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Bachelor's Program in Business Administration

I decided to study in Mannheim because of the university’s international focus. I like that the Business Administration program gives students the option to learn a foreign language. I wanted to broaden my horizons and so my semester abroad at the Norwegian Business School, Handelshøyskolen BI, in Oslo was a particular highlight. Another great aspect is that you can choose from a wide range of modules, from accounting and taxation, to commercial law, to management. That’s what makes Business Administration so complex and challenging, and also really interesting.

Damian Snop, student of B.Sc. Business Administration / Photo credit: Elisa Berdica
  • 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 and English

    Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
    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 seven of the selection statutes (only available in German).

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: Business School

    Semester fee: €190,30 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    The bachelor’s program in Business Administration provides students with a comprehensive education in business and economics, 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 Rhetoric (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 have confirmed the outstanding quality of the research and teaching at our university on a number of occasions. The magazine, Wirtschaftswoche, ranked the University of Mannheim number one for Business Administration in 2018.

    USA, Singapore, Brazil – the Business School is well-connected internationally. It is partners with 200 universities around the world. Both a mandatory semester of study abroad and the IBEA program  (International Business Education Alliance) give students the chance to study in a global context. Students enrolled in the program can apply in their second semester.

    Our students also have direct access to our network of business partners. In addition to lectures, a career fair, and company presentations, workshops also regularly take place. During these workshops, students have the chance to present themselves and their theoretical knowledge to a company by working on case studies.

    The Business School at 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/EMFD (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 gives its graduates a variety of career options. Our graduates work, for example, as business consultants, credit analysts at banks, and account managers in industrial and trading companies, or found their own business.
    By the way, according to the 2018 university ranking by the magazine, Wirtschaftswoche, HR departments prefer to hire Business Administration graduates from the University of Mannheim.

  • 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 English proficiency,
    • 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 (list of partner universities). Contact the International Office at the Business School for further information.

    According to the examination regulations, students don’t 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.

  • Further study

    The following degree programs are partly or fully available in English:

    Mannheim Master in Management (M.Sc.)

    Mannheim Master in Business Research (M.Sc.)

    MBA programs available at the Business School (for professionals)

  • Application and selection

    We take the following criteria into account in our selection process:

    • 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 a foreign language,
    • work experience in the business sector; extracurricular activities relating to your desired field of study,
    • a very good level of English proficiency,
    • proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Selection statutes
    You can find the exact requirements for the program on the Business School’s website and in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

    Please note:

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis, the application deadline will be postponed. You can apply from July 6 to August 20. 
    Read more: Pages of the Admissions Office

    Normally, the following deadlines apply:
    You can apply from May 15 to July 15.


    Aptitude test
    Applicants are required to take an aptitude test, such as What shall I study? or the SIT orientation test, which are both only available in German. They must then submit proof that they have completed the test with their application.

    Admission to an advanced semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.


Student Counseling Bachelor in Business Administration
Consultation hour(s):
via skype (ID: live:studienberatung_6): Wed 2–5 p.m., Thu 9–12 a.m.
Admissions Office

Admissions Office

University of Mannheim
L 1, 1 – Room 157, 158
68161 Mannheim