As a commencing student you may have many questions: What does the desired study program teach me? How do I apply? What are the requirements for admission, 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.
Case studies, integrative project assignments, and cross-disciplinary projects form an integral part of the program and provide students with excellent career prospects on the international labor market.
The innovative International Business & Law Master’s degree offered by MCI provides in-depth training in business administration, strategic management, and business law. The combination of business, management and digitalization with European business law, a strong international focus and innovation belong to the core elements of this exemplary master program. Practical relevance, close ties with the business world, project-based teaching and learning, case studies, strong corporate partnerships and attractive double degree options allowing students to earn an extra degree from one of the multiple MCI partner universities in London, Edinburgh and Milan make this study program an ideal springboard for ambitious young decision makers.
Based on current developments in business practice and suggestions of students, the curriculum has been significantly revised and as of fall 2019 includes specializiations in Digital Business and International Human Resource Management, highly relevant courses on Strategy, Mergers & Acquistions, International Accounting & Finance and Business & Digital Law. The language of instruction is English.
Graduates of the program have a thorough understanding of the interrelations between business and law in global corporate processes. With their legal and economic problem-solving competence, our graduates fulfill the qualification requirements to become decision makers in the field of international management. Moreover, graduates of International Business & Law have acquired relevant communication skills, know how to negotiate in English, and are familiar with practical issues.
The Master’s degree course targets individuals with a Bachelor’s degree, a diploma, or equivalent degree related to law, business law, management, or business administration.
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.
*recommended for applications from non-EU countries
Information sheet - admission ( pdf | 43.21K )
The places available will be allocated on the basis of the following criteria:
Career background - 30%The applicant’s professional background is considered on the basis of submitted application materials. Particular attention is paid to:
Written entrance exam - 30%The written entrance exam tests the applicant’s knowledge in English, Law and Business Studies.Applicants with the following scores of English certificates are not required to take the English exam (date of issue: no longer than 2 years ago at time of application):
Interview - 40%The interview is conducted by a commission and gives applicants the opportunity to present themselves personally, to expand on information provided in the application materials, and to explain their academic and professional goals. The interview is held in English.
Applicants are informed as soon as possible regarding their admission. Applicants who are not admitted due to the limited number of places are put on a waiting list and can – if they are still interested – be admitted if a place becomes available.
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.
Although considered a full-time program, the course allows students to combine work and study due to its job-friendly structure. The third semester may be spent anywhere in the world at one of MCI’s many partner institutions. This international experience not only broadens the students’ horizons, but also provides them a glimpse of international markets and the opportunity to establish valuable contacts. Moreover, it helps them strengthen their cultural, social, as well as linguistic skills. This international focus provides a mainstay throughout the program and is reflected in the choice of lecturers teaching in the program: many of them come from international businesses and higher education institutions abroad.
Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits
*Students can choose one of the offered Electives
** only available for students doing their international semester abroad
* Students can choose one of the offered Electives
Full-time with courses from Wed-Fri/Sat ("job-friendly")
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. 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 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.
Upon graduation our students will have acquired knowledge of the fundamental economic theories, concepts, and institutions of international trade and their relevance for international business activities.
Our students will be able to work out and apply tailored market entry strategies based on an in-depth economic analysis and according to the goals and the potential of the respective institution; Our students understand the nature of the entrepreneurial process and the needs of new venture creation and can identify, initiate and support these processes in an international environment.
Our graduates will be aware of the opportunities, as well as legal risks, of doing business in international and particularly local markets worldwide.
Our students will be able to analyse and develop specific market entry strategies within a given legal framework; Our students will know the legal aspects relevant for distribution in foreign markets particularly in view of intellectual property, product liability and business criminal law.
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.
Students have the chance to gain an additional academic degree at one of the following partner universities:
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
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.
Active involvement in R & D projects forms an integral part of the study program. This enables students – while still at university – to develop solutions for the future while building up contacts with companies from a variety of sectors.
Focus of research:
The main idea of SMA Research Lab is to gain a deeper understanding of the Strategy, Mergers & Acquisition phenomenon. Thus, SMA Research Lab tries to deliver a high-class contribution to the scientific community with publications, conferences and speeches. In these research activities “top students” from MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Innsbruck University and other partner institutions, are challenged and developed.
Named after the founding father of the EU, in 2019 the European Commission established a Jean Monnet Chair on EU values and digitalization at MCI (this Chair succeeds the Chair on Ethics established in 2016). In teaching and research, this chair deals with current issues at the interface of EU law, EU values and ethics. In addition, it undertakes numerous activities such as lectures at international conferences and schools. Information on the comprehensive activities can be found at https://jeanmonnet.mci.edu
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
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 part-time (or job-friendly) model of organization, to a certain degree, enables students to work and gain practical experience while they study.
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 in the International Business & Law program usually take place between Wednesday noon and Saturday afternoon. Each day of class comprises up to eight teaching units. In exceptional cases, class times may vary: courses and/or examinations may also be scheduled outside these times.
The Master degree allows students to select one of the following Elective Modules: Digital Business (courses Digital Business Law and Digital Management) or International Human Resource Management (courses International Personnel Management, International and European Labor Law, International Leadership). Moreover, the exchange semester offers a further possibility for individualizing the curriculum. The Master Thesis is a perfect opportunity to deepen previous qualifications in a certain area.