The Application Process

The application process for the Hanken PhD Programme is described below.

Step 1 Applying to the Hanken PhD Programme:
Please read the instructions carefully and ascertain that you fulfil the General Requirements and possible Major Specific Requirements for admission to doctoral studies. More information here.

Decide which major you would like to apply to. You can apply to one first preference major and one second preference major in one application round. The preference order is marked in the application form.

If you wish to discuss your application prior to submitting it, you may contact the Doctoral Studies Coordinator (+358-40-3521 282, or e-mail If you need to see the Coordinator in person, please make an appointment in advance. If you need further information about the major you are applying to, please contact a Degree Supervisor / Professor in the major in question.

Step 2 GMAT/GRE test and language test:
A GMAT or GRE General Test result is mandatory for all applicants. Please sign up for the test as soon as possible in order to make sure that you will be able to take the test on time. The test has to be taken no later than the application deadline. The official test score results have to be sent directly to Hanken School of Economics from the test organisers. The request for the official test score report to be sent directly to Hanken School of Economics, has to be made before the application deadline.

Please read the information regarding the language requirements carefully. Please sign up for possible language proficiency tests as soon as possible in order to make sure that you will be able to take the test on time. In case you need to do a language proficiency test, the test has to be taken before the application deadline. In case an official test score report has to be sent directly to Hanken School of Economics, the request for the official test score report has to be made before the application deadline.

Step 3 Completing the electronic application form:
Complete the application form (available here when an application round is open).

Please complete the electronic form carefully and submit enclosures according to the instructions.

Remember to fill in information on the GMAT/GRE-tests and possible language proficiency tests and/or certificates.

Submit the electronic application form before the application round closes.

The Coordinator will check that your application is complete. If something needs to be supplemented or clarified, you will be contacted by e-mail with a deadline for supplying the additional information. Please, make sure that the e-mail address you write on the application form is correctly spelled, and that it is working properly. Also make sure that e-mails are not filtered by your spam filter or rejected due to quota issues.

Please note that your application documents will be checked for plagiarism.

Incomplete applications which have not been supplemented on time will not be considered for admission.

Step 4 Submitting your enclosures by post:
Officially certified copies of your degree diplomas, transcripts of records and Diploma Supplement must be sent directly to Hanken by regular post/courier. The documents shall reach Hanken by 4 pm on the last day of the application round. You can also submit electronic copies of the documents, but please note that the documents must be posted in order to be processed. 

You can also submit a copy of your GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE General Test (Graduate Record Examination) result and a copy of your language test result per mail to or per regular post/courier. The certificate for exemption from the language test requirement shall also be posted with the degree documents.  

For contact details please see here.

Step 5 Assessment of the major:
The major subject which you have applied to evaluates your application and assesses whether you fulfill the prior knowledge requirements. Interviews are carried out with the applicants when needed. If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the major, it may be suggested that you complete supplementary courses. The major subject then writes a statement regarding your admission to the board of the Hanken PhD Programme.

Step 6 The Hanken PhD Programme Board:
The board of the Hanken PhD Programme evaluates your application based on the information you have given, and based on the statement by the major subject.

The following criteria are of importance when selecting new students:

  • the applicant's field of research interest in relation to the major's research area
  • motivation for doctoral studies and possibility/availability to study full time
  • previous studies and demonstrated success in these
  • ability to conduct doctoral studies and write scientific texts
  • capacity for logical deduction and abstract thinking
  • demonstrated success in research
  • results from standardised tests

The board of the PhD Programme gives a statement regarding your application. A decision based on the statement is then presented to the Rector.

Step 7 The Rector's decision:
The Rector makes the decision concerning admission. After the decision is made, the Coordinator sends an e-mail to the applicant. The Coordinator also sends a letter which will include information on enrolment procedures, the timetable and supplementary courses, if applicable.

Applicants not admitted may contact the Coordinator at for more detailed information on the grounds for the decision.

When the student has enrolled he/she should contact the Degree Supervisor in order to get information about the studies within the major and discuss the studies in more detail.

Applicants should allow about 6-7 weeks after the application deadline for their application to be processed, and will be notified of the decision immediately via e-mail and letter.