Master in Accounting and Finance

This Master program offers an in-depth, academic education in the fields of accounting and finance. The modular structure of the program allows students to personalize their curriculum and to put more emphasis either in "Accounting and Control" or in "Finance". The set of core courses must be completed by a group of course either in the field of "Data Analytics" or in the field of "Audit and Taxation". Completion of this unique program opens a wide range of professional opportunities. The program is designed for students holding a bachelor’s degree in management or economics and mastering the fundamental concepts of accounting and finance.

The completion of a specific set of course also allows students to waive some courses of for the Swiss Federal degree for certified accountants. The Master in Accounting and Finance also offers the possibility to follow additional specialized courses at the Universities of Bern and Neuchâtel within the framework of the BENEFRI convention.

  • New study plan for the Master in Accounting and Finance from autumn semester 2021 on


    min. 72 ECTS

    At least 18 ECTS must be obtained in the modules "Finance" and "Accounting and Control". Credits obtained in these two modules must be at least equal to 54 ECTS. Moreover, 13.5 ECTS must be obtained in the module "Data Analytics" or from a set of courses in the domain "Audit and Taxation".

    Module «Finance» (FIN)

    18 - 40.5 ECTS

    Module «Accounting and Control» (ACC)

    18 - 40.5 ECTS

    Module «Data Analytics»or courses in the domain "Audit and Taxation" 

    13.5 ECTS

    One optional master course offered at the University of Fribourg

    4.5 ECTS

    Master thesis

    18 ECTS

    Duration of the program:

    3-4 semesters 

    Languages of study:

    English, French, German

    Possibility to obtain a multi-lingual degree with the indication "Bilingual curriculum, French/English", "Bilingual curriculum, German/English", or "Trilingual curriculum, English/French/German".

  • Modules and courses for the Master in Accounting and Finance

    In each of the modules "Finance" and "Accounting and Control" at least 18 ECTS and in both modules together a total of at least 54 ECTS must be successfully completed.

    ATTENTION: Most courses are only offered every two years. For the currently valid list, you should check the faculty’s website.

    FIN: Finance

    For the Finance module, at least 3 of the following 8 core courses in bold must be completed successfully:

    • Asset Management
    • Corporate governance
    • Finance empirique
    • Gestion de portefeuille
    • International Finance
    • Project Seminar: Finance with R
    • Risk Management and Financial Derivatives
    • Unternehmensbewertung
    • Ethique en affaires et en finance (EAF)
    • Firm Valuation Seminar (CFA Institute Research Challenge)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions

    It is not possible to credit equivalent courses for this.

    ACC: Accounting and Control

    For the Accounting and Control module, the two compulsory courses and at least one of the 3 core courses in bold must be successfully completed:

    • Advanced Group Accounting (compulsory course)

    • International Accounting Standards (compulsory course)

    • Advanced Managerial Accounting
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Management Control Systems
    • Corporate Governance
    • Performance Measurement in Nonprofit Organisations
    • Projektseminar Controlling
    • Seminar in Advanced Management Accounting and Control
    • The Audit Profession and the Public Interest
    • Théorie de l’information comptable

    For the other 3 courses, we suggest either choosing them from the Data Analytics module and thus completing an Elective: Data Analytics or choosing 3 courses from the Taxation and Auditing list and thus completing an Elective: Taxation and Auditing. As a third variant, there is the option of freely choosing the 3 courses from the two areas mentioned and thus completing an Elective: Supplements: Data Analytics and Taxation.

    DAT: Data Analytics
    • Big Data Methods
    • Databases
    • Econometric Methods and Applications
    • Machine Learning
    • Méthodes de classification
    • Policy and Impact Evaluation
    • Applied Econometrics
    • Data analysis and statistics with the R programming language
    • Inférence, évaluation et sélection de modèles
    • Machine Learning (lecture with exercises)
    • Statistique bayésienne
    • Project Seminar: Finance with R
    • Thèmes choisis de statistique multivariée
    Taxation and Audit
    • International Taxation
    • Steuerrecht
    • Unternehmenssteuerrecht 
    • Droit fiscal
    • Droit fiscal de l’entreprise
    • The Audit Profession and the Public Interest

    In addition, additional courses can be taken via the so-called “BENEFRI” agreement at the Universities of Bern and Neuchâtel.

    BENEFRI course list Accounting & Finance

    This list is indicative and non-binding. In some cases, courses may not be continued but on the other hand, new courses are added to the list. The course offer for each year and module is provided on this website:

  • Fribourg profile

    This modular program provides a high-level academic curriculum in the area of accounting and finance. Students have the possibility to put more emphasis on courses in their main area of interest. The program must be completed with courses in one of two key areas: Data Analytics or Audit and Taxation. Courses are offered in three languages (French, German and English) et it is possible to obtain a bilingual (or trilingual) degree depending on the set of validated courses. Students must be able to follow courses in English and in French or German.  It is also possible to waive some courses of for the Swiss Federal degree for certified accountants if a specific set of courses is validated.

  • Learning outcomes and career openings

    The training provides graduates with excellent career prospects in the areas of auditing, public accounting, banking and finance in general. Some examples of opportunities:

    • Chartered accountant or tax expert
    • Business management consultant
    • Financial analyst
    • Portfolio manager
    • Management controller

    In the medium term, this course constitutes preparation for managerial functions, p. ex. as responsible for financing and accounting in companies of various sizes, from SMEs to large companies.

  • Admission to the Master in Accounting and Finance
    • For holders of a bachelor's degree in business administration from a Swiss university: Admission without other conditions.
    • For holders of a university bachelor's degree from another field of study or for holders of a foreign degree:
      • Admission process: Decision after analysis of the application file. In case of admission, the SES faculty may, in agreement with the Department of Management Sciences, request the acquisition of additional credits before final admission is granted.
      • Application file: In addition to the documents required by the registration office of the University of Fribourg, the file must include:
        • A cover letter;
        • Score GMAT, required for diplomas outside the EU or EFTA
      • The minimum requirement is 60 ECTS in management sciences.
    • or holders of a bachelor's degree from a HEG/FH in business economics, candidates may be admitted to the master with if they validate a specific program of 30 ECTS.
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