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Business Psychology (B.Sc.) Bachelor's Degree in Germany

What is Business Psychology? 

Business Psychology is the practice of understanding and improving working life. It combines an understanding of the science of human behaviour with experience of the world of work to gain effective and sustainable performance for both individuals and organisations. What kind of environment do employees need for their optimal development? And how can teams be led effectively? The economy is one of the largest employers of business psychologists. With their specialist knowledge of psychological and economic interrelationships, they play a major role in helping companies to better understand their customers and employees, and in establishing a good working atmosphere. As a bachelor student of "Business Psychology” at the CBS International Business School, you will acquire the basics of business administration and economics, strategic management, and psychology. After graduating in Business Psychology, you can take on higher management positions in marketing, management consulting, or human resources departments.

Learn more about business psychology, and why it is important!

NXT GEN - Discover the future of business studies

Anyone who studies today as they did yesterday will be left behind tomorrow. A qualification for the labour market of the future cannot be based on the learning experiences of the past. CBS has radically rethought its business degree programme and is launching the next generation of business bachelor's degrees on the education market. We are offering you a qualification that is consistently based on modern business models and principles of our time. Discover what NXT GEN is about here.

Campus
Cologne
Start of Studies
Winter & Summer
Semester
6
ECTS
180
Study Fee*
5.550 €
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  • Language English
  • Type of Study Full-time
  • Degree Bachelor of Science
  • Internship Integrated
  • Semester Abroad Integrated
  • Start of Studies Summer Cologne (from 2025)
  • Start of Studies Winter Cologne

Study Course Plan

Some information about the study plan for the study programme Bachelors in Business Psychology:

Foundation

Business Models6 ECTS ? !

You learn to understand the different types of business models for production, servicing, software development on concrete example. You also learn to analyze the strength and weaknesses of business models.

NXT GEN Insight: Everybody talks about Business Models. CBS not only teaches it in a separate class, but also built a whole study program on it.

Data Analysis & Statistics6 ECTS ? !

Hands-on practice to understand, summarize, and decode data; learn how to frame business questions to enable data analysis, how to use statistical methods and tools to read the story behind the data, and how to visualize your findings and proposed answers to real world problems. 

NXT GEN Insight: At CBS we will not just show you statistical theory, but enable you to use your analytical competency to support your company in making and communicating good business decisions.

Marketing & Branding6 ECTS ? !

Marketing is essential in identifying the customer requirements, needs and wants. Branding plays an important role in today´s attention economy.  In this course you learn the most modern marketing concepts as well as how to build strong brands, especially in a digital world, and how to measure its success.

Foundation of General & Business Psychology6 ECTS ? !

General Skills

Rhetoric & Presentation Skills, CV & Letter of Motivation3 ECTS ? !
Spreadsheets (& Financial Maths)3 ECTS ? !

Knowledge Transfer

Guest Lectures1 ECTS ? !

Foundation

Financial Analysis6 ECTS ? !

Whether you want to take an investment decision as an investor, a credit decision as a bank or help to improve a company as a consultant, you need to be able to analyze the financials of a company. We teach you the language, ratios and all the tricks.

Global Management & Strategy6 ECTS ? !

Managers and consultants need a strong analytical mind as well as the ability to use tools and frameworks. In this class we teach you a range of tools & frameworks for analyzing companies and recommending solutions!

Personality Psychology & Neuropsychology6 ECTS ? !
Product Management, Competition Analysis & Pricing6 ECTS ? !

The success of every great company starts with one more product, that generate so much customer benefit, that customers want to buy it. But one needs to find the right pricing for the product in the context of competition. We teach you all about it.

NXT GEN Insight: Product development cycles are fast. Designing, updating, improving or renovating a product needs competences. We wonder, why do you seldomly get this at other business school or universities?

General Skills

Digital Literacy3 ECTS ? !

Profiles

Profiles3 ECTS ? !
  • Applied Mathematics

  • Digital Marketing Tools

  • Econometrics

  • Innovation

  • Intercultural Competence & (European) Business Culture

  • Leader, Teams & Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

  • Website Development

  • Self Mgt, Problem Solving Techniques & Resilience

  • Language

Knowledge Transfer

Guest Lectures1 ECTS ? !

Foundation

Accounting, Managerial Account & Taxation6 ECTS ? !

Accounting is important because it measures the success of a company. You will learn to make the according entries into the Balance Sheet and Income Statement. You’ll also discover what is important to be reported internally to a CEO/CFO and of course will understand taxes that drive decisions on locations.

NXT GEN Insight: Almost all business programs start with Accounting in the 1st semester. We don’t we first ask you to analyze companies’ annual reports before you put them together in parts yourself.

Digital Technology & AI6 ECTS ? !

The future is based on digital technologies. Databases, web services, apps, networks, cloud services, encryption, APIs, and so on. Learn and apply those technologies and become proficient in the use of modern AI tools.

NXT GEN Insight:  This course will be your stepping stone to practical AI, machine learning, big data and more advanced studies of digital technology.

Sustainability, CSR & ESG6 ECTS ? !

Every company exists in a context of an environment, a society, a governing authority or an economy. Learn what decisions managers have to take and why it is actually more than sensible to run a sustainable company.

Organisation & Social Psychology6 ECTS ? !

General Skills

(Academic) Writing3 ECTS ? !

Profiles

Profiles3 ECTS ? !
  • Negotiation Skills

  • Project & Change Management

  • Language

Knowledge Transfer

Guest Lectures1 ECTS ? !

Foundation

HR & Organisation6 ECTS ? !

People are the most valuable resource to companies. Managers firstly must be up to date on the tools used, when it comes to recruitment, onboarding etc. Secondly, we will take a closer look at the place where HRM happens – the organisation.

NXT GEN Insight: The innovative approach of this module is to think and design HR Management and the organisation of a company, its structure, processes and incentive systems, together from the very beginning.

Sales & CRM6 ECTS ? !

Nowadays, in many cases more than 70% of the value of companies is generated from a company’s ability to sell. You learn a comprehensive approach to sales and the most effective sales methods and about customer relationship management tools. 

NXT GEN Insight: Even though Sales & CRM are key to the success and value of any company a lot of other study programmes have not even put a lecture on it in the core — we did.

Applied Psychology, Media & Consumer Psychology6 ECTS ? !

Profiles

Profiles3 ECTS ? !
  • Applied Mathematics

  • Digital Marketing Tools

  • Econometrics

  • Innovation

  • Intercultural Competence & (European) Business Culture

  • Leader, Teams & Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

  • Website Development

  • Self Mgt, Problem Solving Techniques & Resilience

  • Language

Knowledge Transfer

Business Projects6 ECTS ? !

You will learn how to define project objectives, develop project plan/concept, formulate evidence-based recommendations, structure complex presentations, work under the set timeframe and collaborate in a project team.

This course will enable you to apply your knowledge in a real business situation and excercise your analytical/ project management/ interpersonal skills.

Guest Lectures1 ECTS ? !

Throughout the semester, we invite at least 12 different company speakers to help you get a good understanding of the different industries and work requirements.

Semester Abroad

Semester Abroad24 ECTS ? !

You will spend the fifth semester at one of our numerous partner universities abroad. Our International Office supports you in the selection & application process and coordinates the courses to be taken abroad with you in advance.

Foundation

Experimental Psychology & Psychological Assessment6 ECTS ? !

Profiles

Profiles3 ECTS ? !
  • Applied Mathematics

  • Digital Marketing Tools

  • Econometrics

  • Innovation

  • Intercultural Competence & (European) Business Culture

  • Leader, Teams & Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

  • Website Development

  • Self Mgt, Problem Solving Techniques & Resilience

  • Language

Knowledge Transfer

Guest Lectures1 ECTS ? !
Thesis Tutorial & Empirical Work3 ECTS ? !
Thesis12 ECTS ? !
During your 6th semester you are working on your Bachelor thesis. You have 12 weeks to complete your thesis and the subject is freely selectible. A supervisor from CBS will support you and you can write the thesis in collaboration with a company as well.

How we qualify you for the labour market of tomorrow

The foundation classes are at the heart of your curriculum. These courses map the business world from a current business model and transform it into well-founded and innovative essential qualifications for the future labour market. Here, you will acquire all the necessary skills to understand and actively shape modern entrepreneurial success processes. And so that you can also make a global impact in your dream job, a semester abroad is an integral part of your studies. For this special academic experience, you have a choice of over 160 partner universities worldwide

This newly designed core competency set significantly differs from conventional business studies programmes. It provides a state-of-the-art qualification to make your mark and establish yourself in tomorrow's business world.

Over the course of your studies, you will develop additional specialist expertise and skill profiles around this core profile, which will effectively advance you and your career.

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PROFILES

Sharpen your profile according to your strengths and interests or go on an inquisitive search for unknown talents within you. Leadership, project and change management, languages, intercultural skills - with a selection of 12 profiles, we provide you with the opportunity to continuously develop your personality and capabilities throughout your degree programme through various hard and soft skills and to set individual accents in your qualification profile.

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GENERAL SKILLS

The general skills courses teach skills that are invaluable in any professional career, regardless of your future company or role. With the general skills, we will prepare you for your everyday working life of tomorrow, making you attractive to the players in the modern business world.

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INDUSTRIES

If you choose the broad-based International Business degree programme, you can gain specific insight and expertise in future-oriented sectors, such as consulting, corporate finance, or e-commerce, in the 3rd and 4th semesters. Find out at an early stage which area you see your professional future in and gain specialised knowledge to give you a decisive advantage when you start your desired career.

When you choose one of the NXT-GEN specialisation courses, such as Finance & Management or Business Psychology, industry-specific application topics and professional fields are automatically part of your foundation classes. 

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KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

This bachelor's degree programme is tailored to practical relevance and application in professional life. The formats and subjects you will experience and apply to transfer theoretical knowledge into practice, such as Business Projects and Simulation Games, as well as your multi-week internship, are integral to your day-to-day studies and the curriculum. This is not about optional extras but a core aspect of your education that strengthens your employability right from the start. During your internship, you will gain insights into an industry of your choice and intensive practical experience. Your thesis will crown your expertise with a direct link to reality. With the support from your mentor, you can apply and deepen the skills and knowledge you have acquired in a subject area of your choice. By the way, a wise choice of topic for your thesis can lead to more inspiring job interviews.

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PROFILES + -

Sharpen your profile according to your strengths and interests or go on an inquisitive search for unknown talents within you. Leadership, project and change management, languages, intercultural skills - with a selection of 12 profiles, we provide you with the opportunity to continuously develop your personality and capabilities throughout your degree programme through various hard and soft skills and to set individual accents in your qualification profile.

GENERAL SKILLS + -

The general skills courses teach skills that are invaluable in any professional career, regardless of your future company or role. With the general skills, we will prepare you for your everyday working life of tomorrow, making you attractive to the players in the modern business world.

INDUSTRIES + -

If you choose the broad-based International Business degree programme, you can gain specific insight and expertise in future-oriented sectors, such as consulting, corporate finance, or e-commerce, in the 3rd and 4th semesters. Find out at an early stage which area you see your professional future in and gain specialised knowledge to give you a decisive advantage when you start your desired career.

When you choose one of the NXT-GEN specialisation courses, such as Finance & Management or Business Psychology, industry-specific application topics and professional fields are automatically part of your foundation classes. 

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER + -

This bachelor's degree programme is tailored to practical relevance and application in professional life. The formats and subjects you will experience and apply to transfer theoretical knowledge into practice, such as Business Projects and Simulation Games, as well as your multi-week internship, are integral to your day-to-day studies and the curriculum. This is not about optional extras but a core aspect of your education that strengthens your employability right from the start. During your internship, you will gain insights into an industry of your choice and intensive practical experience. Your thesis will crown your expertise with a direct link to reality. With the support from your mentor, you can apply and deepen the skills and knowledge you have acquired in a subject area of your choice. By the way, a wise choice of topic for your thesis can lead to more inspiring job interviews.

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What are the career opportunities with a Business Psychology Degree?  + -

The demand for academically trained business psychologists has risen sharply nowadays. Since they are the first point of contact concerning people’s behaviour in an economic context in companies, your skills and knowledge will be needed in all sectors, for example in the HR departments of companies, personnel service providers, personnel consultancies, marketing and advertising agencies, management consultancies, media companies, market-, opinion-, and trend-research companies, and the market research departments of companies.

What salary can I expect with a Bachelor's degree in Business Psychology? + -

Career starters with a degree in Business Psychology are in high demand in our complex business world. Salaries depend heavily on the industry and the size of the organisation (small, medium-sized, global) and tend to range between €50,000 and €70,000.

How do I find the right job with a Bachelor in Business Psychology? + -

As a student at CBS, you have numerous opportunities to network with companies during your studies. The integrated internship or the business project offer you insights into various areas of a company. With individual support from our Career Service, we can provide you with personalised coaching and an exclusive company network for your job search.

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Partnerunternehmen
800+
Corporate
Partners
Studierende
160+
Partner
Universities
Partnerhochschule
3000
Students
Standorte
8
Locations
Nationalitäten-01
75
Nations

The most important questions about the programme in business psychology

What English language skills do I need to study Business Psychology? + -

If you are a non-native English speaker, your English level for an English-language degree programme at CBS should be at level C1. You can provide us with proof of your English language skills up to the start of your degree programme and do not need it at the time of application. We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (min. 83 points internet-based), IELTS (min. band 6.5),Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage and other comparable language certificates. These must not be older than two years. Your proof of English is also deemed to have been provided if you can prove that you have spent at least 6 months abroad in an English-speaking country (internship, work) or have completed parts of your school career in English (case-by-case assessment). Alternatively, you can take a free online English test provided by us.

What are the requirements for admission to the Business Psychology degree programme? + -

The admission requirement for studying at CBS International Business School is a secondary school completion and university qualification or full entrance qualification to an applied sciences university. Equivalent qualifications from schools abroad are recognised accordingly. Examples: A-Levels, General Certificate of Education, or IB Diploma. In case you do not already possess a school leaving certificate you can submit the previous report. If you wish to obtain in advance an initial assessment of whether your degree is recognized by us, please visit the following website: www.anabin.kmk.org (this database is only available in German), or send your documents directly to us via our online form.

You don’t have a direct university entrance qualification? We’ll be happy to consider your application for Prep4University, our foundation year for Bachelor studies at CBS! For detailed information, head over to the Prep4University page. After successful completion, you are admitted to enter a Bachelor programme at the CBS.

Do I need German language skills?/ Can I take a German language class? + -

You don't need German language skills in order to enter the Finance & Management programme. But we do offer a free German language course for international students. Though it is not part of the curriculum, we encourage all international students to attend the class. Good German language skills will make it easier for you to find an internship and ensure a successful entry into the German job market.

By when should I apply to study Business Psychology? + -

The application process differs depending on whether you live in the European Union or not. 
This study programmes starts in the winter semester (September) as well as in our summer semester (end of January).

The application deadline for international students ends mid-November for the start in summer semester and mid-May for the start in the winter semester. This applies in particular if you require a visa to study in Germany. Since we accept your application all year round - even before you graduate from high school, please apply early if you need a study visa for Germany.

How can I apply for the Business Psychology degree programme and how does the application process work? + -

Please apply online using our application form and submit the following documents: (Please note: we can only accept documents in German or English)

  • Your CV in tabular format

  • Copy of your last school certificate with a transcript of records for each subject (original language plus translation in either English or German)

  • Letter of Motivation

  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)

  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language).

  • We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (at least 83 points Internet-based) or IELTS (at least band 6.5), Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage and further certificates. The tests must not be older than two years. Alternatively, you can furnish proof by taking the CBS language test within an interview (via skype) with our English Department. Also, you can substitute the required language test if you provide evidence of a six month stay abroad in an English-speaking country or if you prove parts of studies in English (examination of individual case).

  • Only in the event that you have previously studied at another college or university: Please submit a current transcript of courses taken (official Transcript of Records) or a certified copy of your degree (Bachelor Degree or Diploma; original language plus translation in either English or German)

In order to commence your studies with us, you must first successfully complete our selection process. The next step is an admissions interview. The interviews take place regularly and are carried out via Skype.

Further information on the exact procedure and other technical aspects will be communicated later on during the application process.

Pending successful completion of the interview and a positive evaluation by our Admissions Office, we will make you a contractual offer. In order to be able to study at CBS you have to accept the offer within a given period of time.

How does the planning for the semester abroad in the Business Psychology degree programme work? + -

Our International Office will advise you on applying to the right partner university for your semester abroad. The application phase usually begins one year before the start of the semester abroad. CBS has a broad international network of over 160 partner universities worldwide. The International Office will find the right match for you, depending on the course content and language skills you want to deepen abroad. Information on financing your studies and special funding opportunities such as ERASMUS or DAAD scholarships are also presented in the International Office's info session. Please note that as an international student you cannot complete your semester abroad in your home country.

How long and where can I do an internship during the Business Psychology Bachelor's programme? + -

The compulsory internship integrated into the International Business degree programme should be completed full-time for at least 7 weeks and can be carried out in a study-related industry of your choice. The online portal of our Career Services and the Talent Development Specialists will help you to find and apply for a suitable placement. A student working job of at least 250 working hours can also be recognised as a mandatory internship upon application

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Focus on international careers

With our English-language bachelor programme, you can already set the course for your career in an international context: from the first semester onwards, you can improve your Business-English skills and study in an intercultural learning environment. The 5th semester is reserved for your semester abroad at one of over 160 CBS partner universities worldwide, where you can further optimise your intercultural skills. The International Office staff will assist you with your choice and the whole application process.

Practical experience & soft skills trainings prepare you for the job market

Practical approaches and projects are at the core of our Business Psychology curriculum so that you can optimally prepare yourself for the job market and get to know various aspects of possible industrial fields. For example, you will complete an eight-week internship during your lecture-free period and work on complex issues in a joint business project with corporate partners. Our Business Simulation Game also offers you the chance to apply your knowledge in practice. Our Career Service supports you in finding an exciting internship in Germany or abroad with a renowned company!

In addition, our soft skills courses teach you how to lead teams and communicate effectively with your fellow students at all levels of the hierarchy. Whether in a job interview or at an important final presentation - a confident appearance is the sum of your experience and targeted training in which you can improve your skills. with convincing charisma and rhetoric, you will always be successful in your working life.

This is what our students say

Philip Kollmann
Project Manager
Wayne´s Coffee

"Especially the soft skill courses have been of great help for my performance in job interviews. Through my work in the Finance and Business Club I have built up a broad network and acquired project management skills that have enabled me to score points with companies."

Katrin Rieger
Bereichsdirektorin Reisevertrieb Deutschland / Vice President Sales
HanseMerkur Krankenversicherung

"The practical learning in small groups prepared me optimally for today's project and team work. The CBS provided me with the decisive soft skills and current knowledge from the world of business."

Christopher Rosenbaum
Manager
Ernst & Young GmbH
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"The Management Studies programme prepares you thoroughly for the tasks of a consultant. In particular, the development of presentation techniques as well as analytical thinking is of enormous importance in the everyday life of a consultant."

Oliver Kiderle
EMEA Regional Product Expert
Google Inc.

"The focus on internationality and practical skills have had a very positive influence on my development at Google. Especially the structured and very versatile project work, which is often found at a private school, was extremely helpful."

Kalle Kenkel
Commercial Excellence Manager
GE Healthcare

"My studies at CBS prepared me for a career in today's dynamic, global work environment. As one's origin and physical location become less and less decisive, it has become increasingly important to have a multinational network and adapt quickly to various cultures and environments."

Neil Jordaan
Global Digital Content Manager
Elanco

"Many professors shared their professional business experience with us in class and were able to illustrate dry theory with practical examples. I also enjoyed the international atmosphere on campus."

Patrick Stein
Head of Human Resources
Boston Consulting Group

"The strongly practice-oriented studies and the international orientation of the CBS, as well as the lectures held in English, were an absolutely necessary basis for starting a career with a renowned, international company."

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Anika Zaeske

Anika Zaeske

Study advisory: Campus Cologne
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Study advisory: Campus Aachen
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