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Bachelor Business Administration and Economics

Getting a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Economics is the right choice if you are interested in economic and socio-political issues. This includes understanding operational interrelationships at the level of individual companies, but also the interplay of complex processes in modern economies. You should also enjoy analytical thinking, working independently and have a good knowledge of mathematics and English.

During the course of your studies, you will initially acquire fundamental knowledge in both business administration and economics, thereby enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of your personal strengths and interests. In the later part of your studies, you will specialize by choosing a competence profile. With the Bachelor's degree, we offer you a course that prepares you for a direct entry into professional life or a further master's degree.

You can get a first impression of studying and everyday university life from the university's TU guides. Till, for example, explains why he chose business administration and economics. Hande, a teacher education student specializing in mathematics as well as business administration and economics, also talks about her experiences.

The structure of the degree program

The Bachelor's degree course is designed for six semesters. During these six semesters, you will earn a total of 180 credit points. The course can be divided into two phases. In the first three and a half semesters, you will learn the basics of business administration and economics as part of the foundation course.

In the field of business administration, this includes courses on marketing, management, production management, accounting and finance. The introduction to important economic theory concepts and courses on microeconomics and macroeconomics cover the economics part of the course. These basics are supplemented by related subjects such as business informatics, the basics of econometrics, mathematics and statistics.

After getting to know different areas of economics in the first semesters, you can specialize in the second part based on your interests and career goals by choosing either a competence profile or a study field.

Diagram: "The Bachelor's degree programme". Basic programme: 1st to 3rd semester 30 CP (credit points), 4th semester 15 CP. Plus specialisation: 4th semester 15 CP, 5th semester 29.5 CP, 6th semester 30.5 CP. © Dekanat WiWi​/​TU Dortmund

Competence Profiles

You can choose a competence profile for your specialization.

Each profile combines different topics and career fields so that students can optimally prepare for their professional future. You can choose from six skills profiles:

Six fields around WiWi Bachelor. 1.: Data, Decisions & Economic Policy, 2: Business Analytics & Operations Management, 3.: Finance, Accounting, Controlling, Taxation, 4.: Financial Markets & Financial Economics, 5.: Global Management, Marketing & Human Resources, 6.: Technology, Entrepreneurship & Digitization. © Dean's Office WiWi​/​TU Dortmund University. Design:​/​free-vector​/​process

Study Field

Here you can choose a specialization in business administration, economics or a mixture of both. You then choose courses mainly from the corresponding field of study. These are supplemented by courses on academic writing and methodology, seminars and project seminars as well as civil law, followed by the bachelor thesis.

In addition to the courses offered in the competence profile or study field, key competencies in the areas of self-management, time management and knowledge transfer are trained. In order to meet the requirements for an internationally recognized degree, proof of English language skills is also mandatory.

More than just a degree

In addition to your studies, the department and TU Dortmund University offer many opportunities for personal development, to gain new experiences and ensure an unforgettable time during your studies.

Our students are involved in university politics, student councils or in one of the many university groups. The university sports facilities and the international campus are very popular. Part-time jobs can be found on campus and in the surrounding area. The degree course can also provide the perfect setting for internships or stays abroad. There are also many opportunities to develop soft skills, build up language skills and acquire certificates.

Application, enrollment and start of studies

You can start your Bachelor's degree in the winter semester. The application deadline is July 15 each year. In some cases, there is also an extended application deadline, such as most recently for the winter semester 2023/24. The degree course is admission-restricted.

More information on application and enrollment

Students on the North Campus © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund

Even before you start your first lecture, our department will support you with a preliminary mathematics course in which you can refresh your knowledge and prepare yourself well for the start of your studies. This is followed by a one-week orientation phase for first-year students. Accompanied by students from higher semesters, you will get to know the campus and important university facilities and can make your first contacts with fellow students and lecturers.

More about our offers at the start of your studies

What happens after graduation?

Our Bachelor's degree in Business Administration Economics provides you with a solid foundation on which you can build your career. As a graduate, you will have a wide range of opportunities open to you. The Department of Business and Economics and TU Dortmund University will support you along the way.

The most important options include:

The Master's program

Would you like to prepare yourself for demanding management tasks? Would you like to specialize and deepen your knowledge in a particular field? Or are you interested in a career in science? There are many good reasons for a Master's degree. With the Master's degree in Business Administration and Economics at TU Dortmund University, you can choose between five study profiles and design your studies tailored to your needs. The course is practice-oriented, internationally oriented and offers you many opportunities for personal development.

Combined degree programs are also an interesting option for Bachelor's graduates. Together with other departments, we offer the degree programs Business Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, as well as Econometrics and Economic Policy Journalism.

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Career entry

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If you want to get your career off to a flying start after completing your Bachelor's degree, TU Dortmund University offers many advisory services. The Campus Network Career Service provides an overview of offers and events on topics such as applications, career planning and networking. Students and graduates can also find a wide range of offers at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer. The Stellenwerk Dortmund also has its own job portal.

Female students can find exciting contacts at For international students, the International Office has compiled a clear overview of helpful support services and information.

Self-employment and starting a business

You can develop entrepreneurial skills during your studies, for example by choosing suitable courses from the wide range offered in the Bachelor's and Master's program. Guest lectures by entrepreneurs organized by professorships, entrepreneurship programs, student initiatives and projects further complement this offer.

In addition, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Transfer offers a wide range of services and programs for founders, such as advice, support in the search for funding or co-founders or special start-up programs. Students can also obtain the Certificate for Entrepreneurship through the CET.

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