well as their proficiency in writing academically in Finnish, Swedish or English depending on their degree requirements. The maturity examination is conducted after submitting the bachelor’s and master’s thesis. In the examination, students write an essay on the topic of their thesis. The evaluation of the maturity examination is based on academic content as well as their proficiency in writing academically (Finnish, Swedish or English). The grading scale is pass/fail. If a student fails the maturity examination, they will be given feedback on their examination before retaking the exam. For practical advice on writing your maturity examination, please check here.

In the international master’s programmes, there are a few different ways to complete the maturity exam. The procedure that a student must follow depends on 1) the language in which they received eligibility for higher education (the language of the secondary education degree i.e. high school) and 2) the language and institution in which they have completed their bachelor’s degree.

  • Eligibility for higher education received in any other language than Finnish or Swedish

All students who have received their eligibility for higher education in English or any other foreign language must take their maturity examination in English and the grammar and fluency of English the will be evaluated. This applies to both international students as well as Finnish students who have completed their secondary education in any other language than Finnish or Swedish.

  • Eligibility for higher education received in Finnish or Swedish

a) Students who have received their eligibility for higher education in Finnish or Swedish, who completed their bachelor’s degrees in Finland and have already passed the language requirements (Finnish or Swedish) in the maturity examination of their bachelor’s degree, can replace the examination with the abstract of their master’s thesis. The abstract must be written in English and it is only evaluated based on the academic content, not the grammar.  No additional examination is required.

b) Students, who have received their eligibility for higher education in Finnish or Swedish and with a bachelor’s degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences, must take their maturity examination in Finnish or Swedish and the grammar and fluency of the essay the will be evaluated.

c) Students who have received their eligibility for higher education in Finnish or Swedish but who have a bachelor’s degree in English, must take their maturity examination in Finnish or Swedish and the grammar and fluency of the essay the will be evaluated.

How to enroll into the maturity exam

The maturity exam can be done either as an e-exam or on a general examination day of the Faculty.

  • Guide to e-exam, https://www.jyu.fi/itp/en/eexam-guide/
  • If the student will take the maturity exam on the general examination day of the Faculty, the student must enroll to the exam via Korppi. When enrolling for the exam the student must name the supervisor of the thesis in the “literature”-section of the enrolment form. The maturity form will only be filled in the exam. The form must be enclosed in the exam envelope.