Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - School of Business and Economics


Dear prospective students,

We appreciate your interest in our Master's program in Information Systems! We would like to shortly inform you in advance about our admission requirements:


Attention: Application periods can be found on the following page, this time it is also possible to apply for summer semester 2017 *:

* Admission for the summer semester 2017 is subject to the adoption of the statute “Studienangebot des Sommersemesters 2017".


Required documents to be submitted:

  • Proof of completed graduate or undergraduate degree (or equivalent degree) in Information Systems, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science (ideally with an economics minor), economics (ideally with a minor in Computer Science) or a related discipline.
  • The following subject-specific qualifications of at least 30 ECTS are required:​
    • at least 15 ECTS in methodological skills (Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics, Operations Research)

    • at least 9 ECTS in practical informatics (e.g. Algorithms and Data Structures, Operating Systems, Data Bases, Modelling, Digital Systems)

    • basic knowledge in programming of at least 6 ECTS.

Students at the Humboldt University of Berlin can fulfill the requirements to apply for the Master in Information Systems via completing the following modules:

  • 6 ECTS in programming taking the module “Grundlagen der Programmierung” (6 ECTS) offered by the Chair of Information Systems
  • 9 ECTS in practical computer science by taking the courses “Business Intelligence Systems” (6 ECTS) offered by our chair and “Strategie, Organisation und IT” (3 ECTS). Latter will be jointly held by Prof. Anja Schöttner (Management) and Prof. Lessmann as of SS 2017.

For a good preparation for our Master of Information Systems, we recommend to attend courses at the Faculty of Computer Science in terms of the “überfachlicher Wahlpflichtbereich" (üWP). Hereby, the following modules are eligible:

  • B1 Grundlagen der Programmierung (12 LP) 
  • C2-ÜWP Digitale Systeme ohne Programmierprojekt (8 LP) 
  • B3 Software Engineering (8 LP) 
  • A1 Einführung in die Theoretische Informatik (9 LP) 
  • C2 Digitale Systeme (10 LP)

An overview with respect to the offered üWP modules of the Faculty of Computer Science can be found in the “Studien- und Prüfungsordnung” for the Bachelor in Informatics:

  • Please, if possible mark the courses on your grade transcript to allow us a better evaluation of all your methodological courses.
  • Required language certificates:
    • German: Please, note that applicants from foreign countries are required to provide further certificates of German language of at least level B1 of the Common European Reference Framework.
    • English: Level C1 of the Common European Reference framework; possible language tests and equivalences are the following:


Minimal performance

Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)


UNIcert® II-Zertifikat 1,3
UNIcert® III-Zertifikat 3,0

Test of English for International Communication IELTS


Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE


Certificate in Advanced English CAE


Business Higher BEC


International Certificate in Financial English ICFE

C1 Pass / ~ with merits

Business Language Testing Service BULATS


International Legal English Certificate ILEC

C1 Pass / ~ with merits

Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL

  • Internet-based Test: 100
  • Paper-based Test: 600

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI Business English

Level 3 with distinction / Level 4 Pass

Pearson Test of English PTE Academic


DAAD-language certificate


Ø mindestens B, kein Ergebnis < C

The English language requirement is also fulfilled with at least 11 points in an Advanced English course or 13 points in the Basic English curse of the German higher school diploma (Abitur) or with a qualified equivalent.

Applicants from English speaking countries can fulfill the language requirement signing a self-declaration form. A diploma received from a school or university in an English speaking country is sufficient for fulfillment of English language requirements as well. 

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
    • In case of submission of one of these tests, the final admission grade will be calculated on the basis of grades from your professional diploma (51%) and on the basis of one of the aforementioned tests (49%).Please contact us for further details.
    • In the absence of the GRE or GMAT test results, the final admission grade of the applicant will be calculated on the basis of the scope and grades from the transcript of granting more weight to the methodological and IS specific courses.


Detailed information on how the ranking of an applicant is calculated can be found here.


Foreign applicants  apply through Uni-ASSIST ( even when you are already in Germany.

Exception: Applicants who received diploma from the Humboldt University apply at the office for international students.


Detailed information about the application can be found at:


You can find additional information reading the so-called "Fachspezifische Zugangs- und Zulassungssatzung".


We are looking forward to your applications!