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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!


The Master in Accounting and Finance prepares you for a career in the field of financial corporate management. No matter whether you look at it from the perspective of a CPA, a consultant, a controller, an auditor, a financial analyst, or a banker.

Our programme will enable you to navigate the digital transformation of our economy being a successful professional in the next 10 years. This master programme integrates technical knowledge related to financial reporting, financial risk management and performance measurement with the ability to read the business world and interpret its evolutionary trends.

At a Glance

Degree class: LM-77
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Teaching languages: Italian, English and German
Places available: 50 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.347,50 per year

Structure of the course

The courses offered include disciplines from the fields of accounting, finance, law, management, 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.

Prof Massimiliano Bonacchi


Degree Course director: Prof. Massimiliano Bonacchi (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Iuliana Ionitel

Double Degree Programmes

We are developing Double Degree Programmes in cooperation with prestigious universities in the United Kingdom such as the University of Surrey and Baruch College in the United States.

Double Degree Programmes are tailored for a selected group of students with excellent academic results and good language skills. These programmes give students the opportunity to spend the first year at unibz and the second year at one of the foreign host institutions. On successful completion of the Double Degree Programme, students are awarded both unibz "Laurea Magistrale in Accounting and Finance" and a Master of Science from the partner institution.

At present, five scholarships are available for this programme. Three of them are funded by the Südtiroler Sparkasse AG, one by the Südtiroler Volksbank AG and one by Bureau Plattner.

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently the Faculty of Economics and Management offers exchange programs with more than 50 partner universities all over the world.

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.

International Certifications

To enhance the international focus of the program, the master offers students the possibility to prepare the following professional certifications:

  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst - an agreement has been signed with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) which will allow students to participate in the certification process at a significantly reduced cost, while facilitating contacts with professionals and promoting the networking of teachers and students through CAIA events.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) – an agreement has been signed with the CFA Institute which facilitates the students’ access to the CFA certification;
  • Financial Risk Manager (FRM) – an agreement will be signed with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) which will facilitate the students’ access to the FRM certification.
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA) – an agreement will be signed with the Institute of Management Accounting (IMA) which will facilitate the students’ access to the CMA certification;

Awards (premi di laurea)

The best graduate of each track of the master programme will be awarded the equivalent of one-year fee of €1.350. Students’ ranking will be determined on the average exams grade. The award ceremony takes place during the Degree Ceremony.

Career opportunities

Our graduates aim at the following professional careers:

  • Managers: junior positions in the following functions: Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Administrative Officer, Controller, Internal Auditor and other management positions in private and public organizations of all sizes.
  • Consultant: consultant in the development of management accounting and control systems, corporate finance, M&As and divestitures.
  • Financial analyst/financial portfolio manager/specialist in the selection of financial and real estate investments/specialist in financial risk management: in banks, insurance companies, rating agencies, asset management firms, investment fund managers (securities, real estate and pension), private equity and venture capital firms, alternative and sovereign investment funds.
  • Professional accountants: an agreement with the Institute of Professional Accountants (Ordine dei Dottori Commercialisti ed Esperti Contabili) of the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano will facilitate the students’ access to the professional designation of “Dottore commercialista e Revisore legale dei conti”.

If you are already employed, you can strengthen and widen your knowledge and skills in order to progress further in your career. If you are interested in postgraduate education, you can compete for a PhD position.


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In order to register for the study programme, you will be required to prove that you have a C1 level of competence in the first language and B2 in the second language. If you cannot demonstrate your language proficiency through a recognised language certificate you can take a language exam organised by the Language Centre.

Furthermore, the following selection criteria are taken into consideration:

  • average grade of your previous academic studies;
  • GMAT score (optional).

More information can be found on the Study Manifesto.

Online Application
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 11 July 2019, noon

Publication Ranking Lists
Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 30 July 2019

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form

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