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 2019
    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

Consultancy situation between MCI staff and future student


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* 19, Nov 2018 tba
Date 2 04, Feb 2019 tba
Date 3 01, Apr 2019 tba
Date 4 03, Jun 2019 tba


 *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.

Student taking a book from a shelf

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. 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

Success Stories

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:

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 Master’s Degree program in International Business & Management supports you on your path to an international career and provides you with the best possible preparation. The program excels especially by unifying:

  • MCI’s and the program’s excellent reputation as well as national and international accreditations,
  • the flexibility for students to adapt the Master’s degree to their own needs, such as by allowing them to select time model, specialization, and international exchange program,
  • an international and intercultural environment, such as by involving students and lecturers from different cultures, a strong international focus and global network, and
  • practice-oriented modules on current and promising topics.

The full-time and part-time Master’s Degree programs cover precisely the same topics. The difference lies in the organization. While full-time program courses generally take place Monday through Thursday, courses in the part-time program are scheduled on Friday (between 2.30pm and 10pm) and Saturday (between 8.30am and 5pm). In addition, there are two three-day courses held on-campus each semester. These usually take place from Thursday to Saturday.

To be admitted to the Master’s Degree program in International Business & Management, you are required to provide proof of a business or management Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

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, as in Brazil, China or the US, or
  • taking part in MCI international classes.

Students in the Master’s Degree program in International Business & Management may choose to specialize in two of altogether four areas:

  • Digital Business Management (available in condensed form in the full-time model)
  • International Marketing & Service Management (available in condensed form in the full-time model)
  • Corporate Finance & Performance Management (available in the part-time model)
  • Global Operations & Supply Chain Management (available in the part-time model)

Yes. A combination of any of the four fields of specialization available is possible, regardless of the time model you have originally chosen.

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 sec. 2 of the Austrian Study Act on Universities of Applied Sciences (FHStG)  are subject to sec. 1 of the Austrian Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (PersGV) (Austrian Federal Law Gazette (BGBL) II no. 340/2013 as amended from time to time).

For students of non-EU countries not considered eligible according to above regulations, the tuition fee is as follows:

  • Bachelor’s courses: 5,000 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee
  • Master’s courses: 7,000 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.

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