The Master's program in Accounting, Auditing and Taxation is aimed at highly qualified students seeking positions in corporate finance and accounting or a career in auditing or tax consulting firms. The Master's program also creates the prerequisites for a PhD degree as well as work in national and international research institutions. Networking with foreign universities and contacts with leading companies and interest groups ensure a permanent transfer of knowledge and experience.

As an academic course of study, the central objective is to impart theories, methods and instruments of social and economic sciences and, in particular, management accounting and controlling, business taxation as well as accounting and auditing. By focusing on subjects from the fields of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, the Master's programme offers a special profiling opportunity for later professional careers. The Master's program in Accounting, Auditing and Taxation also promotes social skills outside of the subject area in the modules in addition to specialist skills.


Approximately two thirds of the courses are taught in German, while the remaining courses are taught in English. For this reason, good language skills in both languages are required.

University Degree

If the Master's program has been completed in full, the title "Master of Science" (MSc) is awarded.


The Master's program consists of compulsory and optional modules and a Master's thesis with a total volume of 120 ECTS. The programme is designed for two years (starting in the winter semester).

The course consists of:

  • 5 compulsory modules: Four modules cover the basics of Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, the fifth module deals with research methods in Accounting.
  • Up to four optional modules in the areas of Controlling, International Accounting, Taxes, Auditing or Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting.
  • Up to 10 ECTS from other Master's programms of the Faculty of Business Administration (or other faculties of the University of Innsbruck). Possible elective modules are listed here: Master Accounting, Auditing and Taxation
  • The Master's thesis, the associated working group (AG) and the module “Konzeption der Masterarbeit” (research proposal). In the Master's thesis the students should show that they can apply the knowledge and methods learned in the Master's thesis in a research project. The topic of the Master's thesis must come from the area of the elective modules completed. Within a working group to accompany the master thesis, the students have the opportunity to present and discuss the first research results of the master thesis. In the module “Konzeption der Masterarbeit”, students submit a research proposal, conclude a master thesis agreement with their supervisor and formally register their master thesis with the dean of studies.



The Master's program can be commenced in winter or in summer, whereby it is generally recommended to start in the winter term.

The lecture period of the winter term starts at the beginning of October and ends at the beginning of February.

The lecture period of the summer term starts at the beginning of March and ends at the end of June.

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