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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. Our strategy includes profiling the School as a genuinely international and research-intensive business school with close ties to the corporate world. We offer academic programmes on all levels (BSc, MSc and PhD) at two locations, in Helsinki and Vaasa.


Research at Hanken is carried out within all departments, with a special focus on four selected areas of strength. Many of our researchers are at the absolute forefront of their field. Our cooperation with the corporate world is reflected in joint research projects, in active interaction through our partner programme as well as the generous support we receive in our fundraising.

Hanken is the first university in Finland to introduce a mandatory period abroad as an integrated part of the curriculum. The students are thus offered a unique opportunity to create their own international networks for life through an exchange or internship period abroad. These lifelong networks are created both internationally and at Hanken. They permeate the studies and play an important role in the excellent placement of our alumni on the international job market. Through our alumni network and activities we also make sure that the network built while at Hanken and the ties to the School are maintained and broadened after graduation.

As a business school, Hanken has a solid foundation with international recognition reflected in our international accreditation, a sound financial basis, and  valuable national and international networks that support our international top research and competitive education programmes. We value our academic and corporate partners and we make sure that researchers and students at Hanken get a first- class education while building meaningful professional and personal networks.


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 only 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 twice a year - in September and in January.






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.

Median salary within 6 months of graduation: 3200 euro
Median salary five years after graduation: 4700 euro

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

We support you and your career from the beginning. The Career Management programme built by our Career Services is a great opportunity 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.




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English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.

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