International Business & Law | Master

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Application Deadline: November 17, 2019

Short Facts
  • Time model: Full-time with courses from Wed-Fri/Sat ("job-friendly") | English
  • Duration of study: 4 semesters | 120 ECTS
  • Optional double degree from partner universities in Milan, London & Edinburgh
  • 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.
  • 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 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.


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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.

Ralf Geymayer
Prof. Dr. Ralf Geymayer Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3600

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 2070-3600

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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 28, Nov 2019 02, Dec 2019
Date 2 02, Feb 2020 13, Feb 2020 17, Feb 2020
Date 3 29, Mar 2020 16, Apr 2020 17, Apr 2020
Date 4 31, May 2020 10, Jun 2020  15, Jun 2020

 *recommended for applications from non-EU countries

The program accepts:

Graduates of relevant Bachelor programs. For example: Management & Law, Business Law, Law & Economics, Economics, Business Administration, International Business Administration.
Graduates of other Bachelor or post-secondary programs comprising courses in Strategic Management / Business Administration, Marketing, Controlling / Accounting and Law (totaling a minimum of 120 ECTS).

Information for graduates whose previous degree is based to a significant extent on formally acknowledged recognition of prior learning:
In this case it may be possible that the legal and/or degree specific admission requirements are not or only partly fulfilled. Please consider the relevant legal regulations for this instance (§ 4 Abs 4 iVm § 12 FHStG). We will gladly provide further information and consultation via email or phone (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Ext. 1621).

Recognition of previous qualifications in the master program:
Applications for recognition of examinations or credits obtained through other study programs or previous scientific experience must be submitted to the Head of Department & Studies. A decision will only be taken in cases where the application for admission has been approved and accepted. Recognition of credits or previous experience is only granted for individual classes in the program.

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:

  • Education and certificates
  • Academic and professional goals
  • Professional experience

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):

  • TOEFL score at a minimum of 90 internet-based, 240 computer-based or 580 paper-based
  • Cambridge Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher, minimum grade B in all 4 skills
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, minimum grade B
  • IELTS, minimum level B and score 7.0 in the academic module

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.

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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.

International Business & Law

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.


Time model
Full-time form (Wednesday noon to Saturday afternoon), part-time work possible ("job-friendly")
Academic year
Winter semester: beginning of October – February
Summer semester: beginning of March – mid July
1st – 3rd semester: Core curriculum & Electives
3rd semester: International semester (optionally abroad)
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

Applied economic science 50%
Applied legal science 30%
Transdisciplinary projects & social skills 20%


International Strategic Management        
Contemporary Research and Practice 2 | 2      
Management Strategy 2 | 3      
Introduction to International and Global Management 2 | 3      
Advanced Strategic Management        
Innovation Management   2 | 3    
Strategic Simulation     2 | 3   
Entrepreneurship     2 | 3  
Mergers & Acquisitions     2 | 3  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Introduction to International Economics 2 | 3      
Global Economic Framework    2 | 3    
ELECTIVE 2: Business Environment in Specific Markets* **        
International Business in Foreign Markets     4 | 7  

*Students can choose one of the offered Electives

** only available for students doing their international semester abroad

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Fundamentals of Digital Management  4 | 5      
International & Global Marketing 2 | 3       
ELECTIVE 1: Digital Business*        
Digital Business Law   2 | 3    
Digital Management    2 | 3    
Strategic and Intercultural Branding     2 | 3   

* Students can choose one of the offered Electives

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

International Business Law        
International Private Law 2 | 3      
Intellectual Property 2 | 3       
Legal Terminology 1 | 2       
International Product Liability   1 | 1,5    
European Business Law        
European Legal Enforcement and Arbitral Jurisdiction    1 | 1,5    
Single European Market Law   2 | 3    
ELECTIVE 2: European Business Environment*        
European Competition Law     2 | 3  
European Company Law     1 | 2  
Business Criminal Law     1 | 2  

* Students can choose one of the offered Electives

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Financing Global Growth   2 | 3    
International Taxation    1 | 1,5    
Business Ethics    1 | 1,5    
International Accounting   2 | 3    
International Finance     2 | 3  
Financial Risk Management     1 | 2  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Organizational Behaviour  2 | 3      
ELECTIVE 1: International Human Resource Management*        
International Personnel Management   2 | 3     
International & European Labor Law    1 | 1,5    
International Leadership   1 | 1,5    

* Students can choose one of the offered Electives

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Research Methods    2 | 3    
General Management Experience     2 | 3  
Academic & Business Writing     2 | 3  
Integrative Synopsis       2 | 4
Recent Economic and Legal Developments       3 | 3
Master Thesis       | 23

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Full-time with courses from Wed-Fri/Sat ("job-friendly")

Students have the chance to gain an additional academic degree at one of the following partner universities:

  • Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC (IT; Laurea Magistrale)
  • Edinburgh Napier Universit (GB; Master of Science, M.Sc.)
  • Kingston University London (GB; Master of Laws, LL.M.)

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).
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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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Our graduates are effective communicators in their field of work.

Our students can discuss problems, ideas, and solutions with specialists and non-specialists.

Blue circle with white gears symbolizing an ability to work scientifically.

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.

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.

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:

  • Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • European Union (Business) Law
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Business Ethics
SMA Research Lab

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 


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

  • Industrial sector
  • Trading companies
  • Tax advisory and auditing
  • Business consultancy
  • Banks and insurance companies / investment counselling
  • Communications and information transmission
  • Interest groups / public administration
  • Higher education

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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