In the joint national application process of the entire spring, JAMK offered a total of 1,390 study places in seven different fields of study. A total of 12,783 applicants applied for admission to JAMK, of whom 5,077 had JAMK as their first preference. In relation to the available study places, the number of primary applicants was 3.65-fold, which placed JAMK as Finland’s third most attractive university of applied sciences. Only Laurea University of Applied Sciences and Tampere University of Applied Sciences were ranked higher than JAMK.

A total of 536 people applied for the 275 places available in the master’s degree programmes taught in Finnish. Clearly the most popular of the master’s degree programmes was the new Degree Programme in Organisational and Financial Management that attracted 138 applicants. The programme had 30 available study places.

Studies in business administration were of interest on the bachelor level as well: the number of primary applicants was the highest for full-time studies in business administration that attracted 388 primary applicants. Part-time studies in business administration also attracted the interest of 259 primary applicants. In the field of technology, the applicants were particularly interested in ICT: there were 292 primary applicants for full-time studies and 153 primary applicants for part-time studies.

The number of primary applicants in relation to the available study places was the highest in part-time studies in the Degree Programme in Social Services, with 272 primary applicants for the 20 places available. In other words, there were nearly 14 applicants per one available study place.

No entrance exam, but an entrance course – the best will be admitted to the degree programme

In the joint national application process of 2019, JAMK tested for the first time the selection based on course performance in connection with degree-awarding education. The applicants to part-time studies in information and communications technology attended an online course in web technology (4 cr), with 25 best-performing students being admitted to the degree programme. A total of 254 applicants started the online course.

The number of applicants for online degree programmes has increased at JAMK over the past few years. Having an entrance course instead of an entrance exam will familiarise the applicant with online studies at an early stage.

“The online course allowed us to test not only the applicant’s understanding of the content, but also their ability to study independently online. The course provides the applicants with a realistic conception of what state-of-the-art part-time studies are like,” says Education Planner Ilona Viitasaari.

The ‘Web Technologies’ course is part of the first-year bachelor’s studies in information and communications technology, so those who were admitted can immediately include the course as part of their degree. The remaining applicants who complete the course with a passing grade but do not get admitted to the degree programme will also have the course registered as a completed Open Studies course in their study records.

“Those who do not get admitted will have the option to start study path studies at the open UAS that include the same courses as the degree-awarding education. In any event, there will be opportunities available for starting engineering studies for those who wish to do so,” says Viitasaari.

Different ways of selecting students to degree-awarding education have been highlighted on the national scale during the past few years.