Master's studies in General Management

Learn more about studing General Management at Hanken in Vaasa.

As a student of General Management, you will take your management skills to the next level, whether your background is in business, engineering, or law. You will build a sound basis in the essentials of business and management, while also taking things one step further: we encourage you to combine theories and conceptual tools in innovative ways across the borders of traditional disciplines in order to

  • develop your managerial skills and
  • acquire a broad experience in the business.

In addition, you have the opportunity to specialise in choosing one of three tracks:

  • Accounting and Commercial Law
  • Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Finance

Facts about the degree

  • 120 credits, 2 years of full-time study
  • Language: English
  • Next application round opens: Autumn 2017
  • Degree: MSc in Economics and Business Administration
  • Location: Vaasa

The general outline of the degree is a foundation of common courses during the first year, whereas the second year is made up of a track in the chosen specialisation.

The specialisation offers three tracks. You can choose between:

  • Accounting and Commercial Law
  • Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship or
  • Finance

Our specialisation is the latest addition to the Master's Degree Programme at Hanken, developed as an answer to the demand from the industrial sector. We benefit from our close ties to industry, especially the growing energy cluster in the Vaasa region. In general terms, the major will

  • improve your career prospects with a focus on management
  • provide in-depth education for managers with a broad business experience
  • further your ability to conduct and make use of research

Courses and outline of studies


Compulsory courses

  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Commercial Contract Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Managing Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Service Innovation
  • Brand Management
  • Language course(s) or Academic Writing (6 ECTS)


  • Accounting and Commercial Law (24 ECTS) choose from the following:
    • Advanced Management Accounting
    • International Accounting
    • ERP Systems
    • Corporate Governance and Innovation
    • Law of Corporate Finance
    • Literature Course in Commercial Law
    • Electricity Trade Law
  • Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship (24 ECTS), choose from the following:
    • Strategic International Management
    • Knowledge Management
    • Leadership
    • Brand Management
    • Customer Value and Learning
    • Small Business Marketing
  • Finance (24 ECTS) choose from the following:
    • Portfolio Management
    • Advanced Topics in Financial Economics
    • Corporate Governance
    • Quantitative Financial Economics
    • Financial Modelling Using MS Excel and VBA
    • Mathematics of Financial Derivatives
    • Financial Time Series Analysis
    • Corporate Finance: Theory and Empirical Evidence
    • Value Investing
    • Cases in Investment Management


Compulsory courses

  • Seminar (12 ECTS)
  • Research methods (8 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS) in the major subject

Future Career Opportunities

70 % of Hanken students have a job prior to graduation. In 2014, a percentage as large as 98 % of the graduating class had a job 3 months after graduation.

Cost & Fees

For EU citizens university education is free of charge. All students regardless of nationality are, however, obliged to pay an annual student union membership fee of approximately 120 euro.

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

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated November 22, 2018
This course is Campus based
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120 EUR
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