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The fast track to your accounting career

Become the accountant that's needed for the future

Are you interested in developing even stronger analytics skills? Do you have strong ethical standards and a drive for fairness, transparency and reliability? And do you love to impose order on chaos, ensuring that you’re steering in the right direction to meet your goals?

Then the Master’s in Accounting & Control is the right programme for you! Check whether you meet the programme requirements and sign up.

We look for motivated and ambitious students who have decided that the broad and challenging field of accounting and control is the direction they want to take. You may already have a firm idea of your future career path, but you may also still be considering the many different professional profiles in this area.  We welcome you in either case, and will help you to find your way forward.  We expect that you have a solid academic basis in economics or business. You have a good grounding in accounting and finance, but you also have the ability and the curiosity to see these disciplines in their wider context. 

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and sign up

  • I have a School of Business and Economics Degree

    Admission requirements
    With a Bachelor's degree in (International) Business Administration, Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you are admissible provided you successfully meet the requirements in this document

    Services for international (EBE, EOR, IBA) students / Residence permit:
    If you are planning to continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam after your SBE Bachelor, please contact the Central Admission’s Support Team of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for further information and specific questions about the offered services for international students like extending your residence permit. You will need to apply for extension of your residence permit if you continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor's degree, VU premaster or Bachelor's degree at another university)

    Admission requirements

    The master programme Accounting and Control is open to students with a university Bachelor’s degree in economics, business or related disciplines. Apart from general academic and research skills, the programme should include quantitative research methods (statistics) of at least an intermediate level.  We are not necessarily looking for students who have specialized in accounting, but we do expect that you have a solid grounding in the discipline. This means that your programme must include a significant element  (as an indication, at least 40-45 EC) of accounting and finance with much of it at least at intermediate level.  Accounting is meant broadly and may include, in addition to the essentials of financial and management accounting, topics such as auditing, accounting and business information systems, and relevant elements of corporate governance and corporate law.  Apart from corporate finance, it may also include financial analysis,  financial management and financial markets.

    This means that we expect you to have successfully completed courses based on the following literature, or equivalent: 

    o    Financial Accounting
    Elliott & Elliott, Financial Accounting and Reporting (Pearson Education), recent edition, 
    o    Management Accounting
    Rajan, Datar & Horngren, Cost Accounting , Global Edition (Pearson Education), recent edition. 
    o    Finance
    Berk & DeMarzo  Corporate Finance, Global Edition (Pearson Education), recent edition 
    o    Statistics
    Doane & Seward, Applied Statistics in Business & Economics (McGraw-Hill), recent edition. 

    And preferably one more courses based on the following: 
    o    Financial Statement Analysis
    Healy & Palepu, Business Analysis Valuation: Using Financial Statements (Cengage Learning), recent edition. 
    o    Accounting Information Systems
    Romney & Steinbart, Accounting Information Systems, Global Edition (Pearson), recent edition 
    o    Auditing
    Principles of Auditing’ by Rick Hayes, Hans Gortemaker, and Philip Wallage, (Pearson), recent edition 

    Subject to the requirements above, approval is in most cases given to students who hold a bachelor’s degree in 
    •    Business Economics, 
    •    Business Administration, 
    •    Financial Management, 
    •    Economics or 
    •    Econometrics. 

    With a Bachelor's degree in (International) Business Administration, Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research from Dutch Universities you can review this document. Any additional admission requirements can be found on the Curriculum page of this website.

    Coding skills

    For the mandatory course Data Analytics for Accounting and Control we assume basic knowledge and skills for coding in Python, equivalent to the course Programming for Economists in the BSc Economics and Business Economics Programme.  If you have not followed such a course, this will not affect your admissibility to the programme. However, you should make sure before starting the course that your knowledge and skills are sufficient. A self-study module is freely available on http://dataanalyticsforaccountingandcontrol.com/ (links to an external site).

    Please note: this information is only meant as an indication of your admissibility. No rights can be derived from this table. This document is based on the obligatory courses and does not take electives into account. Students are recommended to apply for the Master via Studielink (without obligation) to find out if additional courses need to be completed. Every application will be reviewed individually by the Admission Board. The final admission decision may differ from the indication in this table. If your programme is not listed but contains enough relevant courses, please feel free to apply.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree

    The MSc Accounting & Control has its own admission requirements for students with a HBO degree which differ significantly from those of other SBE master programmes.

    Students with higher vocational qualifications (Dutch HBO or equivalent) in business, economics or related disciplines are admissible to our Pre-master's programme. All HBO students follow the same Pre-master’s programme, with limited modifications depending on your prior education. This is offered on a part-time basis, as part of a track including also the part-time master Accounting & Control and the Postgraduate Accountancy Programme, as this is the track chosen by most HBO students. However, after completion of the Pre-master’s programme, you can choose to continue your studies in the full-time master Accounting and Control. After completion of the master Accounting and Control, either in full-time or in part-time, you are not required to continue with the postgraduate programme. Admission and registration of Pre-master students are handled by the Postgraduate Accountancy programme (RA opleiding).  

    The Accounting & Control Premaster’s programme includes elements in both English and Dutch and is therefore not available to international students. No GMAT score is required to enter this premaster’s programme. This premaster includes its own mandatory assessment.

  • Application procedure with a Dutch degree

    Applying with a School of Business and Economics Degree

    To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink

    Step 1:
    Apply for the MSc programme Accounting and Control via Studielink before 1 June

    Step 2:
    Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions and uploading a formal transcript of your bachelor grades. Your transcript must include an average score (GPA). 
      
    More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website

    Applying with a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor's degree, VU premaster or Bachelor's degree at another university)

    To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink

    Step 1:
    Apply for the MSc programme Accounting and Control via Studielink before 1 June

    Step 2:
    After applying for the programme in Studielink you will receive a VUnet-ID and password. Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions and uploading a formal transcript of your bachelor grades. Your transcript must include an average score (GPA). 
    Please note: we can only process your application when your transcript is uploaded. 

    Step 3:
    The admission committee will assess your application and decide whether you are admissible. You will be informed about this decision via email. 

    More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website

  • I have an international degree

    Admission requirements

    In order to gain admission to our Master’s programme, you need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. Your degree should be in economics, business or related disciplines. Apart from general academic and research skills, the programme should include quantitative research methods (statistics) of at least an intermediate level.  We are not necessarily looking for students who have specialized in accounting, but we do expect that you have a solid grounding in the discipline. This means that your programme must include a significant element (as an indication, at least 40-45 EC) of accounting and finance with much of it at least at intermediate level. Accounting is meant broadly and may include, in addition to the essentials of financial and management accounting, topics such as auditing, accounting information systems, and elements of corporate governance. Apart from corporate finance, it may also include financial analysis and financial management. 

    This means that we expect you to have successfully completed courses based on the following literature, or equivalent:

    • Financial Accounting
      Elliott & Elliott, Financial Accounting and Reporting (Pearson Education), recent edition
    • Management Accounting
      Rajan, Datar & Horngren, Cost Accounting , Global Edition (Pearson Education), recent edition
    • Finance
      Berk & DeMarzo  Corporate Finance, Global Edition (Pearson Education), recent edition
    • Statistics
      Doane & Seward, Applied Statistics in Business & Economics (McGraw-Hill), recent edition

    And preferably one more courses based on the following, or equivalent:

    • Financial Statement Analysis
      Healy & Palepu, Business Analysis Valuation: Using Financial Statements (Cengage Learning), recent edition
    • Accounting Information Systems
      Romney & Steinbart, Accounting Information Systems, Global Edition (Pearson), recent edition
    • Auditing
      Principles of Auditing’ by Rick Hayes, Hans Gortemaker, and Philip Wallage, (Pearson), recent edition

    Coding skills

    For the mandatory course Data Analytics for Accounting and Control we assume basic knowledge and skills for coding in Python, equivalent to the course Programming for Economists in the BSc Economics and Business Economics Programme.  If you have not followed such a course, this will not affect your admissibility to the programme. However, you should make sure before starting the course that your knowledge and skills are sufficient. A self-study module is freely available on http://dataanalyticsforaccountingandcontrol.com/ (links to an external site).

    English language requirements

    The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a bachelor or master in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

    The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this Master's programme are:

    IELTS (academic):
    - Minimum general score 6.5 
    - Minimum score speaking 6.0 
    - Minimum score listening 6.0 
    - Minimum score writing 6.5 
    - Minimum score reading 6.5 
    TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
    Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

    Please note that students who need a study visa must submit their English test results before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate before 31 August (preferably sooner).

    TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. Note that TOEFL MyBestScore is not accepted. Our institution code is 7947.

    A PDF copy of your English test result can be sent to the following email (for non-Dutch degree holders): masters.sbe@vu.nl
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.

  • Application procedure with an international degree

    Applying with an international degree

    If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your original documents are required.

    Step 1: Review the admission criteria

    Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online  
    Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU citizens)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation letter
    • Transcript of records
    • A description of the courses you have taken during your previous higher education, that are relevant with respect to the ‘admission requirements (with an international degree)’. Don’t forget to mention the main literature used for the courses you took and the number of credits/class hours. Please use this format.
    • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing). If your thesis was not written in English, please submit the original with an added summary of about 3 pages in English.

    Step 3: Await the decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted to theprogramme, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. 

    Step 4: Finalise your registration!
    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam! 

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.sbe@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships

    International students can apply to several scholarships. For all VU scholarships, please see www.vu.nl/scholarships. Any available external grant or scholarship can be found through www.grantfinder.nl.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

  • FAQ for students with a Dutch degree

    Can I be admitted into an SBE Master with my Dutch university degree?

    The admission board can make a decision regarding your admissibility based on several documents. Apply for the Master via Studielink and complete your application in VUweb by uploading the required documents. Some Master programmes require additional documents such as an English CV and motivation letter, as well as your transcript of records. You will receive an admission decision within a couple of weeks after completing your application. Registration for the Master via Studielink is without obligation and does not commit you to anything yet.

    I have a higher vocational (HBO) degree. Do I need to complete the premaster before I can start with an SBE Master?

    Yes, we require all students with an HBO higher vocational Bachelor degree to complete the corresponding premaster before they can start with the Master. More information on the premaster can be found here.

    I have a higher vocational (HBO) degree and wish to start with an SBE Master that does not have a specific premaster (MSc Econometrics & Operations Research, MSc Economics, MSc Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics). How do I apply?

    Please send your transcript of records directly to admissions.sbe@vu.nl/ toelating.sbe@vu.nl. Make sure the name of your education and institution are visible.

    I have a higher vocational (HBO) degree and wish to start the premaster. Can a high GPA grant me exemption from the GMAT?

    No, the admission board does not take your GPA into account in the admission process for the premaster. All students who wish to start the premaster are required to complete the GMAT first. No exceptions can be made.

    I do not want to start with a master in the next academic year, but the year after. How do I know if I am eligible?

    You can still apply for the Master that starts in the next academic year via Studielink. Registration for the Master is without obligation and does not commit you to anything yet. If you need to complete additional courses in order to be admissible, you can do so during the next academic year. Because the admission decisions are valid for one year, make sure to check in advance if the admission requirements have not changed.

    I am already completing a Master at a Dutch university. Can I be directly admitted into one of the SBE Masters?

    You cannot be automatically admitted into one of the SBE Masters. First, your application needs to be reviewed by the admission board of the Master in the same way as all Bachelor students. Please apply for the Master via Studielink and upload all required documents. You can use an online PDF merger to upload both your Bachelor grades and (preliminary) Master grades.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl.

Are you a Dutch student? Please send your admission questions to toelating.sbe@vu.nl / admissions.sbe@vu.nl. For practical questions (tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl) please contact studentdesk@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

Do you have any questions about the application or admission procedure? International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.sbe@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

Contact

  • Leanne Schrijver
  • International Student Advisor
  • School of Business and Economics
  • masters.sbe@vu.nl
  • Wouter Tuijnman
  • International Student Advisor
  • School of Business and Economics
  • masters.sbe@vu.nl
Wouter Tuijnman