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E-Government (B.Sc.)

Study administrative informatics in Schmalkalden

What makes the degree program special?

In cooperation with the Thuringian Ministry of Finance and with the support of Thuringia's leading municipal associations, the practice-integrated Bachelor's degree course in Administrative Informatics / E-Government trains specialists and managers for the digitalization of public administration. The six-semester interdisciplinary course, which is offered jointly by the Faculties of Business Law and Computer Science, includes subjects from the fields of administrative science, law and computer science.

The aim is to qualify graduates for the current tasks of federal, state and local administrations and the necessary holistic view of an administration at strategy, process and system level.

The course is supplemented by extended practical phases. Students can study according to the study and practice+ model with a permanent cooperation partner from the administration, but also with a cooperation partner from the business world, such as software development companies or consulting firms, as well as without a cooperation partner.

The Thuringian Ministry of Finance has already offered several scholarships for the start of the course. It is possible to apply for these after enrolment.

Scholarship for the Administrative Informatics/E-Government (B.Sc.) course at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences

Guidelines for the awarding of scholarships by the Thuringian Ministry of Finance

In cooperation with the Thuringian Ministry of Finance.


Form of study: Full-time
  Practice-integrated dual study program
Study and practice+ model
Duration of study: 6 semesters
Teaching language: German
Degree: Bachelor of Science
  Qualification for the higher IT technical service
ECTS: 180
Next start: Always in winter term
Application deadline: 15.09.

The Bachelor's degree course in Administrative Informatics/E-Government places particular emphasis on a strong practical orientation. To this end, various IT application systems from the area of local and state administration are also covered in the exercises accompanying the lectures. In the respective practical phases, students not only get to know the special administrative processes of their cooperation partners, but are also integrated into the administrative processes from day one. In order to be able to fulfill the interface task between administration and information technology, they will work in the areas of organization, human resources, legal office and budget, as well as in the IT departments.

During the internship phase in the 5th semester, students will focus on an IT field of activity that may also correspond to their future career. To this end, the necessary foundations are laid from the first semester onwards to enable students to participate in the planning, management and control of IT projects, the integration of innovative IT into the working environment of the administration or the development and support of IT specialist procedures in the authorities. In addition, case studies, project tasks, lectures by practitioners and excursions are used to build a bridge to administrative practice.

The first study section of the Administrative Informatics/ E-Government degree program comprises two semesters with a total of 60 ECTS through compulsory modules.

Compulsory modules (1st semester):

  • Linear algebra
  • Analysis
  • Introduction to administrative informatics
  • Information Engineering/Process Management
  • Introduction to programming
  • Advanced programming techniques
  • Fundamentals of public administration management
  • Accounting and controlling in public administration
  • Public Law I
  • Private commercial law I
  • Private Commercial Law II

The second stage of the Administrative Informatics/ E-Government degree program comprises four semesters with a total of 120 ECTS. Of these, 20 ECTS are from the practical module or semester abroad and a total of 10 ECTS for the Bachelor's thesis and the colloquium.

Compulsory modules of the 2nd study section (3rd - 5th semester):

  • Public Law II
  • labor law
  • Computer networks
  • Database systems
  • Software engineering
  • Operating Systems
  • Business and Administration I
  • Database programming with PL/SQL
  • IT security and data protection
  • Basics of web technology
  • E-Government seminar
  • Business and administration II
  • Project Management


Electives of the 6th semester (four to be chosen):

  • Computer-based intelligence / machine learning
  • Usability / Web Analytics
  • IT governance/IT service management and IT consulting
  • Data warehouse systems and NoSQL systems
  • Network planning and configuration
  • Blockchain applications
  • Industry-specific and cross-industry application systems
  • Data protection law (official data protection officer)
  • Selected chapters of e-government

Due to a corresponding change in Thuringian career law, the degree is also recognized as a qualified degree for the career path of the higher information technology service and thus without the usual preparatory service.

Graduates of administrative informatics can be employed universally in all areas of public administration, municipal and state service and associated companies (e.g. municipal utilities and cultural institutions), or in public corporations such as chambers of industry and commerce, hospitals or school administrations where there is a high level of IT relevance.

The classic occupational fields of administrative informatics/e-government include both

  • "IT core professions" such as CIOs, IT architects, system and application developers, network and web administrators, IT security and data protection officers
  • "IT mixed professions" such as IT project leaders and IT project managers, IT coordinators, IT controllers, internal auditors and
  • "IT marginal professions" such as intensive users of application systems and specialist managers/specialist administrators, e.g. in the administrative areas of budgeting and finance, human resources, public procurement, legal department, social media/public relations, etc.

If you would like to study for a Bachelor's degree in Administrative Informatics/E-Government, you should have a general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification. You should have an interest in legal and administrative issues and at the same time be interested in familiarizing yourself with new information and communication technology. This includes analyzing administrative processes, modeling them for IT implementation and thus drafting and designing legally compliant, IT-based solutions for practical use and successfully implementing them in teams as part of projects.