You will first need to fulfil our general eligibility requirements. Only eligible applications proceed to the academic evaluation where the student selection criteria is applied.
To be considered eligible for SECCLO, you will need to fulfil these general eligibility requirements:
Please see further details below.
Applicants should hold a Bachelor degree* awarded by a university or a higher education institution.
*) Applicants in their final year of studies are eligible to apply provided that they will graduate by 31 July 2021. If the applicant is not able to graduate on time or fails to deliver a degree certificate by the given deadline, their conditional acceptance to the programme will be cancelled.
Our language of instruction is English, and the applicants are expected to have an excellent command of it. The recognized language tests and their minimum score requirements are listed below.
|Minimum total score
||Minimum writing score|
|TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test)
|TOEFL PDT (Paper-delivered Test)
||Reading 22, Listening 22||24|
|C1 Advanced (former Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CAE)
||A, B, or C||–|
|C2 Proficiency (former Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE)
||A, B, C or C1||–|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
The minimum requirements are very strict. If your scores do not fulfil the minimum score requirements, your application will not be processed further. Only the above language tests are accepted.
IELTS, TOEFL and PTE results are valid for two years starting from the test date. Thus, test results from the tests taken before 23 November 2018 are not acceptable in the 2021 application round.
For further information on language test result deadlines and submitting the test scores, see How to apply -> Step 5.
The language test requirement is waived for the following groups:
All other applicants are expected to present a valid English language test result, without exceptions.
Admission to the SECCLO programme is granted on a competitive basis, and the applicants are assessed based on their previous academic record. The selection is document based. The final evaluation of the eligible applications and the ranking of qualified students is made based on the following criteria:
1. Content of the previous degree(s)
Successful applicants are expected to have a high-quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields will be considered if they have sufficient studies in the required subject areas (see below).
Required background consists of sufficient studies in:
Knowledge of the following areas is considered an advantage:
The contents of the applicant’s previous degree(s) are evaluated based on the courses available on the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted. Relevant work experience, professional certificates and/or online courses are judged case-by-case, but they do not, in general, compensate for the university level studies that include also the theoretical foundations of the required subjects.
2. Study success: grades achieved and pace of studies
The applicant’s previous study success will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Very good previous study success is expected.
During the evaluation process, contents of the previous degree(s) and study success are assessed first. Only the applications that meet the requirements for these criteria will be evaluated further.
3. Recognition and quality of the applicant’s home university
4. Motivation and commitment to studies in the programme
5. Other relevant achievements (work experience, entrepreneurship experience, publications, awards, patents etc.)
6. Recommendation letters provided
7. English language proficiency
Studies in the SECCLO programme should provide genuinely new knowledge for the applicant. If the applicant already has a Master’s degree, the motivation letter should clearly indicate why another Master’s degree is necessary.
All six consortium universities participate in the evaluation of applications and in the joint selection meeting. The allocation of scholarships is based on the same criteria as the student selection decisions, i.e., the best selected students will be offered scholarships. The scholarship decisions are given together with the selection decisions.
The right of appeal means that the applicant has the possibility to request for rectification if they believe that there has been an error in the decision-making process. The appeal should be submitted to the SECCLO Consortium within 14 days after the publication of the selection results. All appeals against the selection decisions are processed by Aalto University. Applicants cannot appeal on the scholarship decision.