The Application Process
- Step 1 Applying to the Hanken PhD Programme
- Step 2 GPA or GMAT/GRE test
- Step 3 Language test
- Step 4 Completing the electronic application form
- Step 5 Submitting your enclosures by post
- Step 6 Assessment of the major
- Step 7 The Hanken PhD Programme Board
- Step 8 The Rector's decision
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Applicants applying based on:
- Group A: a degree obtained in an EU/EEA country
- GPA: Grade B or higher (US grading scale)/ or good or equivalent in the degree based on which they are applying (see below) OR
- A GMAT/GRE test. The indicative GMAT / converted GRE threshold is 600 (see below)
- Group B: a degree obtained in a country outside the EU/EEA
- A GMAT/GRE test.The indicative GMAT / converted GRE threshold is 600 (see below).
Group A: GPA if degree obtained in an EU/EEA country
All applicants who belong to Group A are required to calculate their GPA (on the grading scales used in their degree) for the studies included in the degree based on which they are applying and state the calculated GPA in the application form.
The applicant also needs to submit an official certificate where the GPA in question is clearly stated if such a certificate can be issued by the degree awarding institution. The certificate can be either the degree certificate, transcript of records or a separate official certificate issued by the degree awarding institution.
If the applicant does not submit an official certificate where the GPA is clearly stated with their application, Hanken will verify that the GPA calculated by the applicant is correct. Hanken reserves the right to decide whether the applicant fulfills the GPA requirement or not.
Applicants who have not yet graduated at the time of applying, are required to calculate the GPA for the degree based on which are applying for the courses which are included in the transcript of records submitted with the application and, if possible, submit an official certificate where the GPA in question is clearly stated.
If the GPA in the degree based on which you are applying does not meet the set requirements, you need take either the GMAT or GRE test and obtain the minimum test score requirements as listed below under Group B.
You can check if your GPA meets the requirements with the WES World Education Systems online grading scale conversion tool.
Group B: mandatory GMAT / GRE tests if degree obtained in a country outside the EU/EEA
For more information about the GMAT or GRE General Test, please click here. 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 4 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 5 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 3 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 email@example.com or per regular post/courier. The certificate for exemption from the language test requirement shall also be posted with the degree documents.
Step 6 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 7 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 8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.