Master's studies in General Management

Learn more about studing General Management at Hanken in Vaasa.
As a student of General Management you will take your management skills to the next level, whether your background is in business, engineering, or law. You will build a sound basis in the essentials of business and management, while also taking things one step further: we encourage you to combine theories and conceptual tools in innovative ways across the borders of traditional disciplines in order to develop your managerial skills and acquire a broad experience in business.

Facts about the degree

  • 120 credits, 2 years of full-time study
  • Language: English
  • Next application round opens: 1 November 2019
  • Degree: MSc in Economics and Business Administration
  • Location: Vaasa
The general outline of the degree is a foundation of common courses during the first year, whereas the second year is made up of a track in the chosen specialisation.

The specialisation offers three tracks. You can choose between:

  • Accounting and Commercial Law
  • Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship or
  • Finance

Our specialisation is the latest addition to the Master's Degree Programme at Hanken, developed as an answer to the demand from the industrial sector. We benefit from our close ties to industry, especially the growing energy cluster in the Vaasa region. In general terms, the major will

  • improve your career prospects with a focus on management
  • provide in-depth education for managers with a broad business experience
  • further your ability to conduct and make use of research

Courses and outline of studies


Compulsory courses

  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Commercial Contract Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Managing Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Service Innovation
  • Brand Management
  • Language course(s) or Academic Writing (6 ECTS)
  • Research Methods (not for Finance track students)


Compulsory courses

  • Seminar (12 ECTS)
  • Research methods (for Finance track students)
  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS) in the major subject

YEAR 1 or 2

Track specific courses (24 ECTS)


  • Accounting and Commercial Law, choose from the following:
    • Advanced Management Accounting
    • International Accounting
    • ERP Systems
    • Corporate Governance and Innovation
    • Law of Corporate Finance
    • Literature Course in Commercial Law
    • Electricity Trade Law
  • Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship, choose from the following:
    • Strategic International Management
    • Knowledge Management
    • Leadership
    • Customer Value and Learning
    • Marketing the High-Tech
    • Literature Course in Marketing
  • Finance, choose from the following:
    • Portfolio Management
    • Advanced Topics in Financial Economics
    • Corporate Governance
    • Quantitative Financial Economics
    • Financial Modelling Using MS Excel and VBA

Future Career Opportunities

78 % of Hanken students have a job prior to graduation. A percentage as large as 95 % of the graduating class 2016, had a job 3 months after graduation. For more information concerning career opportunities visit Career Services at Hanken and explore career profiles.

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