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BSc Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Sustainable Production and Business

Professor Doctor Wolfang Echelmeyer

“Business engineers are indispensable for economic success: In the BSc Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Sustainable Production and Business, we prepare students for the challenges of the future. Our students accompany the entire product development process, create a tailor-made business and production environment, all the while taking into consideration the importance of sustainability in every aspect of the process.”  

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Echelmeyer, Dean of Studies BSc Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Sustainable Production and Business

Why study BSc Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Sustainable Production and Business?

... because you are equally interested in learning about economic, technical and ecological content and want to turn your own ideas into real-life products: You will receive an interdisciplinary education as an industrial/ business engineer specialising in production and sustainable product and business development.

...because you can expect a tailored balance of theory and practice: The course combines lectures, business simulations and project and lab work, and an internship semester is integrated into the course. ESB Business School and its teaching staff cultivate strong contacts with companies and make intensive use of this practical experience.

... because the degree programme is set up holistically: You control and follow the complete product development and implementation process up to the marketing of the product or your independent spin-off.

... because you like to work in a team and small groups are important to you: You plan and realize your product idea in small teams. Our lecturers will coach and support you in this process. Even in our big lecture halls, small group sizes with a good supervision ratio take priority.

... because the course has a strong international focus: English language lectures and a semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities worldwide are integral parts of the programme; making you fit for the global work environment.

... because language and social skills are taught alongside specialist knowledge: Because both are important for the coordination of complex production processes and the realisation of a business idea.

Key facts

Length of course

7 semesters (incl. 1 internship and 1 semester abroad)

Place of study

Reutlingen and partner university abroad

Beginning of course

Summer and winter semester

The summer semester 2022 starts on 15 March.

Application deadline

Winter semester: 15 July

Summer semester: 15 January

Language of instruction

German and English (approx. 70/30)

Foreign languages





Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Semester contribution: € 167.30 (Student Union fee contribution to administrative costs)
€ 97.30 for exchange students

Applicants from non-EU countries: The state of Baden-Württemberg imposes fees of € 1.500 per semester for new students.

Admission requirements
  • (Subject related) A-levels (Abitur), entrance qualification for niversities of applied sciences, or an equivalent qualification as defined in the Regulation for University Entrance Qualifications of People in Employment (Berufs-HTVO)
Available places

42 in the summer semester

43 in the winter semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

How can I transfer my idea into a real-life product?

How does a production company work and is the company right for my product?

What production technology, production structure and work force organisation does a company need to fulfil its goals?

How can the use of resources and energy and the design of the production environment be as sustainable as possible?

Which steps must be taken from product concept to the organisation of production, to prototype production and the marketing and founding of a company?

How can the management of inventory, throughput time or machine utilization be optimally designed?

How can processes be optimised through digitalisation and which digital tools can be used for production design?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates' qualifications profile:

  • Industrial engineers combine technical skills with economic know-how and are therefore able to recognise interdisciplinary structures
  • From the raw material to the customer: they organise, control and optimise the entire production and distribution chain including the securing of resources, financial planning, market analysis and sales strategy.
  • They are able to assess the impact of their decisions on employees, technology, market and environment.
  • They work creatively in a team, are able to lead such a team as well as present and share ideas and results professionally.

Typical industrial sectors:

For our graduates there is no "typical" industrial sector. Industrial/business engineers are needed across all industries in all manufacturing companies. This is alos reflected by the current employers of our graduates from the following sectors:

  • Automotive (supplier) industry
  • Electrical industry
  • Machinery and plant engineering
  • Management consulting, consulting
  • Education and research institutions
  • Wholesale and foreign trade

Typical corporate areas:

Our multidisciplinary programme enables our graduates to perform interface functions between technology and management. With the ability to tackle diverse problems and to integrate a technical and economic perspective, our graduates find a wide range of application fields across virtually all corporate divisions.

  • Management functions on corporate, business division or project level
  • Process planning, control and optimization of procurement, production and logistics with regard to new technologies and innovative solutions
  • Planning and design of production sites and warehouses
  • Quality management and assurance
  • Technical distribution/ marketing or purchasing
  • Production and project controlling, accounting and financing

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business School has been accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5 per cent of all business schools worldwide bear this quality seal. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

ESB Business School has also been system accredited by FIBAA. Within this accreditation process, the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business Scholl pass through the rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.

Current rankings:

Wirtschaftswoche 2021: ESB Business School faculty maintains its first place among German universities of applied sciences in the field of business administration. Business and Engineering is still ranked among the top ten at universities of applied sciences. To the ranking (German Article)

Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020: No. 1 in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". 100 per cent of students recommend ESB Business School.

Studycheck University Ranking 2020: Reutlingen University belongs to the most popular universities in Germany once again. It performed especially successful in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". To the ranking

U-Multirank 2020: Reutlingen University has been awarded eleven top positions in the fields of international orientation and student mobility, and ESB Business School performed especially successfully with regard to the contact to work environments. To the ranking

Die Zeit (CHE) Studienführer 2020/2021: Top group in several areas including international orientation, support during study entry phase, support during practical semesters and in the overall study situation. To the ranking

News & Events

Graduates throw their caps in the air once more

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23.03.2024 - 23.03.2024: Graduation Ceremony of ESB Business School March 2024

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[Translate to English:] AACSB accredited