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International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation (IACT) – MSc

Management career in controlling and finance

In the International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation degree programme, you will deepen your knowledge of the fundamentals of business administration and acquire additional specialist knowledge in the areas of international accounting, international controlling, taxation and finance.

  • Goal-oriented Education
    After graduating, you will be ideally prepared for a management career in accounting, taxation, finance and controlling.

  • International Focus
    The focus on global business relations is a common thread running through all the subjects.

  • Learning and Doing
    Academically sound and highly application-oriented.

 

Further advantages:

  • Challenging, real-world company projects, a business simulation game and all-day workshops in companies supplement the lectures.
  • In addition to our team of experienced professors, you will be taught by qualified company representatives. 
We look forward to your application! As of now and until January 15

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Coordination: MSc International Business Development / MSc International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation

Key Data

All the facts and figures for your degree programme at a glance

Duration of studies

3 to 4 semesters

(depending on previous international experience)

Admission requirements

University degree as well as good German and English language skills

Start of studies

15 March in summer semester

1 October in winter semester

Costs

167.30 € for regular students

97.30 € for exchange students

Location of study

Reutlingen and location of partner university

Study places

15 per semester

All key data

Duration of studies

3 to 4 semesters

(depending on previous international experience)

Location of study

Reutlingen and location of partner university

Start of studies

15 March in summer semester

1 October in winter semester

Application deadlines

Winter semester: 15 July 

Summer semester: 15 January

Study places

15 per semester

Admission requirements

  • Degree in business/economics from a German or foreign university with at least 180 ECTS and a total average grade of "good" (2.5).
  • Final grades obtained abroad must be converted in advance to the German grading system by recognised bodies.
  • A good command of English at level B2 must be proven according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Further information: "Statute of required language skills".
  • A good command of German, proven by passing a language examination (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 degree qualifying for admission to a profession.
  • Study programme-related experience abroad (e.g. study or internship semester abroad). This can also be obtained during your studies within the framework of an additional semester. You will find detailed information in the IACT Study and Examination Regulations.

Languages of instruction

German and English (approx. 80/20)

Degree

Master of Science (MSc)

ECTS

90

Costs

Admission requirements

  • Degree in business/economics from a German or foreign university with at least 180 ECTS and a total average grade of "good" (2.5).
  • Final grades obtained abroad must be converted in advance to the German grading system by recognised bodies.
  • A good command of English at level B2 must be proven according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Further information: "Statute of required language skills".
  • A good command of German, proven by passing a language examination (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 degree qualifying for admission to a profession.
  • Study programme-related experience abroad (e.g. study or internship semester abroad). This can also be obtained during your studies within the framework of an additional semester. You will find detailed information in the IACT Study and Examination Regulations.

Costs

An international career in three semesters

In this degree programme, you will learn how to adapt companies to changing conditions, implement efficient controlling instruments and master challenges in international accounting and taxation. 

Structure and content

You will complete the first and second semester at ESB Business School at Reutlingen University where you will deepen your existing business knowledge and acquire specialist knowledge in the fields of controlling, strategic management and accounting, among others.

There are two options for the third semester:

  • If you have already gained experience abroad prior to your Master's degree, you can take a voluntary study semester abroad or an internship semester after the second study semester. Alternatively, you can immediately write your Master's thesis.
  • If you have not yet gained experience abroad before taking up the Master's programme, you will complete a compulsory semester or internship abroad in the third semester. With the completion of the Master's programme, you can thus demonstrate qualified international experience. This will extend your studies by one semester.

You can write your Master's thesis in a country of your choice.

Opportunity for double degrees

In cooperation with Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, double degrees are also possible: e.g. Master of Science International Human Resource Management or Master of Science Management. 

Key contents

The programme includes the following modules:

  • Controlling & Finance
  • Accounting & Tax
  • Law and Strategy
  • Business Ethics
  • Elective Business Language I / II
  • International Controlling Projects
  • International Financial Reporting & Auditing
  • Tax Accounting & International Taxation
  • Management Studies
  • Electives
  • Business Simulation
  • Master Thesis

Teaching by experts with real-world experience

In addition to the teaching by the team of professors at ESB Business School, you will be taught by experts from tax advisory and auditing firms. This will give you deep insights into business and auditing practice as well as relevant, up-to-date teaching content. From day one, you will establish contacts with those involved in daily practice and can intensify these through internships, working student activities and your Master's thesis.

Our partner in teaching:

RWT Reutlinger Wirtschaftstreuhand GmbH
Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Steuerberatungsgesellschaft

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Your application process

1.

Read the admission requirements carefully.

2.

Apply online by 15 January respectively 15 July.

3.

Accept the invitation to the selection interview.

4.

If you are admitted, accept the offered study place.

Admission requirements

  • Degree in business/economics from a German or foreign university with at least 180 ECTS and a total average grade of "good" (2.5).
  • Final grades obtained abroad must be converted in advance to the German grading system by recognised bodies.
  • A good command of English at level B2 must be proven according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Further information: "Statute of required language skills".
  • A good command of German, proven by passing a language examination (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 degree qualifying for admission to a profession.
  • Study programme-related experience abroad (e.g. study or internship semester abroad). This can also be obtained during your studies within the framework of an additional semester. You will find detailed information in the IACT Study and Examination Regulations.

 

This is how the online application goes

Applications are made exclusively online. You will upload all the necessary documents during the application process. A printout and signature are not required for the online application. A signed application form on paper is required later, when you formally enroll.

 

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Accept the invitation to the selection interview.

We will invite you to the selection interview by e-mail. The interview will be conducted online. If you are unable to attend the interview, please cancel your appointment immediately.

Please note that you will be excluded from the further application procedure if you do not accept the invitation to the selection interview. You will also receive a letter of exclusion if you were not invited to the selection interview even though you fulfil all the formal criteria of the selection statues. Whether you receive an invitation is decided by your academic performance in comparison to the other applications (see § 5 of the Admission and Selection Statutes). 

Welcome to ESB Business School!

    The following criteria decide on admission to the degree programme:

    • Academic performance
    • Study-related practical experience
    • Experience abroad
    • Foreign language skills

    If you have been admitted and would like to accept the place, please return the signed application for enrolment together with the requested documents and transfer the semester fees. You can find out the address to send the application to and where to transfer the fees in our Questions & Answers on enrolment.

    Tips on finding a room or flat can be found on the Reutlingen University website.

    For international students: On the website of Reutlingen University you will find information about studying in Germany, our range of preparatory courses, experience reports and much more besides.

    And after my studies?

    As a graduate of the Master's programme International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation you will have a wealth of specialist knowledge and will be ideally prepared for a management career in the field of finance and controlling in internationally operating companies and consulting firms.

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    Your qualification profile

    After completing this study programme, you will have a high level of business knowledge, which you will have supplemented with specialist knowledge in the fields of international accounting as well as international controlling and taxation. 

    Typical industries

    As a graduate, your knowledge and skills will be the basis for a successful career in internationally oriented companies in all sectors as well as in tax advisory and auditing firms. 

    Possible corporate areas

    With their expertise in the areas of international accounting, controlling and taxation, our graduates find a wide range of fields of application in various corporate sectors. 

    Doctorate

    Your Master of Science Accounting, Controlling and Taxation degree from ESB Business School at Reutlingen University also offers you the best prerequisites for an academic career and a doctorate.

    As part of my Master's degree in International Accounting & Taxation, I gained valuable international experience during my semester abroad with a focus on Finance at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

     

    Silke Baumann

    Tax Specialist / CHT Germany GmbH, Tübingen

    Graduated in 2016

    Thanks to ESB Business School's excellent networking with national and international companies, students on the Master's programme in International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation are able to establish contacts with potential employers at an early stage.

     

    Manuel Müller

    Sales Controller, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH

    Graduated in 2018

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