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Master`s degree programme in Information Systems (MSc)

The Master’s programme in Information Systems, with its majors in Business Process Management and Data Science, provides well-grounded methodological competences at the intersection between information technology and business required in a digital world. At this, the programme focuses on skills related to both, improving organizational efficiency and innovativeness using the transformative power of information systems.

As a part of international project teams, students develop social competences that are highly relevant in the dialogue between various stakeholders and business sectors. Students are enabled to take leadership roles and meet the challenges of a global, fast-changing, and increasingly digital economy. Graduates of the Master’s degree programme in Information Systems are thus well prepared for a career as a future leader in internationally operating businesses.

The major in Business Process Management focuses on methodological competences for the analysis, implementation, improvement, and continuous management of business processes. The major in Data Science focuses on methodological competences for turning information into competitive advantage and innovation. Upon successful completion of the programme, the university awards the academic degree of:

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSc).
The completed degree qualifies students for admission to doctoral degree programmes.

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Fact sheet


Master of Science in Information Systems (MSc)


Programme start: September or February


Duration: 2 years full-time


Intake: 35-40 students


Language of instruction: English


Credits: 120 ECTS


Application deadlines: Rolling admissions - final deadlines for the September intake: 30 June (EU/EEA and Swiss citizens), 31 March (other citizens). Final deadlines for the February intake: 30 November (EU/EEA and Swiss citizens), 30 September (other citizens).

Rolling admission for Winter Semester 2016: Early-Bird Registrations welcome!

Apply early and secure a place. Our next priority deadline is the 30th of March 2016. Applications received before this date will be processed in a fast-track-procedure, results are expected by 15. April 2016.

Tuition fee: CHF 850.- per semester

Why study Information Systems?

Information systems are at the heart and soul of contemporary organizations in a global, rapidly changing economy. A world without information systems is now unthinkable: All major organizations manage their processes through enterprise systems, our private and professional communication has changed dramatically due to emergent mobile technologies and social media platforms, and countless complementary IS enabled innovations affect our life and work on a daily basis. Managers thus require unique abilities to make strategic decisions about the development and use of information systems, to identify the potentials for innovation originating from information systems, and to understand how business processes, that use the transformative power of information systems to increase productivity, quality, and sustainability, can be designed and implemented .

The Master’s degree programme in Information Systems with its majors in Business Process Management and Data Science provides these skills, thereby focusing on the nexus between information technology and business. The programme thus provides graduates with the skills that are needed in a fast-changing, digital world. The programme has been developed based on industry demands and is aimed particularly at fostering professional careers in international settings. The rigorous scientific training also provides the foundation for careers in academia. The multicultural and interdisciplinary background of our students and the unique setting of our campus in the beautifully located alpine Liechtenstein provide a great atmosphere for exchanging ideas and making your study time here a fruitful learning experience and inspiring food for thought. We look forward to meeting open-minded, curious, and inspiring people who become actively involved in shaping their study time at the University of Liechtenstein.

Prof. Dr. Jan vom Brocke
Hilti Chair of Business Process Management & Director Institute of Information Systems

Further details

Guidelines & forms

Please refer to our Download Centre for a collection of important guidelines, forms and more information on admissions.

Application - step by step

Learn more about how to apply and what to consider.

Go international

Our programme offers multiple opportunities to network with international peers.

Student exchanges
The University of Liechtenstein has more than 70 international partner universities in its international network. The ERCIS network, for instance, is a consortium of top universities for the discipline of information systems. Students as well as university lecturers are supported through international activities and exchange programmes. This allows for both the establishment and the development of international education programmes and research activities.

Study trips
Students have the opportunity to take part in various international study trips. Single courses are regularly offered abroad and serve as an ideal supplement to module contents. In our study trips, students have already travelled to our partners at universities such as the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

International campus
Six professors, 15 senior lecturers and research assistants, and many visiting professors from all over the world contribute to our high standard of teaching. Each year, 35 students with many different nationalities participate in our Information Systems programme. The open campus in the wonderful alpine environment further contributes to the unique experience of the Master’s degree programme at the University of Liechtenstein.

ERCIS Network
The Institute of Information Systems is part of the ERCIS network - an international network of scientists, conducting cooperative research and teaching in the field of Information Systems. We are happy to discuss possibilities of going abroad in our IT and BPM master's degree programme and studying at one of our partner institutions:

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Funding opportunities

Gaining practical experience while attending our programme can be a valuable experience - and give you a head start into your future career.

You may work part-time while you study: Based on the modular structure of our programme you can flexibly design your own schedule. In the seminars there is compulsory attendance due to the fact that the main content is developed in small groups of students. However, all lecturers are very flexible and try to support you in combining study and work. Please contact Dr. Bernd Schenk in case of further questions related to this issue. Please also have a look at our career service, which depicts latest offers from highly valued companies.

The Institute of Information Systems has developed funding schemes to support highly motivated students during their stay in Liechtenstein and further develop their profiles by gaining practical experience and/or being involved in research activities of the institute.

Student Research Fellowship
The Hilti Chair of Business Process Management offers highly motivated full-time degree and Erasmus students the opportunity to get involved in the department's research activities alongside their studies. Full-time students are employed as research assistants in parallel to attending the master’s programme.

Hilti-Fellowship Programme 
This Hilti-sponsored fellowship offers committed master students the opportunity to be part of an international project team for a semester, and take one or more courses in the Master’s programme in Information Systems.

Cost of living

Liechtenstein is one of the European countries with the highest cost of living.

Since the cost of living varies from person to person, the following figures represent estimates:

Rent including utilities - CHF 550.-
Telephone/Mobile - CHF 50.-
Food - CHF 400.-
Health insurance/insurance - CHF 100.-
Clothing, laundry, hygiene - CHF 70.-
Leisure, spending money - CHF 200.-

Minimal cost of living for students at the University of Liechtenstein can be expected to total approximately CHF 1.500.- per month. Erasmus students pay tuition at their home university.

FAQs

1. What are Information Systems?

• An information system (IS) is a system composed of people and computers that processes or interprets information.

• Any specific information system aims to support operations, management and decision making.

• An information system is the information and communication technology (ICT) that an organization uses, and also the way in which people interact with this technology in support of business processes.

2. What is Business Process Management (BPM)?

Business process management (BPM) is a field in operations management that focuses on improving corporate performance by managing and optimising a company's business processes. It can therefore be described as a "process optimization process." It is argued that BPM enables organizations to be more efficient, more effective and more capable of change than a functionally focused, traditional hierarchical management approach. These processes can impact the cost and revenue generation of an organization.

As a managerial approach, BPM sees processes as strategic assets of an organization that must be understood, managed, and improved to deliver value-added products and services to clients. This approach closely resembles other Total Quality Management or Continuous Improvement Process methodologies and BPM proponents also claim that this approach can be supported, or enabled, through technology. As such, many BPM articles and pundits frequently discuss BPM from one of two viewpoints: people and/or technology.

3. What is Big Data?
Big data refers to data sets that are too large and complex to be processed using traditional storage (e.g., relational database management systems) and analysis technologies (e.g., packaged software for statistical analysis). More specifically, researchers and practitioners use the term “big data” to refer to the ongoing expansion of data in terms of volume, variety, velocity (Laney 2001), and veracity (IBM 2012).

4. Why study Information Systems with focus on BPM or Data Science at the University of Liechtenstein?
The programme has been developed based on industry demands and is aimed particularly at fostering professional careers in international settings. The rigorous scientific training also provides the foundation for careers in academia.

The multicultural and interdisciplinary background of our students and the unique setting of our campus in the beautifully located alpine Liechtenstein provide a great atmosphere for exchanging ideas and making your study time here a fruitful learning experience and inspiring food for thought.

We look forward to meeting open-minded, curious, and inspiring people who become actively involved in shaping their study time at the University of Liechtenstein.

The program in summary:

• majors in Business Process Management and Data Science
• strong focus on digital innovation
• highly relevant IT-related and business-related topics
• strong integration of theory and practice
• courses from Thursday to Saturday
• attractive tuition fees of CHF850 per semester
• preparation for PhD programme
• programme entirely taught in English
• excellent student-faculty ratio (12:1)
• International faculty

5. Who will benefit from the major in Data Science?

Graduates in Economics and Business with solid background and keen interest in quantitative methods

• Graduates in Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics with the ambition to work with real-world problems and data

• Programming professionals who want to acquire analytical, quantitative tools to leverage their experience and understand the value contribution of IT in an organizational context

• Aspiring PhD students looking for rigorous training in quantitative and analytical methods

6. Who will benefit from the major in Business Process Management?

Graduates in Information Technology or Business

Candidates with a keen interest in corporate systems and business process management, project management, IT consulting, enterprise architecture, enterprise systems, and information management with business processes

Graduates and professionals looking to develop the skills and knowledge to translate business strategies into information technology solutions

Graduates and professionals aspiring a career as a chief information officer, enterprise architect, business development manager, senior business analyst, software development manager, program manager or corporate strategist

7. I don’t have a background in IT and am sceptical whether my programming skills will be sufficient. What level of IT knowledge is expected for the MSc in IS at the University of Liechtenstein?

Programming is not the main focus of the MSc in IS and is only required for very few of the courses (where up-to-date programming languages will be used). During the course of your studies you will be introduced to a number of application systems – in addition to standard Office Software you will be working with SAP and, depending on your chosen major (Business Process Management or Data Science), you will also be using applications in the area of process management (for example for process modelling) and data analysis. No prior knowledge of these applications is required!

Students in our course tend to come from a variety of backgrounds like IT or computer science, as well as economics, management or engineering.
It is therefore always the case that you have to go the “extra mile” in in order to make up for lack of prior knowledge. The entry requirements and the necessary prior knowledge of each course are all clearly communicated to give students the chance to brush up their knowledge where necessary.

8. I have a background in economics – will I be eligible to apply?

Absolutely! The MSc in Information Systems is an interdisciplinary course at the intersection of IT and business. The quintessence of the course is finding ways of using information technology in order to generate value for businesses and society. The curriculum thus also features courses focusing on management, economics and leadership.

Students in our course tend to come from a variety of backgrounds like IT or computer science, as well as economics, management or engineering. It is therefore always the case that you have to go the “extra mile” in in order to make up for lack of prior knowledge. The entry requirements and the necessary prior knowledge of each course are all clearly communicated to give students the chance to brush up their knowledge where necessary.

9. Can I work while studying?

The modular format of the course allows students to continue working while studying. Classes take place Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 until 19:15 and occasionally on Saturday mornings. Lectures usually run from September to December and from February to June. Attendance may be required for exams in January or July.

Many of the students in the MSc in Information Systems work part-time from Monday to Wednesday and during the semester breaks. This could mean that you extend the duration of your studies and do not select all courses (i.e. 30 ECTS) in the semester.

10. When do classes take place?

Classes take place Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 until 19:15 and occasionally on Saturday mornings. Lectures usually run from September to December and from February to June. Attendance may be required for exams in January or July.

The modular format of the course allows students to continue working while studying. Many of the students in the MSc in Information Systems work part-time from Monday to Wednesday and during the semester breaks.

11. I am an overseas/international student - how much are the tuition fees?
Tuition fees are CHF850 per semester for all students, regardless of your nationality.

12. Is there a student residence on campus?
Yes, there is a student dormitory on campus: www.uni.li/de/studium/gut-zu-wissen/studieren-in-liechtenstein/wohnen/studentenwohnheim

However, classes only take place Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 until 19:15 and occasionally on Saturday mornings. Many students therefore also chose to commute to Liechtenstein on these two to three days.

13. How do I apply for a place in the MSc in Information Systems?
You will find the online application here: www.uni.li/en/study/good-to-know/counselling-application
You can only apply online, there are no paper application forms.

14. When is the application deadline?

The application deadlines are as follows:

Winter semester:          
- EU/EEA and Swiss citizens: June, 30th
- Other citizens: March, 31st

Summer semester:       
- EU/EEA and Swiss citizens: November, 30th

Other citizens: September, 30th

In order to apply, please complete the online application here: www.uni.li/en/study/good-to-know/counselling-application

15. Is it possible to submit documents once the application deadline has been passed?

Language certificates as well as documentation of course work and examination grades in respect of first degrees may be submitted after the application deadline has passed. They must be submitted no later than the start of courses within the Master’s Program. Please note that a final confirmation of your study place can only be made once all documents have been received.

Please note: Late intakes are possible in single cases for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens as there are no visa issues. Please contact master.information-systems@uni.li for details.

16. Which faculty does the department of Information Systems belong to?
The department of Information Systems belongs to the Faculty of Business Administration.

17. What are my job prospects in Liechtenstein after graduating?

Our graduates have excellent career opportunities, with an employability that lies at 100% within three months of graduating. Many of our graduates work at international IT and management consultancies or in leading industry and service companies.

Liechtenstein has a population of about 35’000. However, there are more than 37’000 jobs available so the country relies heavily on foreign workforce. Many international companies have their headquarters in Liechtenstein, for example Hilti, Swarovski, ThyssenKrupp, Oerlikon, Hoval and Ivoclar Vivadent. www.uni.li/en/study/our-master-programmes/master-information-systems-msc/career-opportunities/career-alumni

The department of Information Systems works very closely with industry partners in an advisory capacity. In return, many experts from these companies also lecture in the course, thus allowing students to make the direct connection between theory and praxis. Many of our students manage to establish links with these international companies already during their studies through internships or part-time work. A very popular entry point into the Liechtenstein work-force is the Hilt Fellowship, where students work part-time at Hilti while at the same time studying for their master’s degree. It is a highly competitive program so early applications are encouraged: www.uni.li/hilti-fellowship

18. Do you offer scholarships?

We don’t offer any scholarships. However, there are several ways to subsidize your living costs.

Study and work at Hilti Corporation: uni.li/hilti-fellowship

Study and work as a junior researcher at the Institute of Information Systems: uni.li/student-research-fellowship

Work part-time in the region: uni.li/en/study/our-master-programmes/master-information-systems-msc/career-opportunities/work-study-1

19. What awards have faculty members/researchers won?

Our faculty members constantly strive to make the study experience exceptional for our students. Consequently, their efforts have been rewarded with numerous awards and prices. Please see here for a selectin of the most important ones: www.uni.li/en/study/our-master-programmes/master-information-systems-msc/awards-achievements

Contact us

Dr. Bernd Schenk
Executive Director o.P.
Phone +423 265 13 00
master.information-systems@uni.li

 

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