Bachelor of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik
As part of the “Bachelor of Science” (BSc) course of study, students learn about economics, IT and the core concepts of information systems. It enables graduates to evaluate the practical use of information technology and to design appropriate IT systems. The course prepares and qualifies students to work in management consulting companies that support their clients in the use of IT to design operational processes. In addition, the course prepares graduates for positions at companies that develop standard business management software, e.g. in commerce, banking and insurance, and in companies that use such software and who want in-house expertise in this area. The same is true for public administration bodies whose working processes are increasingly becoming reliant on IT. The course also opens the way to research and teaching positions in the various fields of Information Systems, especially after completion of the “Master of Science in Information Systems”, which builds on the Bachelor course.
Experience shows that there is a huge demand for the skills profile of information systems specialists in the job market. Many graduates use the qualifications they earn to go into business themselves.
Advantages of the IS Bachelor course at Münster University
There are a number of reasons why the Bachelor course in Information Systems at Münster University is a great choice:
- Reputation: Münster’s Department of Information Systems has been unchallenged at the top of the CHE university rankings of German Information Systems courses for many years. The CHE university rankings are based on a range of parameters, including evaluations by students and lecturers, and it allows a representative, nationwide comparison of universities.
- Follow-on Master: Münster University offers the English-language “Master of Science in Information Systems” course, which builds on the Bachelor degree course. In the Master course, the concepts and ideas examined in the Bachelor course are studied in more depth and breadth. In addition, by choosing the appropriate specialist modules, the Information Systems Bachelor course can be aligned towards taking a follow-on Business Administration Master course at Münster University.
- Semester abroad: As part of their course, students can take part in exchange programmes that allow them to spend study semesters at universities across the world. These include institutions across Europe, as well as in the USA, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and South Africa. The partnerships offer an interesting educational curriculum within the framework of the Erasmus programme.
- English-language events: In addition to taking part in exchange programmes, selected events are held in English – the international language of business – so that students can learn the specialist English terminology used in the field. Moreover, the background literature for many events is in English. English courses offered by the University’s Language Centre will be useful in this regard.
- Research activities: The European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) is a global network of academics who collaborate on research in the field of application systems and organisational design. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia established ERCIS and awarded it to the Department of Information Systems at Münster University due to its high-quality research. The course of study is enriched by ERCIS because current developments in research are integrated into the teaching and the range of courses is continuously being developed in this context.
- Internships: The course offers students the option of doing an academically supervised internship in the fifth semester so that they can gather valuable practical experience during their studies. This does not extend the overall period of study since the internship can be credited as part of the course requirements.
- Interplay between theory and practice: Because IT is subject to constant change, it is important to ensure that the teaching content is not oriented around short-lived trends. This course at Münster University covers enduring concepts and fundamental skills, meaning that students will be able to quickly and competently familiarise themselves with technical innovations in their field. On the other hand, one of the Bachelor course’s aims is to teach practical content that will qualify graduates to work in the field within the context of the theoretical foundations. To establish this practical connection, the course covers software products typically used in the sector as a complement to the teaching of theoretical foundations.
The Information Systems Bachelor has a standard course length of 6 semesters. When completed, students graduate with the title “Bachelor of Science”. The six-semester course is divided into 5 areas: Information Systems, IT, Quantitative Methods, Business Administration, and Economics & Law. Modules must be taken in each area and these, in turn, are made up of lectures, seminars, tutorial groups or soft skills training sessions. Computer-based tutorials and practical work, and project-oriented theses are therefore important and integral parts of your Information Systems course.
Structure of the Bachelor course Sem Information Systems IT Quantitative Methods Business Administration Economics & Law 1 Introduction to Information Systems Programming Maths for Economics The Basics of Business Administration 2 Data Management Data Structures and Algorithms Operations Research The Basics of Accounting 3 Process Management and Applications Systems Software Engineering Data and Probabilities Operations Management Economics 4
Communications and Collaboration Systems
Computer Structures and Operating Systems Data Analysis and Simulation 5 Electronic Business Marketing IT Law Without assignment to any area (5th term): Project Seminar 6 Without assignment to any area 6th term:
Specialisation Modules (2 of 4)
Deviating from this overview, project seminars and specialist modules are offered in both the winter and summer semesters. Please note that some of the courses are offered in English only and that a good command of English is required.
You’ll find a description of the lecture contents in the Module Handbook and in the Examination Regulations on the Website of the Examination Office of the Department of Information Systems.
- Commencing your studies: You can only start your Bachelor course in Information Systems at Münster University in the winter semester. A total of around 100 to 120 student places are available. The course begins on 1 October each year. The orientation week organised by the student council for all newly enrolled students always begins on a Monday in October.
- Application procedure: Places to study on the Information Systems Bachelor course are allocated by Münster University through a special selection process. You can register for the selection process via the online application portal at the Student Secretary’s Office. Certain groups of applicants are also required to send a print-out of the online application (in some cases with additional documents) by post to Münster University.
- Deadline: Applications must be submitted via Münster University’s online application system by 15 July at the latest. The deadline is the same for the additional documents which certain groups of applicants must send by post. Different deadlines are in force for applicants from non-EU/EEA states.
- Admission requirements: The only prerequisite for applying for a place on the Bachelor course is the university entrance qualification (i.e. the general matriculation standard/Abitur/A Levels, subject-related entrance qualification or a qualification that is deemed to be equivalent). Completing a commercial apprenticeship or internship before your course of study is not mandatory.
- Desirable qualifications: The study regulations list the following as desirable qualifications for the Bachelor course: receptiveness to IT and economic contexts, sound knowledge of German, English and Maths, and basic PC and Office skills. Foundational or bridging courses can be taken at the beginning of the course of study to improve skills in Maths. The University’s Language Centre offers a range of language courses to improve your knowledge of English or German. Please note that some compulsory modules are only taught in English. Previous knowledge of programming is not mandatory but will certainly not be a disadvantage. The main programming language used in the first semesters is Java.
- Contact persons: The Student Secretary’s Office will answer general questions about applications and questions from those transferring from other universities. The International Office is the point of contact for foreign applicants. The Course Guidance Service is available to answer questions about the course contents. Questions about crediting examination results can be directed to the Examination Office of the Department of Information Systems.