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Master in Accounting and Controlling

"Our Master's program combines detailed specialist knowledge with methodological and conceptual skills - a combination much in demand on the job market."

Dr. Ursina Hüppin, Head of Program

Professional and modern financial management is a strategic success factor for companies. Highly qualified specialists and managers in accounting and controlling, with sound expertise and systematic and conceptual skills are, therefore, indispensable. This Master’s degree program prepares you specifically for demanding specialist and management functions in accounting, controlling, financial management, or management consultancy:

Achieve a respected and recognized professional qualification in the field of financial management, combined with distinctive systematic expertise in econometrics, programming in R, financial modeling with Excel, and data science.

Personalize your studies by choosing from a range of attractive electives.

Take the opportunity of a semester abroad or a summer school to gain international experience.

Create ideal conditions for further internationally recognized certifications such as the Certified Financial Modeler, the Certified Management Accountant or the Certified Public Accountant ("eidg. dipl. Wirtschaftsprüfer").

At a Glance

Title: Master of Science (MSc) ZHAW in Accounting and Controlling
Workload: 90 ECTS credits (corresponds to approx. 2,700 hours of study)
Duration: 4 semesters. (Students may hold a part-time job or do family work not exceeding a workload of 50%). If a student's part-time activity exceeds that level, the study period may be increased to 6 semesters
Start of New Program: Mid-September (CW 38)
Enrollment Deadline: 30 May 2024 - apply now
Location: Winterthur, Canton of Zurich (Switzerland)
Language of Instruction: German
Classroom Days:
4-semester model: 2.5 days on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
6-semester model: 1.5 days on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
Semester Fee: CHF 720.- + additional study expenses
Admission Requirements: Admission Procedure
Studying abroad: Students can do a semester abroad in their third (or fifth) semester at one of our numerous partner universities.
Accreditation/Award: AACSB, EQUIS, Top European Business School (Financial Times Ranking)

"Students learn to link theoretical knowledge to real-world problems and develop solutions for corporate financial management."

Dr. Gabriela Nagel-Jungo, Head, Institute of Financial Management

Content and Program Structure

The Master in Accounting and Controlling is a scientifically based and, at the same time, practice-oriented degree program for specialists. You will learn to think and act in an interdisciplinary way, analyze complex tasks, identify various solutions, and implement them successfully. You will also deepen your knowledge of accounting and controlling, including related specialist fields, and be able to take on key interface, specialist, and management functions in these areas.

Module Overview for the 4-Semester Study Program

Practice and Research

Thanks to a flexible classroom schedule, you can pursue up to 50 percent of a study-related professional activity during a regular study period. The degree program usually takes four semesters, but the program can be extended to six semesters if there is a corresponding increase in study-related professional activity. The MSc comprises 90 ECTS credits, corresponding to a workload of around 2,700 hours. About half of the program is devoted to applied research, concluding with a scientifically based Master's thesis on a practice-oriented topic.

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Ask an Alumni

Portrait Silvio Dürr

"Do you have any questions about the MSc in Accounting and Controlling, for example about work-life balance, living in Winterthur and Zurich or career opportunities after graduation? You are welcome to contact me."

Silvio Dürr, Alumnus Master in Accounting and Controlling

Brochure, in German