Master Controlling (MSc)

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Start- and course dates
November 14, 2024
Tilburg Campus
May 22, 2025
Tilburg Campus
18 months (short version) and 24 months (long version)
€ 27850 - exempt from VAT (re-indexed for each course)
Study load
16-18 hours / week
Full time/part time

Expand your career horizons with a Master Controlling (MSc)

Numerous new developments are making finance professionals’ duties more challenging than ever. Examples include conflicts between sustainability and short-term profit, or the outside world’s need for information that goes beyond financial results. Artificial intelligence is taking over more and more technical duties from accountants and financial controllers. And then there’s the influence of accounting information on employee behavior.

The TIAS Master Controlling reinforces your expertise, making you a valued business partner. With an Academic Master of Science degree, you can expand your career horizons and increase your impact within your own organization and on society. The Master Controlling is available in two variants: Control and Accountancy. Successful completion of this scientific master qualifies you for admission to our Registered Controller (RC) and Chartered Accountancy (RA, Registered Accountant) programs.

Why TIAS School for Business & Society?

  • Financial Times top-ranked business school for executive and in-company education.
  • All lecturers are top experts from academia and the business world.
  • Directly applicable scientific and practical knowledge.
  • Flexible programs tailored to your needs.

Participant profile MSc Controlling

This Master Controlling is designed primarily for finance professionals with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Economics or Business Administration who’d like to move on from operational tasks to more strategic duties. Many of these participants’ ultimate aim is to become a Registered Controller (RC) or Chartered Accountant (RA, Registered Accountant). All participants combine their work with their studies.

Our participants include:

  • Assistant Controller
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Business Controller
  • Business Analyst
  • Interim Finance Professional

Admission requirements MSc Controlling

TIAS aims to attract participants who are strongly driven and evenly matched. For this reason, we have admission requirements. We want a group that is small enough for everyone to be assured of individual attention, and large enough to ensure a rich exchange of experiences and ideas. The admissions process includes an intake interview with our Academic Director. This allows us to guarantee the highest quality education. We expect:

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree relating to Economics and Business
  • Relevant employment
  • Successful completion of the TIAS premaster. Depending on their educational background, participants may not be required to complete certain components of the premaster. This will be determined during your intake interview with our Academic Director.

Participants with a Professional Bachelor in a different field may still be eligible in certain cases. To determine your eligibility, please contact our Academic Director at no obligation. 

Executive Master of Finance & Control/Register Controller

Are you interested in this program, but do you have more experience than mentioned in the admission requirements? Take a look at our part-time Executive Master of Finance & Control/Register Controller.

Have an impact on organizations and society with the Master Controlling (MSc)

Organizations depend on good finance professionals. Ongoing labor shortages have made it a challenge to recruit and retain such talent. This is unlikely to change any time soon. In fact, the shortages are expected to get worse in upcoming years. That means the best way to ensure access to the right knowledge is to invest in a good program, such as the TIAS Master Controlling. Thanks to this program’s effective design and extensive attention to business & society, participants become fully capable business partners in short order. On completion of the program, participants qualify for admission to our Registered Controller or Chartered Accountancy (Registered Accountant, RA) program.

Each month, there are three consecutive days of lectures in Tilburg, from Thursday morning to Saturday afternoon. The shared learning experiences and individual study on these days offer excellent added value for participants. Your schedule is otherwise flexible, allowing you combine your studies with your work and private life.

How will the part-time Master Controlling benefit you?

  • You can describe, analyze and audit operating, financial and tax cash flows, and advise responsible experts on these subjects.
  • You know all the ins and outs of internal and external financial and economic information provision.
  • You can create an objective analysis of an organization’s performance in relation to its goals and risks, social and otherwise.
  • You can advise on the procurement and allocation of scarce resources within an organization.
  • You speak the language of future collaborative partners; financial controllers, accountants, IT, business and HR.
  • You know how to solve complex issues through multidisciplinary analysis.
  • With the Control variant, you fully meet the admission requirements for our Executive Master of Finance & Control post-master program.
  • With the Accountancy variant, you fully meet the admission requirements for our Chartered Accountancy (Registered Accountant) post-master program.

Master Controlling (MSc) program at TIAS

The Master Controlling at TIAS combines a strong academic program with extensive attention to professional competencies such as collaboration, presentation and persuasion. Participants in both the Control and Accountancy variants complete much of the program together to enable them to become familiar with each other’s language and approach, assuring more effective collaboration. By encouraging multidisciplinarity and critical thinking, the program teaches you how to address complex issues at your organization. There are monthly meetings during which you concentrate fully on your studies together with your fellow participants. Your schedule is otherwise flexible, allowing room for your work and private life.

Variant Control and variant Accountancy

The Master Controlling (MSc) is available in two variants: Control and Accountancy. Participants in both variants complete seven shared modules that ensure a strong academic foundation. You also complete two additional modules that go into either control or accountancy in more detail.

You learn all about the importance of financial information to organizations. Ample time is devoted to professional skills and competencies as well. Instead of being addressed separately, these are integrated into the various content modules. Numerous real-life case studies, presentation assignments and professional ethical dilemmas challenge you to put your acquired knowledge into immediate practice. Your master concludes with a final thesis, during which you apply what you have learned to an actual issue at your own organization or at a customer.

Part-time Master Controlling program overview

 Control variant 

 Accountancy Variant 

  Accounting Information Systems & Data Analytics  

  Accounting Information Systems & Data Analytics  

  Management Accounting & Control

  Management Accounting & Control

  Business Research Methods

  Business Research Methods



  Financial Accounting & Reporting

  Financial Accounting & Reporting

  Corporate Law

  Corporate Law

 Tax Law

 Tax Law

  Strategy & Organization

  Auditing & Assurance

  Marketing & Pricing

  Advanced Financial Accounting


Accounting Information Systems & Data Analytics
Structure an organization’s information provision to manage internal risks.

Management Accounting & Control
Set up cost and performance measurement systems that are a good fit for the organization and its employees.

Business Research Methods
Explore how organizations can use research to solve practical problems and learn to critically review your own and others’ research.

Learn how to measure and mitigate financial risks when making investment and finance decisions.

Financial Accounting & Reporting
Ensure proper external financial and non-financial reporting that complies with laws, standards and regulations.

Corporate Law
Learn how choosing the right legal entity can facilitate the achievement of goals and mitigate certain risks.

Tax Law
Gain insight into the various aspects of tax law and their relevance to your duties as a financial controller.

Strategy & Organization (Control variant)
Gain an understanding of the strategic choices organizations must make in order to contribute to their implementation as a controller.

Marketing & Pricing (Control variant)
Improve your organization’s profitability by letting yourself be guided by customers’ generated value and application of the right pricing strategies.

Auditing & Assurance (Accountancy variant)
Gain insight into the complexities of laws and regulations relating to financial audits and learn the general outlines of the accounting audit process.

Advanced Financial Reporting (Accountancy variant)
Dive deeper into laws and regulations on external financial and non-financial reporting, including the application of International Financial Reporting Standards and guidelines for annual reports.

Outcome: Master of Science (MSc)

On successful completion of the program, you will receive an academic Master of Science (MSc) degree. The Control variant qualifies you for admission to the Executive Master of Finance & Control; our Registered Controller (RC) post-master program. The Accountancy variant qualifies you for admission to our Chartered Accountancy (RA, Registered Accountant) post-master program.

Consultation with the Program Adviser

Contact our Program Adviser for further information on this Master Controlling (MSc). We’ll be happy to answer your questions on the program contents, group composition, financing, admission requirements and more.

Date and location Master Controlling

NameLocationStart dateHBO sign up WO sign up
Master Controlling (MSc)Tilburg CampusNovember 14, 2024August 1, 2024October 14, 2024
Master Controlling (MSc)Tilburg CampusMay 22, 2025January 31, 2025April 22, 2025

Costs of the Master Controlling

The costs of the Master Controlling is € 27850 - exempt from VAT (re-indexed for each course). The costs of the Master is re-indexed for each course.

The program includes:

  • Enrollment, registration and administration costs
  • Day packages (lunch, coffee/tea and soft drinks) on lecture days, meals during evening lectures
  • Access to the online learning environment
  • Course materials

Additional costs:

  • Dinners and overnight stays
  • Software licenses (if specific software is required)
  • Required literature and textbooks

Benefits of the Master Controlling for your organization

  • Participants gain scientific knowledge and insights of practical value. That means they can apply their new knowledge directly to their work.
  • Complex issues within an organization can be resolved thanks to participants’ multidisciplinary study and analysis of such issues.
  • For their final thesis, participants must analyze an actual issue at their own organization or at a customer. For the Control variant, this could involve the design and implementation of a performance dashboard, improvements to cost allocation methods or analyzing and advising on a specific investment opportunity. For the Accountancy variant, examples include a sustainability reporting audit, the use of modern IT applications in accounting audits or the development of a set of tools to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Participants can describe, analyze and audit the internal and external financial and economic information provision – including operating, financial and tax cash flows – and advise responsible experts on these subjects.
  • Participants are up to date on the latest developments in business and society, such as the measurement, reporting and auditing of sustainability data.
  • Young employees are more loyal to their organization when they can develop and advance in their career.

How do you finance your education?

You have found the program that best suits your learning goals and ambitions. But how do you finance this? There are different ways to do that. Your employer can play a role, but there are also interesting statutory regulations that you can use yourself. We list the possibilities for you.

Read about the possibilities here »

Our team of teachers consists of an optimal mix of academics and professionals from the field. In addition to knowledge, experience, and an academic attitude, the teachers share their passion for the subject area and are uniquely capable of inspiring you.

Academic Director

Bianca Groen
Assistant Professor

Enroll in the Master Controlling

Are you ready to increase your career opportunities and create an impact within your own organization and on society? Sign up for the part-time Master Controlling.

Emily Franken
Emily Franken
Program Adviser
+31 13 466 86 02

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