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Accountancy & Control (MSc)

Course Description


The Master of Science in Accountancy & Control is an intensive, selective programme, ensuring a high standard of academic education. It has a strong international focus with respect to content, academic staff and student population. The programme is designed to prepare students for financial positions, not only in auditing and consultancy, but also in industry, banking or government. The programme consists of an Accountancy track and a Control track.


The Accountancy track is intended for students of business economics seeking a career in the financial sector. It is designed for students with a general and analytical interest in financial information flows between and within organisations and, more specifically, in providing information services to senior managers and other stakeholders. This track combines academic rigour with practical examples and applications, and provides admission to the post-Master Accountancy (PMA) programme offered by the Amsterdam Business School (in Dutch only), leading to qualification as a chartered accountant.


This track focuses on the role of accounting information in organisations'financial management . How can financial and non-financial information be used to influence decision-making among managers and employees? The courses in this track aim to combine academic rigour and practical relevance through a multidisciplinary perspective using insights from economics, psychology and organisation theory. Completion of the track qualifies students for admission to the Executive Master of Finance and Control (EMFC) programme given by the Amsterdam Business School (in Dutch only). Graduates of the Master's programme in Control who have at least two years relevant work experience are also eligible to apply for the international Executive Master of Finance and Control (iEMFC) programme (taught in English, admission restrictions apply).

Studying Accountancy & Control at the University of Amsterdam

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) specialises in providing students with the broad range of skills, in-depth knowledge and international expertise they will need in the business world and the public sector. One of the five research programmes at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is dedicated to Accounting, and students in the MSc in Accountancy & Control benefit from learning in an environment where developments in the field are constantly being explored.

The Accounting research programme is strongly multidisciplinary, and examines both the theoretical and social importance of accounting and accountability in a wide range of organisational contexts. The ABS's researchers are international experts and it has a thriving English-taught PhD programme, providing excellent opportunities for students who wish to go on to doctoral studies following their MSc.

Accreditation and degree

The Master's programme in Accountancy & Control has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Accountancy & Control and the title of Master of Science (MSc).

Entry Requirements

Students who have an Academic Bachelor degree (BSc or BA) in Business Economics, with a focus in Accountancy and Control are eligible to apply for admission.

Course Fees

EU/EEA students appr. €1,700 per year. Non-EU/EEA students: €12,000 per year

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