Master's Programme Organization Studies

As of winter semester 2024/2025 this programme is no longer open to new entrants.
For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »    

Faculty Faculty of Business and Management
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0413 Management and Administration
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 972
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2007W)*
Language of Instruction English
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2007W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's resp. diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme. The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 100 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Economic- and/or Social Sciences

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The exemplary course of study listed below is a recommendation for full-time students starting their studies in the winter semester. The list serves to illustrate a possible course of study and is not binding. Please note that the introductory module (Approaches to OS), which is a prerequisite for all other modules, is currently only offered in the winter semester. Any examination repetitions or their effect of delaying the study period are not taken into account in the presentation.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Approaches to Organization Studies
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Organizational Design
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Communication and Conflict

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: HRM and Organization
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Organizational Dynamics and Change
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1)

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Organizational Analysis: Research Methods
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Organizational Knowledge and Management Development
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (2)

Fourth Semester »

20 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
5 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master’s Thesis
    5 ECTS-Credits: Research Colloquium for Master's Thesis

(1) One elective module  totalling 20 ECTS-Credits from the catalogue § 8 Para 1 has to be completed.
(2) One elective module  totalling 10 ECTS-Credits from the catalogue § 8 Para 2 has to be completed.

Graphic chart »

empfohlener Studienverlauf MA Organization Studies EN

Elective Modules § 8 Para 1 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Ethics in Organizations
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Art, Culture and Expert Organizations
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Gender, Work and Organization
10.0 ECTS-Credits: HRM and Organization
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Organizational Communication and Governance
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Issues in Theory and Practice of Organizations
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Accounting and Organization

Elective Modules § 8 Para 2 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Special Topics in International Accounting
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Corporate Valuation
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Information Economics
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Risk Management
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Topics in Banking and Finance
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Financial Regulation
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Behavioral Finance
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Topics of Information Systems, Especially Social Aspects of Information Systems
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Entrepreneurship
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Marketing Performance Management
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Topics in Strategy & Marketing
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Creativity & Change Management
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Human Relation Management (I): Intercultural Human Resource Development
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Human Relation Management (II): Employment-Oriented Consulting
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

Qualification Profile and Skills

The goal of the Master's Programme Organization Studies is to develop reflective organizational competence. It is a highly interdisciplinary program, incorporating elements of the social sciences. It has a strongly international orientation and emphasizes the value of openness toward foreign ways of thought and life. In accordance with this profile, the programme is held entirely in English, involving instructors from leading international universities.

The programme conveys knowledge on various levels: Conceptual knowledge provides a comprehensive view of the work and function of organizations within their societal context, promoting the development of new perspectives. Methodological knowledge enables complex organizational connections to be analyzed and created. Elements of reflective learning offer the opportunity to further develop personal, social and communicative competences and to assume a critical-constructive posture toward self and others. As reflective practitioners and experts in complexity, graduates are able to comprehend and create complex organizational connections in a socially responsible manner and to contribute to their further development through creative impulses.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge for the analysis and development of processes and structures in organizations. They possess knowledge of the concepts and theories for the analysis and design of organizational processes; of methods for the design and development of change processes in organizations; and of the social competences required to plan and implement responsible decisions in management areas.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Career opportunities may especially be found in:

  • Management functions requiring specific organizational competences, such as personnel management, personnel development, knowledge management, creating communication relationships with internal and external stakeholders of organizations;
  • Specific organization types, such as non-profit organizations, public organizations and expert organizations (universities of applied science, media organizations, hospitals);
  • Organizational consulting: the programme offers a solid basis for entry into this area;
  • Academic careers

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)


Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang 

Associate Dean of Studies 
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Richard Weiskopf

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Mike Peters

Information for students with disabilities

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