Corporate Governance & Finance Online | Master

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Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Online + attendance modules | English
  • Duration of study: 4 Semesters | 120 ECTS
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor or equivalent degree in relevant studies or studies comprising a certain level of relevant ECTS points
  • Academic Degree: Master of Arts in Business | MA or M.A.
  • Next starting date: Fall 2018
    Application: ongoing

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 part-time Master’s degree course in Corporate Governance & Finance Online allows professionals to obtain a Master’s degree in only four semesters. The time required to complete the program is no more than 20 to 25 hours per week.

The part-time Master’s degree course in Corporate Governance & Finance Online offered at MCI provides a science-based and application-oriented academic education. The program is taught entirely in English and has been developed on the basis of the blended learning concept. It combines compulsory online lessons and individual learning assignments with up to eight on-campus sessions per semester. The benefits of this concept are manifold: not only does it enable a large degree of flexibility through online teaching, but it also provides substantial supervision through traditional face-to-face learning.

Built on blended learning, the Corporate Governance & Finance Online Master’s program is characterized not only by flexibility and independence, but also by practical relevance and a strong emphasis on application-oriented thinking. It allows students to combine work and study, while at the same time profiting from the personal interaction with teachers and exchange with other students.

The Master’s program targets individuals who already hold a business-related Bachelor’s degree and currently work towards becoming experts or leaders in their chosen field. Their prime goal should be to gain advanced knowledge of corporate governance and financial management.

Jürgen-Matthias Seeler
FH-Prof. Dr. Jürgen-Matthias Seeler Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 4200

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 2070-4200

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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.


Application deadline 

Entrance exam


Date 1 27, November 2017* 14, December 2017 20, December 2017
Date 2 5, February 2018 1, March 2018 7, March 2018
Date 3 2, April 2018 26, April 2018 2, May 2018
Date 4 4, June 2018 28, June 2018 11, July 2018


*recommended for applications from non-EU countries

The program accepts

  • Graduates of relevant bachelor programs. For example: (International) Business Administration, Business & Management, (International) Economics.
  • Graduates of other bachelor or post-secondary programs comprising courses in business administration / strategic management, accounting / controlling and human resource management / business process management (totaling a minimum of 70 ECTS).

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 (English, mathematics / statistics, fundamentals of business administration) is designed to test applicants’ aptitude for the program.

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. A Skype-based interview is also possible.

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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.

Corporate Governance & Finance Online

The Master’s program provides students with modern business concepts and tools with a special focus on financial management and governance-related fields of action. It establishes a link between these two subject areas to illustrate their importance for the success of a company and to teach essential management concepts. The program also equips students with the core competencies of academic reading and writing on an advanced level, and allows them to deepen their understanding of digital communication, self-management and team work.



Time model & language
Online + attendance modules | English
Academic year
Winter semester: beginning of September – beginning of February
Summer semester: mid of February – beginning of July
1st - 3rd semester: core curriculum, lectures in Governance, Finance, Management and research methods
4th semester: Master thesis and final exam
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.

Modules overview

Finance Management 12,5%
Governance Systems 12,5%
Management Behavior 12,5%
Operational Competencies 12,5%
Strategic Decision Making 12,5%
Economic Environment 10%
Advanced Academic Research 12,5%
Master Thesis & Final Exam 15%


Accounting I 4 | 5      
Accounting II (IFRS)   4 | 5    
Financial Markets     4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Finance & Corporate Law 4 | 5      
Corporate Governance   4 | 5    
Business Ethics        4 | 5

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Self-Management & Leadership 4 | 5      
Business Psychology   4 | 5    
Organizational Behavior     4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Entrepreneurship 4 | 5      
Operational Excellence     4 | 5  
Change Management       4 | 5

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Strategy & Finance 4 | 5      
Mergers & Acquisitions   4 | 5    
Risk Management     4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Economics   4 | 5    
Economic Policy      4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Fundamentals of Research 4 | 5      
Research Methods   4 | 5    
Applied Project     4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Master Thesis & Final Exam       2 | 20

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  • Accounting, finance, controlling, R&D, quality and risk management
  • Business consultancy
  • Politics, public administration, interest groups
  • Corporate governance, organizational psychology, business ethics and business law
  • Management functions in SME
  • Credit and insurance institutions

Since it is largely based on online learning, the program allows professionals to obtain a Master’s degree in only four semesters. The time required to complete the program is no more than 20 to 25 hours per week. The program consists of two mandatory online classes per week and eight face-to-face sessions on the MCI campus in Innsbruck per semester. The rest of the course consists in preparation time and individual follow-ups. In addition, independent learning, group assignments and projects are a vital part of the program.

 time model

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.

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.

Learning Goal Corporate Governance & Finance

Our graduates are responsible leaders at the interface of governance and finance.

Objectives: Our students integrate concepts of governance and finance. Our students incorporate responsible behavior in leadership.

Sabine Weißbriacher

In addition to a comprehensive education in business administration I also acquired a new understanding of e-learning and a variety of online tools. Since my Bachelor’s studies were such a positive experience, I am now looking forward to getting started on the Master’s degree course in Corporate Governance & Finance.

Sabine Weißbriacher

Florian Seidner

The blended learning concept employed by MCI was essential for me to be able to combine my work with study. The intelligent mix of webinars, on-campus classes and personal interaction with fellow students and teachers enabled me to complete my studies successfully.

Florian Seidner


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

  • PC / Laptop (latest standard)
  • Broadband Internet
  • Microphone and loudspeaker (headset)
  • Webcam
  • Printer


  • MS Office / Open Office
  • Modern Web browser
  • (Free) software as announced at the start of the program
Blended Learning

The online study program follows a blended learning concept combining asynchronous study with synchronous study modes and mandatory face-to-face seminars (up to 8 days per semester). These mandatory residential seminars are held on the MCI campus in Innsbruck and usually take two consecutive days.

After Studying

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Master of Arts in Business, in short MA or M.A. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Master diploma, the international diploma supplement, and further documents where relevant. We recommend graduates to combine the academic degree with the MCI brand: e.g. MA (MCI). This is to provide trust and orientation in an increasingly non-transparent international education market.

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