Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Master of Science in Digital Transformation

Master of Science in Digital Transformation


About the Program

The Master of Science in Digital Transformation (MSDT) program delivers the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for successful digital change in organizations, with equal emphasis on technology and software stacks, innovation, digital change management, and leadership. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and offers courses in computer science, management, and social sciences.


Emphasizes learning by doing through a dedicated Laboratory that offers the necessary platforms and tools (hardware, industry software and development platforms) for practical learning and final projects.


Digital transformation is drastically changing the ways businesses and governments operate. In the business sector, disruptive business models are emerging by the day, pushing incumbent operators to accelerate their own digital transformation creating the need for digital change champions. In the government sector, new forms of governance, and new ways of public administration are pushing their way into almost all Administrations.  To lead these changes, both government and businesses in Morocco are in dire need of digital transformation engineers/leaders.

Conseil Économique, Social et Environnemental (CESE) Maroc, 2016.

La transformation digitale au cœur du Service au Citoyen et pour un Développement Economique Fort »

APEBI “ Le digital, au cœur du modèle de développement ”

Accélérer la transformation digitale des institutions publiques, des entreprises et de la société civile

Acquired skills

1.     Graduate DT engineers with the necessary skills to design, lead, and manage the DT;

2.     Fulfill the local and international market needs in terms of DT champions to lead and manage digital change/innovation;

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance, challenges, and impact of the Digital Transformation on government and businesses;
  2. Mastery of technologies, concepts and software architectures that enable/support digital transformation.
  3. Mastery of key principles pertaining/required to/for Digital Transformation projects such as planning, implementation, integration and change management;

6.     Ability to design, plan and implement an integrated digital transformation strategy; and lead it afterword.

Career  Opportunities

  • Digital Transformation team leader;
  • Digital Transformation chief engineer;
  • Digital Transformation strategist;
  • Digital Transformation consultant;

Who can apply

Bachelor or equivalent in:

  • Software Engineering or related discipline; 
  • General Business/Management with minor in CS; 

Candidates from Moroccan Universities with a three-year degree (License) in Mathematics and/or Computer Science, are eligible to apply, but if admitted, they will be required to take and pass an additional online foundation offered by Al Akhawayn University partners.

Foundation courses


Advanced Programming


Database Management Systems


Software Engineering


Computer Communication and Networks


Web/Cloud Programming and Technologies

As English is the language of delivery, a score of 500 in the TOEFL is required. If admitted, candidates not meeting this requirement need to take and pass extra English courses before starting the program. 

Structure of the Program

30 SCH, including 15SCH of CS Courses, 9SCH Multidisciplinary (MGT and HUM) Courses, and a 6SCH Master Project.

Key Courses

  • Digital Societies, Governments, and Economies
  • Digital Transformation and Innovation
  • Design, Architecture, and Security of Digital Systems
  • Data Modelling, Processing, and Analytics 
  • Organizing for Digital Change
  • Technology Stacks and DevOps
  • Agility and Digital Projects Management
  • Business Digital Systems  OR Government Digital Systems 

The Digital Transformation Final Project

The purpose of the professional project is to develop and demonstrate professional competence through the application of learning tools and technologies, concepts, and techniques to build Digital applications for identified Business of Government processes.  The professional project is pursued under the close supervision of a faculty member and/or other industry/government partners with relevant expertise and is the equivalent of three months of full-time work including the report write-up.