Bachelor of Arts

Global Economics and Management

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A multitude of political, social and cultural forces drive economic decisions in our globalized world. To understand these forces, students need to learn about the many challenges faced by today’s firms and economies. These include resource scarcity, climate change, economic growth, financial crises, or inequalities. The program Global Economics and Management views the classical studies of business administration and economics within a global context and combines them with knowledge from political science, sociology and management. Students gain a transdisciplinary understanding of global economic challenges with an emphasis on sustainable development and responsible leadership.

The Bachelor program Global Economics and Management has received excellent ranking results in the most recent university ranking conducted by the Center for Higher Education (CHE).

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Solid labor-market qualification

With its combination of economics and management, students acquire solid labor-market qualifications for junior management positions with responsibilities in function-specific tasks and projects within areas of employment such as business development, sales and marketing, human resource management, organizational development, strategy and technology consulting, as well as for analyst positions in these fields or in specific industries.

Well-prepared for top global career paths

In the last years, our graduates obtained internships and positions in a variety of institutions, including the World Bank, MIT, or the Harvard Kennedy School, and at companies such as Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Deutsche Börse, KPMG, Henkel, Daimler, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Uber, Vodafone, Zalando or Deloitte, as well as in various startups. A degree in GEM will also equip students with transferable skills that will allow them to move into other areas of employment in a variety of employers such as national and multi-national companies, governmental agencies, NGOs, international organizations, think tanks, special interest groups, or research institutions.

Well-prepared for top-league graduate education

The GEM program has taken JU’s graduates onto a rich diversity of career paths. The academic rigor of the program prepares students for highly ranked graduate programs. GEM alumni have a strong track record with leading institutions around the world, such as the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, St Gallen, Bonn, Munich (TUM) and Mannheim, and graduate schools such as ESADE, Copenhagen Business School, BI Norwegian Business School, Hertie School of Governance, London Business School, and the London School of Economics.

Individual career counseling and support

Due to their experience of working and living with students from more than 100 countries on Jacobs University’s international campus, GEM graduates are well prepared to take on responsibility in intercultural work environments. What is more, the Jacobs Career Services Center offers students, amongst others, access to an exclusive internship program, individual career counseling, professional skills seminars, an online job portal, and employer networking during on-campus recruiting events.

Today’s business world requires disciplinary knowledge from graduates as well as the ability to apply this knowledge. Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. Jacobs University’s students participate in trainings on project management, business communication, job interview skills, and more. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their career.


The ?rst study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. GEM Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 30 CP will be from their intended major.

Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.

GEM students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:

  • CHOICE Module: Microeconomics (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: Macroeconomics (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: Introduction to International Business (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: Introduction to Finance and Accounting (7.5 CP)

These lecture-tutorial combinations provide the students with a general overview about basic concepts and theories in economics and business. In the associated tutorials, students have the opportunity to recess the material taught in the lectures through discussions of related concepts, policy problems, or scientific studies, and through cases and exercises.

In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speci?c CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.

GEM students take 30 CP from the following CORE modules:

  • CORE: Development Economics (7.5 CP)
  • CORE: Environmental and Resource Economics (7.5 CP)
  • CORE: Comparing Economic Systems (7.5 CP)
  • CORE: International Economics (7.5 CP)
  • CORE: Marketing (7.5 CP)
  • CORE: Organization and Human Resource Management (7.5 CP)

These modules offer a combination of seminar and tutorial. Each module builds on the contents of the first-year modules and delve into its respective topic through a mix of lecture inputs, paper discussions, and interactive group work. In the second year of studies, examinations are increasingly oriented towards essays and presentations.

15 CP in CORE modules can be selected in the second year of studies according to interest and with the aim to pursue a minor in a second field of studies.

During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.

The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.

GEM students take 15 CP of major-specific and major-related Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.

GEM students choose 15 CP of the following Specialization Modules:

  • Specialization: Advanced Econometrics (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Information Economics (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Lean Management (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Managerial Accounting (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Contemporary Topics in Marketing (5 CP)

Admission/Entrance requirements

Admission to Jacobs University is selective and is based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, self-presentation, and performance on required standardized tests. Students admitted to Jacobs University demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, intellectual creativity, and the desire and motivation to make a difference in the world. Please note that there is no application fee.

Fees & Finances

We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that a Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.

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  • Excellence in the selection of students and professors, in the structuring of our syllabuses and the associated performance requirements for students and faculty
  • An international student body and faculty; internationally recognized study credits and qualifications; lessons in English
  • Trans-disciplinary teaching and research, which means cross-departmental collaboration
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