Language Requirements

These are the language requirements for all applicants.

All applicants to the MSc level need to fulfill one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS Academic: a minimum score of 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT: a minimum score of 92 (internet-based test) or 580 (paper-based test)
  • PTE Academica minimum 62
  • C2 Proficiency (previous name CPE): a minimum result of C1 (or C if taken when the test was called CPE)
  • C1 AdvancedGrade C
  • Bachelor's/Master's degree or secondary education conducted in English language in: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States (no other countries are accepted).*

 In case the degree is a double degree/triple degree/transnational degree/joint degree, at least 50 % of the degree needs to have been obtained while the student physically has been studying in the country in question in order to fulfil the language requirement. 


No other English proficiency tests are accepted. These are the requirements for all applicants.

  • It is your responsibility to find out the test dates and closing dates for registration. The language test procedure may take several months including registration for the test, taking the test and getting the results.
  • Check the validity of your test score and make arrangements for a new language test well in advance, if necessary.
  • The results are valid for two years and test results older than this are not accepted. 
  • Please note that your language test score must be valid throughout the entire application period. This means that if your language test expires even 1 day before the final application deadline, your language test score will not meet the requirements.
  • The test has to be taken no later than 15 January 2020. It is hence ok, that the test result reaches Hanken after the application deadline.
  • In case you are taking the test so late that you do not have the test results at the moment of submitting your application - fill in which test you took and the date of taking the test on the application form. This way we will be able to verify the results as soon as they arrive.


IELTS Academic

  • Request the IELTS test centre to forward your language test results to Hanken School of Economics as soon as possible; please nominate Hanken School of Economics as the receiver of the test result.
  • An applicant's copy of the test result should also be enclosed with the application.
  • The test results will be verified with the test organiser.



  • The test score report must be sent directly by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to Hanken as soon as the score is available.
  • Only the official score report submitted by ETS is accepted.
  • When filling out the TOEFL test registration form, please fill in Hanken’s reporting code 8433 in the score report recipient field.
  • The test results will be verified with the test organiser.


PTE Academic

  • Test results for PTE Academic are typically available within 5 working days of the test session.
  • Once you receive your test score, send it to Hanken School of Economics from your PTE account. Choose Finland as the 'Country', Hanken School of Economics as the 'Institution' and click 'Search'. Then select the university you want to send your results to and confirm your order.
  • The scores can be sent to an unlimited number of institutions free of charge. The test organiser will send you an email to confirm that your scores have been sent. 
  • After this, Hanken should have access to your test results within 48 hours.
  • The test results will be verified with the test organiser.


C2 Proficiency (previous name CPE) and C1 Advanced

  • A Statement of Results should be enclosed with the application documents. An applicant’s copy is acceptable, since the results will be verified with the test organiser.
  • Include your Candidate's ID (3 letters and 6 numbers) and Candidate Secret Number (4 numbers). These codes can be found on your Confirmation of Entry. Note! These codes are not the same as your personal login and password.
  • The test results will be verified with the test organiser.