Many companies are faced with rapid changes in the IT landscape for years. As the successful introduction and the effective operation of business application systems has become a critical factor, especially bigger companies need specialists who know the business and on the other hand are able to judge critical technologies, systems and services, development projects so as to make IT effective and efficient. Graduates of the 2-year master’s program “Computer Science” specialization “Information Systems” are prepared for leadership roles. There is not only a wide range of industries as a field of application available, but increasingly many graduates find career in management consulting.
The international Master’s program “Computer Science: Information Systems” at Cologne University of Applied Sciences covers computer sciences and its business applications. Mainly, it places emphasis on the correlation and interaction between both components. Key aspects in the Master’s program are the understanding and the design of vertical information processes, data structures, applications and systems that meet business demands. The knowledge which was acquired in a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or Business Informatics will be deepened and expanded and supplemented by additional competencies. Students are specifically enabled to participate in the analysis of complex computer science-specific tasks, to design solutions and are enabled to lead interdisciplinary development teams. In the framework of practical case studies and projects with external partners, it is taught to realize comprehensive and also contrary tasks with social and economic aspects, to design solution architectures and solution strategies, as well as to develop reference models for new tasks. Students will be led to the current state of research in areas of Informatics and Business Informatics and trained in methods of self management, so that they can tackle tasks in everyday working life at the borderline between technology and business.
The course plan includes four equal weighted areas: “Information Systems” (25%), electives (25%), project area (25%), Master’s thesis (25%). The first year includes the study focus and the electives including topics of computer science, information systems and business administration. The second year consists of a project area, and the Master’s thesis.
Subjects of the first year of study
5 mandatory courses of “Information Systems”
- Enterprise Architecture Management
- IT Compliance & Risk Management
- Business Intelligence
- Analytic Applications
- Performance Management
Electives (choose 5 modules out of 12)
Courses held in English:
- Operations Research
- Data Mining
- Principles of Leadership and Strategic Management
- Business Administration
- Project Management
Courses held in German:
- Spezielle Gebiete der Mathematik (Specific Areas of Mathematics)
- IT Sicherheit (IT Security)
- IT Consulting
- Geschäftsprozessmanagement (Business Process Management)
- Management und Unternehmenssteuerung (Management and Enterprise Control)
- Spezielle Gebiete der Mensch-Computer-Interaktion (Specific Areas of Human-Computer Interaction)
- Projekt Management
Subjects of the second year of study
- Project area – three projects
- Master’s thesis
The program has started in fall 2013.
Related CUAS’s Master programme:
Master’s programme Computer Science specializing in Software Engineering (to be held in German)