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

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).

Focus Areas

Sustainability Management (NM)
The research-oriented specialization sustainability management focuses on the challenges and opportunities of corporate sustainability management. The question is how successful corporate action can be reconciled with ecological framework conditions such as climate change and at the same time be designed in a socially responsible manner.

Accounting, Finance, Taxation (AFT)
In this specialization, students acquire key competences in accounting, finance, and taxation. Depending on their individual preferences, they may choose to study elective courses focusing on auditing and taxation, or finance and banking, to prepare for a career in these or related fields.

Management (UF)
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 program is designed in particular for students who wish to become managers or start their own businesses.

Law of Business/Business Law (RdW)
There are close connections and clear interactions between law and business. The "Law of Business" specialization aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge of both law and business. Students should develop the ability to solve problems at the interface of law and business. A prerequisite for this in-depth study is a basic knowledge of business administration and law. One example of this is the Oldenburg BA "Business Administration and Law“ (Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit juristischem Schwerpunkt). However, similar courses of study at other universities also enable students for this specialization. Because of its breadth of content, the program qualifies students for management positions in business, but also in associations and other areas of society.

China – Economy and Language (CHI)
The CHINA specialization imparts knowledge of the economy and the legal system in China, combined with linguistic and cultural competences. This specialization is designed for Bachelor's graduates in the fields of economics and law as well as graduates of sinology who have a prior knowledge of economics and law.

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: 2021-06-21)