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 the 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.
Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations offers three majors: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Systems and Operations Research. The choice of major is made when entering the programme (click the name of the major to learn more).
- Applied Mathematics
- Systems and Operations Research
Recent Master's thesis topics by Mathematics and Applied Mathematics students include e.g. Hypergraph containers applied to algebraic geometry; The virtual Haken theorem; Cohomology of the Grassmannian; Holonomic least angle regression; Ruin theoretical comparisons; Triangulations of the topological closed disk and circle packings.
Recent Master's thesis topics by Systems and Operations Research students include, e.g. Predicting service contract churn with decision tree models; Evaluating trajectories of air-to-ground weapons using a probability map for surface-to-air threats; Optimal work shift scheduling: a heuristic approach; Train driver rostering in Finland considering driver satisfaction.
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. Analyst, Business Intelligence Consultant, Consultant, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Market Research Assistant, Operational Risk Manager, Planning Engineer, Portfolio Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, Reliability Engineering, Resource Planner, Risk Manager, ...
Our recently graduated alumni work e.g. in the following companies: Attido, Capgemini, Digia Plc, Finnish Industry Investment Ltd., Fortum, HSL Helsinki Region Transport, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Nordea Bank, OP Financial Group, Pöyry Management Consulting Oy, Reddal, RELEX Solutions, Smartly.io, Suomen Vahinkovakuutus Oy, T-Media Oy, Veikkaus, Verohallinto (Tax Administration), VR Group,…
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 will be charged tuition fees. They are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded from the Aalto University Scholarship programme. See further information >>
The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis offers the best students summer trainee/research assistant positions.
General admission requirements
Applications that fulfil the general eligibility requirements are 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 and they can only compensate for small deficiencies in the prerequisites.
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,
- the content of the applicant’s Bachelor’s level studies,
- English language proficiency,
The two most important criteria are the earlier academic performance and the content of the Bachelor’s degree.
Learn more about the evaluation of applications
The programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled, and not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted.
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.
Location: Aalto University School of Science, Otaniemi Campus, Espoo
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Last updated January 5, 2018