Master of Science in Mathematics and Operations Research

Aalto University

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Master of Science in Mathematics and Operations Research

Aalto University

Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research

Develop your skills in mathematics and systems thinking and meet the future demand for top specialists in the field!

The objective of the Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research is to train experts who have broad knowledge of mathematical methods and tools as well as strong problem solving skills so that they can successfully tackle challenging scientific, industrial, economic and environmental problems.

During the programme, students learn to think mathematically. They also learn to build mathematical models of reality and to analyze these models by developing and deploying state-of-the-art methods and algorithms. Through their choice of major, the students can emphasize mathematical theory, computational methods, or modelling and problem solving skills that are needed in practice.

Study programme

Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations offers three majors: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Systems and Operations Research.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research are in growing demand in many industries and in the public sector. This growth is partly driven by the ability to collect more data about a great variety of phenomena, which together with advances in mathematical methods and greater computational power makes it possible to leverage mathematical skills ever more extensively.

Typical job titles of recent graduates include, e.g. Consultant, Data Analyst, Supply Chain Planner, Business Analyst, Junior Analyst, Research Assistant, Doctoral student...

All three majors provide an excellent basis for building a career in scientific research. Thus, a large share of students continue their studies and obtain a doctoral degree.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Non-EU/EEA students selected to the Mathematics and Operations Research programme in the application round 2017 will be charged tuition fees.

The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis offers the best students summer trainee/research assistant positions.

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

The general eligibility requirements are the same for all Master's programmes in the field of science and technology. Please see also the requirements concerning language skills.

Eligible applications are then sent to the academic evaluation described in more detail below.

Programme-specific admission requirements

Applicants are expected to have a relevant Bachelor’s degree that contains enough studies in mathematics, operations research or statistics and thus provides a sufficiently strong foundation for studies in the programme.

Students chosen to the programme may be required to complement their previous degree with complementary studies. Complementary studies cannot be included in the Master's degree.

Evaluation criteria

The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is responsible for the Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research. Students of the programme are selected by the Departmental Selection Committee.

Applicants are evaluated based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • earlier academic performance,
  • content of the applicant’s Bachelor’s level studies,
  • English language proficiency,
  • motivation.

The two most important criteria are the earlier academic performance and the content of the Bachelor’s degree.

  • The applicant’s study success is evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Very good previous study success is expected. The recognition of the applicant’s home university affects the final interpretation of the academic performance.
  • The contents of the applicant’s previous degree(s) are evaluated based on the courses listed in the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted.
  • The department requires the applicants to provide a letter of motivation (an obligatory part of the online application) describing why the applicant is interested in studying in the Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research. If the applicant already has a Master’s degree (in any subject), the motivation letter must clearly address the additional benefits that he or she seeks to gain by studying in the Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research. To be considered for acceptance in the programme, the additional benefits must be indisputably substantial.

The programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled, and not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted.

Application documents

In addition to the compulsory application documents, those applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree focused on mathematics, operations research or statistics are encouraged to submit certificates and transcripts for completed university level studies, including detailed descriptions of course content, as well as at most two recommendation letters.

Applicant’s motivation letter (compulsory part of the online application form) should be written in English. Also additional application documents described above (course descriptions, recommendations letter(s)), should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Aalto University

Last updated October 21, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Finland Espoo
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years