Estonia’s e-government and the country’s other innovative e-solutions have grown into one of Europe’s success stories of the last decade. TalTech has taken a leap into the future of e-Governance education. Largely focusing on IT solutions at governmental level, its interoperability between different faculties in the university is giving fundamental background also in other aspects (law, public management and economics) of government. The programme is especially important due to the fact that it is unique in Estonia and in Europe and the demand for the specialist with broad knowledge in e-governance is increasing tremendously.
Degree: Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
Duration: 2 years
Faculty: School of Information Technologies
Study Load: 120 ECTS (view curriculum)
Mode of Study: Full-time study
Students for TalTech international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. Online interview will be conducted only to candidates who have passed preliminary evaluation. The maximum score for the motivation letter and for the online interview is 20 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 10 points is admitted.
Programme Specific Requirements
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in IT, ICT, Economics, Public Management, Law, Marketing, Business Administration, International Relations.
In order to qualify for the studies in Tallinn University of Technology, an applicant has to have at least 60% of the highest possible CGPA.
Please include the following:
- clearly defined perspectives and motivation for developing the information society and e-governance era;
- logical, analytical and comprehensive description of e-governance based on the country candidate chooses to take as an example;
- previous experiences in the field, practical work experience in public sector or with the technical solutions used in public sector;
- proposals for future master's thesis topic in the field of e-governance technologies and/or services;
- grammatically correct and fluent English.
NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Neglecting the rules of referencing and citation is considered plagiarism and will result in the disqualification of your application.
Positive scale: 5-10 points
Candidate needs to attach a CV (Europass Format, in English) that is clearly stating previous educational and professional background, participation in trainings and publication list if any.
The division of points:
- It is possible to receive up to 2 point for each aspect. The maximum amount of points for the entire Letter of Motivation is 10, while the positive range is 5-10 points
- 0 points will be given for the failure to send the Letter of Motivation and Curriculum Vitae.
In order to be invited to the interview, candidate should get at least 5 points for the motivation letter.
During the interview the following aspects will be evaluated:
communication and presentation skills;
level of e-governance awareness;
motivation to complete selected study programme as well as to contribute to the field by applying the acquired knowledge in future career;
analytical thinking and argumentation skills;
ability to work on concrete projects both in a team and individually.
Duration of the interview is approximately 10 minutes.
Positive scale: 5-10 points
The programme gives students broad knowledge on developing a modern state, its transition to e-governance and paperless management. Studies include a wide overview of administrative and legal aspects of e-governance.
What you can expect from this Master's programme:
Access to world-class know-how
Hands-on collaboration with practitioners in the field
Why this programme?
The programme focuses on designing, developing and improving governmental systems and implementing e-government components on every state level
Specialisation in IT, innovation/services in public and private sectors or adoption and marketing of e-governance
User-oriented services offered by government that are based on ICT
Offers experience in the field, practical research and project work already during studies
Curriculum is closely related to “e-state technologies laboratory” offering students a possibility to do research in e-governance field as well as take part in new development projects
CURRICULUM OUTLINE (120 ECTS)
- General studies - cover information society principles: towards e-Governance, legal framework of e-governance, introduction to IT and eGov technologies, software process and quality, etc.
- Core studies - include such courses as special seminar on e-Governance technologies, e-Governance technologies and services master's project, enterprise architecture and BPM, introduction to development in cloud, etc.
- Special studies - consist of courses about foundations of cyber security, public sector service design and implementation, information management and digital archiving, impact and measurement of e-Governance, entrepreneurship project, etc.
- Free choice courses - students can choose from the wide variety of courses offered at the university.
- Graduation thesis - a practical written project with a strong theoretical background focused on e-Governance and ICT.
The curriculum will help to prepare managers and specialists responsible for the development of e-Governance, who are able to comprehend the business processes and the management of public administration; and are familiar with the information systems and software development.
Giving students a broad knowledge about the transition to e-governance, its management and development, helps graduates to work as a public sector high-level officials whilst leading eGov projects by having also a wider overview of administrative and legal aspects of e- governance.
Master’s degree holders have the opportunity to continue their studies in the PhD programme.
Studying at TalTech gives students the opportunity to learn about the Estonian e- governance infrastructure from a legal, technological, social, and organizational perspective. Students are able to see first-hand how Estonians use e-solutions everyday. The practical experience is vital for understanding the implementation of sustainable e- governance
Crystal from USA
Study of IT can sometimes be very restrictive with lacking cross-discipline views, but in TalTech’s e-Gov programme, a very comprehensive knowledge could be gained through the perspective of people who have had actually been part of the Estonian e-Governance revolution
Shobhit from Nepal
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