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If IT is a major challenge or issue in your professional life, this training course on the borderline between computing and management, and achievable in 1 year (or 2 years) at a rate of two days (or one day) per week, is the best way to offer you the keys to understanding, controlling and making the most of digital and information technologies within your company.

Whether you're on a career path towards a position as a Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Consultant, Digital Transformation Manager, Product Manager, Entreprise Architect or Chief Information Officer, the Master of Specialization in IT and Innovation is THE course designed to support you every step of the way.

Your objectives

Develop a mastery of the strategic issues located upstream of functional analysis and software project management, as well as the means to respond to them. The course is built around 3 pillars to help you develop a set of essential skills to meet this challenge:

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Business Analysis

Analytical and modeling skills essential for developing innovative IT projects that are aligned with corporate strategy.

IT Governance

Skills to better define and implement an IT strategy in all its technological, organizational, commercial and financial complexity.


Skills to identify opportunities and mitigate risks linked to the digital domain, new technologies and methodological approaches, as well as to accompany the profound transformations they imply on the way the company operates.

The advantages of training at UNamur

  • An interdisciplinary approach that blends the fields of IT and management;
  • Academic expertise and speakers from the business world;
  • An interactive workshop in "Business model design & Innovation" organized over two consecutive days;
  • A response to an industry need supported by companies and associations representing the ICT sector;
  • Access, beyond the end of the course, to a community of practice gathered around innovation issues.

The program

The Master of IT and Innovation Specialization - Business Analysis/IT Governance & Innovation - is tailored to an audience of adults, academics, already working in an ICT-related function.

It targets aspects of IT and management in line with the fields of business analysis, IT governance and innovation management. It develops your skills in strategic analysis, organization and governance specific to ICT.

The program enables you to master basic technical skills in systems design to understand the underlying technological mechanisms and dialogue with designers.

Teaching emphasizes case studies from the professional world, exchanges between students and teachers, validation of theoretical principles through personal questioning, and discussion of articles or books. Some courses are also available online.

Course schedule

Courses are held on: Fridays and/or Saturdays from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

If necessary, this way of proceeding allows people who work at "4/5" to follow the whole specialization master via a lightening of the course program over two years.

Concretely, in a formula where all courses given on Fridays in year "t" are given on Saturdays in year "t+1" and vice versa, you can follow the entire curriculum by choosing just one
day of classes per week, on Friday or Saturday, for two years.

Active participation in the business model course, a workshop over two full days (Friday and Saturday), is compulsory for all newly enrolled students, whether or not they benefit from a reduction.

This program opens up the right to paid educational leave to workers who are regularly enrolled and who exclusively attend the Saturday classes in lightening.

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The course programme is structured around a module of initiation, from which certain students may be exempted, and four other modules of specialisation :

  • Organisation and innovation : innovation theories and strategies in ICT, organisation and change management, negotiation and conflict analysis ;
  • Business analysis : engineering of demands, organisational modeling and expertise : languages and methods : project management and risk management ;
  • IT governance : IT strategies and quality of service, business intelligence, ICT law :
  • Designing and implementation of business models and innovation : seminar, project and dissertation

In order to ensure the suitability of this master’s degree programme to the needs of industry and firms, the committee guaranteeing the quality of the programme includes firms and associations which are truly representative of the Information and Communication Technology Sector (AG Real Estate, Trasys Group, Microsoft, Axa, IBM, Agoria, HEC Lausanne).

Teaching methods

The training is aimed for adults with university degrees who already work in a field related to IT (Information and Communication Technology). The teaching approach has been adapted accordingly :

  • The teaching approach builds on the students’ experience in order to be effective and meaningful.
  • The teaching emphasises the analysiss of real-life situations from the professional world, and focuses on exchanges between students and teachers, assessment of theoretical principals through personal questioning, discussion of books and articles
  • A certain number of courses are also available on line.

The main objective is to allow students to acquire new skills built on those they have already developed.

Terms and conditions of organisation

The courses are concentrated in a two day per week timetable, Fridays and Saturdays on a six-hour basis (from 9 am to 12 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm), but there is a possibility of spreading out the training to a two year programme and choosing to attend courses only one day per week, Friday or Saturday (all courses taught on Friday for the « t » year are given on Saturday for the year « t+1 »  and vice versa.)

This programme gives the right to the « congé-education payé » congé-éducation payé  (a paid leave for educational purposes), to workers who enrol on a basis of regular attendance and who follow the spread-out two year option for Saturdays. The conditions are established by the law of January 22 1985 and its implementations. Workers who meet the required conditions receive paid leave to follow this training…

Aims and objectives

This Advanced Master in Computer Science and Innovation allows students to acquire :

  • skills in Business Analysis, in other words, skills in analysis and modeling, crucial in the elaboration of innovative Information Projects aiming to match the strategies of each particular firm
  • skills in IT governance, in other words the ability to define and implement an IT strategy in all its complexity, whether it be from a technological, organisational, commercial or financial point of view.

This master’s degree clearly meets the needs of industry and is adapted to a professionally active audience, not only in terms of the teaching approach but also in practical terms, particularly regarding timetables.

Teaching profile

At the end of their training, students having completed an Advanced Master in Computer Science and Innovation will be capable of :

  • Designing and elaborating models that meet the needs of industry, taking into account various  judicial aspects, allowing for the introduction of TIC innovation into the market
  • Establishing models for the various aspects of organisations (strategy, process, information...) and implementing Business Intelligence tools that are suitable to each particular organisation.
  • Developing an IT strategy and ensuring the quality of the services made available.
  • Implementing effective and suitable strategies regarding project management, change management and risk and conflict management.
  • Communicating effectively, orally and in written form, adapting the language to the target audience.

The Business Analyst has perfect mastery of the upstream aspects of requirements analysis and the design project manager's job (classically holders of a Master's degree in Computer Science from UNamur).

Thus, a person with the master's degree in computer science and the master's degree specializing in IT and innovation - Business analysis and IT Governance - will master the whole chain.