Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management | Bachelor

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 Application Deadline: March 31, 2024

Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-time | German
  • 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
  • Start of semester: beginning of September

Before studying

Are you interested in current topics such as digitization and innovation in the social and healthcare sector, generational management and sustainability, health literacy, inclusion, as well as prevention in social and healthcare systems, and modern approaches to poverty alleviation? Is it important for your future to learn more about the responsibilities of leaders in international aid organizations or organizations in the social and healthcare sector, development cooperation, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as social impact? Is your goal to make a significant contribution in the field of health and social services, actively and innovatively shaping sustainable solutions, but you are looking for a role that goes beyond traditional roles such as caregiver, doctor, or social worker? Then look forward to studying Nonprofit, Social & Health Management, which combines entrepreneurial tools with scientific methods, in-depth knowledge, and decision-making and leadership skills.


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Moreover, the entire program places a strong emphasis on teamwork. It is particularly suited for individuals who seek to take responsibility in public office and to require relevant knowledge.

Social and global changes require companies, organizations, and institutions in the nonprofit, social, and healthcare sectors to quickly adapt to changing needs and issues and respond flexibly to new requirements. Decision-makers in this field must be able to communicate effectively, reflect critically, assess and analyze clearly, act sustainably, argue competently, and make entrepreneurial decisions with confidence.

In the Bachelor's program in Nonprofit, Social, and Healthcare Management, you will learn current business management tools and methods, in-depth knowledge of institutional contexts, as well as decision-making and leadership skills – all with a clear focus on further developing national and international companies, institutions, and organizations in the relevant areas of nonprofit, social, and healthcare sectors. The program prepares you for future professional activities in national and international organizations and institutions of public interest, responsible companies, startups, and social enterprises.

In the first year of study, you have the choice between online or on-campus study before continuing in-person from the third semester. The online branch is taken with the neighboring business administration online program. We share the initial phase of the study with this program.

Dr. Lukas Kerschbaumer | Head of Bachelors Program Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management Bachelor's program Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management
Dr. Lukas Kerschbaumer Head of Bachelor's Program Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management

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

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Applications for admission are accepted on an ongoing basis via our online application platform. In the sense of your personal further planning, we recommend that you submit your application early.

Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given.

Date 1 Nov 12, 2023 Nov 27 - 28, 2023
Date 2    Feb 4, 2024 Feb 19 - 21, 2024
Date 3 Mar 31, 2024 Apr 15 - 17, 2024
Date 4 May 26, 2024 Jun 10 - 12, 2024


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 social & economic 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.

In just two steps to your desired study program at MCI:

Step 1 – Online application: CV & motivation

A complete online application consists of a CV, a letter of motivation, information on educational background, qualifications, professional career, social achievements and academic as well as professional goals. We would like to know why you are applying to study at MCI.

You may apply for more than one degree program at the same time, provided you can conclusively explain your respective motivations in your letter of motivation.

Step 2 – Online admission interview

In the second step, all applicants will be invited to an online admission interview.

In this interview, we want to get to know you. We are particularly interested in your motivation to study at MCI as well as your professional and personal goals you want to achieve with the help of your studies.

Within three weeks after the admission interview, we will inform you about the admission decision.

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While studying

After completing the two-semester basic training, the third semester deepens knowledge in the areas of nonprofit management, social management, and healthcare management. The fourth semester is characterized by an intensive practice-oriented approach, where you will work closely with partners on real-life challenges.

In the fifth semester, you have the opportunity to either study abroad or participate in the International Semester at MCI. During this time, you can choose an interdisciplinary elective based on your interests. This opportunity allows you to engage with current issues, explore different perspectives, and exchange ideas with fellow students from other study programs. In the final sixth semester, you will write your bachelor's thesis and complete a job-related internship to apply and deepen the knowledge acquired in practice.


Time model & language
Full-time | German
Job-friendly time model – online option in year 1
Academic year
Winter semester: September – January
Summer semester: February – July
Semesters 1-5 are divided into 6 courses of 5 ECTS each.
Semester 6 consists of a bachelor thesis (10 ECTS) and an internship (20 ECTS).
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

Interdisciplinary & practical competencies 25%
Management competencies 22%
Methodological & scientific competencies 19%
Sustainability, Innovation & Social Impact               19%
Communication & personal development 14%


  1 2 3 4 5 6
Growth, Globalization & Planetary Health 4 | 5          
Accounting & Controlling I 4 | 5          
Fundamentals of Law 4 | 5          
Data Management & Statistics 4 | 5          
Digital Competence & Self Management 4 | 5          
Fundamentals of Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Systems 4 | 5          
Business Communication   4 | 5        
Management in the Nonprofit, Social & Health Sector   4 | 5        
Accounting & Controlling II   4 | 5        
Academic Writing & Empirical Social Research   4 | 5        
Intercultural Competence & Diversity Training   4 | 5        
Fundamentals of Political & Communication Science   4 | 5        

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Fundamentals of Economics & Sustainable Action     4 | 5      
Social & Health Law     4 | 5      
Results-based Management & Social Impact     4 | 5      
Advanced Research Methods     4 | 5      
Ethics & Human Rights     4 | 5      
Digital & Green Transformation     4 | 5      

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Concepts & Current Developments in the Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Sector       4 | 5    
Practice Lab Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management       4 | 5    
Project, Process & Quality Management       4 | 5    
Innovation Management       4 | 5    
Social Business & Social Entrepreneurship       4 | 5    
Methods Coaching Practice Lab       4 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
International Organisations & International Law         4 | 5  
Interdisciplinarity & One Health         4 | 5  
Responsible Management         4 | 5  
Interdisciplinary Elective         3 | 5  
Public Relations, Fundraising & Eventmanagement         4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Methods Coaching I Bachelor Thesis         1 | 5   
Methods Coaching II Bachelor Thesis           1 | 9
Internship               | 20
Bachelor exam             | 1

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

In the first year of the Bachelor's program Nonprofit, Social & Health Management, you can choose between full-time and online mode.

In the on-site mode, lectures and seminars take place on weekdays from Monday to Wednesday lunchtime, while blocked units allow for an intensive examination of individual topics.

In the online mode, mandatory online lectures take place twice a week in the evenings and students come to Innsbruck for on-site lectures on up to ten days per semester.

The remaining workload consists of preparation and follow-up of the lectures, independent work on content, group and project work.

From the second year onwards, the program is offered in attendance mode only.

Our interdisciplinary electives provide you with the opportunity to tailor your academic journey to your own interests and goals.

Interdisciplinary electives are cross-curricular courses on current trends and developments.

They allow you to discuss topics from different perspectives and interact with students and faculty from other disciplines.

During your studies you have the unique chance to choose such a course from a wide range of topics within the following focus areas:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Digitalization
  • Globalization
  • Society

The electives offer the opportunity to deepen your own interests and broaden your horizons. Join us as we enter a world of learning, exploration, and growth! Read more.

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, 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

Electives in Nonprofit, Social, or Health Management

In the fourth semester, you have the opportunity to choose elective courses in the fields of nonprofit, social, or health management and expand your skills through in-depth engagement with practical projects and partners. At the end of the fourth semester, you will receive a certificate confirming your acquired competencies in the nonprofit, social, or health sector.

Nonprofit Management Specialization: In this specialization, you will receive input on socially relevant problem areas and the actors and organizations addressing these issues. Key topics include organizational development and leadership, sustainability, process management, as well as international challenges for governmental and non-governmental collaborations. Alongside this, there will be a practical project in collaboration with partners from the nonprofit sector.


  • Concepts and current developments in the nonprofit sector
  • Practical project and project support in the nonprofit sector
  • Methods coaching practical project in the nonprofit sector
  • Project, process, & quality management in the nonprofit sector
  • Social Business & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Management

This elective provides insights into topics such as poverty alleviation, equal opportunity, international solidarity systems, various social management concepts, e-governance, and homelessness. Understanding the contexts of social phenomena is important for solving social challenges sustainably. Alongside this, there is a practical project in collaboration with partners from the social sector.


  • Concepts and current developments in the social sector
  • Practical project and project support in the social sector
  • Methods coaching for practical projects in the social sector
  • Project, process, and quality management in the social sector
  • Social Business & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Management

This elective covers various aspects related to health, such as Public Health. It focuses on improving the health of the entire population while considering contextual conditions. Other topics covered include prevention, digitalization, eHealth, primary care, and personnel management. In addition, there is a practical project conducted in collaboration with partners from the healthcare sector.


  • Concepts and current developments in the healthcare sector
  • Practical project and project supervision in the healthcare sector
  • Methods coaching for practical projects in the healthcare sector
  • Project, process, and quality management in the healthcare sector
  • Social Business & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Management

Certificate: Mental Health First Aid

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: Recognizing the growing significance of mental health in the workplace, this program offers essential training. As part of the Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management curriculum, participants attain the accredited "Mental Health First Aid" certification. Graduates are equipped to identify early signs of mental health issues in colleagues, making meaningful contributions to (workplace) health care. The program, increasingly demanded by organizations/ employers, integrates practical experience through Service Learning, providing students with exposure to diverse organizations in the nonprofit, social, and health sectors. Additional details are available here.


Certificate: Transformation and Innovation Management

This certificate is awarded upon the completion of diverse courses within the study program, addressing themes such as corporate and organizational transformation, innovations in the nonprofit, social, and health sectors, business ethics, and project and stakeholder management. Emphasizing the social responsibility of organizations in both local and global contexts, the curriculum explores strategies for navigating a perpetually evolving world. This certification acknowledges competencies gained in "Transformation and Innovation Management," highly sought after in the nonprofit, social, and health sectors.


Service Learning

Accumulating ECTS through Practical Experience. In collaboration with Caritas Tirol, the Nonprofit, Social, & Health Care Management program has recently introduced Service Learning as a component of the curriculum. This innovative addition not only provides an enriching experience during studies but also opens up diverse opportunities for professional development. Here some Details.

Cooperation & Career Partners (Selection)

  • Austrian Doctors
  • Caritas der Diözese Innsbruck
  • Europaregion Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino 
  • Frauen im Brennpunkt
  • Freiwilligenpartnerschaft Tirol
  • L&R Social Research
  • Lebenshilfe Tirol
  • Rotes Kreuz Tirol
  • Sindbad – Mentoring für Jugendliche
  • SOS-Kinderdorf
  • Standortagentur Tirol
  • Tirol Werbung
  • VASCage GmbH

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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Information Literacy

Our graduates can find, evaluate, and responsibly use information from a variety of (digital) sources.

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Responsible Decision Making

Inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, our graduates can make decisions that are ecologically sustainable, economically responsible, and socially equitable.

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Our graduates demonstrate proficiency in applying entrepreneurial thinking and strategies to identify market opportunities, solve complex problems, and create innovative solutions, considering ethical issues.

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. Each program also includes the opportunity for students to spend a semester abroad at one of MCI’s many partner institutions.

Field trip

At the beginning of the third semester, an field trip will be held to compare the challenges of social and health care in Austria with those of another European country.


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.

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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.

Felix De Zordo, BA; graduate of Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management

How to kick-start your career in the nonprofit sector: the Bachelor’s degree program in Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management offered by MCI provides you with all the methods and tools required to make competent decisions and act professionally in your future job.

Felix De Zordo, BA; graduate of Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management

Mag.a Kathrin Heis, MA, Geschäftsleitung Plattform Asyl

As an organization, we had the opportunity to get an insight into the great module Fundamentals of Political and Communication Sciences" in the Bachelor Degree program Nonprofit, Social & Health Management. We are really impressed by what the students get to see in these courses - it is a great opportunity for them to try out and experience the theory-practice transfer. The final product, which was created by the students for our organization, shows that the concept works very well.

Mag.a Kathrin Heis, MA, Geschäftsleitung Plattform Asyl

Andrä Stigger, Geschäftsführung Klimabündnis Tirol

Our goal is a world that is fit for the future in terms of the interaction between ecology, economy and social issues. The Bachelor Degree program Nonprofit, Social & Health Management prepares students for these challenges through sound theoretical instruction and practical training, and encourages them to find innovative solutions. We as Klimabündnis Tirol are happy to contribute to projects and courses with our knowledge on climate protection, climate change adaptation and sustainability and in return we receive valuable stimuli for our work.

Andrä Stigger, Geschäftsführung Klimabündnis Tirol

Research & Development

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.

The department has a strong emphasis on research at the interface of multiple disciplines and development of practical solutions in health and social care. In its scholarly efforts the interdisciplinary faculty of the department and its network brings in a variety of academic backgrounds into the department’s R&D strategy such as Economics, Business and Management, Medicine, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Information Technology, Statistics, Psychology, Ethics and Law. Central to the department’s applied research activities are the focus on implementation research and the close cooperation with our research partners.

The department has a strong emphasis on research at the interface of multiple disciplines and development of practical solutions in health and social care. In its scholarly efforts the interdisciplinary faculty of the department and its network brings in a variety of academic backgrounds into the department’s R&D strategy such as Economics, Business and Management, Medicine, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Information Technology, Statistics, Psychology, Ethics and Law. Central to the department’s applied research activities are the focus on implementation research and the close cooperation with our research partners.


• Hauptverband der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger • Tiroler Gebietskrankenkasse • Land Tirol • Diakonie Rosenheim • IfS - Institut für Sozialdienste Vorarlberg, Austria • Dachverband der Patienten/innen-Selbsthilfe Tirol • Europäisches Forum Alpbach • Caritas Tirol • Die Beraterinnen • AMS - Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich • BFI Tirol Bildungs GmbH • Arbeiterkammer Tirol

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

  • Health / Care / Public Health / Health Promotion
  • Social Business & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Development / Sustainability Management
  • International Cooperation / International Organizations / Development Cooperation
  • Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations
  • Social Services / Basic Financial Support / Social Welfare / Welfare
  • Politics / Associations / Advocacy / Citizen Initiatives
  • Personal Development / Coaching / Self-Help
  • Education / Study / Science / Research
  • National & International Public Administrations / Local Authorities / Sovereign Administration
  • (Social) Insurance / Financing / Foundations / Fundraising
  • Regional Development / Regional and Location Management / Economic Development
  • Consulting / Independent Professions / Entrepreneurship

MCI Alumni & Friends

MCI Alumni & Friends provides a dynamic service platform promoting contacts, image, professional careers, and personal development of MCI and its graduates. We are delighted with all the graduates who choose to stay in touch even long after completion of their studies, and allowing us to be a part of their various careers:

Success Stories

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Continue studying

The MCI offers a number of internationally oriented Master's courses. The master program in International Health & Social Management and the European Master in Health Economics & Management are 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.

Due to its job-friendly structure, the online course in principle allows you to work while you study.

The Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management program is a business course. It is designed to prepare students for a career in the administration or management of organizations, mainly – but not exclusively – in the nonprofit, social and health care sector.

We offer 60 places of study per academic year.

The entire admission process can be completed online. This means that you can also participate in the admission process from abroad. However, please make sure you have a sufficiently good internet connection.

Lectures and seminars in full-time courses are held on weekdays. To facilitate a more intense discussion of individual topics, some lessons may also be organized in blocks. Classes usually take place Monday through Friday between 9am and 4.45pm.

In the online mode of the program, classes are held in the evening. There may be up to three 90 minute online classes per week. Additionally, up to ten on-campus sessions per semester are organized either at the beginning, halfway through, or at the end of the respective semester.

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.

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: 6,250 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.

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. 

Yes. Applications for recognition of previously acquired qualifications must be submitted to the relevant head of department and studies at the beginning of your studies. Recognition of previous experience / qualifications is only granted for individual classes in the program.

The allocation of students to the Social Management, Health Management, and Nonprofit Management courses takes place in the third semester.

The mandatory internship can be completed either nationally or internationally. Students are free to choose a preferred organization or institution. We will also inform you of further suitable internship positions in due time. Students with relevant professional experience may receive partial credit for the professional internship.

Upon completion of the Bachelor’s program at MCI, you are qualified to take up a Master’s program at any higher education institution, provided you also fulfill all other relevant admission requirements.

The following Master’s programs are available to you at MCI:

  • International Health & Social Management
  • European Health Economics & Management
  • Social Work, Social Policy & Management
  • International Business & Management
  • Strategic Management & Law
  • Entrepreneurship & Tourism
  • Corporate Governance & Finance Online
  • Management, Communication & IT