Course of studies
The bachelor’s program in Mathematics in Business and Economics at the University of Mannheim usually lasts six semesters. The choice of basic subjects is initially prescribed.
In principle, however, you can decide for yourself when you want to take which subjects. However, we recommend that you follow our sample study plan for at least the first three semesters.
After the first half of your studies, you will get a feeling of which subjects excite you most in mathematics as well as business administration and economics. Now the specialization phase begins.
In this phase, you can choose the subjects in mathematics according to your interests. Furthermore, you have to decide between a focus on business administration or economics. However, you will be informed about this soon enough by us, your student council.
In the module catalog, you will find an overview of all subjects offered in the Bachelor of Mathematics in Business and Economics at the University of Mannheim. Here you can also find out which subjects are compulsory and which subjects can be taken additionally.
The orientation exam is not an actual exam. Rather, you must have reached 30 ECTS points after three semesters at the latest and have passed at least two of the following four modules:
• Analysis I
• Analysis II
• Linear Algebra I
• Linear Algebra IIA
For a module to be credited, an examination takes place at the end, which can take various forms. In addition to the classic written exams, which usually last 90 or 180 minutes, there are also practical performance tests, oral exams, and presentations.
In the exams, you receive grades between 1.0 and 5.0, which are weighted with ECTS points and entered in your grade report. ECTS points roughly reflect the amount of time you spend on the subject in question during a semester. An exam is considered to have been passed if a grade of 4.0 or better has been achieved.
For our mathematical lectures, you often have to work on weekly exercise sheets during the semester. This is considered a certain amount of preliminary work and serves as preparation for the exam.
If you fail an exam, you will automatically be registered for the next exam. Throughout your studies, you also have two “jokers” in each of the three subject areas (Mathematics/Computer Science, Business Administration, Economics), with which you can take a third examination attempt.
During your bachelor’s studies, you have to pass two key qualifications with three ECTS each. They are intended to supplement your knowledge beyond the theoretical subjects. These are the learning of a programming language and social skills in the areas of media practice, presentation, and communication, foreign languages, or EDP.
You only have to pass all of the key qualifications. A final grade is not awarded.
As a student of Mathematics in Business and Economics at the University of Mannheim, you have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters at one of our many partner universities. A stay abroad is not mandatory but recommended by the university. The work you do abroad can usually be credited so that your standard study period is not affected. Most of our students complete either their fifth or sixth semester abroad. The application deadlines are usually in the second or third semester. If you are interested in a semester abroad, please contact our International Department for advice. You can also find further information and contact details at the International Office.
As an under-graduate student of Mathematics in Business and Economics, you have to take one seminar towards the end of your studies. This seminar is usually held by a professor of your choice in an area in which you would like to write your bachelor thesis later on. Your professor will assign you a topic that you have to work out and present in front of a small group of seminar participants. There is no grade for the seminar, you just have to pass it.
In your Bachelor’s thesis, you will work on a mathematical topic over three months and present your results in a colloquium at the end. You will discuss the topic with your chosen professor beforehand. During the three months, your chosen professor will act as your supervisor and support you with any questions you may have.
Most professors prefer that you also take the seminar with them or listen to particular subjects as preparation for the Bachelor’s thesis.
Therefore, you should contact your potential supervisor early – from the fourth semester on. For this purpose, at the end of your third semester, all Mathematics professors present themselves and their offered topics at an event. You can also find an overview of our professors and their topics here.