MSc in Information Studies: Business Information Systems
For decades, organisations have been struggling with two central management issues:
- 'strategic fit': aligning strategic objectives with operating practices
- 'functional integration': acquiring and optimally using information systems to achieve strategic objectives
Business Information Systems (BIS) is an exciting and interdisciplinary track that focuses on the above issues of ‘business IT alignment’. It examines how modern ICT can contribute to the realisation of organisational goals, within a setting where:
- change (and even crisis) is normal
- organisations are part of chains or networks
Therefore, the consistency of information systems has to be maintained across organisational boundaries, in a sustainable and dynamic way. BIS teaches you to use ICT to model and solve organisational problems, by providing a balance of key business and technology skills. The programme's broad base will help you understand the needs of software engineers as well as business managers and users.
The BIS programme has the following five mandatory courses:
- Business IT Alignment (6 EC)
- Service Oriented Design (6 EC)
- (Virtual) Organisations in a Dynamic Context (6 EC)
- Research Methods (6 EC)
- Integrating Cases (6 EC)
Plus a choice (12 EC) of the following 'constrained choice' courses:
- Internet Information (6 EC)
- Perspectives on Information & Management (6 EC)
- Mobile Systems (6 EC)
- Rule Governance (6 EC)
- The Social Web (6 EC)
- Software Configuration Management (6 EC)
The last part of the BIS programme is dedicated to an individual research project, culminating in a Master's thesis. This can be a general study regarding multiple organisations, or a study conducted within a specific organisation (your current workplace, for example). You can also choose to join an ongoing research programme within the UvA. Examples include:
- action research on the exchange of knowledge by semi-virtual police teams involved in the fight against human trafficking
- research on the design of services innovation through virtual communities in a multinational airline company
- taking stock of information management competencies in municipalities in the Netherlands and Belgium
- research on organisational change and intervention methods during ERP implementation in an international logistics company prior to its international roll-out
You are eligible for the BIS track programme, if you have one (or more) of these degrees:
- a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree in Information Studies (Informatiekunde) -- direct admission to the programme
- a Dutch or foreign academic Bachelor's degree in a field closely related to BIS (such as business studies, computer science, communication studies, social sciences) and an overall GPA of at least a 7 (Dutch grading system; equivalent of 3.0 in US system, 2:1 in UK system, C in ECTS system) - further examination and possibly a pre-Master's programme is needed before admission can be considered (check 'Application procedure')
- a Dutch or foreign college of higher vocational education (‘HBO’ in Dutch) Bachelor's degree in a field closely related to BIS (such as business information technology, information engineering) and an overall GPA of at least a 7 (Dutch grading system; equivalent of 3.0 in US system, 2:1 in UK system, C in ECTS system) - further examination and possibly a pre-Master's programme is needed before admission can be considered.
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Cost & Fees
The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government. Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.
The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.
Statutory tuition fees 2016-2017
- full-time students € 1,984
- part-time students € 1,706
- dual programme students € 1,984
- AUC students € 4,154
- PPLE students € 3,968
Information for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname.
Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements. Institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees
You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:
- you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Suriname;
- after obtaining your Dutch Bachelor's degree you enrol in a second Bachelor's programme;
- after obtaining your Dutch Master's degree you enrol in a second Master's programme;
- you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements. You can find the regulations in the 2015-2016 Enrolment Provisions or the 2016-2017 Enrolment Provisions (in Dutch).
Last updated April 19, 2016