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Bachelor's Program in Business Administration

The international orientation of the bachelor’s program in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim is exceptional and was one of the main reasons why I wanted to study here. Whether you would like to spend a semester abroad at one of the 200 partner universities of the Business School, participate in a double degree program or decide on the IBEA program – in Mannheim, you have numerous opportunities to study abroad. There is something for everyone! In addition to that, I really like the wide range of clearly structured courses providing insights in all fields of Business Administration as well as the fact that many courses are taught in English. This way, I feel well prepared for my transition into working life.

Marie Fox, student in the bachelor’s program in Business Administration / Credit: Jula Jacob
Georg Schade stands in front of Mannheim Palace, laughing. He has short brown hair and is wearing a light blue long-sleeved shirt.

I chose the University of Mannheim because of its excellent reputation as one of the leading universities in economic sciences, both nationally as well as internationally. The study program is particularly attractive to me because of its international orientation: many of the courses are held in English and not only national, but also international economy is being treated. The University of Mannheim opens many doors for me and helps me in achieving my personal goals.

Georg Schade, student of the bachelor's program in Business Administration / Credit: Rike Allendörfer
Pamina Heermann hat braune lange Haare und trägt Creolen-Ohrringe. Sie trägt einen schwarzen Strickrollkragenpullover und darüber ein lockeres rostbraunes Hemd. Sie steht vor dem Mannheimer Schloss.

I decided to study at the University of Mannheim because of its excellent reputation in the field of Business Administration, the program’s international orientation, and the integrated semester abroad. Another important aspect is the wide range of courses students can choose from, which allows you to get to know all fields of Business Administration – from accounting to HR to marketing. On top of that, lectures are held in a palace building! This made the Mannheim program in Business Administration my first choice.

Pamina Heermann, student in the bachelor's program in Business Administration / Credit: Jula Jacob
Anna Lenz hat blonde lange Haare. Sie trägt Creolen-Ohrringe und ein weißes Hemd und steht auf dem Ehrenhof vor dem Mannheimer Schloss.

For me, studying in Mannheim means that I can work and study in an environment that motivates me every day to take up new challenges – even beyond my studies. The Business Administration program at the University of Mannheim is characterized by exceptional professors and amazing fellow students, numerous student organizations as well as the semester abroad that is an integral part of the program. In Mannheim, you will find friends for life and receive an outstanding academic training that ranks among the best worldwide.

Anna Lenz, student in the bachelor's program in Business Administration / Credit: Nathalie Daum
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (= 3 years)

    ECTS credits: at least 180

    Language of instruction: German, English

    Language requirements: You must be very proficient in English. To prove your level of proficiency, you can submit the grades you achieved in English classes taken during the final years of German upper secondary education, or take a language test. You can find further details under section six of the selection statutes (only available in German).
    If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent qualification), you must submit proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: Business School

    Semester fee: EUR 169 (more information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: EUR 1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: EUR 650

  • Program overview

    The bachelor’s program in Business Administration provides students with a comprehensive business and economics education in “Marketing & Sales”, “Banking, Finance & Insurance”, “Accounting & Taxation”, “Management”, “Information Systems” and “Operations Management“ and also includes soft skills seminars on topics such as conflict management and time management. The program also has a unique international focus. Students have the option of studying abroad, and attending language courses in, for example, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese. In the fourth semester, students can specialize in two elective areas. They spend the fifth semester studying abroad, and write their bachelor's thesis in the sixth semester. The bachelor's program in Business Administration contains eight subject areas:

    • Business Administration (78 ECTS credits)
    • Methodological Basis for Economists (19 ECTS credits)
    • Economics (16 ECTS credits)
    • Civil Law and Business Law (14 ECTS credits)
    • Ethics and Academic Writing and Research (4 ECTS credits)
    • International Studies (33 ECTS credits)
    • Elective Modules (4 ECTS credits)
    • Bachelor’s Thesis (12 ECTS credits)

    = 180 ECTS credits in total

  • Why study Business Administration at the University of Mannheim?

    Studying Business Administration in Mannheim means studying at one of the most renowned business schools in Europe. Independent national and international rankings, including the CHE or THE university ranking and rankings by the Wirtschaftswoche, have confirmed the outstanding quality of the research and teaching at our university on a number of occasions.

    USA, Singapore, Brazil – the Business School is well-connected internationally. It is partners with 200 universities around the world. A mandatory semester of study abroad or the IBEA program (International Business Education Alliance) and the Double Degree Program at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management give students the chance to study in a global context.

    Our students have also direct access to our network of business partners. In addition to lectures, a career fair, and company presentations, there are also regular workshops, where our students work on case studies and present themselves and their theoretical knowledge to companies.

    The Business School of the University of Mannheim has been accredited by three accreditation agencies, earning itself the internationally sought-after triple crown. The three most significant accreditation agencies, AACSB International (Tampa, USA), EQUIS/EFMD (Brussels, Belgium), and AMBA (London, UK) have all confirmed the top quality of the study conditions in Mannheim.

  • Career opportunities

    Due to its diverse nature, the bachelor’s program in Business Administration offers its graduates a variety of career options. Our graduates work, for example, as business consultants, credit analysts at banks, account managers in industrial and trading companies, or found their own business.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Business Administration should

    • be interested in economics and business administration,
    • enjoy working on complex questions,
    • like math,
    • have a good level of proficiency in English,
    • be committed to their studies, independent, and disciplined.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog.

    Studying abroad
    All students spend the fifth semester of the program at a university abroad (see the list of partner schools). Please contact the international affairs team at the Business School for more information.

    According to the examination regulations, students do not have to do an internship during their studies. However, we recommend that you complete an internship in a relevant sector before you graduate.

    Sample course schedule
    This is how your course schedule for the first semester could look like.

  • Continuing Education

    Certificate programs
    Strengthen your potential, deepen your knowledge, find solutions for challenges we will face tomorrow – there are many good reasons to think outside the box, get to know and try out new things even during your studies.

    At the University of Mannheim, you can do this in the “Studium Oecologicum” which focuses on sustainability. In our certificate program, you will acquire interdisciplinary expert knowledge which can help you to act ethically and to make holistic decisions.

    Continuing education services in academics

    Language courses
    Making language learning easier: No matter if you want to learn Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish or Norwegian, take the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE), The European Language Certificates (telc) or the TOEFL test – each semester, the University of Mannheim offers language courses and language certificates in more than 16 languages for students and non-university members, online and on campus!

    Language courses at the University of Mannheim

    Studium Generale
    Are you interested in IT or communication trainings or theater, music, or drawing courses? Studium Generale has a vast range of courses available to all.

    Current Studium Generale program

  • Further study

    The following degree program is partly or fully available in English:

    Mannheim Master in Management (M.Sc.)

  • Application and selection

    At the University of Mannheim, a traditional numerus clausus (within the meaning of a minimum grade required for admission) does not exist. In our selection process, we take numerous criteria into account. For more details, please check the selection statutes (see below). Be bold! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

    In our selection process for the Bachelor's Program in Business Administration, we take the following criteria into account:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grades achieved during the final four semesters of your German upper secondary education in Mathematics, German, and the foreign language you continued to study,
    • work experience in the business sector; extracurricular activities relating to the field of study,
    • a very good level of proficiency in English.

    German language proficiency
    If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.

    Selection statutes
    For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the respective degree program, please refer to the Business School’s website and  the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

    If the program of study is currently not selective, you will receive a study place if you fulfill all admission requirements and apply in due time and form.


    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semesters starts on 1 June and ends on 15 July.


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