The Master’s program International Business & Management was designed to meet the highest expectations of business students and employers worldwide. This program combines the latest findings from management research and business practice. Highly esteemed speakers guarantee state-of-the-art business knowledge and passionate discussions. Students will be equipped with interdisciplinary, intercultural competencies and extensive capabilities to understand and develop solutions for our economies and societies in a rapidly changing world.
Practice-oriented business and management teaching combined with a solid methodological and scientific foundation gives students a holistic perspective which opens promising opportunities for students to boost their careers.
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What makes the program unique?
Students can choose two out of four specializations – Digital Business, Marketing Management, Innovation & Global Networks, and Financial Management – which are integrated into several highly attractive competence streams. The program is taught entirely in English and can be studied both full-time and part-time. The modern teaching concept combines on-campus classroom teaching with complementary online elements. Different international study options round off the program to gain international experience and apart from all this, MCI is known for its excellent study conditions in the breathtaking environment of the Austrian Alps. Our aim is to shape your international career and compete with the best management schools. We welcome you to join us in this initiative.
If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. The required documents have 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.
Written aptitude test (computer-based):
Personal or Skype interview:
November 8, 2020
December 3, 2020
December 16-17, 2020
January 31, 2021
February 25, 2021
March 10-11, 2021
March 21, 2021
April 22, 2021
May 5-6, 2021
May 30, 2021
June 24, 2021
July 7-8, 2021
The program accepts:
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 Program Director. A decision will only be taken in cases where the application for admission has met with a positive decision. Recognition of credits or previous experience is only granted for individual classes in the program.
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Career background - 20%The applicant’s professional background is considered on the basis of the submitted application materials. Particular attention is paid to: education and certificates, academic and professional goals, and professional experience.
Written entrance exam - 30%The written entrance exam tests the applicant’s knowledge in English, Mathematics and Business Studies.
Interview - 50%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 conducted 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 gets available.
MCI study programs stand out due to the quality of their content, relevance to the business world, and their international orientation. In addition to providing expert knowledge, MCI puts great importance on encouraging personal development and the development of social and intercultural competencies.
Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits
It is possible to study International Business & Management full-time or part-time.
In full-time studies, lectures and seminars are held on weekdays, with blocked units allowing for an intensive immersion into individual topics. The classes usually take place from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:15 and / or from 13:30 to 16:45. In exceptional cases, the times may vary and the lessons and / or examinations may take place outside the specified times or possibly on Saturdays.
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 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: MA (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.
International orientation is a key pillar of the new Master's program. Therefore, we offer the following exciting options, which enable both part-time and full-time students to go global – depending on their time and budget:
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.
The master program International Business & Management allowed me to combine my professional life with my studies and to establish a strong network for my future career path. What I appreciated the most was the high educational standard, the selection of experienced practitioners and researchers, and the strong focus on internationalization.
Verena Wachter, Graduate International Business & Management, Austria
The experience of being at the MCI provides me with an outstanding amount of business knowledge and personal guidance to realize my dreams. A place I always feel welcomed and challenged at the same time. Thank you!
Max Bauer, Student International Business & Management, Germany
As a partner at the CA controller academy, I am responsible for the consulting division within CA. Together with my colleagues, I advise organizations of all sizes as well as industries on the subject of corporate management and controlling. The problems and questions posed by our clients range from strategy development, process optimization to the operative implementation of controlling instruments in the engine room of the company. I gladly share my experience from numerous consulting projects with the students in my course "Managerial Accounting".
Dipl.-Kfm. Danny Szajnowicz; Trainer and Management Consultant, CA Akademie AG, Germany
The topic of innovation has played an important role for me throughout my career. During my 15 years in various senior management positions at Swarovski, I have had the opportunity to work on innovation from very different directions - product development, product management, marketing and digital innovation. In my current position as co-founder of the FinTech start-up Monkee, innovation has played an even more important role. Today, through digital innovation, startups can become serious competition even for large corporations. Understanding the disruptive potential of digital technologies is more important than ever - for employees as well as for startups. Moreover, it is precisely this mindset, which I want to convey to students in my course. Today it is possible that each of these students will be the founder of a possible Unicorn company tomorrow.
Ing. Mag. Mag. (FH) Martin Granig; CEO, Monkee GmbH, Austria
With my work with organizations in emerging markets, understanding the key success factors in doing business in these rapidly growing and diverse markets helps to give practical content to MCI's students focusing on international business, especially the importance of cross-cultural communication and international management of human resources in these volatile, uncertain, complex and often ambiguous (VUCA) contexts'.
Prof. Frank M. Horwitz, Ph.D.; Professor and former Pro-Vice Chancellor/ Director at Cranfield University School of Management, United Kingdom
Digital Transformation tops the agendas of CEOs from both SME and large corporations. Over the past 10 years, I have developed and executed clear strategies across diverse industries to support firms in their individual digital transformation. I believe it is critical to recognize the different models and implications of digital initiatives to remain competitive and sustainable in the long run. That is why I feel privileged to engage with MCI students, who will be the future leaders and managers driving Digital Transformation.
Mag. Markus Leitner, BSc, MBA; Senior Manager - Strategic Partners at Skidata AG, Austria
My many years of experience in the development of business simulation games and their use in a wide variety of teaching settings, paired with sound business management knowledge, are the assets on which I build in order to provide students with the skills expected of employees.
Mag. Martin Paier; CEO at Martin Paier AG, Austria
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:
A number of applicants interested in this degree program have also expressed interest in the following master's program.
It is possible to apply for more than one degree program at the same time if you present your motives in a meaningful explanation.
The master program “International Business & Management” supports you on your path to a global career. The program excels especially by unifying:
The difference refers to the organizational form of the modules only. The content of the lectures is the same in both time models.
When studying full-time, you will have your on-campus lectures between Monday and Thursday (09.00 am until 05.00 pm).
If you choose the part-time model, your on-campus lectures will be held on Fridays (02.30 pm to 10.00 pm) and Saturdays (08.30 am to 05.00 pm). In addition, you will have 3-day courses (Thursday to Saturday) – approximately two times per semester.
The online lectures in both time models – with few exceptions – will be given in the evening hours on workdays (once a week).
Furthermore, while the part-time model usually starts in September, whereas the full-time model starts at the beginning of October.
The unique master program “International Business & Management” was designed along highly attractive competence streams, which result in four different specializations. Besides the common core modules, students of the master program “International Business & Management” may therefore choose two out of four specializations:
Yes. Regardless of your chosen time-model for semester 1 and 2, any combination of specializations is possible. However, please note that especially part-time students who want to choose a specialization offered only in the full-time format will have to plan approx. 8 weekdays per chosen full-time specialization and, thus, might have to take those days off work.
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.
In principle it is possible to change your initial choice of specializations, however, the feasibility of the change depends on availability and group size.
International orientation is a key pillar of the new master program. Therefore, we offer the following exciting options, which enable both part-time and full-time students to go global – depending on their time and budget:
Blended learning is a term used to describe the way online lectures are being combined with on-campus lectures to create a new, hybrid teaching concept.
You need at least a Bachelor’s degree or a similar degree in business administration and/or management.
Yes. In order to ensure that a place in the desired study program is still available for you, we recommend submitting the application at the soonest possible date. In such case, please enclose the latest Transcript of Records to your application. If then being accepted to the program, you will have to submit the Bachelor’s degree certificate before the courses start.
If you go to “admission“ on the webpage of our study program, you will find preparatory documents.
No. The written entrance exam will be taken online and may be done from wherever you are on that day, as long as you have a stable internet connection and meet the technical requirements. Regarding the interview, however, you can choose whether you want to do it in person at the MCI or online, via Skype.
Yes. Regardless of having a TOEFL or IELTS certificate – even when being a native speaker – you will have to take the English exam as well. However, uploading any certificate proving sufficient or even excellent English skills will positively influence the assessment of your professional background.
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.
Yes, attending lectures is mandatory.