Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Master's Program: IT Systems Engineering

Program overview

  • Title: IT-Systems Engineering
  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Standard length of studies: 4 semesters
  • Credits: 120
  • Language of instruction: German (DSH 2)
  • Start of studies: Summer + Winter Semester
  • Application deadline 2021: December 1st / June 1st
  • Costs: No tuition (only University of Potsdam's semester fees)
  • Flyer (german only)
  • Application

If you already hold a bachelor´s degree in the field of IT Systems Engineering or in a similar equivalent field of studies, and if you have achieved excellent grades as part of that degree and are interested in our study goals and content, we look forward to receiving your application.

Our capacity is limited due to the fact that we guarantee our master´s students small study groups and the support of an individual professor. 60 students are accepted into the master´s program each year. Enrollment is possible in summer and winter semester. 

Goal of the Master´s Program - Preparation for Leadership Positions

Graduates from the master´s program are given the academic and practical tools needed to take up leading industry positions such as system architects and project managers. 

Study Content

The study content of the master's program is predominantly process-oriented. The processes of development, distribution and use of software systems play a great role in the program. The prerequisite for entry into the master's program is the completion of product-oriented academic training.

In addition to specializations in IT engineering, students also acquire so-called "soft skills" which form a major part of successful project management in software project development.

Module Groups

Basic Topics

  • IT-Systems Engineering
    - Analysis, Design, Engineering, Maintenance
  • Two Specializations
    - Concepts and Methods, Technologies and Tools and Specialization
  • Softskills
    - Management Skills
    - Law and Economics
    - Communication
    - Design Thinking, Design Thinking Advanced
    - Management and Leadership
  • Masterproject
  • Masterthesis


  • Business Process & Enterprise Technologies
  • Human Computer Interaction & Computer Graphics Technology
  • Internet, Security & Algorithm Engineering
  • Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology
  • Software Architecture & Modeling Technology

There are no prescribed core courses in the master´s program. The course offerings are designed to offer a variety of choices. 

An overview of all modules of the master's program IT-Systems Engineering can be found here(Geman only)

Scope of the Master’s Program

A student must have achieved a minimum of 120 graded credit points to receive a Master's Degree:

  • 24 credit points in IT Systems Engineering
  • 6 credit points in ITSE Management Skills
  • 2 selected specializations with 3 modules:
    - Concepts and Methods
    - Techniques and Tools
    - Specializations
  • 12 credit points in Soft Skills
  • 12 credit points Master Project
  • 30 credit points Master Thesis

Model Curriculum: Master IT Systems Engineering


Further information on application as well as study and examination regulations can be found on the page Application for the Master's Program.

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