Finance, Accounting and Taxes (M.Sc.)
Name of the Master's Programme: Finance, Accounting, and Taxes
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) with double-degree option
Programme duration: 4 semesters
Beginning of programme: each semester (winter and summer)
Admission requirements: Admission
Application: Application process
Application deadline: April 1st to May 15th (for the winter semester) and October 1st to November 15th (for summer semester)
Language of the programme: German
General information: What is it all about?
The Master's programme in Finance, Accounting and Taxes is designed for students who wish to further enhance their education in each of these lines of business administration and to study potential interrelations. Students acquire a profound and wide-ranging knowledge of modern theories and advanced methods material to the fields of finance, accounting and taxes, thus rendering them capable of anticipating and analysing corresponding effects of corporate decisions.
Furthermore, they are introduced to the latest scientific developments and are given the opportunity to personalise their studies by specialising in their field of interest. Broadening the students' academic qualification, the syllabus can feature additional topics focusing on quantitative, legal, and monetary issues.
Additionally, our Faculty offers a double degree programme with the Ghent University Faculty for Economics and Business Administration (in Belgium). Within four semesters, well-qualified students can complete both a M.Sc. degree in finance, accounting, and taxes at the University of Göttingen, as well as a parallel M.Sc. degree in business economics (with a focus on corporate finance or accounting) at Ghent University.
The Master's programme in Finance, Accounting and Taxes is a two-year programme (4 semesters) that requires at least 120 credits in total. 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 is scheduled for completion within 20 weeks and has to be presented in the course of 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)
Sufficient German language skills are required. Good language skills in English are recommended.
Traditionally, the areas covered by the Master's programme in Finance, Accounting and Taxes are among those most frequently desired by business graduates. Moreover, they offer excellent entry opportunities for graduates with exceptional degrees 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 public authorities and organizations. In addition, entrepreneurial candidates have the opportunity to start their own business.