Master’s Thesis and Graduation

The Master’s thesis shall be written on a topic related to one’s major and the topic shall be agreed upon together with the student and the teacher whose field of speciality includes the topic. The Degree Programme Committee confirms the topic and the language of the thesis as well as appoints the supervisor and the thesis advisor for the thesis. The supervisor can also act as the thesis advisor. The supervisor must be a professor of Aalto University School of Engineering or a docent with full-time employment at the School of Engineering.

The topic of the Master’s thesis can be applied for when at least 45 credits of the Master’s degree have been completed. The topic is valid for one year from the date it has been confirmed. If the thesis is not submitted for evaluation within that time, the topic expires and must be applied for again.

The Master’s thesis work also includes a maturity test and a seminar presentation or an equivalent presentation.

The Master’s Thesis is approved and graded by the Degree Programme Committee on the grounds of the written statement given by the supervisor. Approval and grading of the Master’s thesis shall be applied  for in writing. The Master’s Thesis is a public document and as such, shall be displayed in the school library.

More detailed information about the procedure:

Maturity Essay

The student is required to write a maturity essay related to the topic of the Master’s thesis. The maturity essay demonstrates mastery of the thesis subject and language skills (Finnish or Swedish). If the student has been educated in other language than Finnish or Swedish or has been educated abroad, he/she does not have to demonstrate language skills in Finnish or Swedish, only mastery of the thesis subject.

Graduation and Certificates

When the student has completed all the studies required for the higher university degree he/she can apply for graduation. It must be applied for in writing. The degrees for Master of Science (Technology) are approved by the Dean of Aalto University School of Engineering.

If the student has shown excellent knowledge in his or her studies, and shown particular maturity and judgement in the Master’s thesis, the certificate for the Master of Science in Technology may be awarded with distinction. A degree with distinction may be awarded if the weighted average grade for courses for the degree, not including the Master’s thesis, is at least 4.0 and the grade for the Master’s thesis is at least 4. If a course is graded pass/fail, it is not counted in the calculation of the average grade. If some of the student’s courses have been completed at another university, a degree with distinction should not generally be awarded, unless at least half of the degree studies, not including the Master’s thesis, are completed at this university.

The Dean of Aalto University School of Engineering awards the degree certificates in ceremonies which are arranged approximately twice per semester. The dates of the graduation ceremonies can be found at

Students who are unable to attend the ceremony can receive their diplomas from the Student Services, address Otakaari 4, during the opening hours. 

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