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Master's Programme in Accounting

  • Number of credits 120 Credits

The programme is suitable for you who are aiming to pursue a career in accounting and auditing. You learn to understand companies and to use financial information to develop their operations. You also get a good understanding of the rules and standards governing the conduct of accounting and auditing. Sustainability and internationalization is an integral part of the educational environment. The programme is offered by the AACSB accredited Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics.

While studying

The first year the focus is partly on developing the knowledge in accounting and partly on broadening the knowledge through the choice of elective courses. During the first semester the focus is on developing the knowledge in accounting and the teaching covers financial statement analysis, valuation, performance measurement, the financial reporting in publicly traded companies and auditing. A solid theoretical and practical foundation in auditing is provided.
The teaching focuses on international financial reporting and auditing standards meaning it is relevant for international students. Ethical issues and sustainability issues, relevant for decision making and reporting, are also stressed at the program.
You also have the opportunity to choose elective courses among which internship is one.

During the second year you are given the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in one other area in the field of business administration. This year also includes a research method module and a module in current trends in business administration research. You will develop your writing, analysis and research skills through writing a master's thesis. During this year it is also possible to study abroad one semester.


You have the opportunity to do an internship in a company for ten weeks in Sweden or abroad. This possibility exists only at a few business schools in the country. You will arrange your internship yourself in a company you find interesting. The internship gives you a good opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice and gain valuable experience and new contacts.

Studies Abroad

Studying abroad is not only fun and challenging for you as a student but also a welcomed experience with future employers. Internationalization is an important area for us and we are working continuously to offer you as a student many opportunities for an adventure in Europe or further away on another continent.

We have about 70 partner universities, chiefly in Europe, but also in Brazil, India, China, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, and China - all of them selected especially for our students. Students who would like to study farther away can avail themselves of Umeå University's global agreement offering an opportunity to study in North America, Oceania, and Asia.

Sustainability perspective all the more important

We have worked with sustainability in our education for many years by emphasizing social and environmental aspects as important complements to the economic perspective. Questions around sustainability get a whole lot bigger attention in today's firms and organizations and we lifted these questions up early in our educational programs. We are certified by the environmental management system ISO-14001 and we are members of the international networks PRME and GBSN.

Corporate Connections

The business school collaborates in many different ways with companies and organizations. For example internships, guest lectures, company visits, guest lectures, essay assignments and cases from companies.

Programme overview

Semester 1
Accounting Auditing and Control 30 cr.

Semester 2
Alternative A. Elective courses 30 cr. Alternative B. Elective courses 15 cr. and Master's thesis in Business Administration I 15 cr.

Semester 3
Current trends and a minor in Management/Finance/Marketing/Business Development 30 cr.

Semester 4
Alternative A: Master's thesis in Business Administration III 30 cr. Alternativ B: Elective course 15 cr. and Master's thesis in Business Administration II 15 cr.

For a more detailed overview see flow chart.

Career opportunities

The programme is suitable especially for you who are planning to work at public accounting firms or companies´ accounting departments. The programme's international character provides good opportunities for a career abroad. The programme gives you eligibility to apply for PhD positions.


Degree of Master of Science (60 credits). Main field of study: Business Administration. Specialisation: Accounting
Degree of Master of Science (120 credits). Main field of study: Business Administration. Specialisation: Accounting

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Contact person for the programme is:
Gisela Taube Lyxzen