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MSc Accounting, Auditing and Control

Erasmus School of Economics
Program overview
1 vuosi
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

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?

Do you want to play a pivotal role in the accounting, auditing, or assurance branch? The 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 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, 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 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 quantitative tasks and are good at them.
  • Your bachelor has given you a proper background in statistics as well as financial accounting and reporting.
  • By nature, you are inquisitive, analytical, critical and meticulous.
  • Your social and qualitative skills enable you to communicate your results clearly and to work in teams.

Why study Accounting and Auditing 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 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 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 faculty and 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 Accounting, Auditing and Control at Erasmus School of Economics for:

  • An interactive, academic and practice-oriented curriculum
  • An internationally oriented programme.
  • The ability to examine issues from a practical and analytical point of view
  • The opportunity to do empirical research and shape some of your own curriculum
  • A wide range of career opportunities in the field of financial business economics.

Admission requirements

  • Your degree has to be equivalent to our bachelor program prior to the corresponding master program. The examination board decides whether your obtained bachelor's degree is sufficient for admission to a pre-master program. In any case, the examination board carefully reviews each application. Should your previous education not be sufficient for admission to a master’s degree program the examination board will always review your application for possible admittance for a pre-master program instead. 
  • All programs are taught from a strong quantitative approach. A solid background in mathematics and statistics is a necessity for every program. Your background in mathematics and statistics has to show from your university transcript.
  • Prospective students must show proficiency in the English language and demonstrate this by means of an internet or computer based, Academic TOEFL or Academic IELTS Test Score Report, taken no longer than 2 years before application.

For more information regarding domestic and international admission requirements, please visit the course webpage.

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Program content

Our master programme covers all theoretical and practical aspects of collecting, categorising, summarising, analysing, and using financial data in organisations. The core courses range from Advanced Financial Statement Analysis, and Advanced IFRS, 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.

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.

For more information please visit the institute website.


Master programs

  • €2168 (Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €12300 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €15600 (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)

Credits: 60 ECTS

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.

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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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