University of Jyväskylä

Cultural Policy, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English


This is a cutting edge programme, led by internationally reputed faculty, enabling high standards of teaching, learning and research. 

A favourable student-to-staff ratio creates the conditions for an engaged and interactive teaching environment.  Accessible and well-functioning guidance and feedback processes maximize the potential for student development and performance. 

The Cultural Policy program at University of Jyväskylä participates actively in the international networks, cooperates with leading scholars, and focuses on the most current and leading edge topics of the cultural policy field. The program plays a key role in contributing to the ongoing evolution of this field and is a primary player in the global cultural policy research community.

Through this programme students develop expertise and competences for research, strategy, management and creatively-oriented professional fields. The working life spectrum includes public, private and third sector organizations. There is an option to specialize in Finnish cultural policy, and complete part of studies in Finnish language.  Successful completion of the programme qualifies students for PhD studies.

Career opportunities

This unique interdisciplinary programme opens up pathways into the manifold, creative, and growing cultural labour markets. Graduates work as professionals in the public, private and third sector in a diverse range of organizations and entities in Finland, Europe and worldwide. Typical job titles include but are not limited to planner, coordinator, adviser, researcher, and manager. The employment rate of our former students is almost 100 %. Each year we provide an alumna day for the master’s students, so that they can discuss with the former students about their career developments.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Cultural Policy is a 2 year, multidisciplinary programme (120 ECTS). The programme presents a variety of courses, which give students tools to study and explore critical issues relating to cultural policy and social sciences. Studies consist of three types of courses: core, optional and thesis studies which include theoretical and methodological studies. The core studies and optional courses are compiled into specialization modules. These provide students with the opportunity to specialize in 

  • Finnish, Nordic and European cultural policy
  • International cultural policy and global cultural citizenship
  • Cultural economy, organizations and changing cultural labor markets
  • Local cultural policies
  • History, present and future of cultural policy
  • Working life skills

Teaching and learning is in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops, reading circles, written assignments, and book exams. Instruction, guidance and facilitation is by the staff of Cultural Policy, visiting professors, and other international guests.

During the first year, students participate in an intensive programme of courses and seminars so as to complete compulsory courses. The first thesis seminar starts during the autumn semester of the first year. The master’s thesis involves independent research carried out under supervision. In the second year focus is on writing the thesis and specializing in selected aspects of cultural policy. There is an option to include an internship as an integral part of these studies.

Programme Structure

The focus of this social sciences based programme lies on the ways in which culture in a wider sense changes and shapes people's lives. This includes changes in culture and art production, media technologies, language, education, economy, politics and policy. In the intersection of various transformation processes it is crucial to analyze how cultural institutions such as museums, art institutions, education, media and administration define their roles and reorganize their policies and practices. Furthermore, the programme addresses issues of cultural identities, such as ethnicity, race, national identity and gender, and examines how they shape and are shaped in the changing social landscape. The social, political and cultural changes also shape the ways in which collective identities and cultural memory are constructed. 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The selection process consists of two parts:

1)       Review of application documents

2)       Personal interview (by phone or Skype) of short-listed applicants


A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field. Suitable degrees include a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent in social science or relevant humanities discipline. The degree must be completed by June 30, 2017 and the copy of the degree certificate and the transcript of records must reach JYU by July 17, 2017.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8000 International


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