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How do you find the right strategies for a company? What investments lead to reliable profit maximization? How can new markets be created? How do legal guidelines regulate operational options? And how do companies react to unpredictable developments in the stock market?

Studies in business administration teach skills and solution expertise needed to successfully and sustainably direct a company. A challenging basic education in all business administrative and economic topic areas, in quantifying process, and private law forms an indispensable technical foundation.

Students at RWTH also create an individual profile during their Bachelor's studies. Through electives they can orient themselves towards special business and economic topics, such as management, strategy and business development, processes and organization, in house consulting and corporate consulting, finance and controlling, and marketing and sales.

This program offers a look at the School of Business and Economics' research focuses with these initial specializations:

  • Sustainability and Corporations: This specialization considers the development of the economy and companies with regards to sustainability. New challenges, resulting for example from scarcity of resources and climate change, are investigated using different methodological approaches.
  • Operations Research and Management: This specialization offers analytical models and methods to plan and make decisions in complex management situations, for example to shape globally networked value added structures, in the event of price and availability demands in e-commerce, or when dealing with volatile raw material prices.
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Marketing: This specialization aims to explain the rules and structures that shape entrepreneurial decision problems. Focus is placed on questions regarding the design, development, and marketing of technological innovations.
  • Corporate Development and Strategy: This specialization offers a look at the fundamental aspects of corporate management, strategic management, and the analysis and evaluation of the company's market environment. A deep understanding of processes within a company and its position in the market environment plays a decisive role.

Programme Structure

After their basic studies students take five to six electives to learn initial, special knowledge and skills. Modules are offered on the previously mentioned topics, including Energy Economics, Human Resources Management, Business History, Financial Services, Corporate Culture and Social Responsibility, and The Global Economy: Trade and Investment, Environment Protection and Sustainability, International Marketing, Cost Management.

Throughout their studies students learn basic skills such as personality training, presenting, foreign language skills, and more. A twelve-week internship offers a look at the job market. This is supported by the School's own internship database. Students can alternatively choose to complete a stay abroad.


Semester Obligatory Business Modules Obligatory Quantitative Modules Profiling
1 Management and Personnel, Microeconomics I, Accounting and Corporate Accounting
Business Today I

Mathematics A

2 Sales and Purchasing, Macroeconomics I, External Accounting Mathematics B, Quantitative Methods  
3 Production and Logistics, Investment and Financing, Macroeconomics II, Decision Making

Introduction to Management Science:
Design and Analysis of Algorithms

4 Microeconomics II Statistics

Basic Skills
(1 to 4 modules)

(5 to 6 modules)

5 Stay Abroad or Internship  
6 Business Today II, Bachelor's Thesis  

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects


The course of study systematically prepares its graduates for the current demands of the job market. Due to the extraordinarily broad background RWTH graduates find employment in all fields of business. For example, they work in consulting, banking and insurance, and in production and service companies.

A Master's degree offers further professional options, as RWTH graduates are especially attractive for complex, corporate decision and control processes in upper-level management. The University's special profile makes them particularly valuable in technical branches, such as transport, energy, and the automotive branch.


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