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If you are already pursuing a B.Sc. in Information Systems and would like to find out about the specific details of your bachelor's degree programme, you will find what you are looking for on the structure and organisation of the bachelor's degree programme.

Key Facts

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 6 Semesters
Credits: 180 CP
Languages: German, English
Content: Interdisciplinary discipline of business administration, economics and computer science, which deals with the conception, development and application of information systems in business, administration and increasingly in our private lives.
International: 1 optional semester abroad

This programme provides you with:

  • Comprehensive fundamentals and individual specialisation: A business information systems degree of the Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS) includes comprehensive basic training in the relevant disciplines of economics, computer science and business information systems. In the course of your studies, you will benefit from the exchange and linking of the various disciplines and departments within the WiSo Faculty and the University of Cologne.
  • Intensive supervision in small groups: We promote your interpersonal exchange by organising small group work. This not only applies to the core courses offered in a higher semester; goal-oriented work in parallel small groups is also offered in specific courses in the basic and advanced areas.
  • Strong practical relevance: Application-oriented project events such as the "Capstone Project" are an integral part of the curriculum, also in cooperation with companies and organisations. They provide you with the practical relevance of the course material and enable you to apply the concepts and methods of digitalisation taught to solve practical problems.

You should have the following skills and knowledge:

You should have the following professional, methodical and personal strengths and inclinations for a successful Bachelor's degree:

  • Interest in technical and mathematical issues
  • Abstract and conceptual thinking skills
  • Very good analytical skills
  • Good language skills in German and English
  • Independent, goal- and result-oriented way of working
  • Motivation and ability to work in a team

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


I chose business informatics because the theory-based and practice-oriented degree programme offers me excellent career prospects at the interface between business administration and technology in the course of digitalisation.

Lineira, Bachelor Information Systems student at the WiSo Faculty

Programme overview

What is "Information Systems"?

As an application-oriented subject, business informatics has its own methods and tools and draws additionally on the disciplines of economics and computer science. Other important auxiliary disciplines are mathematics, statistics and social sciences. Thus, research and teaching content from the listed disciplines is taught during the degree programme.

The study programme provides an overview of the design possibilities using information technology (IT) and conveys an understanding of possible areas of application in the context of companies or in everyday life. The focus is on the design and development of information and application systems to support processes and activities within and between organisations and households.

Possible questions

The Bachelor's programme in Information Systems prepares students to solve the following and other questions:

  • How can IT projects be carried out efficiently and successfully?
  • How are requirements for software products defined correctly and completely?
  • How is software implemented, tested and rolled out as economically and effectively as possible?
  • How are companies/business processes supported with the help of information systems?
  • What role do information systems play in the operations of companies?
  • What architectures and system approaches exist in the area of IT systems?
  • How are processes and procedures correctly modelled within a company / IT system?
  • How can decision-making processes be supported with the help of data and IT?

Optimal preparation for future challenges

The aim of the programme is to enable you as a graduate to support people and organisations in carrying out and fulfilling a wide range of activities and processes through the use of IT. This includes both the research and professional world as well as private everyday life.

Prof. Dr Christoph Rosenkranz

The Bachelor's programme in Information Systems at the renowned WiSo Faculty and the Cologne Institute for Information Systems offers a broad basic education in the interplay of theory and practice at the interface of economics and computer science. You will be given the opportunity to put analytical structuring, thinking and acting into practice in research and application-oriented manner by using the knowledge and skills you have acquired to solve practical problems.

Prof. Dr Christoph Rosenkranz, Professor Information Systems and Integrated Information Systems and Academic Director of the programme


International orientation throughout the entire course of study

We receive applications from a large number of different nationalities for the majority of our degree programmes, so you can be sure of an international and intercultural environment at the faculty and also within your degree programme. A large number of courses are offered in English, depending on the specialisation.    

Optional semester abroad

The WiSo Faculty is a member of several networks of international universities, which helps you to spend a semester at a renowned partner university abroad. The programme is designed so that you can spend a semester abroad in your fourth or fifth semester. We will be happy to advise you on your options and provide you with organisational support before, during and after your stay abroad.                 

An opportunity for global networking

With its balanced theoretical and practical approach, the degree programme prepares you for entry into internationally oriented professions and enables you to work in an internationalised environment. In addition, the WiSo faculty has a broad alumni network of former students who work in all business sectors around the globe.

Career opportunities

Information Systems  graduates possess the dual qualification of business management and computer science that is often sought after in the job market. As a graduate, you can be employed in various sectors (business consulting, systems development management and information management) and internal departments. You will take on a "translation function" between business processes and the technically anchored system world.

Successful completion of the degree programme offers you a springboard into the attractive (IT) job market through our existing wide-ranging top contacts to industry and business. As a result, you will work in a variety of different roles across all sectors. The versatility of the possible applications can be seen in tasks such as:

  • IT Manager / IT Project Manager
  • Founder / Founder IT-Startup
  • Management consultant with a focus on "strategy consulting" or "IT consulting"
  • Business analyst
  • Product manager in technology companies
  • Data Scientist / Data Analyst
  • Software Architect / Software Developer
  • Process manager market and social research

Apply for a master's degree after your bachelor's degree!

With a good Bachelor's degree and an appropriate focus, the programme also prepares you for further academic education and scientific career, e.g. M.Sc. Information Systems as well as the M.Sc. Business Analytics and Econometrics in Cologne or similar programmes at other universities in business informatics, information systems, business analytics or data science.

Worldwide alumni career network

By enrolling in the degree 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 put you in contact with companies and other potential employers.

So that you can get an idea of student life at the WiSo Faculty, WiSo-alumni from business, science and society report on their experiences during their studies as well as their professional careers and challenges.

Malte Hendriks

Through my studies, I gained a broad insight into the field of information systems, expanded my professional and personal network and even got to know my co-founders.

Malte Hendriks, Malte Hendriks, alumnus B.Sc. Business Informatics and Co-Founder / CEO of the start-up LOLOCO

Application Information

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.

Note on applying for the higher semester:

New study structures (PO 2021) have been introduced for the winter semester 2021/22. As a result, a start of studies - even in a higher semester - is only possible in the Bachelor examination regulations of the PO 2021. A placement in a higher semester can only be made in the respective second semester for the summer semester 2022.

Please also note that courses and exams scheduled for higher semesters will be offered successively.

We are looking forward to your application!

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