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Welcome to the Master of Business Informatics with focus on "Data Science & Consulting".

You have already successfully completed a first degree in "Business Information Systems", "Computer Science" or in "Economics " and want to expand your IT competence with the all-dominant topics in information technology "Big Data" and the "Internet of Things " as well as "Consulting Competence" with a Master's degree: Then you are in the right place!
You can also study the Master of Business Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting dual - in a coordinated practice-integrated Master's program with selected practice cooperation partners.

  • Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Information Systems, esp. Data Science & Consulting
  • Duration: 3 semesters + 1 semester master thesis (usually practical work)/ 120 ECTS
  • Start: winter and summer semester
  • Forms: Consecutive study with or without practice-integrated, dual Master's program.
  • Languages: German and German and English
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, Economics or Computer Science or comparable orientation with an overall grade of 2.7 or better with at least 180 ECTS
  • Application: Numerus-Clausus degree programs with application deadline 15.7. for the winter and 15.1. for the summer semester
  • Intensive small groups: max. 25 first-year students per year!
  • Accreditation: FIBAA: "outstanding practical relevance and practice-oriented teaching".

Students in the Master of Business Information Systems, esp. Data Science & Consulting have created the following video using AI to introduce the program:

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Contents and lecture schedule

The Master of Science in Business Information Systems at the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society, which has been established since 2007, leads you to the Master of Science in Business Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting since the reaccreditation in 2017.

Information technology in particular is known to be subject to very rapid change. Professional conferences, publications and corporate strategies show that the "digital transformation"ofthe economy is steadily progressing through the areas of "Big Data" and the "Internet-of-Things". This transformation is the focus of the Master's degree program in Business Information Systems with a concentration in Data Science and Consulting. 

Data Scientists deal with analysis methods for the efficient exploration and real-time evaluation of "Big Data". This requires, among other things, knowledge of disciplines and technologies such as advanced analytics, Hadoop or in-memory databases such as SAP HANA. In addition, Data Scientists have knowledge of mathematics and statistics, programming and databases, as well as information technology and network communication, especially in relation to the "Internet of Things".

Consulting skills consist of analytical-conceptual skills in developing corporate strategies, designing innovative digital business models using Design Thinking and Business Model Canvas, optimizing processes, the ability to promote digital transformation through change management, and strong communication skills in German and English.

As confirmed by practical experience and during reaccreditation, our Master's program in Business Information Systems is characterized by a particularly high level of practical relevance.

1st semester lectures only in WS

2nd semester lectures only in the summer semester

3rd semester lectures only in WS

4th semester

MW111 Business Model Innovation
MW112 Change Management
MW211 Design Application Systems 1
MW212 Realization of Application Systems 1
MW311 Design Application Systems 2
MW312 Realization of Application Systems 2
Thesis
Elective module offer
Controlling, Consulting or Human Resources
MW221 IoT Technologies
MW222 IoT Applications
MW321 Analysis and Visualization
MW322 Knowledge Management
Controlling
MCO121
MCO122
MFI323
Human Resources
MLO341
MLO342
MLO343 
Consulting
MW121
MW122
MW123
MW131 IT Law
MW132 IT Service Management
MW231 Process-u. System Modeling
MW232 Design Thinking
MW331 Advanced Analytics
MW332 Advanced Analytics Tools
MW141 IT Architectures
MW142 IT Security
MW241 Programming for Data Science
MW242 Data warehousing
MW243 NoSQL databases
MW341 Practical project Data Science/Big Data
  MW351 Practical project Internet of Things

Please refer to the module manual for the exact contents!

Information event Master of Science in Information Systems, in particular Data Science & Consulting

Did you know that Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences offers the only Master's degree program (M.Sc.) in Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting within a radius of more than 150 km, which you can study with or without a dual company partner? As far as we know, it is also the only Master's degree program where you can study business informatics without having previously completed a Bachelor's degree in a computer science discipline. Did you know that data scientists are among the most sought-after IT specialists in consulting?

Our degree programs have been recognized as "particularly practice-oriented" by the accreditation agency. In the winter semester 2023/24, you will have three opportunities to get to know the Master's degree course at information events:

  • On 22.11.2023 from 17-18:00 there will be a presentation of the new practice-integrated Master's program with BASF in a video conference. Program managers from BASF and the Master's program will give you an overview of studies and practice and will be available to answer any questions you may have. Please register at volker.mayer@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 hwg-lu.de. He will send you the dial-in details by e-mail.
  • On 06.12.2023 from 17-18:00 the complete Master's program will be presented, including the practice-integrated Master's programs with SAP, BASF and Lufthansa. Current students will talk about their experiences and will be available to answer any questions you may have - alongside the program directors. Register at volker.mayer@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 hwg-lu.de. They will send you the dial-in details by email.
  • On 12.12.2023 from 16-18:00 you will have the opportunity to meet us in person at the "Meet the Masters" day at HWG LU. In our presentation, we will introduce you to the complete Master's program, including the practice-integrated Master's programs with SAP, BASF and Lufthansa. We can then discuss your questions in more detail in person on site.

If you have any questions, the course directors Prof. Selchert martin.selchert@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 hwg-lu.de and Prof. Thomé frank.thome@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 hwg-lu.de will be happy to answer them. 

You can also choose to study the Master's in Business Informatics with a focus on Data Science & Consulting as a dual degree. Cooperation partners offer a development plan carefully coordinated with the course of study, which also takes into account your wishes for a specialization.
In the practice-integrated Master's programs, you will work in the company for the two years of your studies with an attractive monthly salary. This gives you interesting insights into departments and international projects alongside your studies. Due to the close coordination with the course of studies and the mutual commitment, you can work on much more qualified tasks than would be the case with regular working student activities.
The advantage of our practice-integrated Master's programs over conventional dual Master's programs is their greater flexibility: you have a lot of influence on the design of your individual training plan in the company and can structure your working hours flexibly - without rigid blocks of time. This is particularly beneficial for long-term projects.
Find out more about the practice-integrated Master's programs on the websites or via the job advertisements of the cooperation partners. You apply to the respective cooperation partner in parallel to the regular application process at Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences.
 
 

As the market leader in enterprise software, SAP is at the heart of the current digital transformation. Our guiding principle is Run Simple. With our innovations, we not only want to help our customers optimize their business processes, but also improve the lives of people around the world.
The dual, practice-integrated Master's program has been successfully implemented with SAP for many years.
The special plus: a proven and successful modular development agenda at SAP, attractive remuneration and an in-depth introduction to the market leader in business software!
You can find more information about the program here: SAP Master Program

BASF is not only the world's largest chemical company by sales, but also a company that uses innovative IT technologies and data science to achieve the perfect integration of production, infrastructure and operational services. The Digital Innovation team of BASF's European Site & Verbund Management is our cooperation partner and will be offering a Master's degree in Business Informatics with a focus on Data Science and Consulting as a dual Master's degree program from the summer semester 2024. The special plus: start in the winter and summer semesters, maximum flexibility, an attractive salary and the distance from the university is very short for personal meetings!
You can find more information here: BASF Master's program

Videos about the BASF Master Program

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The Lufthansa Group is a global aviation company with more than 300 subsidiaries and more than 100,000 employees. It holds a leading position in its home market of Europe. The Lufthansa Group consists of the business segments Network Airlines, Eurowings and Aviation Services.
It is precisely in this business segment that there are many areas of application for innovative IT solutions with data science as well as in the area of the Internet of Things. The joint practice-integrated Master's program has existed since 2021.
The special plus: very diverse tasks in the Internet-of-Things environment, interesting additional benefits and exciting insights into international network management!
You can find more information here: Lufthansagroup Master's program

Admission requirements for business information scientists, computer scientists and for lateral entrants from the economic sciences

Admission requirements for Master program in Business Information Technology!

Our Master in Business Information with focus on Data Science & Consulting has been selected as one of three programs nationwide by SAP for a joint program. This program combines studies with practical work at SAP in different areas. 

Admission to the master's program in "Business Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting" is open to students who have successfully completed their first degree at a university in Germany with an overall grade of 2.7 or better and at least 180 ECTS in the field of "Business Information Systems," "Computer Science" or "Economics" or who have at least an equivalent German or foreign university degree. Applications are also accepted from students who have not yet successfully completed a course of study with a Bachelor's degree or with an equivalent degree, but who can guarantee that they will obtain the degree within one semester after enrolling in the Master's program. This has to be proven by suitable documents (overview of the already successfully completed as well as the still open achievements) until the end of the application period; the extent of the still open achievements may not exceed 30 credit points; at the same time, applicants have to prove at the time of application that they have already registered the thesis of the undergraduate degree program.

Applicants who come from the Business Information Systems program will be admitted directly to the NC selection procedure, provided that they also provide the linguistic proofs mentioned below. All others still have to prove missing admission requirements in Business Administration and/or IT:

  • Applicants who have not completed their first degree in Business Information Systems or Business Administration must provide proof of basic knowledge in business disciplines such as accounting (bookkeeping and cost accounting), investments and financing, human resources, marketing, production theory, logistics or business management. Proof is provided when at least 20 ECTS have been achieved in such courses. Alternatively, knowledge acquired in self-study can be proven in a written business administration entrance examination on these topics in which at least 50% of the maximum points have been achieved.
  • Applicants who have not completed their first degree in Business Information Systems or Computer Science must provide evidence of basic knowledge in the areas of programming, databases and modeling, and web applications. Proof is provided by successful participation in a written/practical IT entrance examination on these topics, in which at least 50% of the maximum points were achieved. For this purpose, the university has set up a corresponding course on the learning platform OLAT, to which you can gain access via the program manager of the study program. The contents of this course are then also the basics for the IT knowledge exam.
  • English language skills are required according to level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Language Courses (CEFR) and must be proven by submitting an appropriate certificate. The program manager of the study program will tell you when exactly you have to present the certificate . Recognition is also granted if you have taken English at school up to the final grade with at least "sufficient" or have studied in an English-language degree program in the meantime. Alternatively, you can take a written exam in English with us in order to receive a certificate. In order to be able to follow the lectures in English, strongly recommends that you polish up your language skills to level B2 before the start of lectures. 

Foreign applicants must prove German language skills on the level DSH-2 or Testdaf 4 with level 4 in all 4 sections or DSD II or C1 of the Goethe Institute or ÖSD C1 or telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule with a certificate that is not older than 3 years, unless you have studied in a German-language program in the meantime. Evidence from private language schools cannot be recognized.

Dates of knowledge tests

BWL     by arrangement in week 29/2024
Englishby arrangement in week 29/2024
ITCW23/2024 Repeat examination on CW29/24

If you are unable to provide proof of the required knowledge by the application deadline (July 15/January), you will automatically be invited to take a knowledge test. In order to take part in our selection process, you must pass the test(s) with at least a pass mark.

IT skills:

We currently offer a preparatory course for the IT knowledge exam, which you can access as follows. In order to gain access to this course (Vorkurs Master Wirtschaftsinformatik), you must register with OLAT.

Please follow this link:  OpenOlat - infinite learning (vcrp.de   and complete the registration.

After successful Degree, send your user name to the program manager so that he/she can add you to the course as a participant. You should then be able to see and use the "Master in Business Informatics" pre-course via the "My courses" tab.

English language skills (B2):

English language skills are required according to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and must be proven by submitting an appropriate certificate. The program manager of the degree programs will tell you exactly when you have to submit the certificate . It is also recognized if you have taken English at school up to the final year with at least "sufficient" or have studied in an English-language degree program in the meantime.

Alternatively, you can also take a written exam in English with us in order to receive a certificate. To ensure that you can follow the lectures in English, you should polish up your language skills to level B2 before the lectures start. 

Business knowledge:

Applicants who have not completed their first degree in business informatics or economics must provide proof of basic knowledge in business disciplines such as accounting (bookkeeping and cost accounting), investments and financing, human resources, marketing, production theory, logistics or corporate management. Proof is provided if at least 20 ECTS have been achieved in such courses.

Alternatively, knowledge acquired in self-study can be demonstrated in a written business studies entrance examination on these topics in which at least 50% of the maximum points have been achieved.

Important information: If you have not yet completed your studies at the time of your application, you must provide proof of 150 of 180 ECTS (180/210) by the application deadline and the BA thesis must be registered. You can then submit the Bachelor's degree itself within the first semester of the Master's program. This is also the time when all required admisson requirements with proof must be met.

If you have any questions about this , please contact the program manager of the degree programs.

Notifications of possible enrollment will be issued at the end of January/July at the earliest!

Click here for the application!

The application deadline for the summer semester is always January 15:

This LINK will tell you everything you need to know about applying: StudierendenServiceCenter (SSC).

Application deadline for winter semester is always July 15:

Use this LINK to find out everything about the application: StudierendenServiceCenter (SSC).

Due to the strong practical relevance of the degree programs, a long-standing and close cooperation with a number of well-known companies in the region has been established. In some courses, cooperative projects with companies in the region are an integral part of the teaching method. At the end of 2 years, at least 3 projects are carried out as part of the course. 75% of the lectures have integrated exercises and case studies.

Dual programs in the Master's degree program in Information Systems

You can also study the Master's in Business Informatics with a focus on Data Science & Consulting on a dual and practice-integrated basis. We cooperate with SAP, BASF and the Lufthansa Group. All programs can be started in the winter semester, the dual study program with BASF also in the summer semester. The programs run for two years and include interesting insights into departments and international projects as well as working in virtual teams. All programs offer flexible employment opportunities throughout your studies and include an attractive monthly salary. You must apply to the respective dual cooperation partner, i.e. SAP, BASF or Lufthansa, and in parallel through the regular application process at Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences.

 

You can find more information about the dual Master's program with SAP and how to apply on the website: SAP STAR Master's program,

You can find more information about the dual Master's program with BASF and how to apply on the website: BASF Master's program

You can find more information about the dual Master's program with Lufthansa and how to apply on the website: Lufthansagroup Master's program

Study-integrated practical partners

The great practical relevance of the Business Informatics with a focus on Data Science & Consulting is strengthened in the regular program by the participation of practical partners in the study program. Here you will find an overview of the companies that have been involved in our Master's program for many years with study-integrated real-time practical case studies, case study seminars, lectures, internships, lecturers, etc. 

NAO - a humanoid robot at work in the city library

Joint project of the Master's program "Business Informatics with a focus on data science & Consulting" of the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society (HWG LU) and the Ludwigshafen City Library is nearing a successful degree.

Third-semester students on the Master's degree program "Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting" at Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society (HWG LU) have programmed the humanoid robot NAO for use in the city library as part of a cooperation project with Ludwigshafen City Library. In future, it will be able to answer visitors' questions about the library's collection and the location of the media they are looking for. This is made possible by the core of the programming: an interface via which NAO can communicate with the library system and exchange data - while maintaining data protection.

The use of a humanoid robot as an intelligent library assistant for users could change library work and thus act as a prototype for other libraries. NAO not only expands the service of the Ludwigshafen City Library, but also provides library visitors with low-threshold access to technology and artificial intelligence.

On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, NAO was presented by the students as part of their final presentation in the Makerspace at Ludwigshafen City Library. Project manager Prof. Dr. Frank Thomé concluded with an all-round positive assessment: "In this collaborative project, our students have combined humanoid robotics with artificial intelligence in an innovative way and shown how modern information technology can change the library sector. We are extremely pleased with the results of the project and are delighted to have developed a pioneering assistance solution for Ludwigshafen City Library." "Our team appreciates the opportunity to gain practical experience through this challenging project and to expand our network in the city and the economy. The combination of artificial intelligence and humanoid robotics is not only proving to be a technological innovation, but is actually creating tangible added value for the citizens of our city," said Benedikt Lüth, summing up the students' perspective.

Those involved in the project at the city library were also very satisfied with the collaboration and the result: "The students did an excellent job and got our NAO up and running in no time at all! We are delighted that it can finally be used and are very excited to see how our users will react to it. The cooperation with the university is very valuable for us and has helped us to turn our vision of an innovative library into reality," said Tanja Weißmann, Head of the City Library, and her colleague Marco Teufel added: "It was really fun to supervise the group and to see how deeply the students got into programming and what diverse perspectives this opens up for the library."

A video produced by the students will soon introduce "NAO" to the public - soon to be found on the HWG LU's Master's in Business Information Systems website and on the city library's homepage.

The robot project with the Ludwigshafen City Library is just one of many exciting cooperation projects of the Master's degree course in Information Systems: at the same time as the NAO project, for example, two other student groups were working on practical projects in the  area of the Internet of Things: In collaboration with the IT consulting company IBsolution, the students dealt with the topics of "Smart Campus" and "Smart Classroom" respectively in the context of data-supported building and energy management.

Design Thinking at Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences: Students of the Master's program in Business Informatics present innovative solutions

Ludwigshafen - As part of the master's degree program in business informatics at HWG Ludwigshafen, students have used the design thinking method to develop innovative solutions for directly practice-relevant tasks of companies and organizations from the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. In the current semester, the following sponsors have set a "Design Thinking Challenge": MVV Energie, the IT service company Valantic, the startup BioGenom, as well as the organizers themselves, the network organization 5-HT and Ludwigshafen University.

Design thinking is a user-centered and iterative-experimental approach to finding creative solutions to complex problems. According to all participating companies and organizations, this was very successful: "We will definitely implement the results" - this was emphasized several times during the closing statements after the students' presentations. The very well organized and professional cooperation between the student teams and the contact persons of the companies was praised throughout. And some participants from the corporate sponsors emphasized that not only the results but also the method itself were very interesting for them. An important additional benefit was that new contacts and networks could be created between the students and the companies as well as among the stakeholders.

Conversely, under the guidance of course leader Prof. Dr. Martin Selchert, the students also gained important insights. Perhaps the most important experience was that the techniques taught in the courses and discussed using examples really work in practice. The teams managed to deal with the highly complex tasks, to work out the core problem under the originally formulated question with the companies and to solve it systematically and creatively - up to the first stages of tested prototypes such as a platform for digital customer interaction in a complex buying center via a database solution in knowledge management, the control of lead generation via an intelligently constructed dash board, the concept of an online presence incl. inspiring AI-generated video up to a highly innovative partnership model incl. professionally designed website.

A success factor of the course has again been the collaboration with the network organization 5-HT, which strengthens the cooperation between universities, companies and startups at the "Digital Qualifier" to develop innovative solutions for the industry.

If you are a company interested in participating in the Design Thinking Challenge 2024, please contact the course leader Prof. Dr. Martin Selchert at martin.selchert@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 hwg-lu.de: We look forward to the mutually beneficial collaboration!

Data Science/Big Data Practice Project: Business Informatics Students Work on Corporate Projects

Students of the Master's program in Business Informatics with a focus on Data Science & Consulting worked on a variety of projects in the field of Data Science and Big Data. This was done in cooperation with the companies Breuninger, IBsolution, Verovis and Stocard by Klarna, for which the students acted as business consultants and solved exciting challenges on topics such as image recognition, prediction of customer behavior, action-based business planning and control, and sustainability reporting.

The projects were supervised by Prof. Dr. Coblenz and Prof. Dr. Freyburger as part of the course "Praxisprojekt Data Science/Big Data". After several weeks of work, the results were presented to the company representatives and the other students. The university would like to thank the participating companies Breuninger, IBsolution, Verovis and Stocard by Klarna for their excellent cooperation.

Interviews

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As a graduate of the Master's program in Business Information Systems at HWG Ludwigshafen, I can say in retrospect that I received excellent, interdisciplinary preparation for professional life through the program.

The teaching is particularly characterized by the unique combination of technological know-how and an understanding of the strategic development of business models, as well as by the combination of methodical approaches from theory with the consistent application of what I have learned in practical projects.

In my current job as Head of Innovation at a company that specializes in the creation of joint ventures with a technology focus on artificial intelligence, I am able to apply many of the course contents of the study program in an extremely target-oriented manner.

Thus, the Master's program in Business Informatics at HWG Ludwigshafen enables a variety of career perspectives, both in the development of modern software and platforms or (IT) consulting, as well as in positions with extraordinary generalist requirements, such as in emerging start-ups or in areas such as innovation management in large companies.

Getting into the Master of Business Information Systems was very easy even for the career changers because of the pre-course. The professors and the program manager took time to answer all questions.

We started our first Master's semester in a pandemic, but Ludwigshafen University responded very quickly. The online lectures were well structured and some were even recorded. The digital exams also went smoothly. The content in the first semester was very practical. In group work and case studies, the techniques were applied immediately. From our point of view, this is good preparation for a later career in consulting.

The Master's in Business Informatics with a focus on Data Science & Consulting is highly recommended so far and the Master's program with the company SAP is also a good way to prepare for professional life in parallel.

Practical projects and basic theoretical knowledge are an important combination in any degree program. This combination is very much reflected in this master's degree program in business informatics. The program offers student teams the opportunity to work on exciting tasks in collaboration with leading companies in the industry, to put their own skills to the test and to develop innovative solutions.

The study program "Business Informatics with a focus on Data Science & Consulting" at HWG Ludwigshafen offers optimal conditions for starting a career.In particular, the combination of subjects such as "Design Thinking" or "Business Model Development"  paired with the seminal topics on "Big Data" and "Internet of Things", convinced and encouraged me in my choice  for this study program. As one of only a few universities, HWG-LU also offers applicants from other disciplines the opportunity to qualify for the program through knowledge tests. Therefore, I recommend this study program to all prospective students who really want to enter professional life very well educated.

Lecturer in the Bachelor's program in Business Information Systems & Managing Director of the online marketing company "innofabrik"

The Master's program in Business Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting teaches students important current trends as well as future-oriented technologies and concepts from the areas of Big Data, Internet of Things and strategic business consulting. In addition to classical examinations, practical case studies with realistic problems are conducted in small groups. A master's degree program that is challenging - but fun and provides excellent preparation for everyday working life!

I can recommend the Master of Business Informatics at Ludwigshafen University. Especially the new study concept with the focus on Data Science was super exciting and the lecturers very committed. For me personally, the connection to practice was very important. There are many projects in cooperation with companies and you have the opportunity to work as a student trainee while studying.

The study program Business Informatics with focus on Information Management & Consulting at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen is broad in content and provides a comprehensive overview of different areas of business informatics. The integration of practice-relevant content in the form of case studies or group projects gives students the opportunity to combine theory and practice during their studies. The English-language consulting modules in particular prepare students for the working environment of a consultant.

Furthermore, Ludwigshafen University is characterized by a familiar atmosphere. The lectures are always held in manageable group sizes and the professors always have an open ear for the students.

After successfully completing my studies, I can look back and say that this program prepared me well for my future career.