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 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.
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Welcome to MCI - The Entrepreneurial School®
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.
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
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.
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.
Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits
There are two different modes of mandatory attendance within this study program: Online mandatory attendance and mandatory attendance for face-to-face classes in Innsbruck. Online mandatory attendance takes place twice a week in the evening (2 hours between 6 – 10 pm). The weekdays are always the same within a semester and the days will be communicated well in time before the semester starts. Mandatory face-to-face classes in Innsbruck take two consecutive days. In total there are up to 10 days of mandatory attendance in Innsbruck per semester (Saturdays included).
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
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.
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.
are able to make system decisions in various system environments (e.g. networks, system software, user systems, etc.) and choose the best respective options.
are capable of managing a software project in all its phases and can execute it as required.
are familiar with quality management methods and tools while successfully applying them to their areas of responsibility.
can analyze and frame problems and tasks, describe and depict them with appropriate abstract models and communicate within teams.
are able to delegate tasks within a team, collect the related results and communicate them to all involved parties.
are proficient in algorithms and data structures and able to apply them for software and system development.
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.
are proficient in key tasks and work steps in software and systems development, in particular when it comes to software engineering models and methods.
can determine the cost effectiveness of measures and activities and ascertain the necessary steps to be initiated as a consequence.
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.
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. Each program also includes the opportunity for students to spend a semester abroad at one of MCI’s many partner institutions.
At MCI, each program of study requires students to complete an integrative internship of at least 13 weeks at a national or international company. Students receive support from the respective department in organizing this internship and are supervised in coordination with the company.
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.
The MCI impresses with its internationality and entrepreneurial dynamic!
Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi, Former President of the European Commission, Former Prime Minister of Italy
Congratulations to your focus on diversity, your entrepreneurial spirit and your goal to make MCI the best place to work, to learn and grow in a diverse and open world.
Catherine Ladousse, Executive Director Communications EMEA, Lenovo, Paris
Unbelievable, what has been created in Innsbruck! An Entrepreneurial University at its best!
Andreas König, former CEO TeamViewer, Start-up Investor, Göppingen / Germany
MCI, the ideal partner for family businesses!
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, Louis Dreyfus Group, Amsterdam
At MCI science meets business.
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Brussels
Getting started can be difficult, but the challenges make it all worthwhile. Keep it going!
Dominik Schiener, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, IOTA Foundation, Berlin
Fantastic, what has been accomplished here.
Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, President, Foundation for Family Businesses, Stuttgart
I am impressed. Keep up the good work with your blithe obsession!
Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO, Infineon Technologies, Villach
An idea is worth more than a business. All the best for the next steps!
Mario Moretti Polegato, Founder & President, GEOX, Montebelluna / Italy
"Make a difference“; be inspired by this entrepreneurial school and this wonderful city.
Prof. Herbert Henzler, Management consultant, Munich
Stay cool – keep going!
Ulrich Bez, CEO, Aston Martin Ltd., London
Coming from sports I know of the importance of diligence, courage, will and teamwork. This is for sure the same in science and economy. At the MCI one can feel how well these values are communicated to the students.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch, olympic champion & entrepreneur, Kitzbühel / Austria
A professional team of around 10 members of faculty and staff in the fields of teaching, research, universities and administration as well as several international visiting lecturers and recognized experts from world of science, consulting and the liberal professions ensure that students can enjoy an education at the highest academic level in Digital Business & Software Engineering.
By providing intensive support during the study program, we ensure that students complete their DiBSE studies within the planned period of time. The high-level educational standard of teaching guarantees that theory and practice are an enriched combination. This interconnection of science and application offers opportunities and challenges for an innovative teaching and learning experience.
At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. Therefore, we provide our students plenty of opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice, even during their studies. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones of the MCI concept. Such cooperative work does not only benefit our students, but also, to a large extent our partners.
• Digital Analytics• Digital Interaction• Digital Governance• Digital Work & Education
• anet - austrian network for e-tourism • STI Innsbruck - Semantic Technology Institute (STI) • Tirol Werbung • Tiscover AG • Medizinische Universität Innsbruck • University of Maribor • Standortagentur Tirol • User Centric • PDA Group GmbH
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
The program provides career prospects particularly in the following fields:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.