Preparing for Master’s studies


Planning Officers supports the students with study affairs: planning of studies (personal study plan), guidance on practical study affairs and counselling in challenging study situations. Students meet their programme-specific Planning Officer during the orientation week and can contact them any time during their studies.

Academic advisors are faculty members, acting also as mentors for the students at the department – advising about their academic ambitions, interests and study goals. If you wish to get academic advising, please contact your Planning Officer for more information.

Tutors are senior students who help new students during orientation week and at the beginning of their studies. Each new student is assigned a student tutor who has completed tutoring training. Tutoring is carried out in cooperation with tutors, University personnel and student organizations. Each major has their own tutors, who introduce students to the campus, student organization activities (KY & AYY) and student life in general. Your student tutor will contact you in August. Your contact information will be given to your tutor.

Orientation for new Master's students 2022

Orientation for the new Master's students will be organised on 29 August - 2 September, 2022. The schedule of the Orientation week and other information on the start of the studies will be updated on this page during the summer. 

Please note that some online information sessions will be offered in August before the Orientation week. This is to ensure that the new students will be able to register for courses in the first study period already before the Orientation. 

You should also complete Aalto University's Preorientation online course before the Orientation week. The course will be available from July onwards, provided that you have enrolled as attending and activated your Aalto user account. We will send more information in June's newsletter for new Master's students.

General information on Orientation 

During the orientation, new students will meet the personnel and faculty of the School of Business as well as some senior students. The orientation program will offer a great opportunity to learn about study related matters and get answers to any questions you may have. Students will be divided into smaller groups and each group is assigned a student tutor, who will guide the group in the beginning of the studies. With the tutor you also have the chance to get to know other students and the free time activities arranged by the student association KY and student union AYY.

Frequently asked questions


Communications

We will send the accepted applicants several emails before the Orientation. Please read the emails carefully since they include important information about your studies at Aalto University. We also recommend that you familiarise yourself with After admission to Master’s studies and Getting started with your studies. These pages contain information relevant to all new students at Aalto. 

Your student tutor will contact you in August.

On Into portal. On your programme’s page (links to all programmes), you can find links to information concerning studying at School of Business.
Please also check After admission to Master’s studies and Getting started with your studies. These pages contain information relevant to all new students at Aalto.

Please note that the beginning of the academic year (August - September) is the busiest time of the year for the Planning Officers so we might not be able to answer everyone’s questions separately. Please familiarise yourself with all the instructions on Into portal: the answer might be available here! Also, many of the questions will be answered during the Orientation.

If you have something urgent you need to ask your Planning Officer, it is best to call them by phone. If you have a general study-related question, you can also contact the student services at studentservices@aalto.fi – but please take into consideration that they are also very busy in August and September.


Planning your studies

You can find instructions about planning your studies on your programme's Into page > Planning your studies (links to all programmes). The degree structure of your programme and the courses it includes are listed on the programme's Into page under Curriculum 2022-2024. In the course list, the link in the course code will take you to the course description in the student information system (for some courses links will be updated at the end of spring - beginning of summer). 

The amount of compulsory attendance depends on the course. You can find the links to the course descriptions on your programme's Into page under Curriculum 2022-2024. In the course list, the link in the course code will take you to the course description in the student information system. 

Please note that all our programmes are full-time programmes! We don't recommend working full-time during the studies.

Yes, you can transfer credits completed outside of Aalto University in your degree. You can use them to substitute for an individual Aalto course or study module or include them in the degree, for instance, towards the electives. Please read more about the credit transfer on your programme's Into page under Planning your studies > Credit transfer.

Please note that studies included in a bachelor’s degree that was used as the basis for eligibility during admissions to master’s level studies may not be transferred for credit towards the master’s degree.


Registration for courses

Starting from autumn 2021, Aalto University is using Sisu system for course registration (among other things). You can register for a course only if it is included in your personal study plan (see PSP below). Thus, remember to add the course to your primary study plan first and register via the study plan. Note! The study plan or the module including the course does NOT need to be approved before course registration! It is enough that the course is included in your study plan. 

If the registration period is still ongoing, register for the course even if there appears to be more participants than allowed. The participants will be confirmed only after the registration period has ended. In many courses, priority will be given to major students of the programme. This information is available on the course descriptions.


Personal Study Plan (PSP/HOPS)

Personal Study Plan includes the studies that you are going to complete at Aalto University towards your degree. It also includes a schedule for your studies. Everyone must create a PSP since it is needed for e.g. course registration and graduation. Primarily, PSP is meant to help you plan your studies and that is why we ask you to make the first version of it at the beginning of your studies.

PSPs are made in the Sisu system. You can find more information on PSP on your programme's Into page > Planning your studies.

Yes, you can. We ask you to make your personal study plan first and foremost to help you plan your studies. When you have an approved PSP (= the parts that require approval have been approved), you know that you can graduate with those studies. This is the first version of your study plan but you are allowed to change your plans. If you change one of the modules that requires approval, you will first need to cancel the previous approval before applying for a new one. 
You can just make the changes. You can find the instructions on changing your study plan in the Sisu Guide for Master's students (Programme's Into page > Planning your studies). Please remember to ask for approval for the parts of the plan that require approval.

The Master's degree needs to include at least 120 cr but not much more. In general, it is okay if you have one course over the minimum. Try to get your degree to be as close to 120 cr as possible. At the moment, Aalto University does not restrict the amount of courses you can take but if you take extra courses, you will not be able to include them in your degree. In that case, don't include them in your study plan either.

At the moment, Aalto University does not restrict the amount of courses you can take, but if you take extra courses, you will not be able to include them in your degree. In that case, don't include them in your study plan either. The study plan should include only the courses that are going towards your degree since the degree certificate is made based on your PSP.

No, they won't. The degree certificate will have only the courses in your degree. You can, however, order a transcript of records from the study information system that will show all the courses you have completed at Aalto University.

This is not possible. You cannot hide or delete courses from the study register.


Master's thesis

We recommend that you start the thesis process in the beginning of the second study year. Attending a Master's thesis seminar is an important part of the process and helps you in your thesis work. Check the curriculum information on Into and Sisu for more information on your programme's thesis seminar.
This depends on the student and the project. The amount of other courses naturally affects the progress of the thesis as well. Some write their thesis in six months and for many, it takes around a year.


Orientation week 2022 program

The program will be updated during summer 2022.


Day and time (GMT +3)ProgramPlace
July - August
Starting from JulyComplete the Preorientation course after you have activated your Aalto accountMyCourses
August
Tuesday 9 August

14.00 - 15.30


Welcome Webinar for international students

Please see more information in aalto.fi -page.

A pre-registration is required.

Tuesday 16 August

10.00 - 12.00 in Finnish

(same content at 15.00 - 17.00 in English, participate in one  info session)

Study plan, course registration and credit transfers

In this session, we will discuss planning your studies and show how study plan is created in Sisu, how to register for courses and how to apply for credit transfers. Course registration ends on 29 August for most of the courses.

presentation (in Finnish)

Q&A Opintojen sunnittelu

Q&A HOPS ja kurssi-ilmoittautuminen

Q&A Hyväksiluku

14.00 - 15.00Information for Mikkeli campus graduates (only for new Master's students who have graduated from Aalto Mikkeli campus)
online

15.00 - 17.00 in English (same content at 10.00-12.00 in Finnish, participate in one info session)

Study plan, course registration and credit transfers

In this session, we will discuss planning your studies and show how study plan is created in Sisu, how to register for courses and how to apply for credit transfers. Course registration ends on 29 August for most of the courses.

Monday 22 August 

15.00-17.00

Study plan clinic (optional): If you have any questions concerning your study plan, you can drop by and get personal guidance. This session is organised on first come, first serve basis and we will accept students to the Zoom meeting one by one. 

2 online rooms will serve students (zoom). Go first to the room 1, but if it is busy, try room 2 next.

room 1

room 2







ORIENTATION WEEK
Monday 29 August
09.00 - 10.00Welcome breakfast

10.00 - 10.30 

Dean's welcome, Dean Timo Korkeamäki

presentation

10.30 - 11.00KY's welcomepresentation KY and presentation BeWell
11.00 - 12.00Panel discussion ”Study experience at the School of Business”

Meeting your tutor group

Campus tour and other activities at campus



Tuesday 30 August
Master's programmes' kickoffs:
14.00 - 16.00Accounting
16.00 - 18.00Business Analytics
15.00 - 17.00Creative Sustainability (Business)
15.00 - 16.00Economics
exceptionally on Thursday 1.9. 11.30 - 13.00Finance
12.00 - 13.30Global Management 
14.00 - 16.00Information and Service Management
10.00 - 12.00International Design Business Management (Business) 
10.00 - 11.00 (updated on 26.8.)Marketing
10.00 - 12.00People Management and Organizational Development
12.00 - 14.00Strategic Management in a Changing World
16.30 - 18.00Yritysjuridiikka



Wednesday 31 August, edit on 24.8.22

11.00 - 12.30

Practical information on studies, School of Business Learning Services 

presentation


Break
13:30 - 14:00

International Affairs:

Exchange studies and CEMS MIM programme

exchange studies presentation

CEMS MIM presentation

14.00 - 14.30Study Psychologist Alli Mattilapresentation
14.30 - 15.00Code of conduct by Pia Lahti, Manager of Academic Affairspresentation
15.00 - 15.30AYY - Aalto University Student Unionpresentation
15.30 - 16.00Break
16.00 - 18.00

Welcome Evening for new Master’s students with Aalto BIZ alumni

(by School of Business Career Services & Alumni Relations)


Please see more information on INTO-page

A pre-registration is required.

School of Business, Ekonominaukio 1, ground floor lobby area




Thursday 1 September
10.00 - 13.00Welcome Fair - Get to know Aalto Services

School of ARTS inside and outside

event webpage

13.30 - 16.30


Better Student Life event

Otakaari 1, U2

17.00 → Program organized by AYY



Friday 2 September
10.00 - 15.00Mursuexpo organised by KY (Aalto University Business Students) check your timetable with tutor
15.00 → Meet your Masters by KY
21.00 → Mursu party by KY
Tuesday 6 September, Aalto Day One
13.15 - 14.20

Opening Ceremony - live broadcast

You can follow the broadcast on the virtual event platform or around the campus in the screening studios.

event page: https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/aalto-day-one-692022

15.00 →Aalto PartyAlvar Aalto puisto / Alvar Aalto park

 
Attending the orientation meetings is highly recommended for all students. If you cannot attend, please inform your planning officer and familiarize yourself with the information provided for the new students at the Student Portal Into.

If you have any general questions, please contact study-biz@aalto.fi

Chat with students of Business School: https://www.aalto.fi/en/school-of-business/chat-with-our-students