The MCA in Customs, Taxation and International Trade Law is off ered by the WWU Münster in  cooperation with the AWA AUSSENWIRTSCHAFTS-AKADEMIE GmbH.


The MCA programme is a part-time course, designed for customs practitioners. It starts in September each year and lasts 18 months on a part-time basis. The programme is divided into self-study and monthly taught classes. It awards 60 credit points under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).


  • Lectures and seminars in Münster und Munich
  • Online participation (live-streaming) possible

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


    • Lectures and seminars (module 1-5)
    • Transfer project (module 6)
    • Master thesis (module 7)



    Students must be able to follow lectures and participate in oral class discussions, hold presentations and present written papers and examinations.


    In order to successfully complete the MCA course, participants must satisfy the following requirements:

    1. Module examinations
      Pass a test at the end of each module.
    2. Transfer project
      Develop a project at the workplace and submit a written explanatory report.
    3. Master’s Thesis
      Complete a thesis dealing with a subject of practical importance.


    19,800 euros

    The fee covers the costs of tuition and course materials only. It is payable in three instalments of 6,600 euros each.

    Admission requirements

    Academic qualifications

    A four year university degree related to law, customs or international trade with 240 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System and at least one year work experience in customs and trade.

    Applicants with fewer than 240 ECTS points may nevertheless be admitted depending on their professional experience and vocational qualifications.

    A three year degree (180 ECTS points) and at least three years experience in a customs-related area.

    Language proficiency

    Recommended level of English:

      • either a certificate of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum of:
      • 88 points for the internet test
      • 233 points for the computer test
      • 575 points for the written test
      • or a certificate of an equivalent language test


      Master of Customs Administration (MCA) awarded by the University of Münster.


      The course is currently undergoing re-accreditation to reflect changes to its content and structure. The MCA complies with the PICARD Standards of the World Customs Organisation.