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The Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) program offered by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) qualifies graduates to drive digital transformation of products, services, and organizations from a business and IT perspective. Graduates encounter digitalization challenges with an engineering orientation and solve them with the help of modern management methods. 


In recent years, the topic of digital transformation in companies and the needs of qualified employees has developed rapidly. In the context in digital transformation, companies face the challenge of qualifying their employees as an "enabler" at the interface of business and IT.

In the Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) program offered by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), IT specialists and computer scientists as well as business administrators and engineers will be enabled to advance internal and external digitalization and to assume leadership functions, especially in the field of digital transformation of companies.

The program empowers graduates to apply an interdisciplinary approach to problems and trains adequate solution with a systems-oriented mindset. From an engineering perspective, graduates understand the role and potential of digital platforms from an enterprise and market point of view including state-of-the-art technologies such as Internet-of-Things and Blockchain. They know modern software and system engineering techniques with a specific emphasis on the cloud computing paradigm. 

ISEM graduates can design and optimize business processes following a top-down and bottom-up approach. They also know how to transform (big) data to actionable knowledge following an engineering approach. These competencies are enriched with security and privacy engineering concepts and technologies complemented with real-world cases on critical infrastructure management. Finally, ISEM graduates can specialize in digital services or cognitive systems & data science. In the respective specialization modules, they collect deep knowledge in one of the two fields.


The ongoing digitalisation of economy, industry and society is increasing the demand for skilled workers. Various fields of activity are opening up in high-tech industry, manufacturing companies, small and middle-sized companies as well as IT start-ups and service companies, especially with regard to digital services and industry 4.0.


The KIT is system-accredited by AAQ. All HECTOR School master programs have successfully passed the internal quality assurance system of the KIT and are thereby accredited.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Digital Platforms
  • Software Engineering
  • Process and Knowledge Engineering
  • Security and Privacy Engineering
  • Specialization in Digital Services OR Autonomous Robotics
  • Crash Course: "Probability and Statistics" 

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • More details:
        • For a program start in October, applications need to be submitted as soon as possible.
      • Programme intensity Part-time
        • Average part-time duration 15 months
        • Intensity Flexible
        • Duration description
          Duration: part-time lecture period of ~15 months. Master thesis: project work in the company, 6 months.
      • Credits
        90 ECTS
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus
      • More information Go to the programme website

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


        The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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        The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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      • Minimum required score:


        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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      Academic Requirements

      • First academic degree: Bachelor, Master, Diploma, etc. (University, University of Applied Sciences, Cooperative State University) in a relevant subject, such as Engineering, Natural Sciences, Information Science or Economics. In exceptional cases other degrees may be accepted.
      • A minimum of 1 - 2 years of professional experience in the specific field of the Master Program (depending on the first degree´s level); HECTOR Schools recommendation: > 3 years
      • References are needed as evidence.
      • Evidence of an adequate knowledge of the English language is required.

      Work Experience

      At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        24000 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 30000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 15 months.
      • EU/EEA

        24000 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 30000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 15 months.
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      Living costs for Karlsruhe

      • 780 - 1140 EUR/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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