Welcome new Master students


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Congratulations and welcome to master your future and to develop your competencies at Haaga-Helia's Master's degree programmes.

On this page, you will find the information and materials needed to start your studies on the following programmes:

First and foremost, secure your study place by December 3, 2021 at 3 p.m. Finnish time. Also, carefully read the information and instructions on this page for starting your studies.

Students accepted through the open path, please read the schedules and instructions on securing your study place here.

Structure of the curriculum

The scope of studies leading to a master's degree is 90 credits and the completion is scheduled for 1.5-3 years of full-time or part-time studies. The degree includes 20 credits of common core studies, 20 credits of specialisation studies, 30 credits of thesis, and 20 credits of free-choice studies. The only compulsory course of the degree is Applied Design Research.

Find out about the study structure, specialisation options, and course descriptions of your own degree programme through the links below.

Planning your studies

You can choose the order in which you complete the courses. The compulsory Applied Design Research course must be completed during the first academic year when you have a preliminary topic for your thesis.

We recommend starting your studies by choosing mostly core studies and maybe 1 or 2 specialisation courses for the spring. Most students complete 3-5 courses during the spring semester, depending on the time available for studies. Note that one 5 credit course means about 135 hours of student work, including teaching hours. In course assignments, it is possible to utilise your own work and organisation, so you can immediately apply the studies to your own work.
Read the Master Course Schedule Spring 2022 below and make a plan for spring’s studies. You can enrol for the courses once you have received the credentials to Haaga-Helia’s systems. There is plenty on offer but some courses may prove to be really popular and not all enrolled students will fit in. Prepare for this by choosing a few extra courses for you, you will have time to enrol for these courses once the studies have started.

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Also book the following specialisation evenings on your calendar. These meetings support your professional development and the planning and construction of your thesis topic. You will also meet other students in the same specialisation. During the spring, you are expected to attend at least one of the evenings but students are recommended to attend them all. The evenings are held on Pasila campus if possible. Exception: All specialisation evenings of Strategic Thinking and Management will be held online in the spring.

  • Thu 3 February at 17.40-20.30 (in English)
  • Wed 9 March at 17.40-20.30 (in Finnish)
  • Wed 13 April at 17.40-20.30 (in English)

Start of the studies - Before the orientation

It is essential to start your concrete study planning already before the orientation days. Haaga-Helia uses electronic identification in order to verify the identity of our new students. In January, week 1, you will receive instructions on how to make the identification one week before the start of your study right. You will also receive an e-mail invitation to the online Master's Orientation Materials. If you have not received the invitation email or your credentials do not work by Friday 7 January, please contact: master(at)haaga-helia.fi

Orientation materials introduce the structure of the curriculum and the creation of a personal study plan, as well as help to log in to Haaga-Helia's systems and enrol for courses. Orientation materials also introduce specialisation studies because you make a preliminary choice about the specialisation during the orientation week. Choose your specialisation by Wed 12 January by answering the survey. It is possible to change the specialisation during the first semester.

Note! Students are required to have their own computer available during their studies immediately from the first week of teaching.

To do before the Orientation (on Tue 11 January):

Note! You will receive the credentials in January in week 1, so book some time for the following things at the end of that week:

Read the invitation email and follow the instructions to:

  1. Log in to MyNet and Moodle
  2. Log in to the school e-mail and, if necessary, forward the school e-mail to your own e-mail (instructions in Orientation materials)
  3. Download and log in to the Zoom and Teams online meeting programs
  4. Enrol for spring courses and book orientation evenings on your calendar
  5. Make a preliminary choice of specialisation on Wednesday 12 January at the latest.

Support for study planning and technical issues will be available during the first and second week of January, more details in the invitation email sent in the first week of January.

Orientation evenings

Orientation to the studies is arranged on two weekday evenings before the beginning of the actual academic year. The first evening on Tue 11 January is common to all new Master’s students and the latter evening on Thu 13 January is held in specialisation groups. Tuesday’s orientation and the specialisation info on Thursday will be held in Zoom. Attendance at both evenings is mandatory. However, if you are prevented from attending, you can watch the events afterward as a recording.

Tuesday 11 January from 5 pm to 7 pm the orientation will be arranged as an online meeting, to which you will receive a link on Fri 7 January by email. To be able to participate, all you need is a working network connection and the device you need to join the Zoom (we recommend computer/laptop, but also pad or phone is possible). During the evening, you will get information about study planning and practices and get to know Haaga-Helia's Master team.

Thursday 13 January from 5 pm to 7 pm the specialisation info will be arranged as an online meeting, to which you will receive a link in the morning of the same day by email. The meeting prepares you for the specialisation studies as well as provides an opportunity to meet student colleagues who share your professional goals with you.

Support for study planning and technical matters is also available during the orientation week, details of which will be provided in more detail in the email invitation arriving in the first week of January. Detailed information and instructions for orientation evenings will be sent to you to your school email no later than Friday 7 January. So be sure to log in to your school email and, if necessary, redirect your mail to an address that you are actively following.

Previously acquired expertise

Previously acquired expertise refers to applying previous Master’s level studies in your degree. The studies may have been completed in Finland or abroad in a university, university of applied sciences, open university/open university of applied science, or summer university. The studies must have been completed within ten years.

Start by checking the curriculum and reading the course descriptions. You can include previous Master's studies to the free-choice studies if they are clearly related to the field of the degree. Sometimes, if the course content matches, you can replace even common and/or specialisation courses with your previous Master's studies.