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Economics and Business Administration

What is a ‘boom’ in economic terms? How can we maximize profits in the long term? And how are prices calculated for products and services? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!
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Key facts
Bachelor of Arts
Supplement to degree
minor in a multi-subject bachelor’s programme
Admission restriction
without admission restriction (without NC)
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 272,80
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Application & Deadlines

Programme content

Economic processes and developments are highly dynamic. If you study ‘Economics and Business Administration’ as a minor subject, you will acquire the tools you need to quickly grasp such concepts. A business mindset can help you out in many areas, allowing you to accurately assess corporate decisions, understand economic constraints and complete many other tasks. 

This degree programme covers the traditional areas of Business Administration, Economics and Business Information Systems, where theoretically sound and practicable solutions are developed to face the diverse economic challenges of our time. The following table highlights the differences between each discipline:

Sub-area Content
Business Administration examines the economic activities of companies
Economics examines the economic systems of states or larger entities, such as the EU
Business Information Systems

examines the use of computers to optimize workflows



minor subject
minor subject
Graphic: Sophie Bartholome

Our bachelor’s programme is the first degree qualifying graduates to work in their profession. The standard length of the study programme is six semesters, and different types of courses are offered for each module (e.g. seminars, lectures or exercises).

A multi-subject bachelor’s programme consists of a major subject with 120 credit points (CP for short; 1 CP = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations) and a minor subject with 60 CP.

‘Economics and Business Administration’ is a minor subject that can be combined with all major subjects at the University of Jena. The range of courses includes 22 basic modules and 18 specialization modules, where you have a free choice. In the foundational part, you will learn more about business administration and economics. In the specialization part, you can advance your studies according to your own interests.

By the way: There is a mathematics bridging course to help you prepare for your studies. We strongly advise all students to attend.

How might your degree programme shape up?

The following table shows the possible structure of a business-oriented course with ‘Economics and Business Administration’ as your minor subject: 

Semester Modules
  • Introduction to Business Administration (6 CP)
  • Accounting (3 CP)
  • Mathematics for Economists I (6 CP in total)
  • Mathematics for Economists II (6 CP in total)
  • Taxation / Auditing (6 CP)
  • Introduction to Economics (6 CP)
  • Financial Accounting (3 CP)
  • Controlling (3 CP)
  • Foundations and Perspectives of Economic Studies (3 CP)
  • Management (6 CP)
  • Investment, Financing and the Capital Market (6 CP)
  • Foundations of Marketing Management (6 CP)
  • Planning and Decision-Making (6 CP)
  • Operations Management (6 CP)
  • Organization, Leadership and Human Resource Management (6 CP)

Abbreviations: CP = credit points

When choosing your modules in the minor subject, you can decide to focus more on economics or select a balanced mixture of modules in both areas. Please contact the subject-specific academic advisory service to make sure your choice of modules is compatible with your major subject.

You can find more detailed information in the module catalogueExternal link.

Why study in Jena?

  • High flexibility: Shape your studies according to your personal strengths and interests. You can always change direction during your studies by choosing a new focus or switching to a similar study programme.
  • Research focus: The chairs of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration de conduct research in various areas that are covered by the degree programme, such as ‘Accounting, Taxation and Capital Markets’, ‘Corporate Governance: Management and Corporate Control’ and ‘Decision and Risk’.
  • Close cooperation: Make the most of our extensive network of business contacts in Thuringia, e.g. by completing an internship during your studies.
  • Adventures abroad: The University and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration de promote and encourage intercultural exchange through a wide range of programmes and initiatives. The faculty has a global network of over 50 renowned partner universities, and more first-class institutes are added on a regular basis.
  • Excellent supervision: As we want our new students to feel comfortable and find their feet right from the start, the Orientation Days at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration de provide more information on the organization of studies, institutions and university services.

A look behind the scenes

Gruppenfoto der Professoren und Professorinnen
Leading the way!
The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration always does well in inspections. Why’s that? It’s simple: Our students have a great relationship with their supervisors, and our faculty has highly qualified specialists in teaching and research. You can see our professors here.

What can you do after your studies?

Areas of employment for graduates

Image: Sebastian Reuter

If you have a minor in economics or business administration, you will be able to work for companies, public authorities and training institutions or undertake a master’s degree. 

However, your further studies and career opportunities will largely depend on your major subject. After all, the business-related content of your degree will not be as extensive as a bachelor’s degree with economics or business administration as a major subject.

What are we looking for in prospective students?

  • An interest in current affairs in business and economics
  • Good knowledge of German (language of instruction: German)
  • Knowledge of mathematics and statistics
  • Good organization skills and time management

Admission requirements

  • University entrance qualification

    A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

    More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

  • Language requirements

    Admission and language requirements for applicants of foreign nationality and without German Abitur:


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