MBA Aviation Management

Universität für Weiterbildung Krems
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
3/4 semester(s)
City, country:
Krems, Lower Austria, Austria
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Aviation connects people all over the globe and delivers products wherever they are needed. However, aviation is an industry exposed to severe risks because of its complexity, its global reach, its effects on the climate and its dependency on technical and technological developments. In order to master these challenges today´s and future aviation leaders and experts need a solid academic and industry-specific education. The MBA Specialization “Aviation Management” is one of the very few of its kind in Europe. The focus of the scientific-based Specialization lies on imparting Aviation Management and Businessknowledge with a strong practical orientation. It aims to find answers for the essential and most pressing managerial and economic questions confronting the aviation industry – be it Airlines, Airports, Air Traffic Management, Aircraft Manufacturers or international Aviation Organizations. The Program is intended to make an essential contribution to the students’ professional and leadership development and to help them cope with the daily challenges of their careers. It is possible to attend the "Aviation Management" Certificate Program first. The Modules completed can be credited in terms of content and financially for the MBA Program” at a later date.

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More information:

Mag. Dr. Doris Burger
Program Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Wolf Müller-Rostin
Academic Coordinator


The study program contains 90 ECTS credits:
  • 12 compulsory modules General Management (36 ECTS)
  • 3-5 elective modules General Management (15 ECTS)
  • Specialization modules (24 ECTS)
  • MBA Thesis (15 ECTS) 
Compulsory modules
  • Fundamentals of Management (MA)
  • Fundamentals of Economics (EC)
  • Controlling & Reporting (CR)
  • Corporate Financial Management (FN)
  • Strategic Management (SM)
  • Marketing Management (MM)
  • Human Resources Management (HR)
  • Leadership (LS)
  • Research Methods (RM)
  • Business Ethics (BE)
  • Business Analytics (BA)
  • Managing Complexity & Project Management (CP)
Elective modules
  • Transformative Management (TM)
  • Knowledge Management & Innovation (KM)
  • International Business (IB)
  • Managerial Economics (VWL)
  • Business Planning (BP)
  • Business Simulation (BS)
  • Applied Business Law (WR)
Specialization modules
The focus of the scientific-based Specialization lies on imparting Aviation Management and Business knowledge with a strong practical orientation. It aims to find answers for the essential and most pressing managerial and economic questions confronting all sectors of the aviation industry. The Specialization modules of the blended learning program are taught in English over the period of one year. The face-to-face units onsite foster an intensive exchange of knowledge and experiences with renowned faculty members and professionally experienced fellow students from the industry.
  • Managing within the Legal Framework, Digitalization and Future Developments
  • Managing an Airline
  • Managing an Airport
  • Managing Air Traffic and its Operations 
  • Sustainable Aviation Management, Innovation and System Risks

Admission requirements

Total fees approx.
€ 23,900
The requirements for admission to the "MBA" are:
(1) a relevant course of study (at least at bachelor's level with at least 180 ECTS credits) at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution
(2) two years of relevant professional experience
(3) completion of the inbound test as a prerequisite for measuring the learning outcomes after graduation (outbound test)
(4) positive completion of the selection process at the University of Continuing Education Krems.
In addition, admission interviews must be held during the admission procedure, during which the director of studies will select the elective modules together with the applicants and record them in a "Learning Agreement".

Entry is possible at any time.
Please note that the first examination may only be taken from 01.10. (start of semester WS) for first-time admissions after 30.06. and from 01.3. (start of semester SS) for first-time admissions after 21.12.

More information:

Blended learning option
  • General Management Core Curriculum (Blended Learning)
  • Specialization (Blended Learning)
Continuing education tuition fee: EUR 23,900

Distance learning option
  • General Management Core Curriculum (Distance Learning - German only)
  • Specialization (Blended Learning)
Continuing education tuition fee: EUR 16,900

The program comprises a total of 90 ECTS credits. The part-time variant lasts four semesters, the full-time variant three semesters. Admission is possible at any time.

The Core Curriculum is offered as an online distance learning variant (German only) and as a blended learning variant (German or English). The specialization is exclusively offered in English language as a blended learning variant.

The four specialization modules can also be booked as a Certificate Program in "Aviation Management".

The "MBA" program comprises a total of 90 ECTS credits. The curriculum consists of 12 compulsory modules, amounting to 36 ECTS credits, and elective modules totaling 15 ECTS credits. Additionally, students must choose a specialization worth 24 ECTS credits. The modules for specialization are determined by the curriculum of the Certificate Programs in effect at the time of completion. Finally, students must complete a thesis worth 15 ECTS credits. The selection of core curriculum modules and specialization electives is to be documented in a separate agreement (Learning Agreement), signed by the student and the academic director, and appended to the student's record. This agreement serves as the basis for examinations. It also specifies which modules will be completed through distance learning and which through blended learning mode.


Language(s) of instruction: English
Going abroad: möglich

Danube Business School Method

Increasingly managers are to address problems that are becoming significantly more complex. This calls for well-developed skills in dealing with uncertainty and conflicts.

In addition social skills and skills in group dynamics are getting more important role, as the enhancement of staff involvement becomes more crucial. In order to develop leadership ability in a constantly changing environment, decision makers must be able to successfully handle problems on an individual, group and organizational level.

  • Practical Knowledge: Deepening hands-on knowledge based on the experiences of successful practitioners
  • Theory: Communicating and expanding knowledge
  • Application: Bring your new learning into your workplace.
  • Case Studies: Learning and training by means of current business cases

What makes us unique?

The combination of

  • Internationalism of our staff and student body
  • Well established, highly successful, in-house teaching methods
  • International quality assurance
  • A combination of research and practice
  • Highest quality standards
  • Flexible programs and course formats
  • Well established and long-term links with industry and commerce
  • Europe’s leading public University for Continuing Education

This unique combination distinguishes all continuing education courses and programs at Danube Business School: the linking of scientific approaches with practice orientation, innovative teaching and learning methods as well as the highest quality standards.

To ensure the quality of teaching and studying, our programs regularly undergo quality assurance procedures. These accreditations enhance both the international comparability of our degrees and the transparency of our programs and courses.

Benefit from our study program

  • The Aviation Management Program has forged a reputation in the Aviation industry through its solid academic Aviation specialization and its links to managers working in the aviation industry through our renowned faculty and our alumni network.
  • The blended learning concept, the quality of teaching and the small class sizes make us stand out.
  • We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their personality, creativity and skills as next generation leaders. 
  • Our state-of the art industry-program has allowed us to instill an enterprising culture into our modules which has resulted in the Business School’s reputation as being focused on professionally experienced and motivated students from an academic point of view.
  • Being accredited by ACBSP and being a member of PRME stand for a permanent supervision of the curriculum. 
  • Our graduates are highly appreciated in the Aviation industry, be it the private or the public sector. 
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