The Business School’s “Fast-Track” program.
Do you have the ability to visualize the impact of digitization on both innovative start-up companies and firmly established companies? Can you use your creativity to find solutions to social issues? The one-year Master’s degree program LIO provides you with expertise to build and lead successful, innovative and sustainable organizations.
The program has been designed for students who have high potential, budding entrepreneurs as well as aspiring or already established business leaders at companies and other organizations (such as NPOs, think tanks, or interest groups) who aim to confidently master future business challenges.
The Master's degree program Leading Innovative Organizations (LIO) consists of a pre-term (distance learning) phase, on-site 9-month mandatory attendance at the JKU, and a period to complete the required Master's thesis (post-term). You are free to choose your elective classes and take them during your studies.
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We focus on a sound, holistic educational program in management and scientific methodology that includes deeper insight into the following subject areas:
The Master's degree program Leading Innovative Organizations has been designed for high potential students aspiring toward a management career at innovative companies:
Information Video about the graduate degree program LIO
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We provide you with research-driven and experience-based learning in the areas of organization and leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, the digital economy, and data-driven management. Additionally, we will refine your skills to conduct independent research.
Whether at a start-up company or at large companies, you can use your expertise and acquired skills:
In order to be admitted to the Master's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.
Here is a step-by-step guide to the admissions procedure beginning with entering your personal information to paying tuition fees! We have also summarized all of the important information about the admissions procedure for you.
If you would like to learn more about the Master's degree program in Leading Innovative Organizatioins, we strongly recommend taking a look at the curriculum. In addition, we have separately summarized a few details for you.
Where can I take the GMAT test?
The GMAT® (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized, internationally recognized examination. PLEASE NOTE: The GMAT requires preparation and registering for a certain test date. Spots are limited. There are fees to take the GMAT test. Click here for information about preparing for the GMAT, registration procedures, content, and the schedule.
How much can I expect to pay for materials and
fees in order to take the GMAT test?
The examination fee in Austria is currently USD $250 (last update: April 2019). In addition, there may be fees to take preparation courses – there are different ways to prepare for the GMAT. Click here for detailed information.
How much time do I have to invest to take the GMAT test?
(Especially if I do not hold a business degree?)
It is recommended to give yourself 6 months to prepare for the GMAT. Many graduates suggest a minimum study time of 8 weeks prior to taking the test providing you are already familiar with the content. Click here for detailed information and to download an 8-week study plan.
Can I work while completing the program?
No. As the degree program is very demanding and time-consuming, you need to be fully committed to studying full-time for a 12-month period. Students who already have a background in business administration and management may be able to work a few hours during the pre-term distance learning period.
We advise students who already have a full-time job in Austria to take an educational leave-of-absence in order to fully concentrate on their studies.
Other students, particularly those starting the Master’s degree program right after completing a Bachelor’s degree, must ensure they can adequately finance themselves for 12 months as working even part-time will not be feasible in addition to completing the LIO program due to the program’s highly condensed nature.
What is an educational leave-of-absence and how do I apply for one?
You do not have to quit your job in order to enroll full-time in the Master's degree program "Leading Innovative Organizations". In Austria, you can apply for an educational leave-of-absence for a maximum period of 12 months. You must speak with your employer about taking a leave-of-absence for educational purposes and submit an application to the Public Employment Service. Click here for detailed information about the application procedure, possible variations and financial aid.
What is the difference between an Innovation Management degree
at a university of applied sciences and LIO?
LIO aims to go far beyond simple "employability", meaning just getting a job: We do not create experts, but rather entrepreneurial-thinking managers and successful business leaders. We therefore move away from a purely functional level (the "How?"). The program focuses on principles and correlations (the "Why?"). You learn how to look at the multiple perspectives of innovation, leadership and organization, honing your skills to think outside of the box; the Master's degree program in Leading Innovative Organizations at the JKU focuses strongly on strategic issues.
What is the difference compared to an MBA program?
Unlike an MBA program, an MSc program consists of a regular academic curriculum and is worth 120 ECTS credits. Also, the LIO graduate degree program focuses on specific subjects such as leadership, organization, entrepreneurship and the digital economy while also honing your general management skills. Students wishing to enroll in the LIO program are not required to show previous professional experience in leadership and management (which many MBA programs often require).
Are there tuition fees for the LIO program?
General regulations for tuition fees at public Austrian universities apply to the LIO program. Click here for detailed information.
How can I earn a full-fledged Master's degree in just two semesters?
LIO is a demanding and intensive degree program that will require your full attention during the two semesters. You will have to sacrifice the one or the other weekend during the program. You will, however, have some breaks in between as this is also didactically important.
How do I enroll my studies at the JKU?
From the online pre-registration procedure to paying tuition fees - here you will find everything you need to know to help you take your first step to enroll!
Where can I live?
There are many student dormitories located in close proximity to the campus. An overview is available here.
We can provide assistance for students enrolled in the LIO program to procure housing at the International Student Centre "Julius Raab Heim". You can move into the Raab Heim starting in July, or later. However, since room availability is limited, we ask you to apply for housing as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee procuring accommodations for you as our quota of rooms at the International Student Center "Julias Raab Heim" is limited.
How do I apply for a room at the International Student Center "Julias Raab Heim"?
Are you interested in the Master's degree program in Leading Innovative Organizations? Please make an appointment in advanced for individual consultation or stop by during our office hours:
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