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Master of Science

Master Information Systems

Double Qualification in Business Studies and Computer Science

If you’re already studying Information Systems and would like to find out more about specific details of your master’s programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the programme structure page.

Key Facts

Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 4 semesters, full-time
Credits: 120 ECTS
Language: English and German (in selected Courses)
Content: Interdisciplinary discipline of business studies and computer science, which deals with the conception, development, and application of information systems in business, administration and increasingly in our private lives.
International: Semester Abroad, summer school (optional)
Application deadline: 15th June

This programme provides you with:

  • theoretical and methodological basis for dealing with key issues such as data science, digital transformation and innovation, processes and business models as well as solutions for a sustainable society.
  • education in the interdisciplinary field of information systems, which has its roots in computer science, economics, and business management.
  • the key capability to bridge business management and computer science that is often required in the labour market.
  • a sound know-how of marketing concepts and methods is crucial for management and economics students and an indispensable part of any good manager’s toolset. Case studies, business projects with companies, and guest lecturers from the corporate world give you insights about relevant.

The study of information system is characterised by a huge interdisciplinarity throughout economics, management, and information systems. What this programme makes unique is the combination between these two fields.

Patrick, Student of Master Information Systems at the WiSo Faculty

This programme is right for you if you:

  • have a bachelor degree in computer science, information systems, economics, business administration or related areas.
  • provide technical skills related to mathematics and statistics, computer science, especially programming and coding.
  • are interested to study in an international and intercultural work environment.
  • work as a team player, because working in groups is often practiced in seminars and is an important key factor for later work in companies.
  • are ready to take the next step in your career as a broad-based information systems specialist in the corporate world.

My Study: Information Systems

Programme Overview

Preparing you for future challenges

The programme is hosted by the Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS). Members of the CIIS and the CIIS on an institutional level have achieved remarkable recognitions in most recent ranking surveys; e.g., according to WirtschaftsWoche (WIWO) Ranking, a leading German business magazine, professors Wolf Ketter, Christoph Rosenkranz, and Detlef Schoder all rank among the top 5 % of all business researchers in German-speaking countries. In addition, the CIIS is one of the best ranked information systems research institutions worldwide according to the recently released 2021 ranking by the Association of Information Systems (First place in Germany, top 10 in Europe and top 100 worldwide).

  • Digital Transformation and Analytics
  • Information Systems and Information Management
  • Information Systems and Integrated Information
  • Systems Information Systems and Systems Development
  • Information Systems for Sustainable Society

Through your direct contact with the institute’s professors, you will receive an excellent education, as professors in the CIIS rank among the top scholars within their fields. Many of our graduates have developed business contacts even before completing their studies.
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Prof. Dr Detlef Schoder

Our study programmes in Information Systems offer both theory and methods for dealing with key issues such as big data, digital transformation, and innovation in IT products, processes and business models. Our students will not only gain an understanding of these issues but also develop the skills to find and shape business solutions.

Prof. Dr Detlef Schoder , Director Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS) and Academic Director of the M.Sc. Information Systems

Link to the practical world

Our faculty has benefited from many years of experience working with companies and with visiting lecturers from a variety of professional fields. These professionals and managers bring highly relevant industry experience to the programme, resulting in sector-specific, up-to-date programme content that combines practice and theory and reflects the real world.


International Orientation

As information systems is an international and interdisciplinary subject, an open and international mind is required; courses are taught and literature is almost exclusively in English.*

Students from numerous countries apply for admission to our Master of Science in Information Systems programme, so you can be sure of an international and intercultural work and study environment. For instance, within our Advanced Seminar Information Systems, you can choose a course in collaboration with students from several countries as China, Norway, Finland, the U.S., etc. and work on international projects.

*Since individual compulsory courses are offered in German, proof of language proficiency of German (C1) and English (B2) is required for an application.

Optional semester abroad

Our cooperation agreements with an extensive number of excellent partner universities worldwide provide you with attractive options for your term abroad. In addition, you may enrich your studies through our short programmes in New York and Hong Kong or through a summer school. For more information, offers and advice can be found here.

Broad international network

This internationally-focused Master’s programme prepares you with its balanced theory and practice approach to start your career in international-related jobs and enables you to work for internationalised companies. Additionally, the WiSo Faculty has a broad Alumni network of former students who work across all business segments around the globe.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate in the interdisciplinary field of information systems, you will find attractive positions that call for your skills as a broad-based specialist. Many of our graduates have developed good business contacts even before completing their studies. Because of their broad-based, specialised education, you as a graduate will be able to work in any field and in any position related to IT and economics, including IT consultancies.

Prof. Dr Julian Lehmann

Professors were always happy to provide feedback and offered their support when needed. During my studies, I could see how elements such as coursework, research, and impact worked together to guide my personal development and to improve the overall experience of the students.

Prof. Dr Julian Lehmann, Assistant Professor of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship at KIN Center for Digital Innovation and Alumnus of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne

Exemplary job opportunities

  • IS Project Management and Systems Engineering
  • Data Analytics and Data Science
  • Digital Transformation and Innovation
  • Green IS, Smart Energy and Sustainability
  • Trainee Programmes
  • Consulting
  • Academic Research
  • Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

Some of our graduates choose to specialise further and work as, for instance, data analysts, data scientists, or entrepreneurs. Our leading partners in industry, ranging from large insurance companies to mid-sized software-development companies, value our graduates as they are ready for action. Our graduates are also involved in start-ups, so if you are interested in setting up your own enterprise, you can count on the university’s support.

For all those who are interested in academic research after finishing their master studies, the CIIS and the University of Cologne Graduate School (CGS) provides students with competitive master results the possibility for a postgraduate programme (Ph.D.).

At the same time, the M.Sc. degree is, of course, an excellent base for applying for graduate degree programmes at other national and international universities.




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