Study business administration: all universities, all business schools, all degree programs

  • 93Academic Programs
  • 16Part-time
  • 39On-Site
  • 20Online
  • 17Dual
  • 1Hybrid
  • 69Bachelor
  • 24Master
 · Last updated 07.09.2023

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Business administration programs are among the most popular courses of study in Germany, especially at private universities. As a branch of economics, business administration deals with companies and business environments. Graduates of business administration programs usually work as business economists, as team leaders, as managing directors or even founders or entrepreneurs.

Here I present all business programs at private universities in detail and compare them in terms of costs, study content and more. Further down, I will also introduce you to the most interesting business schools as well as study cities for business students.

Overview of all Courses

We have a total of 93 courses in the field of Business Administration. The first 30 top courses are displayed. Use the filter function or our search to discover more courses in the field.

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Düsseldorf, Heidelberg, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich or Wiesbaden
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Fulltime programm (blended learning)
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Brunswick, Chemnitz, Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt a.M., Freiburg, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Kiel, Luebeck, Magdeburg, Mainz, Mannheim, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Regensburg, Rostock, Ulm, Wuerzburg or Virtual Campus
  •  German
  •  2 Comments & Questions

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  English
  •  Academic Integrity and Writing for Business, Business 101, Managerial Economics, Introduction to Academic Work, Principles of Management, Global Corporations and Globalization, Business Mathematics, O…

In the English-language online Bachelor of Business Administration at Germany's largest university, you will learn the basics of business administration in 6 semesters of full-time study or in 8-12 semesters of part-time study. You will also acquire soft skills such as collaborative working or intercultural and ethical decision-making.

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • Part-time program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Hamburg, Cologne, Wiesbaden or virtueller Campus
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Heidelberg
  •  German

European Distance Learning University Hamburg

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Hamburg, Munich or Wiesbaden
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  5 Semester
  •  Hamburg
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Dual studies
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Brunswick, Bremen, Chemnitz, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Kiel, Leipzig, Luebeck, Magdeburg, Mainz, Mannheim, Munich, Muenster, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Ravensburg, Regensburg, Rostock, Stuttgart, Ulm, Wuerzburg or Virtual Campus
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Dual studies
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Brunswick, Bremen, Chemnitz, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Cologne, Kiel, Leipzig, Luebeck, Magdeburg, Mainz, Mannheim, Munich, Muenster, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Ravensburg, Regensburg, Rostock, Stuttgart, Ulm, Wuppertal, Wuerzburg or Virtual Campus
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • Part-time program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Online Campus, Wiesbaden
  •  German

International School of Management

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  English

International School of Management

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  online
  •  German
  •  Business management fields of action, global markets, competition and business model, accounting and controlling, principles of strategic management and economics, European integration, scientific wor…

The Master's programme in Business Administration (BWL) at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in distance learning offers a comprehensive and practice-oriented academic education for specialists and managers. Students acquire in-depth knowledge in various business management disciplines such as marketing, controlling, human resources management and corporate management. The programme places particular emphasis on application-oriented learning and promotes the development of management skills. The flexibility of the distance learning programme enables working professionals to combine their professional commitments with their studies.

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  3 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  3 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

University of Applied Management

  • Part-time program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Ismaning (Munich), Leipzig
  •  German

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Frankfurt am Main
  •  German or English

RFH – University of Applied Science

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Cologne, Bergheim, Schleiden, Remscheid, Geilenkirchen, Wermelskirchen or Neuss
  •  German

PFH Private University of Applied Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Göttingen
  •  German

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Frankfurt am Main
  •  English

PFH Private University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  8 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

Hamburg School of Business Administration

  • Dual studies
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Hamburg
  •  German or English

FOM University of Applied Sciences

  • Part-time program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Bochum, Essen, Saarbrücken
  •  German

Which German business school is the best?

Logo Frankfurt SchoolFrankfurt School of Finance and Management: Frankfurt School is a private, state-recognized university located in Frankurt am Main, Hesse. The university was founded in 1990, in WS 2019/2020 a total of 2701 students were enrolled at the university. The university is a business school and offers bachelor and master or MBA programs in business and in IT. Special feature: As a private university, the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management is eligible for doctoral studies.

Logo HS FreseniusFresenius University of Applied Sciences: Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest private universities of applied sciences in Germany. In the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 12991 students were enrolled at the university. The university is headquartered in Idstein, Hesse, and also operates campuses in Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin and New York. The university mainly offers degree programs in the fields of business and natural sciences. Special feature: Many courses of study are offered not only as face-to-face courses, but also optionally as distance learning courses or evening study courses.

Logo IUIU International University of Applied Sciences: With over 60000 enrolled students, IU is one of the largest private universities of applied sciences in Germany and the largest private distance learning university in Germany. The university is based in Erfurt, but IU offers its campus degree programs in Erfurt, Berlin, Bad Honnef. In addition to the campus programs in business administration and management, among others, the university offers more than 80 distance learning programs as well as a variety of part-time and dual programs.

Logo WHUWHU Otto Beisheim School of Management: WHU is a private, state-recognized university located in Vallendar, Rhineland-Palatinate, with a campus in Düsseldorf. The business school was founded in 1984, and in the winter semester 2019/2020 a total of 1371 students were enrolled at WHU. In addition to its Bachelor in International Business Administration/Management, the university offers a range of Master's and MBA programs.

Logo Munich Business SchoolMunich Business School: Munich Business School is a private, state-recognized university of applied sciences based in Munich. In the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 567 students were enrolled at the university. As the first private university in Bavaria, Munich Business School has been training executives for business enterprises since its founding in 1991. It offers bachelor's, master's and MBA programs with integrated semesters abroad.

Logo CBSCBS International Business School: CBS International Business School is a private, state-recognized university of applied sciences based in Cologne. The school was founded in 1993, and in the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 1771 students from 75 nations were enrolled at the university. As a business school, CBS offers a range of business degree programs according to international standards.

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This is what private business studies cost

Studying at a private university has its price, and the price differences between the individual universities are quite considerable. For example, the business administration program at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management is significantly more expensive than the EUR 25,000 business administration program at the Business School Berlin, with tuition fees of just under EUR 50,000.

Here is a comparison of the costs of a number of Business Administration degree programs.

CourseUniversityDurationFees

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 17964 € total
from 499 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 26620 € total
from 700 € monthly

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 46800 € total

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 30600 € total
from 850 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 25488 € total
from 708 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 25020 € total
from 695 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 39900 € total
from 1109 € monthly

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 24780 € total
from 590 € monthly

Incidentally, students at private universities can also receive German BAFöG. Many private universities also maintain their own scholarship programs, through which particularly capable students can be supported.

The best German cities to study business administration

Study business administration in Munich: Quality of life is very high, but so is the cost of living.

Business schools can be located all over in Germany. Interestingly, many of the popular universities like WHU are not located in metropolises like Berlin, but often in smaller cities like Munich or Frankfurt. Perhaps it is simply easier to study in smaller cities?

Tip: If the nearest university city is too far away for you, simply study virtually. Interesting universities with distance learning programs in business administration are, for example, the IU International University, the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences and the European Distance Learning University Hamburg.

Here is a list of the most interesting cities for business studies at a glance:

Sorting: Cost of living descending. Cost of living is an index of cost of living + rent. A cost of living index of 120 means that living in this city is 20% more expensive than living in New York City. Quality of life is the quality of life index, a combination of different indices. Details on the indices can be found at https://de.numbeo.com. Population density in inhabitants per km2
CityCost of livingQuality of lifePopulation densityBusiness Schools
Munich 59,35 177,40 4736 IU International University of Applied Sciences, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Management, Munich Business School
Frankfurt/Main 55,36 173,16 3067 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
Hamburg 51,34 165,92 2447 Hamburg School of Business Administration, European Distance Learning University Hamburg, University of Applied Sciences Europe, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences
Cologne 47,83 158,75 2686 HSD Döpfer University of Applied Sciences, IU International University of Applied Sciences, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Rhenish University of Applied Sciences Cologne
Dusseldorf 47,66 176,29 2860 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, IST University of Management, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences
Berlin 46,62 164,42 4115 University of Applied Sciences, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, IU International University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Europe, bbw University of Applied Sciences, Steinbeis University of Applied Sciences, Business School Berlin

Business studies vs. management: Which is suitable for whom?

While economics deals with the economy as a whole, in particular with economics in addition to business administration, business administration focuses on activities in companies. Management, in turn, is a sub-field of business administration.

For most students, it is optimal to work through as many topics as possible in the Bachelor's degree and, if necessary, to deepen their knowledge of individual topics in the final semesters through elective modules and the Bachelor's thesis. A specialisation such as management or international management can then be tackled via a Master's degree.

In my view, a management degree programme is therefore particularly suited to…

  • for students who already have extensive knowledge of business administration and/or economics, for example because they have completed training in business administration;
  • for bachelor graduates of business administration or economics who want to enter management professionally;
  • for experienced professionals who want to position themselves professionally, for example as a team leader or managing director.

Here are the most interesting management bachelor's degrees at a glance:

CourseUniversityDurationFees

On-campus program
8 Semesterfrom 42000 € total
from 875 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 46020 € total
from 1223 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 26620 € total
from 700 € monthly

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 26100 € total
from 725 € monthly

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 46800 € total

Study business administration part-time: These options are available

Part-time study programmes, online study programmes and distance learning programmes are in vogue because they allow flexible study from home and alongside work. Distance learning programmes at private universities are also particularly favourable compared to campus study programmes.

Incidentally, the largest German private distance learning university is the IU International University of Applied Sciences, based in Erfurt. More than 100,000 students were enrolled at IU in the winter semester 2022/23, the majority of them in one of the numerous distance learning programmes.

What is the difference between distance learning and part-time study? In distance learning, there is almost no compulsory attendance. Depending on the university, you only have to be on site for exams and other examinations. In part-time studies, you have more on-site events, which are usually organised in block weeks or offered in evening studies.

Here is an overview of the most important distance learning and part-time degree programs in the field of Business Administration:

CourseUniversityDurationFees

On-campus program
8 Semesterfrom 42000 € total
from 875 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 46020 € total
from 1223 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 26620 € total
from 700 € monthly

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 26100 € total
from 725 € monthly

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 46800 € total

Business studies in English language: These study programmes are available

Studying business administration in English offers several advantages:

  • International career opportunities: In a globalized economy, English language skills are critical. Studying business administration in English greatly increases the range of potential employers, as many multinational companies use English as their working language. This opens up more international career opportunities.
  • Access to international resources: English is the dominant language for business reports, research publications, and business news. Studying in English gives you direct access to a wider range of business resources and better access to current information and trends.
  • Intercultural Competence: studying in an English-speaking environment allows students to work in multicultural teams and develop intercultural competencies. This is invaluable in a globalized economy.
  • Expanding vocabulary: studying in another language not only expands professional knowledge, but also vocabulary and language skills. This can improve communication skills in all areas.
  • Competitive advantage: Employers often value applicants who have studied business in English, as this shows that they are prepared to work in an international environment.
  • Preparation for International Business Practices: Studying in English allows students to become familiar with international business practices and rules. This is important if one intends to work in global companies or in international trade.
  • Network Building: Studying in English provides the opportunity to connect with fellow students from around the world. This can lead to valuable international contacts and a broader professional network.

Here is an overview of all English-language business administration study programs at german private universities:

CourseUniversityStudy siteFees

On-campus program
Hamburgfrom 35880 € total
from 997 € monthly

Distance learning program
onlinefrom 13920 € total
from 215 € monthly

Dual studies
Elmshornfrom 20300 € total

Distance learning program
onlinefrom 14739 € total
from 239 € monthly

Dual studies
Hamburgfrom 23940 € total
from 665 € monthly

On-campus program
Frankfurt am Mainfrom 46800 € total

On-campus program
Berlin, Hamburg or Iserlohnfrom 25488 € total
from 708 € monthly

On-campus program
Frankfurt am Mainfrom 46800 € total

Part-time program
Hamburgfrom 22500 € total
from 750 € monthly

On-campus program
Dortmund, Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Berlinfrom 22800 € total

On-campus program
Karlsruhefrom 28440 € total
from 790 € monthly

On-campus program
Munichfrom 24000 € total
from 1333 € monthly

On-campus program
Bremenfrom 68000 € total
from 1667 € monthly

On-campus program
Berlinfrom 24780 € total
from 590 € monthly

On-campus program
Berlinfrom 21240 € total
from 590 € monthly

On-campus program
Berlinfrom 24780 € total
from 590 € monthly

On-campus program
Dortmund, Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Berlinfrom 22800 € total
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