Business and Economics

(Focused degree program)

Degree program: Bachelor of Arts UZH in Business and Economics (RO04)

General description

The Bachelor of Arts program in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Zurich aims to provide students with a sound academic basis. The program of study offers students a general qualification leading to diverse career opportunities but also serves as a qualification for continuing their education in a Master's program. The course of study is divided into a two-semester assessment level and a four-semester Bachelor level.
The assessment level provides fundamental knowledge of economics, business administration, computer science, mathematics, statistics and finance. Students must complete the assessment level within two years and earn 60 ECTS credits in
a maximum of six attempts in order to continue their studies.
The fields of study offered at the Bachelor level are Economics, Business Administration, Banking and Finance (BF), and Management and Economics (ME).
Students must earn a total of 120 ECTS credits, irrespective of their chosen field of study. Core elective and elective courses must be completed alongside the compulsory program. A Bachelor's dissertation completes the course of study.
At the Bachelor level, students have the freedom to select the courses they wish to take. At the outset of studies, students are advised to put together a personal study plan to chart the modules they need to pass. While most courses are offered annually, some are offered less frequently, and so students need to plan well in order to complete their BA studies on schedule.

Admission requirements

The conditions for admission to the Bachelor’s degree program in Economics and Business Administration are regulated in the "Verordnung über die Zulassung zum Studium an der Universität Zürich (VZS)":

Branch of studies

Business administration / Management, Finance, Economics

Educational goals

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration gives students a solid education in their chosen field of study. The Bachelor’s degree furnishes students with a general qualification for diverse career opportunities but also serves as a qualification to continue their education in a Master’s program.
Students earn their degree after they have acquired the necessary number of ECTS credits by successfully completing all the modules and by complying with the conditions laid down in the study regulations. Successfully passing a module requires a formal assessment, which may be in the form of a written or oral examination, presentation, written work, etc. Examinations are generally held at the end of the semester. A Bachelor’s dissertation completes the course of study.

Career possibilities

Economists are employed by organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, OECD, central banks, and consulting companies and they work for economic publications.
The Business Administration program provides students with the skills necessary for a career in financial and investment management, controlling, business organization, strategic business management, human resource management, and marketing.
Banking and Finance graduates primarily work for banks, insurance companies, consulting firms and finance departments in industrial companies.
Management and Economics bridges the gap between business administration and economics. Successful completion of the course gives students the necessary skills for a variety of roles as a specialist or manager in companies that operate in complex economic environments.
Moreover, all fields of study qualify to work in research at universities and private institutes.

ECTS credits

180 ECTS Credits

Program structure

The curriculum is broken down into coherent units, called modules. A certain number of ECTS credits are awarded for each module successfully completed, with the number of ECTS credits representing the average amount of work required to pass the module. Courses are generally held in German or English.
There are compulsory, core elective and elective courses. A total of 180 ECTS credits are required for the BA degree. This represents three years of full-time study.

Part-time studies

The Bachelor's degree program is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study.

Examination and assessment regulations

Academic achievement is measured using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). A distinction is made between graded and ungraded modules. Graded modules are marked on a scale from 6 to 1, with 6 being the highest and 1 the lowest grade. Quarter grades are given. For graded modules, a mark of 4 or higher is a passing grade. Ungraded modules are assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Post-graduate degree programs

Earning a Bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration) automatically qualifies students to continue on to an MA program (Master of Arts in Economics and Business Administration) at the University of Zurich. Should students wish to change their field of study, the faculty may require proof of any competences not developed in a Bachelor's program before granting acceptance to a Master's program. This also applies for entry to specialized Master's programs.



Language of instruction

German, English