MSc Business Information Technology

University of Twente

Program Description

MSc Business Information Technology

University of Twente

As a Business Information Technology professional, you know that introducing a new information system is more than a technical installation, and requires insight in business processes and culture.

Information and Communication Technology has not just provided us with new technical tools and opportunities, it has drastically changed the way we work. As a Business Information Technology professional, you are fully aware of the fact that introducing a new information system is not just a technical installation, but requires good insight in business processes and organisational culture.

You are able to assess and contribute to the full life-cycle of planning, analysis, design, development, implementation and operation of business information systems from a scientific perspective. With a bachelor degree in Business Information Technology, Computer Science or a related discipline, you have the opportunity to further specialise your knowledge and skills in this "bridging" field.


Business Information Technology research, for example in e-commerce and e-governance or in health care innovation by means of ICT, is incorporated within the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology of the University. This is one of the largest research institutes of the university. Its mission is finding optimal combinations of actual application areas with technology research. As a master student you will be able to make a choice along these lines. CTIT has many partners in science and industry, in The Netherlands and abroad. Dutch national Telematica Instituut, bringing science and business together, is established near the university as well.

Program Overview

The master’s programme in Business Information Technology (MBI) is a full-time, English language programme that lasts two years. The programme comprises a total of 120 European Credits (EC), divided over a common part and an elective part.

Common modules

A number of modules are common to all MBI master’s students. These modules are worth a total of 65 EC and concentrate on three main themes: System Lifecycle, Integration in Business Networks en Research.

Master thesis

An individual graduation project worth 30 EC concludes the master’s programme in Business Information Technology.

This could involve an project at an external company or within one of the research groups at the University of Twente. You will spend the six- month graduation period working with professionals, which will allow you to integrate and apply your knowledge and skills to problems from the field. The final step to your master’s degree is to write, present and defend your master’s thesis.

Once you have been awarded your master’s degree, you will be able to call yourself a ‘Master of Science’ (MSc).

Labour market

As a graduate in Business Information Technology, you will be in a perfect position to embark on a career on the interface of management and computer sciences. Almost every sector needs people who can build bridges between IT and Business.

IT is enormously important to businesses in a range of sectors, so you can start working in whichever sector appeals to you most. You could decide to work for an IT end-user, as business perations analyst, IT manager, information architect or system tester, for example. Or for a consultancy firm or IT company as a consultant, IT manager or project manager, putting you in a position to take part in various different projects. Or perhaps you are aiming for a career in research and development. You could then decide to continue your studies as a PhD student.

Alternatively, there is an international market for many IT services. This means that you could choose to work for a multinational company and work abroad. Outsourcing projects provide another good source of new opportunities for graduates in Business and IT specialists.

As a specialist you will be good at analyzing and communicating with colleagues in and outside the company, such as IT and marketing specialists and financial specialists. You will have the knowledge needed to make calculated decisions and you will know how to develop and implement methodical information systems from the scientific perspective. In short: making IT work for businesses will be your speciality.


The admissions committee assesses international applicants with a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a non-Dutch Research University or University for higher professional education (college) on an individual basis. The assessment of the applicant’s skills is based on:

  • certificates (including secondary school);
  • academic record with an overview of allcourses you finished;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • an IELTS score with an average of 6.5or a score of 90 on the internet based Toefl;
  • additional information required by the admissions committee.

Most students need a pre-master’s programme (bridging programme) comprising a maximum of 30 EC.

Admission to and compilation of the pre-master’s programme will depend on your previous education.

The MBI admissions board will decide.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,672 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Enschede
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 2 years
Price 1,672 EUR
per year.€12500/year for non-EU citizens