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International Information Systems (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

International Information Systems is a four-semester Master's degree programme for those with a strong interest in information technology and its role in today's business environment. This international programme already welcomes students from many different countries and is orientated towards international study with a mandatory study abroad period and courses focusing on the international aspects of the development and management of information systems. International Information System graduates are ideally suited for leadership roles which involve management and IT in global companies.

Target group and required degree

This degree programme is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in business administration, management, economics, computer science, information systems or an IT-related engineering degree.

If you are interested in this degree programme and have a degree that is not mentioned here or you graduated from another university in Germany or in another country, please contact the degree programme co-ordinators at

Content and structure

The first semester starts with a customised introduction to international information systems to help students gain skills not covered in their previous studies. Students with a management background take the introduction to computer science whereas students with an IT background take management modules. The first semester also includes a foreign language module.

The second and third semesters' courses integrate interdisciplinary perspectives from the fields of international information systems management and computer science. Students take core modules in the following areas:

  • Data & Knowledge
  • Digital Business
  • Architectures & Development

Depending on their area of interest, students deepen their knowledge in these fields by choosing from a wide range of elective modules and applying their theoretical knowledge in different seminars. Beyond these areas, elective modules in IT security, distributed systems and operating systems, as well as computer networks and communication systems are offered within the curriculum.

The mandatory semester abroad can be spent, for instance, studying at one of our partner universities or as freemover in the third semester or by doing the Master's thesis in co-operation with an international corporate or academic partner in the fourth semester. It is also possible to combine these two options and spend up to two semesters abroad.

Potential challenges and FAQ
  • The computer science lectures take place at the Department of Computer Science in Erlangen, while the management lectures are held at the School of Business and Economics in Nuremberg. Therefore students have to commute between Erlangen and Nuremberg throughout the semester.
  • The computer science part of the programme requires students to have an interest in technical research subjects (e.g. software engineering, data management).
  • The lectures are held both in German and English and require sufficient skills in both languages.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions are available on the degree programme website.
Admission requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree in business administration, management, economics, computer science, information systems or an IT-related engineering degree
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, CPE or UNICERT III), min. C1
  • German language proficiency, min. A2
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: English
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law