Studying at the HWR Berlin

Studying directly after leaving school: a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, a cooperative studies degree or distance learning − the HWR Berlin offers more than 55 different degree programmes. Find the degree programme that best suits you and apply.

Why the HWR Berlin?

Practice-oriented, international and personal − a close and friendly community. There are many great reasons for studying at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin.


Your decision − what should I study?

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From A for Accounting and Controlling to T for Technical Facility Management − the HWR Berlin provides teaching in more than 55 degree programmes. Find your favourite in just two steps.

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Your degree qualification − a short guide

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, Diplom or a cooperative studies degree: find out here about the various qualifications on offer.

What is a Bachelor’s degree?

A Bachelor’s degree is a first-level university degree and qualifies its holder for professional entry. A Bachelor's degree programme taught at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR Berlin) usually takes six semesters to complete, i.e. three years. It culminates in the award of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). The Bachelor’s degree qualifies its holder for a Master's degree programme, the second-level university degree, in which students deepen their knowledge and understanding of their chosen subject.

Degree qualifications available at the HWR Berlin

  • Bachelor of Arts: a degree qualification in the humanities or social sciences
  • Bachelor of Engineering: a degree qualification in the engineering sciences
  • Bachelor of Laws: a degree qualification in an aspect of legal studies

What is a Master’s degree programme?

A Master’s degree is the second stage of your studies: once you have obtained a Bachelor's degree qualification, you can add a Master's degree programme to qualify yourself further for the world of work or an academic career. A Master’s degree programme taught at the HWR Berlin usually takes four semesters to complete, i.e. about two years, and culminates in the award of a Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Laws (LL.M.) or Master of Science (M.Sc.). A Master’s degree qualifies you to start a doctoral degree. A doctoral degree is the third stage of studying.

Degree qualifications available at the HWR Berlin

  • Master of Arts: A degree qualification in the humanities and social sciences
  • Master of Laws: A degree qualification in an aspect of legal studies
  • Master of Science: A degree qualification in computer science, business and economics or the natural sciences

What is a cooperative studies degree programme?

Cooperative studies − never heard of it? A cooperative studies degree combines practical experience-based company training with academic teaching. The theory and practice phases alternate. Applicants wishing to study for a cooperative studies degree at the HWR Berlin should send their applications to one of our c. 700 partner companies. Graduates of a cooperative studies degree programme hold both a Bachelor’s degree qualification and have considerable professional experience. A cooperative studies degree programme taught at the HWR usually takes six semesters to complete, i.e. about three years.

Degree qualifications available at the HWR Berlin

  • Bachelor of Arts: a degree qualification in the humanities or social sciences
  • Bachelor of Engineering: a degree qualification in the engineering sciences
  • Bachelor of Laws: a degree qualification in an aspect of legal studies
  • Bachelor of Science: a degree qualification in computer science, business and economics or the natural sciences

What is a Diplom?

We currently offer only very few Diplom degree programmes at the HWR Berlin. Before the development in Germany of the Bachelor’s degree qualification within the scope of the Bologna reform, a Diplom was one of two standard degree qualifications awarded to humanities students. After 1999, European countries adopted the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. Those studying for a Diplom degree programme taught at the Department of Legal Studies at the HWR Berlin will usually study for three years.

Degree qualifications available at the HWR Berlin

  • A Diplom in Administration Studies
  • A Diplom in Legal Studies

What is an MBA?

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a degree programme of continuing professional development taught at the Berlin Professional School (BPS) at the HWR Berlin. It is aimed at all those in work, who wish to extend their knowledge of Business Administration and Management. The BPS imparts the knowledge and skills to manage an internationally-active company. An MBA can be studied full-time, part-time or as a distance learning programme.

What is an MPA?

The four-semester Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree programme of continuing professional development prepares employees of the public administration  for senior management positions. The MPA is a distance learning course taught in blended learning format. Online independent study phases alternate with classroom-based forms of teaching at the campus of the Berlin Professional School in Berlin Lichtenberg.

The degree programmes taught at the Berlin Professional School

  • Master of Business Administration: a degree qualification in business and economics
  • Master of Public Administration: a degree qualification in administrative science

What is a legal assistant?

Business administration training is completed with a degree qualification as a “legal assistant”. This is equivalent to the second vocational qualification in Germany (Meister) and represents the next qualification level for specialist businesspeople. This degree programme is usually taken by holders of commercial vocational qualifications who are already experienced in their fields.

Degree qualifications available at the HWR Berlin

  • Examined Notary Public Assistant
  • Examined Legal Assistant/Paralegal

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