M.Sc. Corporate Governance

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR12500 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Helsinki, Finland
Proper understanding of Corporate Governance requires a thorough background in business economics combined with a genuinely international, multicultural perspective on the problems involved. Hanken offers a rich and absorbing MSc in Corporate Governance. This programme is offered by Hanken School of Economics.
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In today’s rapidly changing world, businesses are increasingly subject to disruptive shifts. Businesses that do not keep reinventing themselves by the minute become obsolete in no time. So, difficult choices must frequently be made. Stakeholder value addition or destruction are consequences of such choices.

Organisations with robust corporate governance mechanisms create value for all stakeholders. Knowing the interplay between market forces and stakeholder expectations is crucial to implementing good corporate governance. There is a huge demand in the business world for experts who can develop and deploy good governance mechanisms in real time.

Our Master’s Programme in Corporate Governance is designed for students that thrive in a multi-cultural and international environment. As a student, you can look forward to two years of stimulating on- and off-campus learning experiences.

Upon graduation you will
  • have a solid foundation for your governance expertise
  • know the nuances of various governance models like the ones practiced in the US/UK, continental Europe or in the Nordic countries
  • have developed a knack for identifying real-life governance issues and finding ways of addressing them.
This Corporate Governance programme is offered by Hanken School of Economics.
Future Career Opportunities
70 % of students at Hanken have a job already before graduating. In 2014 as many as 98 % of the students had a job 3 months after graduation.
Why Choose Hanken?
Hanken offers
  • A hundred years of experience in business and management education.
  • An international atmosphere. The percentage of international students is higher than at any other Finnish science-based university.
  • Excellent opportunities for exchange studies at one of Hanken's 100 partner universities. All students that go on exchange to a partner university get a scholarship.
  • An intimate environment where academic excellence, innovative teaching methods and corporate input meet.
  • Supervision and individual service. At Hanken both academic and administrative staff take the time to give you personal guidance.
  • A widely recognised degree offering excellent career prospects. Hanken alumni work in leading positions in more than 60 countries worldwide.
  • A platform for building both professional and personal networks that last a lifetime.
  • A degree from an institution internationally accredited by both EQUIS and AMBA.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • EUR12500 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • Free ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Non-EU/EEA students admitted in 2017 to master's programmes in English are required to pay tuition at all universities in Finland. There are certain exemptions:

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • are family members of an EU/EEA citizen (spouse / child)
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens, continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type)

For EU citizens all university education is free of charge. All students regarldess of nationality are, however, obliged to pay an annual student union membership fee of approximately EUR 120.

The fee for non-EU/EEA students at Hanken has been set at 12500 EUR/year.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The schematic outline below covers the compulsory courses in the program, and offered CG related elective ones. In addition to these courses, students have to take a total of 30 ECTS elective courses. This includes 6 ECTS that must be studies in some language. We strongly recommend the Corporate Governance students to take the course Academic Writing.

Year 1

Autumn semester

Compulsory courses

  • Introduction to Corporate Governance
  • Methods in Empirical Research
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance, Strategic Management

Elective courses

  • History of Financial Crisis - Implications for the Future
  • The Corporation and its Employees

Spring semester

Compulsory courses

  • Economics of Organisation and Information
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Corporate Finance

Elective courses

  • Cross-Border Corporate Transactions: Legal Framework
  • Corporate Governance of Family Firms
Year 2

Autumn semester

Compulsory courses

  • Corporate Governance - A Synthesis
  • Research Seminar
  • Master's Thesis

Spring semester

Compulsory courses

  • Research Seminar
  • Master's Thesis

Elective courses

  • Applying Panel Data Methods to Problems in Corporate Governance

English Language Requirements

Graduate Admission Tests

This programme accepts GMAT
Minimum score: 550

The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardised exam, delivered in English, used in admissions for thousands of business masters programmes globally. By taking this test you can show your suitability for this programme. The GMAT exam has been shown to be a valid predictor of academic performance in MBA and other business masters programmes.

More information


  • Bachelor/Master's degree from a recongnised University or Polytechnic
  • Sufficient language skills
  • GMAT/GRE admission test score
  • Sufficient study background for the programme: At least 60 ECTS in economic sciences and/or in mathematics and quantitative methods of which at leas 30 ECTS must be in subjects relevant for the programme
  • Motivation letter
  • CV required

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