Academic life

Curriculum and examination regulations

The Curriculum and Examination Regulations (SPO) for degree programs are divided into two parts.
Part A is comprised of standard regulations concerning all degree programs, part B is comprised of special regulations for each degree program.

The Curriculum and Examination Regulations are organized under the following topics:

  • Duration, structure, and organization of the study program
  • Distribution of required courses and core electives over different semesters
  • Position and content of traineeship semesters
  • Examination procedure and mode
  • Final thesis, degree certificates

We strongly recommend students to read through carefully the Curriculum and Examination Regulations of their degree program before the start of studies. Part A is available in English, for the parts B of the respective degree programs please see the German-language download page.

Final thesis

As detailed in each study program's Studien-und Prüfungsordnung (Curriculum and Examination Regulations), students must write a final bachelor or master thesis in order to graduate. This thesis, supervised by a professor, entails a scientific project which is carried out and documented in an independent manner and is prepared, in many cases, outside the University in a company.

For graduation, HsKA confers the academic degree "Bachelor” or "Master” followed by respectively adding: of Arts, of Business Administration, of Engineering, of Science. After obtaining a bachelor's degree, graduates are allowed to study a master's program at a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) or a university.

If the student has exceeded the maximum program duration, but the thesis is the only study credit outstanding in order to graduate, it is possible to finish it as "Externer Examenskandidat" (external candidate). For this, the student de-registers at his / her own request at the end of the semester, but the thesis can be handed in within two more semesters after deregistration. The candidate is not registered as a student, does not need to apply for extension of the program duration, and does not need to pay further study fees.