Strategic Finance & Business Analytics

Masters degree program

∼ 15 h/week on campus + online sessions

4 Semesters, 120 ECTS


Master of Arts

Language: English

Program Description

The Strategic Finance and Business Analytics master program at Lauder Business School combines contemporary knowledge in the field of international finance and corporate strategy with the latest trends in business analysis/analytics. This innovative program is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the financial sector as well as the appropriate financial management of corporations in the non-financial industry.

Moreover, we will equip you with essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills. You will able to conduct applied research projects and engage in empirical investigations under the umbrella of several courses. At the same time, recent megatrends such as the internet of things, a green and sustainable mindset (ESG finance) and FinTechs also have a key and active role throughout the study program. You will learn to be a data-driven deal-maker and financial professional who understands business processes, management and strategy in leading finance institutions, corporations, consulting and auditing companies.

Our experienced and committed faculty of real-world practitioners and academic researchers will give you a comprehensive introduction to the theory and offer practical examples from their professional life. At LBS, emphasis is placed on the practical, hands-on side of education. By joining simulation exercises, real-life project work and industry-related research, you will be prepared to creatively and efficiently tackle business challenges. With our unique mix of on-campus classes (app. 18h/week) and online sessions you will be able to combine your further education with part-time work. In addition, we recommend continuous work experience and encourage it by possible accreditation/recognition of some courses.

At LBS, students get the chance to study both the global economy and international business by merging the best that the American business educational system has to offer with the finest European business tradition. Moreover, our students outperform their peers from other international business/finance programs by far as demonstrated in the latest unbiased Peregrine test results.

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This program is ACBSP accredited. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a specialized accreditation association that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs.  ACBSP accredits accounting, business, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degree levels worldwide.

  • ACBSP offers an accreditation process uniquely focused on teaching excellence and student outcomes (access here the LBS statistics and other metrics). Because the council believes ACBSP success is driven by the success of its members, ACBSP officers, and members align those programs and the accreditation process to meet the individual needs of each member.
  • ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.
  • ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.

Your Benefits

  • Access to financial data sources – Bloomberg
  • Learn to use the statistical software package R
  • Learn Python and SQL for in-depth financial and AI data analytics
  • Learn to use SAP & receive a certificate
  • Get IPMA-D certificate at a 50% discount
  • Get prepared for and obtain the Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) certificate
  • Prepare for and take the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice
  • Student Consultancy Project with a partner company
  • Banking Simulation
  • Real-world practitioners as lecturers
  • Interactive & international study environment
  • Group work & project-based learning
  • Work part-time & accredit some courses
  • Get to know the future of finance (ESG, FinTechs, etc.)
  • Get a glimpse into (and obtain certification in) the market-leading business intelligence and analytics software (SAS)
  • Any student who graduated after December 12th, 2018, the date of LBS’ entering the ACBSP candidacy, is grandfathered into graduating from an ACBSP accredited study program.
  • In accordance with § 2 (2) University of Applied Sciences Act (Fachhochschulgesetz) as amended, the tuition fee for EU nationals (including those of Switzerland and EEA countries) is €363.36/semester, and €1,453.44 /semester for non-EU nationals.



Career Profiles

Asset Manager, Business Analyst, Investment Banker, Economic Consultant, Risk Manager, Treasurer, Financial Analyst, Reporting Specialist, Compliance Officer, Data Scientist, Quantitative Modeler, Rating Expert, Banking and Financial Strategist, Chief Financial Officer, Project Manager, Consultant, etc.


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Admission Requirements

  • completed bachelor degree program in the relevant field* of at least 180 ECTS
  • or a completed equivalent program at a recognized domestic or recognized foreign post-secondary education institution. This must be an education institution offering programmes that last at least six semesters, which require the general matriculation standard pursuant to this federal statute for admission, and known as a post-secondary education institution pursuant to the legislation of the country where it is located.
  • adequate command of English

In the case of Bachelor’s programs not regulated by accreditation, the director of studies of the degree program or the Council will decide whether the other program fulfills the relevant admission requirement. Information about which bachelors or post-secondary programs qualify as relevant admission requirement for certain FH masters degree programs is available from administrators or the director of studies.

* a bachelor’s degree with a quantitative background (e.g. in business administration, finance, economics, business analysis, data science, computer science, mathematics, etc.)


Case Study Analysis

As part of the admissions process, applicants will be asked to analyze a short case study in form of an essay of max. 1000 words. Applicants will have 2 days to complete this task. Please download a sample to prepare.

Success Stories

What Our Graduates Say

"My experience at LBS was great and unique! During my studies of “Intercultural Management and Leadership” I received a profound knowledge in the area of my interest and met long-life friends. LBS had a significant impact on my personal development. There I experienced studying and working in a highly international environment, which ultimately defined my career path."


Marina Rowe

Global LT, Recruiter EMEA

"Keep it real 🙂 Study hard and make great friends. Don’t shy away from any challenges and try to dream big. Nothing is impossible when you try just a little harder. LBS was a great stepping stone for me and enabled me to achieve great heights in my career later on. I’m humbled to say that it all started in LBS!"

David Koves

R2G Digital, Founder & CEO

"Lauder Business School is where I learned my business ABC’s and where I laid the first cornerstones of building my professional network. One of the best memories from studying there would have to be the classes with Prof. Christian Mehlich and the mentorship conversations with him outside the classroom."

Alex Melamed

Microsoft, Marketing Manager

"Lauder Business School Vienna provided me with the practical learning approach, developed using-real life case studies. Those allowed me to look at real business challenges from a CFO / CEO perspective, while being a pragmatic authoritative leader. Also, I had the precious opportunity of being taught by Prof. Joel Stern, which was an absolutely breath-taking experience. One thing I wanted to take away from this program, in addition to the leadership component, was a better understanding of initiating change in today’s uncertain financial markets."

David Kralik, M.A.

GE Power Austria, Project Control Analyst



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