Master of Customs, Taxation and International Trade Law (MCA)
Online Master’s degree for future strategic managers in customs

The MCA-programme is an executive Master’s course which is offered online. It aims to prepare customs practitioners in the public and private sectors for the role of strategic manager. Graduates will gain the unique degree "Master of Customs Administration" (MCA) awarded by the University of Münster in Germany. The course has been officially recognised by both the World Customs Organisation and European Commission as complying with their standards for customs Master’s degrees.

The Master of Customs, Taxation and International Trade Law is part-time and lasts 20 months. It consists of monthly seminars held online and self-study. The programme is organised in such a way that it does not interfere in your working time or holidays. It is practice-based and focusses on problem-solving, optimising processes und ensuring compliance. Thereby, it can help participants find ways of saving time and costs for their organisations. The MCA-programme is offered by the University of Münster in cooperation with the AWA AUSSENWIRTSCHAFTS-AKADEMIE GmbH.

You can find insights on the MCA study programme here. Fore more detailed information please visit the MCA website.

important information at a glance

  • Start: October 2023
  • Deadline for applications: at least four weeks before start
  • Degree: Master of Customs Administration (MCA), 60 ECTS
  • Duration: 20 months
  • Study location: Online participation
  • Language: English
    Students must be able to follow lectures and participate in oral class discussions, hold presentations and present written papers and examinations.
  • Cost: € 19,800 in three instalments or one-off payment before the start of studies with five percent discount (€ 18,810)

Target Group

The course is open to customs practitioners from the private and public sectors. The target group includes:

  • the employees of commercial companies
  • customs brokers
  • officials from customs administrations
  • financial and business ministries
  • regional and international organizations


The course will consist of the following monthly seminars:

months 1-14:

  • Introductory seminar: module topics and scientific method
  • Module 1: World Trade Organization and International Commercial Law
  • Module 2: International Customs instruments and European Customs Legislation
  • Module 3: International and European Tax Law
  • Module 4: Supply Chain Security and Trade Facilitation
  • Module 5: Global Customs Compliance
  • Final seminar: Reflection on module topics in preparation for the final thesis

The online lectures are held on three Saturdays a month via Zoom. The online exams also take place on a Saturday and are realized via the Moodle learning platform. On the Moodle platform, students can also find information on dates and schedules, as well as documents and a discussion forum, among other things. In addition, there is the possibility to give continuous feedback on the lectures and a final evaluation via Moodle.

months 15-20:

  • Module 6: Transfer Project
  • Module 7: Master's Thesis

Academic qualifications

A four year university degree related to law, customs or international trade with 240 credits and at least one year’s customs-related work experience.

Applicants with a three year degree (180 ECTS points) can also apply provided they have at least three years’ customs-related work experience.

Technical requirements

For the implementation and transmission of our courses of the study program we use the software Zoom. To participate in our study program, all you need is a suitable terminal device and a stable internet connection.

You can check the functionality of camera & audio in advance in the Zoom Test Meeting under the folliwing link:

Application folder

  • Application Form (Request the application form at
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Certified copy of the degree certificates (including individual grades)
    • in the case of Bachelor and Master degrees: a certified copy of the Diploma Supplement or evidence of the ECTS grading table
    • if applicable, a certified copy of the doctoral certificate

The copies are to be certified by a notary, a municipal authority, the body which issued the certificate, or a court clerk.

Please send your application folder to:

Königsstraße 46
48143 Münster

Request information material and registration form

If you are interested in applying for a place, just write a short e-mail to or fill out our contact form. We will gladly send you extensive information material as well as the application form.

MCA info flyer

Overview of course modules

Provisional timetable


The MCA is offered by AWA in cooperation with the University of Münster, one of Germany’s leading universities.


The MCA course has been recognised at national, European and international levels by:

  • AQAS e.V. agency for quality assurance in Germany.
  • World Customs Organization (WCO) as fulfilling its PICARD Professional Standards for Strategic Managers
  • European Commission within its European Customs Competency Framework

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MCA Alumni Network

Are you a graduate of the Master of Customs, Taxation and International Trade Law (MCA)?

Then join the MCA Alumni Group on LinkedIn and network with other graduates of the programme. Interesting job offers are also regularly posted in the alumni group.

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The MCA is offered by AWA in cooperation with the University of Münster, one of Germany’s leading universities.

Contact Persons and Course Director

Katharina Harenberg

Coordination of Degree Programmes

T +49.251.83 275 92

Dr. Dallimore

Head of Studies

T +49.251.83 275 79

Prof. Dr. Wolffgang

MCA Course Director