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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 2.1k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13.2k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This Master's programme trains you to translate the needs of organisations and their clients into innovative combinations of information systems and organisational measures.

    Business Information Systems is an interdisciplinary field of study at the cutting edge between Social Sciences, Business Studies and ICT. But the main emphasis is on business and information rather than on systems. We will teach you about the management of information, knowledge and other values in organisations. We will show you how to redesign organisations and their information systems at the same time. You combine an interest in social sciences such as Business Studies and Sociology with an interest in ICT and are prepared to familiarise yourself with social science research methods. This prepares you for your own research and writing your final thesis.

    The Business Information Systems study programme trains you to translate the needs of organisations and their clients into innovative combinations of information systems and organisational measures. The focus is always on both the potential and the limitations of ICT.

    All subjects in the curriculum are centred around four themes:

    • Managing information in a changing organizational context
    • Innovating with ICT/digital media
    • Simultaneously designing organisations and information systems/digital media
    • Developing professional and research skills

    The study programme will require written and oral language skills, as well as skills in reasoning, analysis, creativity, design and research. You will learn to develop each of these during the programme.

    Subjects

    Content courses (3 out of 4)

    • Management of Non-material Values (10 ec)
    • Information Management and Organizational Change (10EC)
    • ICT and Services (10 ec)
    • Capita Selecta in Information Science (10 ec)

    Research skills course (compulsory)

    • Research Methods, Consultancy and Reflection (5 ec)

    Master thesis project (compulsory)

    • Thesis design (5 ec)
    • Thesis (20 ec)

    Masters thesis

    Your Master's thesis can consist of a study conducted within a specific organisation (the one you work at, for example) or can focus on multiple organisations. Your research will allow you to combine the knowledge you have acquired over the course of the study programme with your experiences working at companies and institutions. You may also choose to join ongoing research programme projects. 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.
    • a study on organisational change and intervention methods during ERP implementation in an international logistics company prior to its international roll-out.

    Track

    The Business Information Systems is a track offered as part of the Information Studies Master's programme. Students who have completed the Master's programme will receive a degree in Information Studies along with the title Master of Science (MSc).

    Lecturers and supervision

    Our team of lecturers invests a great deal of time and effort in the substantive supervision and assessment of assignments and interim results during the programme. As a participant in the study programme, you will be expected to deliver both individual and group end products. The thesis project is generally conducted on an individual basis, with tailor-made supervision.


    program_requirements

    Previous education Grade list: Applicants are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalant to at least: 3.0 (American system) or 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system) or C (ECTS-system) Additional language requirements:Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1IELTS overall band: 6.5IELTS listening: 6IELTS reading: 6IELTS writing: 6IELTS speaking: 6TOEFL paper based: 580TOEFL computer based: 235TOEFL internet based: 90 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

    Huygens scholarship

    The Dutch government has allocated a vast amount for excellent students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens Programme. The Nuffic is administrating the Huygens scholarship. Please find all all necessary information about application and selection on their website.

    ! The Faculty deadline for receiving Huygens scholarship requests is: 31 December 2010. On the online application form please mention the Huygens scholarship request by thicking the relevant box.

    The International Office will make a first selection of most excellent students. For this students we will write a nomination letter. Applicants that are part of this selection will receive the nomination letter by e-mail before 1 February 2011 which is the Nuffic deadline for application.

    Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

    The Faculty of Economics and Business provides a limited number of scholarships for excellent students in the Master's programmes. There is no fixed number of available scholarships. The actual number will be determined by the amount that will be allocated to the Faculty.

    Selection procedure

    1) Applicants should write an AMS motivation letter (tell us in not more than 300 words your motivation to get the scholarship).

    2) Applicants should upload the AMS digital motivation letter to their online application for the MSc programme before March 1st 2011.

    3) Before the end of May 2011 we will inform all applicants about the results by e-mail.

    Ahold Scholarship Programme

    Ahold, an international food retailing group based in the Netherlands offers scholarships for non-EU students in the MSc in Accountancy and Control programme. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record and have special interest in retail and the intention to work and live in the USA or Europe after graduation. All non-EU applicants accepted to the MSc in Accountancy and Control programme will receive supplementary information on this Scholarship.

    Colfuturo Scholarship

    Students from Columbia can apply for this scholarship through their website.

    Ford Foundation Scholarship

    Scholarships are provided for students from a selection of countries worldwide. For more information see the Nuffic website.

    Netherlands Fellowship Programmes

    This programme provides funding for women and members of priority groups or marginalized regions. For more information see the Nuffic website.

    Other scholarships

    Further information on scholarships can be obtained from Nuffic, please refer to their website. Click on the link 'Grantfinder' to search for Dutch scholarships for foreign students.

    Studentgrant

    In certain cases it is possible for EU students to receive a monthly studentgrant from the Dutch government (i.e. IB Group). Please check their website for further information.

    Accreditation

    Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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