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Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Job-friendly | Full-time | English
  • Duration of study: 4 semesters | 120 ECTS
  • Dual Degree in cooperation with UNO, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA (optional)
  • 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.
  • Tuition fee: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for EU and EEA citizens

Before studying

Would you like to actively shape the challenges of Management, Communication and IT as an Innovation Manager in your future job? Have you dreamed about developing your own start-up? What would it be like to actively promote digitization in a global corporate environment as a sought-after expert? Our English-language degree program Management, Communication & IT, (MCiT) offers you a top international management training with a focus on Digital Entrepreneurship, making your Master's program unique.

Overview

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Our unique focus: International Orientation of Management, Communication & IT combined with Digital Entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Focus Digital Entrepreneurship

How do I develop my start-up? How do I launch digital products and services? How do I finance my projects and market innovations? Which channels do I use for marketing and communication? How do I identify the right technical solution? The interdisciplinary approach of our program helps to answer these questions and enables you to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire in-depth IT know-how and strengthen your social and intercultural skills.

Individualization through specialization

In the 2nd and 3rd semesters, we offer our students elective modules that allow for specialization. In our Digital Entrepreneurship Labs and Projects, you have the opportunity to pursue your individual interests. In this way, you will develop yourself into a sought-after expert in the field you favor.

Internationalization

Internationality is an integral part of our studies, and is reflected in our team of lecturers, as well as our students and our curriculum. In addition to an optional semester abroad, the Study Tour to Silicon Valley enables you to make valuable contacts within globally successful companies that will assist you in creating an international business network. Students who successfully apply for our Dual Degree Program have the unique opportunity to earn a dual degree at our American partner university the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Contact
Prof. Dr. Peter J. Mirski | Head of Department & Studies Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Prof. Dr. Peter J. Mirski Head of Department & Studies

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

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Admission

Applications for admission are accepted on a perpetual 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 is taken by the end of the application procedures.

 

 

Application
deadline

Entrance Exam &
Interview

Date 1 14, Nov 2021 09- 10, Dec 2021
Date 2 30, Jan 2022 23 - 25, Feb 2022
Date 3 03, Apr 2022 27 - 29, Apr 2022
Date 4 29, May 2022 22 - 24, Jun 2022
Date 5 26, Jun 2022 20 - 22, Jul 2022

Admission to the Master’s program in Management, Communication & IT is open to graduates of relevant Bachelor and Diploma programs as well as other relevant post-secondary educational facilities.

Prerequisites: Bachelor or equivalent degree with a min. of 15 ECTS points in the area of IT & ICT, 20 ECTS points in Management & Business Management and 10 ECTS points in Communication and Media.

Relevant fields include Strategic Management / Business Administration, Marketing, Controlling / Accounting, Programming, Project Management, IT Strategies, Communication etc. The Head of Studies decides on the relevance of such previous qualifications.

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 (admissions@mci.edu; Ext. 1621).

Recognition of previous qualifications in a Master’s program:
Applications for recognition of examinations or credits obtained through other study programs or previous scientific experience must be submitted to the Head of Studies. Recognition of credits or previous experience is only granted for individual modules in the program.

Career background - 30%
Strong focus is placed on the applicant’s previous education and relevant professional qualifications/experience.

Written entrance exam - 30%
The written entrance exam (general business and management, understanding of information technologies and their impact on entrepreneurship and business, and English language skills) is designed to assess the applicant's aptitude for the program.

Interview - 40%
The interview offers an opportunity for a personal presentation and a discussion of the application documents and the applicant's educational and professional goals.

Applicants will be informed as soon as possible about the results of the admission process. In case of a high number of applications, placement on the waiting list will be assigned. Study slots that are not accepted by applicants will be offered to those on the waiting list.

A new admission procedure is required for each start of studies. Preferential consideration of applicants from previous years is not possible even if they were offered a study place or a place on the waiting list in an earlier admission procedure.

Students doing group work coached by a lecturer

While studying

MCI study programs excel due to the quality of their content, relevance to the business world, and their international orientation. Through close cooperation with our partners from the business world, students gain valuable practical experience during their Master's studies. In addition to providing expert knowledge, MCI places great importance on encouraging personal development and the development of social and intercultural competencies.

Management, Communication & IT

The Master's program in Management, Communication & IT trains students to become experts in the field of digital business and entrepreneurship. The English-language program is aimed at all those who have a creative interest in the digital world and aspire to management and ownership positions in it. It addresses career paths that involve solving business issues that require a profound knowledge of Digital Entrepreneurship and the innovative application of information and communication technologies.

 

Facts

Time model & language
Job-friendly | Full-time | English
Academic year
Winter semester: October – February
Summer semester: March – July
Structure
1st semester: Digital Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Operational Excellence, Marketing & Sales, Data & Information Management, IT Investment
2nd semester: Digital Entrepreneurship Labs: IT Management Integration Lab, Technology Application Lab or Digital Interaction Lab
3rd semester: Digital Entrepreneurship Projects: Digital Research Project, Digital Business Project or Digital Society Project; optional semester abroad/Dual Degree Program
4th semester: Master Thesis, International Technology Management, Study Tour Silicon Valley

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

Subject%
Business & Management 41%
Information & Communication Technology 25%
Communication & Social Skills 13%
Master Thesis & Exam 21%

Curriculum

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Digital Entrepreneurship 3 | 5      
Business Management 3 | 5      
Operational Excellence 3 | 5      
Marketing & Sales  3 | 5      
IT Investment 3 | 5      
Multi Project & Change Management   3 | 5     
IT Governance   3 | 5     
Digital Mergers & Acquisitions   3 | 5     
Digital Organization   3 | 5    
Market & Technology Analysis     3 | 5   


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

   1 2 3 4
Data & Information Management  3 | 5      
Management Information Systems   3 | 5    
IT Management Integration Lab   4,5 | 5    
Technology Application Lab   4,5 | 5     
Digital Interaction Lab   4,5 | 5     
Data Economy      3 | 5  
Current Technologies      3 | 5  
International Technology Management       3 | 5 


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

   1 2 3 4
Business & Digital Ethics     3 | 5  
MCiT Research     3 | 5  
Digital Research Project     4 | 5  
Digital Business Project     4 | 5  
Digital Society Project     4 | 5  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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Master Thesis & Exam        1 | 25


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

The Master’s program Management, Communication & IT is a full-time degree program. Seminars and lectures take place Wednesday noon to Saturday afternoon and will comprise 8 teaching units per day. This teaching schedule allows students to continue with their professional activities during their studies or gain practical experience in the field.

Dual degrees show the intensive collaboration between partner universities all over the world, for example; our long lasting relationship with UNO, our sister University in Omaha, Nebraska. The motivation of this dual degree program is to provide visible recognition of expanded academic achievement - by allowing students to earn a Master of Arts in MCiT and a Master of Science in MIS or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree simultaneously.

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).
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Cooperation & Career Partners (Selection)

  • Audi
  • BE-Terna
  • BMW
  • EGGER
  • Med-EL
  • Porsche Informatik
  • SAP
  • SOS Kinderdorf
  • Swarovski
  • Tirol Werbung
  • Start-up STROFELD

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.

Three stylized persons in white on a blue circle, arrows between the persons symbolize efficient communication in the professional field

Our graduates are effective communicators in their field of work.

Our students can discuss problems, ideas, and solutions with specialists and non-specialists.

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

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.

Studying abroad

One of the most essential components of MCI study programs is the international orientation. This is reflected not only in the curriculum and assigned projects, but also in the backgrounds of our faculty and students. As part of our MCiT Master's program, students have the option to spend the 3rd semester at one of our numerous partner universities. As a rule, no tuition fees are charged at our partner universities.

Dual degree program

Dual degrees show the intensive collaboration between partner universities all over the world, for example; our long lasting relationship with UNO, our sister University in Omaha, Nebraska. The motivation of this dual degree program is to provide visible recognition of expanded academic achievement - by allowing students to earn a Master of Arts in MCiT and a Master of Science in MIS or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree simultaneously.

Building of the university of Omaha Nebraska

University of Omaha Nebraska

These dual degrees are designed for dedicated students who are willing to take on the challenges related to graduate education from a European and an American perspective with a joint area of emphasis on understanding Management, Communication & IT. As such, this program involves intensive transatlantic preparation through a one year study abroad engagement in the second year of their study programs. There are no additional tuition fees at UNO.

Further Information

Master of Business Administration (MBA) & Master of Science in MIS (MSc) - https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-information-science-and-technology/information-systems-and-quantitative-analysis/graduate/Dual-Degree-International.php

University of Omaha Nebraska – www.unomaha.edu

Dr. Sandra Rothenberger, Strategy & Marketing Professor at the Université Libre of Brussels, Managing Director of Dr. Helmut Rothenberger Holding and Chairman of the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation

Exchange of experience, discussions, common understanding, development and solution as well as support and challenge are important components for me as a lecturer when dealing with students. Every time I enter a lecture hall, I expose myself to a new challenge - in a positive sense. MCiT students are multi- and interdisciplinary, international and above all curious. These are all prerequisites for creating valuable lessons together. In addition, my industry experience helps me to teach students new and interesting practical competences. It is always an exciting and valuable experience and challenge!

Dr. Sandra Rothenberger, Strategy & Marketing Professor at the Université Libre of Brussels, Managing Director of Dr. Helmut Rothenberger Holding and Chairman of the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation

Wolfgang Haas; Head of Sales Operations, D. Swarovski KG

In my function as responsible for digitization in sales at D. Swarovski KG, I am aware of the importance of an excellent overall economic comprehension coupled with adequate technical know-how. The points of contact of different departments and the potential of IT-technical solutions as enablers for the opening of silos is what I particularly enjoy when working together with students during the lecture.

Wolfgang Haas; Head of Sales Operations, D. Swarovski KG

Dr. Dierk Schindler; Head bei NetApp Deutschland GmbH / Legal EMEA & Global Legal Shared Services

Acting as Vice President for Corporate Legal Services, Mobility Services (SC), I work with my team in a highly dynamic and innovative field. Law, IT and technology merge to create new solutions and business models. Success in projects depends on people who think holistically, on colleagues who understand and bring together different professional perspectives. I try to convey this basic knowledge and this mindset to the MCiT students.

Dr. Dierk Schindler; Head bei NetApp Deutschland GmbH / Legal EMEA & Global Legal Shared Services

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.

Digital Transformation

• Data & Analytics

• IT Security & Privacy

• Technology Interaction & Innovation

• Operational Excellence & Agile Governance

• Next World of Work / Virtual & Augmented Reality

 

Contact: FH-Prof. Dr. Peter J. Mirski (digitaltransformation@mci.edu)

Team

A team of experts in the fields of research, teaching, university management and administration, as well as a large number of international specialists from business, science, consulting and the liberal professions, ensure that students in the Master's program Management, Communication & IT enjoy an education at the highest academic level with a strong practical orientation.

By providing intensive support during the course of study, we ensure that students have every opportunity to complete their MCiT studies within the planned period of time. Our interdisciplinary approach ensures that theory and practice are synergistically linked. This interconnection of scientific findings - also from our own research unit - and their application offers both opportunities and challenges for a new and exciting form of teaching and learning.

Prof. Dr. Peter J. Mirski | Head of Department & Studies Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Prof. Dr.
Peter J. Mirski
Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3500 Curriculum Vitae
MMag. Rebecca Agerer | Assistant & Project Management Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
MMag.
Rebecca Agerer
Assistant & Project Management +43 512 2070 - 3521
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bernsteiner | Information Systems & Smart Technologies Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Prof. Dr.
Reinhard Bernsteiner
Information Systems & Smart Technologies +43 512 2070 - 3532 Curriculum Vitae
 Thomas Dilger, MA, BA | Senior Lecturer Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Thomas Dilger, MA, BA Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3537 Curriculum Vitae
Mag. Aleksander Groth | Lecturer Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Mag.
Aleksander Groth
Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3523 Curriculum Vitae
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Kristian Hasenjäger | Lecturer Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Dipl.-Ing. (FH)
Kristian Hasenjäger
Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3531 Curriculum Vitae
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Kilian | Digitalization & Sales Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Prof. Dr.
Dietmar Kilian
Digitalization & Sales +43 512 2070 - 3533 Curriculum Vitae
 Carina Kollmitzer | Assistant & Project Management Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Carina Kollmitzer Assistant & Project Management +43 512 2070 - 1425
 Susann Kruschel, M.Sc. | Assistant & Project Management Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Susann Kruschel, M.Sc. Assistant & Project Management +43 512 2070 - 3530
Bc. Sabine Lohfeyer | Senior Office Management & Student Support Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Bc.
Sabine Lohfeyer
Senior Office Management & Student Support +43 512 2070 - 3503
 Linda Meier | Office Management Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Linda Meier Office Management +43 512 2070 - 3501
Prof. Dr. Christian Ploder | Operational Excellence Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Prof. Dr.
Christian Ploder
Operational Excellence +43 512 2070 - 3536 Curriculum Vitae
 Magdalena Posch, BA MA MA | Assistant & Project Management Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Magdalena Posch, BA MA MA Assistant & Project Management +43 512 2070 - 3524 Curriculum Vitae
 Elisabeth Rabanser, BA, MSc | Assistant & Project Management Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Elisabeth Rabanser, BA, MSc Assistant & Project Management +43 512 2070 - 3520
Prof. Dr. Stephan Schlögl | Human-Centered Computing Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Prof. Dr.
Stephan Schlögl
Human-Centered Computing +43 512 2070 - 3535 Curriculum Vitae
Prof. Dr. Teresa Spieß | Organizational Psychology & Change Management Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Prof. Dr.
Teresa Spieß
Organizational Psychology & Change Management +43 512 2070 - 3525 Curriculum Vitae
 Valentina Wieser | Senior Office Management & Student Support Bachelor's program Management, Communication & IT
Valentina Wieser Senior Office Management & Student Support +43 512 2070 - 3504

 

Excerpt from our international faculty

After studying

Innovation and digitization are the essential approaches to enable sustainable business. Entrepreneurship requires dealing with disruption - from production to communication, marketing and sales. The job market therefore increasingly demands highly qualified individuals who can efficiently build and lead companies and shape digital transformations on the basis of a sound management education with a focus on Digital Entrepreneurship.

Professional Opportunities

MCiT graduates are successful in leadership positions, expert functions, in line management or self-employed, in the following areas and industries:

  • Automotive & Smart Production Industries
  • Innovative Start-ups
  • Media & Creative Industries
  • Consultancy & IT-Consultancy
  • FinTech Sector
  • Service Industries
  • Research & Universities

 

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

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 entrance examination is based online and therefore can be completed from abroad. You can choose for the panel interview to be conducted online 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.

Students in the MCiT Master's program have a choice in the 2nd and 3rd semesters with the Digital Entrepreneurship Labs and Projects. 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 the MCiT Master's program take place Wednesday noon to Saturday afternoon. Blocked units allow an intensive immersion into individual topics.

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.

It is not mandatory to enclose a proof of language proficiency with your application. If you already have an English certificate such as TOEFL or similar, we recommend submitting it together with your application documents.