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Program Structure IT Management M.Sc., on-the-job

The first semester serves to align the heterogeneous level of knowledge of the students and to create a deep understanding of the general conditions.

  • The ideal typical structure of the program begins with the module Corporate Management and ICT, in which, after a brief review of the business fundamentals, further methods of business management that are relevant for IT departments are discussed
  • The basic module ICT Systems in Companies brings students to a shared level in the technical field and then into the special fields of information systems
  •  Knowledge of possible resources is crucial for all decisions in the IT sector. These are taught in the ICT Resource Management module and form the basis for the other information systems modules.
  • The end of the semester is the module Research Methods for Business Studies through which you acquire further skills in scientific work and are thus prepared for written papers, especially the master's thesis.

In the second semester you will deal with special topics in the field of information systems.

  • The first step is the planning of the IT architecture and its influence on the business strategy with the Enterprise Architecture Management module.
  • When the IT architecture is determined, the integration of different heterogeneous solutions in the company must be planned and implemented. Therefore, the module ICT Infrastructure and Integration Management follows immediately afterwards
  • IT services and their significance for a company are the focus of the IT Service Management module.
  • The module Human Resources Management and Leadership forms the bridge to the strategically oriented third semester. In addition to operational methods of HR management, this module focuses above all on topics for the development of management competencies that are necessary to accompany employees responsibly and to implement the vision.

Semester 3 uses a strategic perspective that is indispensable for management-related activities: 

  • Once all relevant areas of information systems have been worked out in depth, the Business Models and IT Strategy module is dedicated to uncovering and planning the value creation potential of IT
  • Planning can only be successful if the plan and actual statuses are monitored. This is where the Performance Measurement module comes in. You will learn to define relevant target figures that can be derived from the business model and the strategy, and you will be able to develop measurement procedures to generate the key figures
  • Strategic changes are linked to changes in the personnel structure and corporate culture. This is where the Change Management module comes in, teaching procedures that can be applied in phases of change
  • You have the option to choose a more business-oriented module (such as IT Project Management) or a technically oriented module (such as Complex Software Systems: Management of Your Development) and thus specialize on a measured basis and give your program structure a certain orientation.

The first three semesters are also linked via the Research/Practical module. The aim of this module is to examine and design a practice-relevant topic from your company and to document your results.

Semester 4 is structured as follows:

  •  Before starting your master's thesis, you will be prepared for the challenges of your final thesis during the preparatory module Scientific Work in Companies, where you will prepare a project plan for your thesis.
  • The degree program concludes with your master's thesis in which a current topic relevant to your day-to-day practice is dealt with scientifically.
SEMESTER 1
30ECTS/18HRS/WK
SEMESTER 2
30ECTS/18HRS/WK
SEMESTER 3
30ECTS/16HRS/WK
SEMESTER 4
30ECTS/5HRS/WK
Innovation & IT
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
Enterprise Architecture Management
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
Business Models & IT Strategy
6ECTS/2HRS/WK
International Field Trip
3ECTS/2HRS/WK
IT Systems in Companies
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
IT Integration Management
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
Current Topics in IT Management
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
Scientific Work
3ECTS/1HRS/WK
IT Resource Management
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
IT Service Management
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
IT Controlling
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
Master's Thesis
24ECTS/2HRS/WK

Research Methods in Information Systems
6ECTS/4HRS/WK

Human Resource Management & leadership skills
6ECTS/4HRS/WK

Change Management
6ECTS/4HRS/WK
IT Management & Research
6ECTS/2HRS/WK

Research & Practical Operation
12ECTS/4HRS/WK