Masters of Software Engineering

University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Entry requirements

  • bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in information technology, computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, information systems or a related field
  • applicants with a bachelor`s degree in Mathematics or Natural Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Business or Economics are eligible if they have completed at least 24 ECTS of courses in information technology, including courses in programming, database technology and software engineering
  • English language proficiency – acceptable tests and exempt categories specified here

Applications are evaluated based on

  • the score of the motivation letter (yields 40% of the final score)
  • average grade of the previous study level (yields 60% of the final score)

The maximum score is 100 points. The application will be considered for admission if a score of 66 points or higher is achieved. Further information on assessing candidates’ academic performance and calculating admissions’ score.

Application process for international students

The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad. Estonian applicants should apply via National Admission Information Systems (SAIS). Further information in Estonian.

Step 1 | Submitting the online application

Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following electronic documents must be submitted via DreamApply by 15 March:

  1. online application
  2. motivation letter
  3. official copy of the bachelor’s diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript) in the original language (must include description of the grading scale)
  4. official translation of the bachelor’s diploma and Diploma Supplement (transcript) into English, translation certified
  5. proof of English language proficiency
  6. copy of the passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars
  7. confirmation/receipt of application fee payment (if applicable)

All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 50, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the fee has been received by the UT. Read more about paying the application fee.

Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered.

NB! Applicants graduating in 2018 and having their diplomas issued after the application deadline, should submit the most recent official transcript by the application deadline. Admitted candidates are required to post the certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as they have been issued (no later than by the end of July).

Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply.

The online application form allows you to apply for admission in multiple master’s programmes at the University of Tartu in parallel. If you are eligible, we encourage you to apply for University of Tartu’s Master´s of Computer Science in addition to applying for the Master’s of Software Engineering.

Step 2 | Evaluation and announcement of admission results

Applicants will receive feedback, notifications and official admission offers through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. The decisions on applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply.

The admission results will be announced by 15 May at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to the university by the stipulated deadline, we reserve the right to withdraw the admission offer.

NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.

Terms and conditions of the admission offer
The admission offers are conditional. This means, there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, the admission offer can be withdrawn.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, the university will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.

Step 3 | Sending the documents by post

All admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.

The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff).The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach the us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.

Requirements for educational documents
All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. Certified copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original. The documents can be certified either:

  1. by an authorised official of the issuing institution
  2. by a notary
  3. with an Apostille attached

Important information for non-EU applicants: country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified.

The university does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).

NB! All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).

Step 4 | Receiving the official admission letter

The official admission letter will be sent to accepted students by e-mail only after reviewing hard copies of the application documents. The admission letter sent electronically is sufficient for non-EU students applying for visa/residence permit at an Estonian embassy.

Step 5 | Welcome to UT!

Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website. When preparing for travel to Estonia, check the relevant information from UT Welcome Web.

Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information leaflet available on the UT Getting Started website.


Do you have questions?

When it comes to admission procedures, there are many special cases to be considered. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to ask us. We try our best to answer within 1-2 working days.


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