Enclosures and regulations

Rules and regulations regarding documents submitted by the applicant

Hanken has strict rules and regulations regarding the documents that applicants are to submit when applying. This is to ensure that all admitted students have attained the needed competences to start their studies at an advanced level. The rules and regulations presented on this webpage apply to both admissions/application periods to Hanken's MSc programme.

 

The bachelor's degree must be the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more, i.e. it must be a degree of at least three years of full time studies. In case the degree is a double degree/triple degree/transnational degree/joint degree, all involved universities or polytechnics need to be recognised institutions in the country they are located. Hanken reserves the right to decide whether a degree and/or university meet our requirements or not.

Only courses that have been obtained and are visible on the transcript of records submitted with the application will be considered when evaluating the applicant's educational background. Hanken does not evaluate the relevance of the applicant's educational background in advance. The evaluation is only done during the processing of the applications with the application and enclosures at hand.

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 fulfill 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. See to it, that Hanken has access to your test score in the test organisation's database.
    • - Main application period: if your language test expires even 1 day before the final application deadline, your language test score will not meet the requirements.
    • - Rolling Admission: The test's score has to be valid for at least 30 days when submitting a complete application through rolling admission, to ensure that Hanken can verify the results
  • - Most language tests' results are valid for two years and test results older than this/that are no longer valid are not accepted. 
  • - In case you are taking the test so late that you do not have the test results at the moment of submitting your application to the main application round - fill in which test you took and the date of taking the test on the application form. This way we should 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.

 

TOEFL

  • 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 can 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.

What are the GMAT and GRE admissions tests?

GMAT and GRE are standardised admission tests that are widely used by Business Schools and Graduate Schools in admissions to master and doctoral programmes. GMAT and GRE are tests designed to measure the skills shown to help graduate business students succeed in the challenging curriculum. The tests assess verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing skills.

On the GMAT and GRE web pages you can find a lot of useful material and information on how to prepare for the test. It is worthwhile to study before you take the test, that way you can prepare yourself for how the tests are structured, what kind of questions are to be expected and how you should use the time given to you.

Find the test centre closest to you by visiting: mba.com (GMAT) and ets.org (GRE). In Helsinki, applicants can take GRE at the NUEVO MUNDO and GMAT at LGF.

How do I deliver GMAT and GRE test results?

•Take the test as early as possible - the test procedure may take several months including registration for the test, taking the test and getting the results.
•It is your responsibility to find out the test dates and closing dates for registration for GMAT or GRE.
•All sections of the test can be taken into account in the student selection process, so applicants have to complete all parts of the test.
•You need to request the official test score report to be sent to Hanken directly from the test organisation. •The institutional GRE reporting code for Hanken is 8433. Applicants taking GRE General Test should use this code when registering for the test in order for the results to be sent to Hanken.
•The institutional GMAT programme code for Hanken is NRC-QZ-86. Applicants taking the GMAT test should use this code when registering for the test in order for the results to be sent to Hanken or request the results to be sent to Hanken School of Economics - Master's Degree Programmes.

•Hanken accepts test results delivered from the testing organisation all year long.
•GMAT and GRE test results are valid for five years and Hanken does not accept score reports for tests taken more than five years ago.
•Please note that your GMAT/GRE test score must be valid throughout the entire application period. This means that if your test expires even 1 day before the final application deadline, your test score will not meet the requirements.

Taking GMAT/GRE tests:

•It is your responsibility to find out the test dates and closing dates for registration. The 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 test well in advance, if necessary.
•GMAT/GRE tests are valid for five years and test results older than this are not accepted. •Please note that your test score must be valid throughout the entire application period.

  • Main application period: if your test expires even 1 day before the final application deadline, your language test score will not meet the requirements.
  • The test's score has to be valid for at least 14 days when submitting a complete application through rolling admission.

•In case you are taking the test so late that you cannot be sure the result will reach us before the application deadline for the main application round - fill in which test you took and the date of taking the test in the application form. This way we will be able to verify the results as soon as they are available in the test organisation online verification database. We will accept tests taken within the application period.

  • - GPA requirement for the main application round is a minimum B on a US grading scale (3 out of 5 Finnish scale) for applicants with BSc degrees from EU/EEA countries and degrees from Hanken's partner Universities.
  • - GPA requirement for the Rolling Admission application round for applicants from Hanken partner Universities is a minimum of B+ on the US scale (4 out of 5 Finnish scale), all other applicants needs to take the GMAT/GRE test.

You can check if your GPA meets the requirements with the WES World Education Systems online grading scale conversion tool: https://www.wes.org/gradeconve....

•All applicants who belong to Group 1 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 admission test and obtain the minimum test score requirements as listed below under Group 2.

Note that when applying and submitting your application, your GPA needs to fulfill the requirement even if you have not graduated yet.

NOTE: The UK belongs to group 2

 

Applicants whose degrees have been awarded by institutions accredited/recognised in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a certain way. If your institution's country is not on the list, you have to follow the general instructions stated in the application portal.

These country-specific requirements must be followed first and foremost, before any regular requirements for attesting documents. 

Note! If country-specific requirements apply to your degree, apply as early as possible since it increases your chances to have enough time to supplement your application in case something is missing.

Please check if your degree awarding country is listed below and then follow the given instructions. 
 

Off­shore cam­puses

If your academic qualification was completed at an offshore campus, please follow the country-specific instructions for the country where the main university is located or accredited.

Stud­ies com­pleted at mul­tiple in­sti­tu­tions, e.g. trans­fer stud­ies, top-up de­grees etc.

If your academic qualification was completed at different institutions, for example, you transferred between institutions or your qualification is a top-up degree completed at different institutions, you need to follow all the applicable country-specific instructions when submitting the educational documents covering all the studies leading to your academic qualification.

 

1. Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA

If you have completed or are completing a degree in one of the above mentioned countries, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Hanken by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The transcript of records must come to Hanken directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Hanken only accepts official transcripts of record. It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

2. Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine

If you have completed your degree in one of the above mentioned countries, you must submit a copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript.  Copies of the apostille-verified original documents must then be officially certified by a notary public. The copies submitted must carry the notary public’s original stamp on each page and the signature of the certifying officer. Alternatively, the notary public can also use a unifying element, meaning that the pages are attached together in a way that certifies them all; in this case only one page must carry the notary public’s original stamp and the signature of the certifying officer. If you have not yet graduated, you must submit a copy of your official transcript of records. The transcript of records must be officially certified either by the awarding institution or a notary public.

Azerbaijan - The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Belarus - The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.

Kazakhstan - The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Russia - The official government-granted degree certificate and transcript of records (приложение к диплому) must be verified with an apostille by the authorised body of education of the Russian Federation in your region (Федеральная служба по надзору в сфере образования и науки (Рособрнадзор). Please note that the copy of the official government-granted degree certificate must include copies of both sides of the first page. 

Ukraine - If you have graduted, the original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Information and Image Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine.

3. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan 

If you have completed or are completing your degree in one of the above mentioned countries, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Hanken in an envelope that has been sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document can be sent to Hanken by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

4. Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

If you have completed your degree in one of the above mentioned countries, you must submit an officially certified copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript.

5. Bangladesh

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Bangladesh, you must submit the education documentation awarded by your university. Degree certificates, transcripts, mark sheets and result cards must always be awarded by the main university or a college that has a degree-awarding status. Educational documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted. You must submit a separate transcript, mark sheet or result card awarded by your university indicating each attempt to complete a course as well as the years. A consolidated statement of marks is not accepted. Please note that the degree certificate and transcript of records must be officially certified (attested) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, more specifically by the Consular and Welfare Wing. Each page of the transcript of records and the degree certificate must carry the original stamp and signature of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. Further information can be found on the Ministry’s website (www.mofa.gov.bd).

6. China

Degree certificate:

Submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to the Hanken Admissions Office and also upload it with your application. The copy must be certified with the awarding institution’s original stamp and an original signature of the certifying officer. If the degree certificate was issued in Chinese, an official translation into English must also be submitted. Please note that we require the copy of your degree certificate in Chinese even if your institution also issues them in another language in addition to Chinese.

In addition, you must submit your degree certificate to the CDGDC (China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center, 教育部学位与研究生教育发展中心) for verification. Request the CDGDC to submit the verification report of your degree certificate to the following email address: masters@hanken.fi

Further information can be found on the CDGDC website.
 

Transcript of records:

Submit an officially certified copy of your final/latest transcript of records to the Hanken Admissions Office and also upload it with your application. The copy must be certified with the awarding institution’s original seal and an original signature of the certifying officer. If the transcript of records was issued in Chinese, an official translation into English must also be submitted.
In addition, you must submit your transcript of records to CHESICC (China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center) for verification. Request CHESICC to submit the verification report of your transcript of records to the following email address: masters@hanken.fi

Further information can be found on the CHESICC webpage.
Note that the Chinese New Year holiday season may affect the processing of your documents and therefore you must have your documents verified and delivered by the CDGDC and CHESICC well in advance. No exceptions to the deadlines will be made.

7. India

If you have completed or are completing your degree in India, an official transcript, mark sheet or result card indicating each attempt to complete a course as well as the years must be submitted to Hanken by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document must come to Hanken directly from the awarding institution. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Hanken only accepts official documents.

If your university or college in India is unable to send the transcript, mark sheet or result card to Hanken, please request that the attested documents be placed in an officially sealed envelope with the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. Have the envelope returned to you to forward to Hanken. The official transcript, mark sheet or result card must in this case be attested by the Controller of Examinations or the Registrar’s Office, and the envelope must be sealed with the attesting office’s stamp across the back flap.

Transcripts, mark sheets and result cards must be awarded either by the main university or a college (autonomous or affiliated). It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with a transcript of records (or mark sheet or result card).

Degree certificates must always be awarded by the main university. Degree certificates granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted. The copy of the degree certificate must be officially certified and can be submitted by the applicant.

8. Iran

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Iran, copies of the educational documents must be legalized by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Embassy in Tehran. Official translations of educational documents must be certified by the Ministry of Justice. Copies of copies will not be accepted. All the copies must have the original stamp given by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Embassy in Tehran.

9. Nepal

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Nepal, an official transcript, mark sheet or result card indicating each attempt to complete a course as well as the years must be submitted to Hanken by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document must come to Hanken directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Hanken only accepts official documents.

If your university in Nepal is unable to send the transcript, mark sheet or result card to Hanken, please request that the attested documents be placed in an officially sealed envelope with the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. Have the envelope returned to you to forward to Hanken. The official transcript, mark sheet or result card must in this case be attested by the Controller of Examinations or the Registrar’s Office, and the envelope must be sealed with the attesting office’s stamp across the back flap.

Transcripts, mark sheets and result cards must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status, and documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted. It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records (or mark sheet or result card).

Degree certificates must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status. Degree certificates granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted. The copy of the degree certificate must be officially certified and can be submitted by the applicant.

10. Pakistan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Pakistan, you must submit the education documentation awarded by your university. Degree certificates and transcript of records must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status. Educational documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted.

The degree certificate and transcript of records must be certified (attested) by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Each page of the transcript of records and the degree certificate must be stamped and signed by the HEC. All copies must carry an original stamp by the HEC. Copies certified before September 20, 2009 are not accepted, as the copies must be verifiable from HEC’s online service.

Further information can be found on the HEC website (www.hec.gov.pk).

Can I graduate after the application deadline? After I have sent in my application?

If you graduate after you have submitted your complete application (i.e. after submitting your complete application), you can still apply for admission before having received your degree certificate. Admission will always be conditional for successful applicants who have not received their degree certificate by submitting their application. Conditionally admitted applicants must submit an officially certified copy of their degree certificate or temporary degree certificate and final transcript as soon as they have obtained them, however no later than 31 July that same year at 15:00 (GMT +2).

If your admission is conditional, you have to send the officially certified copies of your degree certificate and final transcript to Hanken as soon as you have received them. If Hanken has not received the documents within the set deadline, the offer of admission will be withdrawn. Please note that this means that if you expect to receive your degree certificate after 31 July you cannot apply for admission to Hanken with studies starting that same August.

Hanken accept electronic transcripts if they are delivered from the following e-transcript providers:

Principle of accepting one offer of admission in Finland

In accordance with the Universities Act, an applicant may only accept one offer of admittance for a higher education degree programme, beginning during the same term in Finland. This principle applies to Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD admissions. More information can be found on the national studyinfo.fi homepage.

This to some extent means that you can only accept one offer of admission per year. Example: if you are in January 2030 offered admission for studies starting in August 2030, and accept the offer, it means that after that you cannot accept any other admission offer for studies starting in August 2030.

You can only postpone the commencement of your studies if you have a legal ground for your absence.

The following legal grounds for your absence are accepted:

  1. Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995)
  2. Maternity, paternity or parental leave
  3. Being incapacitated by personal illness or injury

No other reasons for deferment of admissions are accepted. Please note that we strongly recommend that you begin your studies in August 2019, since we cannot guarantee that the programme structure is the same in the future.
 

How do I postpone my studies?

In order to postpone the commencement of your studies with a year, you need to

  1. Confirm your admission offer and inform Hanken's Admission Services that you are to be absent and that you have legal ground for it.
  2. Send an official certificate of the legal reason (listed below) to the Hanken Admission Office before 31 August, when your studies are to start that same August.

Should the legal grounds for your absence only apply to the second academic term (e.g. military service or maternity leave beginning in January), you may register as absent for the entire academic year if you wish. You may also change the status of your registration for the spring term from ‘attending’ to ‘absent’ during the spring term registration period.
 

Certificates required for proving the legal grounds for absence:

1) Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995):

  • Document required: Call-up order

2) Maternity, paternity or parental leave:

  • Document required: 
    • Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity, or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy 
      OR
    • Corresponding certificates from the authorities of another country regarding statutory parental leave

3) Being incapacitated by personal illness or injury:

  • Document required: Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies during that same autumn as your studies are to start

Deadline for delivering the documents attesting your legal reason for registering as absent: 31 August, but it is recommended that you deliver the documents as soon as possible to masters@hanken.fi. The documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.
 

In need of more info?

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at masters@hanken.fi
 

Students who have postponed the start of their studies

A student who postpones his or her studies will receive an official e-mail during the following summer with information about how to register as present for the following academic year.