Faculty of Information Technology - Motebu

How to Apply

last modified May 07, 2013 01:29 PM
The last intake for MSc Mobile Technology and Business was in 2012.


Application Process and Admissions Criteria


The 2012 application round was the last intake to the two-year Master’s Programme in Mobile Technology and Business. Application period for the MSc Service Innovation and Management and MSc Web Intelligence and Service Engineering can be found through the Faculty webpages.

The last application period was announced open on 21 November 2011. Deadline of applications was 29 February 2012 at 16.15 (GMT+2).

All applications are submitted through the centralised University Admissions Finland Service. Please do not send any documentation directly to the University of Jyväskylä. The process is as follows:

  1. Create a user account for the University Admissions Finland (UAF) Service and fill in the Application Form. The information you have given on the form will generate a pdf-document, which will become your Application Form as you print it out. All applicants, both international and Finnish, will apply through the same system. The application form itself is available only during the application period; however, by registering for the UAF service, you can submit an expression of interest at any time of the year and be reminded of the opening of the application period.
  2. Send the Application Form and all the required enclosures by postal mail to University Admissions Finland in Helsinki for pre-processing. On the front page of your printed application form you will have a personal check-list which indicates the required enclosures for the degree programme you have chosen. Remember to sign the application form! Only application form sent via mail is concidered as application. Please make sure that the application package (application form and enclosures) reaches University Admissions Finland by the end of the application period at 16.15 (GMT+2). Late applications will not be processed. If you wish to change your personal information or educational background, you can log in to your My UAF user account and correct it even if you have already created the pdf Application Form. Changes to other information given are not possible. Please ensure your full postal address is correct at all times.
  3. University Admissions Finland then pre-processes the applications by checking the authenticity of all submitted documents, such as degree and language certificates. An applicant will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary, a request to supplement the application with any missing enclosures. You can supplement your application for 14 days after the request. UAF receives hundreds of applications every day, so unfortunately, they do not have the resources to confirm the arrival of each application and its enclosures before preprocessing them; please be patient, they will contact you as soon as possible. You can also keep track of your application status by logging in to your My UAF user account. In case of any counterfeit documentation or fraudulent information, the application will be disqualified.
  4. All applications are forwarded to the university for student selections.


The student selection process consists of two phases:

Phase I: Assesment of eligible applicants based on their application documents according to the following criteria:

1) Previous studies - Bachelor's degree

    • An undergraduate academic degree with good grades in a related field, e.g. Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Network Engineering, Information Systems, Information Technology or Software Engineering; or
    • a relevant business related undergraduate academic degree, e.g. Business Information Technology or Business Administration, providing it includes a minimum of 30 ECTS credits of studies in one of the above-mentioned areas of Computer Science/ Information Technology; or
    • an applicable undergraduate academic degree relevant to the field of the programme, including a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in one of the afore mentioned areas of Computer Science/ IT.
    • Applicants must have sufficient skills in programming, as well as in using related information structures and algorithms. Successful applicants must also have an understanding of the functioning of computers and knowledge of information networks. If it is deemed that an applicant lacks expertise in one of these areas, for example, due to a lack of relevant studies (the minimum of 30 ECTS related to the field of CS/ IT), complementary/ bridging studies up to 60 ECTS credits may be required of the student. If the amount of complementary studies exceeds the stated maximum, the undergraduate degree does not fulfil the admissions criteria.

Students should have completed their Bachelor’s Degree prior to applying to the programme. However, students who will graduate during, or shortly after, the application period, may also be conditionally selected. In such cases, the applicants must include confirmation of their graduation date in their application, and the final degree certificate must be delivered to the Faculty Office by 30 June at the latest.

2) English language proficiency

Certificate of English language skills is compulsory; the minimum scores of accepted language tests are as below. Any other English language certificates will not be accepted. Copies, even if certified, will not be accepted. Please obtain the language certificate well in advance of the application period to ensure that your application will not miss the deadline due to long queues at the test centres!

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 (Paper Based Test) or 100 (Internet Based Test). The TOEFL code number for the University Admissions unit is 3138;
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System, Academic module) score should be 7.0 or above;
  • A passing grade (A, B or C) in the Cambridge certificate CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) or CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).
  • English Language Test by the Language Centre of the University of Jyväskylä
One of the above language certificates will be required from all applicants, with the ONLY exceptions of:
    1. Applicants who have completed their high school or upper secondary school studies in English language in Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or one of the Nordic countries (no other countries are considered for exemption).
    2. Applicants who have completed an IB degree with English as A1 or A2 language or an EB-degree with English as LI or LII-language.
    3. Applicants who have completed their Bachelor's or Master's Degree in English in an EU or EEA country or in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand (no other countries are considered for exemption).

3) Proven interest in issues related to the programme

4) Reasons for applying, i.e. motivation.


Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

  1. Based on the applications, a maximum of 50 applicants will be selected to be interviewed in person in Jyväskylä (for applicants living in Finland) or via telephone at the nearest Finnish embassy/ consulate, where the applicants' identity will be confirmed by the authorities. The interview will assess the candidates’ motivation and the adequacy of their language skills and their previous experience.
  2. A maximum of 25 applicants are selected to the programme; all applicants are notified about the decision by e-mail. An acceptance letter will be sent to all successful applicants. Successful applicants are required to verify all information given in their applications by showing the original documentation (e.g. degree certificate and transcript of records) on arrival. If a student fails to submit these documents upon registration at the University of Jyväskylä, their admission will be invalidated.


Required documentation


  1. Application form - filled in electronically, printed, signed and sent with its enclosures via postal mail to University Admissions Finland (please do not send the application or any of the enclosures to the University of Jyväskylä);
  2. Certified copy of the Bachelor's degree certificate in the original language and in English. If you have not yet graduated but will graduate by 30 June 2012, please include a statement of impending graduation by your home institution specifying the expected date of graduation.
  3. Official Transcript of Records in the original language and in English;
  4. Certificate of English language proficiency - All language test results must arrvive at UAF by the application deadline. Please note that the TOEFL test results must be sent directly to University Admissions Finland by the Test Centre. Score slips or their copies provided by applicants are not accepted. When filling in the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in University Admission Finland's Institution Code 3138 in the Score Report Recipient field.  For other tests, please address the test results to University Admissions Finland. Test scores sent as attachments to an e-mail message are not acceptable. If you are applying to more than one programme and you verify your language skills to them with the same language test, University Admissions Finland needs to receive the test result only once.
  5. Copy of the information page of your passport.

Copies of the degree certificate and the Transcript of Records must be officially certified (attested) either by the institution which issues the documents or by a notary public. Official translation of these documents may be a translation 1) issued by home institution; 2) officially certified copy of a translation issued by home institution; 3) translated by an official translator; or 4) officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator.

University Admissions Finland evaluates eligibility and authenticity of your educational certificates. This includes e.g. contacting your previous educational institution and the language test organiser. Any malpractice will be reported to the universities and proper authorities.

More detailed information on the required enclosures will be available on the application form. Further information also available at http://www.universityadmissions.fi.


Further information

  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Niina Ormshaw

International Coordinator

Faculty of Information Technology


  • Elina Isännäinen

Foreign Student Adviser

International Office


Contact details

Agora yhteystietoihin

Ms Niina Ormshaw
International Coordinator

Faculty of Information Technology
P.O.Box 35 (Agora)
FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä

Tel: +358 14 260 4602 / +358 50 4432 360 (mobile)
Fax: +358 14 260 2209
E-mail: international-info@it.jyu.fi