PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATION

“After having finished my bachelor’s degree in Project Management and IT, I wanted to deal with the managerial aspects of enterprises in greater depth and detail. Since I am in charge of IT and organisational development projects at work, I found the master’s programme Project Management and Organisation the ideal choice for me.

The broad scope of topics in this practice-oriented study programme is in perfect tune with professional challenges. The programme has enabled me to acquire valuable skills and competencies.”

Wolfgang Schwarz, MA, Alumnus

 

Qualification awarded
Master degree programme (3 semesters, 90 ECTS credits): Master of Arts in Business; abbreviated: MA

Level of qualification
Master degree programme: second cycle, ISCED 5A, EQF level 7

Specific admission requirements
A precondition for admission to a master degree programme at a university or a university of applied sciences is the successful completion of an Austrian bachelor degree programme or a comparable post-secondary degree acknowledged its equivalent. Generally admission to universities of applied sciences is based on a selective admissions process, which usually consists of an interview and a multiple-choice test. The admission processes for the master programme Project Management and Organisation consist of a written application, an interview and a multiple-choice test.
Applicants in the master programme Project Management and Organisation programme have to show a minimum of the following qualifications on undergraduate level:

  • Project Management (4 ECTS credits),
  • Business Administration (12 ECTS credits),
  • Mathematics and Statistics (4 ECTS credits),
  • English (4 ECTS credits – not required for native speakers)
  • Law (4 ECTS credits).

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non-formal and informal)
Applicants who have acquired certain competences through prior learning can apply for the recognition of these. If the competences were acquired within the framework of a formal learning process (university or equivalent, or other recognized training / education institutions), the programme director decides on the basis of the documents provided (transcripts, course descriptions, etc.), if the prior learning credits can be transferred. If competences have been acquired in a non-formal or informal context, applicants can request a competence ascertainment test. If the applicant passes this test, the competences acquired through prior learning will be credited. Applications for recognition of prior learning have to be submitted within 14 days of the beginning of the semester in which the course is situated. Students must substantiate a request for recognition of prior learning with original documents or officially authenticated copies.

Recognition of study abroad periods
Before the study abroad period every prospective mobile student draws up a learning agreement which has to be approved by the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. In case of changes in the study programme the learning agreement may be amended. All changes have to be approved by both the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. After the mobility period students hand in their transcripts of records to the mobility coordinator, who will facilitate the recognition based on the signed learning agreements and the approved changes. The credits obtained at the host institution in accordance with the learning agreement are automatically transferred into the transcript of records of the UAS bfi Vienna with their original titles and a reference to the host institution, where the study abroad credits were obtained.

Qualification requirements and regulations
Applicants in the master programme Project Management and Organisation programme have to show a minimum of the following qualifications on the undergraduate level:

  • Project Management (4 ECTS credits),
  • Business Administration (12 ECTS credits),
  • Mathematics and Statistics (4 ECTS credits),
  • English (4 ECTS credits – not required for native speakers)
  • Law (4 ECTS credits).

 

Profile of the programme
The master programme Project Management and Organisation is a 3-semester programme in career-parallel form (Career-parallel programmes are designed for working students and take their specific situation into account. The semester takes 20 weeks and classes are held on three evenings per week and on Saturdays.). It can be divided into 7 subject areas:

  1. Project Management: specialization in Management of Project-oriented Enterprises, Project Portfolio and International Project Management.
  2. Information Technology: Process Modelling, Standard Software for Business Administration.
  3. Business Administration: Organizational Concepts, Entrepreneurship, HR and Change Management.
  4. Law: Selected Legal Questions for Project Managers.
  5. English: taught throughout semesters 1 to 3 to continuously improve students’ language skills.
  6. Soft Skills: Leadership and Intercultural Competences.
  7. Methodology Expertise: Applied Statistics, Methods of Scientific Work and Quality Management.

 

The master programme aims at furnishing students – from project management as well as business perspectives – with both theoretical knowledge and practice-oriented skills in managing project-oriented enterprises.

Key learning outcomes
Graduates of the master programme Project Management and Organisation are able to:

  • run strategically complex projects through portfolio and multi-project management in leading project management positions;
  • analyse, assess, and redesign SAP processes (business admin standard software) ;
  • analyse and assess principles of founding an enterprise from an economic point of view;
  • apply intercultural management methods in international projects;
  • analyse, assess, model, and steer processes;
  • run projects and hold leading management positions in international projects.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples
The UAS master programme Project Management and Organisation links primarily contextual competences in Project Management in the framework of project-oriented enterprises with profound knowledge in organization theory according to the POSDCoRB model demonstrating functions of future executives (Planning, Organizing, Staffing, Directing, Coordinating, Reporting, Budgeting). Thus, graduates of Project Management and Organisation (master degree programme) are qualified to work as:

  • project managers of complex projects in various industries,
  • heads of PM offices,
  • programme managers,
  • international project and programme managers,
  • project portfolio managers,
  • multi-project managers,
  • contract and claim managers,
  • proposal managers,
  • process managers,
  • quality managers,
  • senior consultants or PM consultants,
  • business analysts.

 

Access to further studies
Graduates of UAS master degree programmes are entitled to enrol in doctoral programmes at universities.

Course structure diagram with credits
  Project Management and Organisation MA (PDF, 96.71 KB)

Course descriptions in German
Course descriptions in English

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Every exam can be repeated twice, with the third examination in front of a panel of three assessors. After a negative panel exam, a student may apply to the degree programme director to be permitted to repeat the year (once only). As per the examination modalities outlined in the curricula, achievement may be assessed on the basis of oral or written exams, or project-related work. Oral examinations are open to the public (Source: Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research Unit III/7). The examination at the end of a master degree programme consists of writing a master thesis and taking an oral panel exam.

Austrian Grading Scheme (PDF, 38.95 KB)

Graduation requirements
All courses in the curriculum must be completed to be permitted to register for the final oral master's exam. Topics for the master thesis are assigned at the end of the second semester; the third semester is dedicated to writing the thesis. Students are to demonstrate their scientific competence by independently and innovatively addressing the given topic. The master thesis must be submitted in bound form and positively assessed by the supervisor. The examination to complete the master degree programme consists of the written master thesis and a panel exam. This panel exam comprises a presentation and defence of the master thesis, an oral examination addressing the interconnections between the topic of the master thesis and the relevant subjects of the curriculum as well as an oral exam on other curriculum-relevant content.

Mode of study (full-time, part-time, e-learning…): career-parallel

Programme director or equivalent: Iris Schirl-Böck, tel.: ++43-1-7201286-78