Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences

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Aarhus BSS
Seal of Aarhus University
Seal of Aarhus University
Latin: Universitas Aarhusiensis
Type Business School
Established 2007 (1928)
Dean Thomas Pallesen (dean of Aarhus BSS)
Academic staff
Students 16,000
Location Aarhus and Herning, Denmark Denmark
56°09′N 10°13′E / 56.150°N 10.217°E / 56.150; 10.217
Affiliations EUA
Website bss.au.dk
Logo of Aarhus University
Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences is located in Denmark
Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences
Location in Denmark

The Aarhus University School of Business and Social Sciences (in short Aarhus BSS[1]) is one of four main academic areas of Aarhus University with a campus in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. The school consists of seven departments:[2] Economics and Business Economics, Management, Political Science, Law, Business Communication, Psychology and Behavioural Sciences and Department of Business Development and Technology (located in the city of Herning).

Aarhus BSS is a merger from 2007 and teaches programmes at Bachelor’s, Master and PhD level along with the MBA (Master of Business Administration), EMBA (Executive MBA) programmes and Summer University and Winter school courses. In 2010 Dale T. Mortensen, a Niels Bohr Visiting Professor at Aarhus University, received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences together with his colleagues Peter Diamond and Christopher Pissarides.


Main article: Aarhus University

The history of the Aarhus BSS is both old and new. On 1 January 2007, Aarhus School of Business (ASB or in Danish: Handelshøjskolen) merged with Aarhus University to become part of Aarhus University and in 2011 the Aarhus School of Business and Faculty of Social Sciences at Aarhus University were merged under the name of Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences. Aarhus School of Business was founded in 1939, and the Faculty of Social Sciences, consisting of several departments and faculties established between 1936 and 1969.

Aarhus School of Business's predecessor, The Jutland Business School (Den Jyske Handelshøjskole, DJH), has a somewhat more extensive history. Already in the late 1800s, DJH provided business programmes to young people from Jutland who wished to follow studies within business, economics and trade. Only when Aarhus School of Business was founded in 1939 did it become the academic institution that it was known as today.[1]

Aarhus School of Business has continually grown since its founding. In 1968 Aarhus School of Business moved from the original location downtown Aarhus to the yellow and red brick buildings which since then have provided the setting for the outstanding research and teaching that Aarhus School of Business stood for.

After the 2011 merger the school now has around 16,000 students, 737 academic staff, including 223 PhD students,[3] making it one of the largest business schools in Europe.

Campus and student life[edit]

Students at work on Arhus BSS main campus.

The campus of the School of Business and Social Sciences has its main base around the University Park, the Nobel Park and campus Fuglesangs Allé, all located in the centre of Aarhus. In 2006, the Institute of Business and Technology in Herning (now AU Herning) was merged with Aarhus University, adding Birk Centerpark in Herning to the campus sites of School of Business and Social Sciences.

Because of its large number of students, Aarhus is regarded as a university town.

The campus in Aarhus and Herning offers a number of facilities, including Aarhus University Sport (AUS)[3] which hosts more than 16 different sports activities and Denmark’s biggest Sports Day and Friday Bar, libraries on all campus sites, student organisations like Studenterlauget and the Student Council, and cafeterias and cafes like Dale’s café, Aarhus Student House and Klubben.

Accommodation at the university is possible in the University Park Dormitories.[4]

Degree programmes[edit]

Bachelor degree programmes[edit]

  • BA in Marketing and Management Communication (Aarhus)
  • BSc in Economics and Business Administration – General (Aarhus)
  • BSc in Economics and Business Administration – International Management (Aarhus)
  • BSc in Economics and Business Administration – Sustainability (Aarhus)
  • BSc in Economics and Business Administration – International Business (Herning)
  • BA in International Communication and Multimedia (Herning)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Design Engineering (Herning)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Global Management and Manufacturing (Herning)[5]

MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration[edit]

  • Business Intelligence (Aarhus)
  • Consumer Affairs Management (Aarhus)
  • Finance (Aarhus)
  • Finance and International Business (Aarhus)
  • Information Management (Aarhus)
  • Innovation Management (Aarhus)
  • International Business (Aarhus)
  • International Economic Consulting [6] (Aarhus)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Aarhus)
  • Management Accounting and Control, (Aarhus)
  • Business Economics and Auditing (Aarhus)
  • Marketing (Aarhus)
  • Strategy, Organisation and Leadership (Aarhus)
  • Marketing and Business Innovation (Herning)[7]

Master degree programmes in Economics and other programmes[edit]

  • MSc in Economics and Management (Aarhus)
  • MSc in Quantitative Economics (Aarhus)
  • MA in Corporate Communication (Aarhus)
  • MSc in Engineering in Technology Based Business Development (Herning)

MBA programme[edit]

School of Business and Social Sciences also teaches a one-year full-time MBA (Master in Business Administration) which integrates both sustainability and personal development into all courses. 25 applicants are admitted to the MBA programme every year.[8]

Executive MBA programme[edit]

The school also offers a two-year Executive MBA in Change Management and Leadership aimed at experienced managers. During the programme, managers will go on study trips to Stanford University and a university in Asia.[9]

PhD programmes[edit]

Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences offers the following seven PhD programmes:[10]

  • Business Administration
  • Business Communication
  • Economics and Business
  • Law
  • Political Science and Government
  • Psychology and Behavioural Sciences
  • Social Science and Business

All programmes, except Social Science and Business (3-year scheme) are available as 3-year, 4-year, and 5-year schemes.


Aarhus BSS is currently (2016) ranked[11] no. 79 in the Financial Times ranking of business schools. Aarhus University is ranked no. 97 on the Leiden Ranking, no. 86 on National Taiwan University Ranking, no. 65 on Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), no. 117 on QS World University Ranking and no. 98 on Times Higher Education World University Ranking.[12]


Aarhus BSS holds the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Equis accreditation,[13] the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)[14] and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This makes the school one of the few to have the so-called Triple Crown accreditations.

Aarhus BSS is a member of PRME, the UN-funded network consisting of business schools and universities which are all committed to integrating a number of principles for sustainability and social responsibility into their research and educational activities. So far, more than 300 institutions of higher education have joined the network.


Svend Hylleberg, Professor of Economics and former Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University, is Dean of Aarhus BSS. He was appointed in 2011 in connection with the merger between Aarhus School of Business and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The school's Executive Team[15] is formed by the Dean, the Vice-Dean for research and talent development, Per Baltzer Overgaard, the Vice-Dean for education, Peder Østergaard, and the Vice-Dean for knowledge exchange Frank Pedersen.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Aarhus BSS has a large network of alumni (former students) gathered in the network of AU Alumni, which aims at creating and maintaining relations between students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Notable alumni:[16]

  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen, (MSc in Economics 1978) Prime Minister of Denmark from 2001 until 2009. Secretary General of NATO from August 2009.
  • Bjørn Lomborg, (MSc in Political Science 1991) Danish author, academic and environmentalist.
  • Crown Prince Frederik, (MSc in Political Science 1995) Crown Prince of Denmark.
  • Dan Jørgensen, (MSc in Political Science) Danish politician. Member of the European Parliament since 2004.
  • Henrik Poulsen, (MSc in Finance) CEO of DONG Energy and former CEO of TDC.
  • Jan Beyer Schmidt-Sørensen, (Ph.D. in Economics in 1990) Director of Business Development at Aarhus Municipality and former Rector of Aarhus School of Business
  • Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, (MSc 1995, PhD in 1998 in Economics) CEO of the Lego Group
  • Lars Rohde, (MSc in Economics), from 2013 CEO of the Danish National Bank
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark since 1972, studied Political Science in 1961-62.
  • Søren Gade, (MSc in Economics 1990) Danish politician, Minister of Defence and Member of the Danish Parliament.
  • Svend Auken, (MSc in Political Science 1969) Danish politician. Chairman of the Danish Social Democrats 1987-1992.
  • Tøger Seidenfaden, (MSc in Political Science 1983) Danish journalist. Editor-in-chief at Politiken 1993-2011.
  • Yildiz Akdogan, (MSc in Political Science 2006) Danish politician, Member of the Danish Parliament since 2007.


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  2. ^ "Departments". Bss.au.dk. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Aarhus Universitets-Sport - Train Hard – Study Hard!". Aus.dk. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Campus Housing at Aarhus University". Koll.au.dk. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Bachelor's Degree Programmes". Bss.au.dk. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  6. ^ "International Economic Consulting". Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Master's Degree Programmes". Bss.au.dk. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Full-Time MBA". Executive.au.dk. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  9. ^ "Executive MBA". Executive.au.dk. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  10. ^ "PhD". Bss.au.dk. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
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  12. ^ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2017/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats#!/page/0/length/25
  13. ^ "Accreditations". Bss.au.dk. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  15. ^ "Dean's Office". Bss.au.dk. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  16. ^ Note that all are graduates from bygone individual university institutes, prior to the 2007 merging.

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