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What will I learn?

Are you interested in gathering, interpreting and checking financial information that will help your company make better business decisions? Do you want to interpret financial data to determine how many products your company should make? Or figure out what information is relevant for your investors? Then the specialisation in Accountancy could be right for you. The specialisation is part of the master's programme in International Business. Accounting isn’t just number crunching and ledgers; it's the backbone of any organisation, at the centre of some of the most important business decisions. And international accounting principles are just that - international. You can take your qualification across the globe. The Accounting and Information Management department at the School of Business and Economics is a research powerhouse, collaborating with the EU and many European auditing firms.

Accounting is the backbone of any company. Without it, employees, processes and products can't be organised and maintained. Financial information needs to be gathered, interpreted and checked in order to be able to make business decisions and to provide relevant information to stakeholders. How many employees should we hire? How many products should we make? What information is relevant for investors in our company? These questions are the kinds you'll answer in this exciting study of accountancy.

You should be a team player and a critical thinker, with an innate curiosity about the way organisations work. Mathematical ability and quantitative skills are a plus. Accounting may not sound very glamorous, but remember that it's often as much about people as it is about money - interpreting financial figures in a real-life context affects people in real businesses. Teamwork and interpersonal skills are therefore just as important as your number skills. Our Accounting programme is internationally oriented, so you should be keen to experience other countries and cultures.

Your future

Interaction with companies is fundamental to this track. You will have the opportunity to visit companies, meet future potential employers, join study associations, and attend guest lectures and workshops given by auditing firms such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. At the post-graduate stage, links with the corporate world are stronger still. The post-graduate programmes listed below are a vital part of company management and executive development and executives of corporations sit on the programmes’ Supervisory Boards.

Certification and further education

After you graduate, you can enter the work force directly. But you will probably also want to be certified as an accountant, either in the Netherlands or internationally, at the School of Business and Economics or at another prestigious institution abroad. Below are some of the options for continuing your education and getting professional certifications in Maastricht.

Career prospects

When you graduate, you can look for work in:

  • auditing firms
  • corporate finance
  • internal audit
  • entrepreneurship
  • (financial) consultancy
  • government accounting

Some of the positions our graduates have held include:

  • Audit Manager at Deloitte
  • Internal Auditor at ING
  • Manager Business Restructuring Services at PwC

Which department am I in?

School of Business and Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,27,451) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are eligible for admission to the master’s programme International Laws if you have a Dutch university bachelor’s degree in: European Law School, Dutch Law, or Tax law. You are also eligible for admission if you have a non-Dutch university bachelor’s degree in Law. English language requirements: IELTS (minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (minimum score overall 90 & writing 25, or an overall score of minimum 100); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184)].

For international students

Graduates from university's bachelor’s programme are eligible for assessment by the Board of Admission. They are required to pass a GMAT/ GRE test.

IELTS exam: minimum overall score of 6.5

TOEFL exam, paper-based: minimum overall score of 575

TOEFL exam, computer-based: minimum overall score of 233

TOEFL exam, internet-based: minimum overall score of 90


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