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Master's Program in Business Informatics

    General questions

  • Why is it important to read the examination regulations?

    The examination regulations state your rights and obligations as a student of Business Informatics at the University of Mannheim.

  • How can I register for seminars?

    Registrations for the seminars offered by the chairs of the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics are centralized via Portal². You can only register within a predetermined period at the beginning of the semester. Registrations are possible until the first Monday of the lecture period. Allocations will take place on the following Tuesday. The seminars start in the second week of the lecture period. You will find more information in Portal² as soon as registrations are open.

  • What should I keep in mind about the Scientific Research Course?

    The Scientific Research Course is a compulsory course that earns you 2 ECTS credits. The course takes place twice every semester. The exact dates for each semester will be announced via mailing list. Please be aware of the following rules:

    1. It is not possible to interrupt and leave the course for appointments, lectures or other activities, unless you have an unforeseen and justifiable reason for doing so.

    2. You will need to bring a laptop. Tablet computers such as iPads, Android tablets or other devices are not suited for the purposes of this course.

    3. If you do not show up on any of the three days, the course will be graded as “failed” (5.0), unless you hand in a medical certificate within three days after the course has ended.

    4. If you fall ill and cannot attend the class, you need to inform Ms. Czanderle immediately (czanderle(at)wim.uni-mannheim.de) and hand in a medical certificate to Student Services. Details can be found here. If you do not show up for class and fail to hand in a medical certificate, the course will be graded as “failed” (5.0).

    5. If you wish to de-register from this class, you can do so by withdrawing via Portal² or by sending an e-mail to czanderle(at)wim.uni-mannheim.de.

    Please also read the following note from the lecturer:

    ”During this course, it is possible and preferable to do the practical exercises on your own topic, e.g. the topic of your upcoming master's thesis or some other topic within business informatics that is of a special interest for you. You do not have to prepare anything in advance, but maybe you want to think about a topic before the course to get the most out of it.“

  • Can I change any modules?

    Please note that only students enrolled before the fall semester 2018 can change modules.

    Requests to the examination committee must be submitted in writing. Please make sure to indicate your address, student ID number and e-mail address in case we need to contact you for follow-up questions. We also ask you to state the semester in which you started your master's program so that we know straight away which examination regulations apply to you.

    Changing a module you have not passed yet

    If you have chosen the wrong module, you can request a module change. The request must be submitted to the responsible committee in writing using the following form:

    Please also bear in mind that any unsuccessful examination attempts will be transferred from the original module to the new module!

    Please also note that a module change does not affect the requirements defined in your examination regulations. In particular, the provisions on the credits required in the different subjects remain valid.

    You will remain registered for the original module until the end of the exam registration period. In case you are still registered for the original module after the exam registration period has ended, please contact Student Services I.

  • Why am I still registered for the original exam after a module change?

    In case you are still registered for the original module after the exam registration period has ended, please contact Student Services I.

  • Do I need to finish all of my exams before starting my master's thesis?

    Although some chairs might verify whether you have completed all your examinations, you are formally only required to accumulate at least 60 ECTS credits before starting your thesis. Nevertheless, we strongly advise you to finish all your examinations first. Writing a master's thesis is a full-time job, and it takes a lot of coordination and organization to take exams and write a thesis in parallel.

  • Is it possible to study a semester abroad? How do I apply?

    It is not mandatory to spend a semester abroad, but we are happy to assist you in the organization. For further information, please go to International.


  • Degree plans and course schedules

    Degree plans

    The master’s program in Business Informatics is a program taught exclusively in English combining the fields of computer science and business administration. The goal of the study concept is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge of business informatics specialists while giving them the opportunity to specialize in key areas of business informatics as well. The seminars and projects are designed to go beyond basic skills, and provide students with an in-depth understanding as well as professional competences. While the goal of the seminars is for students to learn scientific argumentation in discussion, presentation and writing, the team project simulates real world situations in project management and teamwork.

    The program covers five major areas:

    1. Fundamentals Computer Science (18 ECTS credits):

    On the basis of the knowledge acquired during your bachelor’s studies, this area serves to further develop the core competences needed as a business IT specialist. Here you can choose the courses that are necessary to prepare you for your area of specialization as you progress in your studies. You are required to earn 18 ECTS credits in this area.

    2. Fundamentals Business Administration (at least 18 ECTS credits):

    In this area, you can choose courses in Accounting and Taxation, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Management, Marketing and Operations Management. These lectures are offered by the Business School and offer you a great opportunity to either gain expertise in a certain domain or to acquire broad knowledge about different areas in business administration. You need to earn at least 18 ECT credits in this area.

    3. Specialization Courses (36 ECTS credits):

    In this area, you can choose six courses from the specialization modules offered by our chairs on a wide array of topics. As the school wants to encourage students to focus on their main interests, you are given the freedom to choose your courses accordingly.

    4. Projects and Seminars (18 ECTS credits):

    In addition to the subject-specific expertise you acquire during your studies, it is important to us that you also develop social skills and soft skills. Employers will look at your personal qualities, attitudes, skills and abilities, especially in terms of communication and motivation. Although these qualifications are often gained from life and work experience, it is possible to train and develop them.

    The key qualification course ”Scientific Research“ (2 ECTS credits) teaches basic tools and methods for scientific research and academic writing. The course is offered several times a semester as a block seminar. You will be able to use these tools in the selected seminar (4 ECTS credits) to discuss, present and write about current research questions in business informatics. 

    The team project (12 ECTS credits), which is an integral part of the program, can be taken for six months or can be stretched out over twelve months. It not only provides students with technical skills, but also social skills in project management and teamwork.

    5. Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS credits):

    With your thesis, you demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and abilities to independently work on a subject-specific problem using scientific methods. 

    Team projects, seminars and thesis topics are offered by the individual chairs of the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics and the Business School. Students can discuss current topics of business informatics in practical application or in research.

  • Examination regulations and module catalog

    The module catalog 2019/2020 (Appendix) gives an overview of the courses and contents of the program (for those studying under the examination regulations of 2013, please refer to this module catalog (Appendix​​​​​​​).

    Please read the examination regulations for your program carefully.

  • Examination committee

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    Chairman

    Prof. Dr. Simone Paolo Ponzetto

    Prof. Dr. Simone Paolo Ponzetto

    Examination Board M.Sc. Business Informatics
    University of Mannheim
    School of Business Informatics and Mathematics
    B 6, 26 – Room B 1.14
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Tue 1:30–2:30 p.m.
    Prior Registration via email required

    Student representative

    Michael Timpelan

    You can contact the examination committee via pruefungsausschuss(at)wim.uni-mannheim.de           

    Tasks of the central examination committee

    We are responsible for the following topics :

    • Advice on examination regulations
    • Advice on module changes
    • Advice in individual cases (such as extension of deadlines)
    • Approval of reasons for withdrawal or delay
    • Extension of examination deadlines
    • Serious cases of cheating and breaches of regulations
    • Determination of definitive failure with no option to re-sit
    • Identification of missed deadlines
    • Invalidity of examinations
    • Appeal procedure
    • Recognition of coursework and examinations
    • Semester recognition certificates for BAföG, form 5 according to § 48 BAföG (also for LAG WPO)

    For further information, please contact:

    For further general information regarding the Master in Business Informatics contact:

    Birgit Czanderle, M.A.

    Birgit Czanderle, M.A.

    Student Success Coordinator, Study Coach Business Informatics and MMDS, Contact to Examination Committee
    University of Mannheim
    School of Business Informatics and Mathematics
    B 6, 26
    Gebäudeteil B – Room B 0.05
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    by appointment
    Office hours:
    Mon–Wed 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Advisory service

    The student advisory (run by the study coach and the academic advisor) is a combined offer for the master's program in Business Informatics.

    You can consult us in questions regarding:

    • the study program
    • the module catalog
    • the examination regulations
    • cases of hardship
    • questions about module changes
    • contents of courses
    • your degree plan (modules, tracks, thesis)

    You can contact the advisory service via studienberatung(at)wim.uni-mannheim.de.   

    Birgit Czanderle, M.A.

    Birgit Czanderle, M.A.

    Student Success Coordinator, Study Coach Business Informatics and MMDS, Contact to Examination Committee
    University of Mannheim
    School of Business Informatics and Mathematics
    B 6, 26
    Gebäudeteil B – Room B 0.05
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    by appointment
    Office hours:
    Mon–Wed 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
    Lisa Wessa, M.A.

    Lisa Wessa, M.A.

    on parental leave
    Questions regarding application and admission
    Contact the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

    Contact the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

    University of Mannheim
    School of Business Informatics and Mathematics
    B6, 26
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Please note: Due to the corona virus the faculty can only be reached by mail.
    telephone consultation hours every Wed, 10 to 12 a.m.
  • Master’s thesis

    Finding a supervisor and a topic for your master’s thesis requires early planning and initiative on your part. It is primarily your responsibility as a student to contact a chair that fits your study profile. This means that you need to contact several chairs or professors on your own initiative in order to find someone who will agree to supervise your thesis. It is the norm that students contact the chairs personally, and something we expect from students at our school. 

    Master’s students of Business Informatics may write their thesis either in the field of business informatics or informatics. Please inform yourself about the requirements of each chair.

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