Read the overview of the programme by the Programme Director Iuliia Trabskaia.
The international master's programme in Innovation and Technology Management aims to educate specialists who can implement ICT solutions to management processes of enterprises and thus help companies grow through more added value created. Qualified students should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in economics, mathematical sciences, technology sciences (including IT).
We welcome students who would not only like to be programmers or system managers but are also interested in management, innovation and entrepreneurship. We can also turn it another way around – students who are already interested in the latter but would like to know more about implementing ICT solutions to those processes.
After completing the master's programme in Innovation and Technology, you:
The following structure of the programme applies to the current academic year. To view the most updated version, please visit the University of Tartu Study Information System and choose the next academic year (if available).
The following people teach courses that belong to the Innovation and Technology Management programme.
The studies take place at the University of Tartu Delta Centre. Opened in 2020, the Delta Centre comprises academic and research and entrepreneurship buildings and brings together more than 3000 students, lecturers, researchers, and company development employees.
The academic and research building accommodates the Institute of Computer Sciences, the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and some laboratories of the Institute of Technology.
After graduation, students have an opportunity to work as innovation or process managers in any company that is already implementing or planning to implement ICT solutions in their processes. Students can also start their own company, especially as a consultation business in implementing ICT solutions or work in the public sector in innovation policy or digitalisation. Student can also continue their studies at PhD level.
bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July) in economics, mathematical sciences, technology sciences (including IT) – please see our country-specific document requirements
English language proficiency – please see our acceptable tests and exempt categories
NB! Citizens of the Russian Federation who, under the legislation of the Republic of Estonia, cannot apply for a long-stay visa or residence permit to study or do not have a valid legal basis to stay in the Republic of Estonia until the end of the curriculum’s standard period of study are not eligible to apply to the University of Tartu in the 2024/2025 academic year.
According to the current legislation, citizens of Belarus can apply for Estonian long-term visa or temporary residence permit for studies and are therefore eligible to apply to the University of Tartu.
the score of the motivation letter (yields 60% of the final score)
the average grade of the previous study level (yields 40% of the final score)
The motivation letter must be submitted with your online application by 15 March at the latest.
The motivation letter consists of two parts: a written part (essay) and a video recording.
1. Written part (essay)
The essay should be written in English, contain approximately 3000-3500 characters with spaces and contain the following aspects:
1) Explanation of which innovation and/or technology topics are attractive for the student to write the master’s thesis. The applicant should propose a potential master’s thesis topic and
a) explain the research topic, including what is novel about it
b) motivate why it is interesting and important to study this topic
c) discuss how to explore this topic and what would be the methodology
2) Description of the innovation and/or technology career that the applicant would like to follow, which
a) explains what attracts the applicant to this career path
b) discusses how the ITM programme would help to achieve this career goal
c) argues what would be the biggest challenges in achieving this career goal
2. Short video CV
The applicant should record a video of up to 3 minutes in length, where the applicant’s face is clearly visible, and voice clearly audible. The video should be in the “pitch” format: thoroughly thought out, covering the catchiest attributes of the applicant. The video does not have to be done professionally – for example, it can be produced with a smartphone camera or webcam of the computer.
NB! The applicant must include a link to the video file in the motivation letter. When submitting the video link make sure the video can be accessed by anyone reading the motivation letter.
The video should address the following aspects:
a) highlights from the applicant's CV, including how the applicant’s background (previous studies and/or work experience) is related to ITM programme;
b) qualifications and job/entrepreneurial experience (if applicable) to help the student complete the studies in ITM programme and to achieve the career goal stated in the motivation letter;
c) if the student has programming knowledge in Python and/or R; has taken Statistics and Econometrics courses before, it is good to mention here;
d) which courses and topics from the ITM programme curriculum would support the career goal stated in the motivation letter.
Evaluation criteria for the motivation letter
The maximum score for the motivation letter is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more.
Only those applicants who score 66 points or higher (out of 100) as a combined score from both the motivation letter and average grade of the previous study level, will be considered for admission.
For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here.
The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad:
Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following documents must be submitted electronically via DreamApply by 15 March:
Submitted applications can not be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g. graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.
The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications, and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by April 30 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves 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
Admission offers are conditional. This means that 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, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT 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, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.
Once the admission results have been announced, 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 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. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may also specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified.
Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
Paying the tuition fee (applicable to those receiving a fee-based study place offer)
The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see Step 3 for more details).
NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa/residence permit at an Estonian embassy.
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.
NB! Admitted students who are not citizens of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland need to make sure they obtain the Estonian long-term visa on time in order to be able to participate in the orientation programme for international students held in the last week of August. They are also required to visit the Admissions Office in person to complete their arrival registration by September 2, 2024, at the latest. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of their admission decision and visa.
For housing alternatives please find further information on Tartu Welcome Centre website.
Travel information can be found here.
Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information website UT Getting Started.