International Business & Management | Master

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Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-time and Part-time | 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.


Lecturer and student looking towards a third person

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.

The Master’s program International Business & Management provides students with a set of profound management and leadership skills which are necessary in today’s international business environment. The program is offered in a full-time (lectures take place in a blocked format during the week) as well as in a part-time model (lectures take place Fridays and Saturdays), thereby allowing students more flexibility in their studies. Furthermore, students of this unique Master’s program can focus on their interests by selecting two out of four specializations in the 3rd semester. In the 4th semester, students can choose between  an international semester at the MCI, a two-week program at an overseas partner university, or a whole semester abroad, in some cases even with the
option to receive a double or joint degree.

Bernd Kirschner
Prof. Dipl.-Kfm. Bernd Kirschner Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3100

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 2070-3100

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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 11, January 2018 
Date 2 5, February 2018 1, March 2018 14 & 15, March 2018 
Date 3 2, April 2018 26, April 2018 16 & 17, May 2018 
Date 4 4, June 2018 28, June 2018 11 & 12, July 2018 


*recommended for applications from non-EU countries

The program accepts:

  • Graduates of relevant Bachelor programs. For example: Business & Management, Business Administration, International Business Administration, International Economics.
  • Graduates of other Bachelor or post-secondary programs comprising courses in economics, strategic management / marketing, accounting, controlling and human resource management / business process management (totaling a minimum of 80 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 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.

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 & 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 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 & Management


Time model & language
Full-time and Part-time | English
Academic year
Winter semester: September – February
Summer semester: February – mid July

Winter semester: End of September – mid February
Summer semester: March – mid July
1st-2nd semester: General core studies offered in both time model – full-time and part-time
3rd semester: Core modules on Leadership, Strategy & Society and Economic Research full-time or part-time with two out of four specializations to choose from
4th semester: International Studies, Master Thesis
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.

Module Overview

International Business Environment & Strategy 8
Leadership, Human Resources & Change Management 17
Accounting & Corporate Finance 10
Process, Quality & Global Supply Chain Management 5
Entrepreneurship, Family Business & Digital Business 7
Marketing, Sales & Service Management 5
Business Research / Master Thesis 24
International Studies 7
Choice of two out of four specializations 17


Global markets & strategies        
Global economics & markets 2 | 3      
International strategic management 2 | 3      
Mergers & acquisitions   1 | 1,5    
Business simulation        
Simulation game 2 | 2      

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

International human resources        
International teambuilding & cooperation 1 | 1,5      
Intercultural sensitivity & cooperation competencies 1 | 1,5      
International human resources management 2 | 3      
International labour legislation 1 | 1      
Organizational development & cooperation        
Collective intelligence & transorganizational innovation   1 | 1    
Intercultural cooperation   1,5 | 3    
Negotiation across borders & conflict resolution   1 | 1    
Leadership, strategy & society        
Strategy, innovation & society     2 | 3  
Leadership, business ethics & change     2 | 3  
Implementing diversity management     1 | 2  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Financial & management accounting        
Financial accounting & analysis 2 | 3      
Management accounting 2 | 3      
International accounting & taxation        
International accounting   2 | 3    
International taxation   1 | 1,5    
Corporate finance   1 | 1,5    
Corporate Finance & Performance Management (part-time)        
Performance Management     1 | 1  
Corporate Taxation & Transfer Pricing     2 | 3  
Financial Engineering     2 | 3  
Strategic Financial Management     2 | 3  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Process & quality management        
Sustainable quality management   1 | 1,5    
Business process management & industry 4.0   2 | 3    
Project management   1 | 1,5    
Global Operations & Supply Chain Management (part-time)        
Global Supply Chain Operations     2 | 3  
Supply Chain Collaboration & IT systems     2 | 3  
Operations Management     2 | 3  
Business Process Management Lab     1 | 1  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Innovation & IPR        
Management of innovation   1,5 | 3    
Intellectual property rights   1 | 1    
Family Business & Entrepreneurship (for part-time students only)        
Entrepreneurship   1 | 1.5    
Family Business & Integral Change   2 | 2    
Entrepreneurial Business Lab   1 | 1    
Entrepreneurship (for full-time students only)
Entrepreneurship   1 | 1,5    
Entrepreneurial business lab   3 | 3    
Digital business management (predominantly full-time, blocked)
Digital Strategies & Business Model Development     2 | 3  
Digital Analytics     2 | 3  
Digital Marketing & Communications     2 | 3  
Digital Business Excellence     1 | 1  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Marketing & sales management        
Strategic Marketing 1 | 1,5      
Online Marketing 1 | 1,5      
Sales & Distribution 1 | 1,5      
Revenue Management 1 | 1,5      
International marketing & service management (predominantly full-time, blocked)
Strategic Brand Management     1 | 1  
Product & Service Innovation     2 | 3  
Service Model Design     2 | 3  
Customer Journey Management     2 | 3  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Research methodology        
Research methodology & quantitative research  2 | 3      
Academic writing & qualitative research    2 | 3    
Master thesis        
Master thesis seminar I + II     2 | 2 2 | 2
Master thesis        20

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

International study program        
Current issues in international business & management studies       5 | 8

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits


Students of the Master’s degree program in International Business & Management may enhance their international experience by

  • opting for a one-year double degree offered in cooperation with select partner institutions,
  • spending a semester abroad at any one of our global partner institutions,
  • enrolling in our two-week program designed for MCI students to study abroad (e.g. Brazil, China or the US)
  • taking part in internationally-oriented classes at MCI.

  • New ventures & startups
  • Industrial sector
  • Trading companies
  • Banks & insurance companies / investment counseling
  • Business consultancy
  • Tax advisory & auditing
  • Recruitment consultancy & HR management
  • Advertising agencies
  • Digital business & online marketing
  • Market research & opinion polls
  • Public administration
  • Higher education

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 International Business & Management

Our graduates have the knowledge to understand and work with international business models.

Our students can assess and work with traditional and innovative business models and can manage organisational transformation.

Verena Wachter, Graduate International Business & Management, Austria

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

Max Bauer, Student International Business & Management, Germany

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

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.

Success Stories

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