Business Administration and Economics

Joint Bachelor of Arts

Wirtschaftswissenschaften, J.B.A.


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.

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Social and Historical Science

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Degree Joint Bachelor of Arts
Duration 6 semesters
Language: German
Internship See the internship regulations and the Praktikumsbörse (internship exchange).
Admission General university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information
Procedure Restrictions on admission; procedure results (n.c. figures)
Part-time Studies possible under specific conditions
Programme Start winter semester
Application Deadline International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application Online application
Special Features Cannot be combined with Computer Science J.B.A. or Sports Science J.B.A.

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.

The Joint Bachelor of Arts programme combines two different programmes, of which at least one must be chosen from the subject spectrum of the Department of History and Social Sciences.

As first subject can be chosen:

Digital Philology; German Studies; History; Musical Culture; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology.

As second subject can be chosen:

Digital Philology; German Studies; History; Computer Science; Musical Culture; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology; Sports Science; Economics…

A disciplinary specialisation is only necessary within the framework of the Master of Arts.

Use these tools for a smart start into the programme:

Online Self-Assessment

Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.

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.

Degree Programme Guidelines / Study Regulations

Semester Course Schedule 2013

General Examination Terms of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Previous degree programme guidelines can be found in the Satzungsbeilagen of TU Darmstadt or on the Webpages of your Studienbüro.