Business Education (M.Sc.)


The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Science

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters

Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-3


Winter semester: April 1 - September 1

Summer semester: October 1 - March 1

Required Bachelor's degree:

Business Education (B.Sc.)


Gutenberg School of Management and Economics


Faculty 03: Law, Management and Economics


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

As a consecutive program, the Master's in Business Education builds on the Bachelor's program. On the Master's program, technical skills in the areas of initiation, (further) development and management of professional (business) education are taught in various institutional contexts (e.g. schools or companies). Students will also learn interdisciplinary and research skills in the field of (empirical) professional training research. This will enable graduates to assume responsible specialist and management functions at institutions offering curricular and extra-curricular professional education and training, as well as at research institutes. In addition to basic specialist training, the Business Education program is characterized in particular by targeted and systematic teaching of analytical and methodological skills that enable students to perform challenging management and specialist tasks in the areas of professional education and staff development. The greater inclusion of methodological and research skills in the Master's program gives graduates an outstanding quality and skills profile that is recognized in national and international competition.

Master entrance requirements

  1. In order to be admitted to the master's program Business Education, the applicant should have
    a.) finished his or her bachelor’s degree in Business Education
    b.) finished an equivalent degree from a higher education institution in Germany or abroad
    c.) finished a teaching internship (minimum duration 4 weeks)
  2. Applicants who have finished a degree in a field other than business education according to section 1b) need to submit a certificate of equivalency (‘Äquivalenzbescheid’) which states that they have passed examinations and coursework equivalent to the business education modules of the bachelor's program Business Education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The request to assess the equivalency must be submitted (together with the documents to be assessed) to the examination committee of the programs in the field of Economics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The examination committee may consult the responsible representatives of the subject. The examination committee informs the applicant in writing of the outcome of the assessment.
  3. If the degree is not yet finished or if the degree certificate according to section 2 subsection 1 is not yet available by the end of the application deadline, admission may be requested provided that the applicant submits proof of completed coursework and examinations equivalent to 135 credit points. The proof must be issued by the responsible office of the applicant’s former higher education institution. Alternatively, the applicant submits a preliminary certificate of recognition of foreign certificates issued by JGU.  If admission to the master's program is selective, the University’s regulations for selection procedures and the regulations for applicants with foreign degrees apply in the respective valid version; in this case, the final grade of the bachelor’s degree will not be considered during the selection process. Applicants who fall under this category participate in the selection process with the average grade of all passed examinations and coursework related to business education (or equivalent according to section 2). The average grade of these examinations and coursework must be at least 3,0 (satisfactory). If an applicant is selected on the basis of the certificate of equivalency according to subsection 1, he or she may be enrolled under the condition that he or she submits his/her degree certificate which fulfills the requirements set out in section 1d). The certificate must be submitted within the deadline stated in the official letter of admission. If proof is not provided in due time, admission will be rescinded. The master's program Business Education usually starts in the winter semester.  If study places are available, admission for the summer semester is possible; it is, however, recommended to start the program in the winter semester.

Selection Criteria

The grade for the admissions process is calculated as follows:

  • The average grade of the modules related to business education (or equivalents, at least graded 3,0/satisfactory), weighted according to credit points.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).