Programme specific requirements
The applicant applies directly to the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, Master of Arts or to the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, Master of Theology. All applicants must meet the academic and language requirements.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field that is equivalent to a Finnish university Bachelor’s degree (kandidatexamen). Applying students must provide a relevant BA in Study of Religions, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Theology or an equivalent degree. As a rule of thumb the applicant should have the equivalence of 60 ECTS credits in the major subject. In addition, previous studies, relevant work and organisation experience, as well as other merits and qualifications can be taken into account. Student selection is made on the basis of application documents including a motivation letter and an interview (a maximum of 40 applicants are invited for an interview by Skype or in person) .
If the applicant is formally eligible for studies, the degree certificates and transcripts of records are always assessed individually by the academic board of the programme in order to determine whether the profile of the previous studies matches the academic requirements.
Applicants with a BA in Theology should apply to Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, Master of Theology, and later choose either Theological Ethics or Comparative Religion as a specialization to obtain a Master of Theology degree.
Applicants with a BA in other subjects (see Application process for more information about eligibility) should apply to Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, Master of Arts, and they will be able to choose any specialization apart from Theological Ethics.
All applicants must always prove their level of English language proficiency, in most cases by submitting one of the following English-language test scores to their application (the minimum requirements are listed below):
IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Scores in the Academic test with an average of 6.5, with no individual scores below 5.5. Even if an applicant has the minimum score required in the different sections, the applicant is not eligible if the required total score is not achieved. The results are valid for two years.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Total scores of at least 575 points in the paper-based test, or 90 in the Internet-based test (iBT). The Test of Written English (TWE) is required for those taking the paper-based TOEFL test. The results are valid for two years.
PTE Academic (Pearson’s test of English): Total score of at least 62 points. The results are valid for two years.
No other English proficiency test is accepted. For more information about how to submit the language test results and on the exceptions to the language requirements, please see the language requirements here. There is also information on in which cases applicants can be exempted from taking one of the language tests.
Students who do not have the above-mentioned test results can in the application apply for the right to be assessed separately by the coordinators of the Master´s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion. Only applicants who hold a degree that render them eligible for the program are preliminarily considered to be granted the right to get their level of proficiency in the English language assessed.
The level of proficiency in the English language is assessed during an interview. Authenticating the identity of the applicant is done by passport. The applicant must bring the same passport of which a copy has been submitted with the application. Coordinators visually assess that it is the same persons. The interviews are recorded.
Whether or not the applicant’s level of proficiency in English is high enough for participating in the program is assessed based on his or her speaking, listening and writing skills. The level of proficiency is assessed by the coordinators after the interview.