Betriebswirtschaft / Steuern und Wirtschaftsprüfung

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If you are in search of information regarding the study program, you will find relevant information about the program content, structure, competencies, learning objectives and much more on these sites.

We hope that you will find the required information in order to make a good decision for your future career. For further questions and guidance please do not hesitate to contact us.

At a glance

Duration of study
7 semesters (210 credits)

5th semester (100 working days) 

Degree Classification
Bachelor of Science 
(Business Administration)

Twice a year

Program language
German (at least 18 credits in English)

The entry requirement is a higher education entrance qualification. Good English language skills are essential. Non-native speakers must prove sufficient knowledge of German

If you have further questions regarding our study program or the application procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us: steuer(at)hs-pforzheim(dot)de, Tel.: 0049 7231 28-6076


Tax accounting and chartered accounting are professions that require the highest standards. Our program prepares students thoroughly for a career in these fields.

Germany’s trade and tax laws are among the most complicated in the world and have been affected by international influences in the last few years.

Our students will be prepared for a successful career within the recession-proof professions of tax accounting and chartered accounting, equipped with the necessary theoretical knowledge and taught to use the knowledge acquired by means of additional practice-oriented tasks.

As it has become increasingly more important to offer internationally-recognized qualifications Pforzheim University introduced a new Bachelor of Science degree program in Taxation and Auditing in the winter semester of 2006/07. Moreover, ambitious students will have the opportunity to gain further qualifications through our Master degree programs and thus be of more interest to potential employers.


Tax accounting and chartered accounting are professions that require the highest standards. Our program prepares students for a career in these fields.

Our graduates have excellent career prospects. Find out more about our interesting study program.

If you are interested in tax issues, want to operate within the field of accounting and auditing, enjoy working in small teams, have the necessary creativity and the right approach, then this is the right program for you.

The degree program consists of general studies and course specific modules.

The general studies program will cover the following modules:

  • General Business Administration
  • Company Taxation
  • Business Information Systems
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Ethics and Corporate and Social Responsibility

Students will spend approximately 70% of their degree on these general courses. The rest of the time will be taken up with course specific modules.

The following courses will be offered alongside the general studies program:

  • Compilation of annual balance sheets and consolidated financial statements;
  • Basic principles of different tax forms:
    • Income tax, corporation tax, excise tax
    • Sales tax, including sales tax in the single European market
  • Taxation of business partnerships and their shareholders
  • Tax law (basic principles) Business auditing (basic principles)
  • Company law for tax purposes
  • Data processing (eg DATEV) and law software
  • Corporate succession
  • Internship (students who have done course-related apprenticeships are exempted)
  • Finance
  • Projects, seminars and Bachelor thesis    

These courses enable students to recognize fiscal and economic issues, maintain mandatory accounting procedures according to trade and tax laws, develop proposals for business objectives from a tax angle, assess business procedures and operations according to economic and legal criteria as well as carry out audits.

Students are able to apply the knowledge they have acquired to practical problems in seminars and projects (for example if dealing with taxation, accounting, auditing or business advice).

In addition to the specialist knowledge acquired, students are taught how to successfully work in teams, to moderate, to give presentations and to develop key social skills.

Career Profile

The range of career opportunities for our graduates is diverse. They work in the fields of accounting and auditing and are also represented in the banking, insurance and investment businesses (corporate finance). After a few years of professional experience, further qualifications as a tax advisor, certified public accountant and chartered accountant are possible

Job Opportunities

Career prospects in the field of tax accounting and chartered accounting are excellent at the moment. Our successful graduates normally have several job offers to choose from. About 80% of our graduates have already signed an employment contract by the time they do their final oral Bachelor examination.

Program goals describe the competencies, which every student should have obtained at the end of their studies at Pforzheim Business School. Each one of these goals is outlined by learning outcomes, through which the competency goals are operationalized and become tangible.

You can find the program goals and learning outcomes of the various study programs in the navigation bar. 

Goal at degree program level

Students have broad knowledge of theories and their practical application in order to understand business functions and processes.

Expert knowledge

Learning Objective/Outcome

1.1 Students demonstrate that they have basic knowledge in Business Administration.

1.2 Students demonstrate their distinguished and sound competencies in Economics.

1.3 Students have command of legal methodology for case solutions on basis of claims.

1.4 Students are able to solve business problems by applying quantitative methods.

Goal at degree program level

Students are able to use information technology successfully.

Use of information technology

Learning Objective/Outcome

2.1 Students demonstrate proficiency in using computer programs to solve business problems.

2.2 Students are able to use information systems effectively in real world business settings.

Goal at degree program level

Students are able to examine problems critically and solve practical problems with analytical competence. 

Critical thinking and analytical competence

Learning Objective/Outcome

3. Students are able to apply analytical and critical thinking skills to complex problems.

Goal at degree program level

Students recognize ethical issues and conflicts, which can arise from their business activities and account for them accordingly.

Ethical awareness

Learning Objective/Outcome

4. Students are able to develop business ethics strategies and apply them to typical business decision-making problems.

Goal at degree program level

Students are able to express ideas and arguments clearly and convincingly in oral and written communication.

Communication skills

Learning Objective/Outcome

5.1 Students are able to express complex problems effectively in writing.

5.2 Students demonstrate their oral communication skills in presentations.

Goal at degree program level

Students are able to work effectively in teams.

Capacity for teamwork

Learning Objective/Outcome

6. Students show that they are able to work successfully in a team by performing practical tasks.

Goal at degree program level

Students have a sound background in their major field of study.

Expert knowledge in the major field of study

Learning Objective/Outcome

7.1 Expert knowledge.

7.2 Secure and competent application of methods and instruments.

7.3 Interpretation and critical reflection as well as development of alternatives.

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