Personnel placement, material costs, time investment, transport costs, sustainability, and energy efficiency - the interest in economic questions in the last decades has grown for the classic civil engineering specialization fields.

Plans, implementations, and interactions in not only construction management, but also in structural areas, in structural and underground engineering, hydraulic engineering and transport management must be economical. Here, the industrial engineers with a specialization in civil engineering can provide their skills in this cross-section.

The course of study Business Administration and Engineering with a Specialization in Civil Engineering at RWTH has a strong technical component in contrast to the programs at other universities and equips its students not only with economic expertise but also engineering expertise.

Students first acquire fundamental, theoretical knowledge: challenging studies in mathematics and mechanics provide the necessary understanding for technical principles, structuring concepts, and complex processes. The engineering units are supplemented with comprehensive units in business administration.

Starting in the third semester, students select a specialization from four options:

  • Civil Engineering teaches a basic understanding of load-bearing behavior, design, design and assessment of load-bearing structures, and the selection of the correct building materials taking technical and economic aspects into consideration. Possible fields of application include design, calculations, construction, execution of construction work, and research and development.
  • Construction Management and Geotechnical Engineering creates solutions for economically optimized and energy efficient construction – for example for the control of relevant planning and building processes for complex large projects. A further focus is elaborate construction and design methods in geotechnical engineering such as in tunnel, dam, and dam wall construction and in rock mechanics and construction.
  • Water Sciences focuses on the planning, construction, and operation of hydraulic structures such as levees, barrages, water supply institutions, and waster management facility plants. Important aspects are functionality, stability, environmental sustainability, and water management sustainability.
  • Transport and Spatial Planning focuses on the construction and operation of transport infrastructures, mobiilty, and transport. Typical fields of application include spatial, regional, and urban planning as well as the construction and operation of streets, rail connections, and airports.

Programme Structure


The Master course of study pursues education in one of the chosen specializations within civil engineering:

Structural Engineering


Construction Management and Geotechnics

Commerce and Spatial Planning

The detailed course of study layout is regularly published as addendum of the respective current exam regulations. You can find the link to the exam regulations at the bottom of this website.

Business Administrative Concentrations:

Students complete a total of 40 CP in business administration. 0 to 10 CP can be earned from the general electives and 30 to 40 CP from one of the following concentrations:

  • Sustainability and Corporations
  • Operations Research and Management
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Marketing
  • Corporate Development and Strategy
  • General Business & Economics

Entry Requirement


  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

Employment is possible in both the technical and business career fields. Integrative and indisciplinary work highly suit graduates from this course of study. The professional profile of graduates differs according to the concentration of their studies. They are described above in the individual concentrations.



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