Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Executive MBA programs at the WU Executive Academy.
95% of our alumni would recommend their MBA program to a colleague or a friend.
In the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2023, the WU Executive Academy ranked #45 worldwide and #8 in the EU, #6 in international course experience, and #15 worldwide in career progress of our students.
The WU Vienna also holds triple accreditation: Less than 1% of business schools in the world have quality levels recognized by the three largest and most influential business school accreditation organizations: AMBA (Association of MBAs), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) by the European Foundation of Management.
We are located in the heart of Europe and our faculty is quite international:
Furthermore, our international residencies will enable you to overcome cultural barriers and experience business practices in different countries. Find more information on our faculty members on each program’s website.
During your MBA you will establish an extremely valuable network with your classmates. In addition, you get access to the powerful WU Executive Club:
Do you need more reasons for the WU Executive Academy? Get them here.
In general, out of all our Executive MBA students:
Since building a career is a lifelong journey, the WU Executive Academy offers the Career Accelerator Program, which helps you succeed. The WU Executive Academy supports your professional development with individual coaching, career workshops, trainings, panel discussions and webinars. You will learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, negotiate your salary and position your personal brand. All our services – many of which are provided by HR experts and executive search partners - continue even after your graduation.
In general, 59% of our alumni receive higher earnings while doing an MBA or within 1 year after graduation.*
Explore our alumni’s career stories here.
You'll expand your expertise when doing an MBA. However, an MBA goes beyond theory. It is an amazing journey. You widen your horizon by exchanging ideas with international executives and you develop as an individual when you:
Discover age, years of work experience, nationality, gender, and much more in our class profiles:
During the modules, teaching usually takes place every day from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. During some evenings, you will also meet guest speakers for additional insights.
Physical presence during classes is mandatory. It helps to build trustful relationships, which encourages students to engage in fruitful discussions and knowledge sharing. This safe place facilitates effective learning for the individual and the class as a whole. If you miss a substantial portion of a class, we will work out together how you can make up for it. For every class attended outside a student’s regular program cycle, a fee of € 200 per day will be charged.
If the planned standard period is exceeded because not all of the mandatory modules have been positively completed, a fee of € 500 will be charged for each additional semester.
With the right motivation and support from your surrounding environment, you can definitely attend an Executive MBA program next to big life events. Many of our students have begun a new career, moved to another country, or started a family while successfully finishing their studies. Therefore, we ask you to get in touch with your employer and your personal contacts to inform them and to get their support for your significant requirement of extra time for the Executive MBA program.
Modules are graded based on pre-assignments, class participation and post-assignments. While for specific modules pre- and post-assignments are in the form of exams majority of the acquired learning is assessed via papers and case studies.
The part-time format of our Executive MBA programs allows you to participate in a demanding program while being in a full-time job. The modules are organized in blocks with several weeks in between, depending on the format. Please look at the schedule for the specific program or reach out to our program managers for advice on doing the program next to a full-time job.
Our Executive MBA alumni work in diverse industries such as IT, finance, consumer goods, consulting, industry and manufacturing, or pharmaceutical. Check out our class profiles (PDF) for details:
The program is based on balanced mixture of theory and practice. Pre-module materials consist of theory, papers and articles on the current developments and case studies. Case methodology is also used during the modules. Furthermore, in class discussion consists of sharing experience and best practices among the program participants.
The WU Executive Academy offers Executive MBA programs. Some of our part-time Executive MBA programs are designed for experienced executives who are seeking a general management education:
In addition, we are offering Executive MBA programs, that combine general management knowledge and expertise in a specific function or industry:
The exact start dates of our Executive MBA programs can be found on the respective program page.
Yes, the WU Executive Academy offers a wide range of Executive MBA scholarships and financing options. Discover them here.
Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis. The committee decides whether and to what extent a scholarship will be granted by evaluating your:
Additional eligibility criteria for each scholarship can be found here.
To apply for a scholarship, you need to hand in the following additional documents:
The application deadlines for each scholarship can be found here.
For further information regarding the application process, please click here.
Yes, our Executive MBA tuition fees are fully tax deductible for taxpayers in Austria. With our flexible payment modalities, you can spread the fees over several tax periods. Learn more about the available financial benefits for individuals and companies in Austria here. However, as tax deductibility can vary greatly from person to person, we recommend that you also contact a tax advisor or inquire directly at the tax office.
If you are taxpayer of another country, please contact your local tax authorities for information on available tax deductions.
Yes, for our MBA programs you need to have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor 180 ECTS or equivalent) from a recognized post-secondary institution*.
* For the Executive MBA programs, outstanding professional experience may allow for application in exceptional cases.
If you are applying for the Global Executive MBA, Executive MBA Bucharest, or Executive MBA Health Care Management, we expect at least 5 years of postgraduate work experience, leadership experience is preferred.
If you are applying for the Executive MBA with Specialization Options, we expect at least 3 years of postgraduate work experience. Read more about the requirements here.
For Executive MBA programs taught in English, your proficiency in written and spoken English is assessed during the application process. No formal proof or certificates (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) are required. Under certain circumstances, some applicants might be asked to submit a formal proof of their language level (C1) to further proceed in the application process.
Student diversity is an asset of our MBA programs and we welcome students from all over the world. If you are a non-EU citizen, you might need a visa to enter, live and work in Austria. You can find detailed information for foreign students here.
Do you want feedback on your profile before starting the application? You can request a free profile check here.
Yes, there is an application fee of € 200, which is paid by credit card.
We have students with many different nationalities and backgrounds in our MBA programs; you can see the class profile for instance here. Once accepted into our programs, a student gets visa support from the MBA program manager for participating in modules in Austria as well as in the international immersions – which most often takes place in the USA. We have a good track record of helping students get visas, so we would just suggest you apply and take the next steps once you are accepted. Feel free to get in touch with us.
*Data acquired from the 2021 Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking, the 2019 Alumni Survey and the 2016 & 2017 Overall Feedback from our students.