M.Sc. Business Administration

M.Sc. Business Administration

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Quick facts
ProgrammeBusiness Administration
Degree awardedMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
Duration and credits4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Starts inApril (summer semester)
and October (winter semester)
Languages of instructionGerman; includes individual
modules taught in English

About the programme

Do you have a first degree in economics, business administration or a related subject and wish to consolidate and expand your knowledge? The research-oriented M.Sc. Business Administration gives you a solid grounding in theory, skills and methods. This enables you to deal independently with a wide range of problems, particularly those related to business administration, using scientific principles. The degree programme provides you with three focus areas to choose from in accordance with your personal interests. Upon successful completion of this programme you will have gained the qualifications to continue with doctoral study.


  • Option of completing a double degree from Corvinus University Budapest, Hungary
  • Students who choose the Information Systems specialisation have the option of gaining a double degree from the University of Turku, Finland
  • Students choose their own specialisation
  • Top rankings in the categories 'Teacher Support' and 'Transition to Master’s Studies' in the CHE master's ranking

Career prospects

A Master's degree opens doors to executive positions in German and international public-sector institutions and private-sector companies operating in a wide range of industries.

Those graduating from this degree programme are qualified to work in any enterprise, public or private, where business decisions need to be made. In the past, graduates have worked in the financial services industry, for management consultancies and tax advisory firms. As a student on this degree programme, you can fine-tune your skills to suit your planned career path by choosing the relevant study focus. The degree gives you access to doctoral-level study.

Programme syllabus

In addition to the core modules on methods and principles, you can choose electives from the following focus areas:

1) Accounting, Finance and Taxation (AFT)
2) International Management and Marketing (IMM)

3) Information Systems (WIIS)

1) Accounting, Finance and Taxation comprises theory and empirics of finance, the mathematical representation of business resources and the taxation of companies and households.

2) The International Management and Marketing focus module acquaints students with the theory and empirical studies of international, market-oriented management of organisations and marketing.

3) The Information Systems focus deals in depth with the internal communication flow of businesses, how it is designed and optimised, and the control of goods flows using modern information systems and technologies.

The respective focus areas are split into introductory and advanced courses: the introductory courses take some of the content touched upon in the Bachelor's course and gives it a more thorough treatment, while the advanced studies courses are concerned with more specific problems and current research topics in the respective subject areas.

Overall, the degree programme has been designed to maximise flexibility and choice of course modules.

Module catalogue (German)

Academic entry requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree, equivalent to an overall result of 2.3 or better (according to the German marking system) in business administration, economics or a related discipline, obtained after a programme of study with a minimum standard full-time study duration of three years.

The minimum business or economics content of the first degree should amount to 60 ECTS credits, of which at least 10 should stem from economic/business research modules (e.g. data collection, data processing, mathematics, software development or statistics).

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level C1 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-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.

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.

English language requirements

You should provide one of the following English language certificates (at level B2 CEFR) if English is not your first language or the language of instruction for your first degree or secondary school-leaving qualification:

  • English UNIcert® II
  • TOEFL with a score of 100 (Internet-based), 220 points (computer-based) or 550 points (paper-based)
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6