Master In Enterprise Architecture (MEA)
In a nutshell...
Our Master’s degree in Enterprise Architecture includes 10 months of courses + a Master’s thesis and shows professionals what it takes to be an Enterprise Architect AND a true Digital Transformation Leader. We balance theory with case studies to cover everything from strategy to various kinds of architecture, from security to ICT governance and much more. The programme focuses on people with at least five years of relevant business experience.
What makes our MEA different?
This Master is the only academic programme that specifically focuses on the actual role of the enterprise architect: a true transformation leader. By balancing theory and the practical side of enterprise architecture, we prepare first class architects, ready for the future. Course topics are presented by no less than 40 local AND international experts, about 50% of whom are academics from various universities and 50% practitioners. We focus on Enterprise Architecture 2.0, with eye for concepts related to business, IT, change, innovation, governance, strategy, portfolio management and more. Enterprise Architecture is about the whole enterprise, not just a part of it. Another unique aspect is the location of our institute. Situated in a beautiful park, we provide the setting to stimulate focus and inspiration.
An accredited Master of Science
IC Institute is unique in Europe, since it is the only private company that is officially recognised by the government as an institute for higher education and our Master in Enterprise Architecture is accredited by the NVAO.
Graduates will receive an official Master’s degree ‘Master of ICT Enterprise Architecture’ and can use the international ‘Master of Science (MSc)’ title.
Think you're up for the journey?
We target professionals who wish to increase their impact on their organisation’s competitiveness and innovative character via enterprise architecture. Typically, you work or will work in a role involving enterprise architecture, business and ICT architecture, business or ICT management and project, programme or portfolio management.
Timing and flexibility
The courses are organised during weekend sessions. This Master consists of 17 course weekends (32 ECTS), where each module covers a specific topic. They are organised from September until June, after which you can continue to work on your master thesis (28 ECTS).
A certain degree of flexibility is perfectly possible in following this Master. For instance, you can opt to follow one or more modules during the first year and the other modules in subsequent years in order to complete the entire programme (over 2 to 3 academic years) and it's not necessary to start with the first module! Also, you can follow one or more modules separately and obtain a certificate upon completion.
The following figure shows the journey you’ll go through from September until June*. If you start for example in September 2019, you'll have classes until June 2020. You'll then have until February 2021 to complete your Master thesis.
Each module consists of contact hours, a study of the scientific literature and individual or group assignments. The courses are equally divided between theory and practice. Theories, techniques and methods are explained and applied to practical cases. Throughout the different courses you’ll be faced with numerous real-life case studies and hands-on assignments to experience how enterprise architecture is applied in practice. Credits can be obtained by passing the different examinations (cases, presentations...) in the different modules.
*Indication, the exact program can vary a bit from the illustrative model below
MODULE 1: Foundations of Strategy
Kick off by gaining a broad view on the foundations of strategy
YEAR 1: SEPTEMBER
MODULE 2: Introduction to EA
Get to know EA and learn all about layered architectures.
YEAR 1: SEPTEMBER
MODULE 3: From strategy to EA
How to connect both worlds? Discover how strategy translates to EA.
YEAR 1: OCTOBER
MODULE 17: Research & presentation techniques
Learn how to conduct thorough (academic) research and how to become a better storyteller and presenter.
YEAR 2: JUNE
+ START of your Master's thesis
MODULE 4: Business Architecture
Before we even think about IT, let's talk Business!
YEAR 1: OKTOBER
MODULE 5: Functional Architecture
The bridge between Business and IT: let's align.
YEAR 1: NOVEMBER
MODULE 6: Software & solution architecture part 1
Software, solutions, integration: learn the basics here.
YEAR 1: NOVEMBER
MODULE 7: Software & solution architecture part 2
Software, solutions, integration: there's more to discover!
YEAR 2: DECEMBER
MODULE 8: Architecture Trade-off (ATAM) & Attribute driven design
Quality attributes, trade-off's & assessment: let's see if IT is delivering.
YEAR 2: JANUARY
MODULE 9: Data & information architecture
The core foundation of it all. No processes, ICT or AI without data!
YEAR 2: JANUARY
MODULE 10: Cyber Security
Data needs to be protected, but how? Learn the basics here.
YEAR 2: FEBRUARY
MODULE 11: Technology Architecture
Infrastructure & technology: to cloud or not to cloud? And more!
YEAR 2: MARCH
MODULE 12: Exponential Technologies
Welcome to the future! Artificial Intelligence, IOT, Blockchain: how will they impact our enterprises? And how to deal with these technologies as an Enterprise Architect?
YEAR 2: MARCH
MODULE 13: Portfolio Man. & Leading transformations
How to take the lead in transforming organisations?
YEAR 2: APRIL
MODULE 14: Enterprise Governance part 1
Alignment and control: governance is crucial for sailing straight.
YEAR 2: MAY
MODULE 15: Enterprise Governance part 2
Alignment and control: EA at the board level.
YEAR 2: MAY
MODULE 16: Put it all together in practice!
You've learned a lot, now let's bring it all together and put it into practice!
YEAR 2: JUNE
COMPLETION OF MASTER'S THESIS
After the completion of the classes, you'll have 8 more months to complete your Master thesis.
YEAR 3: FEBRUARY
References & Testimonials
"This Master was a wonderful cocktail of professors coming up with the academic foundation, experienced practitioners sprinkling hints of pragmatism, and motivated fellow students with whom I held animated discussions. The structure of the programme was outstanding, with courses ranging from a company’s strategy across various architectural disciplines to governance. This Master gave me a good overall picture and has made me an even better match for my new position at Colruyt Group."
Head of Business Architecture at Colruyt Group
"This Master provided me with a much welcomed mental framework for the myriad of concepts I was discovering in the enterprise architecture world. Also, hearing about others’ experience with enterprise architecture was fascinating. I enjoyed our assertive group and its passionate discussions with lecturers and practitioners. The informal setting, the critical minds, the green surroundings, the nice meals, etc. all contributed to making this Master a unique experience with a definite impact."
ICT Architect at KBC
Eligible applicants must have:
a Master’s degree or equivalent (non Master's degrees can be accepted, special conditions apply*) in Informatics, Applied Informatics, Business Sciences or Applied Sciences
at least 5 years of relevant business experience and be able to demonstrate this
an excellent technical and topical knowledge of English
The admission procedure is handled by the Selection & Intake Committee.
*Please contact us for more information on the procedure for non-Master's degree holders.
Candidates will be selected based on:
Study curriculum and relevant work experience
To guarantee the quality of the programme, the number of students is limited to 25.
You can apply for the whole programme or follow one or more modules separately.
The tuition fee for the entire programme is € 18500.
An EARLY BIRD fee is given to students, enrolled by May 31st 2019.
The tuition fee for one Module (one weekend session) is € 1200**.
**Some modules can only be taken after previous modules were completed.
This fee includes training fees, all training material and catering. VAT is excluded. If the participant is working in an SME in the Flemish region, the KMO portefeuille can be used to subsidise a significant part of the fees.
The programme consists of 17 weekend sessions, each lasting 15 hours in total:
Thursday evening (from 6pm to 10pm)
Friday afternoon and evening (from 1pm to 8pm, incl. luxurious dinner)
Saturday morning (from 8am to 1pm)
The courses are held at the INNOCOM premises in Beerzel, Belgium. The next edition of the full programme will run from September 2019 until June 2020. The total duration of this Master’s programme is 18 months, with a total workload of 1800 hours (60 credits), consisting of instructions, preparation, assignment work and exams followed by the completion of the Master’s thesis (by February 2021).
You can always apply during the year to follow one or more of the modules!