M.Sc. Corporate Governance

Hanken School of Economics

Application deadline: 28 February
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2014, August  2015
Credits: 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 Masters 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 instructors 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

* International Corporate Governance

* Explaining Behaviour Using Economics *

Spring semester

* Corporate Finance

* Economics of Organisation and Information

* Economics of Strategy

* Drafting of a Research Plan

Year 2

Fall semester

* Corporate Governance of Family Firms *

* Applying Panel Data Methods to Problems in Corporate Governance *

* Corporate Governance - A Synthesis

* Research Seminar

* Master´s Thesis

Spring semester

* Research Seminar
* Master´s Thesis


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

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

English Language Requirements

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


Hanken International Master's Student Scholarship
Hanken offers a limited number of scholarships for international master's degree students. The scholarship amount is EUR 6000 per year for two years (EUR 12 000 in total). In order to be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant has to fulfill all of the following criteria:

* the applicant should have foreign (non-Finnish) citizenship
* the applicant's permanent residence should be outside Finland at the time of application
* the applicant's previous degree should be from a non-Finnish higher education institution (applicants currently studying at a Finnish higher education institution are not eligible for a scholarship)
* the applicant should move to Finland in order to study at Hanken
* the applicant should not be entiteld to student financial aid through the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA)

The scholarship application is submitted at the same time as the application for admission to the chosen Master's Degree Programme at Hanken. There will be a specific question regarding the scholarship on the application form and therefore no separate application is needed.

The scholarship is paid in four installments of EUR 1500 during the first year and in two installments of EUR 3000 during the second year. In order to recieve the first installment the student must have completed at least 6 credits after the first exam week. The second installment is paid if the student has completed at least 22 credits in total after the second exam week. The third installment is paid after the third exam week if the student has completed at least 36 credits in total and the fourth installment after the fourth exam week if the student has completed at least 52 credits in total.

The first installment of the second year is paid after the second exam week if the student has completed at least 78 credits in total. The final installment will be paid if the student has completed his or her master's degree by the first graduation day of the following academic year.

Scholarships are awarded in order of merit and the selection criteria are the same as for admission to the Master's Degree Programmes (academic performance, GMAT/GRE test score and motivation). Scholarship applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection at the same time as the admission results are released. Scholarship recipients will receive more detailed information with their admission package.

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