Finance, Accounting and Taxes (MSc)
Businesses and society will only be able to meet the challenges associated with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals if the information needed for sustainable management is made available. This involves not only the economic, but also the ecological and social dimensions of sustainability. In our master's programme, we combine finance and sustainability and prepare you for responsible jobs in accounting, controlling, taxation, finance, auditing or management.
- Finance, Accounting and Taxes
- Master of Science (MSc)
- Double Degree
- Teaching language:
- Standard period of studies:
- 4 semesters
- Start of studies:
- Winter and summer semester
- restricted online application and admission
Sustainable management requires the comprehensive integration of sustainability into the fields of accounting, finance and taxation. In our master's programme we prepare you excellently for the major challenges in business and society and enable you to help shaping the future.
When it comes to the topics of finance, accounting and taxation, the actuality of the teaching content is crucial, as regulations, for example, are constantly changing and evolving. Taxonomies and sustainability reportings are also a field that is becoming increasingly important and growing rapidly. With us, you will acquire cutting-edge skills in national and international regulation content. We also place a special focus on developing your methodological, personal and social skills to enable you to make responsible decisions.
Our master's programme gives you the flexibility to adapt your studies to your personal development. Set yourself apart from the crowd by specialising in finance, accounting or taxation and the consistent link to sustainability. Deepen and enrich your individual major through additional, freely selectable modules in the elective area - our master's programme gives you maximum freedom of choice.
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. Get to know the different professional fields of our graduates in the alumni portraits.
Related and consecutive/graduate programmes
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. Detailed information about the study programme can be found on the programme website of the Faculty of Business and Economics.
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)
Start of studies
- April 1 to May 15 to commence studies in the winter semester (October)
- October 1 to November 15 to commence studies in the summer semester (April)
- 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.
- German language skills, if German is not your native language
Specialization in 8 master's programmes
After the Bachelor's degree you can deepen and expand your knowledge in eight consecutive master's programmes at the faculty. We offer Master's programmes in Business Administration, Economics, Business Information Systems, Business and Human Resource Education, Applied Statistics and History of Global Markets. Some master’s programmes even include a double degree programme with renowned universities in Europe, South Africa and China. See in the video (in German) why it is worthwhile to study in Göttingen.