Organization:Stockholm School of Economics

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Stockholm School of Economics
Handelshögskolan i Stockholm
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PresidentLars Strannegård
Administrative staff
Studentssome 1,650 full-time equivalent students
The main building of the school, designed by Ivar Tengbom and built 1925–1926, is located at Sveavägen in central Stockholm.
Professor Eli Heckscher, founder of economic history as an independent academic discipline.
Professor Bertil Ohlin developed the Heckscher-Ohlin model, the standard international mathematical model of international trade; received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1977.

The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE; Swedish: Handelshögskolan i Stockholm, HHS) is one of Europe's leading business schools. SSE offers BSc, MSc and MBA programs, along with highly regarded PhD- and Executive Education programs. SSE's Master program in Finance is ranked no.18 worldwide as of 2018. The Masters in Management program is ranked no. 12 worldwide by the Financial Times .[1] QS ranks SSE no.26 among universities in the field of economics worldwide.[2] The school is the only privately funded university in Sweden.

SSE is accredited by EQUIS and is a member of CEMS.

SSE has founded sister organizations: SSE Riga in Riga, Latvia, and SSE Russia in St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia . It also operates the European Institute of Japanese Studies (Japanese, kanji: 欧州日本研究所, Japanese, romaji: Ōshū Nihon kenkyūjo), a research institute in Tokyo , Japan .


The Stockholm School of Economics was founded in 1909 on private initiative as a response to rapid industrialization and a growing need for well educated businessmen and company managers and has maintained close ties with the business community ever since. The foundation followed a substantial donation in 1903 by Knut Agathon Wallenberg. The name handelshögskola (roughly "college of commerce") was a parallel to the German term Handelshochschule, used by a number of German institutions started in the years before, commencing with Handelshochschule Leipzig in 1898. The term högskola was at this time also established for specialised higher educational institutions outside the universities, such as the Royal Institute of Technology, (Kungl.) Tekniska högskolan, which bore that name from 1877.

While founded as a business school, the subject of economics featured prominently in the research and curriculum of the school from the beginning.

The most well known scholars of the Stockholm School of Economics are arguably the economists Eli Heckscher (professor of economics and statistics 1909–1929, professor of economic history 1929–1945), and Bertil Ohlin (professors of economics). Heckscher is also known as the founder of economic history as an independent academic discipline and his work Svenskt Arbete och Liv is a fundamental work within this subject.

Ohlin was also a leading figure within the school of doctrine with the same name, the so-called Stockholm school; a group of leading Scandinavian economists influenced by Knut Wicksell, most of them active in Stockholm, either at the Stockholm School of Economics or the Stockholm University College. This school of doctrine was to have a profound influence on post-WWII Swedish economic policy and the development of the modern Scandinavian Welfare state. Heckscher and Ohlin jointly developed the so-called Heckscher-Ohlin theory, the standard international mathematical model of international trade. Bertil Ohlin received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1977 (shared with British economist James Meade). Other prominent members of the Stockholm school were the Stockholm University professor Gustav Cassel, who developed standard economic theory of Purchasing power parity and economist Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York City , United States.

The school is a full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), a group of schools of public policy, public administration, and international studies.



For Master programmes, applicants have to have a GMAT score of over 600 and a TOEFL iBT score of over 100 in order to be considered suitable for applying.[3] In the academic year 2012/2013 the university received 3261 applications for the four Masters programmes which it offered at the time.[4] Therefore, the according acceptance rate would have been low.


Stockholm School of Economics offers the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business and Economics
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Retail Management
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Finance
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Business & Management
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Accounting, Valuation & Financial Management
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Economics
  • Master of Science (MSc) in International Business
  • Doctoral (PhD) Program with three specializations (Business Administration, Economics, Finance)
  • MBA Program (offered in executive format)

The MSc programs are all conducted in English.

SSE Master of Science in Business and Management

The Master of Science in Business and Management is a two-year program. (120 ECTS credits) There are offered three specializations: International Business (CEMS), Management and Marketing & Media Management. Within their specialization, students write a Master's thesis worth 30 ECTS credits.[5]

SSE Master of Science in International Business

The MSc in International Business is a two-year program targeting students who see the world as their home and is fully integrated with CEMS MIM. The current CEMS Club Board is represented by Martina Mariani, Sebastian Schaaf and Julia Gerwien.[6] The MSc Program in International Business takes part in the FT Masters in Management ranking. The latest ranking placed the program 12th out of 100 participating top international business schools.[7]

SSE Master of Science in Economics

The in Economics is a program designed for students with a background in economics or business. As well as the other master programs it is a two-year program with 120 ECTS. There are offered two specializations: Applied Economic Analysis and International Economics.[8]

SSE Master of Science in Accounting, Valuation, and Financial Management

The MSc in Accounting, Valuation, and Financial Management is also a two-year program (120 ECTS). After a core of four courses in the first semester, students are allowed to choose between a limited number of courses in the second semester. In the third semester, students may apply for an exchange program, an executive trainee program, or free choice of electives. In the fourth and final semester, students work in pairs on a thesis. Students may also apply for a double degree with a CEMS Msc in International Management degree.[9]

SSE Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Format

The SSE EMBA program was launched in 2001. Since 2001, the year the Financial Times began its Executive MBA ranking, the SSE Executive MBA has been the first in the Nordic league. Worldwide its average rank in the last three years was 56.[10][11]

SSE PhD in Business Administration, Economics, Finance

The SSE PhD Program was launched more than 60 years ago and has graduated more than 500 PhDs.[12] There are three separate PhD programs at SSE:


Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) alumni are defined as previous students that have graduated from one of SSE's degree programs. Today, there are some 14 000 alumni in this network. In addition to the alumni are the so-called SSE IFL Networkers, previous participants at IFL open or custom programs, these sum up to an additional 10 000.

SSE maintains contacts with its alumni in a number of different ways; both through direct and indirect contacts and through various types of communication channels. Contacts are administered through the SSE Alumni Office.

Today, many alumni are involved in the school's advisory board, the alumni association's board, the Student Association et al., all aligned to SSE activities. Even more alumni return to the School as guest lectures, or sponsors of course projects, as suppliers of internship opportunities, or as recruiters from large companies.

Currently, if an alumnus wishes to connect with another SSE graduate, they have five primary options: 1. Attending the alumni events arranged by SSE Alumni Office 2. Networking through the SSE Alumninet, a web portal open to holders of an SSE diploma. Alumninet had some 14 000 members as of January 2013, or through the official LinkedIn groups maintained by SSE 3. Membership in the Alumni Association of the Stockholm School of Economics – an alumni association sponsored and organized by alumni for Swedish-speaking graduates of SSE – or by joining the American Friends of SSE – an affiliated alumni group, based in the US. 4. Joining any of the unofficial alumni groups and networks, maintained by the alumni themselves, e.g. in the UK.

Noted alumni

  • Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Co-Founder and CEO of Klarna
  • Jacob de Geer, Co-Founder and CEO of iZettle
  • Dan T. Sehlberg, Author of world acclaimed novels MONA and SINON, Founder and CEO of Sehlhall Fastigheter, CEO of Citat Group
  • Inga-Britt Ahlenius
  • Yegor Altman
  • Jonas Andersson (swimmer)
  • Magdalena Andersson (economist)
  • Alexander Bard
  • Frank Belfrage
  • Erik Berglöf
  • Thomas Berglund, former President and CEO of Securitas
  • Inga Björk-Klevby
  • Lars Calmfors
  • Jan Carlzon, former CEO of SAS Group
  • Claes Dahlbäck, former president and CEO of Investor AB, chairman of the board of Stora Enso, member of the board of Goldman Sachs
  • Micael Dahlén
  • Hans Dalborg, former CEO of Skandia, president and CEO of Nordbanken AB 1991–2004
  • Ulf Dinkelspiel, former deputy minister of foreign affairs of Sweden
  • Marie Ehrling, former deputy CEO of SAS and CEO of TeliaSonera Sweden
  • Kristian Ek
  • Henrik Ekelund
  • Fredrik Eklund
  • Klas Eklund
  • Erik Engstrom, CEO of Reed Elsevier
  • Gunvor Engström
  • Ali Esbati
  • Johan Forssell
  • Christer Gardell
  • Reinhold Geijer
  • Philip Haglund
  • Lars Heikensten, former governor of Sveriges Riksbank, the national bank of Sweden
  • Stefan Ingves, incumbent governor of Sveriges Riksbank
  • Jerker Johansson
  • Olof Johansson, former acting minister for communications and former minister of the environment of Sweden
  • Bill Keenan, author, and former professional hockey player
  • Anna Kinberg Batra, member of the Riksdag, the parliament of Sweden
  • Erik Lakomaa
  • Staffan Burenstam Linder, former professor, inventor of the Linder hypothesis, former minister of trade of Sweden
  • Lars Ljungqvist
  • Per Olof Loof, CEO of KEMET Corporation
  • Fredrik Lundberg, president and CEO of L E Lundbergföretagen AB
  • Kristian Luuk
  • Bertil Näslund
  • Tobias Nielsén
  • Lars Nittve, former director of Rooseum in Malmö, Tate Modern in London, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and present director of M+, a new museum of visual culture under construction in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong, to open in 2018
  • Kjell A. Nordström
  • Ann-Christin Nykvist
  • Mikael Odenberg, former minister of defence of Sweden
  • Bertil Ohlin, professor of economics, developed the Heckscher–Ohlin model together with professor Eli Heckscher, founded the Stockholm school together with professor Gunnar Myrdal, leader of Folkpartiet (Liberal People's Party of Sweden) 1944–1967, Nobel laureate in economics in 1977
  • Sydney Onayemi
  • Eric M. Pless, Retired U.S. ARMY Lieutenant Colonel and Former U.S. Military Attache’ at U.S. Embassy Latvia 2008–2011, First U.S. Citizen EMBA Graduate from SSE RIGA in 2011.
  • Karin Pilsäter
  • Mats Qviberg
  • Ruben Rausing, founder of the liquid food packaging company Tetra Pak
  • Bo Johan Renck
  • Eric Rhenman
  • Jonas Ridderstråle
  • Karl Gustaf Scherman
  • Mikael Schiller
  • Suleyman Sleyman
  • Agneta Stark
  • Viveca Sten
  • Charlotte Strömberg
  • Oscar Swartz, founded Bahnhof, the first independent Internet service provider in Sweden
  • Max Tegmark, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Margaretha af Ugglas, former minister for foreign affairs of Sweden, daughter of Hugo Stenbeck, the founder of Investment AB Kinnevik
  • Louise Wachtmeister
  • Per Westerberg, chairman of the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament
  • Anne Wibble, finance minister of Sweden 1991–1994, daughter of Bertil Ohlin
  • Peter Wolodarski, editor-in-chief of Dagens Nyheter, the largest daily newspaper in Sweden, by circulation

Partner Universities

SSE has about 70 partner universities and each academic year, SSE sends over 180 students abroad on exchange and hosts over 180 exchange students from all over the world. The majority of the exchange places are part of the Master's program, but some places are offered at the Bachelor's level. The student exchange places are reserved for students from the SSE partner universities.[16]

See also

  • Student Association at the Stockholm School of Economics
  • Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
  • Stockholm School of Economics in Russia
  • List of business schools in the Nordic countries


  1. "Business school rankings from the Financial Times -". Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  2. "Archived copy". 
  3. "SSE - Education - Master Programs". Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  5. "Master of Science in Business and Management". Stockholm School of Economics. 
  6. "MSc in General Management". Stockholm School of Economics. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  7. "Business school rankings from the Financial Times -" (in en). 
  8. "MSc in Economics". Stockholm School of Economics. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  9. "PROGRAM DESCRIPTION". Stockholm School of Economics. Retrieved 16 May 2019. 
  10. "SSE EMBA program". Stockholm School of Economics. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  11. "Business school rankings from the Financial Times -". Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  12. "SSE PhD Program". Stockholm School of Economics. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  13. "Business Administration". Stockholm School of Economics. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  14. "Economics". Stockholm School of Economics. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  15. "Finance". Stockholm School of Economics. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  16. "Partner Universities". 

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