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Master
Finance, Accounting & Taxation

Turn your passion for finance and love for organisation into a lucrative career in companies across the world.

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Overview

Start your online Master in Finance, Accounting and Taxation

No company can be run successfully for an extended period of time without a well-designed financial plan. That’s why finance, accounting and taxation professionals are so important: they hold the key to a company’s ability to plan for the future, and to meet the strict standards of local and international monetary regulations.

As a future graduate of IU’s online Master’s programme in Finance, Accounting and Taxation, you’ll be a well-trained and capable managerial candidate for companies looking to strengthen their financial departments.

Combine practical and theoretical knowledge in order to successfully navigate the challenges of a financial sector in constant change, and develop the right managerial skills to lead financial teams to joint success.

Your online degree summed up

All the facts and figures about your study programme at a glance
OnlineCampus Study Model Degree
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
120 ECTS credits

Language
English
Accreditation & Recognition
Accreditation
Accredited in line with German and European standards
ZFU 1113820


Recognition
Your degree is Internationally recognised and can easily be transferred to another country
Tuition Fees & Discounts
Tuition Fees
Starting from € 299 (US$ 329)* per month
*based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:04 AM (CEST)

Discounts
Discounts and promotions are available on a seasonal basis

Online application
No application fees
Study Duration
Study start
any time

Duration
24 - 48 months (depending on time model)
100 % flexible

You decide where and when you want to study

Modernised learning

Access our unique learning app and AI tutor 

Award-winning education

First-class learning: 96% recommended 

Study contents

Online course overview

The goal of the Finance, Accounting and Taxation online Master’s programme is to give you the tools you need for successfully meeting the financial challenges companies are expected to face in the future. To do so, the programme focuses on expanding your knowledge of economic principles, and adding to it further with specialist knowledge practical, proven approaches to financing, international accounting and taxation issues. 

To ensure your ability to take on managerial positions in the field, you’ll also take courses on the basic principles of leadership and personnel management. In addition, you will get a chance to test your knowledge in business through different seminars and projects.

Semester 1

Module

ECTS credits

Leadership

5

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

5

Advanced Research Methods                                    

5

Applied Statistics                             

5

Current Issues in Accounting              

5

Managerial Economics                     

5

Semester 2

Module

ECTS credits

Corporate Finance

5

International Financial Accounting

5

Performance Management

5

Risk Management

5

Innovation and Strategy in FinTech

5

International Taxation

5

Semester 3

Module

ECTS credits

Introduction to IFRS

5

Seminar: Current Issues in Corporate Finance

5

Electives A

10

Electives B

10

Semester 4

Module

ECTS credits

Master Thesis & Colloquium

30

Electives overview

Elective A + B

In your 3rd semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS credits

Data Science and Analytics

10

Supply Chain and Sourcing Management

10

Managing in a Global Economy and Negotiation

10

Corporate Finance and Investment

10

Business Analyst

10

Forensic Accounting

10

Capital Markets

10

Module guide

Online course schedule

All the support you need, any time of day

With this programme, you’ll have access to human and AI-powered tutoring. 

Your tutors will be available to answer any questions, and you’ll have recurring appointments where you can discuss course topics with them and other students. 

Syntea, IU’s AI-powered tutor, will be available 24/7 to guide you through your courses and prepare you for exams. 

Study your way, and master working with AI at the same time. 

Admission

Entry requirements

The admissions documents must be provided in English or German. If they were not issued in one of these two languages, a translation is required. If you need to translate your documents, we can help refer you to our trusted translation partners. You can find more details here

General admission requirements

Admission Requirements for 120-ECTS credits: 

  • Completed, undergraduate degree with 180 ECTS credits in the field of business administration, economics 
  • Your degree must be from a state or state-recognised higher education institution/university  
  • You must have achieved a final grade of at least “satisfactory” or Grade C equivalent in your previous undergraduate degree

Further admission opportunities

For the 60 ECTS credits programme:

Depending on previous education, the following entry options are applicable for the 60 ECTS credits Master's degree:

  • undergraduate degree with 210 ECTS credits: You can bridge the gap of 30 ECTS credits with proof of one year of qualified professional experience
  • undergraduate degree with 180 ECTS credits: You can bridge the gap of 60 ECTS credits with proof of two years of qualified professional experience

For the 120 ECTS credits programme:

If you have completed a non-subject-related undergraduate degree programme, you can still apply for admission. By successfully completing 2 specific modules of the Master's degree programme, you can gain admission to your desired 120 ECTS credits Master's degree programme. 

The recognition of knowledge and skills acquired outside of higher education is generally possible.

The further admission opportunities represent individual cases to the above-mentioned general admission requirements and ensure the existence of a corresponding qualification for Master's degree programmes. Admission is at the discretion of the university.

Online degree saver programme

Apply for the online Degree Saver programme and receive a discount on your tuition fees. 

Please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team for more details. 

English language skills

Depending on your personal circumstances, you might be required to provide proof of your English language proficiency. Your skills would need to match the B2 level of the Common European Framework (CEF). 

We accept the following English language skills certificates*: 

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 points)* or 
  • IELTS (minimum Level 6)* or 
  • Duolingo English Test (minimum 95 points)*
  • PTE Academics (minimum 59 points)* or
  • Cambridge Certificate (minimum Grade B)* 

Is English your native language, or have you graduated from an English-speaking school or university? Then you do not need to prove your English language proficiency. 

Get in touch with our study advisors for more details. 

*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than five years. 

Careers

Your Master in Finance, Accounting and Taxation career outlook

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting and Taxation, you will be able to take on a wide range of consultancy or management positions in the finance department of companies across different business sectors. Use your professional expertise to work as one of the following, for example:

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Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) work as part of a company’s top managerial spine, and are responsible for all financial aspects and governance within the company. As a future CFO, you’ll be in charge of setting budgets, managing funds, ensuring that there is a well-organised bookkeeping system in place and planning the company’s financial spending and liquidity. Develop approaches to optimise financial processes and keep the rest of the management core up to date in regards to the company’s financial situation at any given moment.

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Accounting Manager

Manage and direct your team’s daily accounting operations, and assure the timely preparation of financial reports – both internal and external. Plan and oversee commercial processes, prepare financial data and analyse it in order to create key figure reports for your company’s upper management. Act as your company’s contact person for banks, tax consultants and tax authorities, and help the company strategise and set realistic financial goals according to your reports.

Head of Treasury

As head of treasury, your main responsibility is to watch over your company’s finances. You’ll need to make sure that the company’s accounts always have sufficient funds in order for the business to continue regular operations. In addition to that, you’ll be expected to plan ahead and set forth long-term financing strategies, as well as think of future-oriented liquidity management questions. Help companies grow and evolve by ensuring that their finances grow accordingly and managed properly.

Student reviews

This is what our students say

  • “Combined with practical work experience, the study programme at IU was the right choice for me.”

    Britta Gabriel

    Graduate, Germany

  • “My online studies allowed me to follow all my wishes and dreams so far: Even a break from studies and job when our son was born in June.”

    Eike Lehnen

    Online student

  • “Safe to say, my studies at IU were a major factor in me securing my current role at Facebook. The talks and career events organised by IU provided me with many opportunities to network with industry leaders.”

    Mai Duc Nguyen

    Graduate

Tuition fees

Online Study models & fees for your Master degree in Finance, Accounting & Taxation

On campus study model and fees for your Master degree in Finance, Accounting & Taxation

Depending on your personal or professional circumstances, you may wish to complete your studies as quickly as possible, or you may prefer a more flexible study programme that is less time-consuming. That’s why we offer part-time options for all our study programmes. This allows you to study alongside professional or personal commitments. We adjust your study fees based on your chosen time model.

Are you unable to finish your programme within the given time? No problem! If you realise that you need more time, you can simply switch to another time model with one months’ notice before the end of the month.

No registration or administration fees are charged when you apply for studying – you’ll only be charged once your studies have started, and the trial month has ended.

Your trial month begins when you receive your login credentials. This will give you the opportunity to test our courses for one month without obligation, before being charged. During that month, you can then take your first courses and start learning right away!

Once the trial month is over, your studies continue. You’ll pay your tuition fees according to your contract.

At IU, we believe in full transparency – so there are no hidden fees. You only pay for your tuition and the one-time campus registration fee of €1,500.

No registration or administration fees are charged when you apply for studying – you'll only be charged once your studies have started. If you won't be admitted to a programme because you do not meet the admission requirements, no fees will be charged.

Full-Time

Duration 24 Months

US$ 607
US$ 547 /mth* Apply now
* € 496 based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:04 AM (CEST)

Part-Time I

Duration 36 Months

US$ 456
US$ 415 /mth* Apply now
* € 377 based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:04 AM (CEST)

Part-Time II

Duration 48 Months

US$ 359
US$ 329 /mth* Apply now
* € 299 based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:04 AM (CEST)

All our study programmes include the following benefits

  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • 1-month trial
  • Monthly live and recorded tutorials
  • Use of the online campus
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn German and English for free
  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn German and English for free
  • On-campus tutorials, 2-3x week
  • Access to all on-campus services
Recognition

Recognition of previous achievements

  • Save time: Skip individual modules or whole semesters!

Even before you apply for a study programme, we’ll gladly check whether we can take your previous achievements into account: 100% online, no strings attached. Simply fill in our recognition application form, which you can find under the content section of each study programme's webpage, and upload it via our upload section. You can also e-mail it to us, or send it via post.

Send an email to study@iu.org to find out which previous achievements you can get recognised. You can get your previous achievements recognised during your studies.

Do you need help with your application for recognition? Our student advisors will be happy to help. Simply arrange a personal call-back appointment.Arrange a personal video consultation appointment to discuss recognition

Why IU International University of Applied Sciences is the best choice

Your Studies Are Flexible and 100% Online

Schedule when you want to learn and study 100% online. At IU you have the possibility to complete your degree fully from home, whether full-time or part-time. You can even take your exams online whenever it suits you. 

Accredited & Globally Recognised

IU is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated. We can also provide you with an official Europass Diploma Supplement once you graduate, to ensure that your degree is recognised anywhere in the EU.

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, live teaching sessions, student advice and support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions. Our study coaches are also available to help at any time. 

The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice

Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Thanks to our great variety of electives you can specialise in the specific areas that match your personal goals.

Accredited & Globally Recognised

IU is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated. We can also provide you with an official Europass Diploma Supplement once you graduate, to ensure that your degree is recognised anywhere in the EU.

The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice

Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Thanks to our great variety of electives you can specialise in the specific areas that match your personal goals.

Hybrid Studies = More Flexibility

By combining in-person tutorials 2-3 times per week with 24/7 access to online study materials, you get to benefit from a more flexible study schedule. This allows you to work alongside your studies, or combine other activities, with relative ease. 

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, intimate campuses, easy access to lecturers, live teaching sessions, student advice services, and career support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions – and so are our study coaches.