Business Informatics M.Sc.
What characterizes the Master in Business Informatics?
The Master in Business Informatics at the University of Mannheim offers a successful combination of business administration and computer science. Even in the basic courses, students have the opportunity to focus strongly on their favorite topics. This is further deepened by the choice of specialization courses. Through various exercises within the courses as well as a team project, practical applicability is continuously ensured. So it never gets boring!
Thematically, you can expect future-oriented teaching from the University of Mannheim. The lectures cover the acquisition, storage, and working with data as well as artificial intelligence and the sensible use of information.
The language of the lectures is English, as this is the everyday language in the field of business informatics in many companies. This allows you to develop and practice your English skills and automatically enrich them with technical vocabulary.
Course of studies
The master’s program in Business Informatics usually takes four semesters. 36 ECTS are allocated for the basic courses in the fields of computer science and business administration. The selection in business administration is enormous since many courses of the MMM (Mannheim Master of Management) can be chosen. Afterwards, there is a choice of specialization courses with a total of 36 ECTS. Some of these courses require basic courses, which is why you should not disregard them when planning your studies.
The timing of the individual modules is almost completely up to you so that you can already listen to specialization courses or start with the team project in the first semester.
In the module catalog you will find an overview of all subjects offered in the Master of Business Informatics at the University of Mannheim. Here you can also find out which courses have certain prerequisites and which contents are taught. All information about the business administration courses can be found in the module catalog of the MMM (Mannheim Master in Management).
As a student of Business Informatics at the University of Mannheim, you have the possibility to spend one or two semesters at one of our many partner universities. A stay abroad is not obligatory. The work you do abroad can usually be credited so that your standard period of study is not affected. The application deadlines can also be as early as the beginning of your first semester. If you are interested in a semester abroad, please contact our International Department for advice. You can also find further information and contact details at the International Office.
Part of your master’s program is the “Team Project”, which is valued at 12 ECTS. You will work on this project together with your fellow students for six or twelve months in cooperation with a chair and possibly a company.
The aim of the project is for you to work on a complex task in a team (social competence) using your acquired knowledge and to find a practical solution. The projects focus on different areas, such as programming or data science projects.
The time of the team project is freely selectable, but for some topics, previous knowledge of the master’s study is required.
You have to attend exactly one seminar towards the end of your studies. This seminar is usually held by a professor of your choice in an area in which you would later like to write your Master’s thesis. Your professor will assign you a topic, which you have to work out and present in front of a small group of seminar participants.
In your Master’s thesis, you will work on a topic for six months and present your results in a colloquium at the end. You will discuss the topic with your chosen professor beforehand. During the six months, your chosen professor will act as your supervisor and support you with any questions you may have.
Most professors prefer that you also take the seminar with them or listen to particular subjects as preparation for the Master’s thesis.
Therefore, you should contact your potential supervisor early on. You can find an overview of our professors and their subjects here.
Every semester there are two exam periods. The first exams take place during the two weeks after the lecture period has ended and the second exams in the last week before the start of the new semester.
You are free to choose on which of the dates you would like to take your exams. If you do not pass an exam on the first date, you can retake it on the second date.
The examination regulations contain everything concerning examinations. Among other things, they provide information on the various forms of examinations and the calculation of grades. The current examination regulations can be found here.
There is a period each semester in which you can register for exams. You will always receive a reminder to your university mail address in time. During this period and until three days before the first date of the exam you can easily register for your exams via Portal².
If you did not pass an exam or have deregistered, you will automatically be registered for the next possible exam date.
Deregistration or withdrawal from an exam
You can deregister from an exam up to three days before the exam date via Portal².
After this deadline or in the case of compulsory registration, a withdrawal from an exam is only possible with a valid reason. You can find more information here. There you can also download a corresponding application and submit it to the Express Service or by mail to your study office.
Retaking an exam
In principle, you can retake a failed exam once. However, you can choose to change the course if you do not feel comfortable with it. The retaking of an already passed exam is not allowed.
If you have further questions that could not be answered on our homepage or the website of our faculty, please feel free to contact us or one of the following contact persons:
• The student council:
• Study programme manager: Lisa Wessa
• Contact person in the study office: David Steiner
• Subject advisory service for content related to the degree programme