Accounting and Finance
This Master programme follows on from a Bachelor's degree in economic sciences and provides in-depth education in the field of accounting and financial management. The programme is very flexible and can be adapted to align with individual career goals. In particular, the modular structure of the study programme allows students to personalise their curriculum and to place more emphasis on «Accounting and Control» or «Finance». The course can be completed with classes at the Universities of Bern and Neuchâtel within the framework of the BENEFRI convention, with a pool of classes that are common to all three universities. In addition, other classes may be chosen in the field of management and taxation law. Specific classes are also offered which allow students to obtain an equivalent qualification counting towards the Swiss diploma for certified accountants.
Profile of the study programme
This Master programme provides in-depth education in the field of accounting and financial management. In particular students have to choose a certain number of courses from the following core modules:
- Accounting and Control
In addition to these core modules students can take a certain number courses in management, economics, informatics, communication and media research and law.
The final thesis is an individual research project at the end of the programme, designed for students to apply their knowledge acquired throughout their studies.
The modular structure of the study programme allows students to personalise their course and to demonstrate the skills they have acquired. Students can focus on the «Accounting and Control» or the «Finance» field, depending on their interests.
Swiss Diploma for Certified Accountants
Specific classes are also offered which allow students to obtain an equivalent qualification counting towards the Swiss Diploma for Certified Accountants. More information on this can be found on the website of the «Akademie der Treuhand-Kammer/Académie de la Chambre fiduciaire» (http://www.expertsuisse.ch).
According to the regulations of the Academy for Swiss Certified Accountants, holders of the Master of Arts in Accounting and Finance from the University of Fribourg may be exempted from the «Accounting and Finance» module examination or from the first part alone (Part I), depending on the classes taken during the Master's (for more information and the list of equivalent qualifications, please consult the addresses provided in the «Curriculum» hereinafter).
Learning outcomes and career openings
The course offers graduates excellent career opportunities in the fields of auditing, certified accounting, banking and general finance. Here are a few examples:
- Certified accountant;
- Taxation expert;
- Business management consultant;
- Financial analyst;
- Portfolio manager;
- Management controller.
Structure of studies
90 ECTS credits, 3 semesters
Master's degree programmes are built on the knowledge and abilities that were acquired when obtaining a Bachelor's degree.
Holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university can be admitted to a Master's degree programme within the corresponding discipline (requires the acquisition of minimum 60 ECTS credits at Bachelor level in the corresponding discipline) without any additional requirements. The same applies to holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded by a foreign university, provided that the Bachelor's degree is recognised and considered equivalent by the University of Fribourg.
Holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university or holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded by a foreign university, provided that the Bachelor's degree is recognised and considered equivalent by the University of Fribourg, can be admitted to a Master's degree programme within another discipline with prerequisites (must be successfully completed before starting the Master's degree programme) or additional requirements (can be completed during the Master's degree programme). According to existing agreements, holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university of applied sciences can also be admitted with prerequisites or additional requirements.
The respective conditions of admission for each Master's degree programme are reserved.