(Pre-)Master of Science in Accountancy | part-time

32 months
12-20 hours
Every Friday
€ 7.000,- (paid by employer)

Are you interested in working for one of the larger accountancy firms in the Netherlands, or are you already working here? Are you looking for a part-time, English-taught program, and do you have a relevant (financial / economic) educational background? Then this is the right program is for you! 

The MSc in Accountancy is a hands-on, fully English-taught accountancy part-time program given at university level that will turn you into a broad assurance professional. With this program you will make a start towards gaining the Dutch title of RA, while working at one of the larger accountancy firms in the Netherlands. 

The program will start on April 19th, 2025 and is fully busy season proof.

Program highlights.

  • Gain a valuable MSc title while working for an accountancy firm in the Netherlands.

  • The only English-taught part-time Pre-Master to Post-Master program in the Netherlands.

  • Become part of a unique network that stimulates your personal and professional growth.

  • Access to the part-time 1.5 - 2-year post-Master RA (Chartered Accountant) program.

  • Benefit from a program that offers close links between academic theory and practical relevance.

  • Join a diverse class with a variety of nationalities and work experiences.

Are you interested in this program as an employer? Please reach out to program manager Marianne Troost.
The Post-Master is in development, contact us for more information.

Introduction day.

The first cohort of our Part-time (Pre-) Master of Science in Accountancy has started. Watch the video below of their first day and learn more about their motivation for joining this unique Accountancy program for internationals.

Accountant of the future.

Developments in the field of accountancy are creating a growing need for accountants with strong principles, good social skills, and valuable professional expertise: accountants who can keep their backs straight in complex situations. To ensure that you can become this accountant of the future, Nyenrode stimulates you to develop a professional attitude, including the ability to critically assess yourself and the interests of your client. Various methods, including verbal exams, are used to help you become a valuable discussion partner within an accountancy firm. 

Your own development is our priority, and we pay attention to five focus areas: Nyenrode Accountant Future

  1. Professional training: the building of knowledge, skills and competencies to excel in the work field.
  2. Personal development: learning to find your own path and to develop your own moral compass.
  3. Academic training: the development of an investigative and critical attitude and an autonomous capacity for judgment.
  4. Societal awareness: learning to give meaning to your societal role and responsibilities as an accountant.
  5. Practical training: hands-on experience of the application of knowledge in practice and through cases.

Pre-Master to Master.

During the (Pre-) Master of Science in Accountancy at Nyenrode you will attend lectures in three core subject areas of: Auditing, Corporate Reporting, and Accounting Information Systems. Close attention is also given to bookkeeping, academic skills such as research and statistics, as well as your own personal development. Throughout the program you will receive training and guidance for writing your thesis. The Master of Science in Accountancy concludes with a thesis for which you carry out academic research related to one of the main core subjects.

Master to Post-Master.

Become a chartered accountant! After gaining the English-taught Master of Science in Accountancy you can start on the Post-Master RA, which is also given as an English-taught, part-time program. To gain the RA title you follow a three-year on-the-job training program in parallel with the academic study program.   

Watch the video below for the program's structure and curriculum:

Working in the Netherlands.

The Part-time Master in Accountancy is the number 1 program for accounting firms in the Netherlands who seek to attract and to train international talent to become a chartered accountant (registeraccountant). Designed to shape you as the accountant of the future, this program not only focuses on core subjects such as Auditing and Corporate Reporting, but also on your role and responsibilities as accountant within our society.

Busy season proof and with lectures scheduled primarily on Friday’s at Nyenrode’s premises in the center of Amsterdam, the study program enables you to balance your work as accountant with your assignments and exams. The small class size provides for lots of interaction and learning with your peers, while the diversity in nationalities ensures you will learn from different cultural backgrounds and work experiences in different countries.

In order to join this study program it is important that you have a job in a relevant role at an international orientated accountancy firm in the Netherlands. Below you will find an overview of the accountancy firms that are seeking international talent with dedicated links to their career websites. Contact our program manager Marianne Troost if you have any questions about working for an accountancy firm in the Netherlands.


We connect people, insights, and expertise to create breakthrough solutions, together for our clients.
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We are a community of solvers combining ingenuity, experience, and technology to help organizations.
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We provide consulting, assurance, tax, and transaction services that help solve our client's challenges.
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Grant Thorton

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services to organizations.
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We deliver assurance, tax, and financial advisory services that are tailored to our clients' industry needs, and goals.
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We are an accounting and consulting firm providing audit, tax, advisory and interim management solutions.
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RSM is a powerful network of audit, tax, and consulting experts with offices all over the world.
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Mazars is a leading international audit, tax and advisory firm that works as one team, leveraging expertise and scale.
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At Moore, we strive to be the best accounting and consulting company in terms of helping customers grow.
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Advantages of the Netherlands.

Whether you are considering moving to the Netherlands or are already residing here, our country offers a variety of advantages for your career and personal life:

  • High quality education with Dutch universities being acknowledged for their modern courses and facilities.
  • English is commonly spoken, making it easy for you to interact with people at work and at the university.
  • Because of our strong connection with other cultures you will be part of a diverse and inclusive society.
  • Often called the ‘gateway to Europe’ you can easily travel from Amsterdam to Paris, Berlin, London, etc.
  • The Dutch economy is ranked the 17th largest economy worldwide; a great place to grow your career.
  • Jobs in finance and accounting are expected to see continued demand due to the healthy economy.
  • Close to 2.200 accountancy firms are based in the Netherlands: majority in the Hague and Amsterdam.

Studying at Nyenrode in Amsterdam.

Arina Strakhova from Russia invites you to join her for a day in her life as a student of the (Pre-) Master of Science in Accountancy at Nyenrode Business University in Amsterdam. Watch the video below to get an impression of the life of an international Accountancy student through the eyes of Arina as she takes you with you on one of her days working as a Digital Auditor at KPMG in Rotterdam while studying at Nyenrode in Amsterdam. 


For the (Pre-) Master and Post-Master in Accountancy, it is customary for the accounting firm where you work or will work, to invest in the costs of your studies. You will also receive a salary. Agreements concerning the payment of the study program and the associated arrangements are usually included in a study agreement as part of your employment contract. This also includes what your rights and obligations are. It is important to be well informed about these agreements. We can assist you with this and look along with you. 

Tuition fee and costs program.*

  • Tuition fee Pre-Master average €7.000 per year including costs for exams.
  • Tuition fee Master average €8.700 per year including costs for exams.
  • Tuition fee Post-Master average €8.250 per year including costs for exams.
  • Study literature average €650 per study phase (Pre-Master, Master, or Post-Master).
  • Registration fee €290 per academic year.

The total amount is split into partial invoices, invoiced per course and exam.

*All amounts and conditions are indicative and subject to periodic changes.

The steps to join Nyenrode.

You can now apply for the intake starting in April 2025. The application deadline is 9 AM CET, March 1st, 2025. This Accountancy program is primarily intended for international students working for an accountancy firm in the Netherlands who are not able to follow the Dutch-language program.

When you meet the admissions requirements written below, then hand-in your application as soon as possible to secure your spot in the upcoming cohort. You may also apply if you do not have all the necessary documents yet (such as proof of English proficiency), however make sure your diploma is included when starting your application. Once your application has been received you will be invited for an intake with our Program Manager.

Note: you are personally responsible for your application to join this program, and for submitting the documents required for admission. This process does not take place through your employer or through the educational institute you are currently attending.

Admission requirements.*

You are eligible to apply if:

  • You have relevant previous education completed in Finance and/or Economics at a Bachelor degree level or higher, as evaluated by Nuffic.
  • You have provided an official transcript of your grades, and if necessary, a translation into Dutch or English.
  • You have adequate knowledge of the English language, demonstrated by a TOEFL score (91+), IELTS (6.5), or a Cambridge Advanced (C1) certificate.
  • You have successfully submitted the documents required for admissions and are scheduled for an intake with our Program Manager.
  • You are working for an internationally oriented accountancy firm in the Netherlands. A relevant role is essential for completing this program.

Once you have completed the Pre-Master's phase you can start with the Master's program. Contact us if you have questions about the admissions process and if you would like to receive advice on whether you are eligible to apply for this program.

    Working at an accountancy firm.

    For this program, it important that you work for an accountancy firm in the Netherlands with an international orientation. There around 2.200 accountancy firms based in the Netherlands, but there are limited places available. The job search is a student's responsibility, we advice you start early to ensure you have a relevant role at an accountancy firm before you start this program. Without a job, a visa cannot be applied for, and you will not be eligible to work and study in the Netherlands.


    If you have a specific question about the application and intake process for the (Pre-)Master of Science in Accountancy program, it may be answered in the FAQ.

    *By applying for this program you are agreeing with Nyenrode’s current Terms and Conditions and the Rules and Regulations for this program. We reserve the right to withdraw this program for the given year.


    Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the application process. 

    To apply for the Pre-Master, select the ‘Apply’ tab and click on the green ‘Apply’ button. 

    Clicking on ‘apply online’ will open a form that you can fill in. You will then receive an email containing a link to our application portal in Osiris, where you can complete your application and submit it officially. Once you have done so, you will get another email confirming receipt of your application. Make sure you go through all these steps, or your application will be incomplete. 

    Note: the application deadline is March 1st, 2025 (although later application may be possible, by arrangement). Part of the process is the verification of your account. You can verify this account by logging into the application portal again or using the link you received by email (make sure this email did not land in your spam box). 

    Applications are currently being accepted for intake in April 2025. The deadline for these applications is March 1st, 2025 (later application may be possible, by arrangement). Please make your application as soon as possible to be sure of a place (provided you meet the admission criteria). 
    You will need a relevant (financial/economic) educational background at Nuffic-approved Bachelor’s degree level or higher, and proof of your command of the English language: a TOEFL (91+), IELTS (6.5) or Cambridge Advanced (C1) certificate or higher.

    A foreign diploma makes you eligible if this diploma is at an acceptable level. To determine whether this is the case, your diploma has to be evaluated by Nuffic. This evaluation will establish your diploma equivalence to the Dutch counterparts. The purpose of this evaluation is to give you the best possible advice on which exam program would suit you best. 

    Arranging a diploma evaluation 
    There are two ways to arrange a diploma evaluation: 

    • you can request one yourself, directly from Nuffic; or 

    • with your approval, our program management team can submit a request on your behalf, sharing the necessary information with Nuffic. This could be a copy of your diploma and the grades list, but it could also be an interim list naming all your study subjects and study points so far. Naturally, the name of the school and the course must also be given.  

    A Nuffic request can take upon 10 weeks. As soon as we have received the results from Nuffic we will give you advice on the basis of its findings. 

    Are there any attached costs? 

    No, if we handle the Nuffic request on your behalf there are no attached costs. 

    To complete an official application you will need to submit the following documents: 

    • a certified copy of your diploma 

    • a certified copy of your grades list 

    • if necessary, a Dutch or English translation of the grades list 

    • a Nuffic evaluation (which we can arrange on your behalf) 

    • a certificate showing that you possess the minimum necessary level of proficiency in the English language (TOEFL 91+, IELTS 6.5 or Cambridge Advanced C1). A variety of providers are entitled to award these certificates 

    • any other relevant documents, such as a residence permit 

    • unless the previous education was followed entirely in English and this can be demonstrated by means of documentation

    If you are unable to submit certified documents, it is also acceptable to submit the original diploma and the original grades list. We can then copy and certify these documents ourselves. 

    No, your employer does not dispatch your application – you are personally responsible for your application, and for submitting the documentation needed to show your eligibility. 
    No, it is not possible to enter Nyenrode’s Master in Accountancy straight from a Bachelor’s degree from another college or university. You have to complete the Pre-Master program first. Everyone takes the same Pre-Master’s course, and no exemptions are given for this phase of the program. 
    The Pre-Master course follows a standard program, and it is therefore not possible to request individual exemptions.

    We expect to start with a Kick-Off on April 19th, 2024. The lectures begin on April 26th, 2024, on Fridays.  

    There is a maximum period of registration for each phase in the program (Pre-Master, Master and Post-Master). This means that you have to successfully complete all the courses in the program within that period, or your registration is canceled. 
    For the Pre-Master the maximum period of registration is 27 months. For the Master program it is 6 years.   

    There is also a threshold for transfer to the following phase. The exact conditions will be published in the 2022-2023 Study Guide, which is currently in preparation.  

    An application to join the Pre-Master course can be canceled at no cost until April 1st, 2024. After this date the rules listed in ‘Financial consequences of course cancellation and discontinuation of study’, as included in the 2022-2023 Study Guide, apply. This means that: 

    • For all courses, the whole of the course fee is due if cancellation takes place on or after the start date of the course.
    • If cancellation takes place in the four-week period immediately prior to the start date of the course, then a cancellation fee of €150 per course is due. 

    Note: the start date of a course is the expiry date of its (first) payment period. 


    For this program, it is important that you work at one of the larger internationally-oriented accountancy firms. A job search is the student's responsibility. Unfortunately, without a job, a visa cannot be applied for, and you will not be eligible for this program. If you did not started your application process yet, but would like to get extra help or tips, get in touch with our program advisor Lidy Coolen (l.coolen@nyenrode.nl) to discuss the possibilities.  
    The reason we start in April is because of the busy season for Accountants. By starting in April all participants have less pressure of work and so we can offer the entire pre-master's program in 9 months. Subsequently the master program, which is also set up busy season proof, ties in nicely. 

    The English (Pre-)Master of Science in Accountancy is a part-time study. Therefore, we are not able to provide students a visa.

    You will need an employer in The Netherlands during this study. This employer can finance the study and they should start the process for providing a (working) visa.