Master of Science in Business Administration

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences

Program Description

Master of Science in Business Administration

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences


The Business Administration master programme consists of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points and is laid out as a full-time 4-semester programme. It is a consecutive master’s degree, based on a bachelor’s degree within the field of business administration. One of the six following specialised fields within business administration is selected, and forms the focus of study from the beginning:

  • Corporate Development
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Taxation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Media and Technology Management

Top-ranking: The WiSo Faculty and its specialised fields of study is among the leaders in prestigious university rankings, for example those of the German business newspapers Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche. These positions guarantee outstanding quality in research and teaching.

Leading research: We offer you a unique network of research resources and institutions, which have received numerous research awards.

Practice-oriented: This practice-oriented degree establishes a direct link to your future career.

Excellent international orientation: With over 120 partner universities worldwide, all available for exchange semesters, we give your course a strong international focus.

Successful graduates: The WiSo Faculty has been among the top four universities in terms of the quality of its graduates in the Wirtschaftswoche rankings for many years now. As one of our graduates you will have the tools to be successful in business, as a freelancer or in non-profit companies.


Course structure

The Core and Advanced Section, which contains 18 credit points, will cover methodical basics of the respective major.

The Specialisation Section teaches major-specific basics and, in addition, advanced skills within the same area. This section consists of 48 credit points.

The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying knowledge. Further modules from business administration as well as from social sciences or economics are available to students. This area covers 24 credit points.

Only the best for your career

The M.Sc. Business Administration at the WiSo-faculty of the University of Cologne widens the knowledge gained in your bachelor studies and makes you an expert in your respective area. For many managing positions of different industries and for certain professions in research and teaching, a master is indispensable.

Furthermore, so-called “Master Fast Tracks” offer the possibility of already taking classes relevant to future PHD-studies to distinguished scholars.

Not international enough?

If this is the case, get information on the Master of Science in International Management/CEMS MIM (the joint master programme with „CEMS – The Global Alliance in Management Education“), in Germany exclusively offered by the University of Cologne, or on our outstanding Double-Master Programmes in cooperation with Aalto University School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland, the Louvain School of Management in Louvain, Belgium, the Warsaw School of Economics and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in India.


The admission requirements must be fulfilled until the application deadline:

Bachelor's degree

Application in the case of unfinished Bachelor studies: In cases where present Bachelor studies have not been fully completed, application is permitted if the candidate has earned at least 80% of the required credits and will have achieved the remaining results by 30 September at the latest. The specific admission criteria governing the designated course of study (including the overall grade) must already have been fulfilled on the basis of the exam results available at the time of application.

Overall grade of at least 2.7 (German grade) in the Bachelor’s degree

Fulfilment of the following subject-related requirements

  • At least 78 ECTS credits in the field of Business Administration and Economics
      • of this at least 48 ECTS credits in Business Administration
      • of this at least 18 ECTS credits in Economics
  • At least 15 ECTS credits in Statistics and/or Mathematics

Language requirements

  • Accounting and Taxation, Media and Technology Management, Supply Chain management: German and English (B2) language skills
  • Corporate Development, Finance and Marketing: English language skills


Within the selection process each applicant receives an individual score that consists of the following criteria:

  • Grade earned in the preceding Bachelor’s degree [68-34 points]
  • Result of the admission test TM-WISO/ GMAT/ GRE [32 - 0 points]

The above criteria are used to determine a score for each candidate. Study places are subsequently allotted according to an applicant’s position on the ranking list.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

Last updated September 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2017
4 semesters
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Germany - Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia
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Price € 261 per semester incl. public transportation ticket

Master’s Programmes WiSo Faculty, University of Cologne