Master of Science in Management & Sustainable Accounting and Finance


Program Description

At a Glance

  • Degree awarded: Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.)
  • Application period: April 1 - June 1
  • Type of programme:
  • Study places: 25
  • Start date: Oc­to­ber 1
  • Extent: 120 ECTS
  • Duration: 4 se­mes­ters
  • Language: Eng­lish
  • Semester contribution: ap­prox. EUR 360

Fi­nan­ci­al ma­nage­ment, ac­coun­ting, au­dit­ing, busi­ness va­lua­ti­on – if you are in­te­rested in the ana­ly­ti­cal pro­ces­ses wi­t­hin a com­pa­ny, the Mas­ters pro­gram­me Management & Sustainable Accounting and Finance of­fers you an in­te­res­ting field of stu­dy.

In the Fi­nan­ce & Ac­coun­ting ma­jor, you will ac­qui­re busi­ness com­pe­tence for va­ried and de­man­ding ma­na­ge­ri­al func­tions, not only in fi­nan­cing and ac­coun­ting but also in con­sul­ting firms and au­dit­ing com­pa­nies. In the pro­cess you will learn – par­ti­cu­lar­ly against the back­ground of the cur­rent chal­len­ges in cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion – how the­se core busi­ness di­sci­pli­nes can be ar­ran­ged in a so­ci­al­ly re­s­pon­si­ble and sustainable man­ner to sol­ve cur­rent so­ci­al pro­blems so that com­pa­nies them­sel­ves and ex­ter­nal in­te­rest groups be­ne­fit equal­ly.

Contents and Concept

The de­gree pro­gram­me is cha­rac­te­ri­sed by an in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry ma­nage­ment ap­proach. The nu­merous con­tent-re­la­ted syn­er­gies bet­ween the fiel­ds of fi­nan­ce and ac­coun­ting as well as the con­ti­guous di­sci­pli­nes such as ban­king, au­dit­ing & tax are con­sis­tent­ly ta­ken into con­side­ra­ti­on in the cour­se struc­tu­re. Stu­dents re­flect on the­se to­pics of busi­ness ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on using cur­rent re­se­arch fin­dings in sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­ence.

High­ly qua­li­fied full-time mem­bers of the pro­gram­mes teaching staff as well as pres­ti­gious as­so­cia­te lec­tu­rers who are ac­tive in the field of fi­nan­ce and ac­coun­ting pro­vi­de an ide­al com­bi­na­ti­on of re­se­arch and ap­p­li­ca­ti­on ori­en­ta­ti­on. In ad­di­ti­on to the ne­cessa­ry pro­fes­sio­nal com­pe­tence, es­sen­ti­al ma­na­ge­ri­al and so­ci­al com­pe­ten­cies will be con­vey­ed in or­der to pre­pa­re stu­dents for ma­na­ge­ri­al ac­tivi­ties. The fo­cus in this con­nec­tion is working in small groups with se­mi­nar cha­rac­ter.

Management Studies as a Comprehensive Study Element

All stu­dents in the Mas­ters pro­gram­me Ma­nage­ment & En­tre­pre­neurship com­ple­te ma­nage­ment stu­dies as an as­so­cia­tio­nal stu­dy ele­ment. In the pro­cess, stu­dents de­epen their pro­fes­sio­nal skills in the field of ma­nage­ment know­ledge in a to­tal of three mo­du­les.

Buil­ding on the first se­mes­ter (“Or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on, In­no­va­ti­on and Stra­te­gy”), busi­ness ide­as for com­pa­nies and prac­tical part­ners are de­ve­l­o­ped wi­t­hin the frame­work of an idea com­pe­ti­ti­on in the se­cond se­mes­ter (“In­no­va­ti­on Pro­ject”). The fo­cus in the third se­mes­ter is on the cur­rent sta­te of re­se­arch on the sub­ject “en­tre­pre­neurship”, which is par­ti­cu­lar­ly ap­p­lica­ble in re­la­ti­on to the foun­da­ti­on plan­ning pha­se and busi­ness plan.

Programme Structure

In ad­di­ti­on to im­par­ting re­se­arch me­thods, in the first se­mes­ter you will be gi­ven an in­tro­duc­tion to ex­ter­nal ac­coun­ting (Ac­coun­ting I) and cor­po­ra­te fi­nan­cing (In­te­gra­ted Cor­po­ra­te Fi­nan­ce). You can fo­cus on a ban­king-spe­ci­fic em­pha­sis (ban­king sys­tem and ban­king tran­sac­tions) or ex­pand your ac­coun­ting know­ledge (Ac­coun­ting II).

Well qua­li­fied stu­dents may link their mas­ters stu­dies and a doc­to­ra­te:

The Doctoral Track enables stu­dents ad­mis­si­on to stu­dy for a doc­to­ra­te du­ring their mas­ters stu­dies.

In the se­cond se­mes­ter you will com­ple­te a teaching & re­se­arch pro­ject in fi­nan­ce & ac­coun­ting by con­sis­tent­ly using the re­se­arch me­thods and sub­ject-spe­ci­fic con­tents co­ve­r­ed in the pro­gram­me. Au­dit­ing, as well as fi­nan­can­ci­al ma­nage­ment (Stra­te­gic Ma­nage­ment), is on the agen­da. Eit­her the bank-spe­ci­fic em­pha­sis (over­all bank ma­nage­ment) or ac­coun­ting-spe­ci­fic know­ledge with re­gard to busi­ness ta­xa­ti­on (Tax) can be broa­de­ned in an elec­tive mo­du­le.

Spe­ci­fic re­se­arch and ap­p­li­ca­ti­on is­su­es from the fiel­ds of fi­nan­ce & ac­coun­ting will be ad­dres­sed in se­mi­nars du­ring the third se­mes­ter. In ad­di­ti­on to three com­pul­so­ry mo­du­les in the fiel­ds of be­ha­viou­ral fi­nan­ce & ac­coun­ting, busi­ness va­lua­ti­on and sustainable cor­po­ra­te go­ver­nan­ce (Ma­na­ging Sta­ke­ho­ler Re­la­ti­ons), cur­rent to­pics from the fiel­ds of fi­nan­ce & ac­coun­ting are fo­cu­sed.

A stay ab­road is pos­si­ble as an al­ter­na­ti­ve in the third se­mes­ter.

The cour­se of stu­dies is com­ple­men­ted on the one hand by ma­nage­ment stu­dies which over­arch the ma­jor pro­gram­me, in which stu­dents ex­pand their ex­per­ti­se in the field of ma­nage­ment know­ledge, and on the other hand by com­ple­men­ta­ry stu­dies which over­arch the Mas­ters de­gree pro­gram­me, in which a broad-ba­sed aca­de­mic foun­da­ti­on en­ab­ling re­flec­tion on sci­ence will be im­par­ted.

The fi­nal se­mes­ter is re­ser­ved for pre­pa­ring the Mas­ters dis­ser­ta­ti­on. In this re­gard you will be ac­com­pa­nied by a Mas­ters Fo­rum that of­fers you the op­por­tu­ni­ty to cri­ti­cal­ly scru­ti­ni­se your own ap­proa­ches and to hold in­ten­si­ve dis­cus­sions with fel­low stu­dents and teachers.


The cour­se of stu­dies pre­pa­res stu­dents for ta­king over ma­na­ge­ri­al func­tions re­qui­ring ana­ly­ti­cal and con­cep­tu­al as well as con­sul­ting and stra­te­gic skills in cor­po­ra­te fi­nan­cing and ac­coun­ting de­part­ments as well as cer­tain in­sti­tu­ti­ons (fi­nan­ci­al in­sti­tu­ti­ons as well as au­dit­ing and con­sul­ting com­pa­nies).

A broad spec­trum of ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons is open to gra­dua­tes: in spe­cia­li­sed func­tions such as cor­po­ra­te fi­nan­ce or in staff func­tions in the field of fi­nan­ci­al ma­nage­ment in cor­po­ra­te head­quar­ters. In ad­di­ti­on, pro­fes­sio­nal ac­tivi­ties re­qui­ring si­mi­lar skills can be found in all lar­ger cor­po­ra­te con­sul­tan­cies and in are­as of lar­ge au­dit­ing com­pa­nies re­qui­ring con­sul­ting skills. Stu­dents will find out­stan­ding ent­ry op­por­tu­nities in di­ver­se ser­vice li­nes among au­dit­ing com­pa­nies for sub­se­quent fur­ther qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on as an au­di­tor.

In ad­di­ti­on to prac­tical ap­p­li­ca­ti­on, fur­ther aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on by me­ans of a doctorate is also open to gra­dua­tes as a re­sult of the me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal trai­ning.

Nu­merous re­le­vant re­se­arch pro­jects re­gar­ding the con­tents of the Mas­ters pro­gram­me are con­duc­ted by the chairs of the Institute of Banking, Finance and Accounting (IBFR) in­vol­ved in the de­gree pro­gram­me. Par­ti­cu­lar­ly qua­li­fied stu­dents al­re­a­dy have the op­por­tu­ni­ty from the first se­mes­ter of the Mas­ters pro­gram­me to com­ple­te mo­du­les of the doc­to­ral pro­gram­me with the doctoral track .

Previous Knowledge and Application

For a good ent­ry into the Ma­nage­ment & Fi­nan­ce & Ac­coun­ting de­gree pro­gram­me, it is use­ful and de­si­ra­ble that you have pla­ced an em­pha­sis in the fiel­ds of ac­coun­ting or fi­nan­cing as far as pos­si­ble in the Ba­che­lor’s pro­gram­me. You should at least bring along good ana­ly­ti­cal skills and a pro­noun­ced en­thu­si­asm for fi­gu­res. You will re­qui­re a ca­pa­ci­ty for team­work in or­der to be suc­cess­ful in the nu­merous team­work ses­si­ons.

It is also hel­pful if you have al­re­a­dy gai­ned in­iti­al pro­fes­sio­nal ex­pe­ri­en­ces through a com­mer­ci­al app­ren­ti­ce­ship, in­ternships or stu­dent trainee ac­tivi­ty in the field of fi­nan­cing, ac­coun­ting or in si­mi­lar spe­cia­li­sed fiel­ds.

Last updated Mar 2020

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Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less