Master of Science in Information Networks

Aalto University

Program Description
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Master of Science in Information Networks

Aalto University

Become an expert in human-centered approach to digital technologies!

Master’s Programme in Information Networks is a trans-disciplinary study programme in engineering building on information and communication technology (ICT) and digital media. It combines the fields of social sciences, advanced digital technologies and business.

The programme provides the students with a comprehensive understanding on the interaction between human beings and digital technologies on individual, group, organizational and societal levels. You will learn about the joint development of digital technologies and business in a novel human-centered, collaborative and creative manner.

Study programme

Studies in Master’s Programme in Information Networks combine courses in computer science, media technology, industrial management and business with a human-centered approach. The programme encourages the students to construct their personal study plan in a multi-disciplinary way by offering well-structured study entities of the programme’s core substance areas. You can focus on one substance area, or choose to build a broader multidisciplinary combination of competences. The four focus areas, tracks, in the Information Networks major are: ICT in Business, Knowledge and Business Networks, Media, and User-Centered Design.

Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS, degree structure consists of a major (either long or compact), a Master’s thesis, and elective studies. A compact major is always supplemented with a minor.

Recent Master’s thesis topics of Information Networks students e.g. Differences between observations and interviews in creating use cases for usability inspection; User research in commercialization – why and how; Persona creation based on secondary data: a study on perceived reliability in UX design; Customer value creation and value capture in digitally enhanced industrial services; Mobile interface design for evoking motivation: design implications from self-determination theory and motivational interviewing; and The role of user-centred design in startup-companies’ business and product development.

Career opportunities

The Information Networks programme applies problem-based learning and group assignments, often conducted in real life projects. These usually help the students to establish company contacts already during the studies. Co-operating companies include especially global knowledge intensive companies, such as ICT companies, consulting companies, other service or governmental organizations, but also start-up firms.

Typical jobs after graduation include e.g. expert tasks, consulting, researcher, teacher, user experience (UX) manager, IT-system developer, entrepreneur with own business, media development, system architect, game development...

The programme provides also an excellent basis for doctoral studies.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Non-EU/EEA students selected to the Information Networks programme in the application round 2017 will be charged tuition fees.

The departments involved may offer the best students summer job/research assistant positions. Aalto University Career Services provides information on employers, job and thesis opportunities, and hints for job hunting for all Aalto students.

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

The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is responsible for the academic evaluation of the applications. Enrolment is limited to the maximum quota and the evaluation process is highly competitive. Concurrently, the programme has no minimum quota to be fulfilled. Thus, only the highest ranked, the programme-specific admission requirements best fulfilling applicants will be admitted.

The academic evaluation is based on the following criteria. The most important criteria are the motivation to the programme, content of the previous degree(s) and the previous academic performance.

Motivation and dedication to the programme

Content of the previous degree(s)

  • An acceptable applicant shows clear interest in technology but also in people as individuals, groups, communities and society using the technology. Acceptable applicants’ previous degrees allow them to take the engineering Master’s degree in two years. Therefore, preference will be given to applicants with the B. Sc. degree either in computer science, media technology, industrial engineering and management or natural science, or with some combination of these subject areas. The official study transcript of the applicant should indicate:
      • elementary university-level mathematics such as calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, about 20 ECTS combined
      • programming or computer science, about 20 ECTS
      • computer graphics or media technology, about 10 ECTS
      • operations and service management, organisational behavior or leadership, about 20 ECTS
      • Additionally, human-centred studies (e.g in user experience design, communication, psychology, sociology or philosophy, or some combination of these subjects) will be considered as a merit for the applicant. The desired amount of this type of studies is also about 20 ECTS.
  • The Programme Selection Board reserves the right to require the applicant to complete defined complementary courses as prerequisites for the Master's programme. These studies cannot be included in the Master's degree. Applicants will be notified about whether they are required to take complementary studies at the time of selection. The amount of these courses may not exceed 15 ECTS.

Previous academic performance (grades)

  • An acceptable applicant has achieved consistently very good grades at her/his home university. The degree certificate and/or the official transcript of university records should clearly indicate this. In the Finnish universities applying the grading scale 1-5 (5= excellent), the weighted GPA should be about 4. When evaluating each applicant’s academic performance, we emphasize the grades achieved in the degree that gives the eligibility for applying. The recognition of applicant’s home university affects the final interpretation of the academic performance.

Language proficiency

Recognition of the home university

Relevant work experience or other relevant activity


The Selection Board reserves the right to decide whether or not a degree and/or a university meet the programme-specific admission requirements.

Application documents

In addition to the compulsory application documents, the programme appreciates the following, additional documents:

  • Relevant Master's Degree certificate (if available) (officially attested)
  • Certificates of relevant university-level non-degree studies
  • Letter of recommendation (at least one). The recommendation should be written by a person who has supervised you in either academic or employment capacity. The recommendation must be delivered in a sealed envelope. The recommendation should be specifically for the Master's Programme in Information Networks.
  • Relevant letters of reference (work certificates) and other certificates of relevant activities. In case you have work experience or other activities that could support your application, include copies of these documents to your application.
  • GRE- or GMAT-test (if available)
  • A content description of the completed courses and/or other skills that the applicant consider most relevant to show his/her suitability for the programme

The number of references or recommendations is not decisive but they complement the assessment of the applicant’s capabilities, motivation and dedication.

Applicant’s motivation letter (compulsory part of the online application form) should be written in English. Also additional application documents described above (recommendations letter(s), course descriptions, work or other certificates, and publications) 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

Last updated December 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug., 2017
2 years
Full time
Jan. 25, 2017
Application period: 2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25
Start date Aug., 2017
Finland Espoo
Application deadline Jan. 25, 2017
Application period: 2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years