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MSc in Accounting and Finance


Course Description

The MSc course in Accounting and Finance of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) is a leading European postgraduate program which has been operating successfully since 2004. The program has been designed to offer high-quality specialized scientific knowledge in the fields of Accounting and Finance, focusing on current international developments in the area. The program is offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis. The one-year full-time program is designed for students who have recently graduated and seek to continue their studies at the postgraduate level, while the two-year part-time program meets the needs of business executives. For each of the abovementioned courses, students can major in one of the eight specializations offered:
• Accounting
• Management Accounting
• Auditing
• Tax Accounting
• Finance
• Banking & Risk Management
• Investments & Wealth Management
• Financial Engineering
The aim of the course is to foster a new generation of accounting and finance professionals capable of analysing the corporate challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the global financial environment. This aim is pursued by offering a modern, well-designed program that is based on varied teaching methods, which include study of the international literature, laboratory-supported lectures, case studies, individual and team project assignments, a thesis, and guest lectures by our executive visiting speakers. The University’s infrastructure also contributes to this aim, providing access to relevant scientific and professional journals, and also to databases that allow quick and effective access to information. Furthermore, the Department’s Laboratories, and the University library and Computer Centre, enable postgraduate students to study and carry out high-quality research.

In addition, we take pride in attracting the most motivated, highly achieving individuals who are looking to develop their research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills to the highest level and become innovators in their chosen fields of expertise. Graduates of the Master’s Program in Accounting and Finance follow distinguished careers. They are highly employable and they work in positions such as accountants, directors of accounting departments, financial directors, auditors, financial analysts, and evaluators of investment projects, while some of them follow academic careers.

Program's Rankings and Accreditations

The M.Sc. program in Accounting and Finance was ranked among top 100 Programs internationally for 2012, 2013, 2014, as well as 2015, according to Best-Masters.Com, the survey carried out by Eduniversal.com, one of the most respectable European organizations for evaluating universities and higher education institutions all over the world. The ranking involved top postgraduate programs specialized in Financial and Auditing-Accounting studies (http://www.best-masters.com/index.php).

The M.Sc. program in Accounting and Finance has been recently recognized by The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) (https://na.theiia.org/Pages/IIAHome.aspx) as one of The IIA Internal Audit Awareness Program Schools. Established in 1941 and headquartered in Florida (USA), The IIA is the leading international professional association for internal auditors with more than 180.000 members. The Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program was created to recognize the commitment and effort of universities that provide students with the information and skill sets necessary to choose an internal auditing career path.

We also take pride in our collaboration with the Masters in Advanced Studies and Financial Research of the Graduate School of Management IGR-IAE of the University of Rennes 1 (France). The agreement involves the exchange of two graduates per year between the collaborating parties, who will be given the opportunity to attend an additional masters program in the collaborating institution for free! Thus, the AUEB graduates selected each year will be awarded the Masters diploma in Advanced Studies and Financial Research of the University of Rennes 1, after the successful attendance of the relative masters’ program’s curriculum.

It is also worth mentioning that the Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance currently grants multiple exemptions for the ACCA and ACA (ICAEW) professional qualification. Check out the following links to find out more http://www.postgraduate-accfin.aueb.gr/Article.aspx?ArticleID=3854 and https://apps.icaew.com/cpldirectory .

Last but not least the Masters program in Accounting and Finance has been recently accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program incorporates at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams. The program is thus entitled to award up to five (5) CFA Program Awareness Scholarships to students each fiscal year as detailed in the Awareness Scholarship Official Rules. For more information check out http://www.cfainstitute.org/community/university/Pages/recognition_program_for_universities.aspx.

All in all, studying for an MSc in Greece affords international students the opportunity to acquaint and familiarize themselves with a beautiful environment that blends a long tradition of excellence in commerce with a robust academic curriculum, within a dynamic modern economy. Studying at AUEB will surely prove to be a great experience for all international students, who are encouraged to make the most out of it! Whether students participate in computer-backed courses, attend lectures by business executives and leaders, or just experience the Mediterranean way of life and cuisine, it is certain that their studies in the Master’s Program in Accounting and Finance program will turn out to be an unforgettable, life altering experience!

Program Structure

The Master’s Program Curriculum is equivalent to 75 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit units. The curriculum includes twelve course or thirteen units (5 ECTS credits each), depending on the specialization attended. Upon completion of the taught courses, students are required to complete an MSc thesis, which is equal to three or two course units (15 or 10 ECTS credits) accordingly. There are both compulsory and elective course units.

Visit the MSc in Accounting and Finance page on the Research Centre - Athens University of Economics and Business (RC/AUEB) website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Eleni Barba

Eleni Barba is a Greek financial services professional. She has studied Business Administration at University of Piraeus and holds a master degree in Accounting and Finance from AUEB. She is currently employed by Interamerican, which is a Greek insurance company owned by Eureko, a Dutch financial services group that operates throughout Europe. Her main responsibilities are business analysis and optimisation and project management. Her main interests lie in the areas of health and motor insurance, as well as financial analysis and valuation.

(Student Profile)

Giacomo Carelli

Giacomo Carelli is the vice president and CEO of FGA Capital, as well as general manager of Fiat Bank. He has formerly studied at "La Sapienza University", Rome, Italy. He graduated with honours from the Masters in Accounting and Finance of AUEB.


(Scholarship)

Hellenic Aid Scholarships program for international students - 20+ Awards

Within the framework of international development cooperation and assistance, each year, Hellenic Aid grants approximately 100 scholarships to foreign and expatriate students deriving from developing countries for graduate and postgraduate studies at Greek universities and technological education institutes. The Scholarships Programme includes all tertiary educational institutions and subjects, except from graduate studies in Theology (the relevant scholarships are granted by the Directorate for Religious and Ecclesiastic Affairs of the MFA) and Fine Arts as well as postgraduate studies in Medicine. Every year, Hellenic Aid issues a relevant Call for Interest that specifies the countries, the nationals of which are eligible for a scholarship, and the number of scholars per country. Upon issuance, the Call for Interest is forwarded to the Greek diplomatic and consular authorities in these countries.
By the end of June, all interested students submit a scholarship grant application, indicating up to three educational departments, which they would like to attend, as well as all the necessary supporting documents, to the Greek authority of their country of origin, which forwards them to the Scholarships Unit of Hellenic Aid Directorate 4. In September, Hellenic Aid evaluates all submitted applications and selects the scholars for the following academic year, announcing the results to all applicants, via the Greek authorities in the recipient countries.At the commencement of the academic year, the selected scholars are obliged to contact the competent Hellenic Aid Department, in order to enroll in the Scholars Register and sign the Scholarship Award Contract. They should have already been granted a student visa by the Greek consular authority of their country of origin.

Value of Scholarship(s)

-

Eligibility

Through the Hellenic Aid program, the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants each year 100 scholarships for studies in Greece to nationals of developing countries included in the list of OECD.

Application Procedure

The deadline for submitting applications to the Greek authorities abroad is usually July 30. Hellenic Aid announces the results to successful applicants around September each year. Postgraduate candidates must have been admitted in a university postgraduate program, prior to their application for the Hellenic Aid scholarship. The scholarship covers a significant proportion of the program fees.

Further Information

http://www.hellenicaid.gr


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Greek State Scholarships for international students - 20+ Awards

The programmes for postgraduate/postdoctoral studies are announced around January / February of each year and the scholarships are offered to nationals (foreigners or of Greek origin) from:
a) THE EUROPEAN UNION MEMBER STATES, ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND, U.S.A., CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND and JAPAN,
b) BALKANS, CENTRAL or EASTERN EUROPE (NON MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION), ASIA, AFRICA and LATIN AMERICA.

Value of Scholarship(s)

-

Eligibility

The State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) grants scholarships for postgraduate or postdoctoral studies in Greece to all foreigners as well as scholarships for the attendance of the Modern Greek Language and Culture.

Application Procedure

More information available at: http://www.iky.gr

Further Information

http://www.iky.gr


(Scholarship)

Monetary awards to top students - 6 Awards

The Postgraduate Program offers monetary awards up to 12.000 euros to the top three (3) students in each stream (based on grades achieved throughout the program), for both the full-time and the part-time programs. The exact amount of the award is determined annually at a Departmental staff meeting.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500-1500 euros

Eligibility

Top 3 students of aech teaching stream.

Application Procedure

The awards are given out each year during the graduation ceremony, according to grades received throughout the program.


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Scholarships offered by AUEB’s Research Centre - 2 Awards

The Masters Program in Accounting and Finance offers to the top student of the course unit “Equity Portfolio Management” a full grant for the 1st level preparatory classes (40 hours) of the International Certification CIIA® (Certified International Investment Analyst) and CEFA® (Certified European Financial Analyst) held by the AUEB Research Centre in association with the Hellenic Association of Certified Stockmarket Analysts (HACSA).In addition, the program, in association with the AUEB Research Centre, offer to the top student of the elective course unit «Shipping Finance» a full grant for the Executive Seminar “Shipping Derivatives and Risk Management” which is held twice every year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000-4000 euros

Eligibility

Offered to top students of the master program's course units "Equity Portfolio Management" and "Shipping Finance".

Application Procedure

The top student in each course is designated by his/her grade acquired during the courses final exams.


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Onassis Foundation Scholarships for foreign students - 10 Awards

Eligible to participate are the following candidates:
a) Persons of non Greek descent.
b) Cypriot citizens are also eligible to apply for category A grants only, provided they are permanently residing and working outside Greece.
c) Persons of Greek descent (second generation and on) are also eligible to apply for a grant or scholarship, provided they are permanently residing and working abroad or currently studying in foreign Universities.
d) Category A also apply to Scholars of Greek descent or citizenship provided they have a professional academic career of at least ten (10) years in a University or Research Institute abroad.
e) The above mentioned clarification (d) also applies to post-graduate students of Greek descent or citizenship, who pursue post-graduate studies outside of Greece (category C), have obtained a degree outside of Greece and are permanently residing outside of Greece for more than fifteen (15) years.

Value of Scholarship(s)

850 euros per month

Eligibility

The Programme covers the following fields only:
 Humanities: Philology, Literature, Linguistics, History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Educational Studies, Psychology Social Science (excluding Law): Political Sciences, Sociology, Political analysis, International and European Studies, Administration Sciences, Social Theory and Social Policy  Arts: Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Photography, Film Studies, New Media

Application Procedure

The decision to authorize each application for a grant or scholarship is left to the absolute discretion of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. The Board takes into account the recommendations of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, which is selected by the Board, but is not bound by these recommendations. Furthermore, the Board of Directors can either approve or reject an application without communicating the rationale. All meetings of the Board and all recommendations of the Committee are confidential and under no circumstances will they be communicated to the applicants. The submission of an application equals acceptance of all the conditions of the Announcement.

Further Information

http://www.onassis.gr/en/scholarships-foreigners.php



Entry Requirements

The academic and professional background of applicants is carefully evaluated. The basic entry requirements are the following: University Degree, proof of knowledge of the English language (TOEFL, TOEIC, CPE, CAE, IELTS or other equivalent), two recommenadation letters.

Course Fees

6.900 euros (paid in five or more instalments)


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