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Economics and Business Administration – Focus: Business Information Systems

What are the requirements for an information system? What is the best way to implement large-scale IT projects? And what are the best web technologies? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!
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Key facts
Bachelor of Science
Admission restriction
without admission restriction (without NC)
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 272,80
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Economics chairs
Application & Deadlines

Programme content

Digitization is advancing at a rate of knots. Data volumes are growing, communication processes are becoming more extensive and there is a greater demand for IT solutions than ever before. No company wants to miss the boat to the digital revolution. That’s why we need specialists with expertise in both business and IT. This degree will make you an interdisciplinary expert who is able to develop future-oriented strategies, use cutting-edge ICT solutions to solve operational problems and develop highly specialized applications to aid in decision-making processes.

The combination of information technology and business forms an essential part of the bachelor’s programme in ‘Business Information Systems’. You will focus on the key areas of application systems and e-commerce. Compared to the other Business Information Systems programme with a focus on Information and Management Sciences, much less attention is paid to computer science in this programme.

In addition to mathematics and statistics, some of the pillars of this degree course are Business Administration and Economics. But do you know the difference? Business Administration mainly deals with processes involving companies, such as planning, logistics, marketing and computational models for decisions and actions. Economics looks at the bigger picture by studying macroeconomic relationships. All this content is taught alongside a range of concepts in business information systems, enabling you to actively shape the digital transformation of businesses and society.


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).

In this single-subject Bachelor’s programme, the focus is on one subject comprising 180 credits (ECTS for short; 1 ECTS = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations). The focus is structured as follows:

Overview of the study profile
Overview of the study profile
Picture: Sophie Bartholome

You can complete the internship either before the start of your studies, during one of your mid-term breaks or during a semester (by applying for a semester on leave).

Our University also offers the following focus areas: Standard Focus, Business Administration, Economics, Information and Management Sciences, Business Analytics, Business and Economics Education Studies I and Business and Economics Education Studies II. You can change your focus during your studies.

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?

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester 4th semester 5th semester 6th semester
Operations Management
(6 ECTS)
(5 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
e.g. Data Science in R
(6 ECTS)
Organization, Leadership and Human Resource Management
Taxation / Auditing
(6 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
e.g. Computer-Aided Planning and Optimization
(6 ECTS)
(6 ECTS)
(3 ECTS)
(6 ECTS)
Foundations of Marketing Management
(6 ECTS)
Investment, Financing and the Capital Market
(6 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
e.g. Web Programming
(6 ECTS)
Bachelor’s dissertation
(10 ECTS)
Introduction to Economics
(5 ECTS)
Introduction to Business Information Systems
(6 ECTS)
Planning and Decision-Making
(6 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
e.g. Management Science
(6 ECTS)
Integrated Information Processing
(4 ECTS)
Data, Information and Knowledge Management
(6 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
e.g. Operations Management
(6 ECTS)
Financial Accounting and Controlling
(6 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
e.g. Software and IT Management
(6 ECTS)
Empirical and Experimental Research in Economics
(6 ECTS)
Introduction to Programming
(6 ECTS)
(6 ECTS)
Foreign Languages for Economists
(6 ECTS)
(6 ECTS)
Mathematics for Economists
(6 ECTS)
  Law for Economists
(6 ECTS)
Vocational learning content (15 ECTS)

Abbreviations: ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (credit points)

* When choosing your elective modules, you have to take at least 36 ECTS in specialization modules (e.g. Current Issues in Business Information Systems; Software and IT Management; or Computer-Aided Planning and Optimization). Alternatively, you can choose individual modules from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

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 de, 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

  • In commerce (e.g. in accounting, controlling, management, production, logistics, taxes)
  • in the promising IT sector (e.g. as a software developer or IT consultant)
  • in all areas of the private sector with a high demand for analytical skills (e.g. consulting firms, banks, insurance companies)
  • in the public sector (e.g. administration, statistical offices, authorities and ministries, associations, chambers)
  • in science and research (e.g. as a teaching associate at a university, generally with a master’s degree)

Postgraduate master’s programmes at our University

  1. Business Administration Master of Science
    • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  2. Business Information Systems Master of Science
    • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
All degree programmes

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) and a good grasp of mathematical concepts
  • A general interest in computer science
  • 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: www.uni-jena.de/en/study-orientation-international


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