Master of Science in Business

Major in Accounting and Business Control

Customise your Master of Science in Business degree by choosing a major in Accounting and Business Control.

Why choose a major in Accounting and Business Control?

Business decisions taken from a merely economic perspective might conflict with law and regulations. The major is based on the market’s need for professionals with both economic and legal competence.

What will you learn?

You will gain broad academic knowledge in the fields of accounting, auditing, and corporate taxation law. With this major, you will have an advanced understanding of central accounting standards and accounting issues. This includes the measurement and recognition of income, expenses, assets, and liabilities, which is fundamental for evaluating the quality of financial statements.

Among the courses, you will find:

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis: What is the earning potential of a company? Should a loan be granted or extended? Learn to comprehend and critically evaluate the financial information included in corporate annual reports.
  • Financial Accounting Theory: What is the relationship between accounting information and economic realities? You will gain insight into the fundamental functions of financial reporting and its theoretical basis.
  • Business Analysis and Valuation Using Financial Statements: Develop the skills necessary to do valuations and credit analysis.

Programme Structure

  • Year 2


    • Specialisation electives / Exchange / Internship
    • Specialisation electives / Exchange / Internship
    • Specialisation electives / Exchange / Internship
    • Specialisation electives / Exchange / Internship
    • Master Thesis

Core courses

Programme courses


Faculty perspective

Associate Professor and Coordinator for the major in Accounting and Business Control, Ignacio Garcia de Olalla Lopez, explains how the unique set-up of the major enables students to become more valuable assets for companies. Ignacio highlights this by giving real-life examples that companies face every day.  

Faculty perspective

Industry perspective

BI alumnus and current BDO Auditor, Julie Holter-Sørensen, talks about the ways her education at BI has enabled her to be a more successful and efficient employee in today's competitive work environment.    

Industry perspective

Student perspective

Stian Holte, Master of Science class of 2017, explains what makes the major unique, and how the degree has prepared him for a successful future in the industry (video in Norwegian).

Student perspective

Practical information

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