The first semester starts with a customised introduction to International Information Systems. Students with a background in management take the informatics module, whereas students with an IT background take the management module. The introduction helps students to gain competencies not covered in their previous studies which are required for successful completion of the rigorous curriculum awaiting them in the later part of the programme. The first semester also includes the foreign languages module, which allows students to take different language courses.
The courses in the second and third semesters integrate interdisciplinary perspectives across the fields of management and computer science.
Topics covered in the curriculum include, among others:
- IT-enabled innovation and value creation
- IT-enabled processes and services
- business analytics
- IT management
- project management
- data management
- software engineering
- agile and open source software development
In addition, seminars with different focuses offered in the third semester prepare students for their Master's thesis, which is to be completed in the final semester. The Master's thesis can be completed in cooperation with an international corporate or academic partner.
It is mandatory for students to study abroad for at least one semester during the course of the programme.
Study abroad unit(s)
It is mandatory for students to study abroad for at least one semester during the course of the programme. The modular structure of the programme allows students to find appropriate courses at foreign universities that match the curriculum. The modular structure also permits students to spend up to two semesters abroad.
Four possibilities are accepted for study abroad:
- an exchange semester at one of our partner universities (e.g. ERASMUS)
- an exchange semester at any recognised university as a free mover
- completion of the Master's thesis in cooperation with one of our academic partners located outside Germany (limited number of possibilities)
- completion of the Master's thesis in cooperation with a company located outside Germany
We encourage our students to do internships abroad during the semester breaks, but these do not count as a study abroad semester.
An internship is not an integral part of the course of studies. However, students are encouraged to do an internship in order to gain practical insights.
Forms of assessment
Written exams and/or oral exams and/or team presentations and/or homework
The Master of Science in International Information Systems is a four-semester programme for young talents who are aiming for challenging management positions in globally operating high-tech companies.
An IIS graduate has developed the following competencies:
- expertise in information systems management
- expertise in computer science, e.g. in data management, software engineering and IT security
- academic skills
- project management experience
- strong capacity for teamwork
- presentation skills
- language skills
- cross-cultural competency