MSc International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation

“The decision to do the M.Sc. International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation degree programme at ESB was exactly the right choice. In addition to a practical management training course, the technical specialisation provides the perfect preparation for working in the areas of managerial accounting, taxation and accountancy. At the same time we benefit from the high motivation and expertise of the teachers as well as from ESB’s excellent national and international networking with potential employers.”   

Sebastian Schmid, Student MSc International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation, 2. Semester WS 18/19

Why study MSc International Accounting, Controlling 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 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 area of finances and controlling in internationally operating companies and in international consulting companies.

… because this degree programme is practice-oriented:

  • Demanding, real-life company projects, a business simulation and all-day workshops in companies complement the lectures.
  • In addition to our experienced team of professors you are taught by qualified company representatives.

Key facts

Length of course
3 semesters
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
Master of Science (MSc)

Semester contribution summer semester 2019: €167.30 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €97.30 for exchange students

Applicants from non-EU countries: The State of Baden-Württemberg imposes fees of 1.500 € per semester for new students.

Admission requirements
German or foreign university degree in an economics degree programme with at least 180 ECTS and a total average grade of “good“ (2.5).
Final grades obtained abroad must first be converted to the German grading system by an official body that is recognised for this purpose.

Good English language skills (at least Level B2), as proved by passing an English language test e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or DAAD.
Proof is not required if you have an English language university entrance qualification or an English language university degree qualifying for entry into a profession.

Good German language skills as proved by passing a language test (DSH, at least Level 2/ TestDaF at least 14 points), or equivalent
Proof is not required if you have a German university entrance qualification or a German language university degree qualifying for entry into a profession.

Experience abroad related to the degree programme (e.g. study semester abroad or internship abroad).
If you have no experience abroad you may take part in the selection process under the condition that you acquire the missing qualification during the course in accordance with the study and examinations regulations.
Available places
15 per semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How do companies and investors react to changes in general economic conditions?
  • How are efficient controlling tools implemented in internationally operating companies?
  • What challenges do companies face in the areas of accounting and taxation?

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 areas:

  • 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:

  • Wirtschaftswoche 2018: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 5 in International Business Engineering.
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  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2017/18: Reutlingen University is part of the top group in several areas including international orientation, degrees completed within an appropriate timeframe and the overall study situation
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  • U-Multirank 2017: Reutlingen University is awarded seven top placings e.g. for Internationality, Knowledge Transfer and Regional Engagement
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  • WirtschaftsWoche 2016, School of Business Management: First spot among all universities of applied sciences.
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  • U-Multirank 2016: Reutlingen University: worldwide "Top performer" in knowledge transfer, Top group in international orientation and regional commitment
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  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2014, School of Business Management: 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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