General Requirements

General Information on the Right to Study

General Information on the Right to Study

A research-based Master's degree with good grades from a recognised university constitutes the basis for admission to doctoral studies. The Master's degree has to include a comprehensive research based thesis. If you will graduate after the application deadline, please read the information on provisional documentation under Application Documents.

An applicant lacking a degree according to the above can, in exceptional cases, be admitted if she/he is considered to possess the knowledge and skills required to conduct successful doctoral studies. Bachelor-level university and polytechnic degrees, and qualifications obtained from non-university degree programmes such as MBA programmes are not considered sufficient as basis for admission.

A person who intends to apply for admission to enter doctoral studies must before submitting his or her application decide which subject he or she would like to take as a major.

Students who are accepted for studies for the degree of Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) (Sw. Ekonomie doktor) can complete a degree of Licentiate of Science (Economics and Business Administration) (Sw. Ekonomie licentiat). Students who are accepted for studies for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Sw. Filosofie doktor) cannot complete the Licentiate degree.

A student who has been accepted for studies for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy can complete supplementary studies concurrently with their doctoral studies in order to be able to apply for admission to the Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) degree. Admission is based on a written application, and the final decision is made by the Rector.

Sufficient study background 

In order to be admitted as a PhD student the student must have sufficient and relevant previous studies in the field or major to which they apply to. 

NOTE! Only courses that have been obtained and are visible on the transcript of records submitted with the application will be considered when evaluating the applicant's educational background. Hanken does not evaluate the relevance of the applicant's educational background in advance. The evaluation is only done during the processing of the applications with the application and enclosures at hand.

What if I Graduate After the Application Deadline?

If you will graduate after the application deadline, you can apply for admission by enclosing provisional documentation according to the instructions. When you have graduated you should supplement your application with your degree certificate and the final transcript of records so that the supplementary documents reach Hanken School of Economics by the deadlines set for that specific application round. If you are unable to submit your degree certificate and final transcript of records by the deadline, you cannot apply in the respective application round.