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Master of Science

Business Administration

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If you’re already studying Business Administration and would like to find out more about specific details of your master programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Master in Business Administration Programme Structure pages.

Thank you for your interest in the master's programmes of the WiSo-Faculty.

On the following webpages you will find all required information on the Master Business Administration - you will get a sneak peak into the programme structure as well as all facts about the admission criteria and the selection procedure.

In a nutshell

  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Scope: 120 ECTS
  • Start: Fall term
  • Degree title: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Language:
  • specialisations Corporate Development, Finance, Marketing: only English;
  • specialisations Accounting & Taxation and Supply Chain Management: German and English
  • Fees: Only social fee (approx. 280€ per semester including ticket for public transport, see here for more information)
  • Application Deadline: 15 June 2021 (please note the differing deadline for the Double Master's Programme)

You get a really good insight into a lot of other disciplines.

Alexander, Master Business Administration (Media Technology), 3rd term student

Only the best for your career

The M.Sc. Business Administration at the WiSo-Faculty of the University of Cologne widens your 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. In order to get an individual impression of the various career prospects, please read our interviews with graduates.

As the University of Cologne is state-funded, there are no tuition fees, just a biannual “semester contribution” of slightly more than 280 euros, which includes the semester ticket for public transport throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. So, with us, you can invest in an excellent education – and your professional future – without paying a fortune.

Information on the application

Programme structure

The master programme Business Administration consists of 120 ECTS- (European Credit Transfer System) Points and is designed as a 4-semester full-time programme. It is a consecutive master degree based on a bachelor degree within the field of business administration.

Being able to choose from five different special fields, you will select one major with your application and start the focus on that respective field from the beginning. The focus can be put on the following disciplines within business administration:


I can really recommend the Business Administration Master's programme at the University of Cologne. It is a perfect combination of theoretical knowledge and practical insights – and you have the opportunity to meet so many great people and build a network which will help you in your future.”

Heike, Business Administration (Supply Chain Management), 3rd term student

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.

Detailed information concerning the curricular design is available on our homepage in the area of “study”.


Since many of our courses are delivered in English, you can complete the masters programme mostly in English. For our Master of Science in Business Administration, we have applications from a large number of different nationalities, which means you can be sure of an interantional and intercultural enviroment. Our cooperation agreements with an extensive number of excellent partner universities worldwide provide you with attractive options to spend a term abroad. In addition, you may enrich your studies through our short programmes in New York and Hong Kong or trough a summer school. More information and options at international : or Google "WiSo international".

Double degree option

In addition to our regular master’s programme, students have the option to study the Double Master’s Programme in Business Administration in cooperation with partner universities abroad. Students of the international study programme spend one year at the WiSo Faculty and one year at the partner university. After successful completion of the programme, they are awarded two degrees.

Practical Experience

As a student of the WiSo Faculty, you gain from an approach that is based on theory and methods, combining both research and teaching with practical elements. The teaching at our faculty has benefited from many years of experience in working with companies and visiting lecturers from different professional fields. Many of the visiting lecturers are professionals and managers who bring important industry experience to the programmes, resulting in sector-specific, up-to-date programme content for our students. This ensures that the programmes reflect the real world and that they thus combine the practice and theory, whilst also promoting knowledge-sharing between  companies and you, the student.


There is a lot of diversity at the WiSo Faculty. If you are interested in international matters, willing to work in groups and accept different points of view, you will have a lot of fun here – and a lot of success!

Dino, Master Business Administration, 4th term student