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In a global economy, information technologies are core enablers of successful business models. A new generation of Internet companies has shown tremendous growth rates and has fundamentally changed the way businesses operate in many sectors. Information technologies have profoundly impacted businesses, organisations and society. This is reflected by terms such as e-business, e-government, agile organisations and knowledge society. Information systems (IS) have been characterised as the heart or the engine of business with a set of interrelated components that collect, retrieve, process, store and distribute information to support decision making and control in any organisation. Furthermore, information systems help managers and knowledge workers in efficient business processes, effective collaboration and improving existing or creating new business opportunities, products and services. In today`s economy there is a growing interdependence between an organisation`s ability to creatively apply and manage information systems and its agility, ability to implement corporate strategies and to achieve corporate goals.

The Master programme in Information Systems offers a blended mixture of management and computer science concepts, modelling skills and hands-on experiences in small groups applying leading-edge information technologies to real-world business opportunities. Typical challenges are development, customizing and continuous improvement of enterprise systems, establishing information infrastructures for knowledge workers, horizontal, vertical, business process-oriented and inter-organisational integration or development of IT-oriented business models and strategies. Information systems are part of a series of value-adding activities for acquiring, transforming, and distributing information so that managers can improve their decision making process, enhance organisational effectiveness and performance. A key asset of the Master programme in Information System is its joint offering by experienced faculty in Information Systems, Management and Computer Science integrating a business and a computer science perspective on information systems into the process of learning. Other key assets are work in small groups, international IS case studies, leading-edge labs for student projects and advanced technology-enhanced collaborative learning concepts.

 

Program Structure

The first semester is dedicated to harmonise the potentially heterogeneous skill set of the student population. Students with a background in Management, Business or Economics are offered competencies in the IT core. Students with a background in Computer Science or Engineering are offered competencies in the management core. Students with an Information System background suscribe to the advanced modules in both, IT and Management core. The advanced modules combine concepts and methods for planning and controlling of processes of value creation (Management perspective), methods and tools for the design of information systems (Information Systems perspective) and IT skills for the realisation of these systems (Computer Science perspective):

The following figure presents the structure of the programme according to the four semester course. 

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Academic Degree

The degree "Master of Science" (MSc) is awarded to students having successfully completed the entire program.

 

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