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Online Master in Accounting and Financial Management

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Train at the highest professional level in accounting and finance. Acquire the knowledge and managerial skills to lead these areas in all types of companies and organizations. You can specialize in Corporate Finance, Controlling or International Finance and Accounting. All this with the advantages of online training

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • International

Informative session

Find out all the details of the program from the academic management

Date: Monday 23 January, 2023

Time: 10:00h

Location: Online

Language: Spanish

Next edition

Start program: 28 February, 2023 (To be confirmed)

End program: 30 June, 2024 (To be confirmed)

Modality

Online

Language

Spanish

ECTS credits

60

Price

8800 €

The main objective of the Online Official Master's Degree in Accounting and Financial Management at UPF Barcelona School of Management is to train leaders in financial management at the highest level. You will become an expert professional, with the managerial skills to lead or advise the financial and accounting department of companies or institutions. 

You will acquire the skills needed to align the evolution of the economic and financial environment with the financial strategy of your company. In addition, you will master current specialties that are in great demand, so that you can focus your career in the field that interests you the most: Controlling, Corporate Finance, or International Finance and Accounting

During the course you will gain a strategic vision of the latest customer management, treasury, and financial management techniques. You will be trained to make decisions on the design and implementation of capitalization, indebtedness, and dividend policies. And you will learn to choose financing instruments according to the different needs of the company.   

In addition, in the Corporate Finance specialization, you will have the opportunity to obtain a double degree with Montpellier University - MOMA (France).

The Online Official Master's Degree in Accounting and Financial Management is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 15th best university in the world (of those with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.

Collaborators:

Associació Catalana de Comptabilitat i Direcció

Why choose this program

01

Study at an accredited school

Study at a school accredited by EQUIS, an international distinction that guarantees the quality of our institution and makes us the 1st school of management linked to a public university with this accreditation in our country.

02

All the advantages of UPF-BSM online training

The Online Official Master's Degree in Accounting and Financial Management offers you a double experience: on the one hand, the maximum academic and professional rigour in managerial and financial management skills. And, on the other, the advantages of online training: flexibility, dynamism, interconnection, and personalization. 

03

Good teachers make better training

You will train with renowned professors from the UPF, whose Department of Economics and Business is no. 1 in Spain, 3rd in Europe and 46th in the world, according to Times Higher Education. You will also learn and practice with renowned active professionals who will provide you with their knowledge and experience. 

04

Access to CIMA and ACCA accreditations

Our master’s degree guarantees fast access to the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) accreditations, widely recognized institutions for the international accreditation of professionals in management & accounting, financial accounting, and management accounting.

05

CFA accreditation

At the end of the master’s degree you will be able to take the exam to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) accreditation, a prestigious international recognition, for which we offer two scholarships in each course.   
In addition, you can participate in the CFA Research Challenge, a university competition between more than 1,000 teams from around the world.

Specializations

The master’s degree is made up of four modules. The first three modules are common in all three specializations. The fourth and last module of the master’s degree is the specialization, which you can choose depending on the field in which you want to develop your professional activity.  

  • Corporate finance

    Master and lead the design and implementation of financial policies, strategic planning, and optimal decision-making for treasury, financing, and investment.  

  • Controlling

    Specialize as controller. You will define and operationalize the company's strategy in the coordination of business operations: analytical accounting, advanced financial planning, and sector analysis. 

  • International Finance and Accounting

    Focus on international companies. You will deal in depth with basic aspects such as international accounting regulations, the financial management of multinationals, and international taxation. The last module of this specialty is taught in English. 

Who is it for?

The master’s degree is aimed at: 

  • Young graduates in the field of Business Administration, Economics, Accounting and Finance, and Management. 
  • Graduate professionals who currently work in departments related to accounting and financial management, and want to expand their managerial and leadership skills for their careers. 
Admission and enrolment

Accreditations

UPF Barcelona School of Management is the management school of Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Ibero-American university and the 16th placed university in the world, among those under 50 years of age, according to the Times Higher Education ranking. 

UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally, and places itself among the top business schools in the world.

The Online Master in Accounting and Financial Management is an official master's degree and has the academic recognition of the Ministry of Education of the Government of Spain. The Quality Agency of the University System of Catalonia (AQU Catalunya) has institutionally accredited the UPF-BSM. This accreditation certifies all the official university master's degrees that we teach and recognizes the quality of our educational model in accordance with the criteria of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

The master provides access to the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) accreditations.

The Master in its online modality has also obtained the EFMD's EOCCS certification in five of its subjects, a quality-driven international certification system that endorses the excellence of the online education.

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Curriculum

The Online Official Master's Degree in Accounting and Financial Management is online training that is structured into four modules. The first three modules are common and are made up of compulsory subjects. The fourth module is the specialization and on offer are a series of optional subjects from which three must be chosen.  

The master's degree is rounded off with the professional internships and the preparation of the Master's Final Projects which are developed during the course, in parallel to the teaching activity. 

Financial Accounting

New trends in Financial Accounting and international accounting standards
  • Critical vision with a comparative approach at the international level of accounting regulations (General Accounting Plan and International Financial Information Standards, General Accounting Plan for SMEs and Microenterprise Regime).
  • Comparison with US GAAP regulations.
  • Review of the latest research on accounting regulations and international accounting. Analysis of the latest trends and repercussions for the company.
  • ICAC sanctioning procedures.
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Consolidation of Advanced Balance Sheets
  • Relevance of the consolidation of balance sheets in the cases of groups of companies
  • Rules for preparing the consolidated annual accounts
  • Formulation of consolidated accounts of corporations and groups of companies
  • Comparison with international regulations. Review of the latest research on balance sheet consolidation.
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Advanced audit
  • Analysis of recent changes in the legislation on auditing of accounts
  • Critical vision with an international comparative approach of auditing regulations
  • Auditing principles and standards
  • Audit procedures. Audit reports. ICAC sanctioning procedures
  • Internal audit and internal control
  • Comparison with international regulations
  • Review of the latest audit research
  • Analysis of the latest trends and repercussions for companies and for audit firms. Special reference to the responsibility of the auditors.
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Accounting Management and Management Control

Business analysis I
  • Current status of academic research and business practice in financial statement analysis
  • Equity and financial analysis. Discriminant analysis. One-dimensional and multidimensional models
  • Analysis of working capital. The relationship between working capital needs and actual working capital. Latest trends in working capital management
  • Comprehensive analysis
  • Analysis of the ability to generate profits, value and growth
  • Comprehensive diagnosis of the company. Sensitivity analysis
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Strategic cost management
  • Relationships between cost accounting and financial accounting
  • Current state of academic research and business practice on costs, with special emphasis on the different cost systems used by companies in the current context
  • Activity-based cost management
  • Relations with integrated information systems and other functional areas of the company
  • Strategic cost management
  • New trends in cost accounting
  • Latest academic research on the subject
  • Cost models of high growth companies
  • New approaches to cost reduction. The low-cost model, quality and non-quality costs. Environmental costs. Consequences of cost reduction approaches in the company
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Budget management and control
  • Relations with integrated information systems and other functional areas of the company
  • Standard costs and variance analysis models
  • Practical implementation of budget control models
  • Review of the literature on new trends in budget control and management beyond budgets
  • Budget management models of high-growth companies by sectors
  • Link between strategy and control system
  • Choice of monetary and non-monetary indicators
  • Design of scorecards (balanced scorecard)
  • Human aspects of management control
  • Review of the literature on new trends in management control and foreseeable evolution of control in organizations
  • Management control models in high growth companies
  • Design of control systems that minimize the perverse effects of management control
  • Case studies of successful companies and of failed companies.
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Financial Management

Stock market and markets
  • Analysis of real operations traded in financial markets through the application of fundamental and technical analysis
  • Review of the literature on analysis models of financial markets and stock investments
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Advanced working capital management
  • Study of good practices in treasury management (cash pooling, centres of excellence, etc.)
  • Current status of academic research and business practice in cash management and credit management.
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Fiscal aspects of finance
  • Optimization of the fiscal situation of the company through the management and planning of taxes that affect it
  • Organizational aspects related to the fiscal dimension of finances
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Higher level investment evaluation
  • Relations between investment policy and company financing
  • Alternatives to fill the deficiencies of the different methods
  • Choosing the most appropriate investment evaluation methods taking into account qualitative, fiscal, and organizational aspects and optimizing investment financing decisions 
  • Good investment evaluation practices in high-growth companies and special sectors
  • Project finance.
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Strategy and Finance
  • Latest trends in qualitative analysis of the company
  • Current status of academic research and business practice in the field of business analysis and analysis of consolidated accounts
  • Formulation of predictive models based on ratios (insolvency prediction techniques)
  • Design of credit scoring and rating models
  • Analysis of specific sectors
  • Analysis of high growth companies, long-lived companies, failed companies and other types of relevant companies.
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Finance system
  • Relationships between financing policy and financial instruments
  • Analysis of the impact of the macroeconomic environment and the behaviour of the intervening agents in the economic-financial situation of the company
  • Review of the literature and the latest professional trends in the financial system
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Financial management
  • Corporate finance: latest trends
  • Current status of academic research and business practice in financial management
  • Application of business valuation methods to real cases. Advantages and disadvantages depending on the sector and the company analysed
  • Latest trends in business valuation and policies for value creation
  • The perverse effects of value creation policies
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Controlling Specialization (choose 3)

IT tools for optimizing management control
  • Excel applied to accounting and finance.
  • How to implement ERP successfully.
  • Latest trends in IT tools for optimizing management control.
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Internal control
  • Corporate governance
  • Management of corporate risk
  • Design of risk maps
  • Circuit and process design
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Advanced management control
  • Incentive systems
  • Process redesign
  • Beyond budgeting
  • Project controlling
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International Controlling (in English)
  • Management control systems to evaluate the performance in multinational corporations
  • Effective decision making in international business
  • Controlling subsidiaries
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New trends in Finance **
  • Digitization of finances
  • Blockchain fundamentals
  • Principles on which cryptocurrencies are based
  • Other aspects
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Corporate Finance Specialization (choose 3)

New financial instruments
  • Exchange (IPO, OPA, etc.)
  • Bond issue
  • Hybrids
  • Syndicated loans
  • Project finance
  • Asset securitization
  • Private Equity (venture capital)
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Fusions and acquisitions
  • Concept, type and process of acquisition, merger and spin-off operations.
  • Due diligence
  • Negotiation and closing of the operation
  • Post-sale management.
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Futures, options and currencies
  • Futures
  • Options
  • Swaps
  • European and international financial system.
  • Investment and financing operations in currencies.
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International finance (in English, choose 3)
  • International finance management
  • Treasury management
  • Foreign exchange and cash flow hedge
  • Enterprise risk management
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New trends in Finance
  • Digitization of finances
  • Blockchain fundamentals
  • Principles on which cryptocurrencies are based
  • Other aspects
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International Finance and Accounting Specialization (in English, choose 3)

International Controlling
  • Management control systems to evaluate the performance in multinational corporations
  • Effective decision making in international business.
  • Controlling subsidiaries
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International Financial Reporting Standards. Advanced Level.
  • IAS 16 Property, Plant and Equipment
  • IAS 40 Investment Property
  • IAS 12 Income Taxes
  • IAS 23 Borrowing Costs
  • IFRS 5 Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations
  • IFRS 16 Leases
  • IAS 38 Intangible Assets
  • IAS 36 Impairment of Assets
  • IAS 2 Inventories
  • IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers
  • IFRS 8 Operating Segments
  • IAS 33 Earnings Per Share
  • IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements
  • IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements
  • IFRS 12 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities
  • IFRS 9 Financial Instruments
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International Taxation
  • Introduction and taxation systems
  • Taxes and jurisdictions
  • Transfer pricing
  • Legal tax avoidance schemes to take advantage of low tax countries
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International finance
  • International finance management
  • Treasury management
  • Foreign exchange and cash flow hedge
  • Enterprise risk management
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Professional Internships

Professional Internships

Includes curricular practices.

This type of internship is part of the academic content of the program as a complement to the teaching activity and is carried out at a time compatible with the master's. They are one more subject that you must pass to be awarded the degree.

Internships are supervised by the Professional Careers Service. We will assign you an internship manager who will advise you, propose offers, manage your agreement and be your contact person throughout your internship. Remember that the ultimate managers of the selection process are the companies and organizations themselves..

Master's Final Project

Master's Final Project

In the Master's Final Project you must apply the knowledge acquired in the various subjects of the program to the business world.

Note on elective courses
Elective courses will be carried out in case of reaching a minimum number of enrolled students. The final offer for each academic year may be adapted depending on the academic planning. 

Complementary activities

The Master's degree gives accelerated access to the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) credentials, two of the most internationally recognized institutions for accrediting professionals in management & accounting, financial accounting and management accounting

Its contents mean that once you finish the master, you are prepared to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. There will be 2 scholarships available to access the CFA exam.

International mobility

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you the possibility of expanding your training and international vision through the International Mobility Programme. Extend your studies extracurricularly, during the academic year following the completion of your Master's, at a top-level institution. Limited places.

BSM Inside

The master includes BSM Inside, a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations. 

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities.

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way.

Qualification obtained

After completing the program, and depending on their specialization, students will be awarded with the following degrees:

  • Máster Universitario en Dirección Financiera y Contable de la Empresa. Especialidad en Finanzas Corporativas, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Máster Universitario en Dirección Financiera y Contable de la Empresa. Especialidad en Controlling, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Máster Universitario en Dirección Financiera y Contable de la Empresa. Especialidad en International Finance and Accounting, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.

Issuance of official Master's Degrees: The amount stipulated in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia) must be paid for the rights to issue the title. This rate varies annually and the rate in force at the time of application for the degree will be applied.

Faculty

The teaching team of the Online Official Master's Degree in Accounting and Financial Management brings two complementary visions to the program:  

  • On the one hand, professors from the prestigious Department of Economics and Business at UPF offer their knowledge in Auditing, Accounting, Management Control, and Finance. 
  • On the other, recognized active professionals and managers of leading companies contribute their experience on how to apply knowledge to the daily reality of companies. 

Academic directors

Quico Marin Anglada
Quico Marin Anglada

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

Faculty

Llorenç Bagur Femenías

Associate Professor UPF-BSM
Dean

Ramon Bastida Vialcanet

Associate Professor UPF-BSM
Vice Dean for Knowledge Transfer

Josep Lluis Boned Torres

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM

Xavier Brun Lozano

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

Jordi de Falguera Martinez Alarcon

Associate Professor UPF

Oscar Elvira Benito

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

Carmen Jover Díaz

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Quico Marin Anglada

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

Jordi Perramon Costa

Associate Professor UPF-BSM
Vice Dean for Research

Joan Anton Ros Guasch

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM

Ernest Solé Udina

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM

Methodology

At the UPF Barcelona School of Management we are committed to a flexible and dynamic online model, whose objective is to place you as a participant at the centre of the process and to be the owner of the development of your learning.

To facilitate your day-to-day management and to achieve the academic objectives, you will have 24/7 access to the virtual environment so that you can organize your study without schedules and at your own pace.

In this way, you will acquire knowledge, and instrumental and aptitude competencies combining training with your work and personal life, making the most of the time you have for it.

01.

Didactic and interactive teaching materials

We rely on materials in various formats to make your experience more motivating and challenging: videos, case studies, content maps, and downloadable resources. These materials are designed and updated periodically by professionals and experts in the field, so that you have the latest knowledge, skills, and tools at your fingertips to take your career to the next level.

02.

Active and collaborative learning

Participation and discussion with your classmates and teachers are essential and enriching for the collaborative learning process. For this reason, we will provide you with different tools and ways to connect, such as the Discussion Forum, where you can propose new discussion topics, comment on, and respond to proposals provided by the teacher or answer interesting comments.

03.

Streaming sessions with experts

Through videoconference sessions with the expert teacher or special guests, you will be able to ask questions, discuss your learning, and connect in real time as if you were all in the same place. To ensure the flexibility of the training, we record the sessions so that you can refer to them if you have not been able to connect.

04.

Personalized support

You will have the support of the expert tutor, who will guide you through each didactic unit; the help of the coordinator and the program manager in the delivery of activities, qualifications, management of procedures or access to services, and the guidance of the career advisor in the improvement of your personal brand and the search for professional opportunities.

05.

Mentor

Throughout the program, you will develop your final project and, for this, you will be assigned an expert mentor on the subject, who will be in charge of advising you and supervising its development until the presentation and final defence.

Tools

The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. 

 

Professional Future

This online master’s degree is aimed at all those professionals who want to grow and develop in accounting or financial departments. From young graduates to qualified professionals who want to take on new challenges and responsibilities in economic-financial management. 

Student profile

You will share a virtual classroom and network with active professionals who have a background similar to yours (Accounting and Finance, Economics, and Business Administration).  

Students of national and international origin who are looking, like you, for flexible quality training that allows them to combine their work and personal life with obtaining an academic degree. Some interesting facts about the average participant's profile: 

31

Average age

7

Number of years of average professional experience

94%

Employability rate of the last 4 courses

100%

Recommendations concerning the last 3 courses

40%

International students

Career opportunities

This master’s degree enables you to consolidate your professional career in accounting and finance departments, the consulting sector, and corporate finance. You will also be able to further your professional career in financial departments, by acquiring new managerial skills. 

The master's degree includes curricular internships that will boost your prospects of a professional start. Internships can be validated if the participant has 2 years of experience in the field. 


  • Director of accounting/financial department 
  • Business advisor on accounting, financial, and management issues 
  • Business consultant  
  • Risk analyst in financial department 
  • Internal Auditor 
  • Middle management in financial department of multinational 
  • Controller 

 

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

University graduates or higher graduates in the field of Economics, Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, or Business Management/Management.

Graduates of other disciplines not related to Business Sciences and students with a Diploma in Business Administration, and must have at least two years of professional experience in the field of finance.

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

The evaluation of the candidates will be based on a presentation document in which the candidates will state their motivations for studying the master's degree and their professional goals.

 

Knowledge of English (only for the International Finance Specialization):

An official certificate is needed demonstrating a level of English that meets any of the following requirements:

  • TOEFL CBT: > 235
  • TOEFL PBT: > 575
  • TOEFL IBT: > 100
  • CAE: C1 Advanced
  • IELTS: > 6.5
  • Duolingo: > 115 (accepted during the academic years 2020–21 and 2021–22)
     

Candidates who have English as their native language do not have to submit a certificate.

Candidates who have completed their university studies in English must submit a document proving that the language of the studies was English.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through its form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution
230/11/202215/12/2022
315/12/202210/01/2023

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)
    • Official english level certificate (only for the International Finance Specialization)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Applications are subject to the number of places available on the program.

Admission

  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.

Enrolment

  • Resgistration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your transcript of records.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program codes for this course are:
    • Controlling: On campus (1536), Blended (1538), Online (1540)
    • Corporate Finance: On campus (1535), Blended (1537), Online (1539)
    • International Finance: On campus (1556), Blended (1563), Online (1564)
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Grants and discounts

Funding

Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, we collaborate with various entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links. 

Online Master in Accounting and Financial Management

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