Finance and Accounting.

Finance, accounting, taxes - the pillars of each and every company. The Master's degree program Finance & Accounting gives you the interdisciplinary skills you need to understand these dynamic areas and  qualify for top management positions!

You acquire in-depth expertise in finance, banking, financial und management accounting, controlling, public and non-profit finance and accounting as well as in tax management.

You can freely choose your area of specialization - between finance, management accounting, accounting or tax management. If you work part-time, we will do our best to take your area of specialization into consideration.
 

What makes this program particularly special

  • Finance and accounting will always be at the core of any company. We can help you hone your skills to better understand the complex relationships so you can explicitly apply your expertise to various contexts.
  • Learn from experts who make a difference. Many of our course instructors work with the government, have important positions in prestigious committees, conduct high quality research together with top companies to focus on future-oriented topics, and are influential opinion leaders who are often in the public eye on a daily basis due to their publications. What we do has a concrete impact.

 

Key Facts

Degree

Master of Science (MSc)

Duration

4 semesters

ECTS

120 Credits

Language

German (Level C1)

Location

Linz

Program

Full-Time

Contact & Information

ma-f&a@jku.at

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Main Areas of Focus

You select your area of focus! Select two of the four areas of specialization below:

  • Finance: Banking management, governance & CSR, valuation, asset management, securities management
  • Management Accounting: Controlling & business intelligence, performance management for public institutions, case study seminar, Behavioral management accounting, group controlling
  • Accounting: Consolidation, UGB, international developments in public accounting, company valuation and analysis
  • Tax Management: Tax profit calculation, entrepreneurship, company reorganization and termination, taxing capital investments, international tax planning

What You Will Learn in the Program

The Master's degree program Finance & Accounting provides you with interdisciplinary expertise in Accounting, Finance and Tax Management, qualifying you for a wide range of management positions:

  • You will learn to apply an integrated approach to all corresponding methods in modern financial management at companies, in public administration, and at private, non-profit organizations.
  • As part of modern studies in digitalization, sustainability, and crisis management, you will learn the way expertise is incorporated and applied to interdisciplinary networking.
  • You will also hone your personal and team skills in order to effectively solve problems and communicate finance-related issues as part of of the comany's system.

Career Prospects

Program graduates can pursue countless career opportunities and professions in Austria and abroad in the areas of finance, tax management, managerial accounting and financial accounting, including positions:

  • at companies in all industries
  • in auditing, tax consulting, controlling and business consulting
  • in the banking sector (i.e. portfolio management), treasury, investment controlling, investment consulting
  • in public administration and in non-profit sector management
  • in academic research and higher-level education
„Our program puts you at the forefront of everything new in the field. You will learn something new every day and enjoy campus life!"“
Prof. Dr. Teodoro D. Cocca, Program Director



Program Structure

Students in the Master's degree program Finance and Accounting must successfully pass the following subjects:

SEMESTER S1 S2 S3 S4
Fundamentals of Finance & Accounting x      
Focus on Finance & Accounting (Finance, Managerial Accounting, Accounting and Tax Management)   x x  
Trends in Finance and Accounting     x  
Autonomous Coursework   x x x
Master's Thesis       x
Master's Thesis Seminar       x
Master's Thesis Colloquium       x
Master's Examination       x

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Prerequisites

In order to be admitted to the Master's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.

  • If your first language is not German, you will be required to submit proof of C1 level of language proficiency in German.
  • Successful completion of a Bachelor's or Diploma degree in business and economics, or a comparable undergraduate academic degree program equivalent in content and scope, allows you to enroll in the Master's degree program in Finance and Accounting without any admission constraints.

 

Still have questions?

Then contact us!

Department

Admissions Office

Location

Bank Building

Room

1st Floor, Rm. 113A/B

Phone

+43 732 2468 2010

Program Management

Do you have any questions about the content of the Finance and Accounting program? Kindly make an appointment in advance for individual consultation or stop by during these office hours:
Monday: 1.00 - 4.00 PM, Wednesday: 9.00 AM - 12.00 PM.

Tanja Desgeorges, MA
Management Center, 2nd Floor, Rm. 211 B
+43 732 2468 3073
tanja.desgeorges@jku.at

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!

Advanced Degrees at the JKU

After completing your graduate degree, you can continue your education by pursuing an advanced degree:

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to complete all the core courses during the first semester?

No, not necessarily as it depends on your area of specialization. For example, if you decide to specialize in Finance and Accounting from the second semester on, you will be required to complete the core courses in Finance and Financial Accounting during the first semester. Theoretically, the other core courses can be taken later.

We do, however, recommend starting during the Winter Semester as core courses are not offered during the Summer Semester.

Does the program include courses taught in English?

The majority of courses in this program are held in German however some courses use textbooks and materials in both German and English. It also depends on the subject area you choose to pursue.

Can I study abroad for a semester during the program?

Yes, during the program you can study abroad for a semester. Contact the International Office at the JKU for additional information.

Can I complete the program as a part-time student?

In general, yes, however the curriculum comsists of mandatory courses, such as consolidation courses, and courses requiring you to present homework or project assignments. In this regard, you must have a certain degree of flexibility.

Which research methods do I have to complete?

The research methods must correspond to the topic for your graduate thesis. For example, if you are writing your Master's thesis in Finance or Controlling, you must complete Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods. If you choose a thesis topic in Accounting or in Tax, you will have to complete Research Methods in Accounting and Taxation as well as a workshop in Accounting and Taxation.

What are the admission requirements?

You must hold a Bachelor's degree in a corresponding subject area (Bachelor's in Business Administration, Business & Economics). Information about undergraduate degree programs considered comparable is available in the curriculum.

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