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International Information Systems (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

International Information Systems (IIS) combines knowledge in business and economics with in-depth knowledge in computer science and conveys insights into a wide variety of approaches of both disciplines, in addition to interdisciplinary skills. The program is taught at WiSo and the Faculty of Engineering in German and English. International information systems prepares students for professions that require knowledge and skills in both management and IT.

The Master IIS is a degree program for young talents who aim for challenging management positions in globally operating high-tech firms. Excellent learning and working conditions prepare students for an international career in business with a strong focus on managing International Information Systems. The program is appropriate for students who are interested in Information technology and its role in today’s business environment, irrespective of the academic field chosen during their undergraduate studies.

Each year around 80 students enroll in the master’s program, of whom about 50% are international. So far, these international students came from 33 different countries all over the world. Graduates of the master’s degree started their careers in international enterprises like Accenture, Siemens or adidas, in research or became self-employed by founding a start-up.

Admission requirements

Application for the Master’s program in International Information Systems is open for students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, preferably with a focus on Business or IT (although other academic backgrounds may also be considered). The program starts every winter semester.

For more information regarding the admission and application process please visit the website of the degree program.

Structure of the program

The first semester begins with a customized introduction to International Information Systems. Students with a management/business background are automatically assigned to the Informatics Introduction, while students with an academic IT background take the Management Introduction. This helps students acquire skills not covered in their previous studies and is a must for the successful completion of the rigorous curriculum that awaits them in the later part of the program.

Courses of the second and third semesters integrate interdisciplinary perspectives across the fields of information systems and informatics. In addition, there are seminars offered at the end of the third semester to confront students with real international business challenges in an interdisciplinary context and to prepare them for their Master’s thesis by designing, conducting, and documenting a research project in the field of International Information Systems.

The fourth semester is reserved for writing a Master’s thesis in cooperation with an international company or academic partner.

A stay abroad of at least one semester during the studies is obligatory.

For more details, please refer to the respective website of the Institute of Information Systems.

Potential challenges
  • 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.
Degree program start date and application deadlines

Please find more detailed information on how to apply for a Master or advanced degree program on the following website: https://master.fau.de.

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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 program: Winter Term
Language: Partially in English
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law
Admission: Qualification assessment