WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business

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With more than 24,000 students, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is one of the largest economics and business universities in the European Union. It is known for its broad range of fields and disciplines and numerous specializations in teaching and research. Outstanding academic quality standards, the practical relevance of the programs, and excellent job prospects for WU graduates make WU an attractive choice for students from all over the world. More than 26% of WU’s students are international, mainly from the Central and Eastern European region. The organizational structure of WU’s academic units is made up of 11 departments and 16 interdisciplinary research institutes. WU’s researchers are internationally recognized for their excellent work, for instance in fields as diverse as data analysis, open innovation, ecological economics, finance, demography, and many more. WU is known for its unique entrepreneurial and collaborative culture and its international spirit, and WU professors play key roles as innovators and highly regarded peers in a variety of scientific communities.

Triple accreditation as a hallmark of excellent quality in higher education

Attaining a place as one of the world’s top business and economics universities has always been a high priority at WU. With its prestigious triple international accreditation, WU has achieved this goal. Only 73 universities worldwide can claim triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA, the three most well-respected accreditation agencies. WU is one of only two universities in the German-speaking world to belong to this exclusive group of schools. In the summer of 2015, WU became the first Austrian university to be granted a five-year accreditation from AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). This accreditation also brings tangible benefits for WU students: They receive a degree that is held in high regard internationally, which improves their standing in the job market. AACSB International was founded in the US in 1916. It provides accreditation for institutions of higher education and the programs they offer. Based on each school’s own mission statement, AACSB evaluates the university’s program management activities, the qualifications of its faculty, its research output, and its students’ educational and career prospects. WU has been EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accredited since 2007. EQUIS was established in 1998 as part of the European Foundation for Management Development, an organization dedicated to supporting research and teaching in the fields of economics and business. After its initial accreditation in 2007, WU was awarded the maximum five-year re-accreditation in 2013. To fulfill EQUIS’ high-quality standards, WU is subject to regular, comprehensive reviews. Strategic development, internationalization, connections to the business community, and quality management are particularly important criteria in this process. All of the WU Executive Academy’s MBA programs are AMBA accredited, meaning that they meet the highest international standards. AMBA (The Association of MBAs), founded in London in 1967, is a quality assurance seal awarded to selected postgraduate programs around the world. To fulfill the association’s exacting criteria, programs must be able to demonstrate top quality and international compatibility.

Financial Times Ranking

WU’s degree program in International Management/CEMS came in at an excellent 8th place in the 2016 Masters in Management Ranking issued by the Financial Times. This ranking result puts WU in the same league as prestigious institutions like the London Business School, ESADE Business School, and Bocconi University.

International networks

WU’s network of over 240 partner universities is one of the largest such networks worldwide. As one of the leading business universities in the German-speaking world, WU is also a member of well-known and respected associations like CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education), PIM (Partnership in International Management), GBSN (Global Business School Network), which aims to facilitate management education in developing countries, and THEMIS (International Legal Network of Excellence).

Campus WU

The Campus WU opened in the winter semester 2013/14. It was designed by highly renowned international architects and has won numerous prizes and awards. With around 100,000 m2 of floor space, it offers plenty of room to communicate, discuss and exchange ideas, study, teach, do research, explore, relax, and unwind. Campus WU, located between the Messe Wien trade fair complex and the beautiful Prater Park, is a spacious campus with multiple building complexes. It is conveniently accessible by public transportation and has direct access to the Prater Park.

Vibrant Vienna

Aside from an excellent, practically oriented education, studying at WU also means that you get to enjoy the benefits of living in Vienna, located in the heart of Europe. This vibrant city has a lot to offer to WU students who want to explore life beyond the classroom: from lectures given by internationally renowned experts and panel discussions with distinguished participants to fairs and exhibitions, campus parties, and concerts, Vienna has it all. In addition to its popular, world-famous sights, the city also boasts an extensive line-up of cultural and recreational activities. A host of world-class museums, theaters, and the famous Vienna State Opera will appeal to cultural enthusiasts. The many parks and green spaces such as the Danube Island and the Prater Park are ideal places to unwind and enjoy the outdoors. WU is easily accessible by public transportation and is located only a few minutes away from Vienna’s old city center and modern shopping malls that leave nothing to be desired. There are also many cafés, bars, and restaurants on Campus WU and in its immediate vicinity.

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Master in Economics

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Austria Vienna

MSc Economics is an internationally oriented, two-year Master's program taught in English. You can choose between an Applied Track and a Science Track, select your favorite areas of specialization and study for a semester at a renowned international partner university. [+]

MSc Economics is an internationally oriented, two-year Master's program taught in English. You can choose between an Applied Track and a Science Track, select your favorite areas of specialization and study for a semester at a renowned international partner university. The program provides students with a thorough understanding of economic theories and state-of-the-art empirical methods, applying them to a broad range of policy and business topics.

One Program, Two Tracks

The master's program is a two-year full-time program for students holding a bachelor's degree in economics or a related field. You can apply either for the Applied Track or the Science Track.

The Applied Track prepares students for careers in economic policy, society, and business. The Science Track is tailored to the needs of students pursuing a career in scientific research.... [-]

Masters in Information Systems

Campus Full time October 2019 Austria Vienna

Four semesters, full-time, English-taught degree program [+]

The Master Program in Information Systems provides students with IT-related knowledge and skills with a particular emphasis on management and research topics. The curriculum allows students to individualize their studies, and encourages them to reflect on what they have learned in a holistic context. Working independently and accepting responsibility for their work are additional important skills. A wide selection of available electives gives students the opportunity to acquire a well-rounded education in the field of information technologies. Specialization options early in the program give students sufficient time to acquire profound specialist knowledge. A well-balanced mix of theory and practice and the inclusion of state-of-the-art research findings give graduates the tools they need to question standard practices and develop innovative solutions.... [-]

Masters in International Management/CEMS

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Austria Vienna

The Master in International Management/CEMS is a two-year, full-time program taught entirely in English. [+]

The Master in International Management/CEMS is an exclusive international management program which combines two degrees into one 24-months program – WU’s MSc and the CEMS MIM. The program will provide you with the know-how and skills to succeed in a global business environment and to become a multicultural as well as multilingual leader. Therefore, some of the core elements of the program are studying a term abroad at one of the exclusive partner schools, collecting work experience during an international internship and completing a business project as well as skills development workshops, many of which are co-designed by our experienced CEMS Corporate Partners. This enables our culturally diverse students to benefit from an international education providing them with the opportunity to have privileged access to the recruitment pool of highly renowned companies and to contribute to and benefit from the worldwide CEMS network.... [-]

Masters in Marketing

Campus Full time October 2019 Austria Vienna

Four semesters, full-time, English-taught degree program [+]

The master’s program in Marketing provides our graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain a thorough understanding of the challenges, customer-focused business and non-profit organizations are confronted with. Marketing traditionally helps these firms in creating value by identifying the needs of their customers and providing them with innovative products and services. But in a globalized world that is changing rapidly, there are several new developments which affect current and future marketing practices:

Effective marketing has to combine well-established planning and research techniques with a process of adaptive experimentation for more rapid learning and improving decision accuracy. Marketers encounter a growing availability and widespread use of databases derived from consumer surveys, scanner data, and interactive online media. In addition, search engines and social media have changed the way consumers obtain information, make decisions, and interact with each other and companies. This requires marketing professionals to possess advanced analytical and quantitative skills such as statistics, database marketing, and market research, but also qualitative skills to better understand changing consumers' current and future purchase and consumption patterns. The current economic crisis and scarce resources make marketing performance measurement gaining importance in current management practice.... [-]

Masters in Quantitative Finance

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Austria Vienna

The Master’s Program in Quantitative Finance is available at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) since the winter semester 2009/2010. [+]

The Master Quantitative Finance will provide you with an excellent academic and practical education to become an expert in financial methodology. It is your ideal starting point for a future career in today’s challenging and dynamic financial markets. The well-balanced curriculum builds strong quantitative skills combined with a solid knowledge base of the underlying theory of finance. Students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to use mathematical models to understand complex financial problems. A special focus lies on using the software 'R', an open source implementation of the language S for data analysis and visualization. Students benefit from the expertise of the programs' faculty, which is strongly involved in the international development community of R.... [-]

Masters in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy

Campus Full time October 2019 Austria Vienna

The master program “Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy" is a four-semester program and requires 120 ECTS points to obtain a degree. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science (WU) degree, which is abbreviated as MSc (WU). [+]

SEEP (Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy) is an innovative, internationally unique program that equips participants with the necessary theoretical background and factual information about the interconnected dynamics of economic and social systems and the physical environment. The program also enables participants to understand different problem situations and use appropriate analytical tools to engage in decision processes and longer-term policy on multiple spatial levels. The strong interdisciplinary background acquired in SEEP equips graduates with the skills to play a leading role in resolving the critical economic, environmental and social problems of the 21st century.


Masters in Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control

Campus Full time 24 months October 2019 Austria Vienna

The master program ‘Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control’ (organizational leadership master), which is taught entirely in English, prepares tomorrow’s executives for their role as organizational leaders. [+]

The master program “Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control” (organizational leadership) is a four-semester program and requires 120 ECTS points to obtain a degree. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science (WU) degree, which is abbreviated as MSc (WU). (Optional double degree in cooperation with selected partner schools.)

The master program ‘Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control’ (organizational leadership master), which is taught entirely in English, prepares tomorrow’s executives for their role as organizational leaders. The program combines theory, practice, and instruction in relevant social skills, for an integrated approach to organizational leadership. Great emphasis will be placed on developing the ability to identify new entrepreneurial opportunities and, based on that ability, to developing strategies for achieving sustained success. Also highly important is the consistent organizational planning of strategy implementation, and management control.... [-]

Masters in Supply Chain Management

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Austria Vienna

The Master in Supply Chain Management is unique both in Austria and beyond because it offers not only a thorough education in relevant theories and state-of-the-art methods and techniques but also aims to provide a transdisciplinary and integrated view for gaining a deeper understanding of supply chain related decision problems in a performance perspective. [+]

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management focuses on the analysis, design, management, and operation of supply chains in manufacturing and professional service industries. Using a broad definition of supply chain management (SCM), supply chain problems are being tackled in profit and non-profit environments. The former includes retailers, wholesalers, logistics service providers, manufacturers, and suppliers, while the latter includes the public sector and non-governmental organizations, for example in disaster relief logistics.

Advanced information systems are an important enabler for state-of-the-art supply chain management. It will be looked at the suitability of supply chain information and planning systems such as production planning and control systems as well as warehouse, transportation management, and advanced planning systems, but also at appropriate geographic information system tools for transport. Furthermore, models of supply chains will be analyzed and designed, and complex decision problems in SCM will be discussed by using appropriate methods and tools. It will be looked at supply chains from micro and meso perspectives (for example transport and logistics processes).... [-]


WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Address WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Welthandelsplatz 1 1020 Vienna
1020 Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Website http://wu.ac.at/
Phone +43 1 313360