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Masters in Accounting and Control

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Virtual open day
Virtual open day

Program description

Masters in Accounting and Control

The Accounting and Control Masters draws on the strengths of VU Amsterdam both as an established research university and as one of the major providers of postgraduate professional education in accountancy.

The accounting program takes you beyond debits and credits and invites you to consider accounting as a vital form of scorekeeping for business and society, and the challenge of maintaining reliability and integrity of financial information when the stakes are high.

Accounting Curriculum

A common core of 24 credits gives all students a thorough exposure to financial reporting, management control systems, the institutional environment of accounting and control, and research methodologies in accounting. The remainder of the program consists of three or more electives (e.g. corporate finance, audit, or accounting information systems) and an individual thesis of 18 credits, all of which you can use to develop a specific disciplinary profile.


  • Management Control and Accounting
  • Financial Accounting and Auditing
  • Information Management

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Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
  • Succesfully completed the courses (or its equivalent): Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing, Wuantitative methods and  Financial Statement Analysis

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Program content

The Accounting & Control Master’s programme requires you to take four core courses that cover advanced accounting and reporting skills as well as corporate law. You’ll also choose electives in your area of interests, write your Master’s thesis, and attend inspiring career events that will train you for the job market. Throughout the programme, there’s a combination of the subject matter itself and the theory and research methodologies that allow you to dive deeper into it.

To break it down:

  • You’ll take four mandatory courses:
    • Advanced Financial Reporting – Get up to speed in preparing financial statements, and understand the issues that reporting standards are trying to solve.
    • Empirical Research in Accounting – Understand how research offers insights into accounting issues, and develop the skills needed to contribute to research yourself.
    • Advanced Management Accounting – Understand how to design accounting information systems that managers will find useful when making business decisions.
    • Corporate Law – Dutch students will study Dutch corporate law, while international students will follow a tailor-made course on their own legal system.
  • You’ll take at least three electives. For example:
    • Management Control – Understand how to design incentive systems that have the desired effect on employees. The course integrates general accounting principles with both an integrity/ethics component and an IT component.
    • Advanced Auditing – Learn to consider key issues in auditing practice, by drawing on a rich toolbox of theoretical insights.
  • You’ll also write your Master’s thesis on a relevant topic of your choice.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,546


MSc in Accounting and Control

Continuing studies

With a strong academic core, an openness to the world of professional practice, and an international outlook, the programme is an effective starting point for your career as a professional preparer, user or auditor of financial information, and a gateway to further specialised training.

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About this institute

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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