M.Sc. Corporate Governance

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • Free (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.



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.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • Free ( 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.

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 (2 ECTS)
  • Methods in Empirical Research (4 ECTS)
  • International Corporate Governance (8 ECTS)
  • Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance (6 ECTS)
  • Corporate Governance, Strategic Management (6 ECTS)

Elective courses

  • History of Financial Crisis - Implications for the Future (3 ECTS)
  • The Corporation and its Employees (6-8 ECTS)

Spring semester

Compulsory courses

  • Economics of Organisation and Information (6 ECTS)
  • Economics of Strategy (6 ECTS)
  • Corporate Finance (8 ECTS)

Elective courses

  • Cross-Border Corporate Transactions: Legal Framework (8 ECTS)
  • Corporate Governance of Family Firms (2 ECTS)
Year 2

Autumn semester

Compulsory courses

  • Corporate Governance - A Synthesis (6 ECTS)
  • Research Seminar (12 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Spring semester

Compulsory courses

  • Research Seminar (12 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Elective courses

  • Applying Panel Data Methods to Problems in Corporate Governance (2 ECTS)

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


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.

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Finland when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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