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 / Photo credit: Jula Jacob

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 Bachelor Business Administration / Photo credit: Rike Allendörfer

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 / Photo credit: Jula Jacob

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 / Photo 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: €194.30 (further information)
    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 business and economics education in Marketing and Sales, Finance, Accounting and 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 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, 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. Both a mandatory semester of study abroad and the IBEA program  (International Business Education Alliance) or the Double Degree Program at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management give students the chance to study in a global context. Students can apply for the IBEA and Future Leaders program 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 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Further study

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

    Mannheim Master in Management (M.Sc.)

  • Application and selection

    Admission to the degree programs at the University of Mannheim is not selective within the meaning of a tradional numerus clausus (NC). Instead, 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.

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

    Selection statutes
    Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. 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.


    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semester 2022/2023 will start on 1 June and will end on 15 July 2022.

    Read more: Website of the Admissions Office

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



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University of Mannheim
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