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1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Successful decision-making in organizations rests on the use of accurate and reliable information. Accounting is at the cross-section of data analysis, information provision, and human decision-making. In the Master’s program Accountancy, you gain in-depth knowledge in leading international accounting standards, forecasting a firm’s value, and executing management control, as well as the emerging topics of sustainability (reporting) and data analytics.

worldwide in Accounting and Finance
of a kind

with its unique practice- and academic-orientated Master File 

of our students are (very) satisfied with the program

National Student Survey 2023 (n=44)

Program and courses 

Our 1-year program offers you a challenging but also rewarding curriculum, with experienced lecturers helping you to prepare for your professional life. The program provides you the opportunity to pursue your personal interest and career ambitions by offering two specializations: Auditing and Business Analysis and Control.

  • Reinvented Master Thesis. Instead of one extensive document at the end of your studies, the workload will be spread smoothly across the Master's year.  Our so-called Master File Accountancy consists of multiple consecutive reports that complement each other in terms of their learning goals: a Business Application in which academic research is used to give advice on a real-life company problem; a Replication Study that focuses on the collection and analysis of data; and a Research Note in which students design their own academic research study.
  • Excellent integration with practice. The content of this program is established in close cooperation with leading (multinational) companies and is regularly updated to reflect current practices in business, such as developments in sustainability issues and the emerging use of data analytics and digital assets. Throughout the courses, you study real cases, work on assignments, and frequently attend lectures of corporate guest speakers. Various extracurricular offers such as skills workshops, company events, or symposia increase the practice relevance in our program.
  • Focus on interaction and discussion. Our award-winning lecturers trigger you to actively participate in the lectures to increase your learning experience and train your critical thinking skills. Being on campus, interacting in smaller groups, and working on assignments in teams create a suitable environment to connect, collaborate, and develop into a responsible young professional.   
  • Train your professional skills and learn how to negotiate or communicate with business partners or advance your Excel skills.
  • Two tracks allow you to specialize in either:
    • Auditing 
      Are you interested in verifying financial and non-financial information of organizations? Do you want to help provide accurate information to investors, banks, and other stakeholders to make relevant business decisions? Then the track Auditing is the right one for you.
    • Business Analysis and Control
      Do you want to plan and forecast the business activities of a company? Do you want to prepare data to support internal decision-making? This track offers that for you.
  • Ambitious Accountancy students can also apply for the following:

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  • Masterstudent Kevin


    Master's student

    "The diversity of courses allows you to work towards your own goals. In my case, I chose courses that aligned with working at one of the Big 4 companies and becoming a RA."

Facts and figures about this program

Career prospects

Upon graduating you will receive a Master of Science with a specialization in Auditing or Business Analysis and Control

  • Graduates from the Auditing track typically pursue a career as external auditor (registered accountant), internal auditor, IT auditor, financial accountant, forensic accountant, compliance officer, tax accountant, or financial analyst, amongst others. 
  • Graduates from the Business Analysis and Control track usually pursue a career as finance or business controller (registered controller), project controller, management consultant, financial advisor, treasurer, financial business partner, data analyst, or entrepreneur, amongst others. 

Your Master's degree in Accountancy from Tilburg University opens outstanding career opportunities, whether your future is here in the Netherlands or internationally.

This Master's degree is also an excellent stepping stone to the Post-Master Accountancy, European Post-Master Accountancy and the Post-Master's program Executive Master of Finance and Control offered in Tilburg.

Graduates work or start for example as:

  • Senior Financial Accounting Advisory Services at Ernst & Young
  • Business Intelligence Consultant at Achmea Holding
  • Finance Compliance Analyst at Nike
  • Business Controller at stichd
  • Associate at PwC
  • Corporate Treasury Director at NXP Semiconductors
  • Business Controlling Manager EMEA at ECCO
  • Audit Trainee at Ministry of Finance
  • Finance Trainee at ABN AMRO
  • Commercial Management Accountant at Royal FrieslandCampina
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting at Van Lanschot Bankiers

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 1.83

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=12

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Application and admission

This Master’s program starts:

End of August and end of January

Best preparatory programs:

  • Most Bachelor’s programs of Tilburg University School of Economics of Management will qualify
  • Bachelors with a solid basis in Mathematics and Statistics, Academic Training, Accounting, Finance, and Economics, Management or Marketing

Pre-Master’s program:

Available for both Research University students and students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO). 

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students, please find all information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available.

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