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Business Information Technology

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Language of education
English (100%)
24 months
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Program description

The Master’s in Business Information Technology focuses on IT-based business innovation. You’ll become an expert at applying IT to devise new services and radically improve the way businesses work.

IT continues to drastically change the way we work and live. As a BIT professional, you know that IT is not a goal unto itself. Using your keen insight into business processes and organizations, you know how to implement IT to innovate and add value. The two-year programme provides you with knowledge in areas like E-strategy and E-commerce, business and IT architectures, IT-based business models and management of IT projects.

You will gain experience in designing successful organizational change programmes to implement new ways of working. The Master’s programme in Business Information Technology recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It is run by leading research groups and pre-eminent scientists and scholar-practitioners.

The programme consistently ranks among the top-3 Master’s programmes in the Netherlands. Business Information Technology graduates are in high demand in industry, consulting, research and government. The shortage of individuals that can bridge IT advances and industry demand is expected to increase even further in the years to come. Exciting national and international careers await you!


Business Information Technology Curriculum

Architecture; Innovation; Network and Business and ICT; Planning; Requirements Engineering; Design; Implementation and Management. The program includes a 6 month research project at a company or research institute.

Alongside the compulsory modules, you must also take elective modules worth 20 EC. Your elective modules should revolve around contributing to/being involved in chair research. There are countless modules featuring IT in a central role, such as IT in Finance, IT in Healthcare and Production and Logistics Information Systems. In choosing your package of elective modules, you should make sure that you find a balance between business and information science subjects.

Master thesis
An individual graduation project worth 30 EC concludes the master’s programme in Business Information Technology. This could involve an project at an external company or within one of the research groups at the University of Twente. You will spend the six month graduation period working with professionals, which will allow you to integrate and apply your knowledge and skills to problems from the field. The final step to your master’s degree is to write, present and defend your master’s thesis. Once you have been awarded your master’s degree, you will be able to call yourself a ‘Master of Science’ (MSc).

Program Objectives
The educational program of Business Information Technology bridges the gap between Information Technology and Business Administration. It deals with the design of information systems, collecting information from distributed databases and developing business processes.

Business Information Technology Specialisations

1 Specialisation Enterprise Architecture
In today’s global and competitive world, businesses that work together seamlessly to offer leading services thrive. This specialization gives you the knowledge and theories to design and implement business and IT architectures that enable businesses and business networks to work effectively. You understand how the IT infrastructure and software systems can be configured to support business processes and service innovations. The methods for specification, design and implementation of information systems are part of your toolbox. You can analyse current enterprise architectures and their limitations (e.g. lack of flexibility, lack of support for ecommerce and social media, limited security,...). Using the latest theories and modeling languages you are able to design a goal architecture and assess the optimal change process. Through alignment of strategy, business process and IT architecture you will learn how to make IT work. A special focus is put on the use of IT to integrate business in a “value net”, in other words, and agile business network (one of the research themes of the research groups involved).

2 Specialisation IT Management
For both SME’s and large corporations, Information has become a key asset. Many IT specialists are employed or contracted in sourcing arrangements with IT companies. How can the IT function deliver a high quality service set to the business? What software systems should be installed to support business processes and services. How can the web presence and social media usage of the company be designed and implemented? These questions have become key in modern companies. Without a professional management of IT modern organizations will not survive. The IT management role requires knowledge of business processes and IT as an enabler of innovation and change. You will learn how strategies can be built using IT, how E-commerce is using IT to serve customers on the web. Using financial knowledge and techniques from economics, you will master how to design a business case for IT projects. You will study the pros and cons of sourcing IT globally and the challenges of managing IT projects.

Business Information Technology Related Programs

Besides the MSc Business Information Technology, University of Twente offers a range of other related English taught IT Related master programs such as the MSc Computer Science

See which programs are related to the MSc Business Information Technology

Business Information Technology Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Business Information Technology, will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at the University of Twente

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Business Information Technology master.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

More information about the University of Twente

Admission requirements

Previous education

BSc degree, computer science, information management, industrial engineering, business information technology.

Knowledge minimum

CGPA of at least 70-75%.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL internet based: 90

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