Master's degree path studies

The path studies concept is used to refer to a study entity completed at an open university of applied sciences in a goal-oriented manner before seeking education leading to a degree

The path studies concept is used to refer to a study entity completed at an open university of applied sciences in a goal-oriented manner before seeking education leading to a degree (recommendation by the network of open UAS on the path studies process). Path studies are completed as integrated studies in universities of applied sciences.

Laurea offers path study places only in degree programmes in Finnish.

A student registered for path studies towards a master's degree at a university of applied sciences may choose if he or she wishes to pay for their studies according to the number of credits (EUR 15 per credit) or pay the tuition fee of EUR 400, in which case he or she may also take other courses offered by the Open University of Applied Sciences.

Individuals who have completed more than 30 credits of path studies towards a master's degree at a university of applied sciences do not submit their application for the joint application process, but the university of applied sciences may grant them admission as master's degree students via a separate application process.

Applying for Master's Degree path student

Admissions criteria for path studies towards a master's degree at the Open University of Applied Sciences consist of a previous degree from a university of applied sciences or other higher education institution. The requirement of three years of post-degree work experience does not apply to path studies. The application process for master's degree path studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences is implemented twice a year at Laurea: end of July and end of November. Applying will take place using an electronic application form (link is active during application period).

Individuals appointed by Vice President, will decide on the students selected for paths studies. The application must contain the degree certificate as an attachment.

A path studies student has the same right to guidance and support as degree students. A personal tutor teacher is appointed to the students. Students studying at an open university of applied sciences are treated equally to degree students.

Path study places in next application period

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Separate application process for those seeking to become degree students via the Open University of Applied Sciences

A person who has earned minimum 30 credits in an Open University of Applied Sciences may apply to become a degree student through a separate application process. Applicants must be eligible to apply for master's degree programme at a university of applied sciences. Next application period is November 2018. 

​​​​​​​​​​S​eparate applications for full-time degree programmes

A person who has earned a minimum number of study credits in an Open University of Applied Sciences may apply to become a full time student through a separate application process.


Read more about separate application process