Instead of dropout: New subject only in the Master

As a humanities scholar, one sees oneself before the end of the Bachelor often in a professional impasse and regrets having not studied anything else. One possible solution: Business Administration Master programs for non-economists. But how difficult are they? And what do HR managers think?

Business Administration for non-economists

After his economic Abi Jonas Schmidt (26) had “no desire for numbers”. The statistics share in the social sciences was just so o.k. At some point he realized that “the income opportunity in the social field is often lower and the labor market is more competitive.”

Since he wanted to pursue the “less demanding Bachelor” anyway, the special Master at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef (IUBH) fit perfectly. He spent the preparatory semester with around 15 others, including engineers, psychologists and linguists. Only later did the “right business people” join.

From 0 to master level

At Zeppelin University (ZU) in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, on the other hand, lateral entrants will stay with each other for the entire two years. “Interdisciplinarity has great potential to drive discourse and to look at facts from different sides,” enthuses Katharina Held (22), who has already acquired economic foundations during her media and communication studies. With the necessary discipline it was no problem for her, as well as for Jonas, to catch up on the material within a very short time.

Tamara Strietz can not say anything about the learning curve. Her non-consecutive Master at the International School of Management (ISM) does not start until the summer semester. Originally, the 24-year-old studied Japanese Studies, but with her it was not a direct change of heart: “I wanted to study business administration as a minor subject, but was not admitted.” With the master, she wants to get closer to her career goal “project manager or sales manager for a English company in the Asian market”. Disadvantages in the application she feared no. Katharina is even more optimistic: “It’s absolutely awesome to gain in-depth knowledge in two disciplines, which is my unique selling point.”

It’s all about the industry

But how do HR professionals see that? The question of whether they do not think they have “nothing half whole and nothing” studied Jonas, which is why he asked two lecturers, including the former Director of Personnel Marketing of Deutsche Post DHL, “Both said that It’s not a problem, as long as you have good grades and have one or the other convincing internship certificate. “

Matt Molina-Pethers, European Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise (, does not even see it that close: “From year to year, we find out that there is little connection between what somebody does – and with what result – has studied, and actual development as a leader. ” That’s why we welcome graduates with all study backgrounds at the car rental.

Susanne Dusel, Head of Career Services at the IUBH, knows that a relaxed attitude is not (yet) displayed in all industries: “Unlike in consulting, for example, it applies to many positions – above all in HR or finance Field – still very important to have taken a consecutive path. ” Overall, she considers the job opportunities for humanities graduates followed by a master’s degree in management to be very good.