Master in Accounting and Finance (MAccFin)

General

Program Description

Fact sheet MAccFin

You can find the most important information about our Master's program in Accounting and Finance (MAccFin) in the fact sheet below.

  • Master's program: Accounting and Finance (MAccFin)
  • Degree:  Master of Arts HSG (M.A. HSG)
  • Program start: Fall semester (calendar week 38)
  • Duration: 1.5 years / 3 semesters, full-time
  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Program language: English and German
  • Program running since: 2004, redesigned since 2009
  • Accreditation: EQUIS, AACSB
  • Application window: 1st October to 31st March

The Master’s Program in Accounting and Finance (MAccFin) enables you to view financial corporate management from an integrative perspective - for your future in consulting, executive management, Investment Banking, or auditing.

Our program is characterized 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 program thus creates optimal conditions for a successful career start.

Objectives

The Master’s Program in Accounting and Finance (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 consultant, a controller, an auditor or a banker:

  • you analyze an organization’s sustainable financial and earning power and issue recommendations for further development.
  • you deal with the requirements imposed by the capital market and the regulators.
  • you create M&A processes.
  • you conduct a value-oriented assessment of the profitability of customers, distribution channels, and brands, as well as drawing up alternative action scenarios.
  • you conduct management performance assessments and create incentive-compatible management instruments.

Financial management thus includes a systematic and reliable record of corporate performance, as well as reporting for the attention of investors and other stakeholders.

MAccFin-Awards

From 2016 on, the three best MAccFin degree students will be honored every semester (according to their final grade). The MAccFin-Awards are remunerated as follows:

  • 1st prize:  CHF 3‘000
  • 2nd prize: CHF 2‘000
  • 3rd prize:  CHF 1‘000

The award ceremony takes place in the course of the MAccFin-Breakfast right before the official ceremony at the Master’s Graduation Day.

Prof. em. Dr. Alfred Storck, honorary professor emeritus for business taxation and corporate finance, helped to initiate the MAccFin-Awards with a major donation.

Career Prospects

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.

Practice-oriented

With our education, students are not only armored with the necessary theoretical foundations, instead, they also have experience in practical Project work and constitution of Solutions and decisions.

Responsibility

As a jump start for their careers, graduates oftentimes decide for the first step in a management consulting company, for auditing, or for a junior position in the finance department of an international company. With this start, they repeatedly increase duties, competencies, responsibilities, projects as well as leadership within a short time.

"The focus of my work concerns the restructuring of industrial companies. With the solid foundation from the MAccFin studies, I am able to quickly dive into the specific situation of the customer and recon value potentials as well as risk areas."

Ev Pardey, Senior Manager Deloitte AG
Alumni MAccFin 2006

Curriculum

Our Master's program in Accounting and Finance (MAccFin) is offered in English and German.

Contents and structure

The contents of the Master’s program focus on the current and future tasks of financial management. Increasing demands for transparent and real-time information about current and planned activities and the financial results expected from them require a very good specialist interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to create and implement systems.

Compulsory Courses

The three compulsory courses of the first semester provide a cross-section of financial management. The Auditing course shows the principles and rules according to which auditors conceptualize and conduct a group audit. Corporate Finance deals with models of corporate funding structures, whereas Management Accounting raises and discusses questions of corporate planning, steering, and control. In the second semester, the Financial Analysis course focuses on instruments of financial analysis, as well as their critical assessment and their application in keeping with the context, while Financial Reporting according to the True & Fair View is concerned with the external perspective.

Core Electives

In core electives, you will be able to choose from a great number of courses. The general core electives should cover the bandwidth of financial management through the choice of four courses, whereas in the immersion core electives, two extensive courses are intended to enable students to specialize and thus to prepare them for their career starts. Students are therefore able to pursue their very own individual requirements and interests. 

MAccFin Admission Criteria

  • Recognized degree from a Swiss university with at least 180 ECTS credit points.
  • Language requirements in the language of instruction English.

Please consult our website for further details and the most up-to-date information about the admission criteria.

Application

  • The degree program starts in the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.
  • Application period: 1st October - 31st March

Student Profile

We address students with broad interest for Managerial Finance and we offer a diverse spectrum of carrier paths.

Would you like to guide 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 not only to become acquainted with concepts in a theoretical manner but to scrutinize 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.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

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Accreditations

EFMD Equis Accredited
AACSB Accredited