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 elsewhere.
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.
- No paper copies are needed. When you have received a review report from your MSc thesis supervisor(s), submit your thesis as a single pdf file to the E-Thesis archive. See instructions onthe Master's thesis page for the exact process.
- 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.
2. Maturity test
The maturity test is an obligatory part of both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. From Spring 2010 onwards, the maturity test is the Abstract 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 for your MSc thesis. The review report contains a suggested grade for the thesis. The advisor(s) submit the report for the department's steering committee for final acceptance of the thesis.
4. Registration of the Study Modules
To register your studies as part of the Master's degree, you need to get two or three study modules registered (plus possible minor study modules). 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
Other computer science studies (Muut pääaineopinnot) module
- A form for other computer science studies; code 50043
Other studies (Muut opinnot) modul
- Studies in any other subjects than in computer science
- A form for other studies; 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 Graduation ceremonies.
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. Twice a year, graduation date is with a more festive Publicum ("Publiikki") that is held mostly in Finnish.. 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 and Jaakko Kurhila