About the programme

To cope with the globally networked business world you will be coached to develop essential competences in the domains of global business management, personal leadership and intercultural cooperation.

Based on solid understanding of business fundamentals the programme offers a well-balanced mix of theoretical concepts, practical applications and personal development opportunities across all three domains.

Academic skills will be honed and practiced with an integrated approach to adopt scientific methodologies and to apply them to real business issues.

Interdisciplinary electives allow to address personal interests and enhance international exposure.

Enhancing your international and intercultural experience:

Up to half of the students originate from countries outside of the DACH region. To allow all other students to be exposed to international and intercultural conditions as well, the programme requires participation in one of the following options:

  • A course at a foreign institution in contextual studies (e.g. Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Delhi),
  • A programme at one of our partner universities,
  • An individual programme subject to approval

The programme is delivered exclusively in English and benefits from highly qualified lecturers with ample private sector and international lecturing experience.

Each domain of the programme has been designed to build consecutively competences around essential managerial activities - analyse and interpret, decide and design as well as operate and learn.

Business Fundamentals:
Online classes with lectures and guided self-study delivered by experts from industry and academia will allow you to acquire necessary knowledge fast and effectively.

Global Business:
A solid understanding of the global business environment and market conditions serves as a basis to discuss options of strategic orientations in terms of organisation, business models and digital technology.  Prototyping innovative ideas together with an international business simulation will test students´ managerial and leadership capabilities and offer personalised feedback opportunities.
Contemporary leadership models and organisational theories will be discussed and offer plenty of opportunities to experience instruments and tools. They serve to develop personal as well as organisational skills needed to drive change and transformation in organisations well founded on insights about responsible management behaviour.
Intercultural Management:
The module is designed to explicitly emphasise aspects of intercultural communication in English as well as contemporary cultural models and its implications on selected business practices and will play a major role in the integration of other subjects.
Academic Skills and Business Transfer:

Acquiring and applying scientific approaches to specific practical business problems as well as presenting results is being trained throughout the programme and will finally result the delivery and defense of a Master Thesis.

Part-time studies

This Master‘s degree programme is designed for professionals to continue their careers by offering a part-time programme compatible to the time demands of both, professional work and academic studies:

Programme features designed to help you organise:

  • Onsite interactive lectures are typically blocked within sessions of five to six weeks including exams
  • Projects, group work and self-study options offer flexible timing with selective presence requirements
  • The courses are scheduled well in advance and will be offered Fridays, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • A quarter of the course load will be delivered or available in distance learning to allow for maximum time and location flexibility
  • Modern infrastructure for online conferencing and collaboration is available to students and faculty
  • Our library offers substantial and expanding access to electronic media (e.g., lecture notes, eBooks, journal articles).

We highly recommend the work commitment for participants in part-time study programmes not to exceed 80% of normal work hours.

Quick overview

Name of degree programme  International Management and Leadership (IML)
Level of qualification according to the National Qualification Framework and the European Qualifications Framework  Master (2. cycle)
Qualification awarded Master of Arts in Business (MA)
Field of study (ISCED-F Code)  ISCED-F Code 2013: 0413 Management and Administration
Mode of study  Part-time
Length of programme  4 semester
Course timesFriday: afternoon till evening; Saturday: all day; Depending on contextual studies attendance required at Thursday evening or in two block weeks.
Number of credits  120 ECTS
Language of instruction English
Mobility windowStudy international (international experience mandatory)
Academic calendar  View the academic calendar
Examination regulations and grading scaleView the examination regulations and grading scale
Final examination   Oral master's examination
CostsNo tuition fees, student union fee Euro 20,70/semester    
Commencing studies   September
Specific admission requirements  
  • Completion of a Bachelor‘s degree or diploma degree programme (legalised and translated if required).
  • At least two years' professional experience (documented by an employer reference letter or employment contract in English or German).
  • Evidence of a language level in English at Level B2 according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Language).
ApplicationApply now - deadline for application for the winter semester: 15. May
(Application for non-EU/EEA countries except Switzerland March 1st)

Contact Persons International Management and Leadership MA

Mag. Claudia Ortner
Master‘s Degree Programme International Management and Leadership, Programme Administrator

+43 5572 7925924

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Prof. (FH) Dipl.-Ing. Wilfried Manhart, MBA
Master’s Degree Programme International Management and Leadership, Programme Director, Senior Lecturer

+43 5572 792 3312

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Service Hours:
Friday 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m
(or individual appointment)