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Finance, Accounting and Taxes (M.Sc.)

Features

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.

Name:
Finance, Accounting and Taxes
Degree:
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Optionen:
Double Degree
Teaching language:
German
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Winter and summer semester
Admission:
Restricted
(Application to the faculty)

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Details

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.

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.

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Programme structure

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)

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Regulations

Previous Education

  • A minimum of six semesters of study culminating in a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent course of study with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in the subject of business or a closely related subject.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 150 of the 180 ECTS credits at the time of application. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications that do not meet this requirement.
  • Completed 60 ECTS credits and course work in Business Administration including 30 ECTS credits in Finance, Controlling, External Accounting/ Auditing, and Corporate Taxation.
    • As part of fulfilling the minimum of 30 ECTS course requirements in Finance, Controlling, External Accounting/ Auditing and Taxes:
      • A minimum of 18 ECTS must be completed in either Capital Market Theory, Financial Management, Value-based and Financial Controlling, Capital Market Oriented Accounting and Business Taxation
      • A minimum of 18 ECTS from the modules must be from coursework that is of intermediate or advanced levels
  • A minimum of 12 ECTS credits completed in Mathematics, Statistics, or Econometrics.

Language Requirements

If German is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in German at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Accepted forms of language verification:

  • Degree from a German institute of higher education
  • German Abitur
  • DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) – with an overall grade of at least DSH 2
  • TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with at least TDN 4 on all tests
  • Test part 'Deutsch' of the assessment test at a Studienkolleg (preparatory college) – with a passing grade
  • DSD II (Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Level II)
  • Proficiency certification from the Goethe Institute including:
    Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom C2 of the Goethe Institute

Contact

For enrolled students

Georg-August-Universität
Service Centre for Students
Faculty of Business and Economics

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
DE-37073 Göttingen

Oeconomicum, 1st Floor
Room: Oec 1.135

Phone: + 49 (0)551 39 28800
Fax: + 49 (0)551 39 9741

studienberatung@wiwi.uni-goettingen.de

www.service-center.wiwi.uni-goettingen.de
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