B.Sc. Business Administration and Economics

B.Sc. Business Administration and Economics

The Business Administration and Economics building
Quick facts
ProgrammeBusiness Administration and Economics
Degree awardedBachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Duration and credits6 semesters; 180 ECTS credits
Starts inOctober (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman

About the programme

There is hardly an organisation in the world that does not need well-trained staff capable of understanding and dealing with matters related to business and economics. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics is a generalist programme that enables graduates to identify, analyse and solve business and economic problems independently using scientific methods. The degree programme imparts specialist and methodological knowledge, enabling its students to make informed business decisions and includes current practical challenges for the business world, such as globalisation, digitalisation and big data. The faculty has many and close contacts to companies as well as to national and international organisations. This opens up the opportunity to make real-life problems part of your academic training, for instance by writing your bachelor's dissertation on a practical problem. Finally, the subject-specific language programmes offered in conjunction with the degree programme give you an edge when working in international enterprises and organisations.

When you graduate from this programme, you can go on to study one of two related master’s degrees offered by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Information Systems.

For details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's infosheet (German).


  • Top positions in the CHE ranking in the categories 'international orientation', 'courses offered' and 'teacher support'
  • Honours Programme for particularly outstanding students
  • A comprehensive range of entrepreneurship/start-up training courses
  • Subject-specific language programme for business and economics students
  • Opportunity to gain a supplementary qualification: Certificate of Intercultural Competence
  • If you wish to continue your studies after graduating, this degree enables you to take up a related master's programme at the University of Passau or elsewhere
  • A hands-on programme

Career prospects

Graduates of the B.Sc. Business Administration and Economics programme may work in the whole spectrum of business- and economics-related fields. You can work in various functions at German and multinational companies, for example in central corporate functions (e.g. Business Development or Business Intelligence), or in the areas of finance/management accounting, sales and marketing, and human resources. Audit firms, tax consultancies and management consultancies are also potential employers. Furthermore, the degree programme equips graduates with the necessary skills for executive roles in cultural institutions and in the public sector as well as in social and political organisations and various types of associations. The programme also provides specialised support and advice for working for a start-up companies or for setting up your own business.

Programme syllabus

The programme consists of three module groups:

A) Introductory modules
B) Elective modules
C) Focus modules

A) The introductory modules provide you with the necessary foundations for advanced study, including methodology and principles of business administration, economics, law and information technology.

B) The various electives allow you to explore your personal areas of interest in greater depth. Specifically, you can select aspects of internationalisation (creation of an international profile), central aspects of corporate management (e.g. management, human resources, finance, management accounting) and key decision-making areas of economic policy.

C) You may additionally specialise in one of the following focus areas: Accounting, Finance and Taxation; Management, Innovation and Marketing; Economics; Information Systems; Computer Science and Mathematics; an additional foreign language; or enhance your general knowledge and hone your intercultural skills in the General Studies module.

For further details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's infosheet (German) and the module catalogue (German).

Academic entry requirements

To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF 3×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school).

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.

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