The Master in Finance & Accounting will enable you to build the knowledge and analytical skills needed to design and implement the management systems used to plan and control a firm's performance.

The goal of any enterprise is to create value for its stakeholders. Making the right financial decisions is essential for organizations to achieve the best possible results and to avoid unnecessary risks. The Master in Finance and Accounting enables you to build the knowledge and analytical skills you need to become a specialist in financial decision making aimed at steering organizations to success.

During this one-year Master in Finance and Accounting, you will learn how to collect and open up all relevant financial information that a business needs to succeed, how to communicate with your stakeholders and how to take the lead in the process. You will be taught how to improve a business’s ability to withstand extreme or unforeseen events, allowing it to take advantage and respond confidently to unfolding opportunities. Finally, you will gain the skills to connect organizations, their data, people and processes.

Program structure

Three pillars

Finance and accounting professionals play an increasingly active role in modern businesses. Managerial decision making depends on professionals with a Financial background, who take into account behavioral aspects, describe and analyze problems of choice and provide the background and tools for razor-sharp analysis.

A degree in Finance and Accounting puts you right at the heart of industrial change, where you will be able to fully utilize your analytical skills.

Hogeschool Rotterdam Business School's Master programs are built on three pillars:

  • Education consists of core, specialization and elective modules. You can to a large extent determine your own course while developing all the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies of a professional in international business.
  • Research is the focus of the final stage of our programs. You will complete your studies with a thesis research project, which can revolve around a theoretical subject or a project executed for an existing organization.
  • Personal development is encouraged through a system that invites you to set your own particular study goals - and continually test those choices.


The curriculum of the Master program consists of general modules, specialization modules and a cycle of guest lectures. This design was adopted to create a combination of knowledge, skills, and competencies that all professionals in the business field must-have.

The first three blocks of the study program start with a combination of general modules and specialization modules. The general modules, which focus on management and research, provide the solid foundation of the Master Degree. The general modules are Critical Thinking & Research Methodology, International Project, Personal Development, and managing Corporate Sustainability. The cycle of guest lectures is entitled "Global Business in Transition". The specialization modules are Financial Reporting and Analysis, Accounting for Strategic Decision Making, Operational Financial Management, Corporate Valuation, Management Control and Performance Measurement Systems, Financial Decision Making, Economics, Risk Management, International Financial Management.

After your study program

After your graduation

Congratulations! You just finished your Master in Finance and Accounting and will receive the title Master of Science (MSc).

With your degree, you will receive a supplement, a DS-label. With this English document, you can show the value of your degree abroad when applying for other study programs or when applying for a job.


Graduates of the Master in Finance and Accounting perform successfully in such fields as:

  • Translating external developments into internal business procedures.
  • Providing support for decisions on critical financial issues.
  • Analyzing the financial performance of an organization as a whole as well as business units.
  • Implementing up-to-date costing systems and allocating decision rights.
  • Developing conceptual frameworks for providing accounting information to investors and creditors.

Financial director

As a financial director, you will be primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of an organization. You may also have responsibilities for the analysis of data, financial planning, and record-keeping, as well as financial reporting to higher management.

Admission requirements

To enter the Master programs of Rotterdam Business School you must meet the following requirements:

Students with a Bachelor degree from an accredited university in the Benelux

  • A business-related Bachelor Degree.
  • Curriculum Vitae and motivation letter.
  • An applicant with a non-business related bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years related work experience, with an additional mandatory interview can qualify for direct entry into one of the Masters Programmes.

Students with a foreign diploma

  • A business-related Bachelor Degree.
  • IELTS Academic 6.5* / TOEFL iBT 90 / Cambridge CAE: Grade C scale 180-184 | FCE: Grade B scale 176-179 | Grade A scale 180-184. (Exam results can’t be older than two years at the start of the study program)
  • Curriculum Vitae and, motivation letter.
  • An applicant with a non-business related bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years related work experience with an additional mandatory interview can qualify for direct entry into one of the Masters Programmes.

*No more than 2 IELTS sub-scores may be a maximum of 0.5 points below the required overall score.

For students who do not meet the sub-score requirements can qualify for an additional interview to receive the entry into the program of their choice.

Exemptions English test

Students who have followed a Bachelor Programme taught in English are exempt from the English test.

For students who do not meet these requirements, we offer the Master's Foundation Programme. After completion of this program, you can then enroll for one of our business masters.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 4, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Feb 2020
1 year
11,420 EUR
(EU/EEA, Non EU)
Nov 1, 2019
Deadline EU: 1st January 2020
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Deadline EU: 1st January 2020
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