Business Information Systems (M.Sc.)


Business Information Systems (Master of Science)

(Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc.)


General Information

Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 4 Semesters
Language: German
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:
  • Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) comprise a “Bachelor of Science” degree from the same programme or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please also note the general information on the Master’s degree programme, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
  • Internship: A Business Information Systems 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.
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.

Brief Description

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.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

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.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Law and Economics


Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students

Related Degree Programmes

Doctoral Studies

Career Perspectives