Degree structure of the Master's program in Business Information Systems

The Master's program in Business Information Systems lasts 2 years. Each year of the program is divided into semesters (September to January, and February to July). Each semester is composed of two quartiles of 8 weeks each and during this time you will have lectures, followed by an examination period lasting two or three weeks. The program consists of the following components: 

  • compulsory courses
  • electives
  • final project

For more detailed information please see the education guide website.

Compulsory courses

The compulsory courses are a fixed and balanced combination of subjects in the field of computer science and business administration. These will provide you with a sound basis in theory.


Electives enable you to tailor your program to suit your interests. A practical internship  or a educational stay in a different country  can also form part of electives. Students lacking necessary qualifications can also use electives to eliminate the relevant gaps in their knowledge.

Final project

You devote your final project to a specialist subject. This takes place in your final semester. You may also choose to carry out a project in the business community or you can make a contribution towards scientific research at the university.

The Master's degree

You will complete your Master's program with an examination, which will consist of the results you achieved and your final project. When you have passed the examination, you will obtain the title of Master of Science (MSc). You may also carry the title of Engineer (ir) instead of the title of Master of Science.

Courses in Business Information Systems

For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the education guide pages.

Final project

During the Master's program, the emphasis is placed on either computer science or business administration-related aspects. You will complete your studies in 1 of the 2 areas. The final project accounts for one quarter of your program and you can carry out this project within a company or use it to make a contribution towards our scientific research.  
Most final projects (internal or external) relate to an external organization. IBM, Pallas Athena, SAP, IDS Scheer, ING, Deloitte, UWV (Netherlands Employee Insurance Agency), Catharina Ziekenhuis, AMC Ziekenhuis, the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice, Staffware/TIBCO, ASML, Philips Healthcare and Océ are just a few examples.

There is a wealth of subjects to choose from for completing your studies. Some examples of titles of final projects include:

  • Personalized E-learning
  • Setting up a quality database for analysis of Software Development Process Information
  • Patient Appointment Coordination, Using a Multi Agent System
  • Business Process Analysis with Semantic Dotted Chart
  • Identifying Topical Buzz Creators in Discussion Forums
  • Mining Simulation Models with Correlations
  • User Model Enrichment for TV Programs Recommendation in a Cross-platform Environment
  • Configurable Process Models: A municipality case study
  • Experience Based Recommendations for Improvement of Case Execution
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of a Workflow Management System in a Pre-Surgical Process

For further information, please refer to the education guide website

Internship options

Would you like to apply the knowledge that you gain during your program to a practical setting and get an early insight into the employment market? If so, you can undertake an internship with a company, a(n) (government) institution or with our university itself. The subject of the internship must be relevant to the Master's that you are undertaking.
Further information regarding undertaking an internship and how to arrange one can be found in the study guide.

Opportunities to study abroad

Would you like to spend part of your Master's program studying abroad? If so, there are various options for you:

  • Studying one subject from your Master's program in a university in a different country
  • Undertaking an internship in another country.
  • Undertaking your final project in another country.

For further information, please consult the study guide or contact the Studieadvisor.

Honors program

Two different honors programs are available for excellent students: Research CS Honors
and Honors Academy. Students of all Master programs offered by the Computer Science
division can apply. Both honors programs are extracurricular, i.e., done on top of the regular
Master program, that is, the EC obtained do not count towards the 120 credits you need to
accumulate for your Master program.
More information about the honors programs can be obtained from the honors programs’ coordinator prof.dr. Mark de Berg, e-mail

For more information, please consult the education guide website.