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The Masters degree in Taxation aims to train specialists entering a wide variety of fields such as business, consulting, academic, politics, and public administration. This programme is geared for applicants interested in the institutional design of taxes, as well as those interested in micro and macro effects of tax policies.

The main focus of the programme is taxation, with opportunities for learning about a diverse array of issues within this field. The coursework includes the legal foundations of corporate taxation and fiscal policy, as well as tax methods, and empirical and theoretical research.

Students in the Taxation will be distinguished from others in the Faculty of Economic Sciences through their deep understanding of: institutions, methodology, business, and tax law. In contrast to other programmes in Business Administration such as Finance, Accounting, and Taxation, the M.Sc. in Taxation is based more heavily on economic micro- and macro-economic principles.

By distinguishing themselves as experts in taxation, our students will be highly marketable. The main target group of this degree programme are students who have a bachelors degree in Economics. Economists looking for opportunities to gain practical application in politics or business, as well as Business Administration students who are interested in fiscal policy are particularly well suited for this programme. A strong command of English language is also recommended.

The programme is divided into two main phases: coursework (first three semesters) and thesis composition (the last semester). The programmes official model is based on a standard course of study of four semesters and 120 credits. The credits are composed of the following coursework:

* 1. Obligatory Electives (60 C): Obligatory Electives are divided into core modules, finance, corporate taxation, and law.
1.1 Obligatory Electives: Core Modules (minimum of 24 C)
1.2 Obligatory Electives: Finance (minimum of 12 C)
1.3 Obligatory Electives: Corporate Taxation (minimum of 12 C)
1.4 Specialization: Law (minimum of 6 C)

* 2. Business Administration (6 C)

* 3. Methodology (12 C)

* 4. Electives (12 C)

* 5. Masters Thesis (30 C)

Career Prospects:

Graduates of the Masters in Taxation programme can look forward to diverse career opportunities in business (particularly in tax departments), management consulting, associations, in the public sector, banking, and insurance. The M.Sc. programme also offers opportunities for which to continue academic studies as a doctoral student at universities in Germany and abroad. In addition, graduates can also gain the necessary skills to work for renowned research institutions.

Admission to the Masters degree programme in Taxation is competitive. Admission into the programme is based on proof of relevance of previous studies, as well as a review of suitability of the candidate for this course of study.Proof of relevance of previous studies: * A minimum of six semesters of study culminating in a Bachelors degree or an equivalent course of study with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in economics or a relevant field. Applicants must have completed at least 150 of the 180 ECTS credits at the time of application. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications that do not meet this requirement. * Completed 60 ECTS credits and course work in Business Administration, Economics, and Law including 30 ECTS credits in Finance, Corporate Taxation, Public Finance, Microeconomics, and Law. * A minimum of 12 ECTS credits completed in Mathematics, Statistics, or Econometrics.Requirements: * Bachelors degree or equivalent degree with at least a 3.0 (in the German grading system)Note: If you have not completed your degree at the time of application, the current average score will be calculated. In order to do this, you must provide evidence that you have completed at least 150 ECTS at the time of application. * As part of fulfilling the minimum of 30 ECTS course requirements in Finance, Business Administration, Taxation, and Law (see above "Proof of relevance"): * A minimum of 18 ECTS must be completed in either Business Taxation, Finance, or Law * A minimum of 18 ECTS from the modules must be from coursework that is of intermediate or advanced levelsNote: For courses to be considered intermediate or advanced, the course content must clearly go beyond introductory or basic concepts.


The master's programme in taxation is accredited by ZEvA Hannover (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency).

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