Informatik, TU Wien

Master program Business Informatics

The master program Business Informatics aims at a strong international embedding in research and economics. In order to ensure this, all the lectures of the master program are held in English and the master’s thesis is written in English.

Approach

The area of Business Informatics covers information and knowledge as well as information-processing processes in organizations and society. It therefore builds the interface between humans, organizations, and information technology. The subjects of the research-driven teaching are thereby information and communication systems in economics and society, especially the analysis, modeling, design, implementation, and evaluation of such systems. Besides the primarily computer science-oriented approach, the success of such systems requires the consideration of technical, economic, and social aspects. Thereby, computer science and economics are combined.

Three main role models are considered in this master program:

  • Employment in an enterprise or a public organization, including managing responsibility or consulting (Master practitioner).
  • Qualification for a scientific career in the course of a doctorate study or PhD program in technical, social, or economic sciences (Scientist)
  • Future activity within an area of innovation, either as a free lancer or entrepreneur or a high position of an enterprise’s innovation branch (Innovator)

This master program is held in English.

Professional Qualification of the Graduates

The master program offers highly specialized knowledge as well as a critical understanding of the theories and principles of areas of computer science and economics, which are relevant for business informatics.

Professional and methodological knowledge

The main focus lies in the teaching of deepening knowledge in selected areas of expertise as well as the interdisciplinary extension of the knowledge, which was acquired in the Bachelor program:

  • Advanced formal and scientific methods
  • Constructional and analytic methods of business informatics
  • Innovation concepts in business informatics
  • Special concepts and methods of computer science
  • Advanced methods of business informatics

Cognitive and practical skills

The emphasis lies on the development of cognitive and practical abilities that are essential for problem solving. By using appropriate exercises supported by current technologies, the following methods and toolsets are taught:

  • Modeling and abstraction
  • Integrative use of formal, technological, and socioeconomic knowledge for the design and critical evaluation of systems
  • Interdisciplinary, system-oriented thinking
  • Scientifically profound approach to problem-solving
  • Documentation of solutions, critical reflection on findings, as well as their convincing presentation
  • Ability for theoretical system analysis
  • Ability to select and apply the scientific method best suited to the current problem

Social and innovation competence, and creativity

The focus lies on promoting key abilities necessary to develop creativity and innovation:

  • Self organization, personal responsibility
  • Highly competitive skill sets in international business and scientific environments
  • Ability to work in diverse teams
  • Self-initiative and curiosity
  • Ability to make decisions and adapt to unforeseeable changing environments
  • Recognizing the potential of innovations in different technological, economic, and social contexts
  • Ability to view the own work in a social context appraising possible consequences on society

Professional Activity

Among other professional activities, graduates are qualified for the following fields of activity:

  • Analysis and optimization as well as development of business processes and according information processes
  • Strategic and executive planning, realization, and steering of information systems
  • Advanced and application-oriented system design and development
  • IT-supported enterprise management (corporate governance) based on a holistic view of the enterprise and its environment as information system, by considering strategic and IT-related factors
  • Management as CIO (chief information officer) or CTO (chief technology officer) as well as mediator between IT, economics, and society
  • Management or IT consultant as well as business analyst
  • Research and development

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