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Bachelor of Science

Information Systems

If you’re already studying Information Systems and would like to find out more about specific details of your bachelor programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Bachelor in Information Systems Programme Structure pages.

The bachelor programme in information systems is a combined course in cooperation with the Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences which is administered by the WiSo-Faculty.

The field of information systems is an interdisciplinary scientific discipline that is based in computer science and economic sciences, especially in business administration. It is concerned with the conception, development and application of information systems in the economy, administration and also increasingly in private life.

This field combines theoretical knowledge of various disciplines with the application oriented alignment with system solutions for corporative challenges. The discipline of information systems and its innovative strength is essential to develop solutions in product- and process design of businesses under economic conditions in many working contexts.

Some examples of the questions Information Systems students look at

  • How can IT projects be implemented efficiently and successfully?
  • How are requirements for software products defined correctly and comprehensively?
  • What are the most cost-efficient and effective ways of implementing, testing and rolling out software?
  • How do information systems help support businesses/business processes?
  • What role do information systems play in businesses’ operations?
  • What architectures and approaches exist in the field of IT systems?
  • How are processes and workflows within a business/IT system modelled correctly?
  • How can decision processes be supported using IT?


Business computer specialists have the often enquired dual qualification from the area of business administration and informatics. Hence, graduates can be employed in various sectors (business consulting, management of system development and information management) and internal areas. They take over a translation function between business processes and the technically embedded system environment.

Complying fields of employment are coordinative functions between IT-specialists and functional specialists at the application side, in which consulting and project management are most important. Furthermore, business computer specialists are experts concerning the structuring and modelling of information systems and thus also know how about respective functions in different domains like, for example, the health sector.

The Bachelor programme in Information Systems at the University of Cologne is designed accordingly. After the bachelor, students have the possibility to scientifically enhance their field specific skills in the consecutive master programme in Information Systems.

The faculty supports student´s ambition via the WiSo Career Service.

Frederick, Bachelor Wirtschaftsinformatik, 5. Semester

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Frederick, Bachelor Wirtschaftsinformatik, 5. Semester

The Alumni Network as a career jump

By enrolling in the programme you are already part of a large network of current and former students, our alumni. This gives you exclusive access to the practical and business world during and after your studies. Series of events and special coaching programmes establish contact with companies and other potential employers. To give you a better idea of your individual study time at the WiSo-Faculty, our alumni from business, science and society report about their experiences during their studies as well as their professional careers and challenges: or Google "WiSo Alumni".



Programme structure

The bachelor programme Business Administration is a programme designed to take 6 semesters (3 years) and 180 ECTS points have to be obtained. The programme consists of the core and advanced section, supplementary section, the specialisation section and a bachelor thesis.

In the core and advanced section, basics of business administration, mathematics, informatics and information systems are taught and deepened. In the supplementary section, students have the choice between more modules from business administration, informatics or information systems which can be selected according to interest and career ambitions. The specialisation section of the programme sets the focus on the teaching of instrumental competencies in the area of informatics and information systems.

Detailed information on the course structure can be found on the homepage in the area of programme structure.

Expectations and Requirements

The following professional, methodical and personal competencies will pave the way to successful studies:

  • good mathematical and analytical skills
  • abstract and conceptual thinking
  • working independently as well as goal- and result-oriented
  • a high motivation to deal with economic questions and questions of information systems
  • a good articulateness in German and English language

By taking the online math test, prospective students can compare their knowledge and skills against the requirements of most of the degree programmes at the WiSo-Faculty here (only German introduction).

Application deadline for online application

The application deadline for the first semester is usually:

  • 15 July for the start of studies in winter semester

Please note a possible postponement of the application deadline due to the Corona pandemic. You can find binding information on the website of the International Office.

Apply online via the website of the Student's Registration Office | Non-EU/EEA citizens apply via Uni-Assist.

We are looking forward to your application!

Note on applying for the higher semester:

Due to the introduction of new study structures for the winter semester 2021/22 (examination regulations ER 2021), we recommend applying for the first semester. After enrolment, you can check examination achievements already completed and have them credited if they are equivalent. Please note, however, that the courses offered in the new degree programmes will only be activated gradually and therefore not all courses in the higher semesters will be offered in winter semester 21/22.