Master ICT in Business

264px-Seal_Leiden_UniversityThe Master’s in ICT in Business aims at providing a deeper understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities engendered by the rapid changes in information and communication technology (ICT) and its applications over recent years. These changes have caused major changes for individuals, organisations and industries.

The internet, and information systems and communication technology in general, have radically impacted our personal and professional lives. Communication technology has challenged our thinking on physical, geographical and industry boundaries, on distance, speed and communication, on how we live, work, learn, communicate and play. New business models have emerged, as have new types of entrepreneurship and new forms of leadership.

Reasons to Choose ICT in Business in Leiden

1. The programme offers a managerial focus on ICT and Business, combining the reputation of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) with that of the RSM Erasmus University (ranked in the top-3 in Europe)
2. Both the faculty and the department have a strong international focus:
– world-class international faculty and focus on global issues
– small groups (30 students), diverse international student population (50%)
– cross-cultural team work
– study-abroad exchange and in-company research thesis opportunities
3. This master’s offers a seamless transition from most bachelor’s programmes in Computer Science.
4. Graduates of the master’s programme have excellent career opportunities, and typically multiple employment offers upon graduation.
5. Students benefit from the department’s strong links to industry with guest lectures, in-company research projects and placement opportunities.

The M.Sc. in ICT in Business programme consists of six modules of seven weeks each, and a 5-6 months thesis project. The courses cover business fundamentals, core ICT & Business topics and electives, and are normally offered in a combination of (guest)lectures, company visits, case work, lab work, and student presentations. Many activities are based on team work. At regular intervals colloquia are offered to supplement and enrich the programme.

The programme structure is as follows:

  • Business Fundamentals
    A set of courses that will bring students onto a basic level of business understanding, including a management simulation and courses on global marketing, financial accounting, international management and corporate finance.
  • Core courses: ICT and Business
    A set of advanced courses that focus on the interrelationship between organizational processes, management and ICT. These courses presume an existing background in Computer Science at Bachelor’s level. The courses focus on Software Engineering, ICT-enabled Business Process Innovation, ICT Strategy and Planning, System’s Development and Project Management, ICTInfrastructure and a capstone integration course.
  • Electives
    The electives allow students to individualize their programme and accommodate special interests. Examples of electives are entrepreneurship, supply chain management, operations management, legal aspects of ICT, human resource management, virtual organizations, and data warehousing.
  • M.Sc. thesis research project
    Often based on an in-company project. Duration: 6 months.

The programme schedule is intense, allowing participants to complete the programme (with a regular course load of two academic years) in around 19 to 20 months of full-time study.

Entry requirements

  • To enter the MSc in ICT in Business programme, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a closely related subject is required. Each application is considered individually. The Board of Admissions assesses whether the candidate’s academic background and work experience can be considered to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English: IELTS test level of at least 6.5 or TOEFL score of at least 570/230, evidenced by appropriate test.
    This requirement does not apply if you have:

    • completed your education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or
    • an International Baccalaureate

Dutch students with VWO level English are also exempted form this requirement.

  • Students who have a BSc in Computer Science from Leiden University are directly admissible.