Business Informatics is a Master’s degree programme of 90 ECTS for business professionals who want to deepen their strategic and managerial expertise through improved information management and better use of business intelligence systems. Deeper insight into business management areas such as management accounting, marketing, or logistics, are offered, each linked to the corresponding ICT systems. You will become a competent analyzer and user of business intelligence in decision-making, in business operations as well as in business development.
The Master's degree programme in Business Informatics consists of
- Advanced professional studies, 30 ECTS
- Alternative advanced professional studies, 20 ECTS from a set of choices
- Elective studies 10 ECTS
- Master’s Thesis 30 ECTS
Each student plans and implements a development project in/for real business life, typically for their work organization. In doing so, the student’s research, project and change management skills will be enhanced. Networking, team and negotiation skills also improve in the multi-cultural, tied-to-business setting in which this Master’s DP is carried out. This R&D project will be reported as a Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS).
The Master's Degree Programme in Business Informatics is organized so that its participants can combine studying with full-time work. The length of studies is determined by the entry line through which the student gets accepted. For the Master of Business Administration it is 2 years.
Contact sessions are arranged mainly every other Friday (from 9.00 to 16.15). Occasionally, evening classes or an intensive weekend session may be arranged. Even these sessions take various forms and approaches. An additional feature of learning in the Master’s degree programme in Business Informatics comes from its multi-disciplinary approach: many courses are shared with students aiming at the Master of Business Administration as well as the Master of Engineering degree. A lot is expected from the participants, a lot is also given by the professionals of business and academics lecturing and leading the sessions. Some sessions take place in the facilities of the business companies participating in the network.
As international cooperation deepens, joint sessions with partner universities will be arranged (intensive weeks, study trips, etc). Study abroad options such as Summer School or Winter School will also be introduced via the international partner network. These are expected to bring about agreements on possible joint or double degrees at a later stage.
Graduates' and Students' Stories and Experiences
Tuija Eriksson, Master of Business Administration
The Master’s studies in Business Informatics were truly interesting; I learned new things, refreshed the existing knowledge and got to know new people - a great network of experts also for future collaboration.
Some of my favourite courses included Innovation & Renewal; Business Economics; Strategy, Management and Leadership as well as International Marketing Management. A study trip to Berlin as part of the Innovation & Renewal course was well organized and memorable. The group was learning together and got to know each other even better than in the ordinary contact sessions. Also those were fruitful due to the fact that there are participants from so wide backgrounds, both professionally and culturally.
Studying is a life long journey. The world changes so fast that it is crucial to be updated either by learning and reading alone or by participating in Master’s programmes offered at Metropolia. Joining a group of people who are eager to study and learn is very rewarding: you build on top of your work experience and have lively discussions on the topics related to work during the courses. It is never too late to continue to the next level!
Ludmila Velikodnaya - Being a first year student in Business Informatics Master's Degree Program
My name is Ludmila Velikodnaya, or in a Finnish way - Lumi. I am from Kyrgyzstan, small mountain country in Central Asia.
In 2005, when I was 17 I went to USA for a year as a winner of FLEX (future leaders' exchange) program. I lived in a host family and graduated from Penn Manor High School, PA. After that, in 2006, I moved to Finland and started my Business Administration studies in North Karelian University of Applied Sciences in Joensuu.
After 1,5 years of studies, I went to Hungary to work as an HR assistant. At that point I decided that I am more interested in marketing and transferred my studies to Haaga-Helia in Porvoo, from where I graduated in December 2010. Since then I have worked as a recruiting assistant, office assistant, later on in logistics and customer relationships.
Just recently I finished my work as a researcher and started looking for new challenges. During my career I have realized that I have learned many different aspects of business world but I am missing some practical tools.
Then, I found information about Master's studies that could be done in the evenings. Master's studies in Metropolia's Business Informatics -program seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. I have always been interested in the technical side of business and I am sure that this program will give me the needed skills and tools. It will also open up an opportunity to meet people with different backgrounds, to grow not only as an employee but culturally as well.
Now that I have started my studies at Metropolia I got new motivation, new ideas and feel more enthusiastic and more optimistic. Studies require discipline, motivation and time management. But, I am very grateful for the opportunity to combine professional life and studies.
Right from the start the feeling was great. Usually in the class you have just few people who always want to talk and the rest are just quiet. Our class in Metropolia gives absolutely a different impression. Everyone in the class has a lot of experience from work, from traveling and from studies. It is a different atmosphere, a full class of leaders, who made it through the exam, have no time to waist and have a huge need for new challenges and new knowledge. It is an amazing feeling! It motivates and makes me work harder and think wider.
My future hope is to find a job, in which I can put in practice the things I learn at Metropolia.
I also hope that the Master's program will help me find a right direction for my career. I have been working in marketing, in sales, in HR, in logistics; I think this is the time to choose the route and follow it. I want to be a specialist in something.
Study trip to Berlin, 23 - 26 April, 2014
This short term exchange opportunity of 3-4 days is integrated in a course called Innovation and Renewal for the purpose of learning the topic area by visiting companies and organisations which stand out as innovative and exemplary cases. A joint learning session is organised with the partner university and its Master's students. Cultural activities add to the learning experience.
The following diary-like travel report will give you an overview of what Metropolia's Master's students in the English programs learn while studying and working abroad.
On Wednesday the 23th of April, 13 Business Informatics students flew over to Berlin in order to visit the partner university and local companies with a strong background in innovation and renewal.
Although having a good time visiting Berlin, the idea behind the trip was rather rational. Traveling to the city of Berlin, experiencing the local culture and business mindset was the central idea behind the trip. Additional purpose of the trip was to bond the students to a more cohesive group, in which learning from one another is more effective.
The trip was organized as a part of the course Innovation and Renewal, which meant that the visits were based around innovations, that mainly were digital and/or ecological and mostly very service oriented.
What did we do, where did we go?
The first visit was to the Charlottenburg Innovation Center (CHIC) which is one of the leading Innovation Centers of Germany. The first morning there were two presentations about the German organizations supporting Innovation and start-ups. We also had an interesting presentation from a company e-Motion Line GmbH, whose aim is to transform the usage of electric cars first in Germany and then internationally.
After a nice lunch, Thursday afternoon was spent on a visit to Futurice, which is a Finnish company developing both online- and mobile software. The core business is developing and maintaining digital services for its customers and helping them in digital transformation. The company was founded in 2000 and currently employs about 190 professionals. In 2012 and 2013, Futurice was chosen by the Great Place to Work Institute as the best place to work in both Finland and in Europe.
The next morning we headed out to the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, which is the largest University of Applied Sciences in Berlin with more than 13 000 students. The morning was spent listening to lectures by Professor Frank and Professor Radel on Innovation and Competitiveness from an HR as well as strategic point-of-view. The students also did some case studies with German students.
After a short break, we walked over to the Linko Inc Penthouse. Linko is a customer relationship management (CRM) solution for post-PC generation that automates the collection of sales activity data to a real-time, searchable social feed. We met the company CEO Mikko Alasaarela at the beautiful penthouse office of the so called "Linko House".
Friday evening was spent at Miele Gallery in the Berlin city center followed by a cooking event. Miele is a company having shown excellence in its innovation process for decades; the latest innovations are presented in the Miele Gallery. The cooking event was a great team experience: a three course menu sponsored by Metropolia.
Most of the participants stayed in Berlin until Saturday evening and some even until Sunday evening exploring the city or to taking the opportunity to shop. Berlin offers a many things to see, do and experience.
All in all, the study trip was a success and the feedback from the students was very positive.
Tero Hakkarainen, one of the students on the trip says:
"The study trip to Berlin was a really good way to conclude the first year of the BI studies. Of course Berlin is really inspiring city at the moment, not only because it is still reinventing itself but also being the true startup center of Europe. Therefore companies chosen for the company visits were spot on the subject. The study trip was also a good team building exercise: in between the visits we explored Berlin together and bonded as a team in a bit more relaxed environment. More of this, please!"
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