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Economics and Business Administration - Management Accounting and Control

Master (2 years) of Science in Economics and Business Administration (Management Accounting and Control), 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 5000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Management Accounting – also known as Management Control – is a fundamental aspect of business administration. Management Accounting is the primary language of business, and it creates the foundation for discussions of a company’s financial performance, as well as the non-financial dimensions of performance. Hence, Management Accounting is the sweet spot where numbers and data meet management and decisions.  

Working with measurement and evaluation systems, the provision of incentives and adjustments of behaviour hold the potential for controlling cost and performance at all levels within an organisation, and thereby ensure value creation. You will be able to create transparency and financially sound solutions for a company by developing and analysing performance, cost and profitability. This skillset allows you to identify and solve potential strategic and operational problems in companies/organisations (private and publicly traded companies, governmental organisations, municipalities, hospitals, etc.) To deal with these problems, you will learn how to design and implement incentive, budgeting, and performance management systems to coordinate and motivate departments, teams or individuals to change their behaviour and correct the situation.  

To complement these analytical skills, you will also be introduced to ERP systems (SAP) and other IT software, e.g., business intelligence in Power BI.  

The MAC programme has a strong tradition of collaborating with companies, as companies have a very high demand for the skillset learned by students on the MAC programme. The MAC programme has more than 10 partner companies that include top consulting firms, manufacturers, retailers etc. These partnerships involve guest lectures, social events, awards, and other interesting activities. We also collaborate closely with companies on internships, theses, project work, etc. Therefore, our programmes are based on a theoretical foundation in combination with practical, real-world problems and solutions. 


Aarhus BSS hosts a rich and varied programme of activities for you as a student, both study-related and social. Our many student associations host events ranging from lectures and company events to career days and sports days, Friday bars, and celebrations, so there is plenty of scope for meeting and networking with like- minded people, discovering new areas of academic interest, and socialising with fellow students.


Graduates from the Management Accounting and Control programme are qualified for a variety of different types of job. Many have found jobs as controllers across a range of different organisations, and some have become business consultants. Our graduates have taken up jobs both in Denmark and abroad, and their attractive skill set allows them to climb their chosen career ladder rapidly.


Aarhus BSS (School of Business and Social Sciences) is one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS ranks among the largest business schools in Europe, encompassing both traditional business and social science disciplines in its broad academic portfolio. Aarhus BSS holds the distinguished AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations and is thus a Triple Crown School.


At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research and teaching at the highest academic level. We provide our students with the exact knowledge, skills and experience that are essential for engaging in professional business activities in a global marketplace.

Our broad portfolio enables us to attract researchers, lecturers and students from all over the world. With their help, we have built an international environment that promotes the exchange of different academic and cultural views and fosters new experiences and friendships.

We encourage our students to take a semester abroad at one of the school’s approximately three hundred partner universities around the world. Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons academically, culturally and personally. It is also a great opportunity for you to acquire valuable international experience and qualifications that are in high demand in companies and organisations everywhere.


In general, admission to a master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish bachelor’s degree in level and length (180 ECTS). In addition, you must meet the specific requirements for the individual programme, including language requirements. If you wish to study a master’s degree at Aarhus University, please check out our page ‘Am I qualified for admission’:

If you are curious about how to submit a master’s degree application to Aarhus University, then make sure to check out our ‘Apply Now’ page. Here you can find information about relevant fees, guides, and video tutorials on how to use the application portal:

There are the same English language requirements for all international students with a few exceptions. The general English language requirements for master’s degrees can be found here:

Aarhus University offers a limited number of Danish state scholarships for highly qualified non-EU students applying for master’s degrees. You can read more about scholarships here:

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