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Master Accountancy and Control

International applicants

Accountancy and Control

Please read all requirements carefully. In the online application you will be asked to upload proof of all mentioned requirements.

1. Academic Bachelor's degree

Students holding an academic Bachelor's degree in Business or Economics, with a focus on Accountancy and/or Control are eligible to apply for admission. The following courses should be included in the Bachelors degree:

  • Management Accounting (intermediate level)
  • Financial Accounting (intermediate level)
  • Finance (introductory level)
  • Quantitative research methods (intermediate level).

Please note that a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or a Fachhochschule(Germany) will not be taken into consideration. Specific entry requirements apply to Chinese students and African students.

2.  English language proficiency

We require evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL IBT: 92, at least 22 on each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011)
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5, at least 6 on each sub-score
  • Cambridge Assessment English:
    • Certificate in Advanced English:  170 Points Overall and in each skill
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 170 Points Overall and in each skill

You have obtained your diploma/degree in one of the following countries: The Netherlands, Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

English language proficiency and exemptions

Watch the instruction video for the English proficiency requirements


All applicants need to take a GMAT test before the application deadline in order to be considered for the Master’s programme. So please start planning your test date on time. While taking the test is mandatory, there is no required minimum score, only a recommended minimum score. Even if you do not achieve the recommended score, the remainder of your application will still be assessed.

GMAT: Minimum total: 600 (recommended score). Please note that completion of all sections of the exam is required.

For registration, please refer to the GMAT website. The institution code for GMAT is 0500, Amsterdam Business School, MSc in Business Administration.


Instead of a GMAT, a GRE test score will be accepted in the following cases:

  • if you have already obtained a GRE score
  • if it is difficult to take the GMAT test on a short notice in your country (e.g. Suriname)

GRE: Minimum 155 (recommended score). There is a minimum recommended score of 155 for the Quantative Reasoning section. Please note that completion of all sections of the exam is required.

For registration, please refer to the GRE website. The institution code for GRE is 7878 U Amsterdam School of Economics. 

General information on the GMAT test

Watch the instruction video for the GMAT/GRE requirements

4.   Motivation and initiative

Applicants are expected to have the intrinsic motivation to test and build upon this knowledge. Coursework is designed in keeping with this expectation and demands significant personal initiative and an active contribution on the part of the student. Applicants are asked to upload a motivation letter in their online application.

5. Academic Referee

Applicants are expected to invite at least one academic referee to submit their reference online. In the online application you need to fill out the contact details of the referee. Please make sure that your referee has agreed to write a recommendation before you register the referee's details. Your references should refer to your academic experience (e.g. coming from a former teacher).