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Double Master Degree in Digital Enterprise Management (DEMA) / Information Systems

Double Master Degree in Digital Enterprise Management (DEMA) / Information Systems

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ProgrammeDigital Enterprise Management (DEMA) / Information Systems
Partner UniversitiesUniversity of Passau, Germany and University of Turku, Finland
Degree awardedMaster of Science in Information Systems (University of Passau, Germany) and Master of Science (University of Turku, Finland)
Duration and credits4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Start winter semester in Passau: October – July; in Turku: September - May
Start summer semester in Passau: April - July; in Turku: September - May; in Passau: October - February (for Passau students)   
Application deadlineNov 1st (current winter semester for Passau students)
Jan 20th (next winter semester for Turku students)
Jan 20th (next summer semester for Passau students)
Starts inOctober (winter semester) or in April (summer semester)
Language of instructionEnglish

Profile of the programme

The University of Turku, Turku School of Economics and the University of Passau, Department of Business Administration and Economics coordinate their Master’s degree programmes in Information Systems in order to enable outstanding students to obtain a degree from each institution.

The programme focuses on topics in Digital Enterprise Management (DEMA), which is comprised by two modules:

  1. The Networked Business & Digital Ecosystems module focuses on economic and technical aspects of today’s networked and digital business environment. Students learn about digitally enabled organizations, and how they benefit from advanced data management and digitalized, networked business platforms to improve performance of networked business ecosystems. Moreover, they learn about economic and technical aspects of digital ecosystems as well as information and communication technologies.
  2. The IT Management module focuses on the design, delivery, and implementation of IT services, applications and infrastructure to align business needs and IT security requirements in networked organizations. Special attention is paid to the management of complexity of IT-assets and networked business by means of enterprise architecture management and governance. The students learn to define IS services to support business processes and knowledge sharing, and to manage multi-party implementation projects. Students also develop their ability to understand the significance of business networks for software industry as well as methods to address ethical and responsibility issues related global businesses.

The programme offers a great opportunity for excellent students to develop a unique and outstanding academic profile, as it combines the strengths of two distinguished Master’s programmes at the University of Turku (focusing on IT-Management) and the University of Passau (focusing on Networked Business & Digital Ecosystems), respectively.

Students of the University of Passau

Learning objectives

The Digital Enterprise Management (DEMA) double-degree programme is designed for students who want to pursue an international career at the interface of IT, business and management. Graduates’ expertise will be key for translating strategic and operational needs into better information systems for enterprises and networked businesses. In short, graduates learn how to strategically apply IT to analyse design and support business change and transformation and thus enable a company to achieve its strategic, tactical, and operational goals. Upon completion of the DEMA programme the student is able to (learning objectives):

  • understand and implement modern Internet-based technologies
  • understand the information systems complex in private and public organizations
  • understand the role of IS in networked organizations and in digitalization
  • understand the opportunities of IS in small and medium enterprises, and their role in networked business
  • implement information systems and changes of operations in organizations and business networks
  • manage the information resources and make grounded and sound decisions improving profitability of business
  • identify methods for the analysis and transformation of business processes to facilitate better and sustainable performance improvement of digitalization.

Who can study this double-degree programme?

The double degree programme is offered for excellent students with a focus on Information Systems that are already enrolled in one of the following programmes:

  • At the University of Passau for students in Masterstudiengang Wirtschaftsinformatik (M.Sc. lnformation Systems) or Masterstudiengang Business Administration (M.Sc. in Business Administration and majoring in lnformation Systems) programmes.
  • At the University of Turku for students in Master of Science (majoring in lnformation Systems) and the Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (majoring in lnformation Systems).

Which degrees are awarded upon completion?

The students, who successfully completed the double degree study programme will receive a Master’s degree from each partner institution. The delivered diplomas include at least a transcript of records.

The degrees that double degree students will receive from the partner university, in addition to the degree of their home university, are, respectively:

  • University of Passau: 
    Master of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik (lnformation Systems) from the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics.
  • University of Turku: 
    Master of Science from the Turku School of Economics, MDP in Global IT Management, Digital Enterprise Management with a major in Information Systems Science.

Structure of the programme

The programme is organized such that students pursue the course programme in their first academic year (winter and summer semester: October – July) at the University of Passau with a focus on networked business and digital ecosystems. Subsequently, students pursue their second academic year (periods I-IV: September – May) at the University of Turku with a focus on IT-Management. Thus, German and Finnish students from the same cohort will pursue the programme together during the entire duration of the course programme. After completion of the course programme, students will write their master’s thesis at their respective home university.

For Passau students there is also the possibility to start the programme in a summer semester (April - July) at the University of Passau. Then students continue the programme at the University of Turku (periods I-IV: September - May) and after this they pursue at the University of Passau by writing their master’s thesis. Afterwards students study another semester (October - February) at the University of Passau to complete the course programme.

In total at least 40 ECTS in courses (NOT including seminar and master’s thesis) have to be taken at each partner university.

Students will have to fulfil individually the requirements of each university’s master’s programme (120 ECTS each) in order to be awarded the double degree. Generally, courses taken at either university will count towards both degree programmes. To ensure eligibility of courses and a coherent study programme, students have to devise a study plan (see below for more information), which must be approved by the Board of the double-degree programme. 

Masters’ thesis and seminar will be jointly supervised by academic partners at both universities, but each must be written at the home university. Both, seminar and masters’ thesis need to be written in English.

Structure of the programme (start in winter semester)

Structure of the programme (start in summer semester for Passau students)

Application Procedure and Enrollment

For a start in the current winter semester, the application deadline for students of the University of Passau is November 1st every year. Acceptance decisions will be devised already by December 1st.

For a start in the next winter semester, the application deadline for students of the University of Turku is January 20th every year. Acceptance decisions will be devised as soon as possible, due to the fact, that the application deadline for the ERASMUS+ programme is February 1st.

For a start in the summer semester, the application deadline for students of the University of Passau is January 20th every year. Acceptance decisions will be devised as soon as possible, due to the fact, that the application deadline for the ERASMUS+ programme is February 1st.

A maximum of 10 students per cohort will enter the double degree programme according to the inter-institutional agreement 2016-21 within the ERASMUS+ programme.

For students of the University of Passau

Start programme in the winter term: Students who are enrolled to one of the above mentioned degree programmes, are required to apply immediately when beginning the Master’s programme in October. If accepted, the programme starts for these students immediately with the first two semesters in Passau.

Please note that students of the University of Passau must already be enrolled in an eligible regular Master’s degree in order to be able to apply in the winter semester. The current application deadlines for the winter semester at the University of Passau can be found here.

Start progamme in the summer term: Passau students who want to start the programme in April have to apply at the end of the previous semester. They start with the first semester in Passau and end, after writing their Master’s thesis, with one last semester in Passau. Please note that students at the University of Passau must independently (and likely before Jan 20th) also apply for enrollment in an eligible Master’s degree programme. Acceptance to the double degree programme is made conditional on the acceptance to the University’s regular Master’s degree programme. The current application deadlines for the summer semester at the University of Passau can be found here.

For students of the University of Turku

Students who are enrolled in a Bachelor’s programme with a focus in Information Systems at the Turku School of Economics are requested to apply to the programme during their last year of the Bachelor’s degree. They are accepted to the programme conditional on completing their Bachelor’s degree by the end of the spring term. If accepted, students from Turku, start the double-degree programme at the University of Passau in October of the year following their application.

Requested documents for application

Applicants need to provide the following documents when applying for the double degree programme:

  • A motivation letter (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A printed copy of the completed and signed application form (Word document)
  • A copy of a valid passport
  • A certified copy (with the official stamp of the school) of the Bachelor's degree, including a transcript of records/list of grades (in English). Alternatively, students of the University of Turku can submit an up to date transcript of records and a certificate of their academic supervisor that they are in good standing. They are then accepted conditionally on completing their Bachelors’ degree before entering the double degree programme.
  • Certificate of enrolment at their home university.
  • Copy of High School Diploma (A-levels)
  • Proof of English language proficiency: TOEFL or equivalent, at least B2 level
  • Complete study plan (see Study Plan below for more information), specifying the courses to be taken during the double degree programme at each partner university.

For students from the University of Turku level B1 according to the European language levels of German is strongly recommended.

All application documents should be combined into a single PDF file and submitted electronically to the Board of the double degree programme via email to turku-passau-exchangeatuni-passau.de.

Study plan

The study plan is a central element of the double-degree programme and each student’s application. It requires the student to derive a course plan early on, which not only ensures academic rigor and coherence, but also that the selected lectures are likely to be offered in the relevant time frame.

In the following, we provide more information on how to devise the study plan.

  • The study plan does not demand students to pick any particular course, but rather demands students to select a personal study plan such that the learning objectives detailed in “Profile of the Programme” are met.
  • Students need to fulfil the degree requirements at each university. In particular, they have to select a certain amount of courses in a given study area for each degree program. As students should be familiar with the requirements of the degree program at their home university, we briefly describe the requirements for each group of students at the hosting university here:

    For students coming from the University of Passau:
    Above and beyond the degree requirements at the University of Passau, students are required to take 80 ECTS in the study area „Information Systems“ to obtain a degree at the University of Turku. This includes the jointly supervised master’s thesis and seminar, which are awarded a total of 30 ECTS in the Turku degree program. Generally, courses taken in the study area „Information Systems“ at the University of Passau are also eligible for the study area „Information Systems“ at the University of Turku. 
    In addition, Passau students must complete 40 ECTS of "Optional Studies" for the Turku degree program. This courses can be "Information Systems" courses or from the study area "Methods" and "Business Administration and Economics" or based on personal study interest.

    For students coming from the University of Turku:
    Above and beyond the degree requirements at the University of Turku, students are required to complete at least 10 ECTS in the study area „Methods“, 18 ECTS in the study area „Business Administration and Economics“ and 65 ECTS in the study area „Information Systems“ (NOT including master’s thesis or seminar) to obtain a degree at the University of Passau. From the 65 ECTS in „Information Systems“, up to 15 ECTS can be replaced by courses in „Interdisciplinary Specialization“ courses, which can include, e.g., courses in computer science or law. The jointly supervised master’s and seminar thesis (or master’s thesis with integrated seminar) will be credited a total of 27 ECTS in the Passau degree program.

  • Individual courses eligible to be selected as part of their study plan are listed in the module catalogue (only in German) for the University of Passau and in the study guide and at this site (in English) for the University of Turku School of Economics. Both lists include, for each course, learning goals of the courses, which should be matched to the overreaching learning goals specified.
  • Some courses may have restricted access and may thus not be eligible for students in the double degree program (e.g., some courses at the Turku Law School or courses in International Business, which are restricted to degree students in University of Turku School of Economics), or may have limited capacity. Restrictions are usually listed at the end of the published module catalogue and/or can be inquired from the responsible lecturer. Students are responsible to checking the prerequisites for the admission to each course in advance.
  • In total at least 40 ECTS in courses (NOT including seminar and master’s thesis) have to be taken at each partner university.
  • At both institutions only master’s level courses are eligible for the double degree program.
  • At least one of the courses in the area "Business Administration and Management" needs to be taken at the respective home university.
  • Please note that the following course combinations entail a significant amount of overlap between the courses, which may therefore not be selected together in the study plan. It is, of course, possible to select just one of the courses from each combination:
    a) Management of IT Architectures / IT-Achitekturmanagement (Passau) <> Enterprise Architecture (Turku)
    b) IT Services and Management of IT Services / IT-Services und IT-Servicemanagement (Passau) <> Management of ICT Services (Turku)
    c) Advanced IT Mangement / IT Management für Fortgeschrittene (Passau) <> IT Governance (Turku)
  • Masters’ thesis and seminar will be jointly supervised, but each must be written at the home university. At the University of Passau, the seminar and Master’s thesis are separate courses, but at the University of Turku the seminar is integrated with the Master’s thesis. Both, seminar and masters’ thesis need to be written in English. The combination of seminar and Master’s thesis will count 27 ECTS towards the degree programme of the University of Passau and 30 ECTS towards the degree programme of the University of Turku.
  • Students apply with a preliminary version of their study plan that, after the application was successful, needs to be formally approved by the Board. Once approved, the courses in the study plan become mandatory for the students, unless there is a good reason to change (e.g, discontinuity of a course). The Board needs to approve changes. At the same time, the Universities try to offer the courses specified in the study plans, such that students can actually pursue the plan. The study plan does not imply a right to be admitted to the particular courses listed in the study plan.
  • A study plan is only approved if it is signed by the professors of the board. This document will substitute a Learning Agreement, i.e., it will serve as a commitment to the student to accept the courses passed at the foreign university at the home university. At each university, the courses will be accepted with their original ECTS. In reverse, there is no commitment for the home university to accept courses taken at the foreign university that are not listed in the study plan.

To facilitate the compilation of the study plan, please use the following template.

Language requirements

Unless English is your first language or the language of instruction for your undergraduate studies or secondary school education, you will need to prove that you have adequate English skills (level B2 CEFR or higher) by means of a recognised language certificate.

For your stay in Germany, you should also have basic knowledge of German (level A1 CEFR) to help you in your everyday life. If you do not have basic knowledge of German at the time of application, you will be able to take a free language course either before the start or within the first two semesters of the degree programme.

Costs

Students will pay tuition and admission or registration fees to their home institution according to the local rules. Within the ERASMUS+ programme students are exempt from paying fees at the partner university. This does not apply for students from Non-EU-countries.

Information for Exchange Students going to Turku

  1. Students apply in Passau for the exchange and the Erasmus mobility grant to the University of Turku, Turku School of Economics
  2. The University of Passau nominates the exchange students and promises them to pay Erasmus mobility grant. 
  3. The DEMA students apply via online application for Turku, they also have to include their LAs (learning agreement = list of courses they are going to study in Turku) in the application.
  4. The University of Turku accepts the DEMA students and sends instructions what to do and when studies start.
  5. Students are responsible for searching housing in Turku (instructions are given) and arranging their travelling to Turku.
  6. Students take part on the orientation program for exchange students (here they will get all relevant university related information).
  7. The information systems department arranges a welcome meeting for the DEMA students, where they get program specific information, and they have a contact person at the department to support their studies.

The DEMA students have two kind of status during their stay in Turku. They are degree students of the GITM DEMA program and they also have the exchange student status.

The link below gives all the relevant information for the exchange: http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/exchange-students/Pages/home.aspx

Here you will find experience reports and tips for the Double Master Degree in Digital Enterprise Management (DEMA)/Information Systems: http://itwdata.uni-passau.de/wiki/index.php/Erlebnisberichte_und_praktische_Tipps_für_Passauer_Studierende_im_Doppelmaster_mit_der_Universität_Turku

FAQ

  • Why Finland?
    Finland is one of the most digitally advanced countries in the world. Among others, it is leading the Digital Economy & Society Index (2016) in the EU and, after Singapore, ranks second globally in the Network Readiness Index (2016) as a leading country in harnessing information technology
  • Do I have to learn Finnish?
    No, it is not necessary to learn Finnish. Many of the courses offered at the University of Turku are in English. But you can learn Finnish, if you like to. Several Finnish and Swedish courses are offered for free in Turku.
  • What is the teaching language?
    The teaching language in this double Master degree programme is English. There is a wide choice of courses at both universities taught in English.
  • English language requirements and proof of English skills? 
    To participate in the DEMA program you need skills in English language at level B2 (CEFR) or higher. You need to prove that you have adequate English skills by means of a recognised language certificate. We accept known language certificate such as FFP I/FFP II, UNIcert, etc., or your Abitur certificate, if the level is written on it. Or your language teacher fills in this Language Assessment Sheet for Exchange Student applicants of the University of Turku. 
  • How are terms organised at the University of Turku? 
    Autumn term starts in September and it ends before Christmas, spring term starts in January and it ends at the end of April. Every term has two periods which are about 6-7 weeks long. Usually you start studying at the University of Turku at the end of August where you participate at the orientation week. Information about the orientation for new international students: http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/info-accepted/Pages/Orientation.aspx 
  • What kind of courses are offered? 
    There are about 300 courses in English which you can attend. But keep in mind that you have to fulfil the requirements of the Master’s programme of the Universities of Passau and Turku. Find more information here: Study guide University of Turku and Courses of the DEMA in the GITM programme at TSE
  • How to enrol in a course at the University of Turku? 
    In many courses you do not have to enrol in advance, but it is important to attend the first lesson. Some courses have limited capacity, there you have to enrol about one week before the course starts.
  • Do I need a Learning Agreement for every course I want to attend at the University of Turku? 
    No, the study plan will be signed by the professors of the board and this will substitute a Learning Agreement, i.e., it will serve as a commitment to the student to accept the courses passed at the foreign university and at the home university. At each university, the courses will be accepted with their original ECTS.
  • Do I have to write an exam at the end of the term at the University of Turku? 
    Usually courses have an exam at the end of the term. However, the final exam usually does not make up 100 % of the final grade. In most of the courses you are given individual assignments during the term that also count towards the final grade.
  • Are 4 terms enough time? Is an extension possible? 
    The structure of the programme is designed to enable you to complete it in 4 terms/semesters. Due to the different term system in Finland (Period I-IV) an extension at the University of Turku is not possible.
  • Do I have to write my Master thesis and seminar thesis at the University of Passau? 
    Masters’ thesis and seminar will be jointly supervised by academic partners at both universities, but each must be written at the home university. Both, seminar and masters’ thesis need to be written in English.
  • Do I have to write my Master thesis in English language?
    The Master thesis has to be written in English because it will be jointly supervised by academic partners at both universities.
  • Is it possible to write my Master thesis in cooperation with a company? 
    It is theoretically possible but we advise you not to write your Master thesis in cooperation with a company, due to the fact that there are already two institutions who supervise it.
  • Who is my contact person at the University of Turku?
    Prof. Dr. Jukka Heikkilä, University of Turku 
    Dr. Eija Koskivaara, International Master’s Programme Coordinator, University of Turku 
  • Is there anybody who helps me at the University of Turku? 
    There is a tutor system for degree and exchange students at the university of Turku. A personal tutor system engages voluntary and trained Finnish or foreign students to help you with practical matters and to guide you through student life in Turku. Each tutor has about 3-5 exchange or degree students: http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/info-accepted/Pages/Student-Tutor.aspx; Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY): www.tyy.fi/en; Erasmus Student Network Uni Turku: https://esnuniturku.fi
  • What about living expenses in Finland? 
    The general costs of living are higher in Finland. However, meals and living on campus are subsidised. Meals cost 2,60 € in student cafeterias with a student card. There are eleven student cafeterias and they are open Monday to Friday/Saturday. The opening hours differ in the different cafeterias, some start with breakfast at 8:30, some close at 20:00 o’clock. Cost of student housing per month is about 285 - 500 Euros. http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/info-accepted/Pages/Living-Costs.aspx    
  • Housing in Turku?
    Former DEMA exchange students recommend the Turku Student Village. Please bear in mind, that you should apply for housing at least six weeks before the lease begins. http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/info-accepted/housing/Pages/Exchange-Students.aspx
    Cost of student housing per month is about 285- 500 Euros.
  • What about health insurance in Finland?
    There is no need for an extra insurance. Holders of the European Health Insurance Card are entitled to  the same health services as the Finnish people.
    http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/info-accepted/Pages/Health-Care-and-Health-Insurance.aspx     
  • Is it possible to have a side job as a student in Turku? 
    It is possible but it might be difficult without speaking good Finnish. Furthermore, you need more time during the term for the individual assignments you are given in several courses. Moreover, there are no jobs as a research and teaching assistant as is common at German universities.
  • What to do on your first days in Turku? 
    http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/info-accepted/Pages/First-Days-in-Turku.aspx       
  • Do I need a residence permit? 
    EU/EEA citizens do not need a residence permit, but must register their right to reside in Finland as a student if their stay lasts longer than three months. This is only a formality. http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/info-accepted/Pages/Recidence-Permit.aspx 
  • How to get to Turku? 
    http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/info-accepted/Pages/How-to-Get-to-Turku.aspx
    By air: Turku Airport or Helsinki-Vantaa
    By bus: The national long distance bus service Matkahuolto departs from local bus stations all throughout Finland and also from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. 
    By train: There is a train connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Turku.
    By ferry:Viking Line https://www.vikingline.de/?_ga=2.76215004.859930590.1512121738-216699713.1512121738 Stockholm - Turku
    Silja Line https://www.tallinksilja.com/en/book-a-cruise Stockholm - Turku; Aland - Turku; Riga - Turku
    Finnlines: https://www.finnlines.com/de/schiffsreise/fahrplaene/fahrplan-faehre-travemuende-helsinki?fr=1 Travemünde - Helsinki

Information for Exchange Students going to Passau

  1. Generally, from the point of nomination/selection as DEMA students, the International Office of the University of Passau will guide students through the registration process, which ends in the orientation week.
  2. What is really important is that Turku students participate at the orientation week at the University of Passau, which is held the week before the winter term begins. The date changes slighty every year, as the start of the winter term varies from year to year. See here for a list of dates in the coming years: http://www.uni-passau.de/en/international/coming-to-passau/information-for-new-students/academic-calendar/teaching-dates/
  3. More information on the orientation week can be found here: http://www.uni-passau.de/en/international/coming-to-passau/intl-orientation-weeks/
  4. It is also during the orientation week that DEMA students will be registered (with full student status - not „just“ as exchange students) at the University of Passau.
  5. All inquiries and questions that Turku students might have concerning this process should be directed to the International Office and its Tutors. There is also a facebook site of the International Office at: https://www.facebook.com/International-Office-University-of-Passau-Incoming-142917029217552/.
  6. Please find here the Information sheet for the Academic Year 2017/2018 of the University of Passau.
  7. Checkliste for international students upon arrival in Passau.

Programme Coordination (Board)

In case you have academic or organisational questions concerning the double-degree programme, please contact the corresponding member of the Board at your home university directly or send an email to turku-passau-exchangeatuni-passau.de.

Members of the Board