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Taxation (M.Sc.)

The Master's degree programme in Taxation trains specialists for the corporate, consulting, academic, science, political and administrative sectors. Applicants should be interested in institutional taxation structures and their micro- and macroeconomic impacts. The substantive focus of the degree programme is on the field of taxation. This focus creates space for broad-based research into tax-related topics. These cover the legal foundations of corporate taxation and fiscal policy alongside methods of empirical and theoretical tax research.


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Degree: M.Sc.
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Starting semester: winter semester
Admission terms: limited admissions, application to the faculty
Admission requirements: Admission
Application deadline: April 1st to may 15th (winter term); october 1st to november 15th (summer term)
Application: Application process
Language of the Programme: German


The Master's degree programme in Taxation trains specialists for the corporate, consulting, academic, science, political and administrative sectors. Applicants should be interested in institutional taxation structures and their micro- and macroeconomic impacts. The substantive focus of the degree programme is on the field of taxation. This focus creates space for broad-based research into tax-related topics. These cover the legal foundations of corporate taxation and fiscal policy alongside methods of empirical and theoretical tax research.

The Taxation degree programme sets itself apart from other degree programmes in Economics offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics in that it teaches a great profundity of institutional expertise and methodological breadth whilst conveying substantial knowledge of business administration partnered with certain legal aspects. Unlike the business administration M.Sc. degree programme in Finance, Accounting and Taxes also offered at the Faculty of Business and Economics, the M.Sc. in Taxation is orientated along the overall economic situation and builds on micro- and macroeconomic theories.

Its aim is to give our graduates highly marketable skills with high-profile potential in the field of taxation. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in the economic sciences are the main target group. Economists looking to gain practical skills to be applied in politics or business as well as business administration majors with a special interest in fiscal policy are particularly well-suited candidates.

The degree programme is entirely modular, comprising a standard period of study of four semesters and requiring 120 credits. The breakdown is summarised below:

  • 1. Elective-compulsory courses (60 C)
    1.1 Basic modules (minimum 24 C)
    1.2 Finance (minimum 12 C)
    1.3 Corporate taxation (minimum 12 C)
    1.4 Law (minimum 6 C)
  • 2. Business administration (6 C)
  • 3. Methodology (12 C)
  • 4. Electives (12 C)
  • 5. Master's thesis (30 C)

Knowledge in German must be proven, proficiency in English is recommended.

Possible occupational fields are: corporate sector (especially tax departments), consulting, academic and research institutes, associations, public sector, banks and insurance companies