Finances and Accounting
Master's Degree Programs
2 years (4 semesters)
Language of studies:
Vistula University offers the best education available. Our expert faculty of experienced practitioners, internationalised courses, and openness for other cultures, will enable you to look at finances and accounting from a different perspective. In addition, you will expand your knowledge of financial institutions, and analyse economic and economic-financial phenomena – this is what you can expect, if you choose to study Finances and Accounting at the Master’s level.
The Master’s programme is ideal for all those who have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree in economics, and who would like to develop further, and become an expert on finances and accounting. This programme is also perfect for those with a Bachelor’s degree in Finances and Accounting, and, thanks to the support of the entire faculty and how the curriculum is structured, for graduates of other programmes as well.
The Finances and Accounting (Master’s level) programme ensures that you will not only solidify the knowledge base gained, during your Bachelor’s studies, but you will pick up new, expert knowledge, as well. You will delve into macro-economics and financial processes at the corporate, state, EU and international levels. You will learn how to correctly assess the phenomena and processes occurring in finances and accounting. You will learn how to create financial reports, develop business plans, conduct valuations and assess investment projects. You will acquire the skills necessary to prepare financial plans and budgets, in addition to managing assets and liabilities in financial institutions.
The curriculum of the Finances and Accounting programme has been designed with market requirements in mind. The courses are taught by our expert faculty, which includes both reputable academics and veteran practitioners. This means that the sub-major you choose, will not only allow you to greatly expand your knowledge, but also you will acquire a set of practical skills, related to the two vast areas – finances and accounting.
Studying Finances (Master’s programme) will enable you to more fully comprehend the financial sector, with an emphasis on the international aspects of banking.
Studying Accounting (Master’s programme) will let you dive deep into the field and will prepare you to work as an accountant. After obtaining the accounting certificate awarded by the Minister of Finance, you will also have the option of establishing your own accounting firm.
You want to gain extensive knowledge of Finances and Accounting, therefore, you choose to enrol in the Master’s programme. Vistula University wants you to develop, and so the Master’s programme involves non-obligatory internships. These will teach you how to apply theory to real-world situations, as well as enabling you to acquire the skills necessary in your future career. With the help of our Careers Office and the Erasmus Plus programme, you will be able to do your internship in Poland or abroad.
Studying at the Master’s level at Vistula University, will provide you with the knowledge necessary, to quickly become an expert on finances and accounting.
List of obligatory classes
The curriculum of Master`s Degree Studies consists of general courses obligatory to all the students regardless of their major. Students study also major courses and elective courses. The general courses include:
• Compendium of knowledge of economic sciences
• Monetary policy
• Managerial economics
• Diploma seminar
• Communication and argumentation techniques,
• Advanced techniques for writing work
• Foreign language
List of major classes
- Monetary policy
- Financial reporting standards
- Credit institution management
- Investment portfolio
- Cost accounting
- Managerial accounting
The Vistula University offers the following majors in Master degree studies at F&A study field:
• Financial Reporting Standards
• Financial market
• Investment portfolio
• Financial law
• Performance management in the enterprise
• Management accounting II
MAJOR: TAX ADVISORY SERVICES AND TAX INSPECTION
Students get an understanding of a tax system and its functioning, define tax risk and find out tax merits and functions. They study features of specific taxes against the background of the regulations in the other EU countries. They master skills of description of economic entities tax burden, as well as discover financing strategies of the companies, i.a. tax strategies, minimalization of tax expenses or its optimisation. Tax optimisation is connected with the sources of funding of the companies, taxation system influences the company’s value and its leveraging. This specialization has a fundamental influence on developing rational behaviour of the businesses and comprehension of rules governing financing area.
Participants can evaluate effectiveness of the funds allocation in the financial and non-financial entities.
List of classes in the tax advisory services and tax inspection major
- Tax Systems and Tax Law,
- Tax Accounting,
- Tax Settlements,
- Tax Inspection
The knowledge gained during studying this major and skills related to effective tax management provides an appropriate grounds for tax advisor’s job very needed in quickly changing tax law and economic environment. An alumnus may look for employment in accounting offices, real estate offices, consulting firms, a tax advisory, notary offices and bailiffs offices, law firms, companies as a manager, a tax advisor, a tax settlement specialist, an internal auditor, an accounting specialist, a controlling specialist, a business analyst.
MAJOR: FINANCIAL ANALYST
A graduate has theoretical knowledge about models, theories and principles formulated in the area of finance and accounting, as well as their relation with the real economy. He/she can use this knowledge in practice of corporate financial management, has advanced understanding of various types of institutions and research in finance and accounting, knows selected methods and descriptive tools, including data sourcing, modelling techniques in finance and accounting, analytical methodology for business planning and risk measurement in economic and financial activity. He/she can assess performance effectiveness in the financial and non-financial entities, i.a. using management accounting, performance management, controlling, strategic analysis and economic and financial analysis. He/she can indicate weaknesses and threats for companies, as well as identify development opportunities.
List of classes in the financial analyst major
- Advanced financial accounting,
- Tax accounting,
- Advanced economic and financial analysis,
- Strategic analysis
Financial analysts find employment in consulting firms, accounting offices, law firms, companies and financial institutions as a development and market analysis specialist, a settlement specialist, a risk management specialist, a business analyst, a tax advisor, a real estate valuator, a marketing specialist.
MAJOR: BANKING AND PRIVATE WEALTH
Banking and Private Wealth is specialization focusing on knowledge of bank products and risk assessment. A student gains understanding in particular of risks in banking and their influence on economic results of a commercial bank, knows principles of commercial banking sector, in particular its retail business, have an idea of capital operations and understands private banking rules. A student has ability to present and explain private banking products; can calculate profitability of offered products and alternative investment forms, is able to explain functioning and offer structured products, as well as derivatives. Therefore it is a major focused on developing practical skills, selling techniques and negotiations within consulting activity. A graduate has capability of securing the bank against all kinds of risk related to private wealth activity. He/she possesses selling and negotiation skills of banking products for individual customers.
List of classes in the banking and private wealth major
- Bank and risk management,
- Alternative investments,
- Structured products and derivatives,
- Selling techniques and negotiations
The knowledge, skills and competences entitle an alumnus to apply for employment in big commercial banks, in cooperative banks, in financial intermediaries.
Graduates may apply for positions of: a account manager, a credit analyst, a corporate account manager, a risk assessment specialist, an assets and liabilities management specialist, a bank products analyst.
MAJOR: INTERNAL AUDIT
A graduate will gain knowledge and will be qualified for a position of an internal auditor, as well as for a job in a public and private sector control. The major includes issues such as: professional standards, long-term planning and risk assessment in audit, audit activity and legal aspects.
In order to become an internal auditor and be able to perform work consisting of management system control and its ability to achieve certain goals, the general knowledge should be improved. After graduation a student will be able to enhance possessed information and participate in the audit workshop at post-graduate studies finalized with certificate, as well as Internal Auditor certificate II degree of Polish Internal Audit Institute (confirming qualifications to perform internal auditor’s job) and will be included in the list of professional internal auditors.
List of classes in the internal audit major
- Professional standards,
- long-term planning and risk assessment in internal audit,
- Internal audit methodology,
- fraud detection,
- IT audit
An alumnus from this major will find employment in:
Internal audit departments in financial institutions, companies and local and central administration, specilized units creating and implementing internal financial control systems, central administration units, such as ministries, central administration, regional, custom, treasury, as well as local administration units, all kinds of entities using structural funds as person dealing with control of appropriate EU funds raising and its use.
MAJOR: INVESTMENT CONSULTING
This major is offered to those students that are willing to gain knowledge of strategy development of the company, as well as of the company in distress. The major’s aim is to teach managerial skills appropriate to restructure companies and to lead them to the growth path of their effectiveness. A student gains understanding how the strategic analysis might be used to restructure a company and to avoid the risk of its bankruptcy. An alumnus is provided with the detailed knowledge of bankruptcy law regulations, restructuring law and current changes in the code of commercial companies, as well as public aid issues.
A student discovers new regulations related to bankruptcy and restructuring, studies modifications of regulations of companies’ bankruptcy. He/she learns how to prepare the restructuring plan and what actions to take in order to save the business: its valuation, EU funds raising within horizontal, sectoral and regional aid programmes. An alumnus is prepared to elaborate and implement a rescue plan (including a possible merger or a division, a capital and legal transformation), company restructuring in order to reduce its debt, simulation of exiting the company from financial distress, preparation of restructuring phases.
List of classes in the investment consulting major
- Valuation of a company,
- EU funds and public aid for companies,
- Strategic analysis,
- bankruptcy and company restructuring
Graduates may find jobs in consulting firms, investment funds, banks, central administration, real estate offices, debt collection companies, as a controlling specialist, in commercial courts by the arrangement procedures, recovery and bankruptcy proceedings, in bailiffs offices, restructuring departments of the banks, IT companies as a valuation specialist, a restructuring specialist, a public funds’ use specialist.
Joanna Antczak, PhD
PhD in economic sciences, assistant professor at War Studies University in Warsaw; lecturer at the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula in Warsaw. Her research works and publications concern broadly understood accountancy, including financial security, controlling, its application in the enterprise as well as economic-defence security of the state, including cybersecurity, application of tools such as financial analysis, models of the evaluation of the enterprise bankruptcy threat. Professional knowledge and experience gained in her work in financial institutions and in the accounting office. Scientific supervisor of numerous diploma theses in the field of accountancy.
Prof. Mirosław Bojańczyk, PhD
He is a specialist in enterprise valuation, preparation of business plans and assessment of investment projects, as well as analysis of loan applications; a long-time lecturer at the Warsaw School of Economics and other schools; he has dealt with economic science and practice for more than 30 years; in his scientific research, he undertakes such issues as functioning of the capital market, investment funds, enterprise valuation, controlling and finances and accounting of enterprises; he has extensive practical experience; he has worked as a chief accountant for several companies, he was a chairman of the management board of the Polish-German consulting company “Taylor Consulting”, a deputy director of the Department of Banking System and Financial Institutions of the Ministry of Finance, a director of Citibank, a president of one of the National Investment Funds, a vice president of Powszechne Towarzystwo Emerytalne and a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission; he has been a member of many supervisory boards; for many years, he has also been a financial director at WAN real estate development company; he is an author of more than 80 works in Polish and English; one of 50 top Polish managers in 1997 according to “Home & Market”; a laureate of the 2nd prize of “Parkiet” newspaper for the Best National Investment Fund for year 1997.
Andrzej Janowicz, PhD
Lecturer in different areas of economics, primarily interested in problems related to investments in the money and capital market, scientific supervisor of numerous bachelor’s and master’s degree theses.
Prof. Barbara Karlikowska, BEng, PhD
Dean of the Faculty of Business and International Relations. Doctor of economic sciences (Institute of Finances of the Vistula University); a graduate of Warsaw University of Life Sciences; she has also completed the Polish-British Insurance Studies and Postgraduate Studies in Accounting, earning license of an Insurance Broker and Independent Accountant; since 1998, she has been an academic teacher; an author and a co-author of many scientific works in the field of risk management; she is a participant of the grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education – Innovative Poland in Europe of 2020.
Marcin Kawiński, PhD
Head of the Chair of Social Insurance at Warsaw School of Economics, professor, PhD in economic sciences. His professional interests focus on the application of insurance in personal finance as well as institutionalisation of the insurance market. He headed research teams in projects concerning financial markets, including in particular the insurance and old-age pension market. Author of publications in the field of insurance, old-age pensions and personal finance systems. editor-in-chief of the scientific journal ‘Ubezpieczenia Społeczne. Teoria i Praktyka’. He has long taken part in the legislation process on behalf of Spokesman for the Insured, arbitrator in the Arbitration Court by the Commission for Financial Supervision. He worked in advisory institutions by the European Commission (FIN-NET, FIN-USE, FSUG) as well as European Financial Supervision Agencies (BSA, IRSG, OPSG). Creator and trainer of the programme for certified financial advisors in the field of life insurance and pension planning, carried out by the Warsaw Institute of Banking under the auspices of the European Financial Pl. Long-term lecturer in insurance-related subjects at the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula.
Tomasz Kociołek, MSc
At present working for PricewaterhouseCoopers Polska Sp. z o.o. Audyt Sp. k., senior manager, auditor in the audit department of PwC, ACCA member, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), chartered accountant of the Association of Accountants in Poland, doctoral student at the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula. He conducted classes in: principles of finance, ethics and professional standards (in the English language), audit and other attestation services (postgraduate studies with ACCA accreditation).
Nicolas Levi, PhD
External consultant for Korea Institute for International Economic Policy; long-time academic lecturer; assistant professor: Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Science. PhD in social sciences (Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Science), MBA (ESSEC-Warsaw University of Social Sciences). Scientific supervisor of numerous bachelor’s and master’s degree dissertations. Accessory supervisor of doctoral dissertations. Author of publications in economic subjects (among others, finance) as well as Polish economy.
Prof. Ryszard Michalski, PhD
Director of the Research Institute in the discipline of economics and finance. Graduate of the Faculty of Foreign Trade of the Central School of Planning and Statistics (today SGH); in years 1988-1995 at the Ministry of Finance, also as a vice-minister; in years 1995-1999 in the private sector and various academic institutions; from July 2002 until May 2004, again a vice-minister of finance, responsible for financial negotiations with the European Union, management of the public debt and cooperation with the National Bank of Poland; in years 2007-2016, director of the Institute of Market Research, Consumption and Business Cycles in Warsaw; since 2012, professor of the Vistula University.
Grzegorz Michalski, MA
Graduated in the field of economics from Maria Skłodowska-Curie Warsaw School. Postgraduate studies with doctoral seminar in the field of risk management in the Economics Faculty of the Finance Academy in Warsaw. The main subject of studies is the statistical analysis of financial markets with the use of the portfolio theory. He has long been conducting classes in subjects such as mathematics, statistics, econometry and investment portfolio. He is also interested in digital electronics (programming of microprocessors) and information technology.
Krystyna Mościbrodzka, PhD
Deputy Director of the Finance and Accounting programme of study. Supervisor of the second-year MA students; she specializes in forms of financing enterprises and investment project assessment, financial and strategic analysis, assessment of the financial condition of banks, enterprises and local self-government units; for many years, she has been involved in scientific research at the Institute of Finance, with which she commenced her cooperation in 1996; her students’ diploma theses have recurrently won numerous awards.
Monika Różycka, PhD
PhD from the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula in 2019, master’s degree in economics, specialty: corporate finance and accountancy, in 2010. Postgraduate Studies in Accountancy completed at the Warsaw Academy of Finance in 2011. Postgraduate Studies with doctoral seminars at the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula in Warsaw in the methodology of research in economic sciences completed in 2014. In the academic year 2012/2013 she completed a scientific internship at the School conducting classes in a variety of subjects from the area of accountancy and taxes. In March 2013, thanks to the work done while giving classes, she found herself, by the decision of students, among the best teachers of the School, taking the 1st place in the category of the largest didactic units. She is an academic lecturer in the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula. In June 2013, she opened a doctoral procedure in economic consequences of changes to the tax on goods and services as well as its influence on the functioning of SMEs in Poland. In February 2019, her doctoral dissertation was accepted by Faculty Board. For over twenty years she has been professionally involved in accountancy. She has been chief accountant in limited liability companies. She conducts trainings in taxation a few times a year.
Małgorzata Smoleń-Bojańczyk, MA
Extensive, long-time practice in corporate finance and accountancy. She worked as auditor, financial controller, finance manager and chief accountant in Polish and international enterprises. She completed studies in economics and tax law as well as courses in the field of International Financial Reporting Standards. Holder of the Ministry of Finance accounting certificate (no. 48687/2011). Language certificates: English – EMI Cambridge Certificate, LCCI 3, good knowledge of German and Russian). Doctoral procedure opened in the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula on ‘Teoria agencji a znaczenie ujawnień informacyjnych w świetle nowych wymogów stawianych korporacjom w USA i UE po roku 2000’ (Agency theory and the significance of information disclosures in light of new requirements to be satisfied by corporations in the USA and EU after 2000) planned to be completed in 2019. She conducts classes mainly in English in different areas of accountancy, corporate finance and financial reporting.
Renata Sokołowska, PhD
PhD in research sciences, working in the Ministry of Finance. Research interests: taxation systems in Poland and in the world, PIT, CIT, VAT, fiscal offenses, fiscal accounting and budget accounting. Classes held in the Polish and English language – ACCA subjects: fiscal accountancy, VAT and VAT settlements, taxation system in Poland and management accountancy, tax settlements, fiscal control. Scientific supervisor of diploma theses in the field of tax studies, selection of the best form of small business taxation, development of accountancy, harmonization of Polish tax legislation with EU regulations.
Aneta Stańczak, PhD
Graduate of Warsaw University. Since 2013, PhD in economic sciences in economics. Since 2006, academic teacher in the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula (previously Academy of Finance). In the years 2008-2013, academic teacher in Social Academy of Science in Warsaw. Participant in the doctoral seminar on ‘Role of higher education in shaping a knowledge society’ in the Institute of Knowledge Society by the Foundation of Polish Rectors. Participation in the research-development project ‘System of education in Poland and civilizational challenges’. Participant in the EU project ‘New face of accountancy’ in the Academy of Finance in Warsaw – under the project preparation of materials in the field of ‘Examples of the application of the analysis of financial statements to the evaluation of risk in the management of finances and the influence of strategy on the value of the firm’. Participant in the project ‘Innovative and efficient administration as a source of success in knowledge based economy’ under the Human Resources Operating Programme co-financed by EFS – the project foresees trainings for territorial self-government staff and project management. For five years now professionally involved in management in educational institutions. Since 2017, headmaster of Primary School No. 7 with Queen Jadwiga Integration Branches in Wołomin.
Prof. Jolanta Zombirt, PhD
She is a specialist in new financial techniques, management of bank risk in the context of evolution of bank regulations and bank strategies in the era of globalisation of financial markets; in years 1976-1991, she worked for the Foreign Trade Building Enterprise BUDIMEX; in 1993, she was an advisor to the minister (Jan Krzysztof Bielecki) at the Office for European Integration and Foreign Assistance; in 1994, she was an advisor to the president of Powszechny Bank Kredytowy, and in 1996 – to the president of Bank Handlowy in Warsaw; in years 2002-2007, she worked as the chief specialist for Development of Financial Markets at the Department of the Financial System of the National Bank of Poland; she was also a manager of the Unit of the Financial System of the EU at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University.
THE BEST IN PRACTICE
The curriculum of the Finances and Accounting programme has been designed so that you can become an expert in your chosen field. Practical courses, a curriculum tailored to global needs, and an expert faculty, ensure that you receive comprehensive knowledge of your chosen aspects of the financial sector. This knowledge will, in turn, enable you to obtain the certificates necessary in your dream career.
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BENEFITS OF STUDYING FINANCES AND ACCOUNTING
The Master’s programme in Finances and Accounting is centred around expanding your knowledge of your chosen sub-field. This knowledge is shared by our highly qualified faculty. As a graduate of this programme, you will not only gain extensive and specialised knowledge of your chosen area, but you will also discover how to use this knowledge in real-world scenarios.
The possibility to collaborate and share experiences with foreign students, will open you up to different cultures. The curriculum emphasises the international financial markets, for which, we will also prepare you to work abroad.
A business approach
Your expanded knowledge of financial markets, shared by experienced practitioners, will not only help you find your dream job, but also support you in establishing your own company, as well.
Graduates of Finances and Accounting can expect to work in many interesting and lucrative positions in various institutions. Your future position depends on the sub-major you choose.
- accounting firms,
- real estate firms,
- consulting firms,
- tax counselling,
- notarial and execution offices.
Finances and financial markets
- investment funds,
- leasing firms,
- factoring firms,
- the stock exchange.
Economic and social insurances
- insurance companies,
- insurance intermediaries,
- insurance brokers,
- companies dealing in claims adjustment,
- Financial Ombudsman office,
- KNF, ZUS, PT
- large commercial banks,
- local co-operative banks,
- Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego,
- The Polish Bank Association,
- The National Bank of Poland,
- credit intermediaries and counselling institutions.
- tax supervision institutions,
Tuition fee for full-time and part-time studies (including mobile studies) (BA/MA) in Polish – students from outside the EU
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time and part-time studies 120 € 1 450 € 775 €
Tuition fee for full-time studies in English – EU and other countries citizens*
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time studies 120 € 2 500 € 1 350 €
*The group of citizens of other countries paying the same fees as EU citizens includes: citizens of other European countries, of all countries in the North and South America, the Caribbean as well as citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Tuition fee for full-time studies (BA/MA) in English – citizens from outside the EU*
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Full-time studies 200 € 3 000 €
*This does not apply to the students from the countries in Europe which are not EU members, students from North and South America, the Caribbean and from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
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