M.Sc. Corporate Governance

Hanken School of Economics

Application deadline: 13 February 2015
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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To create and enforce proper corporate governance mechanisms in today's business world there is a need for people with a new type of training. What is required is a thorough background in diverse areas of business economics combined with a genuinely international, multicultural perspective on the problems involved. The Master’s Programme in Corporate Governance at Hanken provides this type of training in the dynamic city of Helsinki.

Global need for better governance

Corporate governance systems are presently under close scrutiny around the globe. A number of recent cases where the governance system has failed have triggered an intensive search for rules and institutions that could prevent similar failures from occurring in the future. Since these rules must be applicable to firms with a global reach the proposals have to be internationally acceptable, and enforceable.

Corporate governance as a field of study is interdisciplinary by nature. All areas of business economics are, at least to some extent, involved. A successful corporate governance system should successfully channel aspirations of experts in these different fields within the organization to the benefit of the organization as a whole.

The masters programme in corporate governance at Hanken is using well known professors from different areas of Business Economics as teachers and to provide individual advise to each programme participant. The programme consists of 90 ECTS credits of compulsory corporate governance studies in different fields of business economics, and a total of 30 ECTS of elective courses from Hanken´s versatile curriculum. These freely selectable courses can be used to further strengthen the student´s all-round knowledge of business economics in areas of specific relevance for corporate governance or e.g. to improve the student's communication skills in some of Europe's major languages.


The schematic outline below covers the compulsory courses in the program. 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).

The name of person in charge of the course, the “instructor”, is available on the course home page. Questions or queries concerning any course can be e-mailed to the instructor, or be discussed in person during the instructor’s office hour.

Students are advised to check the course web pages on a regular basis to find out about schedule changes, assignments, and other useful information concerning the course.

Outline of the programme

Year 1

Fall Semester
  • Introduction to Corporate Governance
  • Methods in Empirical Research
  • Corporate Governance, Strategic Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • The Corporation and its Employees *
  • History of Financial Crisis - Implications for the Future *
Spring Semester
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Economics of Organisation and Information
  • Economiccs of Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Drafting of a Research Plan
  • Cross-Border Corporate Transactions: Legal Framework *

Year 2

Fall semester

  • Corporate Governance - A Synthesis
  • Research Seminar
  • Master´s Thesis
  • Corporate Governance of Family Firms *
  • *) Elective courses

Spring semester

  • Research Seminar
  • Master´s Thesis
  • Applying Panel Data Methods to Problems in Corporate Gobvernance *


The basic admissions requirements for applying to a Master's Degree Programme at Hanken are:

  • A completed Bachelor's degree and a sufficient background in economic sciences
  • A GMAT or GRE admissions test score (optional for applicants to the Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law)
  • English proficiency

All applicants also need to submit the required enclosures and follow the application process in order for their application to be processed.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


Funding your studies

Since university education in Finland is funded by the State through the Ministry of Education and Culture, students enrolled in a regular degree programme at Hanken pay no tuition fees. The students must however pay an annual student union membership fee of approximately EUR 100.

Applicants must ensure that they have adequate funds to support themselves financially throughout their entire period of study in Finland. International students who cannot show proof of sufficient funds for living expenses during their period of study in Finland will not obtain a residence permit.

Full-time foreign degree students can work up to twenty hours a week during the academic year and full time during vacation periods. The right to work is unrestricted for EU-citizens. However, it might prove very difficult to find a suitable job and the unemployment figures in Finland are quite high. Most employers also demand knowledge of Finnish and/or Swedish. Accepted students should therefore not plan to obtain part-time work, scholarships, fellowships or other financial assistance upon arrival in Finland.

At the moment Hanken School of Economics does not offer any study scholarships for students.

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