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Finance is the backbone of the economy of every country and every company. This is where you see your future. You have discovered your talent for finance and are now ready for the next step: a four-semester master’s degree programme with a focus on Finance at Cologne Business School qualifies you for higher management tasks in international corporations. Here you acquire the skills that employers are looking for: along with outstanding expertise, this especially means being highly motivated, multilingual, and capable of leadership, integration and teamwork.
Financial Management is a specialization within the English-language Master’s programme International Business. In addition to special finance seminars and courses, this includes everything from a modern Master’s in Business Administration – from business economics to corporate governance to value based management and sustainable supply chain management. Elective subjects offer you the possibility to set your own priorities.
Mergers & acquisitions are an essential means for growing or opening up new markets, especially in an international business environment. Here, your analytical skills are needed when going through the books of an interesting candidate for takeover. In the first semester, you will deepen your knowledge about empirical methods, the second semester will be about empirical finance and in the third semester, you will get to the bottom of the success factors underpinning mergers, acquisitions and restructuring.
Weigh up opportunities and risks by utilizing analyses and financial design models to find potential for optimization – your future knowledge shall determine the success of your company. In the first semester, you will begin with the subjects Global Finance and International Investment. In the second semester, you will be dealing with risk management and the many influencing factors in transnational business, taking into account the challenges of the international financial markets such as exchange rates, parities and trade restrictions.
In order to be able to best apply your knowledge after graduation, the practical reference during your studies at CBS provides a unique advantage and not only thanks to the subjects of instruction and lecturers from the private enterprise sector. A business project, a business simulation game and an eight-week internship at a company in Germany or abroad prepare you for a career in the real world. Your excellent English skills will be of great importance for your future career, which you will improve thanks to English being the study language – reinforced by additional language courses. A second foreign language is also part of the curriculum. For many of our students, the practical relevance is also of interest when composing their Master’s thesis. This is because the work you write in the fourth semester is often written within the framework of a company project. Alternatively, you have the opportunity to write your thesis as part of a semester abroad.
You must have successfully completed a first degree in Business Administration (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree in International Business at CBS) and be completely fluent in English. We also recommend sound basic knowledge in the subjects finance and accounting.
Your Master’s degree in Finance from one of Germany’s most prestigious business schools offers you the opportunity to take up professional and managerial positions at home or abroad, in small and medium-sized organizations or with multinational corporations, investment banks, insurance companies or financial advisory firms. The Master’s degree also allows you to continue your academic career, including a doctorate.