Cooperation Study Programme with

Asia-Pacific Institute of Global Studies

Master's Study Programme

Big Data & Business Analytics

Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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Big Data is becoming increasingly more important in business practice: from finance to the health sector, the amount of structured and unstructured data that companies are providing nowadays is rapidly increasing. Big Data specialists bridge the gap between logic and quantitative methods, programming languages, frameworks and infrastructure, all the way to the interpretation and implementation of the results in business processes.

There is high demand for Big Data analysts in companies. Therefore, the FOM Hochschule has developed a study programme, which focuses on the corporate value of data. From the winter semester 2018 onwards, (economic-) programmers, engineers, and scientists, as well as mathematicians and statisticians, can enrol in the new Master’s programme "Big Data & Business Analytics".

In cooperation with FOM Hochschule, students from India now also have the opportunity to participate in the Big Data & Business Analytics Master’s programme at the Asia-Pacific Institute of Global Studies in New Dehli, India.

The first two semesters of the study programme will be held at the AAsia-Pacific Institute of Global Studies in India, and the third and fourth semester will take place at the FOM Hochschule at the German University Center in Essen, Germany.

The Master’s degree in Big Data & Business Analytics will be completed with the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.). The degree will be awarded by FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management.

Information on Master's Programme "Big Data & Business Analytics"

Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) 

Length: 4 Semester inclusive Thesis

Place of Study: 1st & 2nd Semester: Asia-Pacific Institute of Global Studies, India / 3rd & 4th Semester: FOM Hochschule Essen, Germany

Course Language: English

AccreditationThe FOM - a non-profit-oriented University of Applied Sciences - and its academic degrees are state-recognized and all its study programmes are accredited. FOM Hochschule is Germany’s largest private university with over 20 years worth of teaching and research experience 

Cooperation with: Asia-Pacific Institute of Global Studies, India

Bachelor's degree with at least 60 credit points in (Economic-) Computer Science modules


Bachelor's degree with least 60 credit points in subject related modules (for example, Mathematics, Statistics)

First Semester at Asia-Pacific Institute of International Programmes

Big-Data-Architecture & -Infrastructure

  • Enterprise architecture management (EAM)
  • Technological requirements for big data
  • Vital infrastructures for data-driven business models
  • Complex processing by continuous data sets

Decision Focussed Management

  • Traditional decision theory
  • Management decisions from a psychological perspective
  • Decisions in a strategy context

Leadership & Sustainability

  • Leadership as part of normative, strategic and operative business management and in the context of diversity management
  • Leadership styles, techniques and instruments
  • Ethics and sustainability

Big Data Analytics

  • Data sources and data classification
  • Visual analytics / data discovery / explorative data analysis
  • AI methods such as machine learning
  • Computational intelligence: fuzzy logic, neuronal networks, evolutionary algorithms


  • Data protection and data privacy
  • Risk analysis / type of threats
  • Attack vectors and scenarios
  • IT security guidelines

Second Semester at Asia-Pacific Institute of International Programmes

Applied Programming

  • Basic principles and application of programming languages for big data: SQL, R and Python
  • Languages and tools for data management
  • Data integration
  • ETL v. ELT (data lake)

Analysis of semi- & unstructured Data

  • Crawling and pre-processing
  • Text mining / web mining
  • Social media analysis
  • Ontologies
  • Semantic and graphic modelling/technologies

Project management of Big-Data-Projects

  • Planning, management and control of dig data projects
  • Challenges, specific features and success factors of big data project management
  • Architectural and technological features
  • Introduction of big data applications
  • Integration and harmonisation of data sources and planning of data analyses and reporting

Area of application: Business Analytics

  • Goals and fields of activity for big data applications
  • Sector and type of data sources
  • Application of processes such as association analysis, decision tree process, neuronal networks, cluster analysis

Ethics & Law

  • Ethical aspects of the use of big data
  • Legal aspects of the use of big data
  • Compliance


  • Fundamentals in listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • Basic grammatical skills
  • Application in situations of everyday life

Third Semester at FOM Hochschule

Big-Data-Consulting Project

  • Selection of an area of application for the analysis project
  • Data storytelling
  • Addressing a management issue
  • Data acquisition, processing and analysis
  • Preparing findings for management

Quantitative Data Analysis

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Quantitative data analysis (applications with R, statistical test methods, multivariate processes)

Big-Data-Analysis Project

  • Selection of an area of application for the analysis project
  • Project work with first independently produced data analysis

Strategic Business Model Development

  • Results of big data analyses as drivers of business model development
  • Planning of big data strategy/business analytics strategy
  • Strategy approaches and strategic planning and management instruments
  • Data-based business models and business transformation
  • Open innovation/innovation management

Applied Project I

Fourth Semester at FOM Hochschule

Master Thesis

Applied Project II

All information on registration and tuition fees can be found on Asia-Pacific Institute of International Programmes website »

Stufy Cooperation Asia-Pacific Institute of International Programmes

Academic cooperation India:

Asia-Pacific Institute of Global Studies
A.K. Shrivastava

Contact in India

Mr. A.K. Shrivastava
Hon'ble Chairman
Asia-Pacific Institute of Global Studies, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Contact at FOM Hochschule

Lena Brülls
Lena Brülls
International Office
+49 201 81004 739
Lena Hamadi
Lena Hamadi
International Office
+49 201 81004-733

Student Statement

Sonia Kopidesi Prabhakaran
Sonia Kopidesi Prabhakaran
Participant of the Master's programmes for Indian Students at FOM in Germany

»Being an expert of data without any doubt is one of the most promising career paths I can imagine. The Masters’ program offered at the FOM University provides a snapshot of how big data transforms the way the business is conducted today and demonstrates the state-of- the-art tools to get into the forefront of data-based business analytics.« 

Studying in Essen, Germany

Lying in the centre of the Ruhr area in Western Germany, the town Essen has a lot to offer – from significant industrial cultural monuments to charming local recreation areas. Students can enjoy large cultural opportunities such as the famous Folkwang Museum or the Aalto Theatre, as well as countless opportunities for going out.

For example, you should not miss a visit to the Coal Mine Zollverein Industrial Complex. Today, the former coal mine is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with its adjacent park, it is one of the region’s tourist magnets. As the greenest city in the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the European Green Capitals, Essen delights everyone who wants to enjoy nature after a lecture.

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