Master in Accounting and Control

General

Program Description

Considering issues at an advanced academic level

All business enterprises, governmental entities, and not-for-profit organizations rely on accounting systems to produce essential information for management, control, informing external investors, and accountability. Such systems operate in complex settings involving both institutions and markets. 

The Master Accounting and Control prepares you to embark on a career as a preparer, user, or auditor of accounting information. By considering the technical aspects of accounting in relation to the institutional setting, in relation to ongoing developments in information technology, and in the light of relevant academic research, you will learn to consider issues in accounting and control at an advanced academic level. Throughout the program, you are encouraged to reflect on issues of responsibility for accounting information, including integrity, ethics, and compliance.

The Master’s program in Accounting and Control is offered in a full-time and a part-time version. The two versions are identical in terms of learning outcomes, course content, and assessment, but may differ with respect to the scheduling and teaching formats. The full-time program is taught in English. The class language in the part-time program is mostly Dutch. 

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.
    • Data Analytics for Accounting and Control – Understand how information technology is changing accounting and develop hands-on skills in data analysis.
    • 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 and complete a portfolio of assignments aimed at developing professional skills.

The start date of the full-time program is September 1st. The start dates of the part-time program are September 1st and February 1st.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Vrije Universiteit 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 over ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit 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 over 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 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. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less