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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.

Applicants Holding a Finnish Master's Degree in Economics

A student with a Finnish Master's degree in Economics may apply for admission to doctoral studies for the Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) degree.

If the major in the applicant's doctoral studies is other than the major in his or her Master's degree in Economics, he or she must have completed

  • at least 27 credits at intermediate level and
  • at least 18 credits at advanced level in the intended major

If a student at the time of application does not possess sufficient knowledge in the intended major, he or she may be required to supplement his or her studies. See information on the supplementary studies procedure below.
 

Applicants Holding a Finnish Master's Degree other than a Master's Degree in Economics

A student with a Master's degree may apply for admission to doctoral studies. The minimum requirement for studies towards the Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) degree is that the applicant must have completed the following:

  • 36 credits in business economics and
  • 6 credits in economics

In addition, the applicant must have completed

  • at least 27 credits at intermediate level and
  • at least 18 credits at advanced level in the intended major

If at the time of application a student does not satisfy the minimum requirements and/or does not possess sufficient knowledge in the intended major at the time of admission, he or she may be required to supplement his or her studies. See information on the supplementary studies procedure below.

An applicant who does not meet the requirements on studies in business economics and economics can be accepted as a student for the Doctor of Philosophy degree provided that the research area fits within a major offered at the university. The requirements above concerning the intended major apply.

 

Applicants Holding a non-Finnish Master's Degree

A student may apply for admission to doctoral studies if his or her Master's degree can be proved to be equivalent to a Finnish Master's degree comprising at least 120 credits. In addition, the applicant's previous studies in business economics and economics, as well as the prior requirements for the intended major, will be examined based on the following:

The minimum requirements for applicants for studies towards the Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) degree are that the applicant must have completed studies equivalent to

  • 36 credits in business economics and
  • 6 credits in economics

In addition, the applicant must have completed

  • at least 27 credits at intermediate level and
  • at least 18 credits at advanced level in the intended major

In addition, the Degree Supervisor may stipulate that other courses in the intended major must be completed before the applicant can be admitted as a doctoral student.

If at the time of application a student does not satisfy the minimum requirements in business economics or economics and/or does not possess sufficient knowledge in the intended major, he or she may be required to supplement his or her studies in order to be granted the right to study. See information on the supplementary studies procedure below.

An applicant who does not meet the requirements on studies in business economics and economics can be accepted as a student for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, provided that the research area fits within a major offered at the university. The requirements above concerning the intended major apply.

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 following deadlines set for that specific application round. If you are unable to submit your degree certificate and final transcript of records by these deadlines, you cannot apply in the respective application

Procedure for Required Supplementary Studies

If at the time of applying for doctoral studies, an applicant does not fulfil the minimum requirements in business economics and economics and/or does not possess sufficient knowledge in the intended major he or she may be admitted but is required to supplement his or her previous studies. The supplementary courses are to be completed by students in addition to the requirements for a doctoral degree. The supplementary courses must have been completed before the student can graduate, or in some cases within a certain time frame. Please note that this procedure is applied by the Rector only in exceptional cases.

The Degree Supervisor stipulates which courses, or what type of courses, should be completed. The applicant will be informed about the requirements in their admission letter. The Degree Supervisor determines whether the student should complete the supplementary studies before the doctoral studies commence or whether they can be completed concurrently.