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Data Science (M.Sc.)

Integrate AI Excellence: Explore Big Data's Potential with Our Part-Time Program and Elevate Your Career in the Tech World

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Application deadline: September 15, 2024

Program start: November 18, 2024

Study Fee

16.950 €

Your Masters Degree in Data Science

Our English-speaking interdisciplinary and international Data Science Master program is designed for full-time working professionals and equips you with the essential skills to tackle the challenges posed by the ever-growing volume, velocity, and variety of data, commonly known as ‘big data‘. Alongside a strong foundation in programming, data analysis, data management, and AI, the program especially focuses on hands-on application within real-world business settings. Participants will learn about cutting edge developments in AI and Deep Learning (e.g., Large Language Models).

Lecture & Modules

The standard period of study for the Master’s program in Data Science is 4 semesters. During this time, you will complete 9 modules, including a project work and the Master’s thesis. An optional preparatory course in e-learning format is also offered. The program is designed for high compatibility with your profession. Modules are typically conducted in blocks of five consecutive days (Monday to Friday). On average, a module takes place every 6 to 12 weeks.

The lectures are held in groups with a maximum of 25 participants, spanning a total of 37 days of in-person attendance. In addition to its interdisciplinary approach, the uniqueness of the program lies in its international collaboration between the University of Münster and the University of Twente, offering courses in English. This part-time education leads to a full Master of Science degree from the University of Münster.

Introduction to Data Science and Programming Systems

November 18th – November 24th, 2024

  • Introduction to data science and its applications.
  • Overview of programming systems: R and Python
  • Fundamentals of Python programming: variables, control structures, data structures, etc.
  • Introduction to R programming: data structures, functions, loops, etc.
  • Exploratory data analysis using R.

Prof. Dr. Heike Trautmann
Prof. Dr. Gottfried Vossen

Data Analytics

January 07th – January 11th, 2025

  • Exploratory data analysis and data preprocessing
  • supervised learning (classification, regression)
  • unsupervised learning (cluster analysis, dimensional reduction)
  • model validation
  • Programming in R

Prof. Dr. Heike Trautmann
Prof. Dr. Pascal Kerschke

Social Media & Communications

February 24th – February 28th, 2025

  • Social research using big data and online sources
  • Basics of online communication and psychology
  • Network analysis using R, including base concepts, matrix calculations and (sub)structure detection
  • Computation content analysis using R, including Natural Language Processing, Sentiment Analysis, Topic Modeling
  • Advanced Methods of text analysis (preview)

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt

Data Management

February 24th – February 28th, 2025

  • Data Management with SQL and NoSQL systems, application for OLAP tasks
  • Distributed file systems (HDFS)
  • Algorithms of data mining, map reduce applications, determination of similarity, recommendation, community detection
  • Advanced Python
  • Development of a Data Science workflow
  • Tool selection

Prof. Dr. Gottfried Vossen

IT-Management, IT-Security, Ethics, Legal Aspects

June 30th – July 04th, 2025

  • Management challenges of growing data volumes
  • IT security considerations in data management
  • Ethical aspects in IT management and data handling
  • Legal framework and regulations for data management
  • Utilizing open data for generating value

Prof. Dr. Jos van Hillegersberg

Application Areas

September 2025

  • Hands-on workshop: Advanced methods of text analysis using AI (including LLMs / transformer models)
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Application of learned techniques marketing, customer relationship management, supply chain management, logistics, start-ups, etc.
  • Future developments: critical discussions about the future of data-driven decisions, including the potential for automated decisions by machines
  • Interdisciplinary approach

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiesel

Practical Phase & Project Work

Kick-Off: October 2025 (online)

  • Case Analysis in Data Science
  • Creative problem-solving of complex real-life cases
  • Practical implementation of chosen solutions
  • Peer feedback and reflection
  • Presentation Skills

Dr. Niels Pulles

Self-Management & Leadership

November 3rd – November 7th, 2025

  • Influence of data science results on management decisions
  • Data science as part of decision-making processes
  • Behavior of executives and the special role of data scientists
  • Quality of innovative teams and their effects on data science results
  • Methods for effective negotiations
  • Methods for presenting and discussing data science results with decision makers

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Dates and Facts


Master of Science


School of Business and Economics


4 Semesters

Start Date

10.06.2024 1st on-site module (summer start)

18.11.2024 1st on-site module (winter start)

Application Deadline

30.04.2024 (Program start summer)

15.09.2024 (Program start winter)

Language of Instruction


Location(s) of Instruction

Münster, Germany | Enschede, Netherlands

Participation Fee

16.950 € in three instalments

  • an individual payment plan may be arranged
  • exempt from VAT pursuant to § 4 No.21 a (bb) UStG

Target Audience

Working professionals from the fields of e-commerce, logistics, social media, consulting, analysis, and any field that benefits from the usage of big data

Admission Requierments

  • Completion of a first academic degree
  • Professional working experience of at least one year
  • Evidence of English language proficiency at level B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

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Digital Information Session

Join us for our Digital Information Session on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 6 PM, featuring Prof. Dr. Gottfried Vossen, who will discuss our Master's and Certificate Programs in Data Science. Explore the study options available and get answers to your individual questions.

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In Cooperation with the University of Twente

"The University of Twente is a smart living lab where talented students and stuff provide groundbreaking research, exiting innovations and inspiring education."
Therefore we are happy to have Twente as a strong educational partner.

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Jannis Wegmann

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