Teaching Area Information Systems and Digital Society

Potsdam, Germany
Information Systems


The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam was founded in 1991. It is based at Griebnitzsee campus directly adjacent to the city limit of Berlin and includes the Teaching Area Information Systems and Digital Society. During the last 25 years a highly innovative hub of business informatics has been installed at this campus, also including the Hasso Plattner Institute. Our Bachelor's and Master's programmes give an excellent basis for research including four professoral chairs at our institute.

Bachelor Programs

Our Bachelor's degree programm in Business Informatics provides an engineering driven approach on information systems. Accordingly, the teaching and research subject of the course of studies in business informatics at the University of Potsdam is divided into common compulsory and elective modules for computer science, with areas of theoretical, practical, applied, technical and human sciences computer science, as well as business administration, with lectures on organization and personnel, marketing, start-up and innovation management, taxes or auditing.

In an eight-week internship, students immediately experience the fact that business informatics is more than the intersection of two disciplines, but that human and social components play an important role in the successful coordination of company strategy and information processing. Due to internships and projects with companies, the study of business informatics focuses practice. The course of studies is also distinguished by its technical orientation with business management as well as small learning groups. The extensive offer of the elective modules allows an individual specialization for the later professional activity already during the study.

Master Programs

The research-oriented Master's program in Business Informatics and Digital Transformation allows an individual and targeted analysis of the technical and technology-induced economic changes in digital transformation. The study program pursues an interdisciplinary approach between subjects such as business informatics / information systems, computer science, business administration and public management. With a modern concept of research orientation, flexible content and interdisciplinarity, future Chief Digital Officers (CDO) and Chief Executive Officers (CEO) will be developed for the digital economy and society. It is worth mentioning the opportunity to complete the compulsory subjects at an early stage, and on this basis to use high degrees of freedom in the selection of the main research subject in the following semesters. For suitable students there is the possibility to be involved in the current research work of the chairs. Thus, both the scientific orientation and a high practice orientation characterize the study offer. The supervisory relationship within the program is very good.


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