Business Administration at the University of Trier

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"I was able to dedicate myself to my interests through the wide range of courses within business administration at the University of Trier and, accordingly, optimally develop myself personally. In addition, I have been able to get to know great fellow students during my studies, whom I would not want to miss on my further path in life!"


Jasmin Voges, Graduating class 2023

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Why Trier?

Business Administration (BWL) at the University of Trier offers a scientifically sound, practice-oriented education for future specialists and managers. Research and education are interdisciplinary, empirical and internationally oriented. The content of business administration focuses on entrepreneurship, finance, innovation and marketing, human resources and organization, as well as taxation and auditing - topics with high relevance for future-oriented managers of tomorrow. Our graduates can therefore clearly differentiate themselves in the job market. The subject of business administration is highly valued as a cooperation partner by partners from business, politics and science.


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Renowned research (made in Trier)

Business administration research at the University of Trier is empirically oriented, internationally present and practically relevant. Within the various focal points, business administration research covers different facets in terms of content and methodology. The research strength of the subject is documented by the top rankings in the current researching ranking of the journal Wirtschaftswoche. The excellent placements in the ranking impressively underline the fact that excellent research in business administration is conducted at Trier at a high international level.

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The doors to the world are open to business students from Trier! Within the study program, not only partner universities all over Europe can be visited, but also an exchange with students all over the world can be made possible!

A variety of impressions and experiences can be gained without losing valuable study time. And the great thing is that our programs are financially supported!

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In both the Bachelor's and Master's programs, the course of study can be adapted very flexibly. Is psychology interesting? Go for it! Or would you prefer business informatics? No problem! In this way, students can tailor their study profile very well to their personal profile. This is something you rarely find anywhere else!

The six-semester Bachelor of Science can thus be aligned as General, Interdisciplinary or Quantitative Business Administration. The four-semester Master of Science is also a scientifically sound and international program in General Business Administration or Financial Management with a close professional connection and very good career prospects.

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More information about business studies

Overview in numbers

The subject of business administration is currently represented by ten professors. As of the winter semester 2019/2020, approximately 850 students are studying business administration in the Bachelor's program. With 231 first-year students, Business Administration is one of the Bachelor's degree programs with the most first-year students at Trier University. Furthermore, approximately 304 students are enrolled in the various master's programs in business administration as of the winter semester 2019/2020 (General Management: 248, Financial Management: 56).



Business administration (BWL) achieved top rankings with its master's degree programs in the CHE ranking. The study program comparison of the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE) is, according to its own information, the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German universities and colleges. Currently, master's degree programs in various economic subjects were evaluated.

Business administration at the University of Trier is represented in the top group in three categories. Top marks were awarded, for example, for study organization. This criterion describes how courses are coordinated and how open access is for students. The ranking also attests to the fact that the business administration department in Trier provides particularly good support for its students during the transition to the master's program. There was another top group place in the category of scientific publications.

"The fact that we are among the top group in terms of publications per professor is clear evidence of our particular research strength," says Prof. Dr. Axel Adam-Müller, spokesman for the BWL. "In addition, our efforts to implement a well thought-out study concept that is demanding in terms of content are bearing fruit, as shown by the very good evaluation of the study organization and the transition to the master's program. At the same time, the results of the ranking are an additional incentive for us to further increase the quality in research and teaching," adds Axel Adam-Müller.

The CHE ranking is available at ZEIT CAMPUS ONLINE


Business Administration in Trier is suitable for all those who are interested in interrelationships in companies. In addition, a good knowledge of English is a prerequisite for our students, because many specialized texts are only available in English and lectures are also held in English in some cases.

Our Bachelor's and Master's programs start in the winter semester and are generally not subject to admission restrictions (no NC).  Detailed information on admission requirements is listed with the individual courses of study.


Internationally positioned with Erasmus, MEST and FFA

Within the framework of the Erasmus program, FB IV currently has a total of 100 exchange places at 52 universities in 21 countries. This results in a very favorable ratio of students to places. Studying abroad can thus become an integral part of the study program for a large number of students. Further information on the European partners in the ERASMUS program as well as field reports can be found at here.

The Master Européen en Sciences du Travail (European Master in Labor Studies) (MEST/EMLS) is a European, non-accredited postgraduate program which is completed with an additional certificate. Within the framework of the MEST program, students of the University of Trier spend one semester or trimester at one of the renowned 13 partner universities (including the London School of Economics). Further information, you will find here.

Therefore, subject-specific foreign language skills are increasingly required in the current and future jobs of university graduates. Since the winter semester 1990/91, the FB IV Trier offers a study-accompanying subject-specific foreign language training (FFA) as an additional certificate training in English and French. The subject-specific foreign language training is exclusively reserved for students of FB IV. It comprises a total of 16 semester hours per week and usually lasts four semesters. Further information can be found here.


Those who want to study business administration do not have to have done an internship beforehand. There are also no mandatory internships as part of the degree program. Nevertheless, you should make an early effort to find practical activities in order to gain insights into possible occupational fields and to establish contacts. The annual career fair meet on campus or the student consultancy contact & cooperation at the University of Trier offer the best conditions for this, as does the proximity to Luxembourg with several hundred thousand jobs, especially in banking and insurance.


Study abroad

Subject-specific foreign language training, a large number of cooperation partners in the Erasmus program, and numerous English-language courses allow our students to give their studies a strong international orientation. The International Office provides support in finding a suitable stay abroad. You can find further information here.

Occupational fields

After graduation, our graduates usually find their way into the business world very quickly, especially with companies in nearby Luxembourg. The good career prospects show that our education meets the practical requirements of a modern profession in many ways. By choosing the appropriate specializations, our students can either take a generalist approach or form a focused profile. This gives them the best prospects in numerous industries, such as management consulting and human resources, finance and controlling, logistics, marketing, or project planning and management - both in Germany and internationally.

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