Master's programme in Banking and Finance

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the master's programme in Banking and Finance students must have completed an eligible bachelor's programme or an eligible bachelor's programme at a university of applied sciences or an equivalent degree programme at a recognised Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution.

Please note that for graduates from other universities or institutions the admission processing takes 12-16 weeks. Please register early enough to able to register for courses. Registration periods for courses in the winter term usually starts in the middle of September, for courses in the summer term in the middle of February and end one week before the semester starts (Oct 1st or March 1st).

Applicants must demonstrate

  • Prior training in one or more of the following fields: business administration, economics, mathematics and statistics, comprising 30 ECTS credits, of which at least 8 ECTS credits must have been acquired in courses in mathematics and statistics;

  • Sufficient command of English at Level B2 (C1 is recommended) of the European Framework of Reference, see 

    >> Language Proficiency Criteria for admission to the master programmes instructed in English

  • Achivement of at least 44 points in the Graduate Management Admissions Test's (GMAT) assessment "Quantitative Section" or at least 154 points in the GRE revised General Test's assessment section on Quantitative Resoning" within the previous two years.

Mathematical and statistical ability

We encourage students with various backgrounds such as business, economics, statistics, mathematics, computer science, and physics to apply.

A sound background in mathematical and statistical tools is necessary. In particular, students need to have a working knowledge of

  • calculus, including
    • differential calculus for function of one variable and of several variables,
    • integral calculus for functions of one variable,
    • methods of optimization under constraints such as the method of Lagrange,
  • basics of linear algebra (vectors, matrices, eigenvalues ...),
  • probability and statistics.  

Also basic knowledge of microeconomics is needed.


Professional experience

Candidates are not required to have previous work experience and this would not disadvantage them in any way.

Preparatory readings

  • I. Welch, Corporate Finance (4th ed.), 2017
    (freely available introductory online textbook)
  • H. R. Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics (9th ed.), W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 2014.
  • T. J. Watsham, K. Parramore, Quantitative Methods in Finance, International Thompson Business Press, 1997.
  • D. Ruppert, Statistics and Finance -- An Introduction, Springer, New York, 2004.
  • A. C. Chiang, Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics (4th ed),
    McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, 2005.
  • K. Binmore, J. Davies, Calculus: Concepts and Methods, Cambridge University Press, 2001.

further reading:

  • J. Berk, P. DeMarzo, Corporate Finance (4th ed), Pearson Education, Boston, 2017.
    This book contains introductory as well as more advanced topics.
    It is used in some courses of the master's programme.