Faculty of Business and Economics

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Finance, Accounting, and Taxes

General information

  • The master's programme in finance, accounting, and taxes is accredited by ZEvA Hannover (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency).
  • Programme duration: 4 semesters
  • Language: German
  • Beginning of programme: each semester (winter and summer)

Admission requirements

Please note that there are new admission regulations for the master's programme. Details can be found under "Application and admission" (on the right-hand column of this page).

  • The application period to begin studying in the winter semester is from April 1 to May 15 of the same calendar year
  • The application period to begin studies in the summer semester is from October 1 to November 15 of the previous calendar year

You may submit your application for the master's programme even if you have not completed your current programme of study, but have acquired at least 150 credit points in a related bachelor's programme. The online application form and detailed information on the application and admission procedure can be found under "Application and admission" (see right-hand column). This deadline also applies to international applicants who are also required to complete the online application form.

Programme objective

The master's programme in finance, accounting, and taxes is designed for students seeking to enhance their education in each of these fields as well as to understand the dynamics between these fields. This programme provides students with a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of modern theories and advanced methods pertaining to finance, accounting, and taxes. The aim is to prepare students with the ability to anticipate and analyze the process of corporate decision-making. Students are additionally introduced to the latest scientific developments and are given the opportunity to personalize their studies by specializing in their field of interest. The purpose of specialization is to broaden students' academic knowledge in areas such as quantitative, legal, and monetary issues.

Programme structure

The master's programme in finance, accounting, and taxes is a two-year programme (4 semesters) that requires 120 credits. Three semesters are reserved for lectures, seminars, and tutorials (90 credits). The fourth semester is designated for the master's thesis (30 credits). The master's thesis should be completed within 20 weeks and should be presented in a research colloquium.

During the three semesters of coursework, students are expected to complete the following:

  • Four mandatory courses aimed to provide students with a strong foundation in the principles and practices of finance, accounting, and taxes (24 credits)
  • Electives in finance, accounting and taxes for specializing in selected fields of interest (30 credits)
  • A project seminar equipping students with inter-disciplinary theoretical and methodical expertise to form a sound basis for corporate decision-making (6 credits)
  • Methods (6 credits)
  • Electives (24 credits)
  • Master's thesis (30 credits)

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Career perspectives

Traditionally, the skill sets acquired by the master's programme in finance, accounting, and taxes are among those most frequently desired by business graduates. Moreover, they offer excellent career opportunities for graduates who seek challenging and rewarding careers in consulting and auditing companies, financial institutions, strategy, and policy units of large corporations, management bodies of small and mid-size entities, and government and organizations. In addition, entrepreneurial candidates may have the necessary knowledge base to start a business.