My master’s thesis enabled me to start my career in the Human Resources department of the Volvo Group in 2014. Today, I am responsible for supporting our managers of the Volvo Group Trucks branch in southern Germany and for advising our sales departments all over Germany on HR topics. My knowledge of both psychology and education as well as my specialization in Human Resources, a subfield of business administration, continue to be very valuable in my daily work. The methodological and social skills I gained during my studies were the key to my professional career.
After earning my master’s degree in Economic and Business Education, I completed my Referendariat at a vocational school with a commercial focus. In my daily routine as a teacher, I particularly draw on the experience I gained in seminars where we worked in small groups and put our theoretical knowledge into practice. Since our courses covered a wide range of topics, I fell well prepared to handle current trends in education, for example digitalization in schools.
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)
ECTS credits: at least 120
Language of instruction: German and English
Foreign language requirements: German (click here for further information)
A good level of proficiency in English is recommended; no proof of language proficiency is required.
Program start: Fall semester (September); in case there are any remaining spots, you can also start your program in the spring semester (February).
School: Business School
Semester fee: €160.40 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
In the master's program in Economic and Business Education, students develop the skills acquired during the bachelor’s program.
A clear emphasis is placed on instructional (teaching-related) concepts, which are intended to equip students with subject-specific knowledge of the field. The goal is for master’s students to understand the relationship between empirical instructional research, instructional theories, and the tasks that come with teaching in a practical setting. At the same time, they enhance their skills in analyzing and designing business-educational learning environments.
The program not only includes modules in Economic and Business Education, but also in Business Administration and Economics and in Business Informatics. An additional elective course enables you to acquire advanced knowledge of another subject (e.g., German Studies, Biology, Political Science, Sports; some of these courses are offered in collaboration with Heidelberg University). The broad range of courses offered in the Mannheim Master in Management program is also open to you.
As a student of this master’s program, you have ample opportunity to tailor the curriculum to your personal interests by taking optional courses or choosing to focus on a certain area. You can, for example, specialize in human resources, management, marketing, controlling, taxation, (international) finance, business informatics (digitalization), or logistics.
Apart from attending university courses, students will also regularly intern at schools to gain practical experience.
With a master’s degree in Economic and Business Education, graduates are qualified to teach at vocational schools (after completing preparatory service, i.e. their Referendariat) or to work in other settings not related to school education. The program is research-oriented, as well.
Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim repeatedly do well in rankings (take a look for yourself here). The master's program in Economic and Business Education is taught at the Business School, which has been accredited by three international accreditation agencies: AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (Association of MBAs).
Studying Economic and Business Education means having a variety of options: You will acquire sound basic knowledge of different areas related to business administration and economics, business informatics, and business and economic law. By completing several internships at a company or a school, which are an integral part of your studies, you can put everything you learn on the program into practice. You can also choose from an extensive range of elective courses in subjects such as English Studies or Political Science. In addition, two possible career paths lie ahead of you: you can either work as a teacher at a vocational school or go into the private sector.
Our five professors make important contributions to research and thereby help to keep it always up to date. They share their findings with you in classes and individual coaching sessions. The Department of Economic and Business Education at the University of Mannheim is one of the largest departments in this field in Germany. This means that you can benefit from a broad range of research activities and state-of-the-art results, which are also reflected in our teaching.
With a master’s degree in Economic and Business Education, graduates can work at a school. This is, however, not the only option open to them.
Upon subsequent completion of their Referendariat, graduates can move into the school sector and teach at any type of vocational school with a commercial focus in Germany (including Berufsschule, Berufsfachschule, Berufliches Gymnasium).
If they opt for a career outside the school sector, they can, for example, teach at a company or work in education management. They can also go in educational counseling, human resources management or development, and business development.
Students of Economic and Business Education later have excellent career prospects regardless of the path they decide to take: At vocational schools, teachers are always highly sought after. Outside the school sector, their broad array of skills acquired during the program qualifies them for many different positions.
Students of Economic and Business Education should:
The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.
Students of the master's program in Economic and Business Education complete two internships at a vocational school with a commercial focus in Baden-Württemberg. The internships last for four weeks respectively, and throughout their duration students are supported by the Institute for Didactics and Teacher Training (Vocational Schools) Karlsruhe. Usually, the internships take place between the first and second semester as well as between the third and fourth semester.
Graduates who intend to continue with their Referendariat after completing the program are required to have gained at least 52 weeks of practical experience in different settings. One way of proving this is by completing a number of internships. Please go to the online platform for teachers in Baden-Württemberg, LOBW, for more information. Both mandatory internships completed during the bachelor’s program in Economic and Business Education and relevant voluntary internships are recognized. If you want to do any additional internships, you can do so during the semester break or take an academic leave of absence for a semester. For questions relating to planning an internship, please contact the academic advising team.
Graduates of the master’s program in Economic and Business Education who would like to pursue a doctoral degree have two options:
Applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in Economic and Business Education to be admitted to the master’s program in Economic and Business Education. Another bachelor’s degree in business administration and/
The final grade achieved during your first degree (usually, this is you bachelor’s degree) is the sole selection criterion taken into account.
If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 135 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your degree certificate by the first exam registration period in the master's program (refer to selection statutes).
If you cannot provide proof of the subject-specific knowledge mentioned above (equivalent to the skills taught in the bachelor's program in Economic and Business Education) before the application deadline in full, you can still apply for admission. However, this is only possible if the knowledge you lack corresponds to no more than 60 ECTS credits. Applicants commit to making up for the gap during the first two semesters of the master's program in Economic and Business Education. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of proof that you have acquired the required knowledge, which must be submitted by the end of the second subject-specific semester at the latest. If proof is not provided in due time, admission to the master’s program will be rescinded.
This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
The application period for the fall semester is from March 15 to May 31. In case there are any remaining spots, it is also possible to apply between October 1 and November 15.
Admission to an advanced semester
If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.