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Business Administration / Operations and Supply Chain Management

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Programme title Business Administration
Major Operations and Supply Chain Management
Starts in
summer semester
winter semester
6 semesters
Degree Bachelor of Arts
Restricted admission
yes, minimum grade or similar

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Our world is a connected one, business relationships and processes are becoming more and more international. But who are the people managing all the processes connecting business around the world? Who makes sure all the transport and supply chains keep on working like magic? It could be you.

What is it about?

Cooperation around the world and international supply chains are as normal as they are essential in today’s economy. Networks do not only cross the borders between different businesses but geographical borders, too. The people involved in building and managing these processes are taking on tasks highly relevant to a company’s competitiveness.

Production and logistics, distribution and procurement – Operations und Supply Chain Management is all this and more. The question is not how to get a box from A to B but what is the core of business administration. The interlinking and change of processes sound like exiting challenges to you? You like to find ways to improve things even further? You are an organizational wiz and you enjoy coordinating different bits and pieces to make them form a perfect whole? The more complex, the better? Welcome to your major.

What will I learn? – Course content and structure

In the first three semesters of your studies you will build the solid foundation for your future career. Mathematics and statistics will be part of your studies as well as investment and finance, the digital economy and marketing. We will also bring your academic writing and research skills up to speed and help you to get your English language skills to the level you’ll need for your career. That’s what we created the “English and Methods” block for. In the fourth and fifth semester of your studies you then choose your major, Operations and Supply Chain Management for example.

Your major modules provide you with thorough technical knowledge on the topic of your choice, you will learn about procurement logistics, production and logistics and operations management. Your curriculum will also include legal aspects of procurement and logistics as well as SCM management.

“You have to think in all possible dimensions.” Prof. Dr. Marcus Brandenburg

In addition to your major modules you can choose from a broad range of supplementary modules. These vary from semester to semester. These give you the chance to broaden your horizon even further and to acquire and improve skills outside your field of specialisation. Skills that will also be relevant for your career. In your future career your subject-specific knowledge will only be one important aspect of many – your ability to think in and work along processes will also matter as will your intercultural competence and your ability to work in a team.

Something that applies to basically all of your major modules is that you will work hands-on but we will never neglect the theoretical basis because nothing is as useful as a thorough theoretical foundation. You will learn in a variety of ways in the course of your studies and at the end you will always consider the consequences of your actions, too. And of course there isn’t the one solution, you know that, because every solution always only fits its own context.

You will experience this first hand in the sixth and last semester of your studies, when you will get a taste of the real world: You will complete a three-month internship in a company of your choice and apply what you have learned in your studies so far. Maybe your internship will even provide you with a topic for your bachelor’s thesis which you will write in the following eight weeks. Once you have completed this, you will finish your studies as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).


What can I do with it? – Career prospects

Your bachelor’s degree is a great qualification on the job market. It also gives you the choice of studying on for a master’s degree if that is what you want to do. Our master’s degree programme Business Management with the Sustainable SCM major picks up where your bachelor’s finished.

If you’ve had enough of studying for now, your career prospects are bright: 45% of the business administration alumni we asked had signed a job contract within one month after their graduation.

Your degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management makes you a perfect candidate for jobs in purchasing and procurement, management control, logistics and supply chain management as well as in organising and process design. You are perfectly equipped for SME as well as for international major corporations, you can work in our region or anywhere in the world.

Our graduates work for international logistics providers, they are consultants for organisational management and they manage projects. They are in charge of quality assurance and conduct audits. They work on management level and are trainees on their way to becoming managers.

This variety is also reflected in the range of industries our graduates work in: From trade to health care and media, from the banking sector to machine and car manufacturers, from transport to IT and consulting. Their job descriptions include tasks such as carrying out analyses, writing reports, developing and presenting. They calculate, conceptualise and coordinate.

How do I apply?

If what you have rad so far matches your strengths, interests and your idea of what you would like to study and do - in short, if this sounds like the perfect degree programme for you, you should apply.

Depending on whether you have acquired your university entrance qualification in Germany or abroad, the application process varies. If you went to school outside Germany, please apply via uni-assist. If your university entrance qualification was issued by a German school, please apply via our Online Service Tool.


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