Master's Degree Structure and Learning Goals

You can include more than 120 credits in your Master's Degree. The master's degree can include a maximum of 60 transferred credits.

The transferred credits can be degree studies at another university, studies within a higher polyctechnic degree or language studies at a polytechnic (university of applied sciences). You cannot, however, transfer credits from the degree/degrees based on which you have been admitted to Hanken.

Based on Hanken's mission and degree regulations learning goals have been formulated that describe the knowledge you as a student can obtain with our education. Thereafter, measurable learning objectives have been developed so that we can see how well you achieve the learning goals. There are separate learning goals for the Bachelor’s Programme, Master’s Programme, Hanken Executive MBA Programme and the Hanken PhD Programme.

Each programme has four learning goals that are based on the following general knowledge and competence areas:

  1. Knowledge in economic sciences and/or the subject area in question.
  2. Academic skills (analytical thinking, methodology, information literacy).
  3. Communication skills (linguistic and communication competence, leadership and other skills).
  4. Skills for working responsibly and in an international environment.

Below you can find the learning goals for our Master's Programme:

MSc Programme

More information about Hanken’s Assurance of Learning (AoL) process and the assessment rubrics can be found here.

A Master of Science degree must comprise at least 60 credits advanced level studies in the major subject, including a master's thesis (30 credits), research seminar course (12 credits) and research methods course/s (at least 8 credits).

The mandatory advanced level courses are listed in the study plans.

The programme specific studies are courses that the major subject or the Master's Degree Programme has decided that should be included in the study plan. The programme specific courses comprise 30 credits, and can be for example further advanced level courses in the major subject or other courses at Hanken. The programme specific studies are listed in the study plans.

Within the advanced level studies in your major subject you shall write a Master's Thesis of 30 credits. After you have completed your thesis you shall write a maturity test in English, which is an exam written at Hanken about your thesis subject to show that you are well acquainted with your thesis subject. If you have completed your secondary education in Finland you may in some cases also need to write another maturity test in Finnish or Swedish. Read more under Maturity test.

The Master's Thesis is graded by the Academic council based on the statement of two evaluators.

A minimum of 5 credits of language studies must be included in the Master's Degree. They can be in any language and at any level completed at Hanken or at another university or Polytechnic. You can also combine studies in several languages to a total of at least 5 credits.

Some Master's Degree Programmes may recommend specific language studies (see the study plan for the programme).


In addition to the studies in your major subject or programme (advanced level studies and programme specific studies) and the language studies you usually need elective studies in order to receive a total of at least 120 credits. The elective studies can be any studies at university level in any subject, i.e. any courses completed at Hanken or at another university. However, note that studies that were included in your lower university degree cannot be included in your Master's degree at Hanken. 

If you have at least 25 credit in another subject than your major, it will form a study entity that will be written out on your degree certificate.