Master's in Digital Society.

Digitalization is essentially a social process. The Master's degree program Digital Society gives you an opportunity to engage in the social perspectives of digital transformation in a more interdisciplinary way.

The Master's degree program in Digital Society focuses on the interaction between technology and our social world. Technology and smart technologies are a part of our everyday lives and companies today are developing the digital business models and computer scientists needed to adapt to the new challenges a digital society brings about. When it comes to digital technologies and the wide range of potential and new possibilities, legal aspects and practices also need to be taken into account.

The degree program provides an academic understanding of methods in social sciences and theories that will help you analyze, interpret, define, and shape a digital society.

As the majority of the classes feature an interdisciplinary nature, they  cover subject areas in sociology, business, computer sciences, and law. Faculty members from various fields co-teach the courses.  

The program also gives you an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary hands-on, real-world projects in a collaborative way as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Key Facts

Degree

Master of Science (MSc)

Duration

4 semesters

ECTS

120 credits

Language

German (level C1) and English (level B2)

Location

Linz

Program

Full-Time

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What Makes Studying Digital Society at the JKU Special

The format for this graduate degree program is unique in Austria, offering considerable advantages:

 

  • For the first time, one curriculum includes subjects areas such as business, social sciences, law, and computer sciences, enabling you to approach digitization in all of its complexity and magnitude and ultimately shape social change.
  • You will be part of an interdisciplinary team - the majority of courses will be co-taught: Educators from different backgrounds and subject areas will work together to teach courses that feature interdisciplinary content.
  • A separate mentoring program provides you with support during your studies, including guidance and and academic advising.

Program Structure

The Master's degree program in Digital Society includes the following subject areas:

 

Subject Area ECTS Credits
The Fundamentals of a Digital Society 24
Digial Society - Sociological Methods 18
Digitization in Dialog 18
Interdisciplinary Projects 18
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Digitization 9
Autonomous Coursework 12
Master's Thesis, incl. the Master's Colloquium and the Master's Examination 21

 

You complete

  • courses in key fields in sociology, computer sciences, business, and law
  • courses about theories in the field of social sciences and Digital Society methods
  • hands-on, real-world research projects during the first, second, and third semesters of the program
  • elective courses designed to better acquaint you with digitalization in other subject areas and fields at the JKU.
     

Students in the first semester of the Master's degree program in Digital Society have an opportunity to take part in the mentoring program! The mentoring program has been designed to support a smooth transition to graduate studies and during the course of the program, your mentor will be at your side to help.

Areas of Specialization in Digital Society

This program focuses on the way "Man-Machine", "Digitalization - Society", "Economy - Artificial Intelligence" and "Law - Digital Transformation" interact. You will explore the various facets of digitization as a socio-technological phenomenon:

 

  • As part of our society, how are business, law, information technology, communications, and social media changing and how is society changing as a whole??
  • Who is driving digitization? How is technological development being influenced by computer science, business, law and other areas of society?
  • How can we actively drive digitization forward? How can we assess the risks and identify the potential? How can we shape developments accordingly?
  • How will digitization address and impact different disciplines (such as mechanical engineering, chemistry, gender studies, etc)?

What You Will Learn in "Digital Society" at the University

The Master's degree program in Digital Society gives you the expertise and skills to

 

  • grasp the complexities of digitization, analyze their relationship to various sectors of society, and actively shape future developments. Students hone their skills and understanding in the areas of methodology in social sciences as well as theories to analyze and shape digitization,
  • constructively bring together and combine perspectives from different disciplines (computer science, society, law, economics),
  • working effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team and address complex problems,
  • understanding the social and political impact of digitization and its role in today's culture and society.

Did you know that ...

...this degree program is not only very closely linked to the JKU's key focus areas of "Digitalization" and "Transformative Change" but is also unique in Austria?

Your Career Prospects

Graduates are highly sought after and in high demand, not only when it comes to understanding complex relationships in digital transformation, but also toactively shape processes without losing focus on highly important connections.

Your responsibilities include project management, consulting, strategy development, research & development, or in science/academia at universities.


You are highly qualified to work at international companies and organizations, government institutions, innovative start-up companies, as well as at established companies, or at non-profit organizations.

Admissions to Studies

Prerequisites

In order to be admitted to the Master's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.

  • If your first language is not the language the program is offered in, you will be required to submit proof of C1 level of proficiency in German / B2 level of proficiency in English (B2).
  • Prospective applicants should have a fundamental understanding of sociology, computer sciences, law, and business.
  • Prospective applicants who a hold a Bachelor's/Master's degree in one of the following degree programs offered by the JKU, or a comparable degree offered at another university/college, are qualified to enroll in this degree program without any additional requirements or further constraints:
     
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Business Adminisration
    • Digital Business Management
    • Informatics
    • Cultural Studies
    • Civic Studies
    • Law
    • Sociology
    • Social Economics
    • Business Informatics
    • Business Law
    • Business & Economics

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Advanced Degrees at the JKU

After successfully completing the Master's degree program, you can opt to pursue a doctorate degree:

 

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