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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission limited
  • Special admission requirements

Business Administration, Economics and Law (Master's Programme)

Orientation and Goals

The four-semester Master's programme in Business Administration, Economics and Law at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg offers a combination of interdisciplinary modules and a wide range of specializations to choose from. A requirement for admission to this Master's degree programme is a Bachelor’s degree in economics or law, with additional business-related qualifications. The aim of the Master's degree in Business Administration, Economics and Law is to impart in-depth knowledge of both economics and law and also the interdisciplinary links between these subjects.

The University of Oldenburg is able to offer exceptionally good conditions for this two-track and interdisciplinary programme of studies as it has a long tradition of linking economics and law in a variety of degree programmes.

Study Design and Contents

In the course of the four-semester Master's programme, you will gain a total of 120 ECTS credits. 6 ECTS are awarded per module, and the final Master's module is worth 30 ECTS (24 for the thesis and 6 for the module).

The Business Administration, Economics and Law programme comprises the following modules:
  • 7 Master's modules with a total of 42 ECTS
  • 6 specialization modules with a total of 36 ECTS*
  • 2 supplementary modules with a total of 12 ECTS*
  • The final Master's module, worth 30 ECTS

* Exception for ManECO (Management, Entrepreneurship, Controlling): 7 specialization modules/a supplementary module and for CHINA, 8 specialization modules.

In the first semester, five modules from the areas of economics, business administration, law, and professionalization constitute the general basis of the programme, followed by two further modules focusing on economics and business administration in the second and third semesters (making a total of seven Master's modules). The professionalization module within the Master's module allows students to gain competences outside of the subject area, either with regard to empirical methodology or a foreign language (business English or business French).
The five modules from the first semester prepare students for the specific requirements of the seven specializations, one of which can be chosen for individual profile development.

Focus Areas

Transnational Economics and Law (TEL)
The TEL specialization imparts an in-depth knowledge of economics and law while approaching the phenomena of globalization and European integration from an interdisciplinary perspective. This specialization is research-oriented and is designed in particular for students who are interested in a career in research or policy consultation and preparation in the decision-making process at international interfaces between economy and law.

Business Management and Societal Organisation (FUGO)
This specialization, which is also research-oriented, centres on the challenges of business management while taking into account an integrated view of business environments as well as the shaping of future markets.

Auditing, Finance, Taxation (AFT)
The Master's specialization in Auditing, Finance and Taxation focuses on the acquisition of competences in the areas of accounting, taxation and finance, which, for example, are a prerequisite for access to the auditor's exam. A Master's degree specialization in AFT gives graduates the flexibility to engage in a wide variety of professional activities in the above fields.

Management, Entrepreneurship, Controlling (ManECo)
The ManECo specialization teaches current management concepts from both a quantitative and a qualitative perspective as well as the structure of modern business management. This programme is designed in particular for students who wish to become managers or start their own businesses.

Business Law (RdW)
The Business Law specialization is designed to impart an in-depth, integrated knowledge of both business and law. This specialization is ideal for graduates of the BA programme "Business with a Legal Specialization" who intend to fill leadership positions in regional small or medium-sized businesses or associations, for example.

Economics (VWL)
The Economics specialization takes students to the cutting edge of economic research in their chosen fields. This specialization prepares students for activities in national and international businesses, organizations and research organizations as well as in political consultation, or to proceed to a doctorate in economics.

China - Economy and language (CHI)
The CHINA specialization imparts knowledge of economy and law in relation to China as well as linguistic and cultural competences. This specialization is designed for Bachelor's graduates in the fields of economics and law as well as graduates of Chinese studies or cultural and linguistic study programmes relating to China who have a prior knowledge of economics and law.

Each specialization mentioned above comprises a total of 8 modules. In the second or third semester, it is possible to complete a semester abroad. For students with CHINA as a specialization, a stay at a Chinese partner university is an obligatory part of the programme. After the specialization component of the programme, students have five months in the 4th semester in which to write their Master's thesis, and will be expected to participate in a colloquium on research methodology. 6 ECTS will be awarded for performance within the colloquium demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of the required methodological skills.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2 or
  • if applicants are native speaker or they have university entrance qualification or a university degree obtained in English (within the last two years)

Chinese Language Proficiency for focus China - Economy and language
You can proof your Chinese language proficiency if
  • you are a native speaker or
  • through HSK I (basic knowledge) or
  • through a comparable certificate or
  • through passing an entry-level test.

The proof of language proficiency must be presented until the application deadline (15th July). For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

By linking together subject matter from the fields of economics and law, this Master's programme offers a dual qualification which affords excellent professional opportunities in a managerial capacity in small and medium-sized regional companies, in larger companies, associations, and both national and international organizations either in public service or in an autonomous capacity.
This degree programme imparts an in-depth knowledge of conceptual perspectives as well as analytical methodology relating to economics and law, opening up a wide range of career opportunities in the above-mentioned fields of activity, while also laying the foundations for further academic qualification.

Find out more about the professional field of Business Administration, Economics and Law (in German).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification from prior studies in Economics including Law units or Law including Economics units or in a closely related field
To prove economic and legal expertise, successful completion of the following course units is expected:
  • at least 18 ECTS in Business Administration and
  • at least 12 ECTS in Economics as well as
  • at least 12 ECTS in Law.

  • English language proficiency at the level B2 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (not older than 2 years)
  • The following applies to students in the China programme: proof of basic knowledge of Chinese (if student is not a native speaker), see admission regulations for more information
  • If applicable proof of academic work or practical experience (e.g. placements, internships) and social activities (see admission regulations §4 (2))

Application/Admission Procedures

This course of studies accepts a limited number of applicants, and application is only possible in the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 July.
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