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MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMME FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS

Master's degree programme on a part-time basis for people in employment.    

A Master's degree programme for working professionals is a part-time degree programme designed for people with a job.

The Master's degree programme for working professionals has been prescribed to four years and must be completed by no later than four-and-a-half years after commencement of studies. It runs for four years so you can work while you are studying.

You cannot receive an SU student grant for the programme, nor benefits from the Special Educational Support Team.

No fees are charged unless you come from a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland. 

AU offers the following Master's degree programmes for working professionals:

 

Admission requirements

The same academic admission requirements apply for a Master's degree programme for working professionals as for the full-time Master's degree programme. This means that, as a rule, you must have completed a relevant Bachelor's or professional Bachelor's degree programme or some other degree programme at an equivalent level. The current admission requirements for the Master's degree programme for working professionals are on the webpage for the degree programme (see above). 

As a rule, only your Bachelor's degree programme will be considered when you apply for admission. If you have passed other programmes or courses after completion of your Bachelor's degree, these will not be included in the assessment of whether your Bachelor's degree meets the admission requirements for a degree programme.

If you do not meet the admission requirements, in some cases you may be able to supplement your Bachelor's degree.     

Employment requirement

Relevant employment is required to be admitted to a Master's degree programme for working professionals. The applicant can meet this requirement in two ways:

  • Be employed by a public-sector or private employer with an agreement on relevant employment on the basis of a relevant Bachelor's degree or other relevant degree at the same level, corresponding to at least 25 hours per week on average (prescribed annual hours).
  • Be an entrepreneur with an academically relevant business with revenues and income-generating activities.

Read more about the requirements for documentation of your employment

Language requirements

If there is a requirement for documentation of language level in either Danish or English for the full-time Master’s degree programme, the same language requirements will apply to the Master's degree programme for working professionals.

Restricted admission

There is no guarantee of admission to the degree programme if there is restricted admission to the programme, even if you meet the admission requirements and the employment requirement. In this case, there will be academic selection criteria – the same selection criteria as for the full-time Master's degree programme.

Limitation on multiple degrees

The rules on limitation of multiple degrees also apply to Master's degree programmes for working professionals. As a rule, you cannot be admitted to a Master's degree programme for working professionals if you have already passed a state-funded Master's degree programme which is less than six years old.

However, this rule does not apply if you apply for admission on a programme which has already been designated to meet a particular labour-market need. At Aarhus University, this will include the following in 2017 and 2018:

  • Nursing Science – Master of Science in Nursing (Master's degree and Master's degree programme for working professionals)
  • Auditing – Master of Science in Business Economics and Auditing (Master's degree and Master's degree programme for working professionals)

In addition, there are exceptions and you can apply for dispensation to be admitted to a new degree programme:

  1. documented, health reasons that prevent you from using a previously completed degree in the labour market
  2. outdated post-secondary degree. Outdated means that the degree has not been used in the labour market for at least five years, or that the degree programme has been changed significantly, or that it no longer applies.

Conditional admission

 

If you do not have a contract of employment at the time of application, but expect to have one before commencement of studies, you can apply for conditional admission to a Master's degree programme for working professionals without restricted admission. In this event, you must also fill in and upload the Form on employment and entrepreneurial activities with the information available, and with an obligation to resubmit the form complete with your employment information by no later than 1 August. For a Master's degree programme for working professionals with restricted admission, the requirement for employment must be met by the application deadline.