Business Administration (B.A.)

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, you will be prepared for a successful career in business practice and successful entrepreneurial independence. A business administration degree offers you a wide range of attractive opportunities for starting your career and for your future development.

We not only provide you with the business knowledge you need to operate successfully in companies, but also develop your skills and personality throughout your entire course of study. With our seminars on general business administration in the first and second semesters, we offer students with different entry requirements intensive support and thus preparation for later stages of their studies.

With our wide range of specializations and majors, we give you the opportunity to develop your strengths during the course of your studies and become a professional. All based on a strong foundation in business administration, a high degree of practical orientation and an intensive future orientation of our content.

Another advantage of the business studies program is the interdisciplinary course content (e.g. communication and presentation techniques). You will also be trained in key social skills such as teamwork, conflict management, negotiation skills and rhetoric.

Our extensive range of international partner universities also offers you the opportunity to enrich your excellent knowledge of business administration with an international component.

Information about the study program

Study contents

The first three semesters of the business studies program, with the clearly predominant compulsory area, are designed to impart basic technical and methodological knowledge. The second part of the business studies program, which also lasts three semesters, is designed to impart in-depth specialist knowledge, build up application-oriented qualifications and develop skills for solving specific practical tasks. Consequently, this second stage of the study program is much more strongly characterized by elective courses and seminar-based course forms.

A semester of practical work experience is integrated into the second part of the course. The aim of the practical semester is to link business studies and professional practice. On the basis of the knowledge acquired during the first semester, students will acquire the ability to apply their knowledge and gain practical experience, and they will be able to work on concrete problems in their intended field of work.

The final thesis (Bachelor's thesis) is intended to prove that the candidate is able to quickly methodically and systematically familiarize himself with a new, unknown problem from his field of study and to work on it independently in a limited amount of time by applying scientific methods and knowledge and to present and defend the results of his work in a colloquium.

In the second half of the last semester of the Business Administrationprogramthe Bachelor thesis is written.

For detailed information on the modules, please refer to the module overview.

For an overview of the contents of the individual months of study, please refer to the study plan (PDF, German, 126 KB, accessible).

Further information can also be found in our FAQs.

Graduation, recognition, accreditation

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the field of Business Administration (BWL).

Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences is officially accredited by the state of Thuringia as a state-recognized university. This guarantees the equivalence of the degrees with degrees from state universities. 

The study programme was accredited by the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN) until 30.09.2026. It was awarded the seal of approval of the Accreditation Council.

Target group

The study program is aimed at all those who want to develop distinctive business skills and work out their personal strengths through special specializations; at those who are looking for a study program without admission restrictions in a livable region and who want to acquire a qualification with a future in cooperation with the teaching staff.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Business Administration program, the following qualifications are required:

You have the general university entrance qualification (Abitur), the subject-linked university entrance qualification, university of applied sciences entrance qualification or an equivalent school-leaving qualification.

If you have any questions about the admission requirements, just give us a call. Our university team will be happy to advise you by phone at +49 3631 420-222 and in person on site.


The achievements are evaluated according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). With the award of credit points, the study achievements are internationally comparable and recognized.

Credit points are awarded for each successfully completed module, reflecting the average learning effort. One credit point corresponds to a learning effort of approximately 30 time hours. The amount of work required depends on the number of ECTS points in the individual modules.

During your studies you will acquire a total of 180 credit points.

Start and duration of study

The Bachelor's program Business Administration (BWL) / Business Administrationstarts on 01.04. (summer semester) and 01.10. (winter semester) of each year. The registration deadline for the summer semester is March 31, for the winter semester September 30.

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BWL) / Business Administrationis designed as a 6-semester full-time program.

For detailed information on the course of studies, please refer to the study plan.


There are no tuition fees for studying at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

You pay the semester fee for the first time when you receive the notification of enrollment.

Please also inform yourself about thefunding opportunities for a Bachelor's degree (opens new window).

What documents do you need to complete the online application?

  • High school diploma or certificate of university entrance qualification
  • Health insurance company and membership number
  • Information on vocational training and employment (if available)
  • Data on any service performed (including military service, civilian service, voluntary social year, voluntary ecological year) in the form of a service certificate
  • Information on previous periods of study (incl. certificate of de-registration)
  • Details of any internships you may have completed
  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • In the case of a Master's degree application, a diploma from the first university degree qualifying the applicant for a profession or a current list of grades with average grade and ECTS information as well as a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation and, in the case of an application for a Master's degree in further education, proof of practical work after graduation.

Career prospects

In addition to the opportunity to work independently, comprehensively and practically trained business administrators are in demand primarily by large commercial enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as management consultancies, public institutions and associations. The focus of the business administration program is therefore on application-oriented, future-oriented and interdisciplinary content that is consistently geared to the needs of the private and public sectors.