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

It is difficult to imagine an organisation 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 well-rounded programme that enables graduates to identify, analyse and solve business and economic problems independently and methodically. The degree programme imparts specialist knowledge and methodology to enable its students to make sound business decisions.

Moreover, the University of Passau has responded to the growing demand for practical relevance of its programmes by promoting active exchanges between business enterprises and academic institutions through the Neuburger Gesprächskreis, the University's enterprise relations section. This opens up the interesting opportunity for students to include real-life business problems in their academic education, for instance by making them the subject of their dissertation.

The subject-specific language programmes offered in conjunction with the degree programmes give students an edge when working at international enterprises and organisations. Upon completion of this Bachelor's degree you can continue studying for one of three related Master's degrees offered by the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics.


  • complete the modules for the Certificate of Intercultural Competence as an additional qualification: this comprises modules from the B.A. International Cultural and Business Studies, imparting in-depth knowledge of one of seven world regions
  • includes a general studies module, allowing you to explore topics outside your academic discipline
  • complete a business language programme alongside your degree studies and become proficient in Chinese, Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish
  • this programme gives you the practical and theoretical preparation for a career in a business-related field

Career prospects

Those graduating with a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics may work in the whole spectrum of business-related fields, for instance in a planning or management accounting role, or in human resources, customer relationship management, marketing or public relations. Our graduates find employment in areas as diverse as auditing, consulting, tax advisory and the media.

The degree programme also equips graduates with the necessary skills for executive positions in cultural institutions and in the public sector, as well as in social organisations, political parties and various types of associations. Another potential career path is in project management, such as working in international cluster management teams. The extensive intercultural knowledge gained in this programme gives graduates access to a relatively new segment of the labour market. Finally, this degree gives graduates the necessary competences to launch their own business as part of a team.

Programme syllabus

The degree programme is divided into three module groups:

A) Core modules
B) Electives
C) Focus modules

A) The core 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. The electives include aspects of Internationalisation (establishing an international profile), accountancy and economics.

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

Please refer to the module catalogue (German) and the Information Sheets from the Academic Advice Service (German) for more information on the individual modules.

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.