Business Economics (One-subject Bachelor)

Version: 04.02.2020

General Information

Degree Bachelor of Science
Characteristic One-subject Bachelor
Credits 180 CP
Standard Period of Study 6 semester
Start of Studies Winter Semester only
Form of Study Direct Study, Full-time Study, International Study
Language English
Tuition Fees none
Admission Restriction restricted (Uni-NC)
Study without Abitur yes (Details)
Specific Admission Requirements yes (Details)
Faculty Juristische und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institute School of Economics and Business
Accreditation accredited

Programme Goals

The bachelor programme in Business Economics at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg is an internationally recognized 3-year degree programme that provides you with the skills and the knowledge needed for a career in an international setting.

The programme is designed to give students a solid understanding of business management, economics and quantitative methods that can readily be applied in an international environment. Later on, you may specialize by choosing from a broad range of electives.

Applicants to our programme have a genuine interest in business management and economics and possess an excellent proficiency in English. International applicants bring the desire to immerse themselves in a multilingual environment and to benefit from a strong command of the German language by the end of their studies.

Graduate programmes

The following graduate programmes in German are open to Business Economics graduates at the School of Economics and Business:

  • Accounting, Taxation and Finance 120 CP
  • Business Studies 120 CP
  • Empirical Economics and Policy Consulting 120 CP
  • European and International Economics 120 CP
  • Human Resources Management 120 CP
  • International Financial Management 120 CP

Study in Halle!

Science since 1727

The School of Economics and Business in Halle looks back on a long tradition. In 1727, it appointed the first professorship at a university for „Ökonomie, Polizey und Kammersachen“ and thus laid the foundation for economic research. Scholars in Halle have since made a great impact and repeatedly drawn academic attention to Halle. In the spirit of this tradition, the School of Economics and Business offers a wide range of courses and interdisciplinary cooperation with the Law School that is unparalleled in Germany.

Halle and its University

Halle is an old town located in the heart of Germany. Situated two hours south of Berlin it is considered the cultural capital of its state, Sachsen-Anhalt. An opera house, two symphony orchestras, numerous clubs and bars with live music, theatres, cinemas, etc. are there to entertain you.

Like the town, its university – Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg – looks back on a long tradition. Despite its name it is a secular university which offers a complete range of studies in law, economics, humanities and the sciences. Currently the university has more than 20,000 students who are enrolled in 9 different faculties.

As a student you have access to many classes offered by other faculties that are encouraged to enhance your understanding of economics and business management with insights from different fields. You can furthermore become involved in a large number of extracurricular activities ranging from university sports to representing the student body as an elected member of the student council.


In order for you to settle in quickly and to be successful academically, our tutors from higher semesters will guide you through the first steps after you arrive here.  From helping you to find accommodation to registering for classes they will assist you during your first weeks.


The bachelor Business Economics is accredited. You can find additional information at

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have been very successful in numerous fields, including but not limited to:

  • International corporations and organizations
  • Government and public agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Studies at the graduate level
  • Launching their own businesses

Programme Structure

Business Economics (180 CP)

  • Business Studies (25 CP)
  • Economics (25 CP)
  • Law (5 CP)
  • Quantitative Methods (30 CP)
  • Foreign Languages (40 CP)
  • Electives (30 CP)
  • General Education Courses (GEC) (10 CP)
  • Seminar (5 CP)
  • Bachelor thesis (10 CP)

The programme is designed to give students a solid understanding of business management, economics and quantitative methods that can readily be applied in an international environment.

Throughout the first 4 semesters, the entire curriculum is taught in English and includes mandatory language classes depending on your individual background. In the final 2 terms you may then specialize by choosing from a variety of both English and German electives and by completing your seminar as well as your Bachelor thesis.

The study programme is based on the academic standards of the European Community and courses are valued according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits obtained are therefore transferable to and from other European universities.


CP = credit points:

Credit points are booked to your account upon completion
of all course requirements (including the examination). Modules may be specialist courses, general education courses, internships and the Bachelor thesis. They count for 5, 10, 15 or 20 CP where 1 CP corresponds to a workload of approximately 30 hours. A full-time student should complete 30 CP per semester on average.

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Modules Business Economics 180 CP

The content, learning objectives, workload, requirements and prerequisites of specific modules are detailed in the module catalogue and in the study and examination regulations, respectively.

Module CP recom. sem.
Foreign Languages 40 1.-4.
Electives 30 5.-6.
GECs I and II 10  
Seminar 5 6.
Bachelor Thesis 10 6.
Business Studies    
Principles of Management 5 1.
Production and Logistics                                            5 3.
Cost Accounting 5 3.
Accounting and Taxation 5 4.
Principles of Investment 5 5.
Principles of Economics 5 1.
Intermediate Microeconomics                                                  5 2.
Intermediate Macroeconomics 5 3.
International Economics 5 4.
Game and Decision Theory 5 5.
Introduction to Law 5 4.
Quantitative Methods    
Introduction to Financial Accounting 5 1.
Mathematics I 5 1.
Mathematics II 5 2.
Statistics I 5 2.
Statistics II 5 3.
Introductory Economics 5 4.

General Education Courses (GEC)

General Education Courses (GECs) comprise presentation and language courses as well as courses that develop written, oral, social and intercultural competencies. These competencies help graduates enter their professional careers.


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)


As a student of our international programme you must complete an internship in the course of your studies. With your profound knowledge of economics and management skills along with an excellent command of English, German and usually a third language, you will be an invaluable asset to both companies in and around Halle such as BMW, Porsche, Dell, DHL and to major consulting/auditing firms as well as to other institutions and companies in Germany and abroad. To gain additional experience abroad, you may also spend a semester at a university of your choice or at one of our established partner universities.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must be eligible to attend a higher education institution in Germany. For German applicants, eligibility is established by their Abitur. International applicants must have their eligibility determined by uni-assist e.V. – see below.

Qualified applicants who are currently ineligible to attend a university in Germany may attain eligibility by successfully passing an assessment test at the preparatory college. International applicants may apply for a foundation year at the preparatory college to obtain access to higher education in Germany.

In addition, applicants must prove proficiency in English language by means of an internationally recognized test result such as

  • TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 80
  • IELTS: minimum score of 6.0
  • UNIcert II
  • Abitur: minimum score of 10

Applicants to our programme have a genuine interest in business management and economics and possess an excellent proficiency in English. International applicants bring the desire to immerse themselves in a multilingual environment and to benefit from a strong command of the German language by the end of their studies.


The admission to the Business Economics programme is currently limited by quota (Uni-NC).

  • Applicants who obtained their access to higher education in Germany (i.e. Abitur) must apply via the University until July 15.

  • Applicants who obtained their access to higher education abroad (i.e. high school diploma or A-levels) must apply via until July 15.

Please note that the MLU reevaluates the quota of its study programmes on an annual basis. Please check around May to see if the quota for your programme of choice has been lifted or maintained.

Applicants will be selected by the qualifications displayed in their submitted documents. As there will be no personal interviews during the selection procedure, we encourage you to diligently fill out your application to fully reflect your eligibility for the programme.

All the required documents will be used to calculate your total score and position on our ranking.

Required application documents

International Applicants

  • Completed and signed application form
  • An authenticated copy of your secondary school diploma (e.g. Abitur, A-Levels, etc.) and official transcript(s) with a key explaining the grading system(s) (The transcripts must indicate the total number of years the applicant attended school.)
  • Authenticated copies of all previously earned academic degrees and transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • TOEFL or IELTS score proving the applicant's good command of English. Exceptions are made for applicants from Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Australia & New Zealand. Other nationalities cannot be regarded as a proof of your English proficiency.
  • Optional:other references, internships or academic achievements

For more details on the application procedure, please see our quick guide for applicants available in the Downloads section.

German Applicants

  • Completed and signed application form
  • An authenticated copy of your A-level diploma
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • TOEFL score (MLU TOEFL code: 8232), IELTS score or advanced English class (Leistungskurs) during the A-levels with an average of 2.0 (at least 10 points) proving the applicant's good command of the English language.

Credit Transfer

If you would like to transfer from another university, you will need to apply as stated above.

Examinations are held in accordance with the „European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)“ principles. Credit points can thus be transferred to other European higher education institutions that follow the ECTS principles. Similarly, MLU Halle-Wittenberg recognizes ECTS modules if they are suitable for a particular programme.

It is generally possible to enrol in a higher semester of the programme and to transfer a limited amount of credits from your previous studies. Decisions about a credit transfer will be made on an individual basis and are at the discretion of the respective professors at the MLU.

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Programme Advisor

For detailed information concerning the contents, goals and structure of the programme, please contact the programme advisor.

Dr. Klaus Schmerler

School of Economics and Business

Große Steinstraße 73
06108 Halle (Saale)

Phone: 0345 55-23324

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