Combined degree

Let's combine business with information systems

Information processing and telecommunications are essential to the operations of today’s major businesses. That’s why we’re investing in a combined degree program in Business Information Systems (BIS) that will train high quality IT specialists. In just under three years, you’ll gain early responsibility and practical IT training to give you all the skills you need for a successful future in IT.

You’ll leave with:

  • A vocational qualification as an IT specialist
  • A BSc in Information Science for Business from a renowned private university


What you need

We’re looking for people who push themselves to the limits to achieve personal goals and can work equally well on their own initiative or in teams. Show us you have above-average commitment, a specialized skillset and a strong sense of responsibility and you can look forward to a successful future. You’ll also need:

  • University entrance qualification from a school or vocational college
  • Strong interest in German, English, IT and math
  • Capacity to learn new skills quickly
  • Determination and perseverance
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Showing initiative
  • Ability to work in a team


Your program

Your practice-oriented program starts with two and a half years of vocational training as an IT specialist. At the same time, you’ll start a degree program in Information Science for Business at the private vocational university (FHDW) in Bergisch Gladbach. The lectures are held on Saturdays and in course blocks that extend over multiple weeks. You’ll also be working in international teams, often in other countries, so the common language is English.

The degree program covers:

  • Business administration
  • Business information systems
  • Software engineering methods
  • Hands-on software development
  • Databases
  • IT consulting


Project management

After two and a half years, you’ll take your qualifying exam as an IT specialist, administered by the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce. And, when you successfully complete your thesis in the final module, you’ll qualify with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree.

Your future prospects

This combined degree program is an ideal launchpad for your career. It’ll equip you to take on positions of responsibility in our IT organization. At Covestro, we use IT for everything from managing global business processes and planning, building and operating complex industrial facilities, to researching chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological products. As one of our IT specialists, you’ll help ensure our global data systems run effectively, smoothly and with the latest technology.

Financing your vocational training course

You’ll be a paid employee during your vocational training and if you live more than 100 kilometers away from the training site and have to move closer, we’ll pay you a rental allowance for a certain period. We’ll also cover the tuition fees for your bachelor studies.