Degree: Master of Science
How to graduate
This page explains the graduation process of master's degree students. Bachelor's degree students and doctoral students have their information somewhere else.
The process is student-initiated. You are the expert on your own studies, and you are the only one who can decide, when you want to graduate.
The process has several steps which will be explained here. The steps assume that you have already finished all your courses and are about to submit your thesis.
1. Thesis submission
- Submission of the thesis normally starts the graduation process, and it must be done approximately two months before the wished graduation date. The time can be slightly shorter or much longer during the summer time.
- Two paper copies of the thesis must be submitted in blue covers with two additional copies of the abstract page. The covers are available from the department office (or your advisor).
- With some advisors, it is possible to negotiate that the official versions can be submitted during the review process based on an electronic submission to the advisors.
2. Maturity test
The maturity test is an obligatory part of both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. From Spring 2010 on, the maturity test is either the Abstract or the Introduction of the thesis. It will be separately evaluated without grading ("Passed"), and either written or oral feedback is provided by the supervisor.
3. Review report and notification of acceptance
The advisors write a review report, which is submitted to the department's steering committee for grading of the thesis. In addition to the reviewm the report contains a suggested grade for the thesis.
The student must submit a notification of acceptance to the office of the department for the steering committee. You can find the form from the Master's thesis page.
The review and the notification of acceptance must be at the office of the department about 10 work days before the meeting of the Department council. You can find the deadlines from the Department council page.
4. Registration of the Study Modules
To register your studies as part of the Master's degree, you need to get three to four study modules registered. For this you need to fill in the corresponding forms. These study modules included to the Master's degree are
Advanced Studies module
- A form for the subprogramme on Algorithms and Machine Learning (in Finnish); code 584333
- A form for the subprogramme on Networking and Services (in Finnish); code 584334
- A form for the subprogramme on Software Systems (in Finnish); code 584335
- A form for the CBU master's degree programme in ICT (in English); code 584336
Other computer science studies (Muut pääaineopinnot) module
- A form for other computer science studies. (in Finnish), code 50043
Other studies (Muut opinnot) modul
- Studies in any other subjects than in computer science
- A form for other studies (in Finnish); code 50034
Supplementary studies (Täydentävät opinnot) module
- The courses required as additional studies to your master's degree.
- This module you could also have been applied for earlier, but now is the latest time to do so.
- A form for supplementary studies (in Finnish), code 50080
5. Graduation request
The graduation request form must be submitted to the office of the Faculty Science (in the yellow house in the garden) about two weeks before the graduation date. The deadlines for the request submissions can be found on the Faculty page about Publiikki. The first column is the dealine and the second column is the graduation date.
General information about the graduation is given in Finnish on the Faculty page Valmistuminen. The first link on this page is to the graduation request form, and the second one gives you the deadlines for submitting the request and the list of the graduation dates.
6. Graduation date (Publiikki)
This is your graduation date. There is a seremony (mostly in Finnish), where you can go and collect your degree papers. The papers are also available few weeks after the seremonial day, if you are not able to be present in the seremony. The dates and given degrees are available in Finnish on the Faculty page about Publiikki. On the past graduations, the table also contains the given degrees.
Created by Tiina.Niklander@cs.helsinki.fi, updated by Pirjo Moen