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Strategy, Innovation and Management Control

Application & Admission

We are looking for ambitious, highly motivated students with excellent qualifications and social skills. Show us convincingly that you are an apt candidate for participation in the master in Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control.

Deadlines: Rolling Admission

The three deadlines for an intake in winter-term 2020/21 are:

1st deadline: October 8th, 2019 (completed already)

2nd deadline: January 8th, 2020

  • Notification about essay: by February 21

  • Essay: February 24-27

  • Test on campus: March 16, 8-9am

  • Interviews on campus: March 16-17


3rd deadline: March 8th, 2020 (dates tba)

You can find more info on the deadlines here.

Procedure for application and enrolment




Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the MSc in Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control you have to fulfill the minimum requirements for application and proof your aptitude for the program. In case one or more of the required proofs are missing, your application has to be rejected.

Minimum requirements for application

1. Relevant Bachelor's program:

Completion of or enrollment in a relevant Bachelor's program or other equivalent degree program at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary institution. To be considered relevant, the completed program has to meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant Bachelor's program or other equivalent degree program (worth at least 180 ECTS credits). The Bachelor’s Programs in Business Law and in Business, Economics, and Social Sciences at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business are considered relevant.   

  • If you apply with an equivalent degree program, examinations have to be documented in the following subject:

    • 45 ECTS credits have to be earned by passing exams in the field of business administration.


Please note: It is not necessary to have completed this program at the time of application, proof of completion of your first-degree program is not required until actual enrollment. Nevertheless the minimum requirements listed above have to be documented within the uploaded documents.

2. Sufficient proficiency in English:

  • English as first language

  • Full bachelor's program done in English (at least three years, university confirmation required) Please note that only an exchange semester or year in an English speaking country or with courses taught in English is not sufficient!

  • Full master´s program done in English (at least two years, university confirmation required)

  • One of the following valid certificates: TOEFL 100, IELTS 7.0, TOEIC 800, Cambridge English: CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) or BEC Higher (Business English Certificate Higher), UNIcert III

  • A certificate from a university language department confirming the applicant has achieved level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The certificate has to prove that you took one or more tests to assess your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. These skills should correspond to level C1 or higher according to the CEFR. Course transcripts or confirmations about your overall language skills or certain language courses will NOT be accepted as proof of your language skills. If you are not sure whether your language certificate fulfils these criteria, please submit one of the standardized tests mentioned above.

  • Graduates of WU’s Bachelor program in Business Law and Bachelor program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences already fulfill this requirement.


3. Proof of aptitude (Selection criteria)

In addition to the above mentioned minimum requirements you have to proof your aptitude for the Master's program. (The document indicating the achievement potential has to be submitted at the time of application. In case this document is not uploaded in the online tool, your application will be rejected.)

  • Achievement potential (Minimum Requirements): 

    • GMAT: min. 550 (total score)

    • GPA (only applicable to graduates of WU's Bachelor's programs): max. 2.5*

  • Communication and analytical skills, interpersonal competencies, international orientation (these skills will be tested within the interview)


* The GMAT result is obligatory for all applicants except graduates of WU’s Bachelor´s programs. Graduates of WU can submit the weighted grade point average (GPA) of all exams completed as part of the relevant study program instead of the GMAT. They can download the GPA confirmation as a PDF (see Tools & Services). But the GMAT is also highly recommended for graduates of WU! Please note that only applicants who fulfill the minimum requirements will be further considered in the application process.  

Attention third-country nationals applicants

We strongly advise third-country nationals to use the 1st priority deadline which ends at the beginning of October. Austrian visa procedures are complex and demanding. The visa process should be started as early as possible. Please note that WU cannot assist students in visa procedures.

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