Industrial Engineering & Management | Master

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Application Deadline: February 02, 2020

Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Part-time | German
  • 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 Science in Engineering | MSc
  • Tuition fee: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for EU and EEA citizens
  • Apply now for the start of studies in fall 2020

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 program in Industrial Engineering & Management trains students to become leaders in their chosen field of study and, in addition, creates added value both for business and society.

The part-time Master’s program in Industrial Engineering & Management offered by MCI provides advanced knowledge of production engineering and management as well as relevant qualifications in business-related subjects.

The program has been developed on the basis of the current requirements and challenges faced by the industry. The goal is to train students to become interdisciplinary engineering experts with core competencies in business and management and the ability to solve complex problems at the intersection of production and management. A technical Bachelor’s degree is required for admission to this Master’s program.

The Industrial Engineering & Management Master’s degree is designed for graduates of the MCI Bachelor’s programs in Industrial Engineering & Management, Biotechnology & Food Engineering, Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering, or Mechatronics. Graduates of other degree programs with a substantial amount of technical components may also be admitted.


Gerhard Hillmer
FH-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hillmer, MSc Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 4100

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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.



Entrance Exam &

Date 1* 17, Nov 2019 02, Dec 2019
Date 2 02, Feb 2020 17, Feb 2020
Date 3 29, Mar 2020 14, Apr 2020
Date 4 31, Jun 2020 15, Jun 2020


 *recommended for applications from non-EU countries

The Master program in Industrial Engineering & Management is open to graduates of technical Bachelor programs and graduates of relevant post-secondary technical and natural science courses (i.e. degrees in technical engineering or natural-scientific engineering programs).

This Master program is an ideal follow-on from such Bachelor programs as Industrial Engineering & Management, Biotechnology, Food & Bioresource Technologies, Environmental Engineering, Process & Energy Engineering and Mechatronics. Admission will also be considered for graduates of study programs whose curricula offer an adequate level of technical content such as Production Engineering, Automation Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Construction Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

Information sheet - admission ( pdf | 150.93K )

Career background 30%
Particular attention is paid to education, general professional development as well as academic and professional goals.

Online entrance exam 20%
The online entrance exam is designed to assess the applicant’s fit in the target group and covers the following fields:

  • General engineering (weighting 50%)
  • Production management and operational excellence (weighting 25%)
  • Business administration (weighting 25%)

Interview 50%
The interview gives applicants an opportunity to make a personal presentation, discuss their CVs and explain their educational and professional goals

Studentin erläutert zwei Studierenden einen Plan an der Wand

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.

Industrial Engineering & Management

In addition to mandatory courses in production, process, and project management, the program provides the option for specialization in the areas of production and process engineering. This allows students to acquire advanced knowledge in their personal field of interest. Moreover, they are assigned interdisciplinary projects and business-related case studies.

This program places great importance on the promotion of independent academic research skills. The newly acquired competence in this field is assessed with a  Master’s thesis, to be written at the end of the studies and often in cooperation with relevant companies.


Time model & language
Part-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: beginning of September - beginning of February
Sommer semester: mid February - mid July
1st – 3rd semesters: Core curriculum
3rd semester: international semester
4th semester: Master thesis
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

General Engineering 22%
Industrial Engineering & Management 21%
General Management 23%
Master thesis / research development 34%


Mathematics 2 | 4      
Process Engineering        
Fluid process engineering 3 | 4      
Solid process engineering   3 | 4    
Plant and process engineering     2 | 4  
Manufacturing Technology        
Material science 3 | 4      
Advanced manufacturing technology   3 | 4    
Simulation & Optimization     2 | 4  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Management Accounting & Controlling 4 | 4      
Managerial Economics 1 | 1      
Contract- & Corporation Law 3 | 4      
Investment & Finance   3 | 4    
Human Ressource Management   1 | 2    
Change management   1 | 2    
Leadership & organization development   1 | 1    
Innovation & Start up     1 | 2   
Strategic management     2 | 2  
Sourcing & Procurement     1 | 1  
Marketing & product management     2 | 2  
Sales- & distribiution management     2 | 2  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Production Engineering & Operations I, II, III 3 | 4  3 | 4  3 | 4  
Manufacturing Execution Systems    3 | 4    
IT-based Business Management      2 | 4  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Integrative Project I, II, III 3 | 5  3 | 5  3 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Applied Research & Development I, II, III 2 | 4  2 | 4 2 | 4   
Master's Seminar        4 | 4
Master Thesis        26

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits


A part-time study program is organized in such a way that students can pursue full-time employment. The content and scope of the part-time study program correspond to those of a full-time study program.

The courses and seminars usually take place on Friday afternoons (around 1pm to 10pm) and on Saturdays (8am to 5pm).

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Master of Sciences in Engineering, in short MSc or M.Sc. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Master 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).
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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.

Yet, students also have the option to complete their international semester attending English-language courses at MCI together with incoming students from all over the world. This is to encourage independence and flexibility – values which are of great importance to the students’ later careers.


Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi, Former President of the European Commission, Former Prime Minister of Italy

The MCI impresses with its internationality and entrepreneurial dynamic!

Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi, Former President of the European Commission, Former Prime Minister of Italy

Catherine Ladousse, Executive Director Communications EMEA, Lenovo, Paris

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

Andreas König, former CEO TeamViewer, Start-up Investor, Göppingen / Germany

Unbelievable, what has been created in Innsbruck! An Entrepreneurial University at its best!

Andreas König, former CEO TeamViewer, Start-up Investor, Göppingen / Germany

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, Louis Dreyfus Group, Amsterdam

MCI, the ideal partner for family businesses!

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, Louis Dreyfus Group, Amsterdam

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Brussels

At MCI science meets business.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Brussels

Dominik Schiener, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, IOTA Foundation, Berlin

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

Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, President, Foundation for Family Businesses, Stuttgart

Fantastic, what has been accomplished here.

Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, President, Foundation for Family Businesses, Stuttgart

Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO, Infineon Technologies, Villach

I am impressed. Keep up the good work with your blithe obsession!

Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO, Infineon Technologies, Villach

Mario Moretti Polegato, Founder & President, GEOX, Montebelluna / Italy

An idea is worth more than a business. All the best for the next steps!

Mario Moretti Polegato, Founder & President, GEOX, Montebelluna / Italy

Prof. Herbert Henzler, Management consultant, Munich

"Make a difference“; be inspired by this entrepreneurial school and this wonderful city.

Prof. Herbert Henzler, Management consultant, Munich

Ulrich Bez, CEO, Aston Martin Ltd., London

Stay cool – keep going!

Ulrich Bez, CEO, Aston Martin Ltd., London

Maria Hoefl-Riesch, olympic champion & entrepreneur, Kitzbühel / Austria

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

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.

Smart Production & Organization

Rapidly evolving market requirements and fast technological changes force enterprises to target-oriented implementation of smart production and organizational solutions. The continuous evaluation of new business models and according production processes or the modernization of existing production facilities are the foundation for future competitiveness. Therefore, a holistic approach involves modern production technologies, simulation tools, data analytic and a continuous optimization of value creation processes.

Partner (Selection)

Ferchau Engineering • E.Egger • Roche • Swarovski • PDA Group • Infineon • Wacker • VTU • Deloitte • Chemgineering • GE Jenbacher • Sandoz

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

  • Design engineer
  • Key account managemen
  • Project engineer
  • Supply chain management
  • Production engineer: process optimization
  • Procurement
  • Technical plant management
  • Distribution management
  • Sales engineer
  • Management consulting
  • Product managment
  • Business management

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

Questions and answers

Yes, it is possible and it is even recommended that you apply before obtaining your Bachelor’s Degree certificate in order to secure one of the limited places in your desired course of study. Please include the most recent transcript of records in your application. Should your application be successful, the Bachelor’s certificate is to be submitted by the start of your studies.

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.

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 as well as projects and final papers, enable our students to make their study program a truly unique experience.    

We consider applications for admission to the Master’s Degree course in Industrial Engineering & Management from candidates with proof of an academic degree in an engineering or science subject with strong technical orientation.

The entrance examination is based online and can, therefore, also be completed from abroad. You can choose for the panel interview to be conducted online via Skype or on the MCI campus.

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: 6,250 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee
  • Master’s courses: 7,500 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.

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.

Many study programs offered at MCI are also available in a part-time format. Part-time programs are organized in such a way as to enable students to combine a full-time job with study. In both content and scope a part-time program corresponds to a full-time course of study. Lectures and seminars are usually held in a condensed form on Friday afternoons (e.g. between 1pm and 10 pm) and Saturdays (from 8am to 5pm).

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.

The completion of a bridging course is required if your previous Bachelor’s studies have not covered the whole range of subjects required by the Master’s Degree program in Industrial Engineering & Management.

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