International Health & Social Management | Master

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 Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-time | English
  • Duration of study: 4 semesters | 120 ECTS
  • Optional Double Degree from the University of Economics, Prague
  • 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
  • Tuition fee: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (Ă–H) for EU and EEA citizens

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.


Three students in discussion

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 different areas of specialisation in each semester.

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Walch | Head of Department & Studies Master's Program International Health & Social Management
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Walch Head of Department & Studies

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.

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.

International or Non-EU applicants

All students undergo the same online application and admission procedure. Applications are continuously accepted. We recommend early applications due to the long visa procedures, which may take up to three months or more. For details on steps to complete your application and other related matters such as supporting documentation, visa/registration on arrival, find out more here.

Date 1 Nov 12, 2023 Nov 15 - 28, 2023
Date 2   Feb 4, 2024   Feb 7 - 21, 2024
Date 3 Mar 31, 2024   Apr 3 - 17, 2024
Date 4 May 26, 2024 May 29 - June 12, 2024
Date 5 Jun 30, 2024 individual

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 FHG). We will gladly provide further information and consultation via email or phone (; 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.


In just two steps to your desired study program at MCI:

Step 1 – Online application: CV & motivation

A complete online application consists of a CV, a letter of motivation, information on educational background, qualifications, professional career, social achievements and academic as well as professional goals. We would like to know why you are applying to study at MCI.

You may apply for more than one degree program at the same time, provided you can conclusively explain your respective motivations in your letter of motivation.

Step 2 – Online admission interview

In the second step, all applicants will be invited to an online admission interview.

In this interview, we want to get to know you. We are particularly interested in your motivation to study at MCI as well as your professional and personal goals you want to achieve with the help of your studies.

Within three weeks after the admission interview, we will inform you about the admission decision.

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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, Electives
2nd semester: Core curriculum, Electives
3rd semester: Core curriculum, Electives or International semester optionally abroad/international study program
4th semester: Electives, Master thesis & final exam
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (Ă–H). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Management 21%
Economics 12,5%
Policy 8%
Research Methods 38%
Governance 8%
Multidisciplinary 12,5%


Fundamentals of Management & Strategic Thinking 4 | 5      
Digitalization in Social & Health Management   4 | 5    
Fundamentals in Finance Management 3 | 5      
Entrepreneurship for Current Global Issues  3 | 5      
I. Real Life Simulation - Methods     4 | 5  
I. Real Life Simulation - Practics     4 | 5  
II. Applied Finance Management     4 | 5  
II. Inclusive Leadership in Global Health     4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Health Economics   4 | 5     
Economic Evaluation     4 | 5   
Regulation & Competition in Health Care Markets     4 | 5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Law & Public Health Practice     4 | 5   
Health Promotion & Integrated Care   3 | 5    
Global Health & Social Policies   3 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

International Welfare Systems 4 | 5        
Ethical Decision Making      4 | 5    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Research Designs & Academic Writing 4 | 5      
Qualitative Research Methods 4 | 5      
Quantitative Research Methods 4 | 5      
Advanced Statistics   4 | 5    
Master Thesis        0 | 24
Master Thesis Colloquium       2 | 2
Master Thesis Examination 0 |       0 | 2

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Analysis & Epidemiology   4 | 5     
Determinants of Health   3 | 5    
Intercultural & Transcultural Communication    3 | 5     
Career Coaching       2 | 2 
Master Thesis Internship        0 | 2

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits


The Master program International Health & Social Management is a full-time degree program. 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.

Particularly committed students are encouraged to complete their second year at the University of Economics, Prague, in which case they will receive a double degree. They will thus, be awarded an academic degree by both MCI and the respective partner institution.

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

Kooperations- & Karrierepartner (Auswahl)

  • Austrian Doctors
  • Austrian Public Health Institute
  • European Forum Alpbach
  • European Health Forum Gastein
  • Impact Hub Tirol
  • Kyowa Krinin International
  • Med-EL
  • MSD - Merck Sharp & Dohme
  • Roche
  • SOS Children Villages

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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Responsible Leadership

Inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, our graduates demonstrate a commitment to ecologically sustainable, economically responsible, and socially equitable decision-making.

Three white gears on a blue circle symbolize the ability to apply theories and scientific methods to practical problems

Academic Rigor

Our graduates can apply relevant theories and appropriate scientific methods in their field of work.

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

Kristine Sørensen

As a thought leader in health literacy, I work with patients, citizens, organizations, communities, governments and international institutions to set a new health agenda with a people-centred approach. Alone we can make a difference, together we can bring about change. As students, you hold the key to the future - let's help people live flourishing lives.

Kristine Sørensen

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

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

  • International organizations (e.g. WHO, OECD, EU, internally active interest groups)
  • Social security agencies and private insurance companies
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Nursing and old people's homes, rehabilitation facilities
  • Wellness and cultural facilities
  • Public administrative institutions
  • Consulting company
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Social services and basic security
  • Companies in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Politics, associations, interest groups

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

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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 entire admission process can be completed online. This means that you can also participate in the admissions process from abroad. However, please make sure you have a sufficiently good internet connection.

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: 6,250 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.

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.    

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.