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Hanken School of Economics,  one of the oldest business schools in the Nordic countries, was established more than one hundred years ago. Today, Hanken is the only stand-alone business school in Finland. The strategy of Hanken includes profiling the School as a genuinely international and research-oriented business school with close ties to the corporate world.

Hanken offers academic programmes on all levels (BSc, MSc and PhD) at two locations, in Helsinki and Vaasa. The domestically popular undergraduate programme requires fluency in Swedish. The postgraduate programmes are offered with instruction in English.

Hanken also offers an internationally accredited Executive MBA programme (EMBA). The EMBA programme consists of two years of part-time modules that help professionals strengthen strategic decision-making and leadership skills. The language of instruction is English.

All students receive personal guidance and the faculty is easily approachable. Student groups are diverse: a mix of domestic students, international degree students and exchange students come together in the classrooms.

Hanken School of Economics takes pride in being at the forefront of research in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Organisation, and Marketing.

Hanken holds all three of the most prestigious international accreditations, EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA . Only 1% of all business schools in the world have obtained all three accreditations.

All students at Hanken School of Economics are members of the Student Union. The Student Union of Hanken School of Economics, SHS, was founded in 1909. During the years the union has carried a great variety of names and been engaged in many different fields of activity. SHS received its current status as a veritable students’ union in 1975, in the process of a university reform. The union is today an independent public juridical entity, regulated by the decree on students’ unions.

The Student Union has student representatives in most organs at Hanken. The task of the representatives is to ensure that the student voice is heard in decision-making concerning the students. The majority of the representatives are appointed by the Board of the Student Union, with exceptions for the representatives in the University Council, the Board of Hanken and the Vaasa Campus Committee. Read more about the student representatives here.

The daily life of students at Hanken can be followed on Hanken Nordic Brillance Blog.

Master's programme application

Master's programme application is from mid - November to mid-January each year.

Note that you can only apply to one English Master's degree programme specialisation at Hanken each year.

The complete admissions requirements are available in Hanken's application portal.

PhD Programme

Application period for the PhD programme takes place once a year. Please check more information on our webpage.

Career services  offer a wide range of services aimed to improve your skills for working life and job search. Career Services is a direct link between students and potential future employees.

Our alumni are sought after on the labour market, which is a strong testament to the quality of education we offer. 99 % of our alumni have a job within 6 months of graduation.

Top 10 employers: EY, KPMG, Nordea, Wärtsilä, Aktia bank, PwC, Ålandsbanken, Danske Bank, Zalando, Greenstep

We support you and your career from the beginning. Our Career Services offer you great opportunities to make the most of your studies both within and outside of the classroom.

High performing international students are offered to participate in the Hanken International Talent that gives a unique access to Finnish companies that seek to strengthen their competitive edge through internationalisation.

English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
Find your nearest test centre and test dates.

Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.

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