Master Business and Law

Contents of degree programme

The Master's degree programme Business and Law offer students a well-founded and simultaneously practically relevant education at the intersection of business and law. In addition to an in-depth education in Business Law, students select a specialisation in one of the four branches of study (Finance, Taxation and Tax Accountancy, Accounting and Auditing, Public Management and Public Administration Law). This specialisation serves to provide students with a focused preparation for professional activities in a specific field of work. Consequently, a heavy emphasis is placed on the practical relevance during the respective courses. Additionally, students are required to apply and test the expertise they have acquired at the university within the scope of a relevant practical placement lasting three months.


Within the scope of the Master's degree programme Business and Law, students can choose specialisations according to the following branches of study:

1. Finance
2. Taxation and Tax Accountancy
3. Accounting and Auditing
4. Public Management and Public Administration Law

Fact Box


Level of qualification:
Master's degree programme


Master of Science (MSc)



Entrance examination:


Language of instruction:

German, some courses are taught in English


Contact details

Study objectives

Within the scope of the selected branch of study, students acquire comprehensive business administration and legal expertise for activities in the respective professional field. The Master's degree programme Business and Law qualifies students to perform a critical assessment and analysis of legal and economic issues. Moreover, they receive an in-depth education in matters of Business Law. Finally, students are prepared for an advanced university education in the context of a doctoral degree programme.

Admission to the degree programme

The admission to the degree programme must take place before the end of the extension period (winter semester: 9 July to 30 November | summer semester: 8 January to  30 April).


Successful completion of a relevant Bachelor's degree programme, e.g. Business and Law, Applied Business Administration, a Bachelor's degree programme at a University of Applied Sciences, or another degree programme of equivalent academic value at a post-secondary educational institution.

Students, who have completed a Bachelor's degree programme in the fields of Business Studies or Law, or a comparable degree at a domestic or foreign university, University of Applied Sciences, or other recognised post-secondary educational institution, shall be admitted to the Master's degree programme, provided that they can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the following core areas to the extent defined below:

  • Fundamental Principles of Law and Business Law, 8 ECTS credits
  • Fundamental Principles of Business Taxation or of Fiscal Law with a focus on national law, 4 ECTS credits
  • Fundamental Principles of external financial reporting systems, 8 ECTS credits
  • Fundamental Principles of Financing, 4 ECTS credits

If the specified preconditions are not met, and only individual additions are still missing, the Rectorate can tie the admission to the requirement to sit certain examinations, which serve to establish equivalence.

Programme structure


PflichtfächerWirtschaftsrecht (Vertiefung)16
Gebundene WahlfächerNach Wahl einen der Studienzweige
  • Finance
  • Steuerwesen und Steuerberatung
  • Accounting und Auditing
  • Public Management und Recht der öffentlichen Verwaltung
Seminar zur Aufarbeitung der Praxis1
Seminar zur Masterarbeit4
Freie Wahlfächer

Practical training

The design of the Master's degree programme Business and Law provides for the scheduling of a practical placement aligned to the selected branch of study, with a duration of at least three months. Working students can choose to conduct the placement at their place of work. Upon completion of the placement, students must attend a seminar, in which the experiences gained are processed and scientifically reflected. Under certain circumstances, if students spend a semester abroad, the practical placement can be omitted.

Periods of study abroad

Comprehensive personal, cultural and language training and further education also includes periods of study or placements abroad. Uniquely located at the very centre of the Alps-Adriatic Region, Klagenfurt University is highly committed to the promotion of internationality.

Erasmus+ and Joint Study programs offer opportunities to study at numerous partner universities in Europe and across the globe.

Careers and occupational profiles

Due to their professional, personal and social competences, graduates are qualified to take on top positions in the private sector and in the civil service. They are particularly well-prepared for professional activities in the following areas:

  • banking and financial services
  • chartered accountancy firms
  • management consultancy
  • financial management
  • public administration
  • public enterprises and non-profit organisations

What our graduates say

"The Master's degree programme Business and Law at Klagenfurt University serves as an ideal preparation for the entry into the professional field. The carefully modulated curriculum comprises specialised legal topics as well as core areas from business administration. Graduates are consequently well-equipped to open doors to the traditional occupational fields, such as tax accountancy or auditing, as well as to numerous other opportunities in both the national and the international sphere."

Mag. Arno Karrer, BakkDepartment of Business Management

Continuing your studies

Upon successful completion of the Master’s degree programme Business and Law, students can continue their studies in the Doctoral degree programme.

Specialist courses

Within the scope of the free electives and in accordance with the respective curriculum, students can receive credits for individual courses or for entire modules from other subject areas.

Term dates & deadlines

Winter semester 2019/20

General admission period:
9 July to 5 September

Extended admission period:
6 September to 30 November

To the academic year

Term dates & deadlines

Summer semester 2020

General admission period:
8 January to 5 February 2020

Extended admission period:
6 February to 30 April 2020

To the academic year