Degree Certificate

Instructions for the application of degree certificate and information about the degree ceremony.

Once you have completed all your courses and submitted your master’s thesis or your doctoral thesis has been approved by the academic council, you can apply for your degree certificate. 

The Degree Certificate

When you graduate, you will receive the degree certificate and a transcript of records as well as a Diploma Supplement in English that provides a description of your degree and the Finnish higher education system. Both the degree certificate, incl. transcript of records, and the diploma supplement are free of charge. Once you have submitted your thesis and completed all the courses, you can apply for your degree certificate and graduate. The electionic form for application for degree certificate is found further down this page.

Please note that we do not send the original degree certificates by mail.

Diploma Supplement

All graduating students automatically receive a Diploma Supplement free of charge. The Diploma Supplement is a document for international use and follows the model developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. It provides a description of the degree in question and how the degree is positioned within the Finnish higher education system. The Diploma Supplement also contains an English-language transcript of records.

Once you have completed all your courses and submitted your master’s thesis, you can apply for your degree certificate. To apply for your degree certificate please follow the instructions below. Please note that you can not cancel your application for a degree certificate.

The graduation process, once you have submitted your thesis:

  1. You can apply for the degree certificate before your thesis has been approved if all other courses have been registered and you have written or scheduled a date for the maturity test. You should check that your studies are correctly placed in your study plan in Sisu.
  2. Log in to Sisu and check that your current address and telephone number are correct to ensure that the Office of Study Affairs can contact you if there is something that still needs to be done before your graduation.
  3. If you have a student key to Hanken, return it to IB Bookstore in Helsinki or the administration in Vaasa. You can also return the key by sending it in an envelope with your name and student number to the library. If there is a pawn to be payed, the library will contact you upon receiving your key.
  4. If you study in Helsinki, make sure you have no unpaid fees to Hanken's library, please check Hanna.
  5. Fill in the electronic Application for Master's Degree Certificate. Please note that you will receive a confirmation email when you have submitted your application. Please check that you received the confirmation email (also check your trash/spam folder) to make sure that your application has been received. 
  6. Please fill in the Electronic Questionnaire for recent M.Sc. graduates after submitting your application for Degree Certificate. You will be automatically taken to the Questionnaire.
  7. In addition to this, finalize your application by applying for graduation in Sisu according to these instructions - and we encourage you to also visit one of our drop in workshops in order to check that your study plan in Sisu is okay, please see the timetable page for dates. 
  8.  If you wish to graduate before/on a certain day you have to submit your electronic Application for Degree Certificate within the deadline for one of the official graduation days.
  9. You will receive an invitation to the Graduation Ceremony / information about the Graduation Day five days before your graduation to the e-mail address you fill in in the application form. Please contact studycounsellor-hki@hanken.fi or studycounsellor-vaasa@hanken.fi if you have not received such an e-mail three days before the graduation date.
  10. Your right to study will be terminated on the day of your graduation. Your user rights to Hanken’s web services and your e-mail will also be terminated the day after your graduation.

Once you have completed all your courses and your doctoral thesis has been approved by the academic council, you can apply for your degree certificate. To apply for your degree certificate please follow the instructions below. Please note that you can not cancel your application for a degree certificate.

The graduation process, once you have submitted your thesis:

  1. You can apply for the degree certificate before your thesis has been approved if all other courses have been registered. Please check that all the courses for your degree are visible on the official transcript of records (with exception of the doctoral thesis).
  2. Log in to Sisu and check that your current address and telephone number are correct to ensure that the Office of Study Affairs can contact you if there is something that still needs to be done before your graduation.
  3. If you have a student key to Hanken, return it to IB Bookstore in Helsinki or the administration in Vaasa. You can also return the key by sending it in an envelope with your name and student number to the library. If there is a pawn to be payed, the library will contact you upon receiving your key.
  4. If you study in Helsinki, make sure you have no unpaid fees to Hanken's library, by logging into Hanna.
  5. Fill in the electronic Application for Doctoral Degree Certificate. Please note that you will receive a confirmation email when you have submitted your application. Please check that you received the confirmation email (also check your trash/spam folder) to make sure that your application has been received.
  6. In addition to this, finalize your application by applying for graduation in Sisu according to the instructions on the Sisu instructions page.
  7.  If you wish to graduate before/on a certain day you have to submit your electronic Application for Degree Certificate within the deadline for one of the official graduation days.
  8. You will receive an invitation to the Graduation Ceremony / information about the Graduation Day five days before your graduation to the e-mail address you fill in in the application form. Please contact studycounsellor-hki@hanken.fi or studycounsellor-vaasa@hanken.fi if you have not received such an e-mail three days before the graduation date.
  9. Your right to study will be terminated on the day of your graduation. Your user rights to Hanken’s web services and your e-mail will also be terminated the day after your graduation unless you are employed by Hanken.

There is a graduation ceremony on certain graduation days, where the Rector or the Dean hands out the degree certificates. For information on which graduation dates have a graduation ceremony, please see the timetable page.