Master’s Programme in Strategic Information Systems Management, 120 credits

The programme helps you develop your skills in planning, management and technique required for leading any organisation in today's complex digital world. The focus is on design, implementation, use and evolution of information systems.

You acquire in-depth knowledge about information systems design and architecture including requirements engineering, digital resource management, service-oriented architectures and agile systems development. You will get a strong understanding of the role of IT in supporting and transforming organisations and networks, including value network design, digital innovation, enterprise systems, business process management, business intelligence, decision support and knowledge management.

Programme overview

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Programme outline
The programme consists of courses in both business and technology. Our programme curriculum is designed to propel you along a successful career path in strategic information systems management.

This programme is offered in two versions depending on the student’s previous academic background.

Year 1

Programme alternative 1:
Students that do not have 90 credits in computer and system sciences, informatics or equivalent.

1st semester

Mandatory courses 1 x 15 credits and 2 x 7,5 credits.

Supplementary course in Computer and Systems Science 15 credits
The course provides the basic knowledge to students who have little or no previous education in the subject of computer and systems sciences. It gives knowledge in for example databases, programming, HCI, information security and computer networks. By completing the course, the students can continue their study at the master level at the department.

Management of Global IT Resources 7,5 credits
The trend towards globalisation has determined the multinational companies to increase their attention on the role of information technologies in support of their global operations. In this perspective, the course is addressing the important issues and challenges in managing IT resources in multinational companies.

Data warehousing 7,5 credits
This course will help you design and implement a special type of databases structured for data analysis, namely data warehouses. In data warehousing, special attention is laid on performance and usability issues. Data warehousing is a part of Business Intelligence (BI), which is used to support organisations strategic decision-making.

2nd semester

Mandatory course 1 x 7,5 credits

Scientific Communication & Research Methodology 7,5 credits
Computing as a discipline combines three academic traditions: the theoretical tradition, the scientific (experimental) tradition and the engineering tradition. Due to that combination, there is no clear methodological tradition in computer science. This course introduces how to design, implement and report a research study. The main focus of this course is research design and reporting. Students will learn how to align problem statement, aims, objectives, research questions, data collection and analysis and reporting into a coherent and logically flowing whole.

Elective courses 3 x 7,5 credits
Three from the following five courses:

Digital Business in the area of IT 7,5 credits
The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of digital business and to apply this knowledge into business problem-solving from the perspective of IT. It is not a technical course about digital technology. It is designed to help you understand the key features of digital business and how it can be applied.

Systems theory, organizations and IT 7,5 credits
The course introduces systems theory and systems science approaches to organizations, systems development and learning. The purpose is to give students a theoretical and practical toolkit to handle complex issues regarding IT and organizations. In the course the students will practically use systems theory concepts and models to study, diagnose and design systems. We discuss holism, effectiveness, learning, IT-systems and management.

Strategic IT Management 7,5 credits
Today the business environment is a very competitive one that requires the managers to rethink the role that IT is playing in their organizations. To face this high competition on the market, the managers are thinking about using IT strategically in their organizations. For this purpose, they will need to have knowledge about strategic planning of IT resources to achieve organizations objectives and also about how to generate business value from IT investments and the use of IT to create competitive advantage.

Business Process Design and Intelligence within the IT area 7,5 credits
This course covers how business processes can be designed and analysed by utilizing IT and especially how a certain kind of information systems, namely Business process management systems (BPMS) can support the administration of work in organisations. These systems are configured on the basis of (usually graphical) process models.

System integration of IT business information system 7,5 credits
Today, almost every system development project poses the requirements for integration of data, services or processes among different information systems - enterprise, public and social. The objective of this course is to bring in core as well as advanced concepts, methods and techniques needed in solving the problem of system integration. The course provides an understanding of the main challenges in system integration nowadays by giving the students experience in integrating several systems into a single business system.

 
Programme alternative 2:

Students that have 90 credits in computer and system sciences, informatics or equivalent.

1st semester

Mandatory courses 4 x 7,5 credits

Enterprise Computing and ERP Systems 7,5 credits
The course discusses how enterprise information systems support organizations in value chains and supply chains. The course introduces a number of modern enterprise modelling techniques based on linguistic instruments and economic ontologies. It is shown how these techniques support requirements elicitation for enterprise information systems design.

Advanced Requirements Engineering of IT-systems 7,5 credits (REQ)
Requirements engineering (RE) plays a fundamental role within the systems development process. The goal of this course is to bring in the concepts, methods, techniques and practices needed in the eliciting, analysing, documenting, validating and managing requirements for agile information systems. It explains how RE fits a broader systems development process and provides an understanding of the main challenges in requirements engineering nowadays.

Data warehousing 7,5 credits
This course will help you design and implement a special type of databases structured for data analysis, namely data warehouses. In data warehousing, special attention is laid on performance and usability issues. Data warehousing is a part of Business Intelligence (BI), which is used to support organisations strategic decision-making.

Management of Global IT Resources 7,5 credits
The trend towards globalisation has determined the multinational companies to increase their attention on the role of information technologies in support of their global operations. In this perspective, the course is addressing the important issues and challenges in managing IT resources in multinational companies.

2nd semester

Mandatory course 1 x 7,5 credits

Scientific Communication & Research Methodology 7,5 credits
Computing as a discipline combines three academic traditions: the theoretical tradition, the scientific (experimental) tradition and the engineering tradition. Due to that combination, there is no clear methodological tradition in computer science. This course introduces how to design, implement and report a research study. The main focus of this course is research design and reporting. Students will learn how to align problem statement, aims, objectives, research questions, data collection and analysis and reporting into a coherent and logically flowing whole.

Elective courses 3 x 7,5 credits
Three from the following five courses:

Digital Business in the area of IT 7,5 credits
The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of digital business and to apply this knowledge into business problem-solving from the perspective of IT. It is not a technical course about digital technology. It is designed to help you understand the key features of digital business and how it can be applied.

Systems theory, organizations and IT 7,5 credits
The course introduces systems theory and systems science approaches to organizations, systems development and learning. The purpose is to give students a theoretical and practical toolkit to handle complex issues regarding IT and organizations. In the course the students will practically use systems theory concepts and models to study, diagnose and design systems. We discuss holism, effectiveness, learning, IT-systems and management.

Strategic IT Management 7,5 credits
Today the business environment is a very competitive one that requires the managers to rethink the role that IT is playing in their organizations. To face this high competition on the market, the managers are thinking about using IT strategically in their organizations. For this purpose, they will need to have knowledge about strategic planning of IT resources to achieve organizations objectives and also about how to generate business value from IT investments and the use of IT to create competitive advantage.

Business Process Design and Intelligence within the IT area 7,5 credits
This course covers how business processes can be designed and analysed by utilizing IT and especially how a certain kind of information systems, namely Business process management systems (BPMS) can support the administration of work in organisations. These systems are configured on the basis of (usually graphical) process models.

System integration of IT business information system 7,5 credits
Today, almost every system development project poses the requirements for integration of data, services or processes among different information systems - enterprise, public and social. The objective of this course is to bring in core as well as advanced concepts, methods and techniques needed in solving the problem of system integration. The course provides an understanding of the main challenges in system integration nowadays by giving the students experience in integrating several systems into a single business system.

Year 2

Programme alternative 1:

3rd Semester

Mandatory courses 2 x 7,5 credits

Research Methodology for Computer and Systems Sciences 7,5 credits
The course deals with research strategies (case studies, experiments and survey), methods for data collection (questionnaires, interviews and observations) and software-based analysis (thematic, conversation and interaction analysis). Statistical and mathematical methods include descriptive and inferential statistics. Evaluation of data is included.

Enterprise Computing and ERP Systems 7,5 credits
The course discusses how enterprise information systems support organizations in value chains and supply chains. The course introduces a number of modern enterprise modelling techniques based on linguistic instruments and economic ontologies. It is shown how these techniques support requirements elicitation for enterprise information systems design.

Elective courses 2 x 7,5 credits from elective courses autumn or exchange studies (information regarding exchange studies).

4th Semester

Master thesis 30 credits
Information about master thesis

 
Programme alternative 2:

3rd Semester

Mandatory course 1 x 7,5 credits

Research Methodology for Computer and Systems Sciences 7,5 credits
The course deals with research strategies (case studies, experiments and survey), methods for data collection (questionnaires, interviews and observations) and software-based analysis (thematic, conversation and interaction analysis). Statistical and mathematical methods include descriptive and inferential statistics. Evaluation of data is included.

Elective courses 3 x 7,5 credits from elective courses autumn or exchange studies (information regarding exchange studies).
4th Semester

Master thesis 30 credits
Information about master thesis

How to apply

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Selection process

The selection of students is based on grades of academic courses.

This means that you don’t have to submit recommendation letters or motivation letter when applying to this specific programme.

Required supporting documentation

Along with your supporting documents at univeristyadmissions.se, you are required to submit a separate form with a list of proof of specific entry requirements. Download the form below.

List the courses, from your uploaded transcript of courses, that you want to use to meet the specific requirements for this programme. Upload the form along with your supporting documentation at universityadmissions.se

Please note!

  • If you are an applicant with a Swedish degree and courses visible in Ladok, you are not required to submit this form when you apply for this programme.
  • This form is for specific requirements only, to assist the admission board to navigate in your uploaded supporting documents. You need to submit all your supporting documentation, including general entry requirements (Bachelor’s degree, English proficiency etc), as instructed, at universityadmissons.se
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Employment market and career

Graduates will be able to find positions as IT architects or enterprise architects, project managers, database administrators, systems analysts and application developers. They may pursue careers in a variety of organisations, including large and mid-size corporations, public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations. Graduates may also enter Ph.D. programmes to pursue a research career.

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