Business and Economics Education

Study information
Key facts
Master of Education
4 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 272,65
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

The MSc Business and Economics Education prepares students to do the following:

  • Determine the content and objectives of vocational training programmes,
  • Design teaching plans and instruction in vocational training programmes in such a manner as to facilitate learning and educational processes,
  • Evaluate individual learning abilities and outcomes and conduct educational counselling sessions accordingly, and
  • Analyse the development of national and international conditions of vocational education (including school and organizational development, cooperation between schools or educational institutions, and processes of certification and examination).

Special features

Students may choose one of two options: either a specialization in a sub discipline of business administration (including the pedagogy of that particular field) or a specialization in a non-business subject (including the pedagogy of that field).

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme are qualified for positions in the following areas:

  • Vocational education,
  • Corporate education and human resources development,
  • Continuing education (both public and private providers),
  • Educational administration, and
  • Educational management, educational policy, and research on vocational education.

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent

    For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree.

    Such a degree must contain at least 35 credits (ECTS) in business administration, at least 15 credits (ECTS) in economics, at least 6 credits (ECTS) in mathematics, at least 6 credits (ECTS) in statistics, at least 26 credits (ECTS) in business and economics education, at least 8 credits (ECTS) in in-company practical studies/internships and at least 8 credits (ECTS) in practical school education studies/internships.  

    For study field II (M. Ed.), at least 40 credits (ECTS) in an non-business subject of mercantile vocational school education need to have been passed when this subject is to be studied further in the master's programme.

    ​The overall grade (CGPA) of the bachelor's degree must be GOOD or better (German system: 2.5). Applicants with undergraduate degrees must rank among the top 65% of their class (ECTS-grades A,B,C).

  • language requirements

    This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:   

    • English language proficiency at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
    • international applicants: German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or a recognised equivalent)


    Study field II (M. Ed.) demands additional language proficiency:

    • subject English: proficiency in English at level B2/C1 (CEFR)
    • subject Ethics: a further modern foreign language at level B1 (CEFR) as well as proficiency in Latin or Classical Greek
    • subject Protestant Religious Education: Basic proficiency in Latin and Classical Greek
    • subject French or Spanish: basic proficiency in Latin and proficiency in either French or Spanish on level B2 (CEFR)


Application documents

  • CV

    Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

  • Motivation letter

    A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

    • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
    • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
    • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
    • Why Jena?


  • University entrance qualification certificate

    Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

  • Previous university degrees earned

    All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

  • Detailed transcript of records

    Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

  • Proof of relevant work experience

    Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

  • Proof of subject-specific practical experience

    Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

  • Proof of language proficiency

    You have to submit the following proofs of language proficiencies:

    • Proficiency in English on level B2 (CEFR), proved by certificate (E.g. IELTS 5.0., TOEFL 80 IBT)

    For study field II (M. Ed.) further language proficiency is to be demonstrated, depending on the choice of specialization:

    • Subject English: proficiency in English on level B2/C1 (CEFR)
    • Subject Ethics: proficiency in another modern foreign language on level B1 (CEFR) as well as proficiency in Latin and Classical Greek
    • Subject Protestant Religious Education: proof of basic proficiency in Latin and Classical Greek
    • Subject French or Spanish: proof of basic proficiency in Latin (to be demonstrated by at least three years of classes in high school or an equivalend language course, taken at the language centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University, passed at the latest upon the end of the first year of study) and proficiency in French or Spanish on level B2 (CEFR)

Additional application documents for international students

  • Proof of German language proficiency

    For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

    The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

    • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
    • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
    • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
    • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
    • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule (min. level "befriedigend"),
    • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.

    Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German language proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

    There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognized language school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

    Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

    The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

    • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
    • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
  • Translation of foreign/external application documents

    Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

  • Proof of grading system

    External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

  • Certificate APS

    Applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

  • University entrance exam

    Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

    • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
    • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
    • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advice - Chair for Business and Economics Education Studies
Subject Advisor - Falko Schmidt
Student Representatives Economics and Business Administration
Examinations Office of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 08.30 to 11.30
Wednesday: 14.00 to 16.00
Thursday: 08.30 to 11.30
Friday: 08.30 to 11.30

Master Service Centre

Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person as well as by Service Desk (ticket system), Zoom, live chat, post and telephone.

Telephone consultation:
Tuesday - Thursday
10 am - 11 am

Personal consultation:
Tuesday - Thursday
2 pm - 3 pm

Live chat:
10 am - 12 noon

Ticket enquiries via Service Desk at:

Postal address:
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Master Service Centre
07737 Jena

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Office hours:
We offer consultations in person, by telephone, and via Zoom. You can make an appointment by calling us on +49 3641 9-411111 (Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 11:00) or outside these office hours on +49 3641 9-411200. You can also use our remote help desk.

Consultation hours:
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