What will I learn?

Are you curious about how information technology is affecting our society? Are you interested in applying IT to solve business problems? Are you well-versed in strategic decision-making and business modelling? Then the specialisation in Information Management and Business Intelligence could be right for you. The specialisation is part of the master's programme in International Business and is for students interested in applying Information Technology (IT) to making business decisions.

Sound information management and business intelligence is vital to staying ahead of the competition. You’ll apply business intelligence techniques to solve a wide range of business problems and challenges involved in managing information technology. This will help you serve as a vital link between management and technical staff.

Information technology is rapidly changing our world, with digital information pervading our entire society. IT and digital information are increasingly important business resources for making decisions and developing strategies. The Information Management & Business Intelligence programme is about the role information plays in the productivity and competitiveness of today’s companies, and how it can be strategically managed and integrated into business processes. The programme focuses on real-life cases and builds practical skills in data management and modelling that are vital to staying ahead of the competition.

Information Management & Business Intelligence revolves around solving problems with data. You should be interested in new information technologies and in business modelling, quantitative reasoning, strategic decision-making and value generation. You should also have excellent communication skills, to operate in international teams during the programme and for your future role of information manager as a bridge-builder between IT and management. You should be an adaptive and independent thinker. A business degree and/or a technical background are desirable, but not required as relevant programming skills are developed as part of the programme when needed.

Your future

Information Management & Business Intelligence will open many doors for you. The digital revolution has made information managers and business intelligence analysts essential for all kinds of international organisations. Despite this demand, there is currently a shortage of qualified professionals. The specialisation helps you develop your analytical, practical and interpersonal skills, making you an ideal candidate for positions that require you to interact with all levels of a company. You'll also develop essential skills in quantitative modelling, IT, corporate strategy, decision-making and management science.

Through case studies, internships, research contracts and informal seminars, the specialisation has direct links with firms such as DSM, Vodafone, Air France, KLM and Sabic Europe. These connections can lead to great job opportunities, and many of our students find jobs even before graduating. Typical starting positions include information analyst, business analyst, systems analyst, IT consultant and project manager. In time, you can work your way up to positions such as information manager, Chief Information Officer and Chief Knowledge Officer.

Career prospects

There are many different types of careers for which you'll be qualified. The positions and companies below are just a few examples:

  • IT consultant at consultancy firms like Cap Gemini, KPMG, and Accenture
  • enterprise business analyst at IT companies such as SAP and Google
  • systems analyst at multinationals such as Shell and Philips
  • IT analyst at governmental and non-profit organisations

Which department am I in?

School of Business and Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (US$ 14,933) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected February, September 2020

Venue

Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,

MAASTRICHT,

Limburg,

6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a BSc or an equivalent diploma in a related field to Data Science and Knowledge Engineering. Related fields are: Mathematics, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.English language requirements: IELTS test: minimum score 6.5; TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90; TOEFL test: paper-based minimum score 575; TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

Graduates from university's bachelor’s programme are eligible for assessment by the Board of Admission. They are required to pass a GMAT/ GRE test.

English language requirements:

Applicants must have a TOEFL score of 575 in paper-based and 233 in computer-based and A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).

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