Business Administration Online | Bachelor

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Application deadline: May 31, 2020

Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Online + attendance modules | German or English
  • Duration of study: 6 Semesters | 180 ECTS
  • Prerequisites: University entrance qualification or relevant professional qualification with additional exams
  • Academic Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Business | BA or B.A.
  • Tuition fee: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for EU and EEA citizens
  • Apply now for the start of studies in fall 2020

Before studying

As a commencing student you may have many questions: What does the desired course of studies teach me? How do I apply? What are the requirements for admission to studying at MCI, and what is the application deadline? What are my career options after graduation? Below you will find all the answers and information you may need.


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The program draws on live webinars, moderated discussions, videos, and social media tools as well as traditional face-to-face classes, which are held at regular intervals on campus.

The MCI Business Administration Online course offers in-depth training in business administration based on blended learning. The program combines mandatory online classes with home assignments and on-campus courses. The mix of face-to-face learning and distance learning allows a high degree of flexibility. This makes the program particularly attractive for professionals, allowing them to accommodate work, study, and family.

The program is unique in that it applies both interactive online and innovative face-to-face teaching methods. It draws on live webinars, moderated discussions, videos, and social media tools as well as traditional face-to-face classes, which are held at regular intervals on campus. Since one of our prime concerns is to facilitate the combination of work and study, the program is characterized by a great degree of flexibility. In addition, the program promotes the continuous interaction between students and teachers as well as a lively exchange between students themselves. The intelligent mix of online and on-campus modules clearly sets this program apart from traditional distance learning courses.

The Business Administration Online course is designed for all who strive for an education in business administration either right after graduation from high school, or as part of second-chance education. Despite covering a broad range of subjects, the online-based program requires no more than 20 to 25 hours of study per week. It is, therefore, perfectly suited for professionals seeking to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in only three years.


Maria Rabl
FH-Prof. Dr. Maria Rabl Head of Department & Studies

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.

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Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. The required documents are to be submitted online. Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given. The final decision may be taken by the end of the application procedures.



Entrance Exam &

Additional Exam

Date 1* 17, Nov 2019 9-10, Dec 2019 10, Dec 2019
Date 2* 02, Feb 2020 24-26, Feb 2020 25, Feb 2020
Date 3 29, Mar 2020 20-22, Apr 2020 21, Apr 2020
Date 4 31, May 2020 22-24, Jun 2020 23, Jun 2020

 *recommended for applications from non-EU countries

applications are accepted anytime!

Generally, admission to the program is available to the following persons:

  • Individuals with a university entrance qualification for a social, business or legal sciences study program (e.g. school-leaving exam, appropriate university entrance equivalency exam etc.)
  • Individuals without a university entrance qualification, but with relevant professional qualification, provided that one of the following requirements is fulfilled:
    • school-leaving certificate from a relevant vocational secondary school
    • completion of a dual education course with a relevant apprenticeship

Persons without a university entrance qualification but with relevant vocational qualifications must additionally sit entrance exams in German, English (Level II) and Mathematics (Level I). The level of the exams corresponds to that of a non-school university entrance qualification in natural sciences.

Persons in their last year at school wishing to apply for a place on the program before taking their final exams must include their most current school report with their application. Successful applicants must subsequently submit their school-leaving examination certificate before the start of the first semester.

Places are allocated on the basis of the following criteria:

Career background - 20%
Particular attention is paid to previous education and certificates obtained, general professional development and applicants’ academic and professional goals.

Written entrance exam - 30%
The written entrance exam consists of questions on deductive thinking, numerical abilities, long-term memory, English language skills, as well as a study-related personality profile. The exam is computer-based, has a duration of 2 hours and takes place, on-campus, at MCI. Aids such as calculators, dictionaries etc. are not permitted.

Multiple Applications: The written entrance exam applies to all business-related studies and has only to be taken once.

Interview - 50%
The interview gives applicants the opportunity to present themselves personally, to expand on the information provided in the application and to explain their academic and professional goals.

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While studying

MCI study programs stand out due to the quality of their content, relevance to the business world, and their international orientation. The close cooperation with partners from industry and integrative internships enable students to gain practical experience as early as in their Bachelor’s studies. In addition to providing expert knowledge, MCI places great importance on encouraging personal development and the development of social and intercultural competencies.

Business Administration Online

The application-oriented program is available in both German and English. At the beginning, students are taught the core concepts of business administration. They, thus, acquire current and management-oriented concepts and methods before learning how to apply them in an entrepreneurial context in the following semesters. Complementary online classes provide the students with key competencies in the fields of (digital) communication, self-management, and teamwork. In addition to the practical teaching of business administration, special focus is placed on academic research and writing. Students are encouraged to gain and apply practical experience in the context of their studies and promote their careers with their newly acquired knowledge.



Online sessions (webinars): twice a week 2 hours in the evening (between 6 and 10 pm)
On-campus sessions in Innsbruck: usually 3 blocks à 2 days (Friday & Saturday) per semester
Time model & language
Online + attendance modules | German or English
Academic year
Winter semester: beginning of September – beginning of February
Summer semester: mid of February – beginning of July
1st – 2nd semester: Fundamentals
3rd – 4th semester: Advanced business administration
5th semester: Electives & advanced business administration
6th semester: Internship, Bachelor thesis & exam
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Business Administration 85
Economics, Society & Law 20
Communication & Personal Development 20
Applied & Interdisciplinary Competencies 20
Methodical & Scientific Competencies 22
Bachelor Thesis & Exam 13

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Accounting I  4 | 5          
Accounting II    4 | 5        
Investment & Finance       4 | 5      

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Project, Process & Quality Management  4 | 5           
Operations Management   4 | 5          

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Marketing & Sales      4 | 5       
Digital Marketing          4 | 5   

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Human Resource Management & Leadership     4 | 5       
Organizational Development & Change      4 | 5       

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Entrepreneurship      4 | 5       
Innovation & Technology Management      4 | 5      
Digital Transformation      4 | 5      

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Strategic Management        4 | 5     
International Business
        4 | 5     

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
A. Digital Workplace Learning            
Digital Workplace Learning           4 | 5   
Knowledge Management           4 | 5   
Elective Course             4 | 5 
B. Innovation & Entrepreneurship            
Innovation & Entrepreneurship           4 | 5   
Corporate Entrepreneurship           4 | 5   
Elective Course             4 | 5 
**In the 5th semester you choose out of two electives.

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
ECONOMICS & LAW            
Introduction to Economic History & Economics   4 | 5            
Fundamentals of Law    4 | 5          

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Decision Theories & Decision-Making     4 | 5          
Business Ethics           4 | 5   

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Digital Competence & Self-Management   4 | 5            
Intercultural Competence & Diversity Training      4 | 5         
Business Communication I      4 | 5         
Business Communication II        4 | 5         4 | 5 

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Data Management & Statistics   4 | 5            
Research Methods I        4 | 5       
Research Methods II         4 | 5      

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Academic Writing   4 | 5          
Academic Coaching            1| 2 

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

With only two webinars per week and six to eight on-campus days in Innsbruck per semester we give you the temporal and local flexibility to work full-time while studying Business Administration Online.

• Webinars: 2 webinars per week in the evening

• On-campus sessions: 3 blocks à 2 days on-campus sessions in Innsbruck per semester (usually Friday & Saturday)

• Flexible time: Approx. 20 hours workload per week that can be scheduled individually & flexibly

MCI eCampus offers online study with a high level of autonomy in time and place. Students can download the teaching and learning materials from eCampus and work on them when and where it suits them. They work autonomously in time and place but are always in contact with faculty, fellow students and the MCI’s support services.

Through the personal customized learning environment on MCI eCampus, students receive the latest updates, e-mails, and all the information which are necessary to concentrate fully on the studies. Exercises and tests to check the personal progress, plus learning forums and moderated chats, further facilitate the online study process.

The technical requirements for study using MCI eCampus are as follows

  • PC / Laptop (latest standard)
  • Broadband Internet
  • Microphone and loudspeaker (headset)
  • Webcam
  • Printer


  • MS Office / Open Office
  • Modern Web browser
  • (Free) software as announced at the start of the program

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Bachelor of Arts in Business, in short BA or B.A. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Bachelor diploma, the international diploma supplement, and further documents where relevant. MCI Alumni are entitled to combine their academic degree with the brand “MCI” to provide trust and orientation in an increasingly intransparent international education market. Example: BSc (MCI). 
Source: GZ BMWF-52.330/0195-I/6/2013

Blended Learning at MCI

The online Bachelor study program at MCI follows a blended learning concept combining asynchronous study with synchronous study modes and mandatory face-to-face seminars (up to 10 days per semester). These mandatory residential seminars are held on the MCI campus in Innsbruck and usually take two consecutive days.

Learning Goals

In order to ensure the transfer of learning and to enable students to develop relevant competencies, MCI has defined clear cross-curricular learning goals. These describe, in detail, the knowledge and skills acquired by our graduates on completion of their studies at MCI.

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Our graduates have fundamental knowledge and skills in management science.

Our students can explain and apply current concepts and theories in management science.

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Our graduates have basic knowledge and skills in scientific methodology.

Our students can apply relevant theories and appropriate scientific methods in real-world contexts.

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Our graduates have relevant problem-solving skills.

Our students can make active use of critical thinking skills in analogue or digital contexts.

Our students can approach problems responsibly considering ethical issues.

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Our graduates have effective communication skills.

Our students can communicate effectively in analogue contexts.

Our students can communicate effectively in digital contexts.

Studying Abroad

One of the most essential components of MCI study programs is their international orientation. This is reflected not only in the curriculum and assigned projects, but also in the backgrounds of our faculty and students. The program also includes the opportunity for students to spend the 5th semester abroad at one of MCI’s many partner institutions.


The transfer of knowledge from the university to business practice is an important part of this study program. Students who are already working are supported in applying what they have learned immediately. In addition, courses such as "Digital Project Management & Practice Project" and the internship further promote the linking of theory and practice.

Our department and the MCI Career Center regularly provide up-to-date information about internship positions and the situation on the labor market in general.

As part of practice-oriented projects, students are provided with the opportunity to work with local and international businesses. This allows them to immediately apply their newly acquired knowledge in practice and in collaboration with the project team. Their theoretical knowledge is further deepened by a mandatory internship of several weeks duration.

As Business Administration Online is a part-time study program, the internship requirement can be waived for students with at least two years’ relevant professional experience. In all other cases, students in the 6th semester are expected to complete a relevant internship lasting at least ten weeks.

Sabine Weißbriacher, Graduate Business Administration Online

In addition to the business-related content, I have learned a lot of new things about
e-learning and various online tools. Due to the great experience in the Bachelor's
program, I am already looking forward to the online Master's program in Corporate
Governance & Finance.

Sabine Weißbriacher, Graduate Business Administration Online

Florian Seidner,  Graduate Business Administration Online

The blended learning concept was a prerequisite for me to be able to study and stay in my
job at the same time. The perfect mix of webinars, face-to-face modules and the personal
interaction with colleagues and lecturers enabled me to complete the Bachelor program

Florian Seidner, Graduate Business Administration Online

Patrick Saller, Graduate Business Administration online

Business Administration Online at MCI is perfect if you have to combine work, education
and free time as flexibly as possible. Thanks to the blended learning concept, you can
participate in the online lectures when you are on business trips or on vacation.

Patrick Saller, Graduate Business Administration online

Nadine Singer, Student Business Administration Online

Business Administration Online made it possible for me to study. I can study no matter
where I am at the moment. I can immediately apply what I have learned and, in return,
bring my professional experience into my studies.

Nadine Singer, Student Business Administration Online

Research & Development

At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones in regards to research and studies at MCI. Not only our students but also our partners benefit from this cooperative work.

Research Projects

Here is a selection of our current research projects:

  • Digitalization and change management in the craft sector
  • Eco-innovative business models – AlpBioEco
  • Ethical decision making
  • Self-regulated learning & digital interruptions

Company Projects with Students

Here is a selection of our current company projects involving our students:

  • Onlineshop optimization- Kaffeerösterei Brennpunkt OG
  • PR and marketing concept - lounge8 AG
  • Brand awareness – Bio vom Berg
  • Employer branding - Swarovski Optik KG
  • Agile project management– Liebherr International
  • Lean management / process management - Palfinger AG

After studying

Studying at MCI is an investment in a successful future. Through close cooperation with industry and the practical orientation of all courses, MCI graduates are in particularly high demand on the job market and have several job offers even before graduation.

Professional Opportunities

Their knowledge enables graduates to apply the relevant concepts and approaches in a wide variety of business contexts and to act with a focus on results. They are capable of organizing and managing projects and are competent in the use of various channels of communication. Graduates are accordingly well qualified for a wide range of positions with a business administration focus:

  • Project & Process Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Accounting & Controlling
  • HR Management & Personnel Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Consulting
  • Public Administration

Continue studying

The MCI offers a number of internationally oriented Master's courses. The master program in Corporate Governance & Finance is aimed directly at the graduates of this bachelor program. The completion of a master's degree qualifies for the relevant doctoral studies.

Questions and Answers

Yes, it is possible and it is even recommended that you apply before obtaining your school-leaving certificate in order to secure one of the limited places in your desired study program. Please include your most recent certificates available in your application. Should your application be successful, the relevant school-leaving certificate may be submitted at a later date.

Multiple applications are welcome as long as a plausible reason is provided in your cover letter. If you are admitted to two or more study programs, you are required to inform us of your final decision by the conclusion of the application procedures. If you have applied for two or more study programs, you will have to take the written entrance examination only once.

Yes. Applying for both programs will increase your chances of receiving a place in either one of the track.

Yes, the tracks include the same modules and are largely taught by the same lecturers.

No, a change from one track to the other during studies is not possible.

The written entrance examination is designed to assess candidates’ logical reasoning, numerical skills, long-term memory, and knowledge of English as well as relevant personality traits. The computer-based examination takes approximately two hours and is held on the MCI campus. Aids such as calculators, dictionaries etc. are not permitted. Further details are provided on our website under the Admissions section.

In each application round, places are allocated on a rolling basis. Therefore, we recommend that you apply early. Applicants who achieve an above-average performance in the application procedure are admitted immediately after assessment of their results, i.e. within 14 days of the completion of the exam. All other applicants will be put on a waiting list until the end of the application period. Should one of the applicants admitted not accept the study place offered to him or her, the applicant highest on the waiting list will be offered their place, and so on. This opportunity will remain until the commencement of the respective semester.

The written entrance examination is held on the MCI campus in Innsbruck. Please reserve the relevant dates (see application deadlines). The exact dates and times will be communicated to you immediately after the conclusion of the application period. Should you be unable to attend one of the required dates, you will be required to take the entrance examination on one of the alternative dates provided.

The assessment of the written entrance examination and interview requires approximately two weeks. At the end of this period, you will be informed of our decision per e-mail. If you are offered admission to a course of study, you will then also receive a letter confirming this, your contract of study, and additional information per mail. You are then required to sign the contract of study and return it within two weeks in order to secure your place in the course.

Each application procedure consists of several rounds. You may apply during one round only and once altogether in an application year. Should your application be rejected, you may apply again in the following year.

We would certainly recommend you inform your employer. This is because:

  • on-campus sessions may require you to take several days off work, for which you will need your employer’s assent
  • during your studies at MCI, we may ask you to provide relevant documents or confirmations relating to your work, such as when you are unable to attend class due to work obligations, or need to have your internship recognized and credited.

Yes. To be admitted to a part-time course you are not required to be employed (full-time). Part-time studies are specially adapted to accommodate (full-time) employees in terms of structure and its time model, but can also be completed by full-time students.  

Students of this study program have the choice within their curriculum, but also as part of their extracurricular activities, to choose between modules, specializations, additional courses, electives, etc. Additionally, the semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities, the internship, as well as projects and final papers, enable our students to make their study program a truly unique experience.    

The semester schedule including all dates for both the online and on-campus classes will be communicated to you in due time prior to the commencement of the respective semester (typically by the end of August for the winter semester, and by the end of January for summer semester)

The course includes two types of classes, online sessions and on-campus classes, both of which are mandatory. There are two online lessons of two hours each per week. These take place between 6pm and 10 pm in the evening. The days on which evening classes are held will be scheduled and communicated to you at the beginning of the semester. On-campus classes are usually held in condensed form, extending over two consecutive days. The course includes up to ten days of on-campus attendance each semester. Some courses may also take place on Saturdays.

Yes, regular attendance at both online and on-campus classes is mandatory for all students. Up to 25 percent of unexcused absence is permissible. Absence of an additional 25 percent of a course is accepted if a valid (e.g. health or work) reason is given. Any absence from a course must be communicated to your department or lecturer beforehand.

For citizens of the following countries, the tuition fee is 363 euros per semester plus a fee for compulsory membership to the Austrian National Union of Students:

  • EU citizens,
  • EEA and Swiss citizens, and
  • non-EU citizens who, according to § 2 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act, are subject to § 1 of the Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (see Federal Law Gazette II No. 340/2013, in its current version).

For students of non-EU countries not considered eligible according to above regulations, the tuition fee is as follows:

  • Bachelor’s courses: 6,250 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee
  • Master’s courses: 7,500 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee

Your application documents regarding nationality will be assessed in detail as part of your admission procedure. Scholarships are available for applicants from non-EU countries and can be applied for as part of your online application.

All online classes are facilitated through the web conferencing software Adobe® Connect™. Access is secured via a link provided to you. To ensure an optimal system functionality, it is highly recommended that you use the Firefox Web Browser. Additional software is not required.

Students in an online course usually have class on two specific evenings, e.g. Monday and Tuesday night, every week. Each session lasts approximately two hours and takes place from 6pm to 8pm or from 8pm to 10 pm, respectively. The majority of the study material and literature required for a course is made available for download on the respective SAKAI study platform course page.

A full or partial recognition of qualifications and professional experience - where relevance to the degree has been established - can be granted upon admission to the respective program.

  • Studies: Qualifications gained as part of a degree program at a national or international university, university of applied sciences or other institution of higher education or as part of other courses of study may be counted towards your studies, only where relevant proof is provided.

The recognition of qualifications merely exempts the student from his or her responsibility to attend a respective course. However, the sitting of the final exam of the course is required.

  • Internship: Students with a minimum of two years practical experience may apply for exemption from the mandatory internship.

Examinations for online study programs can be organized in a variety of ways. Written tests take place at the end of a course during on-campus sessions at MCI, Innsbruck. Oral examinations or examinations in the form of a presentation may be held online or on-campus. Further assessment, such as in the form of a paper, projects in video or audio format, group and forum discussions, may take place throughout the semester. Relevant assignments are to be submitted by the given deadline date.

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