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

April 19 2024
March 1 2024
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, 2024 and is fully busy season proof.

What's in it for me? 

  • 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 Marianne Troost.

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.

Would you like to make impact on society?

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.   

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. It focuses on five focus areas: Focus Areas of (Pre-)Master of Science in Accountancy in Amsterdam

  1. Professional training: the building of knowledge, skills and competences 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.

Our attention to these areas is not limited to the lecture topics; study coaches are always available. 


In the Pre-Master phase of the Accountancy studies you attend lectures in the core subject areas of Auditing, Financial Accounting & Reporting, and Internal Control & Accounting Information Systems. Close attention is also given to book-keeping, research skills, and statistics, as well as your own personal growth and development. The Master’s program concludes with a thesis for which you carry out academic research related to one of the main course subjects. 

An overview of the courses* taught during the Pre-Master of Science in Accountancy: 

  • Professional Leadership Development Journey.
  • Auditing Theory.
  • Introduction to Auditing.
  • Business Research Methods.
  • Business Statistics in Practice.
  • Financial Accounting Theory.
  • Business Information Systems Theory.
  • Introduction to Bookkeeping.

*list is subject to change.

In the first year of the masters program the focus will be the three core areas: Auditing, Financial Accounting & Reporting, and Internal Control & Accounting Information Systems (also covering IT). The second year prepares you for the writing of your Master’s thesis. Watch the video below to learn more about the program's structure and curriculum.

Why work and study in 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.

During the program you will be primarily studying at Nyenrode's premises located in the historic heart of Amsterdam. There you will find; modern lecture rooms, a library, study areas, a lounge with catering, a quiet courtyard, an incubator full of thriving entrepreneurs and welcoming staff who are there to guide you throughout your studies. Occasionally, you will attend lectures at Nyenrode's main premises in Breukelen, where you will have the chance to study on a historic estate featuring a modern student campus with a restaurant, a library, and more.

Watch the video below to get an impression of Nyenrode in Amsterdam: 

What are the costs?

The accountancy firm where you work, or where you will work, usually pays for the cost of your studies, as well as your salary. Make clear arrangements about this with your employer in advance. Agreements about paying for your study is in most cases included in your employment contract, along with descriptions of your rights and responsibilities. 

  • Tuition fees for the Pre-Master are about €7000 (for a nominal study period).

  • Tuition fees for the Master are about €7000 per year (for a nominal study period). 

  • Tuition fees for the Post-Master are about €9000 per year (for a nominal study period). 

  • The cost of study literature is €600 to €700 per study phase (Pre-Master, Master or Post-Master). 

  • Registration costs are €290 per study year. 

The tuition fees include registration costs and exam costs (except any retakes). 

Applying for an MSc in Accountancy 

You can now apply for intake in April 2024.  The application deadline is 9 AM CET, March 1st 2024.  

This program is primarily intended for students who are not able to follow the Dutch-language program. 

When you meet the admission criteria, hand-in your application as soon as possible to secure a place. You may also submit an application if you do not yet have all the necessary documents to meet the admission criteria: a diploma can be submitted later. 

An intake interview is part of the procedure.  

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. 

What are the admission requirements? 

You are eligible to apply for an MSc in Accountancy if you:

  • Have a relevant (financial/economic) educational background at a Nuffic-approved Bachelor’s degree level or higher.
  • Are able to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the English language by means of a TOEFL (91+), IELTS (6.5) or Cambridge Advanced (C1) certificate. 

You will first complete a Pre-Master’s course before starting the Master’s program.  

Working at an accountancy firm 

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 in touch with our program adviser Lidy Coolen (l.coolen@nyenrode.nl) to discuss the possibilities.  


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, 2024 (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 2024. The deadline for these applications is March 1st, 2024 (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.