Master in Accounting and Control


Program Description

Are you looking to fast-track your way to a career in accounting? Whether you’re on our full-time one-year programme or our two-year part-time programme, this Master’s in Accounting & Control is the way to get there.

The programme content is the same in both the full-time and part-time programmes. From an accounting perspective, you’ll look at the financial information required to run any organisation, and the information flow needed for managers to make business decisions. And of course control is a key element here: you’ll learn how to use monitoring and reporting to make sure that organisations are governable and performing in the right way. Because accounting touches every part of any business, the programme will prepare you for many different roles – from controller or external/internal auditor to tax inspector or banking supervisor. Whichever path you choose, you’ll need to know how to put your accounting skills to good use professionally, responsibly and ethically.

Part-time programme
The VU’s School of Business and Economics offers the Master’s in Accounting & Control as a part-time programme designed to be followed by professionals who are already working in the field, with lectures taking place on Fridays only. Although the course content and exams for both the full-time and part-time programmes are the same, the full-time programme is taught fully in English while the part-time programme is taught partially in Dutch. Students on the part-time track need to understand Dutch fluently, although they may write their assignments in English.

Seamless transition to postgraduate professional programmes
Both the full-time and the part-time Accounting & Control programmes give you access to the strong portfolio of postgraduate professional programmes in accountancy, controlling and EDP auditing offered by the VU’s School of Business and Economics. The part-time programme is often taken in combination with the postgraduate Accountancy programme. A carefully coordinated curriculum structure offers you an efficient track to complete the Master’s programme, any deficiency courses you may have to take, and the postgraduate programme.

This is what you will be doing
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.
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 130 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Read less