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What happens after you have applied?

Have you applied to a master's programme at SEDU in 2024? That's great! When the application period closes, the admissions process begins. More about the admissions process below:

The admission process consists of several steps. Read your email regularly so you don't miss important information.

What happens now?

February 1 was the last date to upload additional documents required for your application.

Note that for some Master programmes there are extended deadlines:

The Master programmes Politics, Security and Crisis and War and defence have a thesis as a main assessment criteria. For those in their final semester, the deadline to upload the thesis is February 14, 2024. Please note that the thesis must have obtained an official grade and that this grade must be clearly visible in your application. If your bachelor degree did not include a thesis, there are other options. Please see the checklist on the relevant programme page.

For the Master's programme Innovation, Defence and Security, there is a extended deadline for the mathematics criteria, please see the checklist on the relevant programme page.

Application fee deadline was February 1st 2024

Paying your tuition fee

NB! Once you have received an offer of admission an invoice will be sent to your email address. Please do not pay the tuition fee before you receive your invoice. Your invoice comes with a reference number, that must be stated in your payment. We can not accept any payments without an invoice reference number.

Application and tuition fees

Check your University Admissions account

We can not answer questions about the status of your application until all applications have been assessed. Make sure to check your University Admissions account regularly in case you receive any messages regarding your application. Regardless of when you have submitted your application, your admission result is posted on on March 21st.

The admissions process

The Swedish admissions process is designed to create equal opportunity for all applicants. The process is described fully on the University Admissions website, University admissions - Apply to master´s but let us summarise:

  1. Your application is assessed for each of the programmes you applied to. If you meet the general and programme specific requirements, you compete for a place in the programme(s). Your eligibility is assessed by University Admissions and programme representatives.
  2. If eligible, your merit is rated. The higher the merit rating, the better chance you have of being awarded a place. Your merit rate is evaluated based on the selection criteria determined for your programme and decided by programme representatives at the SEDU. The selection criteria for each programme is described on the programme page.
  3. After the merit rating, all eligible applicants are ranked based on their merit, and the applicants with the highest merit ratings are awarded a place in the programme. If you have applied to multiple programmes, you will first compete for a place in the programme you ranked the highest in your application. If you do not obtain a place in that programme, you are considered for your second programme, and so on. You can be offered a place in one programme only.
  4. When we have awarded the places, we will publish the admissions result on your account at It is available on 21 March. There are different statuses that your application can receive in the admissions results.

Admissions result status


Congratulations! You have been offered a place in the programme, and we will contact you soon.

Note: Shortly after the admissions results have been published on, you will receive a welcome letter from the Swedish Defence University with instructions on how to accept your seat. Please note that you must accept (or decline) your seat. Do keep a look-out in your mailbox!

Conditionally admitted

Congratulations! You have been offered a place in the programme, but there are some steps you need to finalise before being officially admitted. You may need to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee if you are a fee-paying student. You may also be in your final year of your bachelor's studies and therefore required to present a degree certificate and final transcripts after arriving at KTH. All details on what you need to do are provided on your University Admissions account.

Note: Keep a look- out in your mailbox for a Welcome Letter with further instructions!

Waiting list (reserve)

You have not been admitted but placed on a waiting list. In some rare cases those on the waiting list can be offered a seat. If you are not offered a seat, you are welcome to apply again next year.

Deleted or not processed

You will receive the status deleted if you did not meet the entry requirements (for example due to missing documents, verification difficulties or insufficient knowledge of English) or if you are offered a place in a programme you ranked higher in your application. You will receive the status not processed if your application was late and therefore not processed.


If you have questions about the admission process, please email

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