Business Information Systems (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Internship: A Business Information Systmes internship of twelve weeks or more should be completed before the start of the programme. In justified exceptional cases, it is possible to make up the internship until the day of registration for the last subject exam. This requires the approval of the board of examiners; request for deadline extension at the Studienbüro.|
Requirements for Admission: |
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester (recommended) or summer semester (without degree completion guarantee)|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: online application|
|Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.|
The Business Information Systems degree programme at the TU Darmstadt is defined by its distinct interdisciplinary nature. I contains parts of both the Business Studies (business administration and economics) and Law on the one hand and Business Information Systems on the other to nearly the same extent.
The Master’s degree programme Business Information Systems focuses on a smaller scale on the informatics area of specialisation than the non-business Informatics degree programme. Otherwise the students of Business Information Systems attend the same courses as their fellow students who study Computer Science. Additionally, the students are trained in the fields of Business Administration and Economics, acquire fundamental knowledge of law, and learn Business Informatics.
The Master of Science programme Business Information Systems deepens and expands the skills and knowledge acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme for planning, developing, and managing information and communications systems. Located at the interface of Business Studies and Informatics, the programme is particularly characterised by its research orientation. The Master’s degree includes various other forms of learning to work scientifically (seminar papers, research papers, Master’s Thesis) in order to gain initial experience in basic and applied research. The programme caters to personal preferences by offering numerous electives and areas of specialisation. Therefore, we recommend that you attend the introductory lecture “Introduction to the Master’s Degree Programme” offered by the department at the beginning of your Master’s programme.
An additional commercial internship serves the qualification of students. A completed commercial training or a completed vocational training in the field of information and communications technology may be taken into account completely or partially. If possible, the 12-week internship should be completed before the start of the program; it must, however, be completed no later than by the day of registering for the last subject exam. During the programme, it is possible to do the internship abroad as well as spend entire semesters in a foreign country.
The Master of Science in Business Information Systems is divided as follows into four subject areas.
The first Business Information Systems subject area contains mandatory courses on the topics of Information Management and Enterprise Architecture Management, Decision Support Systems and Social Network Analysis, Software and Internet Economics / Practice of the Software Law, Creating a Web Start Up and a Business Informatics Master’s seminar.
The second subject area comprises Legal and Business Studies and consists of the following five subsections:
- Elective Subject Area A: Here, the students are required to choose one module from the following four:
Management of Companies and Company Networks, Micro and Macroeconomics II, German and International Corporate Law, Quantitative Methods.
- Elective Subject Area B: The students are required to choose an elective module from the catalogues of Legal Studies, Business Administration, or Economics.
- Area of specialisation: The students can attend specialised modules from additional catalogues of Legal Studies, Business Administration, or Economics.
- Master’s seminar: The students are required to work on a scientific problem within a seminar in one of the three Legal and Business Studies disciplines the students can choose individually.
In the third subject area, Computer Science the students first choose which courses of the following eight areas of specialisation of Computer Science they would like to attend:
- Computational Engineering: Simulation and Construction, Robotics, High-performance Computing
- Computer Microsystems: Microelectronic/embedded Systems, System Programming
- Foundations of Computing: Decide, Reconstruct, Recognise, Optimise
- Human Computer Systems: Graphic and Multimodal Interactive Systems
- Data and Knowledge Engineering: Information and Knowledge Management in a Network, e-learning
- Net Centric Systems: Media Technology, Computer Networks, Distributed Systems
- Software Engineering: Languages/ Methods/ Tools, Components, Architectures
- Trusted Systems: Security, Reliability, Correctness
First, two or three of these areas of Computer Science must be selected, and lectures and tutorials or integrated courses must be attended within each of them. Moreover, modules (internships, seminars, and/or project internships) from the eight areas of specialisation can be added.
As the final module, the research paper and the Master’s Thesis conclude the programme. For three months in each case, the students work independently on a scientific topic in the field of Legal and Business Studies and in the field of Informatics. The research paper and the Master’s Thesis may not be written in the same field. In justified exceptional cases and with the permission from the board of examiners, the two three-month-long papers may be replaced by a more extensive (six-month-long) Master’s Thesis with an interdisciplinary topic. Further information about this option may be found here.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Business Information Systems (B.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsinformatik, B.Sc.)|
|Autonomous Systems (M.Sc.)|
|Computational Engineering (CE) (M.Sc.)|
|Distributed Software Systems (M.Sc.)|
|Computer Science (M.Sc.) (Informatik, M.Sc.)|
|Computer Science (M.Ed.) (Informatik, M.Ed.)|
|Computer Science (LaG) (Informatic, Lehram an Gymnasien)|
|Information and Communication Engineering (iCE) (M.Sc.)|
|Information Systems Technology (M.Sc.) (Informationssystemtechnik, M.Sc.)|
|Internet and Web-based Systems (M.Sc.) (Internet- und Webbasierte Systeme, M.Sc.)|
|IT Security (M.Sc.) (IT Sicherheit, M.Sc.)|
|Psychology in IT (M.Sc.) (Psychologie in IT, M.Sc.)|
|Visual Computing (M.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (WI-ETiT) (M.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – technische Fachrichtung Elektro- und Informationstechnik, M.Sc.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Business Information Systems graduates work at the interface of information-technological and business needs. Development, marketing and product life cycles, for example, are much shorter today than only a few years ago. Therefore, business and production procedures must be concluded simultaneously more often than before. For this interface requirement, Business Information Systems graduates are equipped with the necessary skills in both fields.
Within this framework, the field of activity for Business Information Systems graduates consists of the design and development of information and communications systems. They can find employment in companies of nearly all industries, in public administration, or they become self-employed.
In companies, for example, Business Information Systems graduates examine existing IT systems for their security and effectiveness and are responsible for their maintenance as well as for the introduction of new software solutions. They also apply their skills and knowledge to, for example, the technical reproduction of administrative tasks and production controls and the development of databases and web-based information systems.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Fachgruppe Wirtschaftsinformatik und Informationsmanagment im Bundesverband Deutscher Volks- und Betriebswirte (bdvb) (Expert group Business Informatics and Information Management within the Federal Association of German Business Economists and Economists)
Fachbereich Wirtschaftsinformatik innerhalb der Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) (Business Informatics Department within the German Informatics Society)
Berufsverband der deutschen Wirtschaftsingenieure (Association of German Industrial Engineers)