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Organizational and Management Control

How to support managers when they are pursuing the organizational strategy? Which information is useful to them, and how does this information affect the behaviour of employees?

MSc Organizational & Management Control (O&MC) concentrates on enabling managers to achieve organizational goals. It involves studying the effectiveness and other implications of control practices. During this programme you will gain knowledge about accounting and financial management techniques. These techniques are used to provide (non-)financial information and to develop planning and control systems. You will also develop skills needed to communicate the information in an effective manner. The techniques will be placed in a context of broader issues, such as strategy and culture, and special attention will be paid to changes in accounting systems. You will explore subjects like management accounting, financial management, management control and management of change. A combination of teaching and assessment methods is used. Every year, around 60 students follow the O&MC programme.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Business Administration
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60644
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Economics and Business
Why study this programme in Groningen?

You become a financial expert who supports managers in their decision making and change processes. The programme offers you the opportunity to select courses from areas, such as HRM, IT, Marketing, and Healthcare, in such a way that they fit your career plans. Besides, it is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Programme

During the programme you follow four mandatory courses (5 EC each): 1 Management Accounting Change, 2 Management Accounting Techniques, 3 Financial Management for O&MC, 4 Research in Management Control You can choose three electives; for example, from the fields of Business ethics, HRM, ICT, Healthcare, Marketing and Operations (5 EC each).Your master's thesis will be based on, for example, a survey, an experiment, interviews, or a case study. The data collection can be combined with an internsh

CoursesCourse Catalog >
elective(s) MSc BA O&MC (15 EC)
Financial Management for O&MC (5 EC)
Management Accounting Change (5 EC)
Management Accounting Techniques (5 EC)
Master's Thesis BA O&MC (20 EC)
Research & Skills for MSc BA (5 EC)
Research in Management Control (5 EC)

Curriculum

This programme offers you the chance to learn more about management accounting and financial management. Insights from these fields are used to provide (non-)financial information and to develop systems for planning and controlling organizational activities. The techniques and systems used to produce this information will be placed in the context of general management and related issues, such as strategy, and changes to these.

Programme options
Digital Business Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Digital Business and gain specialised knowledge in the field. There are two steps to the Digital Business Focus Area-

1) complete two of eight chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on a digital business topic

More information about this option

Energy Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

1) complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on an energy topic

More information about this option

Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

All tracks facilitate but do not organize an international exchange.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management, Management Control.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores (and exemptions), see http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management, Management Control.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (voormalig CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate you are qualified for various types of jobs. You may find work in national and international companies, non-profit organizations or government institutions. Employers value O&MC students because of their analytical and communicative skills, and their ability to combine an understanding of management accounting and control systems with knowledge of the business.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

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Job examples

  • Assistant manager/management trainee, project manager, eventually leading to general manager
  • Financial officer, management accountant or controller, eventually leading to financial manager
  • Junior consultant in the field of financial management, quality management or change processes, eventually leading to senior consultant
Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in both organizational practice and academic research. This means that you will learn, not only how to apply particular performance measurement and decision-making techniques, but also how these techniques impact the behaviour of people in organizations. This focus on human behaviour in real-life organizational contexts also implies that your training will be based on the latest developments in the field of management control.

Moreover, by conducting both practically-oriented and research assignments, you will develop an analytical and critical mind as well as problem-solving capabilities, which are important qualities in any future career.

Your teachers will be researchers active in the field of management control. In collaboration with external partners, they conduct research projects on, for instance, risk management, leadership, health care and lean operations. Some examples are:

  • Martijn van der Steen investigates management control in the context of fighting missions of the Royal Dutch Air force
  • Sakshi Girdhar examines controls and practices in big auditing firms
  • Paula van Veen and Sandra Tillema study the impact of personality traits on the role of controllers in a banking organization
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								Testimonial of Ivo Koch

    "Learn to apply an organisation's strategy to its structure"

    – Ivo Koch
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    I find OM&C a very interesting specialisation because there are lots of options at a high academic level.

    During my bachelor degree I was particularly interested in the guidance and management of organisations, so I didn't have to think long before I decided to follow the Master's degree programme in OM&C. This degree teaches you to apply an organisation's strategy to the organisational structure and the setup and implementation of the various control systems so that staff behaviour and therefore the entire organisation can be managed. A great deal of attention is also paid to the financial application of certain strategic decisions. I find OM&C a very interesting specialisation because there are lots of options at a high academic level. During my final-year internship at the Onderwijs Service Groep in Assen, I developed a risk-management model for use in secondary education. An internship can delay your studies but it's a very enlightening experience. I am also involved in a number of other activities, I have been an advisory student member of the Faculty Board and I hold several student assistantships. After I graduate, I would like to work for an organisation that is concerned with society, for example a ministry or educational institution, or even a for-profit organisation that is socially engaged. Sustainability and honesty should be the main features of a company's business operations and culture.

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Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/

Risk

Risk is the study association for Accountancy, Controlling, Finance, and the financially interested student at the University of Groningen.
Risk has set itself the goal to close the gap that exists between theory and practice in the areas of Finance, Accountancy & Controlling, Organizational & Management Control, and International Financial Management.
https://www.verenigingrisk.nl/
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.