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School of Business, Economics and Information Systems

Passau, Germany
Information Systems

Summary

The University’s modern campus is located in the south-eastern part of Bavaria – Germany’s high-technology state – in verdant surroundings, a few minutes’ walk from the historic Old Town of Passau. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Passau has a very low crime rate and offers an excellent standard of living in a politically stable and economically robust environment, while being close to the major metropolitan centres of Prague, Munich and Vienna. The city, which is home to 50,000 people, is both a popular international tourist destination – around two million tourists visit each year – and an ideal place to live, work and study. This is thanks to Passau’s manageable size, up-to-date infrastructure, a rich cultural scene, an engrained entrepreneurial spirit and, most importantly, a strong sense of togetherness and support among its citizens. In all respects, the University reflects and promotes this spirit and has become a deeply embedded, integral part of the city of Passau.

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into a first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankings. Some 12,000 students and doctoral researchers from more than 100 countries are enrolled at the University of Passau, 60 % of whom are female. Today, the University community consists of 122 professors; 564 academic staff members, many of which belong to the 430 early career researchers of the University and 425 academic support staff.

Over the past decade, the four faculties of the University of Passau (Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, School of Business, Economics, and Information Systems, and Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics) have developed a particular interest in the societal implications of digitalization, culminating in the University’s mission of conducting “science for the networked society.” The underlying premise of this research identity is that digitalization and global networking are increasingly affecting all areas of our society—culture, economy, education, government, media, politics and the state. Thanks to the particular combination of faculties, the University is uniquely placed to realize its vision of becoming one of Europe’s leading centres for research on the societal implications of digitalization by 2028, the year of its 50th anniversary.

The Information Systems department is home to four chairs, six professors and a total of more than 20 Information Systems researchers including renowned international visiting staff and addresses. Members of the institute have published in international top journals including ISR, JSIS, EJOR, OR Spectrum and Journal of Retailing. Their research addresses a broad spectrum of economic, business, regulatory and design aspects of Information Systems.

Bachelor Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics is a well-rounded programme that enables graduates to identify, analyse and solve business and economic problems independently and methodically. The degree programme is divided into three module groups: A) The core modules lay the foundation in methodology and principles of business administration, economics, law and information technology.

 

B) Various elective courses allow you to explore your personal areas of interest in greater depth. The electives include aspects of Internationalisation (establishing an international profile), accountancy and economics. C) Among several specializations, students are also offered a specialization in Information Systems.

The B.Sc. programme in Information Systems has a modern educational profile that addresses not only aspects of business administration and computer science, but also interdisciplinary aspects of economics and law. It is comprised by four module groups: (A) Core Modules that lay foundations in business administration, computer science, information systems and economics (B) Elective modules in information systems, (C) specialization modules, including specializations in Internet Business, Business Intelligence and Management & Marketing and (D) foreign languages and soft skills.

Master Programs

The University of Turku, Turku School of Economics and the University of Passau, School of Business, Economics and Information Systems coordinate their Master’s degree programmes in Information Systems in order to enable outstanding students to obtain a degree from each institution.

The programme focuses on topics in Digital Enterprise Management (DEMA), which is comprised by two modules:

  1. The Networked Business & Digital Ecosystems module focuses on economic and technical aspects of today’s networked and digital business environment. Students learn about digitally enabled organizations, and how they benefit from advanced data management and digitalized, networked business platforms to improve performance of networked business ecosystems. Moreover, they learn about economic and technical aspects of digital ecosystems as well as information and communication technologies.
  2. The IT Management module focuses on the design, delivery, and implementation of IT services, applications and infrastructure to align business needs and IT security requirements in networked organizations. Special attention is paid to the management of complexity of IT-assets and networked business by means of enterprise architecture management and governance. The students learn to define IS services to support business processes and knowledge sharing, and to manage multi-party implementation projects. Students also develop their ability to understand the significance of business networks for software industry as well as methods to address ethical and responsibility issues related global businesses.

The research-oriented M.Sc. Business Administration gives you a solid grounding in theory, skills and methods. This enables you to deal independently with a wide range of problems, particularly those related to business administration, using scientific principles.

The degree programme allows you to focus on Information Systems as one of three focus areas. Overall, the degree programme has been designed to maximize flexibility and choice of course modules. Upon successful completion of this programme you will have gained the qualifications to continue with doctoral study.

If you have earned a first degree with an information systems focus and are interested in following up with a Master's degree in the same discipline, then you've come to the right place. The M.Sc. Information Systems allows you to consolidate your knowledge of e-commerce, business information systems, IT management, knowledge management and other topical subjects. In addition to the courses taught in this programme you will also have the opportunity to attend courses from the related programmes of study, Business Administration, Computer Science, IT Security, IT Law and Media and Communication.

 

This degree programme involves original research and working on hands-on projects.

PhD Programs

The Information Systems department at the University of Passau pursues high quality research projects and its professors belong to the best published researchers in Information Systems in Germany. The faculty offers a structural PhD programme in business administration and economics that allows a focus on information systems and includes several PhD level specialization courses. Prospective students can apply directly at one of the chairs of Information Systems. Students are regularly offered a job contract at the chair.

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