Studies

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.).

Furthermore we offer:

3. the Master' programme „Business Education and Human Resource Development“ with graduation as „Master of Science“ based on the Bachelor's degrees in Business or Business Education.


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 in Economics (96 credit points), in a second teaching subject (36 credit points) as well as in 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 or 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 and 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 a vocational school, have to complete a practical 18 month teacher training programme (“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.


    Master's programme in Business Education and Personnel Development

    The Master's programme "Business Education and Personnel Development" with graduation as "Master of Science" qualifies students for a wide range of professional activities in the field of vocational education and training, both within and outside the workplace. In particular, science-based areas of practice such as personnel development and personnel diagnostics, education management as well as vocational and job-related teaching and learning are addressed.
    The study programme enables students in the professional design of individual development processes in professional settings, in personnel development diagnostics and talent promotion as well as in the evidence-based control of educational processes including the evaluation of educational courses and their results. After successful completion of the Master's programme, graduates are able to plan and monitor personnel development processes in organisations. In addition, they are able to critically examine, modify and further develop instruments for diagnostics in the context of recruitment procedures and for the measurement of learning prerequisites or learning outcomes.
    At the end of their studies, students will be able to interpret scientific studies on vocational and workplace learning, on formal and informal learning and to weigh their potential implications for practice in the field of personnel development and work-based learning. Furthermore, competencies in the theory-based reflection of practice will be developed in order to optimize personnel development processes as well as learning processes in the context of vocational and further education.
    The Master's programme "Business Education and Personnel Development" requires a Bachelor's degree in business administration or business education. In addition to the business education and human resources topics, the programme also provides in-depth knowledge of commercial subjects. These are closely related to the master's programmes in business administration at the University of Göttingen. Students have the opportunity to concentrate on a further business focus. The areas "Finance, Accounting, Taxes", "Corporate Management" and "Marketing and Distribution Management" are also optional study choices.