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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Science
  • Language: German/English
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

Business Informatics - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The master's programme in Business Informatics is conceptually and methodologically well founded, as well as career and labour market oriented. The content of the M. Sc. Business Informatics can be easily adapted and individualised.

Study Design and Contents

The Master's degree in Business Informatics consists of four semesters (two years). The programme has been devised in such a way that students are free to design their own programme. They also have the option of developing their academic profile by following one of the specialization tracks. Lecturers issue recommendations about which specialization track best fits the academic profile that the student wants to create. These tracks usually comprise five modules or 30 ECTS,and also bridge the gap between the content covered during the project group component and the Master's thesis. The department issues a certificate for completed tracks upon request, as long as all the requirements have been met. 
In order to make sure that students reach the minimum attainment levels for the Master’s programme in all areas of business informatics, they are required to take business informatics and economics modules. Students can also take modules from the Master’s degree in computing science. The project group and the Master’s thesis are core components of the degree; they are mandatory for all students enrolled in the programme. The details of the individual modules are outlined in the degree-specific appendixes to the Master’s examination regulations. 

Specialization tracks
The Master's degree has deliberately been devised in such a way that students can design their own personal programme, without necessarily having to specialize in a particular direction. 
However, students also have the option of specializing in one of the following three tracks:

  • Operational Environmental Information Systems (BUIS)
  • Industrial Information Systems (IIS)
  • Business Intelligence (BI)

Teaching and Learning

One of the most important objectives of this degree programme is that students acquire and fine-tune essential problem-solving skills. Specific products and case studies are used throughout the programme to illustrate various approaches and to help students implement those approaches. In addition to regular lectures, students also have the opportunity to attend practicals and seminars. The project group element represents a unique form of teaching; it is an intense practical component in which students work as a team to develop software and systems.

Reasons for Studying

A particular research and teaching specialisation in Business Informatics at the University of Oldenburg concerns Very Large Business Applications (VLBA) and business engineering. Business Informatics can, alongside research projects, also feature numerous cooperative projects with regional businesses and with public bodies, in which active technology transfer can be carried out.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency

  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2) or
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations

  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B1 or
  • if applicants are native speaker or they have university entrance qualification or a university degree obtained in English.

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

The career field of a Business Informatics specialist includes the following individual points:

  • Design and introduction of business application systems,
  • Further development and introduction of organisational concepts
  • Development and introduction of application systems (especially for business related challenges),
  • Implementation of theoretical and applied research to the application of information technology,
  • Developing new methods and procedures for the development of information systems,
  • Marketing of hardware and software products and user support in product planning,
  • Product implementation as well as product operation,
  • Designing and carrying out training sessions for the use of operational information systems (also includes training and further education measures for manufacturers, users, and private or public education institutions) and
  • Determining managerial responsibilities for IT divisions, technical departments, projects, or for IT companies and consultants.

A degree in computer science with a specialisation in business informatics allows for further scholarly work in the area of applied and practical computer science, and may also make alternative qualification for public school teaching possible.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Business Informatics or from prior studies in a closely related field (specialist skills see Admission Regulations).
  • A schedule for the acquirement of missing credit points, if the bachelor degree has not been completed by the time of application.

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations

  • Level B1 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

For more details see Foreign language skills on this page.

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for both the winter and summer semesters.

Detailed application deadlines for the winter semester 2024/2025 (summer semester 2025):

  • Applications with a German university entrance qualification or degree: by 30 September 2024 (31 March 2025)
  • Applications from the EU: by 30 September 2024 (31 March 2025)
  • Applications from third countries (non-EU): by 15 June 2024 (15 December 2024)

Overview application deadlines Master's programmes

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, this may have disadvantages for the start of your studies. Please note our information on the local application procedure (German document).

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