Master of Science

The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) – a new Russian graduate research university founded in partnership with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Our combination of fundamental science with entrepreneurship and innovation, globally renowned faculty, close integration to industry gives you the opportunity to get world-class higher education and gain the broad career and business prospects.
Modes and duration:
2 years (full-time)
Application deadline:
June 16, 2018
Tuition fees:
no tuition fee for the applicants who pass the selection process
What makes Skoltech stand apart from other universities
is its extraordinary environment that will make your MSc studies
a major life milestone:
Lectures and practical classes are given by world-renowned experts. Students can refine and focus their own specific path, by choosing from a variety of courses
Science is firmly integrated into the education process: each student conducts his/her own research projects
Real-life experience
We provide industrial immersion summer projects: 8-week projects at leading industrial companies, where students turn their knowledge and skills into action
We supplement your academic training with courses that provide the skills and knowledge to commercialize ideas
and research findings
Mobility: over a third of our students participate in various academic mobility programs working as trainees or researchers at such leading universities as MIT, Harvard University, National University of Singapore, University of Calgary and many others
Global environment: the student body is from 40+ countries, together with professors and researchers from internationally renowned labs and universities. The working language (and instruction) at Skoltech is English
Life: once enrolled, you will get a chance to attend major international conferences, participate in science and student competitions, and work on your own projects and initiatives outside of the curriculum
Student package: Skoltech students are entitled to a monthly scholarship starting from 40,000 RUR (around 550 EUR) and health insurance
In 2018 you can enroll in one of the following 10 MSc programs:
You will benefit from the attention of leading employers to Skoltech alumni, as you will have a chance to do internships with our numerous industrial partners:
If you are eager to launch a business in a high-tech industry, we will prepare you.
Startups that were created at Skoltech already have shown numerous achievements.
These are some of them:
Easy ten is a mobile app that helps you learn English literally as you go. The startup raised funding in the amount of $450,000.
ImageAiry is the first marketplace for space and aerial photography services. It makes accessing these services easy. The project raised seed funding in the amount of $40,000 and is successfully developing.
Tsuru Robotics is a startup that designs all-purpose air drones. The team also has a huge library of ready solutions. Tsuru Robotics became one of five finalists of GenerationS accelerator and got a special award from Huawei.
Lexy is a robotic personal assistant and advisor. Lexy understands human speech, executes commands and manages home appliances. In addition, it has emotions and even mood. The project won at the Imagine Cup 2015 international competition hosted by Microsoft and it is continually developing.
Entering Skoltech was the best choice I have ever made. Research opportunities are truly endless here, and every professor is happy to help you. The most important thing is that you can choose any subject regardless of your programme.
Kirill Kalinin
I entered Skoltech because I wanted to lay down a challenge for myself - and here I am, on the other side of the planet, in an unfamiliar country and culture. I still can't believe that I wake up every morning in Moscow and visit one of the most promising universities in the world.
Brandan Willcocks
It is important to be able to cross between disciplines in order to become a high-demand professional. Here at Skoltech, I sometimes forget that I am an IT student. People around me are involved in such different projects that it is impossible to stay away from allied sciences.
Helena Nadj
The most unbelievable engineering ideas, even the most insane ones, can be implemented here at Skoltech. The scope of research and the amount of business experience that you will get here is really huge. I didn't even dare to imagine that one could find all these things in one place. As you can see, it is possible indeed.
Aliya Khairullina
Applications are accepted till June 16, 2018 inclusive.
The admission and enrolment process includes several steps:
Prepare all documents and submit your application by filling in the form on Skoltech's web site
Online selection
Take a profile online test. The test will take 2-3 hours of your time.
Final selection
The final round takes place in Moscow. You have to pass TOEFL ITP exam on site or present a valid TOEFL certificate, and pass an interview. Extra written examinations are possible on some programs within the same selection weekend
Based on the results of each applicant's overall performance, we will make a list of students to be enrolled free of charge
Frequently asked questions about education at Skoltech:
How much does studying at Skoltech cost?
The applicants who have successfully passed the admission process and are enrolled at Skoltech do not pay for their studies. The cost is fully covered by the university; for students, education is free of charge.
What kind of degree shall I get when I graduate from Skoltech?
Skoltech is a non-state university. Nevertheless, Skoltech has a state licence to carry out educational activities and a state accreditation certificate for educational programmes. After completion of the educational programme and master's thesis defence, our alumni get two diplomas. The first one is a state-recognized diploma (diploma certifying the education and master's qualification). The second one is a Skoltech diploma (master of science degree) with a European diploma supplement.
Do Skoltech students get a draft exemption?
Since Skoltech has a state accreditation certificate for educational programmes, yes, they do.
Can I apply for a master's programme at Skoltech if I already have a master's degree?
Yes, you can.
Where is Skoltech located?
The educational process takes place in Skoltech's own building on the grounds of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre. Address: 3, Nobel street, Skolkovo, Russian Federation. Our modern laboratories and a unique student workshop are located here as well. Skoltech will soon move to a new modern campus, which is now in the final stage of construction. The new campus is also located at Skolkovo Innovation Centre.
Who can I ask additional questions about admission to Skoltech?
You can send an email to or call +7 (495) 280-14-81. You can also visit us at the mentioned address, but the date and time of the visit should be confirmed prior to the visit.
Now that you know everything about
education at Skoltech,
you can proceed to the application
Click on the button below to fill in the application form. Applications are accepted till June16, 2018 inclusive