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Business Information Systems (B.Sc.)

Business Information Systems deals with the way in which IT solutions are structured, developed or implemented for business processes and the supply of information. Along with this, the degree programme takes the integration of private individuals and public administration into account. Study foci are the conception of application systems and e-business solutions as well as the management of information processing. In the master's degree programme that follows and builds upon this programme, deeper knowledge can be gained in further specialised subjects.

Programme name: Business Information Systems
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start: Winter and summer semester
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the summer semester 2018:

  • 1st subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Office)

The programme gives students very good general and subject-specific career skills and lays the scientific foundation for a consecutive career qualifying degree in the form of a master's programme.

The programme is completely modularised, i.e. credits are acquired during studies. The programme is successfully completed when 180 credits have been earned.

For a qualified bachelor's programme in the field of economics, students must especially have sound knowledge in the English language (international students also must have good German language skills), mathematics as well as information and communications systems (ICS).

Students whose knowledge of English/ German, mathematics or ICS is poor are strongly suggested to improve in these areas before beginning with the programme. The Faculty of Economic Sciences also offers a precourse in Mathematics for new students to prepare them for the following modules in Mathematics (every winter and summer semester).

The Bachelor's programme in Business Information Systems is divided into the orientation phase (1st and 2nd semester) and the in-depth and specialisation phase (3rd to 6th semester).

In the orientation phase, students acquire basic knowledge in the business information systems (module "Information and Communication Systems"), informatics (module "Informatics I"), business (module "Finance, Financial Statements as well as Markets") and in economics (modules "Microeconomics" and "Macroeconomics"). In addition, students acquire knowledge in the area of the relevant mathematical and statistical methods (modules "Mathematics" and "Statistics").

In the in-depth and specialisation phase of the programme, Bachelor students will enhance their knowledge in business information systems, informatics and business in specified areas. During in-depth studies, students must also complete the compulsory modules "Management of Information Economics", "Management of Information Systems", "Informatics II" and three of the modules "Corporate Taxes", "Production and Logistics", "Corporate Management" and "Organisation", "Internal Corporate Accounting" as well as "Marketing" (optional compulsory modules).

Thereafter, students select a specialisation in the areas of business information systems and informatics. Within their specialisation, students have to complete a project seminar and a term paper seminar. Furthermore, a programming language has to be completed successfully. The elective section comprises modules of the following areas: economic sciences, informatics, key competencies and law.

Admission to the Bachelor's degree programme in Business Information Systems is restricted in the first subject-related semester, while the higher subject-related semesters are not subject to admission restrictions. Students can apply and be enrolled in both the summer and winter semesters.

What we expect from you:

  • Motivation and a will to achieve
  • Interest in entrepreneurial or macroeconomic issues
  • Analytical thinking faculties as well as an interest in and ability to deal with mathematical methods of presentation
  • Good proficiency in German, a good or at least working knowledge of the English language

As a graduate with a bachelor degree, you will have career opportunities in a multitude of professions. The labour market continues to be characterised by a strong demand for highly qualified information technology (IT) specialists.

Core occupations for graduates of the Bachelor's degree programme in Business Information Systems include jobs as computer specialists and system analysts. Bachelor degree graduates will be tasked with planning, documenting and rolling out hardware and software and gathering data on the impacts on organisational forms. This additionally involves support in solving problems and the modification or new development of concepts. Concrete jobs for graduates with a bachelor degree include jobs as specialists at computing centres and user services, organisation and system analysts, advisors and vendors or software developers as well as work implementing and modifying standard software for business administration applications (for example SAP).

Moreover, bachelor degree holders can work in hybrid occupations as so-called hybrid experts, i.e. individuals who are familiar with business problems and are capable of designing IT solutions. These individuals are often employed in a coordinating function between the operating department and the IT department. Project managers, project coordinators and system analysts are some examples of specific professions. Fields that graduates can work in include either those (1) within the data processing (DP) department (for example, system analysis, user consulting, DP control) or (2) outside the DP department in business-oriented operational departments with distinct DP references, such as organisation.

Additionally, a bachelor degree offers you the possibility for further studies like enrolling in a Master's degree programme in Germany or abroad. In Göttingen, completing a bachelor degree with a good grade can increase your chances of getting admitted to the four-semester degree programme in Business Information Systems, which culminates in a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Business Information Systems. Moreover, you have the possibility to pursue other Master's degree programmes at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, e.g. the master's degree programme in Applied Statistics (M.Sc.), as long as you fulfil the admission requirements.