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Our 1-year MSc Accountancy and Control prepares you for a career in accountancy or financial management. The programme offers you a challenging combination of academic training and the application of international financial and reporting standards to complex real-life business cases. You will develop your intellectual skills, professional knowledge and gain the latest insights to take with you to your first employer.

Discover the MSc Accountancy and Control programme and tracks

In this Master's programme, you can choose one of our 2 tracks.

  • Track Accountancy

    In the Accountancy track, you will focus on the core questions: 'How can users rely on the information provided in financial reports?' and 'How do preparers of financial reports provide relevant information to users?'

Tanja Langendijk, MSc Accountancy and Control
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After graduating and finding a job, all concepts learned during this Master's came together Read about Tanja's experiences with this Master's

Top-5 reasons to study Accountancy and Control at Amsterdam Business School

  1. Specialise in your field of interest
    Our programme offers 2 tracks. With your track of choice you have the option to really focus on the courses that are relevant to your future career. On what financial information should companies rely to make important strategic decisions? This is the core question you will learn how to answer in the Accountancy track. And how can information help organisations to reach their goals? This is the core question you will learn how to answer in the Control track.
  2. Full-range programme towards a professional qualification
    This Master is your 1st step in completing the route to becoming a registered accountant or certified controller. We also offer a pre-Master’s programme for both undergraduate and academic degree students that do not meet the entrance requirements yet. Completion can grant you access to the Post Master Accountancy (to become a Register Accountant), and the Executive Master of Finance and Control programme that leads to the qualification of Certified Controller (Register Controller).
    Because our MSc programme is accredited by ACCA and the IMA it provides you the perfect preparation for the professional qualification of accountant or controller: you are eligible for exemptions for up to 7 papers towards the international ACCA accreditation.
  3. Stand out for future employers
    With the Honours programme you can challenge yourself even more and enhance your CV.
  4. Learn from the experts
    Our researchers and lecturers are international experts, so your education benefits from constant exploration of the field. Discuss and reflect on the latest and most advanced key concepts techniques. Examine the practice of accounting and control through relevant case studies. Key courses include International Financial Reporting, Incentives & Control and Data Analytics for Accountants. 
  5. Earn an internationally recognised MSc title
    Earning your MSc at Amsterdam Business School means that you will have studied at one of the best business schools in the world. We belong to the 1% of business schools worldwide to be Triple Crown accredited. We are part of the University of Amsterdam, one of the few Dutch universities ranked in the global top 100 of QS Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
'During my studies, I already got invited to job interviews'

Watch Juul's review of the MSc Accountancy and Control.

Practical relevance and an international perspective

In the MSc Accountancy and Control, you will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to start your career in accountancy or control. You will learn about crucial topics such as international financial reporting standards, incentives & performance measurement, and judgment & decision making.

Career prospects

After graduation you will be ready for a successful career as:

  • auditor
  • finance manager
  • business controller
  • financial analyst
Average time to find a job after graduation

3 months

Average starting salary

€2,800 gross

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Is the Master Accountancy and Control for you?

Working in the field accountancy and control is about much more than crunching numbers. In today's world you will often be part of a team, requiring you to co-operate and communicate with other people.

You need analysing- and problem-solving skills to interpret financial figures, a broad insight in the organisation’s processes, a ‘feel for the business’ and a commercial mind.

'Perfect balance between teaching and practice'

Felix Schmidt: 'While other universities often tend to overemphasize either the practical or the academic side of teaching, the Accountancy and Control programme has found the perfect balance between academia and practice (i.e., academic reading and writing in conjunction with practical case studies).'

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Accountancy and Control
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60900