You will need German language skills at level C1 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.
The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.
|Degree awarded||Master of Science (M.Sc.)|
|Duration and credits||4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits|
|Starts in||April (summer semester) and October (winter semester)|
|Language of instruction||German|
Digitalisation is leading to far-reaching changes in the economy and society. Information Systems specialists accompany this change in a variety of roles and take on an interface function in companies, mediating between economic goals and technical possibilities. In the Information Systems programme, you will acquire the necessary interdisciplinary competence profile from the fields of business and computer science, in combination with further individually selected courses from other faculties.
For details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's infosheet (German).
Study Information Systems at the University of Passau to successfully combine the science and practice of digitalisation. The Information Systems programme at the University of Passau is characterised by a challenging, interdisciplinary education. The central arguments for studying Information Systems at the University of Passau are:
- Topicality and research orientation: Our offered range of courses includes data and information management, internet and data management, privacy and data protection, business information systems, IT and knowledge management and other current topics. The professors and lecturers are distinguished researchers in these fields and ensure that the latest developments and research findings in the field are conveyed in their courses. You can participate directly in the research projects of the Chairs when you join the seminars and write your thesis.
- Excellent staff-student ratio: Courses at the University of Passau are not overcrowded. Professors can therefore respond to the students individually and are available to answer questions and other student concerns. With a total of four Information Systems Chairs and one teaching unit, the programme offers one of the best staff-student ratios in Germany.
- Choice and flexibility: In the master's programme, you can tailor your studies to create a highly individual competence profile – for instance, by placing a focus on a field more closely related to computer science or one closer to business administration. Nevertheless, your choices are not limited to business or computer science. In the 'interdisciplinary specialised courses' section, you can even choose courses from the entire range of master's courses at the University of Passau that match your chosen profile – for example in (IT) law, media and communication, cultural management or psychology. This is unique for a degree programme in Information Systems. At the Language Centre of the University of Passau you can choose from 14 languages to deepen your language skills.
- Internationality and double degree options: The University of Passau is known for its numerous international partnerships. A very high proportion of students complete at least one semester abroad. The International Office is happy to support you in organising a semester abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In addition, the M.Sc. Information Systems offers the possibility to complete a tailor-made two-semester study abroad at the University of Turku in Finland and thereby acquire a double degree at both universities. Finland is one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to digitalisation.
In the Information Systems programme, you will receive the necessary qualifications to help shape the digital world of the future. Due to the increasing importance and penetration of digitalisation across all areas of life, your career prospects are excellent. In our experience, graduates are generally offered jobs immediately after their studies – often even during their studies.
You too can become a shaper of the digital economy and society with excellent, cross-sectoral career opportunities in regional and international start-ups, SMEs and major corporations!
At the University of Passau, we provide you with contacts to a number of leading companies and start-ups as well as practical skills that can be applied across a wide range of tasks – from IT project management and data analytics to the digitalisation of administration. We offer SAP certification courses in cooperation with a consulting and software development company. In workshops and lectures, guest speakers will give you an understanding of what it is information systems graduates do on a daily basis. The University's Start-up Coach can also help you realise your own business idea. Moreover, we offer the certificate programme 'Digital Technology and Entrepreneurship' to impart knowledge and skills for digital start-up ideas during the degree programme.
The research-oriented master's degree in Information Systems also qualifies you for a subsequent doctorate and career in academia. With us, you will learn how research is performed in Information Systems, what methods are used and what the latest exciting areas of research are during your master's studies. Our offer includes topics such as research methods in Information Systems, participation in interesting surveys and experiments conducted at the faculty's own research laboratory, the possibility of publication for outstanding master's theses in renowned journals and exchanges with experienced researchers on an international level.
In addition to your seminar and master's thesis, you will attend courses in the following four areas:
This area covers the mathematical foundations needed for business, as well as empirical methods, decision theory, methods of operations research and fundamental concepts of information systems.
- Principles of business administration
This area covers the financing, value-based management and taxation of companies, the management and organisation of companies and start-ups, and (digital) marketing.
- Information systems
In this area you are acquainted with the specific methods, models and tools used in the information systems field. This includes the analysis, development and implementation of information systems. The field is interdisciplinary and includes the socio-economic dimension of IT and data as well as their strategic importance in competition.
- Interdisciplinary focus modules
For the individual development of your profile, you have the opportunity to choose further subjects related to information systems from the entire master's course offerings of all four of the University's faculties. This may includes, for example, courses on cross-media, the design of computer-supported learning environments or IT law, or even human–machine interaction and digital communication.
Your thesis should demonstrate your ability to independently carry out academic research by applying scientific methods to a clearly defined subject matter.
Admission is conditional on a university degree (bachelor's, Magister, Diplom, state examination) from a university in Germany or abroad based on at least three years of study in information systems or an equivalent degree, with a final grade of 2.7 or better and a proportion of 60 ECTS credits or a comparable amount in the field of information systems. This necessarily includes courses that impart knowledge in business application systems, databases, software development, data structures, e-business, business processes and knowledge management.
If you have any questions about the required qualifications and the application procedure, please contact the Student Registration Office.