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Business Administration

Bachelor

Passionate about business and commercial planning? Want to launch a successful international career? Then enrol now to the Bachelor of Business Administration study programme at IU International University of Applied Sciences. 

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Start something new in 2023, but at 2022 prices

Our prices are going up this year. So February 1st 2023 is your last chance to apply and save up to €1444 on your tuition fees.  

Apply now

At IU, you’ll learn the skills that position you as an in-demand specialist. Just begin one of our fully accredited programmes and you can make this new year all about creating new career opportunities. 

*You can start any time.

Overview

Start your online Bachelor in Business Administration

Megatrends such as globalisation, digitalisation, and cultural and social change have a lasting impact on companies. These changes require experts with great business administration expertise who understand how general business and companies work. Our online Bachelor programme in Business Administration offers a wide range of specialisation opportunities, so you can develop exactly the rights skills for succeeding in your dream career. 

You'll acquire fundamental knowledge in the management and finance-oriented business administration courses. Afterwards, you can pick the electives of your choice that suit your interests. Your comprehensive knowledge will open up new job opportunities in many industries and companies around the world – so there’s nothing standing in the way of your international career.

Your online degree summed up

All the facts and figures about your study programme at a glance
Study model
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
180 ECTS
Language: English
Dual degree: Available
Study duration & extension
36 - 72 months (depending on time model)
Free of charge extension period
Start online studies: any time
Tuition fees
Starting from € 199 (US$ 217)* per month

*based on the exchange rate from 15.01.2023 09:04 AM (CET)
Accreditation
180 ECTS - English
Accredited in line with German and European standards
ZFU 1114120c
Past education recognised
Save time and earn your degree faster by having your previous achievements/experience recognised
100 % flexible

You decide where and when you want to study

Versatile & Innovative

Your digital learning journey with personal support!

Top-Level Education

First-class study programmes with a recommendation rate of 96 %

Study contents

Online course overview

The online Bachelor programme in Business Administration at IU offers you the perfect mix of theory and practice. It addresses current economic trends with an international focus. You'll have the opportunity to specialise and to work on your soft skills during fascinating courses such as Collaborative Work or Intercultural and Ethical Decision-Making. 

During your Bachelor studies in Business Administration, you can pick the electives that allow you to focus on the industry-specific subjects of your choice. Additionally, you have the chance to develop your technical IT skills or even learn a foreign language. The study programme is taught in English to prepare you for an exciting international career.

The order of courses presented below is for the online studies model of this programme.

Semester 1
ModuleECTS

Academic Integrity and Writing for Business

5

Business 101

5

Managerial Economics

5

Introduction to Academic Work

5

Principles of Management

5

Global Corporations and Globalization

5

Semester 2
ModuleECTS

Business Mathematics

5

Organizational Behavior

5

Management Accounting

5

Supply Chain Management I 

5

International Marketing 

5

Statistics - Probability and Descriptive Statistics

5

Semester 3
ModuleECTS

Corporate Finance and Investment

5

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

5

International HR Management

5

Service Operations Management

5

Collaborative Work

5

Intercultural and Ethical Decision-Making

5

Semester 4
ModuleECTS

Digital Business Models

5

Sustainability

5

International Accounting

5

Research Methods

5

Corporate Governance and Strategy

5

Leadership 4.0

5

Semester 5
ModuleECTS

International Brand Management

5

Seminar: Current Issues in International Management

5

Supply Chain Management II

5

Agile Project Management

5

Electives A

10

Semester 6
ModuleECTS

Electives B

10

Electives C

10

Bachelor Thesis

10

Electives overview

Elective A

In your 5th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

Managing People and Fundamentals of Business Psychology

10

Applied Sales

10

Online and Social Media Marketing

10

Business Intelligence

10

FinTech

10

Derivatives and Risk Management

10

International Finance

10

Elective B

In your 6th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

Smart Factory

10

Introduction to Data Science and Programming with Python

10

IT Service Management

10

Fundamentals of Operations Research

10

Salesforce Platform Management

10

Salesforce Platform Development

10

Elective C

In your 6th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

Managing People and Fundamentals of Business Psychology

10

Applied Sales

10

Salesforce Platform Management

10

Salesforce Platform Development

10

Business Intelligence

10

Online and Social Media Marketing

10

Fundamentals of Operations Research

10

Smart Factory

10

Introduction to Data Science and Programming with Python

10

IT Service Management

10

Foreign Language

10

Studium Generale*

10

Internship*

10

*If you decide to take this elective, you will not qualify for the dual degree at LSBU.

Admission

Entry requirements

How To Start Your Degree with the Online Degree Saver Programme:

Once you've enrolled and started on your studies, you'll have access to a part of your courses, based on the time model you choose. You will be registered as a student only after 50% of the total ECTS have been successfully completed. Then you will gain access to the rest of your courses, and will be able to finish your degree.

The admissions documents must be provided in English or German, if they were not issued in one of these two languages, a translation is required. If you need to translate your documents, we can help refer you to our trusted translation partners. You can find more details here.

General academic requirements
  • Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate such as A-Levels or IB Diploma and your transcript of records.
  • A subject-related higher education entrance qualification.

Depending on your qualifications, you might have to meet additional requirements, such as successfully passing a university entrance examination or one of the following programmes to make sure you are ready to study with us:

  • Bachelor Entrance Examination (included in Online Degree Saver Programme)

Please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team to find out the exact requirements applicable for your application.

English language skills

At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international work market. Therefore, we ask you to provide us with a proof of your English language skills. 

Is English your native language or have you graduated from an English-speaking school or university? Then you do not need to prove your English language skills. 

You can prove your English skills with an English B2 level certificate (no older than 5 years). Don’t have this at hand? No problem! You can quickly get your English certified with Duolingo. 

  • Take the online test in just 45 to 60 minutes 
  • Receive your certified results within 2 days 
  • Save valuable money and time 

Find out if the Duolingo test is suitable for you. Click here to try it for free. In order to be accepted to your study programme, a minimum of 95 points in the Duolingo exam is required. 

Did you take the test and not get the 95 points required? Don’t worry! We’re offering a free English course. By successfully completing the course in 3 months, you'll prove that you have the required level of English proficiency.

We also accept the following English language skills certificates: 

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 points) or 
  • IELTS (minimum Level 6) or 
  • Cambridge Certificate (minimum Grade B) or 
  • Equivalent proof, such as a B2.2 Certificate from the free IU English course - further information can be requested from our student advisors.* 

*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than five years.
*Please note that course isn't accepted as a language certificate for on campus study programmes

Earn a high school diploma and a Bachelor’s degree – at the same time!

Don’t have a high school diploma? Have one but your grade average doesn’t meet our admission requirements? We have a solution for you! 

With the High School Diploma Study Pathway, you can earn a high school diploma and start your online Bachelor’s degree at IU – at the same time.

Visit our High School Diploma Study Pathway page for more details. 

Start something new in 2023, but at 2022 prices

Our prices are going up this year. So February 1st 2023 is your last chance to apply and save up to €1444 on your tuition fees.  

Apply now

At IU, you’ll learn the skills that position you as an in-demand specialist. Just begin one of our fully accredited programmes and you can make this new year all about creating new career opportunities. 

*You can start any time.

Careers

Your Business Administration career outlook

After completing your online Bachelor studies in Business Administration, you’ll be ready to take on specialist and leadership positions in companies worldwide. Your expert knowledge can be applied in a wide range of roles in accounting, marketing, sales, HR or management departments. 

Business Manager

As a business manager, you would be responsible for monitoring all departments within a company and developing industry-specific solutions to increase sales and acquire new customers. You will draw up financial plans from an economic point of view and review projects regarding efficiency. As a business manager in a large company, you might present directly to the board of directors and convince them of your high level of consulting competence. In smaller companies, you can often make decisions independently and report to the management.  

Assistant Accountant

As an assistant accountant, you could work in finance and accounting—typically at a bank, an auditing company, or in the finance department of a company. You will be responsible for bookkeeping, the preparation of financial plans and reports, and the performance of administrative tasks. You are familiar with the company's internal guidelines and keep an eye on fluctuating government regulations regarding the recording of financial data. You maintain databases accordingly and ensure smooth overall operations of the business. 

Business Developer

In your position as business developer, you are responsible for the further development and expansion of a company's business areas. As a central driver of growth and innovation, you are committed to the future-oriented alignment of your organisation. In doing so, you pursue central growth strategies within the framework of market development, product development, and diversification. You’re always on the hunt to bring in new business and optimise the status quo.

Student reviews
  • The fact that I managed to study alongside my full-time job and also change to a new job with more responsibility was only possible due to IU’s flexible time model.

    Anthony Hoffmann

    Graduate, Germany

  • In my view, the flexibility makes a compelling case for learning online at IU. The wide range of elective modules to choose from also won me over. It means you can specialise in what you really want to do.

    Philipp Kleingrothe

    Graduate, Germany

  • Online learning was ideal for me, as I really wanted to stay at my job in a travel agency. The programme at IU International University of Applied Sciences gave me the flexibility I needed. During the degree, this became even more important, because I was promoted to office manager at my travel agency and I had to accommodate a responsible job – often with a 6-day week – plus studies, partner, family and friends.

    Edeltraut Schwartz

    Graduate, Romania

Personal counselling

Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors. You can also find information about the application process under our Become a Student page.

Tuition fees

Online study model & fees for your Bachelor degree in Business Administation

Depending on your personal or professional circumstances, you may wish to complete your studies as quickly as possible, or you may prefer a more flexible study programme that is less time-consuming. That’s why we offer part-time options for all our study programmes. This allows you to study alongside professional or personal commitments. We adjust your study fees based on your chosen time model.

Are you unable to finish your programme within the given time? No problem! If you realise that you need more time, you can simply switch to another time model with one months’ notice before the end of the month.

No registration or administration fees are charged when you apply for studying – you'll only be charged once your studies have started. If you won't be admitted to a programme because you do not meet the admission requirements, no fees will be charged.

Full-Time

Duration 36 Months

Perfect for students who want to hit the ground running and shorten the period of study by increasing their studying pace.

US$ 400
US$ 360 /mth* Apply now
* € 329 based on the exchange rate from 15.01.2023 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time I

Duration 48 Months

Excellent for talented all-rounders who want to give their studies everything they’ve got while holding down a job and keeping down their monthly costs at the same time.

US$ 346
US$ 316 /mth* Apply now
* € 289 based on the exchange rate from 15.01.2023 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time II

Duration 72 Months

Ideal for students who would like to take their time completing their courses on top of their job and everyday life and keep down the monthly costs of their studies.

US$ 237
US$ 217 /mth* Apply now
* € 199 based on the exchange rate from 15.01.2023 09:04 AM (CET)

Boost your career.

Earn a dual degree.

With the IU and LSBU (London South Bank University) dual degree track, you get a unique opportunity – you can choose if you want to graduate with both a German and a British graduation certificate, without any extra academic requirements. The study programmes at IU and at LSBU are coordinated and therefore equivalent to each other.

Start your studies at IU, and if you want to apply for your British certificate* all you have to do is send in your application and pay the required fee. You’ll then be awarded a degree from LSBU following your graduation if all of your study requirements have been fulfilled successfully.

Graduate with a German Bachelor’s, MBA or Master’s degree – along with a UK Bachelor’s with Honours (Hons), MBA or Master’s.

About LSBU

London South Bank University is well-known for its impressive internationality, as testified by over 18,000 students from more than 130 countries. Similar to IU, LSBU has also been awarded multiple awards and praised for its focus on improving graduates’ career opportunities.

Our cooperation was born out of one goal: to help you get the best jobs in the world with a dual degree.

Here’s how it works:

Get in touch with our Student Advisory Team, send in your application form and receive your British graduation certificate after you’ve successfully graduated from IU.

*only available for selected study programmes: B.Sc. Data Science, B.Sc. Computer Science, B.A.A. Business Administration, B.A. International Management, M.Sc. Artificial Intelligence, M.Sc. Computer Science, M.Sc. Data Science, M.A. Master Management with electives (Engineering, Finance & Accounting, Int. Marketing, IT, Leadership, Big Data), MBA with electives (Big Data, Engineering, Finance & Accounting, IT, Marketing).

All our study programmes include the following benefits

  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • Free 4-week trial
  • Online tutorials and guidance from tutors
  • Use of the online campus
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn English for free
Recognition

Recognition of previous achievements

Have you already completed a training course, studied at a university or gained work experience? Have you completed a course or a learning path through IU LinkedIn Learning, and earned a certificate? Then you have the opportunity to get your previous achievements recognised, and complete your studies at IU sooner.

  • Save time: Skip individual modules or whole semesters!

Even before you apply for an online study programme, we’ll gladly check whether we can take your previous achievements into account: 100% online, no strings attached. Simply fill in our recognition application form, which you can find under the content section of each study programme's webpage, and upload it via our upload section. You can also e-mail it to us, or send it via post.

Send an email to study@iu.org to find out which previous achievements you can get recognised. Make sure you send your application before the end of your 1-month trial. You can get your previous achievements recognised during your studies.

Do you need help with your application for recognition? Our student advisors will be happy to help. Simply arrange a personal call-back appointment. Arrange a personal video consultation appointment to discuss recognition

Start something new in 2023, but at 2022 prices

Our prices are going up this year. So February 1st 2023 is your last chance to apply and save up to €1444 on your tuition fees.  

Apply now

At IU, you’ll learn the skills that position you as an in-demand specialist. Just begin one of our fully accredited programmes and you can make this new year all about creating new career opportunities. 

*You can start any time.

Why IU International University of Applied Sciences is the best choice

Your Studies Are Flexible and 100% Online

Schedule when you want to learn and study 100% online. At IU you have the possibility to complete your degree fully from home, whether full-time or part-time. You can even take your exams online whenever it suits you. 

Accredited & Globally Recognised

IU is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated. We can also provide you with an official Europass Diploma Supplement once you graduate, to ensure that your degree is recognised anywhere in the EU.

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions. Our study coaches are also available to help at any time. 

The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice

Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Thanks to our great variety of electives you can specialise in the specific areas that match your personal goals.