Business Intelligence and Process Management

Master of Science (M. Sc.)

The Master “Business Intelligence & Process Management” provides applied knowledge at the crossroads between business and technology. The emphasis is on information and communication technology (ICT) as an enabler for corporate value creation. The “Business Intelligence” stream stresses the growing importance of data for corporate decision making (this trend of larger and more complex data sets is called “Big Data”). The “Business Process Management” stream focuses the organizational impacts of ICT. In sum, students will acquire scientifically proven methods and applied approaches for bridging business and technology and thus creating better corporate information systems.  

 

The program offers a combination of outstanding academic instruction in management and leading practices in information technology. All courses are set up as interactive seminars in which students work closely with their international classmates as well as with docents. Main didactical methods are case studies, problem-based learning, and team-based learning. During the program, students apply their theoretical knowledge as well as their methodical skills in challenging projects (Analytics Lab & Process Lab). In this way, students learn to analyse complex situations, and implement sophisticated solutions for various business domains. The scope of application ranges from strategic to operational scenarios, from private companies to public institutions.

Target Group

The master program is designed for people with a first university degree (usually a Bachelor), who want to make a career in improving organizations by means of IT. The English program with an intercultural crowd of students addresses people who are particularly interested in an international career.


Key Facts

Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics
Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.), 90 ECTS-Points
Language of Instruction English
Structure Fulltime
Duration 3 Semesters (4 semesters for students required to complete a placement)
Program Intake 20
Accreditation Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)

Career Prospects

Graduates of this program are awarded with the internationally recognized “Master of Science” (M.Sc.) degree from the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL).

 

Business Intelligence and Process Management skills are in high demand. The market research firm Gartner asks every year more than 2000 international CIOs (Chief Information Officers) and IT executives about their challenges and priorities. Since 2010, both Business Intelligence and Business Process Management are on top of the lists. At the same time, executives indicate that it is very hard to find young talent with that knowledge. Consequently, Business intelligence and Process Management are named among the most critical missing skills. Further studies, e.g. from German BITKOM and McKinsey’s Global Institute see a high demand for graduates with in-depth Business-IT-knowledge, too.

 

Graduates of our master program are prepared for their next career steps. The combination of theory and practice, as well as the combination of business and IT qualifies them to solve challenging problems in all kinds of organizations. Our graduates become project managers, line managers, consultants, and domain experts.  

Language of Instruction English
Location Berlin
Placement Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with less than 210 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) will be required to complete a work experience placement in the third semester worth 30 ECTS. Students with a bachelor’s degree worth 210 ECTS who have already done supervised work experience during their undergraduate programme, if they wish so, may also take a voluntary placement in the third semester.
International Cooperation The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) has close contacts to all over the world

Curriculum

1st Semester Module 1: Data Warehousing
  Module 2: Data Science
  Module 3: Business Process Management
  Module 4: Strategic Issues of Information Technology
  Tutorial seminar
2nd Semester Module 1: Enterprise Architectures for Big Data
  Module 2: Text, Web, and Social Media Analytics Lab
  Module 3: Business Process integration Lab
  Module 4: IT Security and Privacy
  Tutorial seminar
3rd Semester Research Seminar
  Master Thesis
  Final Oral Exam
   
   

Admission

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's or equivalent degree in
    • Business Information Systems / Business Informatics,
    • Administrative Information Systems / Administrative Informatics,
    • (Applied) Informatics / (Applied) Computer Science (with minor in business), or
    • Business Administration / Business Studies / Business Engineering (with minor in Informatics, Computer Science, or Business Information Systems),
  • Evidence of having completed the following undergraduate courses (or equivalent):
    • Business Administration (10 ECTS) *
    • Quantitative Methods / Databases (10 ECTS) *
    • (Applied) Informatics (10 ECTS) *
  • Excellent English language skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference), e.g. TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0 and CAE
  • Letter of motivation in English
  • Curriculum Vitae in English

Admission Restrictions

If there are more applicants than places, the programme follows a NC (numerus clausus) procedure.

Application Deadlines

  Summer semester Winter semester
Applicants with a degree from a German university - 15.4.-15.6.
Applicants with a degree from a university abroad - 15.4.-30.5.

Fees and grants

Tuition fee None
Matriculation Fees Approximately 280 € per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)
Grants Students may be able to apply for BAföG (German citizens) or DAAD (non-EU citizens) grant.

Contact

Central Student Advisory
(for applicants)

Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1254

master-fb1(at)hwr-berlin.de

Coordination (for students)

Christine Jäkel
Tel. +49 (0)30-30877-1563