B. A. Business Administration Finance, Banking and Controlling


Sharing Our Knowledge

We impart a solid, general economic foundation. First, we collaboratively build a business management foundation comprised of various components, such as cost and investment accounting, organization, human resources, and marketing. Afterwards, you’ll possess the necessary competencies to delve deeper into specialized topics in the financial services industry.

Specialized topics include Bank Management, Digital Finance, Sustainable Finance, Organization/IT, and Wealth Management.
In the realm of financial services, we see ourselves as a leading provider of academic programs, primarily since the three-part standard work “Schierenbeck/Lister/Kirmße: Ertragsorientiertes Bankmanagement” is authored by our lecturers.


Start together: This is a week of intensive teamwork and coaching with your fellow students. Here, you’ll learn how we approach learning and the unique aspects of our study program. At the same time, you will meet your fellow-students, professors, and contacts for any study-related inquiries.

Project management

Projectmanagement styles & consultancy -innovative methods and key success factors for project management

Competence development

Success Coaching & Individual Development / Social and leadership skills as a key factor for tomorrow’s success, personality coaching


In the subsequent Foundation modules, you will learn the basics of business and the prerequisites for entrepreneurial success. Here, you will take five modules in each of the four blocks.

Block I

Management-oriented business administration

Business administration as a basis – the fundamentals of economic activity: From corporate management to profitability analysis

Mathematics (quantitative business analysis)

Business model analyses using advanced quantitative methods and procedures / decisions on investment and divestment in the company

Management Accounting

Cost types, cost centers, cost objects / cost accounting systems: partial, full, actual, standard, budgeted cost accounting / target costing / activity-based costing

Corporate Management (Leadership & Management)

The leadership aspect in corporate management / Leadership in innovative organizations / Agile organizations / Team-oriented thinking

Service Learning (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Sustainability: Connections between corporate success and social responsibility / Importance and function of sustainability in companies

Block II

Digital Marketing & E-Commerce

Marketing mix as a basis / Case studies to deepen innovative marketing approaches in business practice

International Management (Intercultural management)

Management of complex structures in times of globalization and increasing international networks of relationships between companies / International law / Management of diversity and intercultural cooperation

Innovation and technology

Scrum, agility and minimal viable product / combination of digital technologies / derivation of new business models / innovation management in companies


Modern methods of investment valuation / DCF methods for company valuation / Case studies on investment decisions

Finance & cash flow management

Classical finance: forms of financing and financial analysis / Neoclassical finance theory: capital market and portfolio theory / Institutional finance: the principal agent problem

Block III

Economics (Economics)

Economics, Politics and Society / Understanding microeconomics and macroeconomics / Being able to apply models and instruments / Analyzing and understanding monetary and currency policy decisions


Statistics & quantitative analysis – Analysis of quantitative data: From decision support models to business forecasting modeling

Financial Accounting

National and international accounting: HGB financial statements, IAS and IFRS accounting, hedge accounting, impairment and depreciation

Law and taxes

Principles of law / Basic knowledge for non-lawyers / Legal case studies / Tax law / Other areas of law relevant to business

Digital Basics

Data mining, data analytics and support vector machines / Basics of digital technologies / Use cases of digital transformation in business practice

Block IV

Organizational management

Organizational structure and processes / Organizational theory / The situational approach in the organization / Agile organization in the digital world

Personnel management

Motivation theory / Emotion research / Elements of structured planning and control of operational and strategic personnel decisions

Network management

Networking and the relationship between organizations and people / Management of networks

Innovation project

zeb.bs student consultancy – students set up a student consultancy in a team and solve real, complex practical problems

Controlling & Risk Management

Value controlling as the epitome of value-oriented planning and control systems / Balanced scorecard / Profitability and risk controlling


What is your focus? What interests you, and could it become your Master’s specialization? You must complete ten modules from the Focus area, but you can choose according to your interests and preferences.

Focus Bank Management

Bank Management I

Measuring the profitability and risk of financial transactions / Contribution margin calculations / Market interest rate method 2.0 / ROI analysis / Value at risk / Expected shortfall versus accrual accounting

Bank Management II

Business segment-specific profitability strategies / Risk-bearing capacity concepts / Risk-opportunity calculation as the basis for risk capital allocation / Selected risk categories in financial institutions

Focus Wealth Management

Retail & Private Banking

Asset investment / Asset transfer / Business area management in wealth management / Advisory practice in wealth management

Portfolio / Derivatives / Performance

Definition of investment objectives / types of risk in asset management / Portfolio theory & asset allocation: money market instruments, bonds, equities, alternative investments, hedge funds, private equity, credit funds, ethical investments (education, climate protection, commodities), derivatives, funds, real estate management, real estate investments / Tax aspects: Taxation of income and assets, Internationally oriented asset investment strategies taking into account tax aspects, Taxation of alternative forms of investment (national and international)

Focus on digitization

Digitization 1

Automation and digitalization as strong drivers of change – evaluation of alternative digital technologies / examples: RPA, distributed & virtual computing, API & system integration, possibilities of IoT etc.

Digitization 2

Digital paradigms (digital ecosystems / digital transformation) / digital thinking (design thinking / disruptive thinking / lateral thinking) / digital corporate culture (innovation)

Focus Treasury Management

Treasury and deposit management

Interest rate risk measurement: duration concepts and cash flow revaluation / simulation calculations / active interest book management / passive interest book management / use of derivatives as part of interest rate management / interest rate risk strategies with alternative interest rate structures: optimization of maturity transformation success / optimization of net interest income in the trading and present value balance sheets

Focus on insurance management

Insurance management

Product calculation / Market and strategy / Insurance sales channels / Sales management / Operations: application, contract, claims / Risk management and solvency / Value-oriented corporate management and asset-liability management

Focus Organization/IT


Open Banking / Digital Economies / IT Strategy & Digital Transformation / Service & Solution Management / Manage IT / Sourcing & Cloud / IT Compliance & Risk & Security / Financial EAM & Banking Platforms / Data & Process Management / PPM & CPM / Agile Work

Focus on corporate client business

Corporate client business

Credit rating of corporate customers / Advisory approaches / Derivative support for corporate customers / Customer segmentation / Turn-around management / Restructuring, liquidation and realization modalities

Focus Sustainability

Sustainability (Corporate University)

Triple Bottom Line / ESG Factors / Sustainabilization: Business Model Implication / Carbon Footprint / Sustainable Asset Allocation / Climate and transition Risk