- Autumn and spring semesters
- Three and a half years
- Restricted admission
- Semester fee
The undergraduate course in Business Administration prepares students for careers in business and administrative roles that require knowledge of economics, business skills as well as the methods used. Graduates can provide support for company management in various business functions, and after gaining enough experience, can assume managerial roles themselves or become self-employed.
About the Course
The undergraduate course is application oriented, and it both conveys a generalist knowledge of economics and allows students to acquire sufficient specialization.
In the first two years students receive a solid foundation in the principles of economics as well as relevant related fields such as law and computer science. In the specialization phase starting at the end of year two, students can select either two specialization areas having four modules each or one specialization and four optional modules. There are a total of ten specialization areas that allow students to prepare for targeted careers or industries: Controlling, Financial Services, International Management, Marketing, Medium-sized Businesses, Human Resources, Tax Consulting and Auditing, Health Economics, Business Informatics and Business Law.
The bachelor's degree in Business Administration is an internationally recognized undergraduate course. A large number of students spend either a study semester abroad at one of our partner universities or their internship semester abroad.
At the end of year three students complete a 20-week work placement, and then submit a final thesis at the end of the course.
You can find the complete curriculum in the course description on the corresponding German page or in the course guidelines. Module descriptions are provided in the module catalogue.
Controlling supports company management in the planning, supervision and control of financial processes. In this regard there are essentially two major questions that must be answered:
- How can support be provided to management in their decision making process?
- How can support be provided to management in the supervision of implementation processes and the people involved?
To answer these questions Controlling makes use of diverse information, both from internal accounting and investment and financial accounting. The Controlling specialization topic imparts a broad spectrum of specialized knowledge, which has a practical orientation and is theoretically well founded. Students learn how to develop controlling instruments used at the real-life operational level and how to match these to each other so that the decisions and actions of all employees involved are aligned in the best possible way with a long-term increase in the value of the company and all existing uncertainties are considered.
The structure of the Financial Services specialization area including the subjects and lectures were developed by professors of the Business Administration department in close cooperation with representatives from banks, insurance companies and other financial service providers, allowing this specialization to be matched in the best possible way with real-life requirements.
The aim of this specialization is to provide an integrated approach to education encompassing various areas related to the management of financial services companies as well as questions related to corporate financing and money markets. For this reason this specialization topic can be regarded as a kind of "cross-section specialization" in which various functions in general business administration related to the specifics of the financial services industry as well as special finance specific techniques and methods are used.
In this specialization area students learn how to analyse and understand the planning, organization and supervision of a company's international business. Students are also familiarized with the cultural framework surrounding international business dealings.
Students learn to grasp Marketing as a unified management process spanning all industries. They acquire specialized knowledge allowing them to analyse markets, question purchasing decisions, develop marketing strategies, plan the implementation of marketing instruments and monitor the achievement of targets. In this regard a great deal of emphasis is placed on the empirical work of applied market research. In lectures and case-study projects students develop an ability to work in teams, argue their own positions and present their ideas.
The local economy is characterized by the presence of numerous medium-sized businesses. In this specialization area students are imparted with the knowledge they need to meet the special requirements of qualified employees at medium-sized companies. Accordingly, the most important goals of this specialization area are the following:
- Prepare students to be generalists with a body of knowledge spanning numerous subjects and functions
- Impart knowledge to students in areas that are particularly relevant for the overall success of medium-sized businesses
- Provide a foundation for job flexibility including diverse functions
- Provide a foundation for an ability to set up one's own business or take over a business
Students acquire specialized knowledge and abilities to view holistically and apply human resources management. They become familiar with important design and management instruments for HR management such as modern compensation and appraisal systems as well as procedures for employee selection and development. In addition they learn about the special application conditions involved. Students learn the basics - in step with current practice - of topics related to labour law that are required of human resources experts so that they will be able to deal with the routine duties of the position. Course graduates know how to use the standard software for integrated business related applications.
Academic achievement is usually assessed by means of an oral report or a final examination. This specialization area has a modular structure, and students can take all modules as optional modules.
In the Human Resources specialization we offer:
- Career-oriented learning using case studies and current examples
- Practical laboratory sessions and group work
- Presentations given by human resource managers, personnel development managers, recruiters, etc.
Tax consulting & auditing
Taxes, financial statements and auditing are indispensable topics in business. Like private individuals, companies have to pay taxes and they make their decisions based on the effects of taxation. Year-end balances checked by auditors provide reliable information on the business situation of suppliers, customers, borrowers, holding companies and employers.
Contents of this specialization area include the determination of the taxable profit and business income of an individual company, partnerships and corporations. With this foundation knowledge students learn the details of year-end audits. Current topics in the constantly changing legal framework and an independently completed term paper as a preparation for the final thesis complete the core modules of this specialization area. All of these modules are in line with the career requirements and professional examinations for tax advisors and/or chartered accountants and are taught by tax advisors and auditors having a great deal of practical experience in the field.
Health economics was one of the first specializations in health care and was established by Professor Joachim Fehler in 1979. Professor Kehr became the director in 1995.
The basic idea was not to establish a separate degree course but rather to create an additional opportunity for specialization as part of the general business administration programme.
Until today the advantage of this approach has remained the same: Besides acquiring the knowledge of all business administration subjects because of the broad-based nature of the programme, students also learn specialized knowledge and abilities they require for a career in the health care sector, currently a growing industry. This can also be seen in the short descriptions of the relevant course modules, which you can either download or find in the Health Economics specialization brochure, which is available free of charge in the secretary's office of the Business Administration department.
Over the past few years, the dual approach - the imparting of broad-based knowledge and bringing students in frequent contact with people employed in the relevant industries - has enabled problem focussed students to become success oriented business administration graduates who can quickly find careers, and mostly key positions, in hospitals, health insurance companies and other organizations and firms in the health care sector because they have been confronted with current problems in the health economics field during their studies.
The Business Informatics specialization topic has the following goals:
Through an application oriented education in step with current practice, students acquire the specialized knowledge of concepts and methods relevant for market-leading systems. At the interface of business administration and computer science, business informatics allows them to deal with relevant problems analytically and to find suitable solutions. Graduates must be able to design a competitive information and process management system for their future employers that takes all relevant business aspects into account. Students acquire the knowledge to do this in the following modules: "Data modelling and data management", "Standard software for accounting and controlling", "Standard logistics software" and "Electronic business". A wide variety of optional modules complete the course, such as a software development module. In the Business Informatics specialization area special emphasis is placed on the following principles and it offers the following opportunities:
- The course does not contain an excess amount of theory. Instead, an application oriented approach in line with current practice is followed. A large portion of the lectures are designed as practical work in an IT lab.
- Students learn the details of the current market-leading systems and applications, including SAP®, ORACLE® and Microsoft®.
- Provide the ideal requirements for graduates to find employment at well-known firms with well-paid and secure careers at IT application companies, consulting companies, in the public sector and of course the IT industry
- Graduates can find jobs as project managers, ERP managers, data managers, IT department coordinators (key users), consultants, organizers, systems analysts or in any other field in which analytical thinking and methodical procedures are important. Opportunties for advancement to an IT manager, IT member of a managing board or a Chief Information Officer (CIO) are also possible.
- There is a cooperation programme with the Business Informatics degree course at the Friedberg campus. Students specializing in Business Informatics who complete the optional module "Design and development of software systems" can pursue a postgraduate course in Business Informatics (M.Sc.) in Friedberg.
- This specialization topic is especially suitable when taken as a supplement to other specialization topics requiring analytical thinking and methodical procedures when working with information.
The goal of the Business Law specialization area is to educate business administration graduates in the key areas of law relevant for business:
- With their knowledge of business management and expert legal knowledge, graduates must be able to solve business related problems or work on their solution for all stages of a business - from the founding to the management to the liquidation of a company.
- Aspiring business administration graduates must above all be trained to pursue the necessary legal steps well in advance in order to avoid typical legal conflicts at the company.
- The modules of this specialization are mainly intended for business administration students who would like to assume duties having a great deal of responsibility in their future careers and require for this well-founded knowledge in the basics of business law. For this reason, the modules offered include topics that are crucial for a later career - either self-employed or salaried employment - in industry, trade and services, in tax consulting and auditing, banking and insurance, at consulting companies and in associations and federations.
- The business law specialization topic picks up where the legal concepts taught at the beginning of the course left off and builds on the compulsory modules "Foundations of Private Law" und "Advanced Private Law" (Civil Law and Commercial Law). This specialization thus serves as a supplement to these modules and provides more in-depth knowledge of business law, which enables graduates to solve legal problems encountered during routine company operation.
Before the beginning of the semester THM offers one-week preparatory courses in subjects like Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Programming for new students who would like to brush up on their previous knowledge and fill in the gaps. A fee is charged for preparatory courses and students must register to take them.
A wide variety of career opportunities await graduates in business administration. Graduates can find employment in large and often multinational companies and above all in small and mid-size firms. Career starts can be orientated to an interest in various market sectors or to various divisions at a particular company.
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Duration||Three and a half years (7 semesters)|
|to 30 September 2020 by ZEvA Hannover|
|Language of instruction||German|
|Fees||A semester fee is charged. Prospective students will be informed about the amount by the Student Affairs Office when applying for admission.|
|Subsequent postgraduate courses||International Marketing (M. A.)
Controlling (M. A.)
Human Resources Management (M. A.)
How to apply
|Admission procedure for international students||You can find out how to apply at the International Office page.|