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Bachelor of Science

Business Administration

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Business administration is a part of economic sciences. It is concerned with economic interrelations and principles of corporations and offers insights in corporative structures and processes. Specific fields and objects of research result from questions that different departments of corporations face.The bachelor programme in business administration prepares students to solve these problems in the best way possible.


Being a student in Cologne is fantastic! I’ve grown so much on a personal level and I don’t think I would have been able to do that somewhere else.

Sheila, seventh-term student, Bachelor in Business Administration

Some examples of the questions Business Administration students look at

  • How can companies organise their procurement, production, stock management and distribution in an effective manner?
  • How much in-house production should a company aim for? Which products should be bought in and which parts of the company outsourced?
  • What is the appropriate legal form for a company?
  • What bodies manage and supervise a company?
  • Which remuneration and incentive systems should a company use?
  • How can a company’s short-term and long-term performance be measured? When is a company profitable?
  • What does “sustainable management” mean?
  • How can a company boost its sales?
  • How is a company’s value calculated?

By encouraging students to look at these types of specific, real-life questions, the Bachelor in Business Administration programme helps them develop the necessary skills to be able to find optimum solutions for these and similar challenges. The intention is to provide students with an overview of all the key areas of Business Administration.

Business Administration - Bachelor of Science

Specialisation through Interdisciplinarity

 Students are able to express their interests and professional aspirations by choosing respective modules in the supplementary section. Within this section, further modules from business administration as well as modules from economics, social sciences and information systems can be chosen.


The bachelor programme Business Administration qualifies graduates for demanding and sophisticated field-specific tasks that provide future career opportunities in leading positions.

Employment possibilities for graduates present via the direct entry into or via trainee programmes of corporations in all areas of the economy, amongst others in the industrial sector, trade, logistics, energy industry and in the finance as well as the service sector.

Furthermore, students have the possibility to deepen and extend their specialised knowledge scientifically in a consecutive master programme and thus prepare for a specific occupational field.

The WiSo-Faculty supports students in their ambitions e.g. via the WiSo Career Service.

Programme structure

The bachelor programme Business Administration is a programme designed to take 6 semesters (3 years) and 180 ECTS points have to be obtained. The programme consists of the core and advanced section, the specialisation and supplementary section, the “studium integrale” and a bachelor thesis.

In the core and advanced section, basics of business administration, economics and methods are taught and deepened. In the supplementary section, the emphasis is put on knowledge obtained in the basic section (business administration and economics) and on new areas from social sciences and information systems. As the specialisation section consists of a wide range of modules, students have the possibility to choose depending on their interests and professional aspirations. At least one module has to be taken from the area of business administration. In the area of business administration you also have to complete a seminar which is compulsory. It prepares students to write the bachelor's thesis successfully at the end of their degree course.

Detailed information regarding the course structure can be found on our homepage in the area programme structure.

Expectations and Requirements

The following professional and personal competencies will pave the way to successful studies:

  • professional commitment and ability to work in a team
  • studying independently as well as goal- and result-oriented
  • a high motivation to deal with economic questions
  • mathematical understanding and a good articulateness in German and English language

By taking the online math test, prospective students can compare their knowledge and skills against the requirements of most of the degree programmes at the WiSo-Faculty here. Use the following search path: WiSo-> Mathematische Methoden. At this point, you will find the test called “Mathe Schulwissen testen”.

Application Deadlines and Online Application

July 15th for the winter term

January 15th for the summer term

The application is issued via the website of the student secretariat.
Applicants from outside the EU/ EEA apply via uni-assist.

We are looking forward to your application!