Master Finance, Control and Auditing| Bologna Business School Italy

Finance, Control and Auditing


The Finance, Control and Auditing Master’s course aims at providing companies with performance control system and strategic management of finance: these have become essential levers to drive enterprises towards more informed choices in an increasingly competitive global scenario. An efficient measuring of performances is based on the collection and analysis of all internal activities of an organization, by way of auditing methods and the use of information technology. The course features the mapping of corporate processes, planning system and cost analysis techniques, to enable a long term growth. Students are offered an in-depth, across-the-board view of both business world and auditing and consulting activity carried out, for businesses, by external companies. This grants a competitive advantage to students, as they will be prepared to pursue the career they wish as auditors, controllers or consultants. The Finance, Control and Auditing Master’s course is perfect for graduate students who intend to tackle the challenge of a dynamic and growing environment, as they will learn a mix of managerial and hard skills that are in high demand, as well as the ability of establishing trust-based relationships with all the company and work team. The course features two cycles of lectures and 500 hours of internship, for 12 months. The classroom sessions feature different learning methods, in order to intersperse core courses with practical activities, also aimed at preparing students to access the labor market.

Businesses are seeking strategic partners to entrust them with their economic growth: get in touch with the course program manager to start this journey together.   



In collaboration with:






Marco Maria Mattei

Marco Maria Mattei

Director of Studies

" Attending this Master will allow you to construct a professionalism of assured appeal for any type of company, thanks to the acquisition of an analytical approach to problems and tools specific to an economic-financial environment. The completeness of your profile will allow you to orient the decision makers and, while growing in the company, will allow you personally to make these crucial choices. "



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The Master in Finance, Control and Auditing is a full-time program structured in 1.500 hours of learning activities over 12 months of study, divided into: 360 hours of lecturing, an estimated 540 hours of independent study, and 600 hours of internship.
The structure of the Master is divided into three terms:

  • First term: December – April
  • Second term: May – July
  • Internship: September – December

The first term consists in the study of fundamental subjects including lessons taught by managers and partners from auditing companies. The first term will conclude with an intense real-life business case.
During the second term there will be a more in depth study of the advanced subjects. The use of case history, company testimonials, project work and lectures will be utilized to refine and amplify our students’ expertise in understanding of the topics.

The Master program is updated and best suited to meet the needs of the market thanks to a continuous confrontation between the faculty and a specific Program Advisory Committee:


Alberto Guerzoni
Deloitte & Touche

Livio Mezzetti
BDO Italia

Luca Moroni
Gruppo Hera

Elisa Vicenzi

Roberto Sollevanti

Massimo Tamburini

Matteo Tigretti
Marini-Fayat Group



This course will tackle the following topics: detection and analysis of the internal control system, risk management. Auditing, reviewing budget reports, preforming legal checks on accounts. The methodological approach in reviewing accounts. Legal investigation of accounts for industrial and commercial companies. Fraud auditing.

Rusticali Giorgio

Corporate sustainability and the circular economy are currently among the most discussed topics internationally, also due to climate change. The aim of the course is to understand why these issues are of such importance, underlining their urgency. We will learn more about the innovation activities of operational and system processes that companies adopt to implement strategies aimed at the Circulary Economy and the transition to a low carbon business model.

Longo Mariolina
Mura Matteo

The evaluation of terms of convenience of investment projects. The determination of the value of a company. Understanding fiscal variables that determine the optimal financial structure. Venture capital and the principle problematic characteristics to the value of a company. 

Mengoli Stefano

The decision making process of the company and strategic positioning, the evaluation of the politics involved in each of the activities of a company. Analysis of the critical success factors in the related market, the resources and the specific competencies of a company. The process of creating value and the role of relationships with other companies within the business system. Business Plan and its deployment.

Di Marco Paolo

The concept of cost. The principle of relativism and the main information needs  about the cost calculations. The role of management accounting within the company’s accounting system. The classifications of costs. The reference objects. The stock records. The cost of labor. The cost of durable productive factors. The issue of the allocation of indirect costs. The allotment criteria. only Base, multiple basis and cost centers. The cost of product configurations. Full cost and Direct cost. The income statement “flag.” The costs to support business decisions. The break-even analisys. Defining COAN and articulation of its elaboration process. Method of keeping the COAN. The accounting for cost centers (recovery and investigation). The Activity Based Costing. Differences between the two methodologies. The target costing.

Tieghi Marco

The course aims to introduce students to the most relevant issues (foundational and more advanced) of digital technologies, discussing the most important present and future consequences on the lives of individuals and on the structure and functioning of organizations and processes. The main topics covered are: fundamentals of computational systems, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, conversational systems, computational logic, networks and security.

Accounting, budget and analysis of costs. The evaluation and interpretation of the economic–financial performance of the company. Economic-financial analysis forecast and budget. The calculation and analysis of the costs in decision making and for management control. Management control as an operative mechanism. Systems of control and strategic cost management.

Mattei Marco Maria

Provides an overview of annual financial reports: logic; objective; postulates; evaluation and representation of items consistently with International Financial Reporting Standards (IAS-IFRSs) and Italian Accounting Standards (OICs). Coordination between the net income emerging from the income statement and the taxable income. Financial consolidated statements: objectives and rules for drafting..

Gianfelici Cristina

Database Management Systems, the relational model: relationships integrity bonds. System functions and applications portfolio, the formalities of the analysis and process model, planning and business process reengineering, business intelligence. Data warehousing: architecture, techniques of data access, conceptual models. Data mining techniques.

Rizzi Stefano

Evaluation of investment projects. Evaluation of international projects. Financial structure. Optimal financial structure. Instability costs. Planning debt. The politics of dividends and stock buyback. Cost of the working capital of the company. The important role of capital and corporate governance.

Baschieri Giulia
Carosi Andrea
Santini Renato

The analysis and the planning of the control systems. Monitoring systems of the multidimensional performance. Value based management. Management of costs and the techniques of cost management. Monitoring and reporting of the intellectual capital. Incentive systems. Management of costs between companies and during new project phases. Target cost management: strategic control of innovation. Customer value management and pricing techniques.

Supino Enrico

Learning method

The educational sessions provide different learning methods, including lectures, simulations, discussions of case studies, presentations by companies, testimonies and group work.

The curriculum is complete with a series of Master Lectures given by professionals from the world of business, academia, and politics, which also provide numerous opportunities for discussion and interaction with the business world through case histories.


The integration with companies is a priority and an ever-present feature of all programs of the Bologna Business School, hence for the Master in Finance, Control and Auditing too.
The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.
The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the full-time masters at Bologna Business School on average 90% of students work in a company.

The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.

To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview


In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions

Trough the Master in Financial, Control and Auditing it is possible, once having completed in the companies the years of experience required, to become a Business Controller.


Eleonora Afflitti

Junior Financial & Consolidation Controller, Kering
Finanza, Controllo e Auditing (A.Y. 2016/2017)

"I chose the Master to pursue a professional path in management control. After an internship in the Controlling team in Giuseppe Zanotti, today I am a Financial & Consolidation Junior Controller in the e-commerce division of Kering Group, one of the largest multinationals in the world operating in the fashion industry. I never thought I could start an international career. The master in BBS is definitely my springboard."

Karim – Nicola Kane

Senior Audit, KPMG
Finance, Control and Auditing (A.Y. 2015/2016)

"Accredited technical skills, teamwork, multidisciplinary approach and problem solving: this is what I learned from the master. A link with the job market, which provide the tools needed to face it with greater preparation and security. An investment whose benefits are not exhausted in the short term."

Mattia Matarrese

Risk Management, Gruppo Unipol
Finance, Control and Auditing (A.Y. 2015/2016)

"The Master is synonymous with quality for companies. It offers you a broad stage of work and a profound and methodical preparation. In addition, the success of group work and deadlines have enabled me to acquire a high capacity in managing time and stress, which is fundamental to those who start their career path in counseling as I do."

Antonio Mancini

Group Financial Controller, HT SpA
Finance, Control and Auditing (A.Y. 2013/2014)

"The Master gave me essential skills in order to face the current dynamic and competitive labour market. During the course, I increased my transversal competences which could allow me to work in an international company. The multidisciplinary approach and the frequent contact with the business world make the Master a formative and stimulating experience, both professionally and personally."

Olimpia Zocaro

Senior Information Technology Controller, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group
Finance, Control and Auditing (A.Y. 2012/2013)

"The Masters is the key to access the privileged world of company auditing and finance. The program allowed me to develop relationships with professionals from some of the biggest auditor and consultant companies and to later join one of their teams. It has been an experience, that today I've consolidated in a company, which has enabled me to grow both professionally and personally, and I am very satisfied about this."

Andrea Pantanella

Direttore Generale, Zoffoli Metalli
Finanza, Controllo e Auditing (A.A. 2009/2010)

"The Master has allowed me to acquire the necessary skills to enter a large auditing company before and then to take over a holding company with a turnover of 160 million euros. The BBS network has allowed me to cultivate and consolidate professional relationships that can be spent on the labor market."


The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:

  • Sending the CV book
  • Sharing internship and work opportunities
  • Presentations at the School premises
  • Career Day
  • Implementation of project works
  • Class-room activities with case studies presented by managers and/or HR professionals


Our partners are the foremost supporters of our students, with the provision of scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.

Bologna Business School’s  partner  companies for the Master in Finance, Control and Auditing are:









The tuition fees for the Master is 11,200 euros (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:

  • First installment: 1.500 euros
  • Second installment: 6.000 euros
  • Third installment: 3.700 euros

The fee includes participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Alma Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the Alma wi-fi, use of the PC in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym, special rates for the School restaurant.
Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within the BBS Campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); ); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information are available on the site of the University of Bologna:


Participants are eligible to apply for Honor Loan with subsidised rate up to the complete coverage of the application fee.
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Bologna Business School provides merit-based partial scholarships to the leading candidates in the selection process. Furthermore, at the end of the master, the School assigns a prize to the best student.

The cost of the Master can be covered in full or partially by third parties: public bodies, foundations, or companies.




Applying is open to anyone holding an undergraduate degree of the old and new system. The degree must be obtained on or before the enrollment deadline of the Master.
For auditors, an undergraduate degree is not necessary.
Admission to the Master requires the student to pass the selection process, which consists of:

  • a written exam on general knowledge and logic and mathematics
  • a written exam on English language proficiency
  • a motivational interview designed to assess the candidate’s professional plan and its consistency with the objectives of the Master


This Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round. Application steps:

Documents to send to are:

  • CV
  • Degree certificate with accompanying transcript
  • Photocopy of you ID
  • TOEFL/IELTS/CAE certificate (optional)
  • GMAT/GRE Certificate (optional)
  • Signed copies of your enrolment summary sheet and receipt for the application fee (both are downloadable from ‘studenti online’ website following registration).

The selection process will be held at Bologna Business School. In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the position on the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admissions process.


The second level Master is accessible only to those who have a bachelor’s degree from the old system or a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica. To access the first level Master a three-year undergraduate degree or a bachelor’s degree in the old system is sufficient.

Access to a first level University Master requires at least a three-year Bachelor’s degree (or the Bachelor’s degree in the old system); for a second level Master’s Degree, the Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica (or the Bachelor’s degree of the old system) is necessary.

Enrolling in multiple university courses is not allowed. Therefore, if you are already enrolled in a degree at this or another university prior to registration into the master you are required to apply for a suspension of studies (“career freeze”) at the secretariat of the specific School. During the suspension period you will not be able to undertake exams nor accumulate attendance related to the suspended degree.

Yes, you can enroll prior recognition of the degree at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where it was obtained. More details are available in the tender announcement.

Upon registration and payment of the admission fee, you must submit or send via registered mail to Alma Bologna Business School (Via degli Scalini 18-40136 Bologna), the following documents:
• a copy of the receipt for the fee of 60.00 euro for administrative services;
• summary sheet;
• a copy of your ID;
• Undergraduate Degree (or substitute statement);
• curriculum vitae;
• any additional titles to be assessed for admission purposes.

No, once you pass the selections, you can decide whether to formalize the registration to the Master through the registration process. However, it is essential to participate in the selection process and to pass it in order to be able to register.

It is essential, for the purpose of registration, to have completed the degree by the registration deadline.

As long as you have passed the selection process, you can still register as an auditor.

An auditor is someone who participates in a master and who has passed the selection stage but doesn’t have an MA/Specialist degree/degree according the old system/ or hasn’t be graduated within the call’s deadline. An auditor can participate in all lessons, academic activities and to the internship (not compulsory). An auditor doesn’t need to take exams and therefore is not awarded CFU. An auditor will however receive a certificate of attendance by the University of Bologna. Instead of paying €11.200 an auditor pays €9.200

CFU or Crediti Formativi Universitari is a tool to measure the quantity of learning required, including independent work necessary for the student to acquire the knowledge and skills in the subject matter of each specific course.
A credit (CFU) generally corresponds to 25 hours of work including lectures, tutorials, etc., but also independent study. For each academic year, a full time student in the course requires an average amount of work equal to 60 credits, ie. around 1500 hours. The credits are acquired by passing the exam or other testing.
The credits are used to compare different courses in Italian and European universities through an evaluation of the student workload required in certain subject areas in order to achieve the educational objectives defined. They facilitate student mobility between different courses of study, but also between Italian and European universities. Loans acquired during a course of study may be approved for continuing in other courses of study.

The University of Bologna uses the ECTS system accurately applying the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all courses of the first cycle (Laurea), second cycle (Laurea Magistrale) and unified cycle. ECTS is a recognized standard created with the goal of supporting mobility and cultural exchange among students at the European level. This standard allows for the comparison of credit systems used by Universities and higher education institutions in Europe, to plan and implement the learning path of students. This allows students who study in one country to see their studies recognized at an institution in another country that applies the same standard.

Yes, every Master is composed of multiple courses, each with an exam at the end and based on whose completion the student earns the relative CFU for the course.

Yes, as a university tax.

You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail:, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online:

The School organizes several occasions for meetings, discussion, networking, training, refresher training reserved for the Alumni Community (those who have attended a course in Bologna Business School). For further information visit the Community section of our website.

Unlike the Laurea Magistrale or Specialistica, a University Master’s degree actively involves students in practical cases, providing skills that facilitate immediate entry into the labor market. Specifically, the Master in Business Management, before the internship period, requires the development of a business plan that is carried out for the duration of the master and 3 one-month-long company projects each with a company chosen by the participant.

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