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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Accounting and Finance

Would you like to learn how to tackle complex decisions in a modern business environment driven by digital technologies, big data and artificial intelligence? Then this master is exactly what you need!

Course description

The Master in Accounting and Finance prepares you for a career as a business manager, consultant, financial specialist, accountant and auditor.

Our programme will enable you to navigate the digital transformation of companies and financial markets. You will acquire the skills to become a successful player in the world of finance. The study programme provides technical knowledge in: financial reporting and management control, financial risk management and optimisation of investment portfolios, management of corporate risks and operational and financial restructuring. This knowledge ensures understanding of corporate dynamics and interpretation of its transformations.

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At a Glance

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
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: ca. € 1350 per year

Online Presentation

During the application period a presentation and a Q&A session of the master by the course director Prof. Paolo Perego will be offered on 30 June 2022 at 6 pm. To attend this online presentation, you do not need to register to join the event and there is no need for a username or password. Just click on the link below at the indicated time.

See here a video on how to join the event!

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Structure of the course

The courses offered include disciplines from the fields of accounting, finance, law, management, and economics. Students can choose among three study tracks.

The curriculum has a practice-oriented approach that exposes students to best practices of management through case-based teaching, small-scale laboratories, presentations by guest speakers and simulations of professional tasks of various complexity. The teaching material is developed in cooperation with professionals, as well as with financial organizations or consulting firms.

People

Degree Course director: Prof. Paolo Perego (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Beatrice Boi

Exchange programmes and internships

The master programme offers exchange programmes with selected European universities. During the two years of this course, students are required to take an internship - of at least 150 hours - in a local, national or international firm in different sectors (manufacturing, professional services, financial industry) or in a non-profit institution.

Double Degree Programmes

We offer a Double Degree programme in collaboration with two prestigious universities in the United States, Baruch College and NYU Stern. The Double Degree is aimed at a small group of students with excellent academic achievement in the first year and proficiency in English. Admitted students can attend the Master of Science in Finance at Baruch College, City University of New York, or the Master of Science in Accounting at Stern Business, New York University.

At the end of the programme, students obtain both the master's degree (laurea magistrale) awarded by unibz and the corresponding "graduate" degree awarded by Baruch College or NYU.

At present, a limited number of 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.

International Certifications

The master programme is accredited by prestigious associations that issue international professional certificates in the accounting and financial field. The accreditation certifies the excellence of the quality standards of the programme and its high orientation towards professional practice. The master programme offers students the opportunity to attend courses in preparation for obtaining the following professional certificates:

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.

Awards (premi di laurea)

The best graduate of each track of the master programme will be awarded the equivalent of one-year fee. Students’ ranking is determined on the average exams grade.

The sponsors for the students of the cohort 2019/20 are Bureau Plattner (for the track: Professional Accounting and Auditing), Südtiroler Sparkasse AG (for the track: Finance and Financial Markets), Rödl & Partner (for the track: Business administration and Consulting).

Career opportunities

Our graduates aim at the following professional careers:

  • Company Manager: junior positions in planning and management control functions, auditing, administrative and accounting management in companies and institutions.
  • Business Consultant: Junior business analyst positions.
  • Financial specialist: junior positions of financial analyst, financial portfolio manager, specialist in the selection of real and financial investments, specialist in financial risk management with banks, insurance companies, rating agencies, asset and savings management companies, investment funds, funds and companies specialising in private equity, venture capital, alternative and sovereign investment funds.
  • Financial Manager: junior positions in the functions of corporate treasury, corporate risk management and financial management of companies and financial intermediaries.
  • Chartered Accountant and Auditor: an agreement with the Association of Chartered Accountants and Auditors of the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano facilitates the entry of students enrolled in this master programme in Section A of the Register of Chartered Accountants and Auditors, as explained in this video.

This study programme also qualifies to gain admission to post-graduate training, such as a PhD programme.

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Maximilian Eisendle

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."

Andrea Brugnera

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."

Margherita Pasqualini

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!"

Application and Admission

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.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 28/04/2022 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17 - 18/03/2022 (no places left) and 13 - 14 and 19 - 21/04/2022 (registrations 24/03 - 05/04/2022)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 17/05/2022
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 27/05/2022 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 13/07 - 14/10/2022 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 19/05 - 21/07/2022 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 27/06 - 02/07/2022 (registrations 19/05 - 20/06/2022)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 04/08/2022
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 23/08/2022 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 27/07 - 14/10/2022 (by noon local time) 

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Mathematics pre-course: 22/08 - 02/09/2022
Intensive language courses: 05 - 23/09/2022 (Monday to Friday, 8 h/day)
Freshers Days: 26 - 27/09/2022

1st semester

Classes: 26/09 - 23/12/2022
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 23/12/2022
Holidays: 24/12/2022 - 08/01/2023
Classes: 09/01 - 21/01/2023
Exams: 23/01 - 18/02/2023

2nd semester

Classes: 27/02 - 06/04/2023
Holidays: 07/04 - 10/04/2023
Classes: 11/04 - 10/06/2023
Exams (extraordinary session): 17 - 27/05/2023
Exams: 12/06 - 08/07/2023

Autumn session

Exams: 28/08 - 30/09/2023

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).

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