Business Administration (B.Sc.)

Students enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree programme Business Administration will learn how to analyse and solve problems and how to make meaningful decisions. The programme aims to teach the knowledge and key skills that are needed to manage a business successfully and that can be used in a great many other careers and professions as well. Graduates with a degree in business administration find employment in a rich spectrum of fields, such as: industry, business and commerce, the building and commercial trades, the banking and insurance sectors, business and tax consultancies, accounting and auditing firms, public administration or in professional associations and political organizations. Business graduates are in demand not only with small and medium-sized companies, but also with large and internationally active corporations.


The B.Sc. programme in business administration at Saarland University is research-based, and focused on teaching the fundamentals and key methodologies of the subject. At the core of the curriculum are the principles of business management for today’s business environment, characterized as it is by new technologies, increasing globalization and dynamic market mechanisms. Practical relevance is another defining feature of the B.Sc. programme. Students profit from the fact that the department has extensive contacts to the business community as this network allows them to become acquainted with potential future employers at an early stage of their studies.

The professorial staff at Saarland University are highly sought-after experts in the fields of economics, media and politics. The sixteen professorial chairs within the department offer a comprehensive and broad-ranging teaching programme in the areas:

  • Financial Administration
  • Management
  • Business informatics  and
  • Economics


Excellence in research creates the best possible conditions for high-quality undergraduate tuition. Many of the academic textbooks used in the B.Sc. programme were penned by members of the department.


Students graduating from the programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in business administration. The standard period of study for a full-time student to complete the B.Sc. programme is six semesters.


In addition to business administration, the department also runs the following programmes:

Programme schedule

To graduate from the B.Sc. programme, students must accumulate a total of 180 credits (or credit points “CP”) as defined by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The credits are awarded for successfully completing modules or module elements in the following core subject areas:


  • Methods of economic science  (30 CP)
  • Business administration (54 CP)
  • Economics (30 CP)
  • Law (12 CP)
  • General and non-subject-specific qualifications (18 CP)
  • Specialist and advanced topics (36 CP)


The structure of the B.Sc. programme has been designed to ensure that students learn about the fundamental methodologies used in economic studies, and acquire a solid grounding in business administration (e.g. business informatics, marketing management and strategic management), economics (e.g. economic policy) and law. The programme also enables students to gain more general, non-subject-specific qualifications in such areas as languages, philosophy, oral communication and presentation skills. Students also have the opportunity to undertake more specialist or advanced courses that enable them to develop a specific career profile. These modules include compulsory work placements (internships), a broad range of courses covering more advanced aspects of business and general economics, seminar assignments and presentations, and their final-year thesis.


Some of the advantages offered by the B.Sc. programme in business administration in Saarbrücken include:


  • Solid grounding in the methodologies used in the field of economic studies
  • Linking content between the three areas business economics, general economics and legal aspects
  • Soft skills
  • Opportunities for students to strengthen and deepen their personal career profiles.


Graduates of the B.Sc. programme will have acquired a strong theoretical understanding of the subject that will enable them to analyse a wide variety of business and management problems and to select and apply an appropriate solution. Business administration studies at Saarland University offer as systematic and rigorous approach to dealing with today’s increasingly global and complex economic problems.

How to apply

The B.Sc. programme Business Administration begins in the winter semester of each academic year. Entry to the programme is subject to (local) restrictions.

Applications for admission must be submitted by no later than

  • 15 July


Saarland University
Studierendensekretariat/Admissions Office
Postfach 15 11 50
66041 Saarbrücken



Please note: Slightly different admission rules apply to German and foreign nationals with a non-German higher-education entrance qualification (for more information: see here or see  'University Entrance Requirements – At a Glance'.

Special features

Practical relevance and an international outlook are the features that define the Department of Economics at Saarland University. The B.Sc. programme in business administration teaches the fundamental aspects and key methodologies of the subject allowing students to gain the core business competencies required in their later career.

Close cooperative ties with financial institutions also provides students with the chance to train for and gain a vocational qualification in banking. Professor Dr. Hartmut Bieg, Chair of Business Administration (Bank Management) (Building B4 1, Tel.: 06 81/ 3 02-21 30), has developed in cooperation with Sparkasse Saarbrücken and the Saarland Chamber of Industry and Commerce a model that enables a limited number of students to continue studying while at the same time training to acquire a vocational qualification in banking.

The Foreign Trade and International Management section within the Department of Business Administration is responsible for supervising cooperative partnerships with the EMLYON Business School and the ESC Rouen Business School that enable students at Saarland University to work toward achieving a double degree awarded by Saarland University and one of the two French business schools.

Students of business administration also benefit from the large number of cooperative and exchange programmes with universities in other countries. In most cases, credits gained while studying abroad are recognized and can be transferred. For more information, please contact the International Office (Building A2 2, Room 3.21, Tel.: +49 (0)681/3 02-44 87).

International work placement opportunities and internships can be arranged via the AIESEC student organization (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, Building A5 4, Tel.: +49 (0)681 302-2932).

The increasing internationalization of the European economy is placing ever higher demands on students’ knowledge of foreign trade, and on their foreign language skills, mobility and flexibility.
Saarland University offers a wide range of additional qualifications within its general studies programme and a broad spectrum of language courses at the university’s
language centre.

The departmental student organization (Fachschaft) at the Department of Economics provides guidance and orientation events for new students before the main winter teaching period begins.

The mathematics teaching staff at the department (Building B4 1, Ground Floor, Room 107, Tel.: +49 (0)681/3 02-31 16) ) also run a two-week maths preparatory course before the main winter teaching period begins.

In addition to the main academic courses offered, there are numerous other events and courses (funded by student tuition fees) such as tutorials, presentation courses, team communication courses or courses in which students can improve their academic study skills. For more information, please follow this  link.

International programmes

Students of business administration also benefit from the large number of cooperative and exchange programmes with universities in other countries. In most cases, credits gained while studying abroad are recognized and can be transferred. Detailed information is available from the university’s International Office.


International work placement opportunities and internships can be arranged via AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales), Building A5 4, Basement, Tel.: +49 (0)681 302-2932.


Students also have the opportunity to acquire a German-French double degree in business administration.

Related higher degrees

A new master’s degree programme that builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the B.Sc. programme will be offered as of winter semester 2010/2011. The Master’s programme is more strongly research oriented and aims to provide students with an opportunity to deepen and broaden their knowledge in areas of special interest.


The Europa-Institut at Saarland University has been offering a post-graduate programme in “European Economics” since winter semester 1990/1991. The programme is open to university graduates and to those with relevant practical and professional experience and offers participants the chance to analyse and deepen their understanding of the economic, legal, political and cultural issues of European integration. Students completing the 12-month programme will be awarded the "Magister rerum oeconomicarum (Master of Business Administration, Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures de Gestion)".


  • Economics and law (Master’s programme)
  • Business Informatics (Master’s programme)


Faculty of Law and Economics – Dean’s Office
Saarbrücken Campus, Building B4 1, Ground Floor, Room 110
Tel.: +49 (0)681 302-2203 / -2100 / -2691 / -2700 / -3100
Fax: +49 (0)681 302-4213
E-Mail: dekanat(at)

Department of Economics – Examinations Office
Saarbrücken Campus, Building B4 1, Ground Floor, Room 109
Tel.: +49 (0)681 302-2138
E-Mail: sekretariat(at)

Departmental Student Organization – Department of Economics
Building C3 1, Level 4, Room 4.02
Tel.: +49 (0)681 / 302-2935

Economics Section
Saarbrücken Campus, Building A5 4
Tel.: +49 (0)681 302-2553
66123 Saarbrücken