Master’s Programme in Accounting and Finance (MAccFin)


Program Description

Master’s Programme in Accounting and Finance (MAccFin)
Why MAccFin
The Master’s Programme in Accounting and Finance (MAccFin) enables you to view financial corporate management from an integrative perspective.
Our programme is characterised by its proximity to entrepreneurial practice: topical and relevant issues with case-related approaches to solutions play as important a role as do reputed guest lecturers and close cooperation with selected companies. The MAccFin programme thus creates optimal conditions for a successful career start.
The MAccFin prepares you for responsible activities in the field of financial
corporate management. No matter whether you look at it from the perspective of a management consultant, a controller, an auditor or a banker:
• you analyse an organisation’s sustainable financial and earning power, assess the profitability of customers, distribution channels and brands, and issue recommendations for further development;
• you are able to put the new technologies and opportunities of digital transformation for specific use in financial management;
• you deal with the requirements imposed by the capital market and the regulators;
• you create M&A processes;
• you conduct management performance assessments and create incentive-
compatible management instruments.
Student profile
Would you like to steer a company’s future development with sustainable success? Would you like to underpin its strategic growth opportunities with key figures and thus hone your arguments? Then you fit our target group
excellently. As a MAccFin student, you have a great interest in issues of financial management from a CFO’s point of view. Your academic and practical curiosity puts you in a position to not only become acquainted with concepts in a theoretical manner but to scrutinise them, assess them autonomously and adapt them to fit the context. Simultaneously with your education in this field, you further develop your analytical and communicative skills. In this way, you will be prepared to assume responsibility in leading positions in a complex and risky environment in the future.
Career outlook
We would like to provide you with the wherewithal for an exciting and unique career.
As a MAccFin graduate, you will not only have the necessary theoretical foundation but also be conversant with practice-oriented project work, positioning and opinion-leadership, as well as being involved in the production of solutions and decisions. You will find yourself in responsible positions in big and smaller corporations, on all continents, with responsibility in line functions, project work, management consultancy or auditing, and as entrepreneurs.
MAccFin Curriculum
The contents of the Master’s programme focus on the current and future tasks of financial management, which are undergoing radical change. What does digital transformation entail for corporate management? How can the countless pieces of information that are available today be analysed and put to good use (big data analytics)? How do blockchain technologies
impact on existing business models? These questions and others call for a
new understanding of financial management.
In our compulsory subjects (20 credits), which are taught in both German and
English, we will provide you with a cross-section of the various disciplines of financial management.
In the core electives, you will be able to concentrate on your interests and make a selection from among a great number of courses. In the Core Electives General (12–22 credits), the bandwidth of financial management is intended to be covered by a selection of four courses, whereas in the Core Electives Immersion (12–22 credits), two extensive courses are intended to provide you with specialist knowledge and prepare you for a career start. In this way, everyone will be able to pursue their individual requirements and interests. More than a third of the courses are offered in English.
We support you in the international orientation of your studies. Thus you can apply for the CEMS MIM or DM2 double degree programmes. In addition, you will be able to spend an exchange semester at one of our approx. 200 partner universities.
Admission to the MAccFin programme:
Please consult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria.
Last updated Oct 2018

About the School

With success: the University of St.Gallen has constantly been ranked among the top business schools in Europe. The Master's Programme in Strategy and International Management is ranked 1st worldwide i ... Read More

With success: the University of St.Gallen has constantly been ranked among the top business schools in Europe. The Master's Programme in Strategy and International Management is ranked 1st worldwide in the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking. The Master in Banking and Finance is ranked 6th in the FT Masters in Finance Ranking. International accreditations by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA underline our commitment to a holistic curriculum that meets the highest academic standards. We aim to develop students both in professional and personal terms by providing them with an education along humanist lines. Read less