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 2020
  • 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
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