Information Systems

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 1.7 k / Year(s) Deadline: Feb 28, 2024
73 place StudyQA ranking:797 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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Today's information and communication systems have a significant impact on the economy and society. They shape and change business processes within organizations, influence the ways in which we work, and open up new areas of business such as e-commerce and electronic services.

In the Master's study program in Information Systems, you will broaden and deepen the knowledge you acquired during your Bachelor's study program, with the aim of enabling you to play an active role in shaping the changes that the economy experiences through informatics.

You will combine methods from the spheres of both informatics and management science, allowing you to take a holistic, comprehensive approach toward solving the problems that companies face. The program's emphasis is on the design and management of information systems and IT-based innovations.

You will also learn how to analyze non-standard problems yourself, how to use independent means of acquiring the knowledge you need to do this, and how to develop appropriate solutions.

Career prospects and further degree programs

As an information systems specialist with a Master's degree, you will have excellent career prospects at the juncture between business and informatics: you will work in demanding roles in business and administration where, as a business analyst for example, you will plan, test and direct the use of IT systems; consult on technical and organizational issues; manage corporate IT departments; create IT-based innovations and business models; or function as a methodically trained specialist.

Moreover, graduates with the right aptitude have the opportunity to complete a doctorate, an outstanding foundation for an academic career.

  • 60 ECTS credits to be earned from a customizable elective area and a Master’s project 
  • Master’s thesis comprising 30 ECTS credits 
  • Complemented by a minor program of choice comprising 30 ECTS credits and selected from the current programs on offer
  • Normal period of study: four semesters 
  • Title awarded upon graduation: Master of Science UZH in Informatik (corresponds to Master of Science UZH in Informatics) 

Major/minor subject combinations

In addition to the major study program comprising 90 ECTS credits, a minor study program comprising 30 ECTS credits is selected from the Faculty or from other UZH faculties. 

  • Proof of Competence in the English Language. IELTS 7.0, TOEFL iBT 100
  • Admission to a Master’s degree program generally requires a Bachelor’s degree with a total of 180 ECTS credits from a university recognized by the University of Zurich.
  • Acceptance to a Master's program in another field of study may be made conditional on acquiring additional knowledge and skills.


Living expenses depend very much on the individual student. These figures should therefore be regarded as a guideline only (in CHF): 

Rent incl. heating 550
Additional expenses (telephone, internet) 200
Meals 400
Insurance 250
Travel 80
Clothing, laundry, personal items 70
Leisure, spending money 150
Teaching materials 50
Total 1,750

The expected minimum cost of living for students therefore comes to a total of CHF 1,750 per month. Course fees come to around CHF 770 per semester.

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