Frequently Asked Questions
What are my chances to get accepted because GIM admits only 25 students per year?
In the past years we had over 220 applicants per admission round. Students who fulfil all requirements are ranked in order to guarantee the best fit of prospective students with this master’s degree programme.

For my previous bachelor’s degree I was not required to write a thesis. Does this disqualify me from applying to the programme?
Not having completed a bachelor’s thesis is no reason for exclusion.
How long does it take to complete GIM?
Students are usually expected to complete this master’s degree programme within two years. However, depending on your previous studies you might need to take some supplementary courses which may prolong your studies, depending on your personal circumstances.
Do I need to be worried not to complete the programme?
The selection process is designed to establish the best fit of students with the programme. This means in practice that when you are selected we have good confidence that you will complete this programme.
Do I need to write a Master’s Thesis?
The master’s degree in Global Innovation Management is a research-based programme and upon completion you will graduate with a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration. This means that all graduates will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct independent scientific research as a basis for your master’s thesis. Our programme employs highly qualified academic staff who will assist you in tailored courses and through an individualised and committed supervision.
How much does it cost to study in the master’s degree programme?
There is no tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland. Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries is 10,000€. University of Turku offers a generous scholarship programme for students who are subject to the tuition fees. Please see more:
How high are the costs of living in Turku?
Costs of living for students in Turku are comparatively low. Average living expenses in Finland are about €700–900 per month. You need to cover your living expenses independently.
If you come from a non-EU/ETA country, you need to prove that you have sufficient funds for living when applying for a student residence permit. You need to show that you have at least €560 per month for the duration of your studies. This is the absolute minimum required by the Finnish Immigration Service.
As a student, you can get discounts on student lunches, public transport and many cultural activities, such as museums and theatres. Please see more: