International Health & Social Management | Master

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Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-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.
  • Start of semester: beginning of September
  • Applications for the start of studies in fall 2020 are accepted on a continual basis

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.


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International Health & Social Management targets individuals seeking to advance international cooperation in the social and health care sectors.

The International Health & Social Management program combines aspects of health and social services with the fundamentals of economics, political sciences, and international management. The program – taught entirely in English – targets the future requirements of international cooperation in the health and social sectors, considering that the demand for qualified experts in these fields is on the rise.

In addition to receiving practical training, students are given the opportunity to improve their soft skills as well as their research methods. They are guaranteed to benefit from the progressive outlook of the program, which places as much importance on practical relevance as on international values.

The degree program adopts a blended learning approach and, thus, includes both on-campus classes and online lessons. This allows students a great degree of freedom and flexibility in the completion of their studies, while providing plenty of opportunity to interact with both teachers and fellow students. A range of elective subjects, furthermore, gives students the opportunity to choose from altogether 15 different areas of specialization in the second semester. Several courses are jointly organized with the MCI study program in Social Work.

Siegfried Walch
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Walch Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3700This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Curriculum Vitae

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 2070-3700

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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

Written aptitude test

Personal or
 skype interview

Date 1*

Nov 19, 2018

Dec 06, 2018

18th & 19th of december 2018

Date 2

Jan 02, 2019

Jan 22, 2019

6th of february 2019

Date 3

Feb 04, 2019

Feb 28, 2019

12th & 13th of march 2019

Date 4

Apr 01, 2019

Apr 9, 2019

5th & 16th of april 2019

Date 5

Jun 02, 2019

Jun 11, 2019

13th & 26th  & 27th of june 2019


*recommended for applications from non-EU countries

Applicants are required to submit proof of completion of a higher education degree with a minimum of three year’s study (Bachelor degree) in one of the following subjects: Business Administration, Economics, Medicine, Public Health, Nursing or Social, Political or Natural Sciences.

Our program requires high proficiency in English Language skills. Therefore, the proficiency will be based on:

  • a personal assessment of our candidates at MCI  in September at the beginning of the semester* or,
  • additional methods of proficiency can also be proven via various tests (e.g. TOEFL; minimum score of 90, internet based, 580, paper based), (IELTS; minimum score of 6,5), (BEC higher or Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)), or,
  • graduating from an English-taught Bachelor degree program.

*Please be aware that the MCI personal assessment test option at the beginning of the semester would be the very final opportunity and that therefore an earlier submission of an English test is highly recommended.

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.


Information Sheet - Admission ( pdf | 162.12K )


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%
All applicants who fulfill the qualifications are admitted to take an online, written exam in English on a current international health care topic, followed by an oral interview for those who pass the exam.

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.

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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 Health & Social Management

International Health & Social Management targets individuals seeking to advance international cooperation in the social and health care sectors. It was one of the first study programs in Europe to be awarded the Certificate for Quality in Internationalization (CeQuInt) by the European Consortium for Accreditation.


Time model & language
Full-time | English
Academic year
Winter semester: September - January
Summer semester: March - June
1st semester: Core curriculum
2nd semester: Core curriculum, Electives
3rd semester: Core curriculum, International semester (optionally abroad)
4th semester: Master thesis and final exams
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

Management 12,5%
Economics 12,5%
Governance 12,5%
Law 12,5%
Multidisciplinary 21%
Methods (including master thesis) 29%


Principles of Legal Thinking in European and International Law 4 | 5      
Law & Public Health Practice     4 | 5  
Human Rights & International Social Law (1 Elective out of 4)        
EU, Migration & Law   1,5 | 5    
European Social & Labor Law   1,5 | 5    
The Legal Frame for Social Institutions   1,5 | 5    
Human Rights & Inclusion   1,5 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Fundamentals in Health Economics 4 | 5      
Regulation & Competition in Health Care Markets        
Economic Evaluation (1 Elective out of 2)     4 | 5  
Evaluation & Decision Making at Institutional Level   2 | 5    
Evaluation & Decision Making at Institutional Level   2 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Fundamentals of Health Care Systems 4 | 5      
Ethical Decision Making     5 | 5  
International Social & Health Policy Challanges (1 Elective out of 2)        
International Organizations   2 | 5    
International Relations & Comprehensive Security   2 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Fundamentals of Management 5 | 5      
Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine     4 | 5  
Social Management (1 Elective out of 2)        
Social Management & Health Literacy   2 | 5    
Social Management & Social Determinants   2 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Current Issues in Health Policy 5 | 5      
Real Life Simulation - Methods     3 | 5  
Real Life Simulation - Practice     2 | 5  
Current Issues in International Health Care Management       4 | 5
Intercultural & Transcultural Communications (1 Elective out of 3)        
Peace Studies   2 | 5    
Intercultural Development Inventory   2 | 5    
Public Interes & Public Affairs   2 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Research Methods Introductory Project 2 | 5      
Thesis Colloquium       3 | 5
Master thesis       20
Applied Methodology in Public Health (1 Elective out of 2)        
Advanced Statistics   2 | 5    
Epidemiology   2 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  • International cooperation, international organizations, development aid (e.g. WHO, OECD, EU)
  • Medical care, nursing, public health, health promotion
  • Social services, social security
  • Education, science, research
  • Coaching, personal development and career training
  • Regional development, regional and location management, economic development
  • National and international administrative bodies
  • Politics, associations, interest groups, citizens‘ groups & lobbying
  • (Social)insurance, financing, foundations, fundraising consulting, independent professions

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.

Blue circle with connected people in the center that symbolizes effective communication.

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.

Learning Goals International Health & Social Management

Our graduates have aquired specific aspects of knowledge and skills relevant for leading management positions.

Students show an understanding of legal frameworks with a focus on social & health issues; Our students will gain understanding of leadership in the context of regulations & competition in Health Care Management.

Learning Goals International Health & Social Management

Upon graduation our students understand the multidisciplinary aspects of Health and Social Management in international contexts.

Our students apply appropriate theory and scientific methods to economic aspects in international health and social sectors.

Studying abroad

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.

Mentoring Program

In the second year of the Master Program a Mentoring Program is offered. The aim of it is to provide coaching and support to students who are in the last year of their studies and therefore go through a transition phase between studies and work life. 

Students working with a laptop, pen and paper.

In the framework of the Mentoring Program students will be able to contact lecturers and partners from the practice who guide and coach them during their search for potential research topics for the master thesis and for job opportunities.

Dr. Armin Fidler, MD, MPH, MSc; lecturer

25 years of work for the World Health Organization and World Bank have taught me how important international training is for graduates to meet the requirements of business. Even if you opt for a career in your home country, you will only be able to realize your full professional potential with the help of an international network.

Dr. Armin Fidler, MD, MPH, MSc; lecturer

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.

The department has a strong emphasis on research at the interface of multiple disciplines and development of practical solutions in health and social care. In its scholarly efforts the interdisciplinary faculty of the department and its network brings in a variety of academic backgrounds into the department’s R&D strategy such as Economics, Business and Management, Medicine, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Information Technology, Statistics, Psychology, Ethics and Law. Central to the department’s applied research activities are the focus on implementation research and the close cooperation with our research partners.


• Medical University of Innsbruck • Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions • Tyrolean Sickness Fund • Government of the Province of the Tyrol, Departments for Health and Social Affairs • Diakonie Rosenheim • Umbrella organization of patient self-help support groups Tyrol • itSV-GmbH - IT Services of the Austrian Social Security Providers • Agency for Preventive and Social Medicine Vorarlberg • Institute for Social Services of the province Vorarlberg

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).
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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 study program. Please include the most recent transcript of records in your application. Should your application be successful, the Bachelor’s certificate is to be submitted prior to 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 end 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.

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.

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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