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Master of Science

Master Information Systems

If you’re already studying Information Systems and would like to find out more about specific details of your master programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Master in Information Systems Programme Structure pages.

Thank you for your interest in the master's programmes of the WiSo-Faculty.

On this webpages you will find all required information on the Master Information Systems - you will get a sneak peak into the programme structure as well as all facts about the admission criteria and the selection procedure.

In a nutshell

  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Start: Fall term
  • Degree title: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Language: German and English
  • Fees: Only Social fee
  • Application Deadline: June 15th 2019

Only the best for your career

With your Bachelor’s degree you have already acquired profound knowledge and professional competence, making you well-equipped for labour market entry. By earning your M.Sc. in Information Systems at the WiSo Faculty of Cologne University, you enhance your qualifications and become an expert in your field.

Information Systems as a forward-thinking science:

As a information systems specialist, you have the double qualification often required in the labor market from the fields of business management and computer science. Information systems specialists work in many different areas and sectors. Thus, you assume an intermediary role between the business world of thought and language on the one hand and a technically anchored system world on the other.

The Master Information Systems is the springboard for your career:

As a graduate in information systems with an interdisciplinary focus, you will be able to find attractive positions on the (IT) labour market as a broad-based specialist. Many of Cologne’s graduates already have very good business contacts before completing their studies. The Master’s degree is even indispensable for many leading positions in the most diverse of sectors, and for specific career paths in research and teaching. In addition, our information system specialists are involved in spin-offs and start-ups, or build up their own business. If you are interested in doing your own business, you will be supported by the university.

As the University of Cologne is state-funded, there are no tuition fees, just a biannual “semester contribution” of slightly more than 250 euros, which includes the semester ticket for public transport throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. So, with us, you can invest in an excellent education – and your professional future – without paying a fortune.

Close exchange with business and industry:

Cologne as an important media and IT city is an interesting location for students of information systems with regard to future job opportunities. Already during your studies, you can find contact with well-known employers (overview). In the metropolitan area of ​​Cologne, 45,000 people employed in the communications and media industry, and 11,000 work in information technology sector. Special emphasis is on broadcasting (WDR, Deutschlandradio, RTL, Super RTL, VOX and n-tv), telecommunications and entertainment. The Cologne exhibition "Koelnmesse" is the fourth largest in the world and is home to Gamescom, the leading trade fair for interactive games and entertainment. In addition, there are many creative media agencies and a lively event scene.


I think the special thing about studying Information Systems in Cologne is that I can gain practical knowledge as well as learning about theoretical methods.

Martin, Master in Information Systems

Some examples of the questions Information Systems students look at

  • How can organisations’ processes, products and services be digitised?
  • How can business and IT strategies be effectively combined in practice?
  • How is information systems research carried out?
  • What organisational structures, processes and systems are required for IT management in today’s world?
  • How do I create a successful IT start-up?
  • How do I shape and control digital innovations?

Mein Studium: Information Systems

Information on the application

From the middle of April onwards you can submit your application via WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal. Applicants with a (bachelor’s) degree acquired abroad must additionally apply via uni-assist online as well as postal until 15 June (date of receipt).

Detailed information about the admission procedure, admission deadlines and required documents are provided at the application website.

We are looking forward receiving your application!

Programme structure

The master programme Information Systems consists of 120 ECTS- (European Credit Transfer System) Points and is designed as a 4-semester full-time programme. It is a consecutive master degree based on a bachelor degree within the field of information systems.

The Core and Advanced Section of the master programme Information Systems contains 18 credit points. This area covers the methodological and content-specific basics of information systems.

The Specialisation Section, where students altogether complete 48 credit points, includes modules from information systems and computer sciences as well as two specialisation seminars.

The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying knowledge. Altogether an area of 24 credit points has to be completed, in which modules from business administration, economics and social sciences are available to students.

Detailed information concerning the curricular design is available on our homepage on the Programme Structure pages. Especially at the beginning of your studies, individual consultations will help to make the right choices over the course of the programme.


Most of our courses are offered in English language. We maintain cooperation with more than 130 partner universities throughout the world, so it easy for you to go a semester abroad. Or take part in one of our study tours or other short programmes such as "WiSo@NYC". More information and offers can be found at the International Relations Center (ZIB WiSo).

Detlef Schoder

Information Systems provides the theoretical and methodological tools for dealing with key issues such as big data and digital transformation as well as innovation in IT products, processes and business models. Cologne students of Information Systems will not only gain an understanding of these issues, but also develop the skills to find and shape business solutions.

Detlef Schoder, Professor and Director of the Department of Information Systems and Information Management

I have lectures in business and in computer science – and what makes the University of Cologne unique is this combination of both fields!

Patrick, Master in Information Systems, 2nd semester