For all masterminds, who pinpoint the future today.

Do you want to know how large data science projects are set up and managed? Which cross-sectional areas and competencies need to be taken into account? And how can these be linked to create viable innovation potentials for industry, technology, research, and development?

Do you wonder how you can eliminate the risk factor in future predictions for large-scale innovation and production processes? Curious which methods and techniques to use?

Do you want to know which figures, data, facts, interfaces, and functions you need to access so that your calculations turn into hits? And how do you transform them into a strategic roadmap for tomorrow’s success?

Are you asking yourself how to build a data science team? Which competencies and profiles are needed to form a successful team? And how does leadership even work today?

Our master’s program in Data Science will not only give you answers to your questions but will also give you the knowledge and skills you need so that the future can emerge from your forecasts.

Reach the Master level

You will establish the core competencies that are needed to become a leader in Data Science and to determine the direction and innovations of tomorrow today.

During your master’s program, you will acquire the necessary expertise in a variety of applied modules that focus on Data Science Fundamentals, Data Science Methods, and Computer Science.

The Data Fundamental modules will connect all relevant aspects of data science. This includes Operations, Applications, and Innovations. You will deepen your practical skills in data science and process management projects as well as in the necessary programming languages and applications. One such example comes from the field of predictive analysis in which you will learn to address customers more specifically based on their potential behavior.

Within the Data Science Methods module, you will broaden your competences in the predictive and prescriptive analysis. Practical project work will enable you to determine how these methods are applied and how you can derive reliable and relevant forecasts from your data analysis.

The Computer Science module gives you detailed insights into how new technologies and methods of Parallel Computing, Cognitive Computing, and Disruptive Computing are applied to data science projects and used in practice.

During your master’s program, you will expand your existing knowledge of Digital Leadership with a two-phase Leadership Assessment (in the first and fourth semesters).

In addition, you will establish consulting competences as part of a practice project and deepen your qualitative and quantitative research methods during a practice-oriented research project.

Select 2 out of 3: Become a specialist

You will deepen your acquired digital and analytical skills by selecting a mandatory elective subject.

Your studies. Your future. Your decision.

This also applies to your elective subject. You decide which specialization suits you best. When making your choice, be sure to consider the experience you have gained from jobs, internships and projects and the demands that the job market places on you.

  • Information Analysis

Become an information superhero and lay the decision-making groundwork for tomorrow’s successes. You use the entire data infrastructure, restore archived information (data retrieval) and bring that information back into the game, which gets you right to the bottom of data. Not only are you familiar with all retrieval models and methods and the architecture of retrieval systems but also with their various fields of application (e.g. search engines). Your toolset also includes User Behavior, User Interfaces, Web Information Retrieval and Multi Retrieval, which you use to generate precise analyses on the behavior of target audiences (e.g. customers).

  • Business Analysis

Become a trailblazer and use your interdisciplinary, digital skills to set the course for major cross-sectional fields of the economy. Your forecasts determine the success factors of the future and provide the blueprints for the respective departments. You use Marketing Analytics to gain a better understanding of the market (your customers) and to even more effectively address it. You set the stage for all future marketing activities. Using Financial Analytics, you evaluate and manage the economic viability of a business. Financial Investment Analytics is your tool of choice when it comes to assessing important investments for tomorrow and beyond.

  • Human-Computer Interaction/Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Become a translator and link man and machine, thereby creating new ways of interaction. Be it simplified handling of new products for the most diverse target audiences or controlling large-scale machines by voice or language assistants, you determine the dialogs. Not only are you versed in all theoretical and conceptual approaches from linguistics (speech recognition, speech processing, speech generation) and computer science (including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning) but have also acquired the needed methods and techniques through applied projects.

International Summer School

At the end of the second semester, you will take part in a two- to three-week summer school and expand your professional experience with accompanying case studies and project work. The program takes place at one of our international partner universities.

And last but not least – your master thesis

The master thesis in your last semester will complete your studies. In your master thesis, you will address concrete and practical questions of the Data Science/Data Analytics domain. The master thesis can be completed in cooperation with businesses, whether it be a large corporation, small or medium-sized enterprise or start-up.

Main areas of study

  • Data Science Operations, Applications and Innovations
  • Data Science Methods (Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics)
  • Data Science Computing
  • Leadership Assessment Center
  • Leadership Skills
  • Research Skills


  • Information Analysis
  • Business Analysis
  • Human Interaction/Natural Language Processing

Study Abroad

International Summer School in the second semester


Practical projects, business games, labs, excursions (full- and part-time option)

You successfully completed your master’s degree in Data Science? What’s next?

Your master’s degree in Data Science opens up numerous job prospects for you, as there is a high demand for qualified experts that can analyze important future scenarios. And this trend continues to rise. This applies to businesses, industry, commerce, research, and development as well as consulting.

Forward-thinkers like you can be found wherever large data is generated and used for forecasting or decision-making.

How about a career in consulting to accompany very different industries toward the future? Would you rather embark on a path toward the interface of Human-Computer Interaction where you bring the communication between man and machine to the next level? Would you prefer to jump-start in trend management where you not only get to know the next generations of innovation first but also get them rolling? Perhaps you want to take off as a Business Development Manager? What about Innovation Management? And what about a career in research and development?

Regardless of what you decide to do, your master’s degree in Data Science opens doors wide open for you across all industries and sectors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • German

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Last updated October 11, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2020
4 - 6 semesters
17,990 EUR
€750/month full-time - €500/month part-time
Sep 30, 2020
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End Date
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