Master of Science in Accountancy & Control: Control

University of Amsterdam

Program Description
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Master of Science in Accountancy & Control: Control

University of Amsterdam

The Control track of the Accountancy and Control Master’s programme is concerned with financial information and decision making in the management of organisations. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need as a controller or financial professional in the business world or the public sector.

Prepare for a career in a financial function;

  • develop your financial expertise by acquiring both conceptual knowledge of and technical skills in Accountancy and Control;
  • follow our multidisciplinary programme and qualify for top-level post-master programmes.

One Master's, two tracks

The Master's in Accountancy & Control offers two top-level academic specialisation tracks:

  • Accountancy
  • Control

Both tracks offer a common knowledge base in Accountancy and Control, as well as in-depth specialised courses and subject matter.


After successful completion of this programme, you will receive an accredited Master’s degree in Accountancy and Control and the title Master of Science (MSc).

The programme in brief

Fully understanding the field of accountancy requires both technical and conceptual knowledge on relevant topics. This Master’s programme provides a solid interdisciplinary foundation, offering a wide range of courses, such as: Management Control, Sustainability, Accountability and Ethics, Corporate Governance and Risk Management and research seminars in Accountancy & Control.

Researchers and lecturers at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) are international experts. Because the ABS has a full research programme dedicated to Finance, your education in accountancy benefits from constant exploration of the field going on around you. By discussing and reflecting on research, and by examining the practice of accounting and control in the form of case studies, you will learn the latest and most advanced techniques, practices and insights.

Programme structure

The Master of Science in Accountancy and Control is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Starting in period 2 of semester 1, you will follow track-specific courses in addition to the common courses in the programme. The track-specific part covers 15 EC courses and the 15 EC Master’s thesis.

First semester

The year begins with a common part that provides a knowledge base for both accountants and controllers. You follow a common course on Sustainability, Accountability and Ethics, You will familiarise yourself with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Internal Control and Accounting Information Systems teaches you to design accounting information systems. In period 2, you will follow one track-specific course: Management Control Research. The research seminar Accountancy & Control prepares you for writing your Master’s thesis in the second semester.

Second semester

During the second semester, you will extend your expertise by following advanced courses in Management Accounting and Corporate Financial Management.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government. Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.

The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.

Statutory tuition fees 2016-2017

Specification Amount

  • full-time students € 1,984
  • part-time students € 1,706
  • dual programme students € 1,984
  • AUC students € 4,154
  • PPLE students € 3,968

Information for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname.

Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements. Institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees

You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:

  • you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Suriname;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Bachelor's degree you enrol in a second Bachelor's programme;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Master's degree you enrol in a second Master's programme;
  • you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements. You can find the regulations in the 2015-2016 Enrolment Provisions or the 2016-2017 Enrolment Provisions (in Dutch).

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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12 months
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12,000 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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