Application & Admission
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Deadlines: Rolling Admission
The three deadlines for an intake in winter-term 2024/25 are:
1st deadline: October 8, 2023
Invitation to essay task on November 14
Essay to be written between November 15-18
Invitation to non-live interview on November 22
Submit non-live interview between November 23-26 (via online platform)
Invitation to SIMC Group Discussion on November 30
Online SIMC Group Discussion zoom call on December 5
2nd deadline: January 8, 2024
Invitation to essay task on February 21
Essay to be written between February 22-25
Invitation to non-live interview on February 28
Submit non-live interview between February 29 - March 3 (via online platform)
Invitation to SIMC Group Discussion on March 7
Online SIMC Group Discussion zoom call on tbd.
3rd deadline: March 8, 2024
Invitation to essay task on tbd.
Essay to be written between tbd.
Invitation to non-live interview on tbd.
Submit non-live interview between tbd. (via online platform)
Invitation to SIMC Group Discussion on tbd.
Online SIMC Group Discussion zoom call on tbd.
You can find more info on the deadlines here.
The entire application process will be completed online.
Procedure for Application and Enrolment
500-words document to be prepared individually within 72 hours on a specific master-related issue, e.g. Innovation is easier now than it was a 100 years ago, do you agree? After reviewing all essays, selected applicants will be invited to the non-live interviews.
During the non-live video interview you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your motivation and aptitude to study SIMC. We are using Kira Talent for these non-live interviews. Kira Talent is a holistic admission tool that allows us to evaluate you by assessing your program fit and key traits through timed video and written assessments. This tool allows us to virtually meet you, get a sense of your personality and potential, and understand how you think on your feet. Moreover, it helps us to guarantee a fair process for every applicant.
After the non-live interview, selected applicants are invited to the online SIMC Group Discussion Call with the senior faculty members of the department Strategy & Innovation. The purpose of this final stage in your application process is to see how you address a given business problem in teams, i.e., how you interact and work with others, and how you perform in a group discussion. This call will take place via zoom and will take approximately 1,5 hours, including a Q&A session to answer your questions regarding SIMC.
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 degree program at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary institution. Prerequisites for the Master’s Program include:
The program must comprise at least 180 ECTS credits (corresponding to three academic years).
45 ECTS credits have to be earned by passing exams in the field of business administration.
The Bachelor Program in Business and Economics (BBE) at Vienna University of Economics and Business fulfills the prerequisites.
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
A full English-taught bachelor’s program (at least 3 years) or master’s program (at least 2 years); a confirmation from the university is required to prove that the completed program was taught in English. Please note that only an exchange semester or year in an English speaking country or with courses taught in English is not sufficient.
To be considered official the document has to be stamped and signed by your university.
Full master´s program done in English (at least two years, university confirmation required)
One of the following valid certificates (official or unofficial test report): TOEFL iBT 100 or higher, TOEFL IBT Home Edition 100 or higher, IELTS 7.0 or higher (academic, general or online indicator version), 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´s program in Business and Economics; Bachelor´s program in Business Law and Bachelor´s program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences already fulfill this requirement.
3. Proof of aptitude (Selection criteria)
In addition to the admission requirements, you also have to prove your aptitude for the master’s program.
Proof of achievement potential: Valid GMAT Exam/valid GMAT Online Exam result of at least 600 points (GMAT Focus edition: 565 points)
Please allow enough time for test registration and evaluation. The official confirmation of your result, which you must upload, takes up to twenty days.
Communication skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, international orientation (these skills will be tested during the video interview)
Please note, that any kind of recommendation letters can't be taken into the consideration.
* 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.