Curriculum & Format

The English-language program starts annually in April and can be completed within 22 months. In semesters 1-3, lectures are held every two weeks on Friday afternoons (1:00 pm to 8:00 pm) and on Saturdays (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) over approximately 10 weekends, including module examinations. For the preparation of the final master thesis in the 4th semester, no regular presence on the campus is required.

The curriculum of the program is modular. In accordance with your professional and individual interests, you can choose a specialization in either Financial Technology Management or Risk Management & Regulation. This is done by selecting appropriate modules in the specialization phase as well as setting the focus of your master thesis in the respective subject area.

General Courses

  • Financial Accounting & Analysis
  • Statistics & Empirical Methods
  • Capital Markets & Asset Pricing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Alternative Investments
  • Derivatives & Financial Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • Ethics in Finance
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making in Finance

Specialization Courses

Financial Technology Management

Big data, blockchain and other digitalization developments challenge the financial industry and institutions to evolve and exploit new technologies efficiently. Prepare for the new challenges to actively shape the future of the financial industry!

In addition to the compulsory modules "Ethics in Finance" and "Capital Markets & Asset Pricing", the specialization in "Financial Technology Management" requires a selection among the following modules:

  • Digital Assets, Blockchain Technology & the Future of Finance
  • Digitalization of Banking & Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Trading & Technology

Risk Management & Regulation

Brexit and sensitive markets respond to current political and economic events that cause an ever-increasing demand for risk management and regulation experts. Supported by the Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management and Regulation (FIRM), this specialization gives professionals a practice-oriented qualification in these subject areas.

In addition to the compulsory modules "Ethics in Finance" and "Risk Management", the specialization in "Risk Management & Regulation" requires a selection among the following modules:

  • Applied Credit Risk Management
  • Bank Management
  • Compliance in Financial Institutions
  • Financial Stability & Regulation

Master Thesis

Following the successful completion of the modules in semester 1-3, the master thesis (22 weeks) must be completed. The master thesis shows that students are able to independently work on a practice-oriented research question from the chosen focus within a given deadline.

FIRM Kaminabend

A fundamental part of our teaching concept is its strong practical relevance. That's why we facilitate regular exchange with experienced practitioners in our master programs. One special series is the FIRM Kaminabend sponsored by the Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management and Regulation (FIRM). In addition to insights into professional practice, this format also offers the opportunity to network outside the classroom and to exchange with alumni and partners from our network.


The Master in Finance program at Goethe Business School provides a perfect combination of the key insights into the fascinating world of finance with the main drivers of finance – technology, risk management and regulation.

Prof. Dr. Uwe WalzAcademic Director, Master in Finance Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Goethe University Frankfurt Director, Research Center SAFE
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