Chair of Business Education and Human Resource Development


The study programme in Business Education consists of two consecutive study programmes:

1. the Bachelor’s programme: degree „Bachelor of Arts“ (B.A.),
2. the Master’s programme: degree „Master of Education“ (M.A.).

Bachelor’s programme in Business Education

This interdisciplinary Programme in Business and Human Resource Education links economic and business education modules with electives from a second teaching subject. Normally, six semesters of regular studies or 180 credit points, respectively, are required to successfully complete the programme. The programme includes studies of Economics (96 credit points), of a second teaching subject (36 credit points) as well as Business Education (36 credit points). Studies are completed with a Bachelor’s thesis (12 credit points). One of the following additional teaching subjects may be selected: German, English, Protestant Religion, French, Computer Science, Mathematics, Spanish and Sports. Graduates will have different options for subsequent professional careers, e.g.

  • personnel management,
  • initial and further education and training in private enterprises,
  • educational administration,
  • Chambers of Commerce and Trade or other associations.

  • In principle, the degree „Bachelor of Arts” (B.A.) qualifies for participation in the corresponding Master’s programme in Business Education.

    Master’s programme in Business Education

    The Master's programme in Business Education includes studies of Economics and a second teaching subject, as well as general education and methods of teaching. The programme comprises 4 semesters and is completed on the basis of a Master's thesis and an oral examination. It requires 120 credit points.
    The Master’s programme prepares primarily for teaching at vocational schools, but will allow other careers as well. The alternatives include, among others:

    • teaching “Business and Administration“ or ”Economics” in vocational and certain academic secondary schools,
    • in-firm vocational training and company-based further education,
    • activities in educational administration and educational policy (e. g., Chambers of Commerce, associations, ministries),
    • personnel management,
    • continuing and adult education in public and private agencies.

    Those graduates, who want to become a teacher at vocational school, have to complete a practical teacher training programme of 18 month (“Referendariat”), consecutive to their university studies and organised by the respective ministry of education. It consists of practical teaching and additional educational studies. In addition to their Master’s degree, applicants for the Referendariat have to present a certificate of 12 months’ practical experience in business and administration or of a successfully completed apprenticeship in economics and administration.

    Graduates with a very good Master’s degree are welcome to apply for doctoral studies.