MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems
Content and structure
The significance of information and information technology in business is greater than ever. Almost every activity and decision in a company depends on IT and therefore information and information technology is at the core of a number of different departments including human resources, finance, manufacturing and security.
Companies and organisations rely on IT when communicating with employees, suppliers and customers, and IT is used to observe changes in markets, to keep up with supply and demand, and to reduce cost and risk by collecting and analysing data and information.
Dealing with information and information technology is not a choice for companies and organisations. It is a necessity.
IT as a tool
In the MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems programme you learn how you use information and information technology to add value to companies and organisations. IT is viewed as something you can use and manage to reach the goals and solve the problems of a company.
In this programme you will gain an understanding of the company and learn to analyse its needs providing the background for designing and implementing specific IT solutions. You will learn how IT affects the organisational structure and financial results of a company – and how the organisational needs and economic reality creates possibilities and constraints on the IT architecture.
You will learn how to box in the problems of a company – reducing the complexity and making it possible to analyse, create and implement IT solutions. And you will learn to think outside the box – and thereby not only find more effective ways of doing things but also create new solutions to old problems.
Speaking two languages
The dependence of companies and organisations upon information and information technology creates a need for IT- and non-IT-departments to understand and collaborate with each other – and a need for employees with an understanding of the implementation of IT into business. Employees with skills restricted to either business administration or programming and computer science is no longer sufficient. Companies need people with qualifications that cross the boundaries of the two different areas.
In the MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems programme you work with the integration between business administration and information technology and not only gain experience and knowledge of the two fields, their intersections and different needs, possibilities and constraints – but also learn to understand and speak two different languages. You will be able to assume the role of a communicator and facilitator enabling collaboration and communication between IT- and non-IT-departments of a company.
The IM- and IMBE-profiles
For the first semester of the programme all students follow the same four courses. In the second semester you choose between six different courses, and depending on which courses you choose, you can acquire a profile in Information Management (IM) or IT Management and Business Economics (IMBE). Therefore, if you want a profile specifically in IM or IMBE, you have to follow four specific courses. If you are not interested in acquiring a specific profile, you can choose freely between the six courses available on the second semester.
Information Management (IM)
The IM profile has its main focus on information and information practice such as information-intense collaboration, decision making and knowledge creation in organisations. The objective is to provide the students with skills, competences and capabilities to work with information-intense business practices, knowledge-intense collaboration, business communication, strategy development and design of shared information environments in the digital era.
If you want an IM profile, in the 2nd semester you have to enroll in the courses: Communication in Action at the Social Web, Advanced Strategic Information Management and Project and one of the following three courses: Internet of Things, Information Economics and Business or Technology and Organization in a Digital World.
IT Management and Business Economics (IMBE)
The IMBE profile has two primary elements: Information technology and business management. IMBE focuses on exploiting technologies to improve or generate new business models, solving complex technological organisational challenges, and aligning technical design with local, national and global strategic business challenges.
If you want an IMBE profile, in the 2nd semester you have to enroll in the courses: Internet of Things, Information Economics and Business and Project and and one of the following three courses: Technology and Organization in a Digital World, Communication in Action at the Social Web and Advanced Strategic Information Management.
MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems is a two-year master’s programme that is divided into 4 semesters. The autumn semester runs from September through November with exams in December and January; and the spring semester from February through April with exams in May and June.
First and second semester consist of compulsory courses, third semester of elective courses and fourth semester finishes off the programme with the master thesis.
In your third semester you can opt for:
- Going abroad on exchange at a partner university
- Doing electives at CBS or another university
- Doing an internship in a company or organisation in Denmark or abroad
It is possible for MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems students to be enrolled in a double degree programme. Here you will spend your first year at CBS learning about Business Administration and your second year at Mannheim Business School in Germany learning about Information Systems.
2. semester (Choose 4 out of 6 courses)
|3. semester||4. semester|
Work, Technology, and Management in Creative Business (7,5 ECTS)
Technology and Organization in a digital world (7,5 ECTS)
Electives at CBS and/or Internship and/or studies abroad at CBS partner universities (30 ECTS)
Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)
|Internet of Things (7,5 ECTS)|
|Communication in Action at the Social web (7,5 ECTS)|
|Evidence Based Management (7,5 ECTS)|
|Information Economics and Business (7,5 ECTS)|
|Strategy Making in Global Environments (7,5 ECTS)||Advanced Strategic Information Management (7,5 ECTS)|
|Big Data Management (7,5 ECTS)||Project (7,5 ECTS)|
You can find course descriptions in the programme regulations for MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems.