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As a branch of economics, business administration (BWL) is a special interdisciplinary form of the social sciences. In it, economic activity is viewed from the company's individual economic perspective. Business administration is thus differentiated from economics, which deals with macroeconomic processes. In the bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of Potsdam, a high scientific level is consistently dovetailed with a sound application-oriented content.

The bachelor's degree in business administration is designed as a single-subject bachelor's degree. It conveys a comprehensive spectrum of basic and advanced business management knowledge in areas such as bookkeeping, accounting, corporate finance, marketing, organization, personnel management, start-up and innovation management and business informatics, as well as in the areas of mathematics and statistics as the central methodological fundamentals. It is aimed at students who clearly focus their professional orientation on business administration. In this aspect, this course differs from the two-subject Bachelor in Business Administrationin which the specific lies in the combination and coordination of business administration with an almost equally important second subject. A contour-giving element in the single-subject business administration course is also the integrated profile subject economics and business law.


he bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module. 

In total, the Bachelor's degree in Business Administration has a scope of 180 credit points and includes the course content shown in the overview below. The business administration part of the course is divided into modules for orientation, basic knowledge and in-depth knowledge. 


Credit points

Orientation and basic knowledge  54 LP


  • Introduction to business administration
  • Bookkeeping
  • Introduction to organization, leadership and personnel
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Annual financial statements
  • Management in the digital age
  • Controlling, cost and performance accounting
  • investment
  • financing


Technical methods  18 LP

Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to business informatics
  • Mathematics for Economists I 


12 LP

module One module has to be chosen.

  • statistics
  • Basic methods of empirical social research 


6 LP
Competencies in related disciplines 36 LP

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Microeconomics 1
  • Private Law I - Basics of Private Law
  • Private law II 


24 LP

Elective modules
There are two modules to choose from with a total of 12 CP

  • Microeconomics 2
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Empirical Research in Economics
  • Private law III
  • Public law I and II
  • Labor and tax law in legal practice
  • Subject-specific module abroad * 


12 LP
deepening 30 LP

There are five modules of 6 CP to choose from:

  • Organization and management
  • Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management I
  • Marketing Management II
  • Controlling
  • Auditing and corporate governance
  • Group accounting and international accounting
  • Taxes
  • Sustainable innovation management
  • Company formation
  • Public Management 1
  • Public Management 2
  • Bank management
  • Financial management
  • Application systems in industry, trade and administration
  • Business process management
  • Corporate and competitive strategy
  • Empirical Research in Economics
  • Subject-specific module abroad in Business Administration I *
  • Subject-specific module abroad in Business Administration II *


Key competencies  30 LP
Basic academic skills 12 LP

Scientific methodology of business administration 

Bachelor project

6 LP

6 LP

Occupational field-
specific competences From the Studiumplus offer, modules totaling 18 CP must be taken. A professional internship lasting several weeks or the modules for acquiring foreign language skills (foreign language I, foreign language II) are recommended.

  • Subject-specific module abroad in Business Administration I *
  • Subject-specific module abroad in Business Administration II * 


18 LP
bachelor thesis  12 LP
total 180 LP


Studying business administration requires good analytical thinking and abstraction skills. In some areas of business administration, complex relationships are analyzed with the help of mathematics and its methods. Students should therefore have an affinity for mathematics. Since the bachelor's degree program prepares for possible international use and English texts are used in teaching, you should also have a good command of written and spoken English.


The aim of the bachelor's degree is to offer students an initial, high-quality and well-founded business education with universal professional opportunities. After completing the degree, you will have an overview of the interrelationships of the subject of business administration and will be able to apply basic methods and knowledge to solve practical problems. In addition, they have acquired the specialist knowledge necessary for the early transition to professional practice in a comprehensive spectrum of business administration. 

The framework conditions of business management change very quickly in practice (e.g. with regard to the legal, market-related or technological environment). In addition, new and individual customer requests and expectations as well as related challenges are constantly developing. In a scientifically sound and practice-oriented environment, our graduates acquire the ability to independently develop a wide variety of solution strategies and present them convincingly. 

Graduates' subsequent areas of activity are diverse: they are in demand in all public and private companies and organizations, e.g. in industry and trade, in the banking industry, in insurance, in business and personnel consultancies or other service areas, in public administrations (e.g. in Municipalities or in state and federal ministries), in non-profit institutions, in international organizations or in the areas of media, culture and politics.

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