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.
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.
Business Administration Online | Maria Rabl
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Welcome to MCI - The Entrepreneurial School®
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.
If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.
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 &Interview
Generally, admission to the program is available to the following persons:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Our graduates have fundamental knowledge and skills in management science.
Our students can explain and apply current concepts and theories in management science.
Our graduates have basic knowledge and skills in scientific methodology.
Our students can apply relevant theories and appropriate scientific methods in real-world contexts.
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.
Our graduates have effective communication skills.
Our students can communicate effectively in analogue contexts.
Our students can communicate effectively in digital contexts.
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.
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
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 successfully.
Florian Seidner, 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
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
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.
Here is a selection of our current research projects:
Here is a selection of our current company projects involving our students:
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.
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:
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.
The program is particularly suitable for people who have additional commitments or occupations that do not allow them to take up a full-time study program at MCI.
For example, if you
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 time model, but can also be completed by full-time students.
Other than in traditional distance learning programs, students have close contact and much personal exchange with fellow students and lecturers in this study program. Although you can enjoy a great deal of flexibility in terms of time and place when studying Business Administration Online, the course structure and deadlines help you to actually complete your studies after three years. In the Business Administration Online program, courses take place online and at the MCI in Innsbruck.
This study program includes two types of classes, online sessions (webinars) and on-campus classes, both of which are mandatory. There are two online sessions per week in the evening (Monday & Tuesday). On-campus classes are usually held in condensed form, extending over two consecutive days (Friday & Saturday). Each semester, there are 3 on-campus phases à 2 days in Innsbruck. In the first semester, you will also have an introduction day at the beginning of the semester.
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 start of the respective semester (typically by the end of August for the winter semester, and by the end of January for summer semester)
Yes, the tracks include the same modules and are often taught by the same lecturers.
No, a change from one track to the other during studies is not possible.
eCampus facilitates studying online with a high level of autonomy in time and place. The learning platform Sakai is our main communication tool. You can access this online platform and all relevant course materials and tools from anywhere at any time. The conference solution Adobe Connect is used for the online webinars. Through the personal customized learning environment on MCI eCampus, you receive the latest updates, e-mails, and all necessary information, so that you can fully concentrate on your studies. Assignments and tests to check the personal learning progress, plus discussion forums and moderated chats, further facilitate your online study process.
As a student, you can download the teaching and learning materials from eCampus and work on them when and where it suits you. While working autonomously, you are still always in contact with faculty, fellow students and the MCI’s support services.
You will be in a virtual classroom at the same time as your fellow students and the lecturer. You can see the lecturer’s slides and hear the explanations through your headset. You can speak via chat or microphone to ask or answer questions. There are many ways to interact in a webinar, from polls to small group work in separate virtual rooms. In principle, any activity that can be carried out in a seminar room can be performed in a webinar.
All you need is a laptop or computer, a headset, a webcam and a stable internet connection. In addition, a standard office software (MC Office / Open Office) and a current web browser are required. At the beginning your studies, you will get an introduction to the software used and the learning management system. You do not need any special prior knowledge.
Examinations for online study programs can be organized in a variety of ways. Written tests take place during on-campus sessions at MCI in Innsbruck. Oral examinations or examinations in the form of a presentation may be held online or on-campus. Further assessment, such as papers, projects in video or audio format, group and forum discussions, may take place throughout the semester. You have to submit these assignments (online) by the given deadline date.
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. You have to communicate any absence from a course to your department or lecturer beforehand.
The first semester starts at the beginning of September with an on-campus weekend at MCI in Innsbruck. During these introduction days, you will not only get to know the lecturers and MCI, but above all your new fellow students. You will also receive training in our learning management system and webinar software, so that you are perfectly prepared for your online studies. During this first on-campus weekend, lectures of the first two courses will already take place.
In the fifth semester, you can choose between two electives: "Digital Workplace Learning" or "Innovation & Entrepreneurship". In "Digital Workplace Learning" you will deepen your knowledge of digitisation in the field of human resource management. In this way, you will not only become an expert in e-learning through your online studies, but you will also know how to implement e-learning in a company. In addition, you will learn more about knowledge management in organizations.
In the module "Innovation & Entrepreneurship" you will deal with instruments of corporate foresight and deal with economic, technological but also social trends. A special focus will be placed on digital transformation. In addition, you will have the opportunity to acquire start-up competencies in this module.
In both electives, you can choose one course freely. Here, you can take a course offered by a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provider (for example Coursera). The head of studies has to approve the course (quality of the provider as well as the relevance of the course) beforehand.
With a focus on application-oriented content and practice-oriented examples, our courses link science and business practice. Some courses such as "Case Study and Integrative Exam" and "Digital Project Management & Applied Project" are dedicated specifically to this topic. We also have experts from the business world as lecturers or invite them to give guest lectures at the MCI. If you do not have any relevant professional experience, you will complete an internship as part of your studies and thus gain deeper insights into a specific company.
No, at MCI you can only start studying in the winter semester.
We would certainly recommend that you inform your employer. This is because:
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 beginning of the respective semester.
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, 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, you may submit the relevant school-leaving certificate at a later date.
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.
The admission procedure consists of a written test, an interview and your online application. The evaluation of the respective admission round (written test, interview and application documents) takes about two weeks. After this period, we inform you of our decision by e-mail. If you are accepted, you will receive the study contract and further information in the following days. To secure your place, please return the signed study contract within 14 days and pay the tuition fees.
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.
Should it not be possible for you to take part in the on-site admission procedure for valid reasons, an opportunity for a distance-based exam may be offered in exceptional cases. This exam is carried out online, whereby you can be at a location of your choice. However, there is no entitlement to such a procedure and we highly recommend that you participate in the on-site admission procedure.
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:
For students of non-EU countries not considered eligible according to above regulations, the tuition fee is as follows:
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.
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.
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.
The Bachelor program Business Administration Online requires students to complete a relevant internship of at least 10 weeks in a domestic or foreign company. Students with a relevant professional experience can apply for an exemption from the mandatory internship. Therefore, depending on your professional experience, you might not have to take time off work to complete the internship.
Of course it is our goal that as many of our students as possible complete their Bachelor's degree after six semesters and we are also very proud that our drop-out rate is no higher than in attendance courses. However, we also know that there are good reasons why it might be difficult to successfully continue your studies - for example, if your life circumstances change and a new job requires more time. Therefore, it is possible to interrupt your studies once and continue them at a later date. In this case, please contact the department at an early stage.