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Master's Program in Economics and Business Education

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.

Florian Kuczera, graduate of M.Sc. Economic and Business Education / Private photo

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.

Christina Wolf, graduate of M.Sc. Economic and Business Education / Private photo
  • Program facts and information

    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).
    Academic calendar

    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

  • Program overview

    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.

  • Why study Economic and Business Education at the University of Mannheim?

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    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. 

    As the master's program is research-oriented, they can even opt for a career in academia and pursue a doctorate in fields such as Economic and Business Education, Business Administration, Educational Psychology/Psychology of Education, or in a field related to their elective course.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Economic and Business Education should:

    • be interested in working on questions related to economics and teaching,
    • be capable of critical thinking and working,
    • be interested in teaching and learning formats at companies and schools,
    • enjoy working with academic literature,
    • have good knowledge of math and English.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.

    Studying abroad
    The International Office and the Business School can advise you on planning a semester abroad. The ideal point in time to spend a period of study abroad is the third or fourth semester. However, going abroad is not mandatory and may extend your studies.

    Internships
    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.

  • Doctorates

    Graduates of the master’s program in Economic and Business Education who would like to pursue a doctoral degree have two options:

    • They can either start their doctoral studies at one of the following chairs: Economic and Business Education, Business Administration, Educational Psychology/Psychology of Education, or a chair related to their elective course. Please contact the respective chair directly to ask about vacancies for academic staff members. It is also possible to pursue a doctorate at a chair as an external doctoral candidate, that is without being employed by the chair.  
    • Or they can join a doctoral program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, and Taxation.
  • Admission requirements and selection

    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/or economics is sufficient if it is recognized as equivalent and if you can prove your subject-specific knowledge corresponds to the content covered during the bachelor’s program in Mannheim.

    The final grade achieved during your first degree (usually, this is you bachelor’s degree) is the sole selection criterion taken into account.

    Conditional admission
    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.

    Language requirements
    This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Selection statutes
    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

  • Application

    Application deadlines
    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.

Contact

Tamara Leiß, M.Sc.

Tamara Leiß, M.Sc.

Student Counselling
University of Mannheim
Area Economic and Business Education
L 4, 1 – Room 001
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Thu 10 a.m.–noon (by appointment)