MA International Accounting and Taxation

"After graduating and two years at an automotive group I wanted to develop in the field of controlling and accounting. I found the best offer at ESB Business School. First-class and practice-related teaching has already opened many doors to a career in an international environment.”

Irina Perezhogina, Student, began her studies in the summer semester 2013

Why study MA International Accounting and Taxation?

… because companies need managers with management-oriented training and practice-relevant specialist knowledge:

  • You enhance your basic business knowledge,
  • You acquire specialist knowledge in the fields of international financial reporting as well as international controlling and taxation.

… because this degree programme is highly practice-oriented:

  • Demanding, real corporate projects and all-day workshops in companies,
  • Classes with qualified representatives from industry and business,
  • Business game,
  • Six-month industrial internship (only in the four-semester Master’s degree programme).

… because you receive internationally focused training:

  • The focus on international business relations is a recurring theme in all subjects,
  • You will be prepared for a management career in the finance and controlling area of internationally operating companies.

Key facts

Length of course
3 semesters if you have 210 ECTS from your first degree
4 semesters if you have 180 ECTS from your first degree
Place of study
Beginning of course
Summer and winter semester
Application deadline
For the summer semester: 15 January
For the winter semester: 15 July
Language of instruction
German and English (approx. 80/20)
Foreign languages
90 (3 semesters)
120 (4 semesters)

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester fees: 146.60 € (Students Union contribution and administration costs contribution)

Admission requirements
Bachelor degree in Business Studies with a total average grade of at least “good“ (2.5)
Practical experience in business management of at least 6 months (e.g. internship semester)
Good English language skills (e.g. TOEFL, level at least B2)
International applicants: Proof of good German language skills through German Language Test for university entrance (DSH) or equivalent

Available places
15 to 20 per semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How can one actively react to changing environmental conditions and an altered business environment?  
  • How can efficient controlling instruments be implemented in internationally operating companies?
  • What are the changes caused by the implementation of different accounting systems in practice?
  • How do companies and investors react to legislative fiscal measures?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Typical industries

  • Internationally focused, medium-sized companies in all lines of business
  • Large internationally operating companies in all lines of business
  • Tax consulting and auditing firms

Typical corporate divisions:

  • Financial controlling
  • Investment
  • Finance departments
  • Consulting
  • Strategy consulting
  • Tax consulting and auditing firms oriented towards medium-sized enterprises and international business

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.


Current rankings:

  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2014, School of Business Management: 4 of 5 green points - Top group
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  • U-Multirank 2014: Best possible in the categories international orientation of the programmes, contacts with work environment, quality of course & teaching
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