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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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If you would like to learn more about the Master's degree program in Leading Innovative Organizations, we strongly recommend taking a look at the curriculum. In addition, we have summarized some of the program details separately for you.
We focus on a sound, holistic educational program in management and scientific methodology that includes deeper insight into the following subject areas:
Program Director Univ. Prof. Dr. Elke Schüßler and Sandra Suleiman, BSc-, a student in the program, talk about the LIO program at the Johannes Kepler University:
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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.
The Master's degree program Leading Innovative Organizations has been designed for high potential students aspiring toward a management career at innovative companies:
Whether at a start-up company or at large companies, you can use your expertise and acquired skills:
On average, graduates in this field find a job immediately after completing the program. After 3 years on the job, their average monthly gross salary is € 3.483.
In order to be admitted to the LIO 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.
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, opens an external URL in a new window for information about preparing for the GMAT, registration procedures, content, and the schedule.
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, opens an external URL in a new window for detailed information.
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, opens an external URL in a new window for detailed information and to download an 8-week study plan.
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.
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, opens an external URL in a new window for detailed information about the application procedure, possible variations and financial aid.
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.
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).
General regulations for tuition fees at public Austrian universities apply to the LIO program. Click here for detailed information.
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.
From the online pre-registration procedure to paying tuition fees - here, opens an external URL in a new window you will find everything you need to know to help you take your first step to enroll!
There are many student dormitories located in close proximity to the campus. Click here for an overview.
We can help students enrolled in the LIO program obtain housing at the International Student Centre "Julius Raab Heim", opens an external URL in a new window. You can move into the Raab Heim starting in July, or later. However, as room availability is limited, we ask that you to apply for housing as soon as possible.
Please note that unfortunately we cannot guarantee housing at the Julius Raab Heim as our quota of rooms is limited.
How do I apply for a room at the "Julius Raab Heim"?
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After successfully completing the Master's degree program, you can opt to pursue a doctorate degree:
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