Business Administration (BSc)

Dual Bachelor's programme in business administration with alternating theoretical and practical phases

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Study Profile Business Administration (BSc)

Dual study of Business Administration at HSBA

The programme combines practice-related studies of business administration with simultaneous systematic in-company training. It gives students the relevant specialist knowledge in the individual areas of business administration, and enables them to apply it in the practical phases in the different departments of their training company. Students can select an appropriate study focus in their third year, to prepare them optimally for the requirements of the company in the respective areas and functions.

 

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Hannes Roffmann

With the bachelor degree in Business Administration (Specialisation Finance) and as a banker certified by the Chamber of Commerce, I am now a Consultant of the Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG. I assist wealthy individuals and families in all financial topics.

Hannes Roffmann
Wealth Management, Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG
Felix Peleikis

The dual study programme at HSBA was the ideal basis to continue my career in one of the big four auditing companies. The university has a very dynamic character and I am happy to have been a part of it – three very significant years.

Felix Peleikis
Assurance, Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Julia Rückert

I started to work in the internal audit department and during the audits learned more about the many different national and international subsidiaries and areas of the Otto Group. I find the way that HSBA and Otto support the further development of their students outstanding.

Julia-Mara Rückert
Revisorin & HSBA-Masterstudentin, OTTO GmbH & Co. KG

Eight reasons to study Business Administration at HSBA

Key Features

  • Dual undergraduate degree programme in business administration with alternating theoretical and practical phases

  • Extensive financial independence through monthly remuneration

  • Extensive range of options

  • Digital Toolbox @ HSBA: unique offering to teach HSBA's students digital tools and strategies

  • Lecturers with extensive practical experience

  • Attractive career prospects – e.g. at one of our more than 300 partner companies

  • Stays abroad possible

  • Campus in the heart of Hamburg

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Quick Facts

Prof. Dr. Torsten Keller, HSBA
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The academic head Prof. Dr. Keller explains the focus and the special features of the dual undergraduate degree programme in Business Administration.

Programme start: 1 October each year
Study duration: 3 years
Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) with 180 ECTS
Language: 75% German, 25% English
Accreditation: FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)
Tuition Fees: 665 EUR per month
Funding: companies generally pay most of the course fees;In addition, students generally receive traineeship remuneration; student loans or BAföG support possible

Study Organisation and Programme Structure

The dual programme integrates phases of theory at the university (on average 32 weeks a year) and practical phases of training in their training company (on average 20 weeks a year).

Students acquire practical business administration knowledge and have an opportunity to specialise in certain functions or sectors. Special attention is given to method skills throughout the programme. Business administration fundamentals are communicated in the first two years of study, and complemented by method modules and courses on language and law. In the second and third years of study, selected subjects are treated in depth (Marketing, Finance, Strategic Management, Controlling). The main content in the final year is a range of options (specialisation, electives), providing wider and deeper know-how and method skills.

Plan of Study Business Administration (Bachelor of Science) at HSBA

Study Content Semester 1
  • Methodology and Basics of Business Studies
    4 ECTS
    36 Contact hours
    German
  • Financial Accounting
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    German
  • Microeconomics
    6 ECTS
    50 Contact hours
    English
  • Mathematics
    7 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    German
  • Business Law (Part 1)
    16 Contact hours
    German
    Info

    The module Business Law is held over two semesters. After successful completion of the module examination, 5 ECTS are awarded for the entire module.

     

  • Business English
    5 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    English
Study Content Semester 2
  • Human Resource Management
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    German
  • Managerial Accounting
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    German
  • Operations Management
    4 ECTS
    34 Contact hours
    German
  • Macroeconomics
    4 ECTS
    32 Contact hours
    English
  • Statistics
    7 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    German
  • Business Law (Part 2)
    5 ECTS
    32 Contact hours
    German
    Info

    The module Business Law is held over two semesters. After successful completion of the module examination, 5 ECTS are awarded for the entire module.

     

Study Content Semester 3
  • Marketing Management 1
    4 ECTS
    32 Contact hours
    English
  • Strategic Management (Part 1)
    32 Contact hours
    German
    Info

    The module Strategic Management is held over two semesters. After successful completion of the module examination, 7 ECTS are awarded for the entire module.

     

  • Introduction to Investment and Finance
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    English
  • Organisation and Organisational Behavior
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    English
  • Quantitative Methods
    5 ECTS
    32 Contact hours
    German
  • Labour Law or Auditing
    3 ECTS
    32 Contact hours
    German
  • Project Management
    5 ECTS
    24 Contact hours
    German
Study Content Semester 4
  • Marketing Management 2
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    English
  • Strategic Management (Part 2)
    7 ECTS
    34 Contact hours
    German
    Info

    The module Strategic Management is held over two semesters. After successful completion of the module examination, 7 ECTS are awarded for the entire module.

     

  • Corporate Finance
    4 ECTS
    32 Contact hours
    English
  • International Taxation & Group Accounting
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    German
  • Operations Research
    5 ECTS
    32 Contact hours
    German
  • Elective or Law for Auditors
    3 ECTS
    30 Contact hours
    German
Study Content Semester 5
  • Specialisation (Part 1)
    108 Contact hours
    German/ English
    Info

    In the third year, students have the opportunity to specialize in one subject area. The specialization modules comprise a total of 22 ECTS. The HSBA offers a wide range of different industry- or function-specific specializations:

    • Audit, Tax, Advisory
    • Banken und Finanzmärkte
    • Finance
    • International Business Administration / Trade
    • Marketing.Digital
    • People Management 4.0
    • Risiko- und Versicherungsmanagement
    • Sales.Retail.Digital
    • Sustainable Leadership

    German/ English

     

  • Controllership
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    English
  • Fundamentals of Information Systems
    6 ECTS
    48 Contact hours
    German
  • Study Trip
    2 ECTS
    30 Contact hours
    German/ English
    Info
    • cross-curricular
    • numerous company visits and lectures
    • current topics such as digitalisation, start-up scene in Silicon Valley or emerging markets frame the content of the individual destinations

     

  • Bachelor Thesis
    12 ECTS
    German/ English
    Info

    The Bachelor thesis is very individual to every student so it will depend on your scheduling and progress with your studies when you can start it. The thesis can be registered if at least 120 ECTS have been completed.

     

Study Content Semester 6
  • Specialisation (Part 2)
    22 ECTS
    60 Contact hours
    German/ English
    Info

    In the third year, students have the opportunity to specialize in one subject area. The specialization modules comprise a total of 22 ECTS. The HSBA offers a wide range of different industry- or function-specific specializations:

    • Audit, Tax, Advisory
    • Banken und Finanzmärkte
    • Finance
    • International Business Administration / Trade
    • Marketing.Digital
    • People Management 4.0
    • Risiko- und Versicherungsmanagement
    • Sales.Retail.Digital
    • Sustainable Leadership

    German/ English

     

  • Management Game
    4 ECTS
    30 Contact hours
    English
  • Bachelor Thesis
    German/ English
    Info

    The Bachelor thesis is very individual to every student so it will depend on your scheduling and progress with your studies when you can start it. The thesis can be registered if at least 120 ECTS have been completed.

     

Specialisation (Semester 5 & 6)
  • Audit, Tax, Advisory
    German
    Info

    This specialisation offers a career entry into the auditing and tax consulting industry. Topics covered include auditing and tax law, requirements for sales brochures and restructuring concepts, annual financial statements, due diligence, detection of irregularities as well as compliance and corporate governance regulations.

     

  • Banking and Finanancial Markets
    German
    Info

    This specialisation prepares dual study students in the best possible way for the relevant topics of bank management and credit provision both for private and corporate customers. Topics include the transformation of maturity and default risk, risk management, investment products, regulation, internal accounting and external financing reporting as well as customer and target group management. The first practical fundamentals are taught in a preparatory module in the first year of study.

     

  • Finance
    German
    Info

    This specialisation is geared towards dual study students who are interested in the areas of finance, investment and controlling. In addition to the fundamentals of the financial sector and market value maximisation, students learn about business valuation, risk management and the mergers and acquisitions process in its various stages.

     

  • International Business Administration / Trade
    English
    Info

    This specialisation gives students a more in-depth knowledge of international trade. The areas covered include importing and exporting channels, trade logistics, intercultural communication, compliance, risk management, trade with third countries, legal and tax considerations, export programmes and hedge transactions. In order to prepare for the practical requirements in exportbased (trading) companies, it is recommended that students also take the external exam for wholesale and foreign trade clerks.

     

  • Marketing.Digital
    German
    Info

    Building on the basics of Data Science and Customer Management, the topics Strategic Marketing and Online Marketing Intelligence provide further insights into the specialisation. The focus is on online marketing instruments and online users. At the same time, the effects of digitalisation are integrated in form of strategic decision-making and brand management.

     

  • People Management 4.0
    German
    Info

    This specialisation provides students with a comprehensive understanding of human resources management and staff development. They learn about both the current status of research and the requirements of companies in practice. Central topics include strategic staff management, staff development concepts, company incentive schemes and international human resources.

     

  • Risk and Insurance Management
    German
    Info

    This specialisation provides an insight into the insurance sector. Part 1 on insurance management has a focus on quality, dealing with the business policy and management of insurance companies. Part 2 on risk technique and risk policy builds on this knowledge with a quantitative approach, covering various risks and their insurability, the structure of insurance contracts, the pooling of risk and the basics of calculating premiums. Another core area involves reinsurance and alternative risk transfer products. Part 3 on sales and insurance marketing takes a closer look at selling and marketing insurance products.

     

  • Sales.Retail.Digital
    German
    Info

    Building on the basis of Data Science and Customer Management, the topics Retailing Management and Sales Management will provide further insights into the specialisation. It is the aim to examine the effects of digitalisation on the various sales channels and identify new opportunities.

     

  • Sustainable Leadership
    German
    Info

    Sustainable Leadership refers to strategic and sustainable corporate management and positioning in the global environment. The specialisation reflects on the rising public awareness and the economic necessity for a sustainable and ethical company strategy as well as resulting economic possibilities and challenges. Core concepts include corporate social responsibility and social innovation that are discussed in the context of strategic management and are illustrated with several company and industry examples.

     

Options to design the study programme more individually:
  • Digital Toolbox
    5 ECTS
    64 Contact hours
    English
    Info

    You have the possibility to prepare yourself for the digital transformation by choosing one profile during your studies (2nd to 5th semester):

    • Business Process Innovation
    • Data Business
    • Digital Communication and Marketing Technologies
    • Digital Strategy
    • Intrapreneur
    • Programming

     

  • Elective
    3 ECTS
    30 Contact hours
    German/ English
    Info
    • takes place in a block week across all study programmes in the 4th semester
    • enables students to deal intensively with a business management problem of their choice

     

  • General Electives
    3 ECTS
    75 Contact hours
    German/ English
    Info
    • takes place in the 1st to the 5th semester
    • give students the opportunity to develop their individual knowledge and skills further
    • ranges from social skills and IT seminars to studium generale events and foreign language courses

     

  • Study Trip
    2 ECTS
    30 Contact hours
    German/ English
    Info
    • span several study programmes
    • takes place in the 5th Semester
    • include numerous company visits and lectures
    • are organised independently by the students
    • topics such as digitalisation, the start-up scene in Silicon Valley or emerging countries frame the content of the individual destinations

     

Partner Companies

ESC Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH
ESCHE SCHÜMANN COMMICHAU
SSW-Trading GmbH
Tchibo GmbH
Shell Deutschland GmbH
Rödl & Partner GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft Steuerberatungsgesellschaft
Funk Versicherungsmakler GmbH
Ernst & Young GmbH
Cordes + Partner GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
EVE Consulting und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
SANAVITA Pharmaceuticals GmbH
AIDA Cruises German Branch of Costa Crociere S.p.A.
ASTRON Immobilien-Kontor GmbH
Brightpoint Fund Services GmbH
Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH
HIH Real Estate GmbH
Vattenfall Europe Sales GmbH
Mast-Jägermeister SE
Bank Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe GmbH
TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG
Robert Schüler Versicherungsmakler GmbH & Co. KG
Rieckermann GmbH
Service-Bund GmbH & Co. KG
COLUMBIA Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH
Scheller & Partner PartG mbB
IKOR Products GmbH
Hamburg Commercial Bank AG
Gerhard D. Wempe KG
Oktan Tankstellen GmbH
HPC HAMBURG PROPERTIES CONSULTING GMBH & CO. KG
ShibataFenderTeam AG
Berg & Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG
Hanseatic Bank GmbH & Co. KG
Peter Cremer Holding GmbH & Co. KG
HANSETRANS Holding GmbH
Delta-Sport Handelskontor GmbH
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
VMLY&R COMMERCE GmbH
Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH
HSV Fußball AG
Georg Duncker GmbH & Co. KG
Aon Versicherungsmakler Deutschland GmbH
Deloitte GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
BRL Boege Rohde Luebbehuesen
Neumann Gruppe GmbH
Stern-Wywiol Gruppe GmbH & Co. KG
Mondelez Deutschland Services GmbH & Co. KG
salesHAX Consulting
HDI Service AG
NOREVO GmbH
Aurubis AG
BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
ECE Marketplaces GmbH & Co. KG
ICOF Europe GmbH
Euler Hermes Deutschland
Steinway & Sons Hamburg
Mazars GmbH & Co. KG
AC CHRISTES & PARTNER GmbH
Iwan Budnikowsky GmbH & Co. KG
MSC Germany S.A. & Co KG
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH & Co. KG
Engel & Völkers AG
Allianz Beratungs- und Vertriebs AG
best practice consulting AG
Christoph Kroschke GmbH
British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH
Johannes J. Matthies GmbH & Co. KG
Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Olympus Europa SE & CO. KG
REISSWOLF International AG
Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon GmbH
Dierkes Partner
Deutsche Bank AG
Hamburger Volksbank eG
Buhck Umweltservices GmbH & Co. KG
Star Finanz GmbH
KTS American Parts GmbH
ECOVIS Hanseatische Mittelstands Treuhand
Alsterspree Verlag GmbH
Hermes Germany GmbH
TOPLICHT Schiffsausrüstung GmbH
HanseMerkur Versicherungsgruppe
Lloyd Fonds AG
Ebner Stolz Mönning Bachem
Hoyer GmbH
Otto (GmbH & Co. KG)
Counsel Treuhand GmbH
Coloplast GmbH
Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft A/S & Co KG
Detlev Louis Motorradvertriebs GmbH
HELM AG
Sparkasse Harburg-Buxtehude
WMC Wüpper Management Consulting GmbH
FKS Friedrich Karl Schroeder GmbH & Co. KG
Velux Deutschland GmbH
EDEKA ZENTRALE Stiftung & Co. KG
WSP Weinladen GmbH
Battery-Kutter GmbH & Co. KG
ProVidens Vermögensmanagement GmbH
TRAILER LLOYD Fahrzeugvermietung GmbH & Co. KG
BUDNI Handels- & Service GmbH & Co. KG
Alfred E. Tiefenbacher (GmbH & Co. KG)
OIL! Tankstellen GmbH
Elbe-Obst Erzeugerorganisation r.V.
Brightpoint Group Hamburg
Buss Group GmbH & Co. KG
Wintershall Dea GmbH
Jungheinrich AG
TÜV NORD Systems GmbH & Co. KG
Mühlenchemie GmbH & Co. KG
SUND Holding GmbH + Co. KG
TT-Line GmbH & Co. KG
Blume 2000 Blumen-Handelsgesellschaft mbH
Commerzbank AG
Deep Media Technologies GmbH
Aug. Bolten Wm. Miller's Nachfolger (GmbH & Co.) KG
STULZ GmbH
Wärme Hamburg GmbH
Eulenburg Family Office GmbH & Co. KG
Marquard & Bahls AG
fabfab GmbH - Internetversandhandel von Stoffen
BERENBERG Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG
Miles GmbH
Carlsberg Deutschland Holding GmbH
E&K Automation GmbH
EOS Holding GmbH
PPI AG Informationstechnologie
Sysmex Europe GmbH
Baker Tilly GmbH & Co.KG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Maack & Company Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH
C. Illies & Co. Handelsges. mbH
Signal Iduna Gruppe - Hamburg
ASG | Asche Stein Glockemann Verstl Wiezoreck
Hamburger Sparkasse AG
Elis Group Services GmbH
Hermes Fulfilment GmbH
Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG

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FAQ

Can I apply for a study place directly with HSBA?

No. Students can only study at HSBA if they have concluded a contract of study with a training company. To apply with a company is always the first step in the application process.

What are the options of studying abroad?

About 30% of HSBA's Bachelor students spend time abroad during their studies (mostly short-stay at Summer Schools or as an exchange student with one of our partner universities). In the third year of studies of the dual programmes, students can go on an international study trip. Furthermore, HSBA attaches great importance to the international character of its content, offering a wide range of seminars held in English. Fore more information, please see here.

When should I start with my application?

Anyone interested in taking a dual Bachelor programme should normally start looking for a training company at least one year before they intend to start their studies. The application to the company should include all the usual documents, such as school and examination qualifications and CV. The company then sends the study contract together with the necessary documents to HSBA, which checks whether the criteria for admission are fulfilled, and if so accepts the applicant.

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Klaus Waubke

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