Are you interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of financial information of companies and financial markets? Do you want to learn which financial decisions can ensure a company’s success in highly dynamic business environments? Then this master is definitely for you!
Accounting and financial services jobs are rapidly evolving due to innovations in big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and sustainable investing. With this master you can develop the cutting-edge skills, insights and mindset for a sustainable business future and a successful global career.
The master explores a wide range of financial topics and prepares you for a variety of career paths. Depending on the study track, the programme is designed to equip you for a career as a future chartered accountant, a corporate finance manager, a financial analyst, or a business consultant. You will be able to develop skills to become a successful player in the digital and sustainable transformation of companies and financial markets.
The study programme provides specialised knowledge – more specifically – in financial reporting, big data analytics and management control, corporate finance and financial restructuring, risk management, trading and asset management, and artificial intelligence (AI)-related applications in accounting and finance.
Degree class: LM-77
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 70 EU + 5 non-EU
Tuition fees: ca. € 1350 per year
The first year offers you with core courses in accounting, finance, economics, big data, and business law. In the second year, you develop specialised competences. Are you interested in interpreting financial reports and developing auditing skills? Then, you can opt for the Professional Accounting and Auditing study track to gain cutting-edge expertise in financial and sustainability accounting, auditing and taxation. Or are you aiming at a career as a financial manager or financial analyst? The Finance and Financial Markets study track builds advanced knowledge in corporate finance, financial risk management, asset management, sustainable investment, and AI-powered financial analytics. If your ambition is to become a business consultant or a controller, the Business Administration and Consulting study track develops key competences in strategic management, management accounting, and business analytics. As well as the three study tracks offered, students have also the opportunity to create their own study plan by combining courses of interest.
The curriculum has a practice-oriented approach that exposes students to best practices of management through case-based teaching, small-scale laboratories, and presentations by guest speakers. The use of real-life cases in highly interactive classes allows students to develop skills in analytical thinking and decision making.
During the programme, you are required to do an internship of at least 150 hours. You can take advantage of our established contacts with several national and international firms to secure an internship of your choice. We additionally offer exchange programmes with selected European and international universities.
We offer an exclusive Double Degree programme in collaboration with two prestigious universities in the United States, Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY), and Stern Business School, New York University (NYU). The Double Degree is aimed at students with an excellent academic record in the first year and proficiency in English. The selected students can attend the Master of Science in Finance at Baruch College, or the Master of Science in Accounting at Stern Business School. At the end of the programme, students will obtain both the master degree (Laurea Magistrale) awarded by unibz and the corresponding Master of Science awarded by CUNY or NYU.
Several scholarships are available to cover the tuition fees for the Double Degree Programme. These are generously sponsored by Südtiroler Sparkasse AG, Südtiroler Volksbank AG and Bureau Plattner.
Our courses also prepare you to successfully take the following professional certificates, issued by international associations with which our programme is accredited:
Interested students will have to take the certification exam provided by the respective association. Reductions in the registration fee for these exams are provided for.
The best graduate of each study track will be awarded the equivalent of one-year unibz fee. Students’ ranking is determined on the average exams grade obtained across the whole study track. The sponsors for the awards are Bureau Plattner (study track in Professional Accounting and Auditing), Südtiroler Sparkasse AG (study track in Finance and Financial Markets), and Rödl & Partner (study track in Business Administration and Consulting).
According to the most recent AlmaLaurea survey, 93% of our graduates are employed in junior management positions, such as:
Study track: Professional Accounting and Auditing
Study track: Finance and Financial Markets
Study track: Business Administration and Consulting
This study programme also qualifies to gain admission to post-graduate training, such as a PhD programme.
You will be well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.
M&A and Corporate Finance Analyst | SMC Corporate Finance GmbH
"After graduating from my bachelor in Austria, I didn't want to start with a master programme right away, but rather gain a year of practical experience first. During this time, I became aware of the then newly introduced programme in Accounting and Finance at unibz. I was immediately impressed and excited about the possibilities offered by it, such as preparing for international certificates like the CFA or FRM or the many opportunities to spend a semester abroad. I had the opportunity to participate in the double degree program in partnership with Baruch College and to live and study in New York City for one of the two years. This was of course my personal highlight and shows how well unibz is internationally connected. Besides studying in three languages, a big plus of studying at unibz is the direct and close contact with the professors, which often led to very important and valuable discussions. I a convinced, that this master program creates an ideal foundation for a successful international career in the world of finance."
Audit Staff | EY
"After my undergraduate studies in Economics, I wanted to undertake an Accounting programme that would allow me to pursue a professional career in Italy without having to give up to an international and innovative perspective. This Masterrepresented - and still represents - everything I was looking for. At unibz I found a stimulating and challenging academic environment: the courses provided us with advanced knowledge of accounting and law matters, while also preparing us for current issues in the finance world. Although the Covid-19 Pandemic hit right after my first semester in Bolzano and forced us to continue our studies remotely, the faculty proved itself to be able to effectively reorganize and guarantee the high-quality teaching that has always characterized Unibz. I never felt alone during that period, also thanks to the close contact with our professors and the possibility of studying in small groups with fellow students. Overall, Bolzano offered me an ideal study environment for its excellent level of teaching, its practice-oriented approach and its high level of internationalization, which made it a unique experience."
Risk Management Graduate | GEMs Unit - European Investment Bank
"After my graduation at unibz, this master was exactly the opportunity I was looking for. The first thing that pushed me to choose unibz was its location. Since I was little, I have always loved South Tyrol. This is such a small, beautiful region and yet extremely international, a feature that is perfectly mirrored within the university by the possibility of pursuing trilingual studies and the international outlook (34%of the teaching staff comes from abroad). Moreover, the small size of the classes allowed for a constant exchange with the professors, as well as with fellow students. Finally yet importantly, all the courses combined theoretical knowledge with practical examples taken from current issues in the world of finance, such as blockchain, bitcoins, etc. During my last year I took part in a business-consulting lab where I had the opportunity, together with my team, to work closely with a German company and learn enormously from my teammates and our mentors. unibz will always hold a special place in my heart!"
From March you can book a tour of the Bozen-Bolzano campus with one of our Student Ambassadors and have the chance to visit unibz and get a glimpse of your future student life.
You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.
Application: 01/03 - 27/04/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17/03/2023 (registration: 1-10/03/2023) and 13 - 14 and 17 - 18 - 19/04/2023 (registration: 23/03-03/04/2023)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 16/05/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 25/05/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 12/07 - 13/10/2023 (by noon local time)
Application: 17/05 - 18/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 26/06 - 01/07/2023 (registration: 17/05 - 18/06/2023)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 04/08/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 22/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from publication of ranking lists - 13/10/2023 (by noon local time)
Intensive language courses: 04 - 22/09/2023 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Mathematics pre-course: 25/09 - 06/10/2023
Freshers Days: 02 - 03/10/2023
Classes: 02/10 - 23/12/2023
Exams (extraordinary session): 14 - 22/12/2023
Holidays: 24/12/2022 - 07/01/2024
Classes: 08/01 - 27/01/2024
Exams: 29/01 - 24/02/2024
Classes: 04/03 - 28/03/2024
Holidays: 29/03 - 01/04/2024
Classes: 02/04 - 15/06/2024
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 25/05/2024
Exams: 17/06 - 13/07/2024
Exams: 26/08 - 29/09/2023
EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment
Early Bird Application: 60
Late Application: 10
Non-EU citizens (living abroad)
Early Bird Application: 5
The programme will only be offered if a minimum of 15 newly enrolled students is reached.
In order to gain admission to this programme you need one of the following qualifications:
1. a bachelor degree (*) in one of the following Italian degree classes or an equivalent qualification gained abroad:
(*) Italian citizen who have obtained their degree abroad must also have a secondary school leaving qualification.
2. a bachelor degree in a different class to the ones listed above or an equivalent qualification gained abroad. At least 15 credit points must have been acquired in one or more of the following scientific-disciplinary sectors:
If you have not yet graduated at the time of application:
You can apply if you have acquired at least 140 credit points (ECTS). In this case you will be admitted conditionally, and you need to submit your diploma by the enrolment deadline.
If you graduate after the enrolment deadline:
You cannot enrol and you will lose your place, which will be offered to the subsequent applicant in the ranking list. In this case you should not pay the tuition fees to secure your admission. You will be able to submit a late enrolment request and, only if there still are available places, you can enrol by 17 December 2023.
To be admitted, you must fulfil the language requirements indicated in the section “Language requirements”.
According to national regulations, simultaneous enrolment in a maximum of 2 programmes is possible (however, the two programmes must not belong to the same class, e.g., LM-18/LM-18 and must differ for at least 2/3 of the course contents).
The official teaching languages are German, Italian and English. Therefore, the following language requirements apply, otherwise you will be excluded from the admission procedure:
Entry level (to gain admission)
1st language: C1
2nd language: B2
3rd language: no level required
A B1 level in the third language is the minimum requirement for taking curricular examinations in that specific language.
Exit level (to graduate)
1st language: C1
2nd language: C1
3rd language: B1
The levels of the Common European Framework of Reference apply.
Your first language is the language in which you have the highest level of proficiency (C1). Your third language is instead the language in which you are weaker (or in which you are an absolute beginner).
You can demonstrate your language proficiency in the application portal (in the section “upload language certificates” and/or “enrol for language exams”) after you have created an application in the section “create/manage applications”. The certification is mandatory for the first and second language, for the third language it is recommended (from B1 onwards).
You can demonstrate language proficiency through:
Please note that you can only register for C1 and B2 level exams and only for one level per language (e.g. in the same exam session you can register for a C1 German and a B2 Italian exam, but not for a C1 and a B2 German exam).
For information on studying in three languages also visit the following page.
Secondary schools in a foreign country/Bi- or multilingual schools
If the foreign language proficiency levels (for German, Italian, or English) are explicitly indicated on the diploma of graduation according to the Common European Framework of Reference (i.e., B1, B2 or C1), and if all four language abilities (reading, listening, speaking, writing) have been assessed, then the indicated levels will be accepted as a proof of proficiency for the second and/or third language.
Please upload your school-leaving certificate to the application portal in the section “upload language certificates” under the respective language. The Language Centre will decide on its recognition.
Third language/Intensive language courses in September
If you have already acquired a language certificate in the third teaching language, please upload it to the portal. If you are not able to certify your language competence in the third language and you are admitted to unibz, you will have to take a placement test. You will receive further information about the test by e-mail. Based on the result of the placement test, you will be assigned to a certain learning path so that you will be able to reach level B1 as soon as possible.
If you are an absolute beginner in the third language, or if you have a level below B1, you may attend a three-week intensive language course during the pre-semester session in September in order to start the learning path.
The dates of the extensive courses are indicated in the “Deadlines” section. Beginner courses (A1) will be offered exclusively during the pre-semester intensive course session in September will no longer be offered during the academic year. Therefore, absolute beginners should start their learning path for the third language by attending the intensive courses in September.
There will be extensive courses (4 hours per week) during the semesters and intensive courses (8 hours per week) during the time between semesters.
The language courses offered by the Language Centre are free of charge and aim to help the students reach the level B1 in the third language after the first study year.
Your application must be submitted online through the Application Portal. The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Please note: Mendacious declarations will be criminally prosecuted and will result in the automatic exclusion from the ranking list.
You might apply for more than one study programme. If you are excluded in the first session, you might apply again in the second one.
Considered as equivalent are:
Only one application period is offered. After the deadline it is not possible to apply anymore. Application fee: € 50.
Once the ranking list has been published, if you have gained admission, secure it by paying the first instalment and then start your visa application on the Universitaly portal. The application on Universitaly is mandatory, otherwise you will not be allowed to enrol. On Universitaly you can apply for one study programme only.
The admission procedure is based on the following criteria:
Minimum total points for admission to the ranking list: 55 points.
The total score will be adjusted upwards or downwards.
In the event of a tie, applicants who have passed the GMAT or GRE test within the last 5 years and have a score higher than 490 for the GMAT test and 300 for the GRE test will have priority, without the score itself conferring any further priority. In the event of a further tie, the applicant with the higher grade average will have priority and then the youngest applicant.
Only complete sets of documents will be evaluated. The absence of one or more documents required for the calculation of the grade average will result in exclusion from the ranking list.
Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree will be included in the ranking with reservation.
Scoring of the GMAT® (www.mba.com) and GRE® (www.ets.org/gre/) tests:
The GMAT test will only be scored if it has been passed with a score above 490 in the 5 years preceding the selection process. The committee will also consider any unofficial GMAT score reports, and applicants agree to submit the official report no later than the deadline for payment of the first instalment.
The GRE test will only be considered as an alternative to the GMAT test if it has been taken with a score above 300 in the 5 years preceding the selection process.
Courses provided by the curriculum of the Master in Accounting and Finance are not taken into account for the achievement of the 15 credits required for admission to the Master programme.
Courses which are recognised for the achievement of the above-mentioned 15 CP cannot be used for a possible shortening of the study career.
In the application portal, you shall upload:
The above must contain the following information: final grade, exams passed with grade and date of passing, credit points, scientific fields (the latter only for Italian titles).
For qualifications obtained abroad, also: scale of grades awarded by the university of provenance (with a minimum final grade to obtain the qualification and a maximum final grade achievable).
The Faculty reserves the right to request a description of the contents of the courses and/or teaching hours where necessary.
b) Excel file: If you have not graduated yet, you must confirm that you have acquired at least 140 credit points (ECTS) in your course of origin. Please use the excel file available in the application portal.
c) Optional language certificates (see point 3).
d) Optional GMAT and/or GRE certificates (see point 2)
e) Optional self-declaration for passed exams includes in the curriculum of the Master in Accounting and Finance (see point 4).
Please note that mendacious declarations will be sanctioned by criminal law and will result in your automatic exclusion.
If you have been admitted to more than one study programme, you can secure your admission for a maximum of 2 programmes by paying the designated rate twice. By confirming your place, you renounce admission to the other programmes.
1. Choose the study programme and pay the fees (to secure your admission) in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
If you do not meet this deadline, you will automatically be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
For EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment only: any remaining places of the early bird application, will be offered in the late application.
Please note that you do not gain full student status by only paying the tuition fees. This status will only be acquired upon enrolment. If you have secured your admission, there will be no refund of the tuition fees unless you do not pass your secondary school final exam or, in the event of non-EU applicants living abroad, you do not receive the documents necessary for enrolment from the Italian authorities in your country.
2. Enrol online in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Enrolment is recommended as early as possible, so you have the possibility to upload incomplete documents before the deadline.
If you do not meet the enrolment deadline, you will be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
Admission with reservation:
If you do not have the required academic qualification, you will be given a conditional offer for a study place and you must submit your qualification upon enrolment. If you achieve your qualification after the enrolment deadline, you cannot enrol, and you will lose your place which will be offered to the subsequent applicant in the ranking list. Advice: If you achieve your qualification after the enrolment deadline, you should not pay the tuition fees to confirm the study place. You will be able to submit a late enrolment request and, only if there are study places still available, you can enrol by 15 December 2023.
If you have gained your qualification abroad, you must certify that at the universities in the country where you gained your qualification, you can access to a study programme similar to that chosen at unibz. Therefore you must upload (if not uploaded upon application):
and one of the following:
Please note that if you do not possess a valid admission qualification, you could be excluded with Rector’s decree even after enrolment.
If you are a non-EU citizen living abroad:
If you are eligible for admission (check the ranking lists) and have also applied on Universitaly, the Italian Authorities in your own country will issue you the entry visa for studies/university.
This will allow you to arrive in Italy to enrol for the study programme that you have applied for, after passing the admission procedure.
According to Italian law, within 8 working days of your arrival in Italy, you must have applied for the residence permit: as soon as you arrive, get in touch with the Advisory Service and you will be given the necessary information for starting the procedure.
Once you will obtain your residence permit (permesso di soggiorno), you have to hand it in at the Student Secretariat personally or via e-mail.
Students intending to transfer from another Italian University to unibz must submit to the Student Secretariat - at the beginning of the academic year - a copy of the transfer application presented at the university of provenance.
Fees amount to € 1364
Delayed payment of the second instalment will result in a fine being levied. If you have not paid the tuition fees, you will be unable to take exams and will not be able to transfer to other universities or other study programmes.
If you drop out of a programme, interrupt your studies or are excluded from studies, you are not entitled to reimbursement of the fees.
Exemption from the tuition fees (and the provincial tax) is granted to:
Students who benefit from a scholarship granted by the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano are entitled to receive a refund of the tuition fees.
Credit points from previous university studies can only be recognised after enrolment if the exams taken at the university of provenance are equivalent in content to those offered at unibz. You can fill out the application after enrolment.
The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).