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"This MBA program is a turbo booster for your career. You learn from the best and with the best." Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kurt Matzler, Academic Director
The target group of the Executive MBA program comprises managers and future managers with an international orientation. It focuses on skills that decisively enhance your career prospects. The program developed at MCI | The Entrepreneurial School® is a part-time attendance program and characterized by innovative didactics and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset.
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The postgraduate Master program Executive MBA provides a general management education with an international focus that promotes and develops the professional and social skills of the participants. Participants learn to systematically identify and analyze business problems, to develop appropriate solutions and to find and implement decisions.
Didactically, the program follows the mobile learning concept (blended learning) developed at the MCI. The intelligent mix of compact attendance phases at the MCI in Innsbruck as well as synchronous and asynchronous online courses combines location-independent study with personal interaction between lecturers and students. Thus, the didactic concept differs fundamentally from a typical distance-learning program, while meeting the highest standards.
The contents of the English language course are divided into 13 modules, which are spread over four semesters.
The topics are:
So-called "electives", electives that can be taken at renowned partner universities in Europe and overseas, provide flexibility in terms of content. Students can thus set additional thematic priorities. If desired, these electives can also be taken online.
To earn the degree, students have to write a Master thesis of practical relevance in line with recognized scientific principles. With their theses, students are expected to demonstrate that they are able to apply the acquired knowledge to a business management problem.
Research MethodsPresentation Master thesis Outline & ResearchFinal Exam: Presentation & Defense of the thesis
The program offers students the opportunity to complete additional online and on-campus modules at the following renowned partner universities:
Mag. Susanne E. Herzog
Head of Executive Education & Development
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kurt Matzler
Professor of Strategic Management, University of Innsbruck / Tyrol
Dr. Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch
Co-Creator of "Market Opportunity Navigator", Lecturer, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa / Israel
Dr. Mohamed Hassan Wafai
Associate Professor & MGM Program Director, Faculty of Management, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC / Canada
Prof. Dr. Stefan Palan
Associate Professor, University of Graz / Austria
Prof. Dr. Thomas Aichner
Associate Professor of Marketing, John Cabot University, Rome / Italy
Andrés Martínez Moreno, MSc
Director of Data Science, Coolblue B.V., Rotterdam / Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Joseph G. Nellis
Professor of Global Economy and Deputy Director of Economic Policy and Performance, Cranfield University, Cranfield / UK
The contents and structure of the postgraduate Executive Master are tailored to the specific expectations and needs of high-level executives and decision makers. The modern blended learning format combines online courses with on-site courses. The MCI E-Campus guarantees a high degree of flexibility. Students are nevertheless in continual contact with the faculty, course colleagues and MCI Support.
Embedded in the ultra-modern world of blended learning, this program promotes not only the personal but also the professional development of motivated students who are in the midst of their professional lives. The combination of interactive online phases and equally interactive attendance phases provides the perfect basis for a study program of the highest quality.
An intelligent mix of online phases, attendance modules and electronic media links location-independent studies with personal interaction between lecturers and students. The didactic concept thus differs fundamentally from a typical distance-learning program while meeting the highest demands.
Work - Life - Learn
Through the personal and individualized learning environment at the MCI E-Campus, students receive daily updated messages, e-mails and all the information they need in order to concentrate on their studies. Tests and exercises to check personal learning progress as well as learning forums and moderated chats facilitate studying online.
Technical requirements for admission to the MCI E-Campus
Upon completion of the Executive Master program, graduates acquire the internationally recognized title of Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Graduates benefit from a strong network of renowned lecturers from science, business and society subsequent to completing the program too. The networking with international students promotes contacts and creates international acceptance for the benefit of the students.
Accreditation by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) testifies to the high quality and reputation of the study program and the degree it awards.
In order to ensure the transfer of learning and to enable students to develop relevant competencies, the MCI has defined cross-curricular learning goals. These goals and objectives describe, in detail, the knowledge and skills acquired by our graduates on completion of their studies at MCI.
Our graduates are effective communicators in their field of work.
Our students can discuss problems, ideas and solutions with specialists and non-specialists.
Our graduates are competent in applying scientific methods to solve practical problems.
Our students can apply relevant theories and appropriate scientific methods in their field of work.
Our students can act according to ethical principles when doing scientific work.
Our graduates understand complex business problems and are effective decision-makers in their field of work.
Our students are able to systematically analyze business problems and decide on the most effective approach to achieve strategic business objectives.
Our students consider ethical, social and environmental aspects in strategic decision-making.
In its organizational form as an online Master program, the MCI follows a blended learning concept that combines synchronous and asynchronous online phases with regular attendance phases.
Disrupt yourself and reinvent your career with MCI's Executive MBA.
Prof. Dr. Kurt Matzler, Academic director of the executive MBA
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, former 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
The target group of the Executive MBA Master program comprises entrepreneurs, managers and decision-makers who want to prepare for international challenges and qualify for higher management responsibilities. In addition to an academic degree, admission requirements include at least three years of qualified professional experience.
The Executive MBA is designed for:
Applications for the Executive MBA are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please send us your complete portfolio (online form).
In general, people with the following qualifications are admitted to the course:
The admission procedure includes the following elements:
Online applicationThe application must be submitted in the form of a standardized online-application accompanied by the required documents (curriculum vitae and essay on medium-term career goals). An academic degree and minimum of three years professional experience in a qualified position prior to commencement of the program (ideally, qualified professional activity during the MBA program itself) are required.
Letter of motivationThe application must be accompanied by an essay, which demonstrates the applicant's motivation for applying to the study program.
Proof of an adequate command of EnglishEither TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent certificates (see European Framework of Reference for Languages: Proficient User, Competent Language Proficiency). Scores are valid for three years from the date of the test.
Personal interviewThe interview gives applicants the opportunity to present themselves personally, to narrate their career history, to explain their motivation for applying to this program as well as to describe their medium-term professional goals.
DecisionAn admission committee reaches the final decision on the applicant’s admission to the Master program.
The MBA program's focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and digital transformation makes graduates pioneers of digital transformation.
Graduates are typically offered opportunities in senior management and as executives in all industries and companies where both international orientation and digital transformation are part of the corporate strategy. These include established high-tech companies as well as start-ups, industries such as automotive, mechanical engineering or pharmaceuticals, the service and financial sector, tourism and destination development and, last but not least, non-profit organizations.