Study Business Administration part-time at the IfM

A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BWL) in 3 years

In cooperation with the FKPV University of Applied Sciences, the IfM in Salzburg offers a part-time, modular business studies programme that will make you a versatile all-rounder for management and leadership tasks. The Bachelor’s degree is the first achievable academic degree and is also internationally recognised.
 With the degree, you also attain the prerequisite for admission to a Master’s programme.

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Why study at the IfM?

The business studies programme provides an excellent business management basis for entrepreneurial decisions. Strategic planning and goal-oriented action are crucial, especially for the successful continuation of small and medium-sized enterprises. The part-time Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration under the direction of Dr. Gabriele Hausmann, MBA offers numerous quality features:

  • Lecturers from business and science
  • Connection of personal practical experience with theory
  • Exchange of experience with other professionals and network building
  • Start possible several times a year
  • Short study time due to combination of classroom and self-study
  • Personal support from the lecturers and the IfM team

Duration: 3 years, 2-3 day block modules (approx. once a month).

Structure: 180 ECTS, modular structure, conceived as part-time with great flexibility

Dates: Start dates several times a year

Location: Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg

Admission: Matura/Abitur, university or university of applied sciences entrance qualification, University entrance exam (for people with vocational training and experience [Austria])

Degree: Bachelor of Economics (BA), awarded by the University of Applied Sciences FKPV Celje; the degree entitles the holder to continue with a Master’s programme

Tuition fees: € 18,000 (tax-exempt)
Including admission, examination and tuition fees, scripts, food and beverages,  graduation ceremony and celebration, networking events. An individual payment agreement can be arranged.

Admission criteria

  • Matura/Abitur
  • University or technical college entrance qualification
  • University entrance exam (for people with vocational training and experience [Austria])

The part-time business studies programme is particularly suitable for working professionals or those gaining professional experience who wish to attain a basic academic qualification at the same time.

Content and structure of the business studies programme

The part-time business studies programme with 180 ECTS is ideally tailored to the needs of working professionals. The rolling, modular structure with 2 or 3-day block courses per month and individual examination dates makes it easy to combine your studies with your job. You will attain your BA academic degree within 3 years.
The knowledge gained can be applied directly in your company thanks to the high level of practical relevance and the first-class lecturers from business and science.

Compulsory subjects

  • Fundamentals of Business Administration
  • Business Informatics
  • Business English (in English)
  • B2B Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance and Investment
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing
  • Management Theories
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Structures
  • Project Management
  • Purchase Management
  • Accounting and Controlling
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Business Mathematics
  • Business Law


  • Change Management
  • Intercultural Management (in English)
  • Personal Skills
  • Social Media & Marketing

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In addition to participation, presentations, assignments or examinations, a Bachelor’s thesis must be written and “defended” as a final examination.
The thesis may consist of a concrete project or management problem from the participants’ professional practice.


After you have successfully fulfilled all the requirements, you will be awarded the academic degree “Bachelor of Arts” (BA) by our partner university, the FKPV University of Applied Sciences in Celje. In accordance with the Bologna Agreement, this degree is recognised and entitles you to pursue a Master’s degree.

Tuition fees and funding

The tuition fee (tax-exempt) of € 3,000 per semester (€ 18,000) includes all admission, study and examination fees. In addition, the following services are already included in the fee:

  • Materials and scripts
  • Drinks and lunch during the modules
  • Access to the online portal “my-IfM”
  • Professional supervision during the preparation of the Bachelor thesis
  • Graduation ceremony and celebration at Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron
  • Free membership in the Alumni Club
  • Invitation to IfM networking events (company visits, regular meetings with the group)


A part-time Bachelor’s degree programme offers many advantages:

  • Study regulations with increased professional relevance
  • Internationally recognised degree
  • Connection of personal professional experience with scientifically founded theories
  • Enriching exchange with fellow students from a wide range of professional fields
  • Flexible and differentiated study programmes at the IfM Salzburg
  • Ideal personal supervision by lectors in small groups at the IfM

Your advantages of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the IfM – Institute for Management are as follows:

  • Study flexibly in a short time and alongside your job
  • Small groups and personal support from lecturers
  • Lecturers from business and science for practice-oriented studies
  • Immediately applicable concepts from homework assignments for everyday professional life
  • Development of a cross-sector network
  • The IfM stands for the best individual support for students

The following admission criteria apply for a Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration:

  • Matura/Abitur
  • University entrance exam (for people with vocational training and experience [Austria])
  • University entrance qualification or entrance qualification for studies at universities of applied sciences

No, there is no entrance test for the Bachelor’s programme at the IfM if the formal admission criteria are met. We attach great importance to getting to know our students personally and are currently able to do so in 99% of cases before the start of the degree programme. The IfM team, as well as the faculty, are characterised by a high degree of customer orientation and personal support during the study programme.

The standard duration of a Bachelor’s degree programme is 3 to 4 years, depending on the subject area and university, and comprises 180 ECTS points. The Bachelor’s degree programme at the IfM can also be completed in 2.5 to 3 years due to the rolling and modular study concept and freedom from adhering to traditional holiday periods. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and accumulation System. This point-based system was introduced with the Bologna Process in order to make academic achievements comparable, transferable and creditable everywhere.

The Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration at the IfM is structured on a part-time basis. The 2 to 3-day courses (modules) take place approximately once a month from Thursday to Saturday or Friday to Saturday. Due to the part-time concept, there are no traditional holiday periods. The modules take place on a rolling basis – i.e. the modules are self-contained. If a module cannot be attended, it will be added at the end of the programme. Missed exams can also be made up on individual dates.


The Bachelor’s programme at the IfM is a basic programme in business administration (BWL). This business studies programme therefore covers all business management contexts with the following contents:

  • General business administration
  • Accounting, financing and controlling
  • Business mathematics and statistics
  • Management theories and organisational structures
  • HR management and employee leadership
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Business English
  • Business Law

Yes, subjects from previous studies can be acknowledged, based on certificates, including grades, ECTS and the content description of the subjects (curriculum).


Many companies still make a distinction between academics and non-academics. In this respect, a Bachelor’s degree is an important basis for further career development. The Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration opens up opportunities to reach the top.


With the Executive MBA in General Management, the IfM offers you a complement to the Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Alternatively, specialised courses can also be attended, but for top management and entrepreneurs, comprehensive general management knowledge is often more important than subject-specific detailed knowledge. This is usually generated “automatically” from professional practice and experience.


The Bachelor’s programme is a basic study programme with 180 ECTS completed after graduation from school with the Matura and is completed with the academic degree BA. A Bachelor’s programme conveys the basics of the respective subject or field of study. The IfM – Institute of Management offers a part-time, practice-oriented basic study programme in business administration with a recognised academic degree.

The Master’s programme is a postgraduate programme following the basic Bachelor’s programme. In the Master’s programme, students can further deepen their knowledge and specialise in a certain subject area. At the IfM in Salzburg, we offer a classic General Management programme for managers and entrepreneurs, which can be completed after the Bachelor’s programme. Our Executive MBA perfectly rounds off your business education.

For a part-time Bachelor’s degree programme, there are no classic models such as student grants, housing subsidies, etc. Tax deductibility is a very secure and important “support” for private individuals. Among other things, educational leave can be arranged with your employer. Furthermore, there are various possibilities for employers to cover the costs of employees’ education, education loans, education cheques and also federal state-specific subsidies. Read more about financing & funding of part-time continuing education at the IfM here.

The alternative to a Bachelor’s degree is a compact certificate course on various topics. At the IfM, you can tailor these management courses very individually to your further education needs. The IfM offers the course “Business Management” in cooperation with Bankhaus Spängler especially for junior managers, entrepreneurs or their successors.


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Our graduates and lecturers are happy to provide further information on their studies as well as personal reports on how their studies have affected their network, careers and personal progress.
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