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Master Class Corporate Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC)

Master Class Corporate Governance, Risk & Compliance - Overview


Information is a vital asset for today’s companies. Managing information is essential for managing a company, but it is only useful for its management when it is reliable for decision-making. The value of information and how to leverage it, plays a central role in this master class.

From a governance perspective we address how companies are governed and how information can positively contribute to this. From an internal control perspective, we address how an organization can make sure that the information essential for decision-making is reliable. From an assurance perspective, we address the reliability of the information paradigm from an auditing perspective, more specifically, how external and internal auditing will contribute to this issue.

The Master Class Corporate Governance, Risk & Compliance – realized as a collaborative effort of Antwerp Management School and Maastricht University – provides a broad view on the adjoining areas of governance, risk & control and compliance & assurance. The program covers the latest insights both from a theoretical and a practical point of view.

Topics addressed include the basic governance structures, corporate responsibility, ethical leadership, the COSO/ERM model, internal control in the business processes, basics of the assurance process (including planning & scoping, audit testing, reporting and documenting impact), and auditing and controlling of IT such as ERP environments. At the end of this module, you will understand the basic concepts of governance, control & assurance and how IT impacts these areas.

In each area we are addressing both the basic theory as well as the practical implications of the theoretical frameworks. We therefore provide the participants with a solid theoretical understanding of the topics and provide them with the contemporary management practices as well.

Learning objectives

After attending this master class, participants will be able to understand, to apply and to integrate the basic concepts of governance, internal control and assurance. More specifically, the following learning objectives are addressed:

  • Understanding the basic theoretical concepts of Audit & Assurance;
  • Applying the necessary audit tools in an internal and/or external audit;
  • Identifying and understanding the contemporary developments in the Audit & Assurance environment;
  • Understanding the basic theoretical concepts of Corporate Governance;
  • Building the essential ingredients of Corporate Governance into organizations;
  • Applying the Corporate Governance Framework in practice;
  • Understanding the basic theoretical concepts of internal control;
  • Applying essential internal controls to the processes of an organization;
  • Evaluating IT controls;
  • Applying the COSO framework to different types of organizations.

Target audience

This Master Class is designed for business and IT professionals who are operating at a management level or having management level aspirations.

Positions held by participants include those of:

  • IT auditor
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Controller
  • Business Unit Manager
  • Business Process Owner
  • Compliance Officer
  • IT consultant
  • IT manager
  • Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Data Protection Officer (DPO)
  • Security Manager
  • Risk Manager

Participants are active in various types of organizations such as consulting and auditing firms, IT service providers, manufacturing firms, healthcare and governmental organizations


Based on active participation in this course and after successful completion of the module assignment you will receive a Master Class Certificate delivered by Antwerp Management School and Maastricht University.

In addition, you will receive an exemption for this module if you register for the Antwerp Management School Executive Master in IT Governance & Assurance (MITGA) or Executive Master in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management (MRSM).

Get a master’s degree!

The Master Class Corporate Governance, Risk & Compliance is an integral part of our Executive Master in IT Governance & Assurance (MITGA). Four part-time master programs are offering you the flexibility to combine your job and career perspectives with the commitment and aspirations of obtaining a master's degree.

Thanks to the modular construction of these master tracks, we are offering maximum flexibility with multiple starting points spread over two academic years. Start with a module and apply for the full master track later or combine only those modules that are the best fit to your personal needs.

Successful completion of the part-time master program will result in a Master of Science (MSc) diploma with double accreditation: the international AACSB accreditation as well as the Dutch/Flemish NVAO accreditation.


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