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M.Sc. Business Administration


Finance seeks to convey expertise about capital market instruments as well as methods of internal business financing. In the banking and insurance sector, the subject of risk measurement and control has increasingly come to the fore owing to more stringent supervisory regulations.

Key Issues

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of (corporate) finance, banking and insurance
  • Learn to understand the interpendencies between corporate accounting, business valuation and portfolio management
  • Analyse current economic questions and challenges regarding company valuation, decision-making problems in bank and insurance operations and risk management
  • Take the next step for your finance career in a company, bank, insurance firm or other financial service provider

Career Opportunities

This major prepares students for a career in the finance sector – within enterprises, banks, insurance companies and other financial service providers, e.g. investment or leasing companies. There are also myriad opportunities in finance departments at consultancy and auditing firms. People who work in investment banking, investment companies or consultancies that deal with investments are generally expected to have solid understanding of corporate accounting, business valuation and portfolio management. 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.

Dieter Hess

In today's world, every business enterprise must be proficient in finance and risk management techniques.

Dieter Hess, Professor and Director of the Department of Corporate Finance

Information on the application

From the middle of March 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!