Business Administration and Economics (Joint Bachelor of Arts)
|Degree: Joint Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration: 6 semester|
|Internship: See the internship regulations and the Praktikumsbörse (internship exchange).|
|Requirements for Admission: General university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: Restrictions on admission; procedure results (n.c. figures)|
|Part-time Degree: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: online application|
Degree Programme Structure (please click to read on)
The Joint Bachelor of Arts is an interdisciplinary programme at the TU Darmstadt. It consists of the studies of two different subjects/components. At least one of the two subjects has to be chosen from the programmes of the Department of History and Social Sciences.
The following subjects can be chosen as first component:
- Digital Philology
- German Studies (Germanistik)
- History (Geschichte)
- Musical Culture (Musikalische Kultur)
- Philosophy (Philosophie)
- Political Science (Politikwissenschaft)
- Sociology (Soziologie)
As second component, the subjects named under “first component” can be chosen and, additionally:
- Computer Science (Informatik)
- Sports Science (Sportwissenschaft)
- Business Administration and Economics.
That means, the latter three subjects (Computer Science, Sports Science, Business Administration and Economics) cannot be combined with each other.
The combination of two subjects provides students with the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary course of study. The students can also obtain cross-subject knowledge or knowledge from a different subject by means of internships, excursions, language courses, etc. An interdisciplinary specialisation is not required until the Master of Arts programme.
The Joint Bachelor of Arts consists of the studies of two different subjects/components.
The component Business Administration and Economics confronts students with the Fundamentals of Business Administration and Economics. A specialisation in, expansion of, or a specialisation going beyond these fundamentals is not possible within the limited framework of a J.B.A. component. After completing the studies, which will most likely be oriented towards humanities or social sciences within the framework of the Joint Bachelor of Arts (see also the information under “Graduate Programmes” further down on this page), as humanities scholars, the students should be able to analyse economic processes and understand and influence internal processes.
See the course structure and content in detail on the schedule aside (click to enlarge).
Advice for Prospective JBA Students
A central prerequisite for a successful course of study of the Joint Bachelor of Arts programme Business Administration and Economics is a strong interest in economic and administrative contexts on the part of the prospective students.
A solid mathematical basis is essential for a successful course of study as mathematics, in particular, plays a vital role in the general context of the programme. For instance, it is used for the analysis of economic data. Sound prior knowledge of statistics is also beneficial to the studies.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
Excellent English language skills are indispensable in a globalised world and for the future professional life. Lectures in English are often already integrated into the programme or students have to consult technical literature in English.
Apart from technical qualifications, the everyday professional life of business administrators and economists also requires soft skills such as communication skills and the ability to work in a team, as well as creativity.
Related Degree Programmes
|Politics and Economics (LaG) (Politik und Wirtschaft, Lehramt an Gymnasien)|
|Business Information Systems (B.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsinformatik, B.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Civil Engineering (B.Sc.) (Wirtscahftsingenieurwesen technische Fachrichtung Bauingenieurwesen, B.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (B.Sc.) (Wirtscahftsingenieurwesen technische Fachrichtung Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, B.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Mechanical Engineering (B.Sc.) (Wirtscahftsingenieurwesen technische Fachrichtung Maschinenbau, B.Sc.)|
General information: With the Joint Bachelor of Arts, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Arts is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. For further information and in cases of doubt, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
Another particularity of the Business Studies (J.B.A.) component is that a transition into a consecutive Master's degree programme at TU Darmstadt is only possible via the first component of the degree programme. It is thus strongly recommended to seek advice regarding a graduate study programme in due time.
As regards professional fields of activity, graduates of the Business Administration and Economics (J.B.A.) component will most likely not be able to compete with fully trained business administrators, economists or business engineers for the same jobs. This is due to the significantly smaller scope of business-related contents in comparison to the pure business administration or economics programmes. The Business Administration and Economics (J.B.A.) component is thus especially recommended for those who primarily consider themselves humanists or sociologists but would like to give themselves a special profile by obtaining fundamental business skills. Job opportunities can thus be found especially in areas where linguistic and communicative abilities are needed in companies, such as in public relations, marketing, fund raising, human resource management, in the field of technical documentation, etc. Potential employers are private companies, business consultants as well as banks or insurance companies.
In order to have a chance in large corporations or in middle-sized companies operating on an international level, relevant internships and international experience ideally gained during the study programme or as a trainee are practically inevitable. Fluent written and spoken English skills additionally increase the chances particularly when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Bundesverband Deutscher Volks- und Betriebswirte (bdvb) (Federal Association of German Business Administrators and Economists)
Vereinigung beratender Betriebs- und Volkswirte e.V. (Association of Advising Business Administrators and Economists)