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What will I learn?

Are you able to think critically and are you a team player? Do you have a general interest in how business works? Do you have a background in quantitative reasoning? Then the specialisation in Controlling could be right for you. The specialisation is part of the master's programme in International Business and is for students interested in decision-making, overall business management and the provision of relevant information for internal decisions. Controllers are often referred as the navigators of a firm, engaging in the gathering, interpretation and support of decisions throughout an organisation. Controlling is about the ‘people side’ of numbers, focusing specifically on management and control rather than auditing, assurance or accountancy alone. Come join the IB/Controlling programme and place yourself at the nexus of management, accounting and big business decisions.

Many CEOs and CFOs in large companies have a background in Controlling. Being a Controller means having an overview of business situations, understanding the accounts on the one hand and the managerial side on the other. Controllers are often compared to the navigators on a ship: they know where the ship is and where it needs to go. They play a major role in profitability, analysis, performance evaluation, and the viability of mergers and acquisitions.

People-skills are vital in Controlling, along with an innate curiosity about the relationship between people and management in a business. You should work well in a team and be a critical thinker. Mathematics and quantitative skills are a definite plus, though high achievement in any bachelor’s degree is more important. Controllers are problem-solvers, so experience working in a team on problem-oriented situations is indispensable.

Your future

Representatives from companies like Henkel AG, Bayer AG, DSM, and Medtronic and a number of smaller yet equally fascinating firms are actively involved in the Controlling master’s programme. You can expect them to help you with case studies, company projects, and so on some students even go on to do internships via connections they’ve made with people working in the field.

Career prospects

As a graduate, you can look for work in:

  • controlling
  • finance management, eventually as a finance director (CFO)
  • consulting
  • in-house consulting departments
  • general management in major firms - decisions makers such as CEOs and CFOs often have a background in controlling

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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