Business administration (BWL) encompasses, describes and analyzes tasks and structures of companies and their functional areas, cross-functional relationships between companies and their design depending on internal and external decisions as well as interdependencies between the company's system and other systems. As with the related economics course, business administration at the Free University of Berlin implements high academic standards in theory and methodology, without neglecting practical relevance. Mathematics and statistics are considered auxiliary sciences. The basics of economics, law, mathematics and statistics are also acquired during the course.

The focus of business research and teaching at the Faculty of Business and Economics at Freie Universität Berlin includes the following areas: Management and Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Taxation & Supplements (FACTS) and Business Informatics.

Program Structure

The mono bachelor's degree includes modules from the basic and advanced phases as well as the general vocational preparation study area.

The basic phase of the mono bachelor's degree is divided into modules in general business administration, quantitative basics in business administration, basics in economics and law for economists. In the advanced phase, the focus is on four of 13 selectable areas of study.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. Aims, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in a separate study and examination regulations for the general vocational preparation study area (ABV) for bachelor's degrees in the business administration department.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Business administration, mono-Bachelor

Basic phase

Major in general business administration
module Basics of external corporate accounting
module Basics of internal corporate accounting
module Introduction to business administration
module Marketing basics
module Investment and finance
module Annual accounts and taxes
module Strategic management
module Supply and Operations Management
module Basics of personnel policy
Major in Quantitative Basics in Business Administration
module Mathematics for economists
module Introduction to Statistics
module Introduction to business informatics
Major in Fundamentals of Economics
module Introduction to Economics
module Basics of microeconomics
Major in law for economists
module Public law, commercial and company law or labor law
module Private law

Consolidation phase

Three of the following specialization areas must be selected, whereby the combination options and the modules must be taken from the associated study and examination regulations: corporate cooperation, organization, corporate governance and responsibility, innovation management, marketing, business informatics, controlling, finance, corporate accounting and auditing, business taxation , Economics Theory and Policy, Quantitative Methods, Public Law and Business Law.

Entry Requirements

Additional entry requirements
English (level B2 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. 

In the Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at the Free University of Berlin, knowledge and skills are imparted for a job in the following professional fields: planning, analyzing and consulting activities in companies of various sizes and from different industries, e.g. in smaller or larger companies in the production of goods, in trade, banking and In the banking industry or in consulting firms. Business economists can also work as freelancers or in public administrations. Activities in research and teaching institutions, in associations and chambers are just as much a part of this as employment opportunities in trade unions and the media. The complexity of the later career opportunities can already be limited by the specialization or focus within the course.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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