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Handy Guide to Plan Distance Masters in Finland

written by: Om Thoke•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 11/30/2009

If you’re planning to do a distance masters in Finland, here’s a handy guide, which can help you a great deal in knowing the course details, costs and other necessary things you need to know before enrolling into the course. The top 3 universities have been listed out though there are many more.

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    Overview

    Distance education became popular since 1970s and soon turned out to be the central part of the Finnish adult education strategy. Several efforts were made to develop distance education, especially in the field of open university teaching and vocational adult education, during the 1980s and today there are countless learning courses for distance masters in Finland offered by various universities.

    The ministry of education in Finland had proposed development plan surmounting a mammoth budget of 50 million FIM for 1994-1995, and there has been extensive development on these lines.

    If you want to plan distance masters in Finland, here are the top 3 options. But, before we move on to these top 3 universities for doing distance masters in Finland, here are some more details.

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    The Finnish Association for Distance Education (FADE)

    The Finnish Association for Distance Education often referred to as FADE, happens to the biggest authority in Finland that works with 10 major universities and university colleges, offering distance learning programs in higher education. FADE membership also includes correspondence institutions as well as companies.

    FADE works in collaboration with following six major universities for open distance learning -

    • Helsinki University of Technology, Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli

    • University of Helsinki, Lahti Research and Training Centre

    • University of Jyväskylä, Continuing Education Centre

    • University of Tampere, Institute for Extension Studies

    • University of Oulu, Continuing Education Centre

    • University of Turku, Centre for Extension Studies

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    Top 3 Distance Learning Finnish Universities for doing Master’s Degree

    1. University of Maryland University College

    University of Maryland University College commonly abbreviated as UMUC and has been offering distance learning masters courses since 1972. Currently, 30 percent of their students are enrolled in the distance learning courses, and Internet is their sole link to the university.

    About UMUC: It holds the Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Institution, which is treated as one of the highest honors given in Web education, making it an obvious choice for those who wish to do distance Masters in Finland

    You can look at their official website for course details and fees: http://www.umuc.edu/index.shtml

    2. Walden University

    Operating since the 1970, Walden University is yet another respectable distance-delivered institution, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    They offer Masters Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A), Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.), Information Systems Management, Public Administration (M.P.A.), Public Health (M.P.H.), and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

    You can also do MS in following areas -

    • Clinical Research Administration

    • Forensic Psychology

    • Nonprofit Management and Leadership

    • Software Engineering

    • Systems Engineering

    • Education

    • Project Management

    • Mental Health Counseling

    • Health Informatics

    • Instructional Design and Technology

    • Leadership

    • Psychology

    Completion Requirements -

    • 51 quarter credit hours

    • Core courses (45 cr.)

    • Foundation course (1 cr.)

    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Estimated completion time: 18 months (varies as per individual capabilities)

    Fees vary from one course to another, but the average cost per quarter credit hour is about $380.

    Visit their official website for further details: http://www.waldenu.edu/

    3. Capella University

    Capella University is also an active member of North Central Association of distance education. They offer masters degree in areas of Psychology, Business, Information Technology, and Human Services.

    Currently there are over 23,000 students enrolled in their online distance masters program. Here’s an insight to their distance masters courses offered: http://drf.businessschools.com/Capella-University

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    Programs for distance masters in Finland are a great way to jump start your coursework, and should definitely be considered as an option.