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MSc International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation

The decision to do the MSc programme in International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation was exactly the right choice. The practical management training and subject specialisation are the ideal preparation for a job in financial controlling or in taxation and accounting. We benefited from the great expertise of the lecturers and from excellent contacts to international companies.  

Christop Schächtle, Alumnus MSc International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation

Why study MSc International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation?

… because companies need managers with management-oriented training and practice-relevant specialist knowledge:

  • You enhance your basic business knowledge,
  • You acquire specialist knowledge in the fields of international financial reporting as well as international controlling and taxation.

… because you receive internationally focused training:

  • The focus on international business relations is a recurring theme in all subjects,
  • You will be prepared for a management career in the area of finances and controlling in internationally operating companies and in international consulting companies.

… because this degree programme is practice-oriented:

  • Demanding, real-life company projects, a business simulation and all-day workshops in companies complement the lectures.
  • In addition to our experienced team of professors you are taught by qualified company representatives.

Key facts

Length of course

3 semesters

Place of study


Beginning of course

Summer and winter semester

The summer semester starts on 15 March.

Application deadline

For the winter semester: 15 July

For the summer semester: 15 January

Please note: Due to Covid-19, application deadlines and application processes may deviate. Please check our website regularly for further information.

Language of instruction

German and English (approx. 80/20)

Foreign languages





Master of Science (MSc)


Semester contribution summer semester 2019: €167.30 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €97.30 for exchange students

Applicants from non-EU countries: The State of Baden-Württemberg imposes fees of 1.500 € per semester for new students.

Admission requirements
  • German or foreign university degree in an economics degree programme with at least 180 ECTS and a total average grade of “good“ (2.5).
  • Final grades obtained abroad must first be converted to the German grading system by an official body that is recognised for this purpose.
  • In order to be admitted to our IACT or IBD programme at Reutlingen University, a good knowledge of English at B2 level must be proven according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages evidenced in paragraph 2 of the ‘Regulations on Language Proficiency for Study at Reutlingen University’ in its current and valid version (see Downloads & Links).
  • Good German language skills as proved by passing a language test (DSH, at least Level 2/ TestDaF at least 14 points), or equivalent
  • Proof is not required if you have a German university entrance qualification or a German language university degree qualifying for entry into a profession.
  • Experience abroad related to the degree programme (e.g. study semester abroad or internship abroad).
  • If you have no experience abroad you may take part in the selection process under the condition that you acquire the missing qualification during the course in accordance with the study and examinations regulations.
Available places

15 per semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How do companies and investors react to changes in general economic conditions?
  • How are efficient controlling tools implemented in internationally operating companies?
  • What challenges do companies face in the areas of accounting and taxation?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Typical industries

  • Internationally focused, medium-sized companies in all lines of business
  • Large internationally operating companies in all lines of business
  • Tax consulting and auditing firms

Typical corporate areas:

  • Financial controlling
  • Investment
  • Finance departments
  • Consulting
  • Strategy consulting
  • Tax consulting and auditing firms oriented towards medium-sized enterprises and international business

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business School is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Worldwide only five percent of all business schools bear this seal of quality. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.

Current rankings:

  • Wirtschaftswoche 2022: ESB Business School faculty maintains its first place among German universities of applied sciences in the field of business administration. To the ranking (German Article)
  • Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020: Top positions in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance"
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2020: Reutlingen University belongs to the most popular universities in Germany once again. It performed especially successful in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". To the ranking
  • U-Multirank 2020: Reutlingen University is awarded eleven top placings, e. g. in the fields of International Orientation and Student mobility. ESB Business School performed especially successfully in regard to the contact to work environments. To the ranking
  • U-Multirank 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences achieves seven top rankings in the fields of research, international orientation and knowledge transfer. In addition, the university is one of the top 25 universities worldwide in the field of "Contact to work environment". To the ranking
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences ranks 6th among the "Most Popular Universities of Applied Sciences 2019" and is awarded the title "Top University of Applied Sciences in Germany". To the ranking
  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2017/18, Business Management: Top group in several areas including international orientation, degrees completed within an appropriate timeframe and the overall study situation
    To the ranking

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AACSB accredited
System accredited by FIBAA