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Master of Science

Master Information Systems

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

The interdisciplinary field of information systems has its roots in computer science, economics, and particulary business administration. Information Systems support decision-making about value-adding processes ant the coordination, control, monitoring automation, integration, and virtualisation of such processes. Information systems can lead to innovation in products, processes and business models.

In a nutshell

  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Scope: 120 ECTS
  • Start: Fall term
  • Degree title: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Language: German and English
  • Fees: Only Social fee (approx. 280€ per semester including ticket for public transport, see here for more information)
  • Application Deadline: 15 June 2021

Key Issues

  • Become an information system specialist with a highly sought-after double qualification in business administration and computer science
  • Enjoy fascinating lectures from a top-ranked, inspiring faculty
  • Investigate key issues like big data, digital transformation, and IT-based innovation in products, processes and business models
  • Invest in yourself while gaining practical expertise and mastering theoretical methods on the university level
  • Develop the entrepreneurial skills you need to find and shape IT-based business solutions

Some examples of the questions Information Systems students look at:

  • How can organisations’ processes, products and services be digitised?
  • How can business and IT strategies be effectively combined in practice?
  • How is information systems research carried out?
  • What organisational structures, processes and systems are required for IT management in today’s world?
  • How do I create a successful IT start-up?
  • How do I shape and control digital innovations?

Mein Studium: Information Systems

Your Role As Specialist & Interpreter

Information Systems as a forward-thinking science:

As an information systems specialist, you will have the double qualification from the fields of business management and computer science that is often required in the labour market. Since
information systems specialists work in many areas and sectors, you will serve as an “interpreter” between the language of business and the technical world of systems.

The Master Information Systems is the springboard for your career:

As a graduate in information systems with an interdisciplinary focus, you will be able to find attractive positions on the (IT) labour market as a broad-based specialist. Many of Cologne’s graduates already have very good business contacts before completing their studies. The Master’s degree is even indispensable for many leading positions in the most diverse of sectors, and for specific career paths in research and teaching. In addition, our information system specialists are involved in spin-offs and start-ups, or build up their own business. If you are interested in doing your own business, you will be supported by the university.

As the University of Cologne is state-funded, there are no tuition fees, just a biannual “semester contribution” of slightly more than 250 euros, which includes the semester ticket for public transport throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. So, with us, you can invest in an excellent education – and your professional future – without paying a fortune.

Close exchange with business and industry:

Cologne as an important media and IT city is an interesting location for students of information systems with regard to future job opportunities. Already during your studies, you can find contact with well-known employers (overview). In the metropolitan area of ​​Cologne, 45,000 people employed in the communications and media industry, and 11,000 work in information technology sector. Special emphasis is on broadcasting (WDR, Deutschlandradio, RTL, Super RTL, VOX and n-tv), telecommunications and entertainment. The Cologne exhibition "Koelnmesse" is the fourth largest in the world and is home to Gamescom, the leading trade fair for interactive games and entertainment. In addition, there are many creative media agencies and a lively event scene

Practical Experience

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.


Detlef Schoder

Information Systems provide the theoretical and methodological tools for dealing with key issues such as big data and digital transformation as well as innovation in IT products, processes and business models. Our will not only gain an understanding of these issues, but also develop the skills to find and shape business solutions.

Detlef Schoder, Professor and Director of the Department of Information Systems and Information Management

International Environment

Since many of our courses are delivered in English, you can complete most of the programme in English. Students from many countries apply for admission to our Master of Science in Information Systems programme, so you can be sure of an international and intercultural enviroment. We maintain cooperation with more than 130 partner universities throughout the world, so there are many opportunities to experience a semester abroad. More information and offers can be found at the International Relations Center (ZIB WiSo).


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. Thorugh your direct contact with the institute's professors, you will have learned from the best, as professors in Cologne Institute for Information Systems rank among the top scholars in theier fields. Many of our graduates have developed good business contacts even before completing their studies. Because of their broad-based, specialised education, our graduates can work in any field and in any position related to IT and economics, including  IT consultantcies. 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-developement 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. As the University of Cologne is state-funded, there are no tuition fees - just a biannual "semester contribution" of a little more than 250 euros - so you can invest in an excellent education - and your future - without paying a fortune. 


Information on the application

Programme structure

Standard period of study: 4 semesters, full-time | Start: fall term | Degree title: Master of Science
The master's programe carries 120 ECTS credits and compromises a Core and Advanced Section, a Specialisation Section, a Supplementary Section and a Master Thesis.

The Core and Advanced Section of the master programme Information Systems contains 18 credit points. This area covers the methodological and content-specific basics of information systems.

The Specialisation Section, where students altogether complete 48 credit points, includes modules from information systems and computer sciences as well as two specialisation seminars.

The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying knowledge. Altogether an area of 24 credit points has to be completed, in which modules from business administration, economics and social sciences are available to students.

Detailed information concerning the curricular design is available on our homepage on the Programme Structure pages. Especially at the beginning of your studies, individual consultations will help to make the right choices over the course of the programme.


I have lectures in business and in computer science – and what makes the University of Cologne unique is this combination of both fields!

Patrick, Master in Information Systems, 2nd semester