Learning Agreements are a reassurance that the courses you choose will be recognized after you have passed them and return from abroad.
There are two procedures of recognizing grades from abroad:
Direct Learning Agreement
In the case of direct recognition, it is necessary to have an equivalent course based on the „acquired competences“. So, if you identify a course at a university abroad that is largely the same (> 66% agreement) based on the course description, you can issue a direct learning agreement for this course. This course will then be filled with the grade from abroad. Contact persons for direct learning agreements are always the chairs that offer the course here in Mannheim.
Indirect Learning Agreement
Master Business Informatics, begin of studies before FSS 2018:
Only if there is no direct equivalent to a foreign course in the local module catalog, but the module fits thematically into a specialization track, then an indirect recognition can be made as „BI65X International Course“. In total, the recognized courses may not exceed 18 ECTS.
The contact person for an indirect learning agreement is the respective track manager, in whose track the foreign module fits best.
Master Business Informatics, begin of studies from FSS 2018:
If there is no direct equivalent to a foreign course in the local module catalog, but the module fits thematically into the field of specializations, then an indirect recognition can take place as „BI656 International Course“. In total, the recognized courses may not exceed 18 ECTS.
The contact person is the chair whose area of interest is closest to the course that is beeing requested.
ECTS for Indirect Learning Agreement
The ECTS for “BI656 International Course“ will be determined by the examination board, were we convert the credits of the host university. As a result of this conversion you might get more than 6 ECTS or less than 6 ECTS for a course! Keep in mind that in the Master programs at most 18 ECTS in total can be recognized! For universities in European countries, the credits are usually already ECTS or credit systems that are equivalent to ECTS.
Which form of learning agreement is better: indirect oder direct?
Since the number of direct recognitions is not limited like the International Course is, this form should always be the preferred choice! With a direct recognition you also don't have the issue with ECTS conversions that do not fit in the scheme of your program.
Once you have been approved for a partner university (in the case of Free Movers the approval comes directly from the foreign university), you should start to take care of your Learning Agreement. You should make the Learning Agreement before you go abroad. Thus you are on the safe side and know what courses abroad are then approved here for your studies.
The learning agreement consists of two forms:
The process of getting the courses from abroad recognized is split in two phases:
Your documents will be checked and then the scores are converted. Foreign notes will be recognized at the University of Mannheim on the basis of these conversion tables. Following the examination then you will get back your originals, the student service office receives a copy.
The „Master of Business Informatics“, held in English, offers a university education at the interface between computer science and business administration. The goal of the study concept is to equip the students with basic knowledge of a business informatics specialist, combined with the opportunity to specialize in key areas of business informatics as well. The seminars and projects aim at going beyond a basic skill set: the goal of the seminars is to learn scientific argumentation in discussion, presentation and writing; the team project simulates real world situations in project management and team work.
The program comprises five blocks:
1. Fundamentals Computer Science (18 ECTS):
In this area, the core competencies of a business IT specialist are further developed based on the knowledge gained from the Bachelor's degree. Here you can choose courses that will prepare you and will be necessary for the specializations.
2. Fundamentals Business Administration (at least 18 ECTS):
In this area, you can select at least 18 ECTS of courses in Accounting and Taxation, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Management, Marketing and Operations Management. These lectures are offered by the business administration faculties and offer you a great opportunity to either gain expert knowledge in a certain domain or to gain broad knowledge about different areas in business administration.
3. Specialization Courses (36 ECTS):
In this area, you can choose 6 courses from the specializations offered from all of our chairs about many different topics. You are consciously given the freedom to put together lectures according to your own interests.
4. Projects and Seminars (18 ECTS):
In addition to the expertise you acquire during your studies, it is important to us that you also develop social skills and soft skills. What matters is your personal qualities, attitudes, skills and abilities, especially in the field of communication and motivation. Although these are also a matter of life and work experience, you can train and develop them.
The course „Scientific Research“ (2 ECTS) teaches key qualification of basic tools and methods for scientific conduct. The course is offered several times a semester as a block course. In the seminar (4 ECTS) you will use these tools to learn to discuss, present and write about current research questions in business informatics.
The team project (12 ECTS), which is an integral part of the program, can be taken for 6 months or can be stretched out for 12 months. It not only provides students with technical skills, but also social skills in project management and team work.
5. Masters Thesis (30 ECTS):
With your thesis, you demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and abilities to independently handle a subject-specific problem using scientific methods.
Team projects, seminars and thesis topics are offered by the individual chairs of the Faculty of Business Informatics and Business Mathematics and the Faculty of Business Administration. Current topics of business informatics are offered in practical application or in research.
Members of the examination board for the course Master of Science (M.Sc.) Business Informatics :
Prof. Dr. Ponzetto
You can contact the examination board via pruefungsausschuss
The official address is:
The student advisory (run by the study coach and the academic advisor) is a combined offer for the Master Degree of Business Informatics
You can consult us in questions regarding:
You can contact the advisory service via studienberatung
In order to find a supervisor and a topic for the master thesis, early planning and initiative is necessary. First and foremost, as a student, you are responsible for finding direct contact with a chair that fits your study profile. This means that you proactively contact several chairs / professors to get a topic for your Master's thesis. It is most common that you find an agreement in this way and this way is desired by the faculty of you as a student.
Master students of business informatics are allowed to write their thesis either in the field of business informatics or informatics. Please inform yourself about the requirements of each chair.