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!
Contents of the study program
Since its reaccreditation in 2017, the Master of Science in Business Information Systems at the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society, which has proven itself since 2007, leads you to a Master of Science in Business Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting.
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 SoSe
3rd semester lectures only in WS
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
Elective module offer
Controlling, Consulting or Human Resources
MW221 IoT Technologies
MW222 IoT Applications
MW321 Analysis and Visualization
MW322 Knowledge Management
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 events about the study program
Information event Master of Science in Business Informatics, esp. Data Science & Consulting
Did you know that Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences has the only Master's degree program (M.Sc.) in Business Informatics with a focus on Data Science & Consulting within a radius of more than 150 km, which you can study with, but also without a dual company partner? To our knowledge, it is also the only Master's program where you can study Business Information Systems without having previously completed a Bachelor's degree in a discipline of Computer Science. Did you know that Data Scientists are among the most sought-after IT specialists in consulting?
Our degree program, which has been recognized by the accreditation agency as "particularly practice-oriented," presented itself to you on 5/31/2023 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in a interactive zoom session .
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the program 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.
Required access requirements
Admission requirements for business information scientists, computer scientists and for lateral entrants from the economic sciences
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.
Required knowledge tests
Dates knowledge tests
|English||21.07.2023 by arrangement|
If you are unable to demonstrate the required knowledge by the application deadline (July 15/January), you will automatically be invited by us to take a corresponding knowledge test. In this application phase, a failed knowledge test cannot be repeated. In order to participate in our selection process, you must pass the exam(s) with at least a sufficient score.
Currently, we offer a preparation course for the IT knowledge exam, which you can access as follows. In order to get access to this course (Vorkurs Master Wirtschaftsinformatik) you have to register in OLAT.
Please follow this link: OpenOlat - infinite learning (vcrp.de and complete the registration.
After successful completion send your username to the program manager so that he/she can add you as a participant in the course. After that, you should be able to see and use the "Pre-course Master Business Information Systems" via the "My Courses" tab.
English proficiency (B2):
English proficiency is required according to level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Language Courses (CEFR) and must be proven by presenting an appropriate certificate. You will be informed by the program manager of the study program 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. To ensure that you can then follow the English-language lectures, you should definitely brush up your language skills to level B2 by the start of lectures.
Applicants who have not completed their first degree in business information systems 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 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.
Important notes: If you have not yet completed your studies at the time of application, you must provide evidence 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 in the Master's program. This is then also the time when all required entrance requirements with proof must be available.
If you have any questions about this please contact the program manager of the program.
Notifications about a possible enrollment will be issued at the end of January/July at the earliest.!
To 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).
Cooperation partner of the study program
Due to the strong practical orientation of the study program, 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 program in Business Information Systems
You can also study the Master of Business Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting in a dual program. We cooperate with SAP on the one hand and with the Lufthansa Group on the other. Both programs can be started in the winter semester, run for 2 years and include interesting insights into departments and international projects, working in virtual teams and the possibility of being taken on directly afterwards. Both programs offer flexible deployment options throughout your studies and include an attractive monthly salary. You must apply to the respective dual cooperation partner, i.e. SAP or Lufthansa, and in parallel regularly in the application process of Ludwigshafen University.
For more information on the dual master's program with SAP and how to get started with applications, please visit the website: SAP STAR Master's Program,
For more information on the dual master's program with Lufthansa and how to apply, please visit the website: Lufthansagroup Master's Program .
Practice partners integrated into the program
The great practical relevance of Business Information Systems with a focus on Data Science & Consulting is strengthened in the regular program by the involvement of practical partners in the study. Here you can 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.
Our cooperation partners
Practical projects of the study program
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.
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.