The prerequisites needed to study business psychology depend on whether you want to take up a bachelor's or master's degree programme. For this reason, the requirements are presented separately below.
As a personal prerequisite, you should have the general university entrance qualification or the full university of applied sciences entrance qualification. Degrees from foreign schools are also recognized, such as Matura, A-Levels, General Certificate of Education or IB Diploma. For proof of English language proficiency, you must present a certificate of proficiency that is no more than two years old. Alternatively, you can take the CBS free online English test.
Admission requirement for a Master's degree at the CBS is a first academic degree (Bachelor, Diplom, Magister) from a recognized German or international university, university of applied sciences or university of cooperative education with a final grade of at least "good". If this grade point average was not achieved in the first degree programme, a separate admission procedure must be completed. The first degree should have been taken in a field of economics and should comprise a total of at least 180 ECTS credits.
Completing a degree in business psychology opens up a diverse range of professional opportunities. The current job market for business psychology graduates is highly promising, with a wide range of fields to choose from. Compared to other courses of study, competition among graduates is also relatively low. The fusion of economic and psychological expertise offers a promising future, as these roles cannot be automated despite the rise of digitalization. In fact, people are essential in these positions.
Potential employers include management consulting firms, banks, wholesale and retail companies, auditing firms, energy providers, pharmaceutical companies, and the automotive industry. These opportunities span across both large corporations and medium-sized companies. Insurance companies, automotive corporations, and banks highly value specialized personnel with a focus on business psychology. Even medium-sized companies seek graduates with business psychology expertise. While a job in a large corporation may offer higher pay, medium-sized companies offer diverse field experiences and unique workplace locations that may appeal to certain individuals. If you prefer entrepreneurial pursuits, a degree in business psychology can help launch your own startup, where your expertise can be utilized to develop innovative ideas.
The amount of your first salary depends largely on your first job. Large corporations usually pay very high salaries when compared to a medium-sized company. In general, however, the salary level also depends on other factors. Work experience, location, industry and any specialization play a very important role here. In the first three years, the average income is around $37,000 gross per year. In the further course of your professional career, the salary can increase to $49,000 euros per year.
CBS has several locations within Germany. The study location you can choose from always depends on the specific course of study and also on the type of degree. The Bachelor's degree programmes for Business Psychology studies are available full-time in Cologne, Mainz, Berlin/Potsdam, Aachen, Brühl, Neuss and Solingen. The master's degree programme can be completed at the CBS in Cologne and Mainz.
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