• Application deadline

    15 May or earlier if programme reaches maximum capacity.

    Application for the September 2024 intake opened on 1 October. This is a capped programme and the number of applications allowed before application closes: 330.

  • Starting date

    August 2024

  • Format

    Full-time | 12 months

  • Credits

    60

  • Fee

    €2,530 (EEA) | €22,500 (non-EEA)

    Find more information below

  • Language

    English

Deep dive into essential accounting and financial management knowledge and competencies. You’ll also focus on financial topics associated with important societal developments such as data analytics and sustainability. There’s a close connection between state-of-the-art academic knowledge and business practice. 

You’ll learn the crucial role that accounting and financial information plays for managers, external stakeholders and society at large. You can then choose electives to specialise for your career in accountancy, financial management and controlling, or financial advisory. 

  • 136 average number of students in cohort 
  • 38% international students in programme 
  • 83% of graduates employed within 3 months after graduation 
  • Examples of industries where graduates work: financial services, consumer goods, business services 
  • Examples of your future job title: auditor, financial analyst, controller/CFO 

Master Open Day

On 23 March 2024 we will welcome you again to the Master Open Day. Discover our MScBA Accounting & Financial Management programme first-hand!

Programme highlights

  • Real business experiences

    Connect academic theory and practice with real-world business cases, guest lecturers, and hands-on learning experience in-company and on campus – you’ll design a research project in a business context and ultimately prepare for your career. 

  • Core models for business and society

    Investigate the crucial role that accounting and financial information plays for managers, organisations, external stakeholders, and the environment and society at large – you’ll learn economic and behavioural theory, analytical methods and core models in the field. 

  • Leadership and communication

    Focus on your leadership skills to leverage the advantages of team diversity, and learn how to effectively communicate with managers, regulators, external stakeholders and society. 

  • Ethical responsibility

    Reflect on your ethical responsibility and influence, abilities and limitations while understanding the managerial implications, and generate sustainable solutions for complex accounting and financial management problems. 

More about the programme

Curriculum

Do you want to know more about the MScBA Accounting & Financial Management programme?

The video below will answer the most frequently asked questions about the programme.

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Q&A with students

Overview

The MScBA in Accounting & Financial Management is a 12-month programme. Core courses are compulsory and will be offered during the autumn semester (22 EC). Master electives (18 EC) are offered during the spring semester, of which one elective can be chosen from another MSc programme. During the year, you’ll also work on a master thesis (20 EC).

MSc programmes are often associated with a research group, guided by accomplished researchers making meaningful contributions in their respective fields. For a closer look at the exciting research initiatives by our academic faculty, we encourage you to explore the department of Accounting and Control under which the MScBA in Accounting & Financial Management falls.

Please note that core courses and electives are subject to change each academic year. While some electives are very popular and we can place most students in the elective(s) of their choice, there are no guaranteed places.

Focus on the crucial role that finance and accounting plays for companies, external stakeholders and society. In the evidence-based knowledge courses, you focus on: 

Choose your specialisation path for your career in accountancy, financial management and controlling, or financial advisory. Elective courses* cover a wide variety of topics, including:

You can also choose one elective from another MSc programme. 

*Please note that certain electives may be very popular. Although we can place most students in the elective(s) of their choice, there are no guaranteed places.

For a detailed description of all of the courses including electives, please view the course catalogue (for reference only, catalogue continually updated throughout the year).

Can students from outside RSM take our electives?

You’ll prepare for your theses with a research course which combines three elements in nine lectures: econometric theory, paper discussions, and applied econometrics using R (in-class paper replications). In the last session, assigned groups present the results of a paper replication. 

Teaching methods include interactive discussions, presentations and applying econometrics by replicating state-of-the-art research papers. You’ll be expected to perform statistical analysis during the lectures with your laptop with a working version of RStudio installed (it’s free!) and be able to perform basic data operations in R.

To familiarise yourself with R programming, you can have a look at the free e-book R for Data Science. The class is taught by Dr Caspar Peter

Learn more

The best 20 students in the programme will be invited to follow the honours class in accounting and financial management in the third and fourth block of their master study. This is based on their grades in the four core courses. These excellent students can follow this challenging extra-curricular course focusing on latest developments in research and practice.  

The honours course is taught by Dr Evelien Reusen and practitioners jointly. In four academic sessions, students explore decision-making, financial accounting, taxation and valuation. Two guest speakers from large companies will share their experience with implementing external or internal requests for accountability. These guest lectures will be prepared in class with cases and group discussions. 
 Although we aim to offer the course every academic year, we may not (be able to) guarantee that it will take place given the extra-curricular nature of the course.

You can get a taste of working life – from large multinationals to fast-growing start-ups – by applying your new wealth of knowledge to a real company problem during your internship, which is optional in your programme. The RSM Career Centre will support you in finding a suitable position. Many students acquire their first job after graduation from the contacts they make during their internship. 

Explore the world and broaden your study experiences by going on international study trips and exchanges at other top schools. RSM has an extensive partner school network of more than 100 business schools and universities worldwide, including top business schools such as ESADE in Barcelona and The Wharton School in the USA. An international exchange is an optional element after you’ve studied for your master for at least one year.

Career opportunities

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An alumnus talks about RSM’s MSc in Accounting & Financial Management

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A recruiter talks about RSM’s MSc in Accounting & Financial Management

You’ll have excellent career opportunities. Most AFM graduates found a job in auditing in one of the Big Four, others in large corporates as controllers or financial managers. There are also many other job perspectives in careers in financial management. Some examples:  

  • as an (external) auditor at one of the Big Four or medium-sized accounting firms 
  • as an (internal) auditor at a large multinational corporation 
  • as a finance manager and control specialist (such as financial controller, treasurer, business analyst) at a large multinational corporation 
  • as a financial or valuation advisor at a consulting firm or the transaction services department of the Big Four accounting firms. 

Many of our graduates advance into senior management positions such as partner in an accounting firm, financial director, or senior business controller at a large company. An Accounting & Financial Management degree gives you a great start on your way to becoming a chief financial officer, a chief audit executive or senior audit partner! 

When you graduate from this programme, you’ll be a specialist in the financial and non-financial information needed by managers and investors; how it is gathered, secured, checked and used in the ‘nerve centres’ of economic organisations and markets. This means you can contribute to help managers make economically sound and sustainable decisions. Such decisions range from motivating and evaluating employees, deciding on investments or mergers and acquisitions, to scrutinising new business opportunities. 

Curious to see what our alumni are doing?

Explore their LinkedIn profiles. You can filter per programme and graduation year.

Good to know

Non-EEA nationals who have earned a diploma from a higher education institute in the Netherlands can apply for a special residence permit called the orientation year after completing their studies. The 'Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment' is a residence permit aimed at retaining foreign talent for the Dutch labour market. During this orientation year you are free to work without a work permit. Participants who find a job during this period can change their orientation year into a residence permit for Highly Skilled Migrants under more favourable terms.

For the most up-to-date information please visit the following website.

What's next after your studies? The RSM Career Centre is your guide for an impactful career. Its expertise in the labour market, personal branding and connections with employers will prepare you for your business career. Get ready for some exciting job fairs, workshops, speed interviews and coaching. You may land your first internship or job before you even graduate!

You’re a member of the RSM community from Day 1. After you graduate, you’ll also be a member of the RSM alumni network. The countless benefits include networking events worldwide with local chapters, lifelong learning and professional development, mentoring opportunities and access to the latest business knowledge and research. Your study at RSM is the first step towards being part of this inspiring community that you’ll be part of forever.

Studying at RSM

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A student on the RSM MSc in Accounting & Financial Management programme

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Fees & scholarships

The 2024-2025 tuition fee for the MSc programmes is approximately €22,500 for non-EEA students. The Dutch government contributes towards this cost for students who hold a nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area(EEA). These students therefore only pay the statutory fee €2,530 in 2024-2025.

For EEA nationals who have already completed a master in the Netherlands (and obtained the diploma) the tuition fee for a 2nd master is approximately €13,200.

Please note that all these tuition fee tariffs are subject to change.

There are other costs associated with the Master programmes, for more information please review the “Other expenses” section below thoroughly. 

Scholarships

The number of scholarships is limited and mainly merit based. If a scholarship covers only the tuition fees, be aware that you need to finance your own living expenses (rent, food and insurances) for the duration of your studies. RSM does not offer scholarships for the pre-master programme. We do however offer a maximum of 2 scholarships per academic year to RSM pre-master students enrolling in an MSc programme.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) offers multiple scholarships to prospective students from non-EEA countries who are not entitled to pay the EEA tuition fee, provided their grades are considered ‘excellent’. RSM also offers one scholarship, the Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship, to students from EEA countries. 

Besides scholarships awarded by RSM, there are also scholarships awarded by the Dutch government or other organisations that are available if you meet certain criteria such as nationality, age, etc We have listed some of them below but we encourage you to use resources such as Grantfinder or the Scholarship Portal to find additional scholarships.

Scholarship tips

  • Contact the Ministry for Higher Education in your home country to see whether there are scholarship options.
  • We have virtual information session covering all you need to know about scholarships and financial aid. Watch it here.

For students from the Netherlands or the EU/EEA, it may be possible to apply for limited funding towards payment of your tuition fees. Find out whether you meet the nationality and age requirements and read more information about the application process here.

IM/CEMS is a program that - if you are still eligible - entitles you to a maximum of 1 year's use of your DUO entitlements. Students who have received a basic grant and possibly a supplementary grant from DUO in the first year of IM/CEMS and meet the following additional conditions may be eligible for an additional half year (6 months) of financial support, which is equal to the grant received in the last month during the program. Please contact the student counselors for more information.

Conditions Financial Support Fund
Students eligible for financial support due to extended master programmes are those who: 
a) are enrolled full-time in a public funded Erasmus University Rotterdam degree programme, which is extended on the base of article 7.4, paragraph 8 of the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act; 
b) are enrolled as first enrollment (hoofdinschrijving) in the study programme as referred to under a, for which the student pays statutory tuition fee; 
c) for this program, is or was entitled to study finance (prestatiebeurs hoger onderwijs) as referred to in the Wet Studiefinanciering 2000, and during the period corresponding to the study load that exceeds 60 ECs, and is no longer eligible for student finance in the form of an additional grant.

Other expenses

After having filled in all of the necessary application information on the Online Application Form (OLAF) and uploaded the required documents, applicants with a degree obtained outside the Netherlands will be asked to pay a non-refundable €100 handling fee. This fee can be paid online via the Erasmus Payment System which uses either iDEAL (for those with a Dutch bank account) or PayPal (which can be linked to any bank account or credit card worldwide). It is important that applicants complete the payment process as indicated, otherwise the system cannot register the payment.

The additional expenses in addition to tuition and general living costs (see below) vary per programme and may include:

  • Study materials such as books, readers and business cases
  • Costs involved in kick-off meetings
  • Costs related to travel, international excursions and compulsory exchange semesters or internships abroad

Approximately € 300 - 500 (per year), these costs differ per programme.

For a reasonable standard of living in the Netherlands, you should have an income of between €1,235-€1,735 per month depending on your lifestyle. Further information about the costs of living in the Netherlands and related subjects can be found on this website. Below is an example of monthly expenditures:

Furnished accommodation, including gas and electricity €   500-1,000
Medical insurance €   50
Telephone/internet€   15-40
Food€   300
Books, recreation, clothing€   300
Public Transportation€   50
Total€  average 1235 - 1735
Other potential expenses: 
Buying or renting a bike€  100 - 250 (per year)
In private residence (not student housing) yearly municipal and water taxes€  100 - 300 (per year)
Study trip or other study related travel€  300 - 500 (per year)

Please ensure, prior to your arrival at RSM, that you have or will have sufficient funding available to finance your stay at RSM. Finding a part-time job, may be an option, but can not be guaranteed. You should therefore not rely on finding other ways to supplement your income during your studies. For additional information on obtaining a part-time job, visit the website of the Nuffic.

For EEA students there are no formal restrictions in finding work in the Netherlands, but students with a lack of Dutch language skills will find it difficult to secure employment. Non-EEA students are subject to labour regulations, which makes the likelihood of obtaining a work permit very small. We therefore ask students not to rely on this possibility. We do not encourage students to combine studies with the heavy workload from a part-time job.

Admission & application

Application for the September 2024 intake opened 1 October. This is a capped programme, which means that the maximum number of applications we accept is 330. The application form will remain open until 15 May or until the maximum number of applications has been submitted (whichever comes first).

Immigration & housing

Immigration & visas

Find out everything you need to know about entry visas & residence permits for non-EU or EEA students at RSM.

Housing

Finding housing in Rotterdam can be tricky. To help you in your search for housing, we have compiled some helpful resources

Hear from our current students

I like the international atmosphere at Erasmus University. It’s a beautiful campus with lots of facilities, like study places, a food plaza, and a sports building. In the MSc AFM programme we work on real business cases. We focus on topics that we’ll encounter in real life, when we work in accounting or finance. The master is very broad. This is attractive if you’re still exploring what kind of career path you want: you can really go into any direction after this.

Michael Tang (MSc Accounting & Financial Management 2020)

Michael Tang

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