Master's studies in Humanitarian Logistics

The Humanitarian Logistics track is a part of the Business and Management specialisation within the Hanken Master's Programme. It provides you with a distinct competitive edge by applying logistics and supply chain management concepts to the humanitarian context.

Why Humanitarian Logistics?

Studying humanitarian logistics will help you understand the needs of a society and contribute to its resilience. You will learn how to apply logistics and supply chain management to the humanitarian context by designing and managing supply chains on a strategic and operational level. The skillset will prepare you to liase and co-operate together with organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, anywhere in the world.

In a nutshell

  • 120 credits, 2 years of full-time study
  • Language: English
  • Next application round opens: 1 November 2021
  • Degree: MSc in Economics and Business Administration
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland

Even in my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined that I could combine a business degree with my passion to help those in need!

Tiia Reunanen, MSc student in Humanitarian Logistics



Study structure

Year 1 Fall

Strategic and Sustainable Organisations
Supply Chain Risk and Resilience
Corporate Responsibility Across Business Studies
Service and Customer Management

Year 1 Spring

Research Seminar
Humanitarian Logistics
Project course in Corporate Social Responsibility

One of the following:
Qualitative Methods in Business Studies
Multivariate Data Analysis

Year 2 Fall

Master's Thesis Seminar (can be taken in the summer to speed up graduation)
Free choice of language studies

Year 2 Spring

Opportunity for exchange studies abroad
Master's thesis

Graduation in June

Upon graduation you will have
  • a solid foundation of management expertise, with market-oriented strategic thinking
  • be equipped with a variety of perspectives on logistics and supply chain management's relation to the humanitarian context
  • the tools to apply independent and critical thinking to decision-making
Fees and funding

All citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, plus citizens of Switzerland, are not required to pay tuition fees.

All non-EU/EEA students admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in English are required to pay tuition fees at all universities in Finland. There are certain exemptions and you can find more here.

The fee for non-EU/EEA students at Hanken is 12500 EUR/year.


Claire Dubosc, MSc student in Humanitarian Logistics track with a big interest for the aviation industry

I would recommend anyone who has an interest in studying Humanitarian Logistics to give it a try: the need for logisticians is constantly growing in a globalized economy and studying at Hanken prepares you very well for it through a combination of practical and theoretical exercises.

Claire Dubosc, MSc student in Humanitarian Logistics