M.Sc. Accounting, Control & Finance

University of Lausanne

Application deadline: April 30
Tuition fee:
  • € 545 / Semester (EEA)
  • € 545 / Semester (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 18 months
  • French
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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For many years, the Faculties of Business and Economics of the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva have made a decisive contribution to the training of future corporate executives and experts in accounting, management control and finance. They are fully aware of the impact of cultural diversity on the learning process and, since their foundation, they have welcomed a large number of students from foreign institutions. Both partners in the MScCCF program are confident that it will continue to attract an even greater number of students from other backgrounds.

This program is intended, on the one hand, for students who wish to acquire the most advanced knowledge in accounting, control and finance with the ambition of taking on important responsibilities in the business world and, on the other, students whose aim is to participate in the knowledge development process by pursuing doctoral studies.

This program aims to train future corporate executives and experts in accounting, control, finance, auditing and taxation. It also prepares them to pursue their studies for a doctorate.

Career opportunities

* Expert Accountant

* Management Controller

* Financial Analyst

* Auditor

* Tax Consultant

* Business Consultant

Professional training

Federally Certified Expert Accountant

An application to the secretariat of the Federal Examinations Commission for Expert Accountants, Swiss Chamber of Fiduciaries, is generally sufficient to obtain equivalences, at least for the main module "Accounting and Finance".

Federally Certified Tax Expert

An application to the secretariat of the Federal Examinations Commission for Tax Experts, Swiss Chamber of Fiduciaries, is generally sufficient to obtain equivalences, at least for the main courses "Corporate Taxation", "VAT", and "Taxation of Individuals".


3 semesters (the two first semesters at HEC Lausanne, the third in Lausanne or Geneva depending on the chosen courses)

The MScCCF program extends over three semesters. The first two are taught at in Lausanne, while the third can be followed either in Lausanne or in Geneva, depending on the courses chosen. In the third semester, students have the opportunity to take part in an exchange program at a partner university.

First two semesters

The content of the first two semesters includes a range of courses focused on the basic subject areas of the MScCCF, i.e. financial accounting, management control, corporate finance, external auditing and taxation. The courses are a continuation of the courses offered in the Bachelor programs of the Faculties of Business and Economics in Lausanne and in Geneva and assume the student's knowledge already acquired in these respective fields.

Third semester

Description of teaching

In the third semester, students study the core disciplines of the program with a more academic approach in order to prepare themselves for writing their dissertation but, at the same time, they have the opportunity to specialize or broaden their knowledge through their free choice of 9 course credits.


Offered courses include subjects such as accounting and financial markets, accounting decisions, management earnings, creative accounting & financial scandals, auditing financial institutions, international contracts, etc.


The program is completed no later than January of the second year. At this stage, MScCCF graduates will be able to take on important assignments in the areas of financial accounting, management control, corporate finance, auditing and corporate taxation, to write high-quality professional reports and to discuss advanced research topics enabling them to position themselves in the job market or to pursue doctoral studies at the Faculty of Business and Economics of Lausanne or Geneva, or at another leading university.

Work and credit allocation

The 90 ECTS credits of this Master's program are allocated as follows:

* minimum 75 credits for courses

* 15 credits for the Master's thesis

A typical 6-credit course represents 6 hours of lectures and supervised exercises per week, over a 14-week semester. Students should allow up to 2-3 additional hours per week for individual preparation.


Proficiency in French

Applicants whose native tongue is not French or whose Bachelor's degree was not taught in French, should provide evidence of proficiency in French as a foreign language at the level of C1 corresponding to the following minimum levels: Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF) level C1 or C2, or Diplôme de langue de l'Alliance française.

Knowledge requirements

As a specialized program, the Master's degree in Accounting, Control and Finance (MScCCF) has been designed on the assumption that participants will already have strong basic knowledge acquired during their Bachelor studies in the areas of financial accounting and group accounts, management accounting and control systems, corporate finance, corporate law and taxation.

For admission to MScCCF, students must satisfy the conditions for registration and enrollment of the university where they register and hold a Bachelor's degree, a degree awarded by a Swiss university in Political Economy, Business Management or Finance, or an academic titled judged to be equivalent by the Faculty Rectorate. Candidates must also have earned during or after their Bachelor studies a total of at least 30 ECTS credits in the following subjects:

* Financial Accounting
* Management Accounting and Control
* Finance, Law and Taxation

with at least 6 credits earned in each of these four subjects. Admission is granted by the Dean of the Faculty at which they register on the proposal of the Faculty Rectorate.

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