Digital Business & Software Engineering | Bachelor

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Application Deadline: February 04, 2019

Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Online | German
  • Duration of study: 6 Semester | 180 ECTS
  • Prerequisites: University entrance qualification or relevant professional qualification with additional exams
  • Academic Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering | BSc oder B.Sc.
  • Application deadline: February 4, 2019

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 is designed for professionals seeking to meet the current and future challenges of their profession in a digital environment. Following a theoretically sound and practical approach, the course teaches the fundamentals of information technology. The applied concept of blended learning builds on self-study and gives students a maximum of flexibility.

With most classes held online, this study program provides an innovative training in software engineering in digital business. An abundance of opportunities for interaction, as well as the practical and international orientation of the course, make it unique. The business world increasingly depends on talented professionals willing to advance their knowledge and gain further qualifications to ensure continued success in this digital world.

The program provides a comprehensive and practice-oriented academic education in the promising field of software development. It equips students with cross-disciplinary competencies related to business administration, communication, and law.

Graduates of this course are qualified for a range of professions to answer the current demand for IT specialists.

Peter J. Mirski
Prof. Dr. Peter J. Mirski Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3500

If you have any questions concerning the study program, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel:+43 512 2070-3500


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* 19, Nov 2018 10-12, Dec 2018 11, Dec 2018
Date 2 04, Feb 2019 25-27, Feb 2019 26, Feb 2019
Date 3 01, Apr 2019 23-25, Apr 2019 24, Apr 2019
Date 4 03, Jun 2019 24-26, Jun 2019 25, Jun 2019


 *recommended for applications from non-EU countries

  • High-school diploma equivalent (e.g. GED, Matura, university entrance qualification, etc.)
  • Or a relevant professional qualification along with one of the following:
    • Successful completion of a relevant vocational secondary school
    • Successful completion of a dual-education program in a relevant vocational field

Students in their last year of school may apply before completing their final exam by submitting a current school report. Upon admission, they will be required to submit their high-school diploma before beginning their studies.

Students with a relevant professional qualification but no high-school diploma will have to take additional exams in German, English and Mathematics to fulfill the admission requirements. These additional exams will be held on separate days within the written admission procedure. The difficulty level of these exams is in line with the university entrance exam for Social and Economic Sciences study programs.

Résumé - 20%
Special attention will be paid to the applicant’s professional and educational background, degrees as well as educational and professional goals.

Written entrance exam - 30%
The written entrance exam consists of assignments on logical thinking, deductive reasoning, numerical ability, long-term memory, English skills, and personality traits relevant for the study program. The exam is computerized, takes 2 hours and is held on-site at MCI. Calculators, dictionaries and similar tools 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 will mainly be assessed on the basis of how applicants present themselves, and on how well they explain the information provided in their application as well as their educational 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.

Digital Business & Software Engineering NEU


Time model & language
Online | German
Academic year
Winter semester: September – January/February
Summer semester: February – July

Academic year 2018/19:
Winter semester: 7, September 2018 – 2, February 2019
Summer semester: 18, February 2019 – 13, July 2019
1st and 2nd semester: fundamentals
3rd and 4th semester: specialization in Software Engineering and Business Solutions
5th semester: integrative project
6th semester: internship and Bachelor’s thesis
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module im Überblick

Software Engineering and Informatics 75%
Digital Business 15%
Social Skills and Languages 10%


Systems Planning 4 | 5          
Programming Techniques 4 | 5          
Methods of Software Development II 4 | 5          
Computer Architecture & Embedded Systems   4 | 5        
Methods of Software Development II   4 | 5        
Operating Systems   4 | 5        
Data Networks     4 | 5       
Databases I     4 | 5      
Software Engineering I     4 | 5      
Development of Mobile Systems     4 | 5      
Databases II & Big Data        4 | 5    
Smart Systems & Machine Learning        4 | 5    
Information Systems Architecture       4 | 5    
Software Engineering II       4 | 5    
Human Computer Interaction       4 | 5    
Current Technologies         4 | 5  
Distributed System         4 | 5  
IT-Security         4 | 5  
Integrative Overall Project         4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Logic & Predictability 4 | 5          
Mathematics & Statistics    4 | 5        
Algorithms & Data Structures   4 | 5        

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

eCollaboration 4 | 5          
General Business Administration 4 | 5          
Academic & Professional English Communication   4 | 5        
Business Solutions (ERP, MIS)     4 | 5       
Project & Process Management     4 | 5      
Information Law        4 | 5    
International Culture & Ethics in Business          4 | 5  
IT-Governance          4 | 5  
Digital Business            4 | 5

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Bachelor Thesis with accompanying Seminar & Bachelor Examination           1 | 15

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Integrative Internship           0 | 10

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

The program provides career prospects particularly in the following fields:

  • Business Intelligence / Analytics
  • Digital Business
  • IT Consulting
  • IT Operation Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Quality Management
  • Web & Mobile Development

Learning Goals

In order to ensure the transfer of learning and enable students to further develop competencies leading to clear profiles for their future careers, the MCI has formulated detailed cross-curricular learning goals.

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.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are up to date on information system concepts and models, in particular, on distributed, web-based and mobile systems.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are able to make system decisions in various system environments (e.g. networks, system software, user systems, etc.) and choose the best respective options.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are capable of managing a software project in all its phases and can execute it as required.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are familiar with quality management methods and tools while successfully applying them to their areas of responsibility.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

can analyze and frame problems and tasks, describe and depict them with appropriate abstract models and communicate within teams.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are able to delegate tasks within a team, collect the related results and communicate them to all involved parties.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are proficient in algorithms and data structures and able to apply them for software and system development.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are aware of the various tasks and issues with regard to data and system security and protection while recognizing which technologies and procedures are required to protect and secure systems.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are proficient in key tasks and work steps in software and systems development, in particular when it comes to software engineering models and methods.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

can determine the cost effectiveness of measures and activities and ascertain the necessary steps to be initiated as a consequence.

Learning Goal Digital Business & Software Engineering

Graduates of this online and blended-learning Bachelor's program

are capable of assessing the significance of information technology for a business and can make effective decisions, taking into account the respective technical, economic, social and legal framework.

After Studying

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Bachelor of Science in Engineering, in short BSc or B.Sc. 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

Continue studying

The MCI offers a number of internationally oriented Master's courses. The master program in Management, Communcation & IT 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 course of study. 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.

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.

Visit the homepage of our department where, in the Admissions section, you can find relevant preparation materials for the written entrance examination. Once we have received your application, you will receive relevant information including tips and advice on how to prepare for the exam.

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: 5,000 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee
  • Master’s courses: 7,000 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.

Attendance is mandatory in all classes. If you miss 25% of a course or more, this will have an effect on your final grade.

Exemption from mandatory attendance may be granted if a valid reason is given (e.g. sickness, visit to authorities or other personal reasons). Please submit your written request including relevant proof to the department for approval.

Yes. The Digital Business & Software Engineering course combines synchronous and asynchronous online sessions with regular on-campus classes. Synchronous online lessons take place in the evening, whereas asynchronous formats can be completed independently. On-campus classes are held at MCI in Innsbruck.

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, both of which are mandatory: online sessions and on-campus classes. 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.

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 fixed 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 10pm, 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.

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