MSc in Accounting, Auditing and Control - Specialisation in Accounting and Control

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Program Description

MSc in Accounting, Auditing and Control - Specialisation in Accounting and Control

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

MSc in Accounting, Auditing and Control - Specialisation in Accounting and Control

Making sure all financial aspects are under control and accounted for

Are numbers your forte? Does the art of controlling organisations have your focus? Would you like to contribute to sound management decisions and achieving corporate objectives? The Master specialisation Accounting and Control prepare you in the best possible way, for a position as a business controller, Chartered Controller (RC) or enrol in an Executive Master of Finance and Control programme.

From Accounting Process Management and Accounting Business Ethics to Advanced Behavioural Finance and Management Control, the courses, electives and seminars in this application-based programme cover all topics essential to a successful career in controlling. This is how Erasmus School of Economics provides you with a solid background and well-rounded education, both in theory and practice.

Controlling your career goals at ESE

At the Erasmus School of Economics, you find yourself in a city with one of the largest ports in the world, a diverse multi-ethnic community and an interesting maritime tradition. In Rotterdam, you find lots of companies, both multinationals and more local oriented, all looking for highly qualified and talented people to control their businesses. The need for management accountants, controllers and financials are high. Add our vast and active network to the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you will gain from this programme, and you know this is the place to start your career.


The Master’s specialisation Accounting and Control meet the growing demand for academically trained staff in the controlling field. Not just at management consulting firms or industrial companies, but also in banking and insurance as well as ICT, high-tech, manufacturing and trading companies. Your prospective career path includes:

  • Chartered Controller (RC)
  • Management Consultant
  • Financial Economical Expert

"If you want to become a master in controlling organisations, this is your programme!"


The core courses help students to get acquainted with a wide range of topics that are essential for accounting, auditing and control, and provide a solid background for attending the seminars. The seminar is an important component of the MSc programme. For this intensified course, active participation and commitment are mandatory. Students are expected to write and to present several papers, present aspects of the literature or case applications, ask questions, mention doubts and express ideas in class discussions. The last two blocks of the programme are devoted to the Master’s thesis. The thesis is written individually under close supervision by one of our academic staff members.


  • Introduction to Accounting Research
  • Accounting and Business Ethics
  • Seminar Management Accounting Research
  • Seminar Financial Accounting Research


Boudewijn Martens

Studying in Rotterdam is an amazing experience. After I obtained my Bachelor degree at the Erasmus School of Economics I had no intention to leave the city and the faculty.

Rotterdam has a lot to offer to account students because all big and mid-size audit firms are located in Rotterdam. The Big Four audit firms also cooperate with the Erasmus School of Economics by offering specific skills training to students. So you learn from theory, but you’ll also receive additional experiences and training from real practitioners! This combination of theory and practice is valuable for future CPAs.

Also beside my study, the Erasmus School of Economics offered me more than a solid education. I was able to join the Education Committee to improve the programme from a student’s point-of-view and I had a side job as a student assistant. So I would advise you to follow an accounting master programme at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam because it offers you so much more…

Isabella Knoef

While in my final year of the International Bachelor in Economics and Business Economics (IBEB), I had to make a choice which master study I wanted to subscribe to. Because of the introductory accounting courses are given during the bachelor, my interest was drawn to accounting and after consulting others and the university website, I had made my decision and enrolled in the master Accounting Auditing and Control, choosing the Auditing track.

The master requires you to keep track of your studies from the first week onwards and be on top of your game every lecture. You are challenged to study hard, but because the group is composed of students that share the same interest, the work seems more fun which makes it much more doable. The courses vary a lot from research to theoretical or practical course, keeping your studies dynamic and interesting!

We, as accounting students, are regularly invited to attend workshops and in-house days at audit firms with the aim of improving our own (soft) skills. It is a fun way to get to know possible future employers and fellow students!

Cost & Fees

  • € 2.060 EU/EEA students*,
  • € 14.700 Non-EU/EEA students**

*This is the statutory tuition fee for Dutch students, students from another country within the European Economic Area (EEA), the European Union (EU), Switzerland and Suriname who meet the statutory conditions.

**This is the institutional tuition fee for students for whom the statutory tuition fee does not apply. You have to pay the institutional fee if you:

don’t have an EU-, EEA, Swiss or Surinamese nationality have finished a Dutch programme and want to follow another programme on the same level

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
2,060 EUR
EU/EEA students; € 14.700 Non EU/EEA students.
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Netherlands - Rotterdam, South Holland
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