Master of Science in Information Systems (IS)

A great number of methods, techniques and approaches to technical and management work are taught as part of the M.Sc. in Information Systems. The study course is enriched by the ongoing research programme of ERCIS and it prepares students both for research posts in industrial or academic organisations and for management or consultancy positions. Through the applied research, students acquire comprehensive skills in problem solving and the ability to implement abstract concepts. The course therefore offers an excellent balance between theory and practice. 

The course is ideal for individuals who already have a B.Sc. in Information Systems. We also accept students from the fields of IT, Industrial Engineering and Economics on the M.Sc. in Information Systems. If you’re looking for a course that combines elements from the field of information systems (software development, modelling, statistics, etc.) with the management aspect (processes, networks, information management), then our M.Sc. in Information Systems would be perfect for you.

You’ll find more information on the Master course in our English-language brochure.

  • Advantages of the English-language IS Master course at Münster University

    The English-language Master of Science in Information Systems at the WWU Münster offers the perfect combination of the traditional education in economics offered at Münster University and the internationally oriented research environment of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS). The course interlinks traditional economics and business-related subjects such as business administration and statistics with IT. 

    Graduates of the M.Sc. in Information Systems are able to quickly get to grips with the complex information technology systems used in companies and to operate them professionally. Students on the M.Sc. in Information Systems are prepared both for a career in research and in business. On the one hand, the course prepares them to progress onto the PhD programme, while also paving the way perfectly for a successful career in management, consulting or software development after completion of the Master course. The M.Sc. in Information Systems thereby imparts to students the necessary expertise in all the desired fields and represents an excellent choice for that reason.

  • Course structure

    The WWU Münster’s M.Sc. in Information Systems is an accredited full-time course of study. The standard course length is two years, i.e. four semesters, in which 120 CP (Credit Points) must be collected. The course includes lectures and e-learning programmes. 

    The course comprises six “tracks” that are aligned with the current needs of business and research and through which all students can specialise. The tracks are: Process Management, Business Intelligence, Information Management, Business Networking, Information Systems Development, and Logistics, Production and Retail. Each track is made up of three modules and each module is worth 6 Credit Points (CP = ECTS). 

    In the first two semesters of the Master course, all students have to choose two of the six tracks. All the other specialist fields are studied more closely in 7 elective subjects (6 CP per elective subject). Two of the elective subjects must be seminar courses. To successfully complete the course, students must also take part in a project seminar (12 CP) and, last of all, write their Master thesis (30 CP). 

    The first two semesters are taken up largely by lecture courses with integrated tutorial groups. Seminar courses can be taken in the first or the second year of the master course. The focus in seminars is mainly on developing the students’ ability to write good academic essays and on improving their presentation skills. The project seminar is usually only taken in the third semester; it contains independent group projects that tie in with topical issues.

    The Master thesis is an academic paper oriented around the specialist fields of the course and should therefore be closely related to one of the tracks. To ensure that students are well prepared for writing their Master thesis, special courses are offered during the Master programme that deal with suitable research methods. 

     

    Track

    Winter Term

    Summer Term

    Method Tracks

    Information Management

    • Managing the Information Age Organization
    • IM Tasks and Techniques
    • IM Theories

    Process Management

    • Information Modeling
    • Workflow Management
    • Enterprise Architecture Management

    Business Networks

    • Interorganizational Systems
    • Information Security
    • Network Economics

    Business Intelligence

    • MIS and Data Warehousing
    • Data Analytics 1
    • Data Analytics 2

    Information Systems Development

    • Logic Specification and Logic Programming
    • Data Integration
    • Advanced Concepts in Software Engineering

    Domain Track

    Logistics, Production and Retail

    • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
    • Production Planning and Control
    • Retail

    Both in Winter and Summer Term

    Electives: 7 Modules (at least 2 seminars)

    Project Seminar

    Master’s Thesis:

    • Thesis and Defense
    • Research Methods

    You’ll find a detailed description of the course in the Module Handbook.

  • Application procedure

    Requirements 

    1. Bachelor degree or equivalent (min. three years or six semesters)
    2. A degree in Information Systems or a similar course with a connection to IT and Economics, etc. 
    3. Basic knowledge of the following four fields: information systems (process modelling), IT (data modelling and software development), quantitative methods (operations research, statistics) and business administration 
    4. You should also be able to prove that you have the necessary competency in English (see below). No knowledge of German is necessary for the M.Sc. in Information Systems, although it would be very useful for your stay in Münster. 

    Application periods

    Starting Semester Applicants Application period
    Summer Applicants from the EU 10 Nov - 15 Jan
    Summer Non-EU applicants 10 Nov - 30 Nov
    Winter Applicants from the EU 10 May - 15 Jul
    Winter Non-EU applicants 10 May - 31 May
     

    You are regarded as an EU applicant if you fulfil at least one of the following points:

    1. You are an EU citizen.   

    2. You received your university entrance qualification (Abitur/A Level, High School Diploma, etc.) in Germany.   

    3. You already have a Bachelor degree from Germany. 

    The online application portal is only active within the application periods.  

    Application procedure 

    1. Wait for the start of the application period that applies to you.
    2. Follow the above link to the application portal. The link is only active during the application periods. 

    3. Fill the online application form and upload all the required documents (see below) in digital form. 

    4. If you are an EU applicant, go to step 7. Otherwise continue with step 5 (EU applicants do not need to submit a written application). 

    5. Print the PDF document that you can call up and save after completing the online application. 

    6. Send all documents (including the printed PDF document) by post to the address given on the PDF document. 
      Please note: All documents must arrive before the end of the application period! 

    7. Wait for your result. You will be notified via the application system.

    Language proficiency 

    The table shows examples of recognised English certificates and the minimum result required in each case to prove you have the required language proficiency for the course. Please note that proof of your English-language proficiency is a mandatory requirement. You cannot be accepted onto the course without proof of language proficiency.

    Certificate TOEFL
    (pBT)
    TOEFL
    (cBT)
    TOEFL
    (iBT)
    IELTS CPE CAE UNIcert DAAD
    Language
    Certificate
    TOEIC
    Level >= 577 pts >= 233 pts >= 90 pts >= 6.5 pts A, B, C A.B A, B, C C1, C2 >= 945
     

    Our TOEFL institution code is 4740. We are also registered for IELTS. 

    Note: The above table is not exhaustive. Other certificates that rate the applicant’s English-language skills at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are also accepted. 

    The applicant also fulfils the English-language proficiency requirements if English is their native tongue or if they completed their Bachelor degree in an English-speaking country. This must be demonstrated with a certificate from the university at which the Bachelor course was completed through the medium of English. 

    Note: If a student has studied a course through the medium of English (the language of the course was English), but the course of study was not in an English-speaking country, they must still provide other evidence to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. 

    Required documents 

    The application is only complete when the following documents have been included: 

    1. Abitur/A Level certificate, or any other equivalent university admission certificate.
    2. Bachelor degree or a list with courses that includes 140 ECTS (e.g. approx. 75%) of a Bachelor course (if the Bachelor course is yet to be completed). 
    3. Performance record or diploma attached. Please calculate the average mark and add a grading scale if the marks were awarded outside Germany. 
    4. A detailed course description (not your performance record!) of your Bachelor course. Please look at these examples of course descriptions and use the template. If you prefer not to use our template, please make sure that you give the overall average of your marks. 
    5. Letter of motivation (around one page, in English) in which you, in particular, write about your preferred track. 
    6. CV
    7. A certificate as evidence that your English-language proficiency reaches Level C1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (see above).  
    8. Additional documents that demonstrate your special interest or qualification for our Information Systems course. 

    These documents must be sent to the Student Secretary’s Office before the application deadlines. Documents that arrive after the respective deadlines cannot be considered. Please note that deadlines cannot be extended, not even when the deadline falls on a weekend or bank holiday. If a document is in any language other than English or German, a certified translation must be attached. Please note that the authenticity of all copies or translations of original documents must be confirmed by an authorised institution with an official stamp and signature. 

    Contact and further information 

    Please do not send application documents to the contact address below. After the end of the online application period you will be provided with an address to which all documents must be sent. The following contact details are only for matters relating to the M.Sc. in Information Systems and are not relevant to the application process. 

    Master Coordination 
    Department of Information Systems 
    Leonardo Campus 3 
    D-48149 Münster, Germany 

    Email: info.master@wi.uni-muenster.de You’ll find the provisional Acceptance and admissions regulations here. Please also read the FAQs.