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Business Administration and Engineering

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Structure of the study program

The standard period of study for the Bachelor in Business Administration and Engineering is eight semesters. The study program is divided into two semesters of basic studies and six semesters of advanced studies. The practical internship semester is scheduled for the fifth semester, and many students spend it abroad. Our Internship Board supports students in preparing and organizing the internship semester.


In the first to fourth semesters, the study program is the same for everyone. For the second half of the program you choose one of the four specializations:

  • Production and Organization
  • Purchasing and Sales
  • Services
  • Logistics Management

In addition to a specific range of lectures in the sixth and seventh semesters, you will have the opportunity to tailor the internship semester and the Bachelor's thesis to your specialization. In the specialist area of Purchasing and Sales, an internship semester in a non-German-speaking country is obligatory.


Faculty Office
Silke Schauermann

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Office hours:
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76133 Karlsruhe

What is the focus of the specializations?

Production and Organization

Production and Organization is, from the company's point of view, an internally oriented profile: It stands for a traditional, broad-based education in Business Administration and Engineering that focuses on creating value within the company, and on the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes. Graduates are versatile in logistics, controlling, production, marketing, organization, information technology and many more, and often act as intermediaries between company departments.

Purchasing and Sales

Purchasing and Sales is an externally oriented profile from a company perspective: Technical purchasing has a significant influence on a company's cost structure, which is why more attention is paid to the analysis, evaluation and development of suppliers. Technical Sales is concerned with selecting potential customers and explaining and presenting primarily technical products, proposed solutions and services. In addition, sales concepts (e.g. franchising/structural sales) as well as sales instruments (e.g. e-commerce, direct mail) and marketing are covered.


Services is a profile that aims at marketable entrepreneurial complete solutions and pursues two purposes: First, reinforcing technical products with services such as planning, financing, operation, maintenance, after sales and call centers. On the other hand, the overall entrepreneurial management of major technical projects with tasks such as identifying and calculating the services to be provided, awarding, monitoring and invoicing orders, coordinating all parties involved, and monitoring and controlling all processes.

Logistics Management

Logistics Management focuses on the planning and optimization of internal material and information flows for purchasing, production and distribution, as well as the design of interfaces and networks in cross-plant and cross-company networks. It is also about identifying and implementing comprehensive improvement potentials as well as selecting and continuously updating the material flow, transport and storage technology used and the supporting IT systems. Current analysis and planning methods for logistics systems are used for this purpose.

Bachelor's thesis - and now?

In the eighth semester the final bachelor thesis is to be written. It can be written either at the university or in cooperation with a company - even abroad.

The Bachelor's degree can be followed by a Master's degree program lasting two semesters and conferring 60 credit points, as well as a Master's program with a larger scope. At many international universities outside Europe, a minimum of four years of study is expected for the recognition of the first university degree and thus as a prerequisite for admission to a Master's program. This requirement is met by the Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Engineering from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

International option and dual degree programs

Each of the four specializations can also be taken as an international study option with the designation "Business Administration and Engineering International". In addition, there is the option of studying three semesters in Argentina and earning a double degree. Another dual degree programi offered in cooperation with the private engineering university EPF in Sceaux, France.

Details on the international options

Study content

Specialization modules

Production and Organization

Third year of study
Operations Research
Database Systems
Applied Work Science
Fourth year of study
Product Development
Power Engineering

Purchasing and Sales

Third year of study
Market Research
Sales and Negotiation Techniques
Supplier and Procurement Management
Fourth year of study
International Industrial Goods Marketing
Sales Management
Purchasing and Sales Controlling


Third year of study
Database Systems
Services Marketing
Service Economics
Fourth year of study
Development of Services
Calculation and Controlling
Information and Communication Technology

Logistics Management

Third year of study
Operations Research
Supplier and Procurement Management
Logistics B
Fourth year of study
Data Management and Analysis
Logistics C

The module handbook provides a detailed description of the individual course contents in the four years of study. 30 credit points according to ECTS are scheduled per semester.

     Download the module handbook (in German language)


The courses are mainly taught in German language, some are held in English as language of instruction. At the university's own Foreign Language Institute all students can deepen their own language skills in lessons with native speakers.

As part of your Bachelor's degree, you are required to obtain the "Certificate of Proficiency in English for Professional Purposes" from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

In order to be able to graduate with the international study variant, at the end of your studies you must be proficient in another foreign language besides English at at least level B2 according to the CEFR.

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