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Structure and contents

The Master of Science in Management & Informatics has been designed to provide graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds (informatics, economics, mathematics, business, engineering, etc.) with the necessary tools and skills for understanding complex information technology (IT) problems while, at the same time, knowing about the needs and requirements of a modern organization. The shortage of professionals who can interface these two sides is apparent in many companies and leads to extra costs, development of less efficient systems, and general misunderstandings between the technical and organizational parts of a company. The purpose of the degree is to offer a solution to this problem, and to educate professionals who can take responsibility for the interface between these two sides of an organization.

This Master offers a balanced combination of courses that cover the necessary background in management as well as the fundamental aspects of current and evolving information technologies. Moreover, the programme provides students with a specialized knowledge in topics at the interface between management and informatics such as enterprise resource planning. Since English is the unique teaching language, graduates are well-prepared to work in international companies. Moreover, the interdisciplinary approach of this Master provides a general skill to work across traditional areas.

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  • Study Programme

    This full time programme stretches over two years. It allows students to personalize their study curricula according to their interests. The basic knowledge is acquired in the first two semesters. Students who obtained a Bachelor's degree in informatics or a related field (mathematics, engineering, physics, etc.) enter the programme in the Informatics track and follow a set of courses that provide them with a fundamental insight into the management disciplines. In contrast, the Management track is tailored for students with a background in economics or management and teaches the basic aspects of informatics. In addition, all students attend mandatory courses that cover the interface between management and informatics. The third and fourth semester are dedicated to specialized courses and electives that can be chosen according to the students' preference. Moreover, the students participate in a practical field project, which is done in groups for a real company, and conclude their studies by writing a substantial master's thesis.

    First Semester

    Core Courses (12 ECTS)

    Enterprise Resource Planning

    6

    Enterprise Resource Planning Lab

    3

    Project Management

    3

    Informatics track (18 ECTS)

    Corporate Strategy

    6

    Financial Accounting (Management)

    3

    Managerial Accounting

    3

    Orthodox and Critical Perspectives in Marketing

    6

    Management track (18 ECTS)

    Fundamentals of Informatics

    6

    Introduction to Programming

    6

    Probability & Statistics

    6

    Total ECTS

    30
       

    Second Semester

     

    Core Courses (12 ECTS)

     

    Business Intelligence and Applications

    6

    Business Process Modeling, Management and Mining

    3

    Operations Management

    3

    Informatics track (6 ECTS)

     

    Decision Making

    3

    Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice

    3

    Management track (6 ECTS)

     

    Databases

    6

    Elective Courses (12 ECTS)

     

    Critical Consumer Behavior (COM)

    6

    Human Resources Management (ECO)

    3

    Innovation (ECO)

    3

    International Business (ECO)

    3

    Mergers and Acquisitions (ECO)

    3

    Organizational Learning (ECO)

    3

    Information Security (INF)

    6

    Robotics (INF)

    6

    Software Quality & Testing (INF)

    6

    Total ECTS

    30
       

    Third Semester

     

    Core Courses (6 ECTS)

     

    Lean Six Sigma

    6

    Capstone Work (12 ECTS)

     

    Field Project

    12

    Elective Courses (12 ECTS)

     

    Digital Challenges in Marketing and Big Data (COM)

    3

    Service Design Marketing (COM)

    3

    Analytical Thinking (ECO)

    3

    Business Analytics (ECO)

    3

    Business Dynamics (ECO) 

    3

    Organizational Design & Change (ECO)

    3

    Distributed Systems (INF)

    6

    Machine Learning (INF)

    6

    Mobile and Wearable Computing (INF)

    6

    User Experience Design (INF)

    6

    Total ECTS

    30
       

    Fourth Semester

     

    Capstone Work (18 ECTS)

     

    Master Thesis

    18

    Elective Courses (12 ECTS)

     

    Critical Consumer Behavior* (COM)

    6

    Human Resources Management* (ECO)

    3

    Innovation* (ECO)

    3

    International Business* (ECO)

    3

    Mergers and Acquisitions* (ECO)

    3

    Organizational Learning* (ECO)

    3

    Information Security* (INF)

    6

    Robotics* (INF)

    6

    Software Quality and Testing* (INF)

    6

    Total ECTS

     
       

    Total ECTS

    120

    * If not already chosen in the Second Semester.

    Please be aware that slight changes in the study programme may occur.

  • Teaching

    Top-level faculty of international renown teach innovative courses, with a strong multi-disciplinary orientation and in collaboration with prestigious institutions at local and international level. Professors are pursuing research on a variety of topics and are active participants in Swiss and international research projects and networks. Visiting professors from renowned universities complement the top-quality teaching.

    Teaching methods at both the Faculty of Informatics and the Faculty of Economics stress an interactive approach or dialogue with the students. Further, as most tasks in organisations become increasingly interdisciplinary it is also important to be able to work across traditional areas, which is a skill that is actively encouraged within the programme. This is reflected in the variety of different teaching methods used including lectures, case studies, group work, games and fieldwork.

    The Faculty and the students are an international group, with education and work experience from across the world. This increases learning and cultural exchanges, as students learn to work effectively with people from different cultures.

     

    Academic Directors: Marc Langheinrich and Nikolaus Beck

    Read our interview with Kai Hormann (first Academic Director of the programme)

  • Language

    The admission to English-language Master programmes at USI requires a good command of English. Non-native English speakers applying to the Master’s or whose previous degree was obtained in another language, are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

    The B2 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:

    IELTS*

    5.5

    TOEFL*

    Computer-based: 183
    Internet-based*: 65
    Paper-based: 513

    Cambridge English

    B2 First

    TOEIC

    Listening & Reading: 785
    Speaking: 150
    Writing: 160

    *Due to the current health emergency, USI temporarily accepts TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and IETLS Indicator as alternatives to the standard tests.
    TOEFL: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/
    IELTS: https://www.ieltsindicator.com/

     

    Students admitted under the above-mentioned condition must achieve a C1 competence in English within the maximum time required to obtain the Master's degree.
    The level can be certified either by attending a language course offered at USI during the Fall and Spring semester, and by taking the final exam, or by providing an internationally acknowledged language certificate*.

    *  The C1 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:​

    IELTS

    7.0

    TOEFL

    Internet-based: 100

    Cambridge English

    C1 Advanced, grade C or above
    BEC (Business English), grade C or above

    TOEIC

    Listening & Reading: 945
    Speaking: 180
    Writing: 180

    We only accept the English qualifications mentioned above. The certificate must still be valid at the point of the application. In general, we are not able to accept language test results older than 3 years, as of September 1st.  

     

    Italian

    As Lugano is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, students might be interested in acquiring the basics in Italian.
    The Università della Svizzera italiana offers a free of charge Italian language course: further information can be found here.

    Exceptional Measure for the A.Y. 2020/21: when do I have to submit my English language certification?

    • Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society / Economics / Informatics: by 30 December 2020. 

      If a student/student fails to obtain the required level of English by the deadline, enrolment in the 2021 winter session will be cancelled, the exams taken in the intermediate session will be invalidated and admission to the Master's degree will not be confirmed.
      ​Candidates will also be required to reach level C1 by the deadline for obtaining the degree.