Facts and Data

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

Course of study

Business Administration, Economics and Law - Master's Programme

The master‘s programme „Business Administration, Economics and Law“ is currently subject to substantial changes. Thus, the admissions and examination regulations are subject to alterations for the upcoming winter term (please note that the planned changes may affect the focus areas, study design and contents, language skills and admission requirements). The new regulations are yet to be published in the official communications.
Further details and information are currently under development and will soon be made available here in the InfoPortal.
If you have any content-related questions on the master’s programme, feel free to contact the student guidance.

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 Master's programme with a standard period of study of four semesters, you will acquire a total of 120 credit points. For each module, 6 credit points (CP) are awarded, the Master's degree module is credited with 30 CP (Master's thesis 24 CP plus 6 CP from research colloquium).

The Business Administration, Economics and Law programme comprises the following modules:
7 mantle modules with a total of 42 CP
8 specialization modules with a total of 48 CP*
The final Master's module with 30 CP

* Up to two supplementary modules can be offered within the specialisations, which allows students to deepen their interdisciplinary knowledge. Exception: Within the specialisation China - Business and Language (China) 15 specialisation modules must be studied.

The five mantle modules in the fields of economics, business administration, law and methods that are recommended for the first semester, constitute the general basis of the programme and prepare students for the specific requirements of the seven specialisations, from which one is selected for the development of an individual profile. The two additional mantle modules from the fields of economics and business administration are generally studied in the course of the second and third semester (in their entirety these are the seven mantle modules).

Focus Areas

Planned focus areas after changes:
  • Sustainability Management
  • Accounting, Finance, Taxation
  • Management
  • Business Law
  • China – Economy and Language

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.

The management 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) on Level B2 (not older than 2 years) or
  • if applicants have university entrance qualification or a university degree in English
  • The following language tests are accepted by the admission committee: ICFE, EFC, ELSA, TELC, TOEFL, TOEIC, ILEC, EFB (min. Level 3), PTE, IELTS (Academic), SEFIC, BEC (min. vantage), Cambridge Zertifikate and the language test of the Language Centre of the University of Oldenburg

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), see Foreign language skills
  • 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.
(Changed: 2021-04-30)