The Hanken Executive MBA is a part-time two-year executive programme in English offered in Helsinki, Finland. The programme is internationally accredited with a triple-crown (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) accreditation.
With a Hanken Executive MBA, you will gain
insights and tools to make an impact in any business setting. The programme enables you to strengthen your strategic decision-making and
leadership skills, equipping you to create value for yourself,
your organisation and your customers, as well as other stakeholders. We believe in the strength of dialogue, face-to-face interaction and relationships. We recognise the individual in a group, our groups are small and our faculty and experienced lecturers are strongly dedicated to our programme.
The EMBA programme has optional entries and you can choose to start in October or March. For a tailor-made programme start, please contact the EMBA team. The programme includes part-time studies for 18-30 months in 15 modules, including 47 in-class days of which 33 during weekdays. It is possible to join the modules at Hanken & SSE Executive Education office downtown Helsinki or virtually via Zoom. International modules are held in Berlin, St Petersburg and an elective module in Shanghai, alternatively Boston. The Hanken Executive MBA programme is structured around a few key topics:
the help of the modules in strategy and leadership you will improve
your ability to identify ideas of strategic importance and to act on
them. The leadership development sessions will support participants’ personal development process
throughout the entire Executive MBA programme. By continuously
challenging participants to uncover new insights, the sessions aim at
preparing participant’s for demanding leadership situations and enhancing their critical leadership skills and capabilities. You will also gain an increased understanding of change and how to manage
and drive change in complex and competitive business environments.
Programme modules include strategic thinking, strategic leadership, strategic HRM, change leader, leadership development sessions: throughout the programme, industrial and corporate change, global perspectives and innovation management, work and leadership in the global economy, communication skills and individual development project.
Hanken school of economics is a forerunner in services management. The modules in service and solutions will provide you with the insight of transforming your business from a product-oriented to a solutions-oriented business – always keeping the customer at the centre of your business model.
Programme modules include service business approach, customer-oriented business models, service innovation and service and relationship-oriented sales.
Any person with aspirations for a position in top management needs to
understand the numbers behind operations and to put them into a bigger
context. In the modules on strategic finance and controlling you will
gain insight of key figures and how to interpret them, pricing
strategies, how to
apply sound and sustainable financial solutions to your business, as
well as systems to control you business.
Programme modules include financial management, wealth management, corporate finance, value-based management, financial intermediation & risk management, macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial accounting & acquisitions, management accounting, management control systems and incentive systems.
Learning how to merge individual business activities into a larger context, where international competition, sustainability and corporate social responsibility influence your organisation is vital. Programme modules corporate social responsibility, business analytics, strategic foresight & scenario planning, digitalisation of business, supply chain management, strategic corporate branding, intellectual property rights and micro- and macroeconomics.
The programme is for managers and top talents who are highly motivated to challenge themselves and dedicate time to develop. The programme criteria are minimum a bachelor’s degree, at least 5 years of relevant professional experience and a high level of proficiency in English.
Your current position could be manager, executive, senior expert, entrepreneur or top talent.
A diverse group is our aim as experience has
shown that a more diverse group increases in-group learning. A higher
level of diversity broadens the bases for discussions and increases the
variety of perspectives.
Average participant age 42 yearsAverage years of working experience 17 years60 % male and 40 % female15 nationalitiesIndustry sectors: IT, telecom, media, energy, technology, manufacturing, retail, banking, aviation, shipping and tourismJob functions: general management, business management, finance, legal, HR, consulting, and operationsEducational backgrounds: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering, technology, business administration, media, law, social sciences, and healthcare
Executive MBA provides you and your organisation with new perspectives, improved understanding and the means to
develop the ability to tackle key challenges in business both today and
tomorrow. The Hanken Executive MBA programme is designed to help you create value for yourself, your organisation and your customers, as well as other stakeholders by becoming a better strategic decision-maker and leader. We provide you an opportunity to develop new insights of your business context, to enlarge your influence in your organisation and business network, and to improve your capacity to achieve results and to make an impact of strategic relevance.
You will gain a globally accredited diploma, knowledge about key business areas and processes and the capacity to make strategic business decisions. You will also improve your skills and competences to analyse challenges and find solutions to them, to lead, develop and engage others. You will increase your capability to share insight and drive change and gain a business network for life.
Managers and top talents that excel and gain new motivation through an internationally accredited programme
Step 1: Application
To apply to the programme, you must submit a
complete application to the Hanken Executive MBA office before the
deadline. You will receive an acknowledgement that your
application and the references have been received.
Step 2: Interview
you are short-listed, you will be invited for an interview held in English. You are
required to bring your original degree certificates and transcripts to
the interview. Please note that being selected for an interview does not
guarantee admission to the programme.
Step 3: Admission decision
careful selection of candidates is conducted and the
final admission decision is taken by the Dean of Executive Education at
Hanken where after all applicants will be informed.
Step 4: Confirmation of participation
The selected applicants
receive a notice of the
and the enrolment is
signified by a study
contract. The selected
applicant confirms his/
her participation in the
programme by signing
and returning the study
Programme fee 38 500 Euro (+VAT)
Both fees include material costs and modules abroad, except for travel and accommodation costs for the modules in Boston/Shanghai, St Petersburg and except for travel costs for the module in Berlin.
To be eligible for the Hanken Executive MBA programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:
Bachelor's degree or higher in any fieldA
Bachelor's degree, in any field, is required for admission to the
programme. However, if you do not hold a Bachelor's degree, but you
fulfil all other requirements and have a strong professional background,
please contact the EMBA office for further information.
A minimum of five years of relevant professional experienceThe
Hanken Executive MBA programme is designed for experienced
professionals. The participants in our programme have an average of 13
years of professional experience. The professional experience will be
judged from case to case.
High level of English proficiencyA
high level of spoken and written English proficiency is required as the
programme is conducted in English. The level of written English
proficiency will be evaluated based on the application form and the oral
proficiency demonstrated during the interview.
In addition, we expect you to meet at least one of the following criteria:
You are in a managerial position; in charge of leading people, complex projects or entities
You are an experienced senior expert, with responsibility for large entities, and want to broaden your expertise
You are an entrepreneur with an established business
You are a top talent with a solid track record of exceptionally high performance (in career development, studies, etc.) and strong recommendations
these minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to
the programme, but allows you to be invited for a personal interview and
be considered in the further selection process.
select a maximum of 30 experienced and talented professionals, who wish
to become better strategic leaders and decision makers.
Selection is based on a combination of the applicant's professional experience, educational background, leadership potential, interpersonal and cultural skills as well as motivation.
highly value a willingness to learn from others in the Executive MBA
group and the ability to share your own knowledge and experience.
Employer and family support is also of significance. Fluency in spoken
and written English is essential as the programme is conducted in
Each new group of Executive MBA participants is carefully
selected by the EMBA staff. We try to select a heterogeneous group of
people. A more diverse group increases in-group learning as the
diversity broadens the bases for discussions and include different
Get your questions answered and find out more about the Hanken
Executive MBA, the learning process and methods. We schedule the meeting
according to your preferences of timing and place. The meeting can be
done either face-to-face or online. Book a meeting.
Hanken Executive MBA modules are facilitated by dedicated
Hanken faculty and experienced and renowned lecturers at the forefront of their respective fields, along with
visiting top-level corporate and academic experts. By combining insights
from both academic experts, company representatives and participants,
we ensure a natural dialogue between academia and business.
Below you will find a selection of our experts in the Executive MBA programme.
Janne Tienari, Mergers and AquisitionsProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Mats Ehrnrooth, Stategic HRMAssociate Professor, Hanken School of Economics
Peter Zashev, Leadership DevelopmentAdjunct Professor & Program Director at Hanken & SSE Executive Education
Liisa Välikangas, Global Perspectives on Innovating ManagementProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Christian Grönroos, Service Business ApproachProfessor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics
Paul Viio, Evli Assistant Professor in Selling and Sales Management, Hanken School of Economics
Pekka Helle, Co-Creating for ValueFounder, Growth Cliniq
Kaj Storbacka, Market InnovationProfessor, University of Auckland Business School, Graduate School of Management
Tore Strandvik, Sense Making of Market DisruptionsProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Gonul Colak, Corporate FinanceProfessor of Finance, Hanken School of Economics
Henrik Palmén, FinanceSenior Lecturer, Hanken School of Economics
Anders Tallberg, Management Accounting and Digitalisation of BusinessSenior Fellow at Hanken & SSE Executive Education
Pontus Troberg, Financial AccountingProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Johanna Gummerus, BrandingAssociate Professor, Hanken School of Economics
Roger Wessman, MacroeconomicsEconomist
Topi Miettinen, MicroeconomicsProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Martin Fougere, Corporate Social ResponsibilityAssociate Professor, Hanken School of Economics
Nari Lee, Intellectual Property RightsProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Meet some of our alumni and hear what they have to say about the Hanken Executive MBA programme.
Jussi RoineCEO and Partner at North Advisors
“I would definitely recommend the EMBA. It´s fun, don´t stress too much. Begin with small steps and it happens almost by magic"
Juha-Pekka OjalaCFO at Luhta Sportswear Company
“I would definitely recommend an EMBA for everyone who has the courage to question their own beliefs, understandings and biases; and learn new things about business, acquire a comprehensive understanding of their own company and it´s business and are personally in a position in their careers where they want to go forward”
Harry SjögrenSales Director at DNA Business
“I think that Hanken brings a wide perspective on how to create value in long term. My employer could get more value from me as a sales leader.”
Director of Communications and Responsibility at EK Confederation of Finnish Industries
“I would definitely recommend this programme to basically anyone who is interested in learning new things about business, finance, strategy.”
CEO at Långvik Congress Wellness Hotel
“My leadership skills have been strengthened by the Hanken EMBA programme, especially through the strategic and conceptual thinking. Every module gave food for thought and also an inspiration to go an implement it in practice.”
Andrei NovitskyPartner at Essedel
"The Hanken EMBA takes a lot of effort but it also gives a lot. It gives you a very broad, good look at many aspects of business life. You will not become an expert in one topic, but you will see a lot of different things. You will also understand which parts of business you need to concentrate more on or learn more about."
John EkholmCEO at Mekalasi
“I chose to do the EMBA because I wanted to deepen my knowledge in strategy and finance. Networking is of course one good part of the programme and the programme itself also brings quite a lot of substance and confidence to your work.”
Aki TemmesSenior Vice President at UPM Timber at UPM Ltd
“Hanken EMBA gave me very valuable overview of business management as such. It covers all important aspects of being a successful leader. Based on that knowledge I gained in EMBA, I feel that I am much more prepared also to take the next steps in my career development.“
Monika LiikamaaCo-Founder and Chair at Enfuce Financial Services
“The Hanken EMBA has supported my career development in many ways. I got the clarity of what I want to become. I wanted to become a Managing Director and/or entrepreneur. Now I am both! Anyone who has the possibility to do an EMBA should do it. It takes a lot of work, but it gives a lot. I highly recommend it.“
Natalia GoldbergCEO at Forenom Russia
“Completing the Hanken EMBA programme was a valuable investment in my career development. My expectations for the programme were not only met, but greatly exceeded. I can strongly recommend the programme and have already done so to many of my colleagues. Joining Hanken EMBA was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made.”
Pertti SaarelaExecutive Director at Finnish Red Cross, Oulu District
“I have worked in management positions during my whole career. The Hanken EMBA programme is a perfect fit for persons in managerial positions wishing to gain more self-confidence and leadership skills. The programme gives you insights about processes and tools needed in any business settings ensuring the next step in your career.”
Rashmi Kasat-MajakorpiVice President, Head of Digital Business Development at Metso
“When I joined Hanken EMBA program, I came here with an aspiration that I’m going to become a better business leader. I never for a moment thought that it is going to have such a powerful impact on my entire life. It has been a life- changing EMBA programme, I fully recommend it!”
Rasmus RoihaManaging Director at Finnish Software Entrepreneurs Association
“The programme was a great boost to my self-confidence and career development. I warmly recommend the Hanken EMBA programme for highly motivated individuals with managerial experience looking to develop themselves.”
Osmo LahtinenCEO at OV Lahtinen Oy"I hade the opportunity to step out form my comfort zone both personally and professionally by proving myself that I can study and work with very different people, backgrounds and industries that I was used to"