MSc Accounting, Auditing and Control

Erasmus School of Economics
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Are you interested in becoming an accounting and financial expert at a top university? Our MSc in Accounting, Auditing and Control offers you a broad foundation in the areas of auditing, control and finance, and the opportunity to tailor the programme to your own interests and career ambitions through our three specialisations:

  • Accounting and Auditing
  • Accounting and Control
  • Accounting and Finance

All three master specialisations share the same basic courses, but have different electives drawing from auditing, controlling and finance seminars. Our MSc is therefore an excellent preparation for your future career and ensures that you will be ready to grow into a senior position in international auditing, control, or finance upon graduation. Moreover, our MSc is an excellent preparation for the national and international postmaster programmes to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA, ‘Registeraccountant’) or Certified Controller (‘Registercontroller’).

Is this the right choice for you?

We offer you a research-rich learning environment and a challenging educational experience allowing you to benefit from our excellent research reputation, our international contacts, and our strong links with business.

If you want to play a pivotal role in the accounting, auditing, or assurance branch, then our interactive Accounting and Auditing specialisation will get you there. This specialisation is also your path to access the post-graduate programme that enables you to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA), in Dutch: ‘Registeraccountant’ (RA).

Do you want to facilitate optimal business decisions by making sure all data are taken into account properly? The master's specialisation Accounting and Control prepares you in the best possible way for a position as a business controller and offers, depending on the courses you chose during your bachelor's, access to an Executive Master of Finance and Control programme that leads to the qualification of Certified Controller, in Dutch: ‘Register Controller’ (RC).

Do you want to combine your knack for numbers with managerial skills? The master's specialisation Accounting and Finance bridges the gap between auditing and control on the one hand, and corporate governance on the other hand. The combination of financial accounting, management control and finance aspects offer an all-round perspective on financial issues. You will study a wide range of topics in courses and seminars and examine issues from both a practical and analytical point of view.

If you possess the following traits, you are in a good position to apply for the programme:

  • You enjoy analysing (financial) data
  • Your bachelor's has given you a proper background in statistics and financial accounting and reporting.
  • By nature, you are inquisitive, analytical, and critical.
  • Your social and qualitative skills enable you to communicate your results clearly and to work in teams.

Why study Accounting, Auditing and Control in Rotterdam?

At Erasmus School of Economics, you find yourself in a vibrant and multicultural city where all large and midsize auditing firms, as well as multinationals and more locally oriented firms are operating or headquartered, all of them looking for highly qualified and talented people. Add our vast and active network to the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you will gain from our master's programme, and you know this is the place to start your international career.

We believe in the power of experience. In fact, we are well-known and appreciated by employers everywhere and this hands-on approach is one of the things that give our accounting specialisations their distinctive character. Moreover, our master's programme distinguishes itself from other universities by offering skills courses on writing, presenting and applying for a job. These skills courses are offered by each of the Big4 companies, which also gives you the possibility to learn more about them and explore future employment opportunities.

We offer an interactive learning environment, small-scale courses, a great student-professor ratio, and a balanced curriculum of theoretical and more practical courses developed in close collaboration with accounting and auditing companies. Our School programme are well-connected to all major accounting and finance companies in Rotterdam, offering you the chance to get a head-start in your career through trainings and internships, and making it easy for our students to find a challenging job after graduation.

Study in our master's programme at Erasmus School of Economics for:

  • An interactive, academic, and practice-oriented curriculum matching the world's needs today and in the future
  • Addressing the questions of our time concerning sustainability and big data from the viewpoint of an accountant and finance expert
  • An internationally oriented programme in a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive environment that offers a network for life
  • The ability to examine issues from a practical and analytical point of view
  • The opportunity to do empirical research and shape some of your curriculum
  • A wide range of career opportunities in the field of financial business economics.

Admission requirements

Relevant bachelor diploma

All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (BSc) in the field of accounting, finance, economics or business (administration). Your degree has to be equivalent in both level and content to the BSc in Economics and Business Economics offered by Erasmus School of Economics. It is not necessary to have completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application. However, all requirements of your bachelor's degree must be fulfilled before the start of the academic year (by 28 August 2023).


Your bachelor's degree needs to consist of a solid background in economics, business economics, statistics and mathematics. To check whether you have a sufficient background in terms of content, please compare your curriculum with that of our bachelor degree inEconomics and Business Economics.

A broad background in accounting, finance and economics is required. For all three specialisations: Accounting and Auditing, Accounting and Control and Accounting and Finance the required courses are alike:

  • Accounting (management accounting, financial accounting)
  • Finance (e.g. investments)
  • Financial Information Systems (e.g., bookkeeping)

All our programmes take a strong quantitative approach. A solid background in mathematics, statistics, accounting and economics is a necessity and must be clear from your university transcript.
Topics in statistics you should be familiar with include:

  • Variables of chance, probability density function, probability distribution function
  • Expectation, variance, standard deviation, skewness
  • Normal distributions
  • Estimating sample means, statistical significance, confidence intervals
  • Testing for differences in sample means
  • Univariate and multivariate linear regression model
  • Analysing regression statistics: coefficients, t-statistics, R2
  • Multi-collinearity

To check whether your knowledge of statistics meets our standards, please take the statistics quizOpens external. 


Erasmus School of Economics followsDutch governmental institute Nuffic’sOpens externaladvice regarding the comparison of foreign degrees to the Dutch educational level to determine the level of your bachelor's degree.   

The Examination Board of Erasmus School of Economics decides based on the above mentioned criteria whether your obtained bachelor degree is sufficient for admission to the programme of your choice.

Please note:The outcome of this quiz does not affect or increase your chances of admission. It is only meant as an indication whether you have the required statistical knowledge which is a prerequisite for this master degree programme. No rights can be derived from the outcome of this quiz.

Proficiency in the English language

All applicants must show proficiency in the English language and demonstrate this by means of an internet based TOEFL,TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, Academic IELTS / Academic IELTS Online, Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) test score report, taken no longer than 2 years before application.

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Program content

We offer you small-scale teaching throughout our entire curriculum, the commitment and support of our faculty, and a culture in which your views and contributions are highly appreciated. Our master’s programme covers all theoretical and practical aspects of collecting, categorising, summarising, analysing, and using financial data in organisations. Our core courses range from Advanced Financial Statement Analysis, and Advanced Corporate Reporting, over Accounting Process Management, and Business Ethics, to Introduction to Accounting Research, and Programming. These core courses help you to get acquainted with a wide range of topics that are essential for accounting, auditing, control, and finance, and also equip you with the necessary knowledge in data analysis and recent developments in corporate sustainability.

Seminars to deepen, apply and specialise

The core courses provide you with a solid background for attending the subsequent seminars in which you can deepen and apply your knowledge. Two seminars focus on data analytics and financial accounting research, while the third seminar deepens your knowledge in the specialisation that you have chosen.

For example, if you choose the Accounting and Auditing specialisation, you will take the seminar Auditing. If the specialisation of your choice is Accounting and Control, you will take the Management Control seminar, while you follow the Corporate Governance seminar if you enroll in the Accounting and Finance specialisation.

In each of the seminars, you will be expected to write and present several papers, present aspects of the literature or case applications, and actively participate in in-class discussions.

The final block of the programme is devoted to the master’s thesis. You will work on your thesis individually, under close supervision by a member of our academic staff.

Scholarships & funding

For students outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), we have a number of scholarships available such as the Erasmus University Holland Scholarship, Philip Hans Franses Scholarship, and Erasmus School of Economics waiver for excellent current ESE bachelor students from non-EEA countries.


Master programs

Tuition fees (2023-2024)

  • €2.314 (Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €12.600 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €16.100 (Institutional fee: non-EEA students)

Studying in a foreign country can be very expensive. Fortunately, the Dutch government subsidizes higher education which leads to lower tuition fees for students with a nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). In recent years, more and more students from outside the EEA have decided to study in the Netherlands, resulting in a growing demand for academic scholarships.


MSc (Master of Science)

Career paths

Our master programme prepares you for a wide range of jobs in the field of auditing, controlling and financial business economics. Whether you want to become a Chartered Accountant (RA/CPA), an internal auditor, a controller, or a management consultant - you can work in a multitude of organisations. Our alumni are in high demand by multinationals, financial institutions, audit companies, insurance companies, as well as ICT, high-tech, manufacturing and trading companies.

Finding a job is almost guaranteed: there is an urgent need for well-educated accountants. Thanks to our excellent network and practice-oriented, but also high-level academic training, almost all our students already have a job before graduation. Our alumni are not only working for the BIG4 audit firms (Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC), but have positions in many diverse companies such as ABN Amro, Aegon, APG Asset Management, BDO, BNP Paribas, Center Parcs, Coolblue, Credit Suisse, Eastman Chemical, Eneco, Grant Thornton, IBM, ING, KLM, LG Electronics, LÓréal, Mazars, Nationale Nederlanden, Nike, PepsiCo, Port of Rotterdam, Roland Berger, Siemens, and Unilever.

About this institute

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Why study at Erasmus School of Economics

Erasmus School of Economics welcomes over 7000 Dutch and international students every academic year and provides world-class education in economic disciplines and econometrics.

By pursuing its three main principles:

  • Quality first
  • Integration of top research with a top education
  • A prime economic focus on current and future real-world questions

Erasmus School of Economics will ensure that by 2023, the School will have secured its place as a leading academic brand in economics and econometrics in the world.

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Erasmus School of Economics

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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