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M.Sc. Business Administration

Accounting and Taxation

The primary focus is on the instrument of internal and external accounting, including tax accounting. Key elements of the curriculum include basic rules on presenting accounting information, incentive effects and various instruments, analysis of accounting data and impact analysis.

Key Issues

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of financial accounting and auditing, international financial accounting, controlling and tax accounting
  • Analyse current economic and legal questions and challenges regarding business taxation, controlling, annual financial statements analysis and accounting data
  • Deduce behavioural patterns from theory
  • Become a leading expert in your field
  • Meet potential employers during the programme

Business Administration - Accounting and Taxation

Career Opportunities

Graduates can loo forward to excellent career opportunities in managemnt roles, corporate accounting departments and, in particular, with specialist service providers (accounting/tax consultancy firms and other consultancies). But core accounting skills are also necessary for a wide range of financial sector jobs (e.g. corporate banking, investment banking and financial analysis). The M.Sc. Business Administration widens your knowledge gained in your bachelor studies, giving you advanced knowledge and makes you an expertise in your chosen field respective area. For many managing positions in different industries and for certain professions in research and teaching, a master is indispensable. As the University of Cologne is state-funded, there are no tuition fees, just biannual "semester contribution" of slightly more than 250 euros. This includes the "semester ticket" for public transportation throughout Cologne's home state of North Rhine- Westphalia. So, with us, you can invest in an excellent education - and your future - without paying a fortune.

Michael Overesch

An advanced knowledge of accounting, financial reporting and business taxes plays a vital role in the management of any business.

Michael Overesch, Professor and Director of the Department of Financial Accounting and Business Taxation

Information on the application

From the middle of April onwards you can submit your application via WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal. Applicants with a (bachelor’s) degree acquired abroad must additionally apply via uni-assist online as well as postal until 15 June (date of receipt). If you apply for our Double Master’s Programme(s) the deadline is 30 April (date of receipt).

Detailed information about the admission procedure, admission deadlines and required documents are provided at the application website.

We are looking forward receiving your application!