Objectives of the course

The aim of the Master of Science in Business Administration is to provide students with the necessary business knowledge and skills in order to be able to work successfully in an international and constantly changing economic environment.

We firmly believe that the following skills are essential for this:

  • Generalism : If you are interested in a master’s degree, you are faced with the decision to either specialize more deeply in one area or to rely on a broad foundation. Technical requirements are subject to constant developments. Therefore, in our opinion, too much specialization is not recommended in a continuously changing environment. That is why we offer a general master's degree in business administration, similar to the majority of internationally renowned universities.

  • Specialized knowledge : Nevertheless, detailed specialist knowledge is essential. Accordingly, you can specialize in the subject areas offered as part of your studies.

  • Research competence : Business administration has developed into an analytical and empirical discipline in recent years. Accordingly, quantitative methodological skills are essential for you as a future designer in business and research. Only those who are able to understand and evaluate scientific results will be able to apply them profitably. Therefore, the research orientation of the teaching not only corresponds to the Humboldtian ideal, but is also essential tools for your future success in a sometimes radically changing environment.

  • Internationality : Humboldt is an international ideal, economy is an international business and Berlin is an international metropolis. We have a large number of international students. The Humboldt University maintains contacts with partner universities around the world and promotes and expects international student exchanges. Most of the events are held in English.

  • Social competence : Technical competence will only lead to success if it goes hand in hand with social competence. Social behavior cannot be learned from books, but is practiced on a daily basis. Accordingly, we at the Humboldt University focus on imparting knowledge in seminars and small groups. We expect that the students see each other as a group of like-minded people and that they work together for the success of their studies.

  • Initiative : Freedom of research and teaching also means freedom for students to choose their fields of study. With this in mind, our master’s degree offers students extensive flexibility. However, this freedom requires initiative. We therefore expect and encourage them in all aspects of academic life and look forward to working with you.

We have set ourselves the goal of providing you, the students, with the best possible support in acquiring and developing this knowledge and skills. The course is designed as a two-year program. In doing so, we initially rely on a common basis consisting of two pillars - general business administration / general management and methodological foundations / methodological skills. This area forms the basis for specializing in business administration. There is also the subject-specific and interdisciplinary elective area as well as the master's thesis, which is usually written in the 4th semester. As part of the master’s program, it is already possible to start a doctoral program. The faculty attaches great importance to the studyability of its programs and evaluates its teaching on a regular basis



Compulsory area (20 CP):
Master's thesis

Subject-specific elective area (90
credit points in total ): From the subject-matter elective area, 70 credit points of the best-graded modules are included in the overall grade.

Subject-specific elective area A, General Management (18 CP):
In this area, we offer courses from central and current areas of business administration. By selecting events from this area, students can specifically supplement their previous education and thus ensure that they have broad knowledge in all currently relevant areas of business administration. At least 18 credit points are required from the following compulsory elective modules:

  • Marketing Management (6 CP)
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis (6 CP)
  • Basic principles of taxation (6 CP)
  • Finance Theory (6 CP)
  • Organization and Management (6 CP)
  • Business Analytics and Data Science (6 CP)
  • Economics and Entrepreneurship (6 CP)


Subject-specific elective area B, Economics and Methodological Basics (18 CP):
This area provides the students with the necessary tools for scientific work. The students are enabled to understand the current knowledge of modern business administration. In addition, they will be able to make an independent contribution to the scientific development of this discipline in the context of their later master's thesis and in the subsequent professional activity. Here, students have the opportunity to acquire specialist knowledge from econometrics, statistics and economics. In turn, options ensure that they can optimally build on their individual prior knowledge. At least 18 credit points are required from the following elective modules:

  • Applied Econometrics (6 CP)
  • Econometric Methods (12 CP)
  • Multivariate Statistical Analysis (6 CP)
  • Introduction to Advanced Microeconomic Analysis or Advanced Microeconomic Theory I (PhD-Level) (6 CP)
  • Introduction to Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis or Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis I (PhD-Level) (6 CP)
  • Game Theory (6 LP)
  • Competition Policy (6 CP)


Subject-specific elective area C, Business Administration (30 CP):
Up-to-date and research-related specialist knowledge is conveyed in the subject areas of the Business Administration area. The students work primarily in smaller groups on current issues in business administration. At least 30 credit points are required from the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Financial economics
  • entrepreneurship
  • marketing
  • management
  • Operation Research
  • Information Systems

If more than 18 credit points are proven in area A, area C is reduced accordingly.

Subject-specific elective area D, Economics (24
CP ): Furthermore, 24 CP must be chosen from the modules offered by the Faculty of Economics (Economics, Business Administration, Quantitative Methods). This area is well suited for the recognition of modules with an economic content (e.g. from a semester abroad).

Note: If more than 66 CP are completed in areas A to C, area D is reduced accordingly.

Two seminars are compulsory within the master’s program , at least one of which must be completed at the HU Faculty of Economics (the second seminar can also be completed and recognized during a stay abroad).

Interdisciplinary compulsory elective area (ÜWP, 10 CP - ungraded):

The generic elective area has a scope of 10 CP. It is mandatory to take it and cannot be replaced by choosing additional modules from the faculty.

Achievements are credited without a grade. Any grades awarded for events in the ÜWP will not be taken into account when calculating the overall grade. The following can be credited in this area:

  • Interdisciplinary elective modules from other HU faculties
  • Language courses of the language center (except language courses in the respective mother tongue or the official language of the home country as well as German courses for foreigners below B2 level and English courses below C2 level GER)
  • Career Center courses (except introductory courses in economics and law)
  • General and technical courses from other universities
  • General and technical courses abroad
  • Internship (10 CP)
  • Portfolio Management Program (PMP)



In addition to the formal entry and admission criteria, we expect you to be interested in business issues and enjoy scientific work, good quantitative and analytical skills, adequate IT skills, very good English skills, self-organization skills and commitment. Practical work experience is an advantage, but not a requirement.

Requirements for the crediting of an internship:

The internship must be related to economics and consist of at least 6 consecutive weeks (full-time). “Full-time” can vary in the company, in some companies “full-time” is also 38 or 39 hours per week. An internship of at least 12 weeks with half of the regular full working time can also be credited.

The following must be submitted for crediting the internship

  • A job reference (issued by the employer), which contains the duration of the internship, the weekly working hours and the work tasks.
  • An internship report (issued by the student) of 2 A4 pages. The internship report should reflect a critical reflection of the competencies imparted during the course in relation to professional practice.

Crediting is only possible if the internship was completed during the master’s degree.

Employment contracts as a student assistant in universities or scientific research institutions are not counted as internships.

The internship is recognized in the examination office of the Faculty of Business and Economics.

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