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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 control management, 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.

Courses will definetely be starting

unibz guarantees to all candidates that courses will start as planned in Fall 2020 and that no student will be left behind. The Faculties are working on a plan to ensure that teaching will continue to take place. A mixture of simultaneous online and in-presence classes will probably be the formula for the winter semester.

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: 50 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.348,50 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.


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

Double Degree Programmes

We have a Double Degree programme in collaboration with a prestigious university in the United States, Baruch College. The Double Degree is aimed at a small group of students with excellent academic achievement in the first year and good knowledge of languages. Admitted students can attend the Master of Science in Finance or the Master of Science in Accountancy at Baruch College, City University of New York. 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.

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

Exchange programmes and internships

The master programme offers exchange programmes with many 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.

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 of € 1350. Students’ ranking will be determined on the average exams grade. The award ceremony takes place during the Degree Ceremony.

Sponsors 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 provides access to post-graduate training, such as a PhD programme.


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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: 02/03 - 28/04/2020 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 15 - 22/04/2020 (registration 31/03 - 07/04/2020)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 18/05/2020
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 28/05/2020 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 15/07 - 16/10/2020 (by noon local time)

Late Application

Application: 20/05 - 09/07/2020 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 29/06 - 03/07/2020, if necessary also on 04/07 or 06/07 (registration 25/05 - 19/06/2020)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 29/07/2020
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/08/2020 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 29/07 - 16/10/2020 (by noon local time)

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Preparatory Course “Mathematics for Economists” (recommended): 24/08 - 04/09/2020
Intensive language courses: 07 - 25/09/2020 (Monday to Friday, 8 h/day)
Freshers Days: 28 - 29/09/2020

1st semester

Classes: 28/09 - 23/12/2020
Exams (extraordinary session): 14 - 23/12/2020
Holidays: 24/12/2020 - 06/01/2021
Classes: 07/01 - 16/01/2021
Exams: 18/01 - 13/02/2021

2nd semester

Classes: 22/02 - 01/04/2021
Holidays: 02/04 - 05/04/2021
Classes: 06/04 - 12/06/2021
Exams (extraordinary session): 17 - 29/05/2021
Exams: 14/06 - 10/07/2021

Autumn session

Exams: 23/08 - 25/09/2021

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).