Studiengang Details

Professional MBA - Specialization Biotech, Pharma & MedTech Management

Fact sheet


Taught language


Program Emphasis
Biotechnologie, Pharmazeutik

Course options
Teilzeit Studium, Vollzeit Studium


Mag. Willibald Gföhler, MBA
Head of the Center for Finance Business School
Donau-Universität Krems
Business School
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
A-3500 Krems


Nina Staffenberger
Center for Finance
Donau-Universität Krems
Business School
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
A-3500 Krems
Increasing demands for innovative therapies and mounting cost pressures characterize the development of novel pharmaceutical and medical products. Managers in biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies need to understand the factors driving health care systems on the one hand, and the industry, on the other hand. It is critical to have an insight to the five main areas of the value chain: Research & Development, Manufacturing, Managing Approval Processes, Marketing & Sales, and Business Development including start-up companies.

The Professional MBA Biotech & Pharmaceutical Management program builds on a solid theoretical framework and completes it with experiences of business practitioners. The secret of success for this outstanding program is the intense involvement of lecturers, who "have done it", from starting up their own biotech companies, driving compounds and products through R&D to negotiating market access with authorities.

The core curriculum of the program delivers basic knowledge in management (e.g. Managerial Statistics, Managerial Economics, Strategic Management, Strategic Marketing of Services, Financial Strategies, Principles of Negotiations, …) that is necessary for the specialized modules (Quality and Innovation, R&D and Production, Entrepreneurship and Business Development in the Life Science Industry, Marketing & Sales in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry) in the following year. In addition, the core curriculum offers the possibility to study and to learn in an international environment together with participants coming from different professional backgrounds.

The master thesis is typically built on a theoretical background (in the form of literature review) but the student's own work has a strong practical emphasis.

Program Emphasis

General Management
Quality & Innovation
R&D and Production
Entrepreneurship & Business Development in Biotech & Pharma
Marketing & Sales in Biotech & Pharmaceutical Industry


Requirements / Application

Admission Requirements:
  • Hold of an academic degree
  • In exceptional cases we accept proof of adequate working experience of 7 years
  • Very good knowledge of the English language
  • Admission test of Business School Krems, or TOEFL and GMAT (UBC application)
  • Admission Test
  • Personal Interview
  • Admission Application
  • Enrollment to the program

Important Dates

Rolling admission

Tuition / Fees

EUR 22,900
The Admission fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation expenses.

Financial Aid

1/3 scholarship for women
Three scholarships in the amount of one third of the tuition fee will be awarded to women for the Professional MBA Biotech & Pharmaceutical Management program.
weitere Informationen

50 % scholarship for citizens of CEE and/or low-income countries
Scholarships in the amount of 50% of the tuition fee (EUR 11.950) will be awarded to citizen of CEE and/or low-income countries for the Professional MBA Biotech & Pharmaceutical Management program. Scholarships will be granted on condition that the master thesis covers the topic 'Marketing Concept for the MBA programs of Danube University in ...' (e.g. the particular home country).

Duration of study

2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

Career Perspective

Graduates of the Professional MBA Biotech & Pharmaceutical Management program will be prepared to take over demanding managerial positions in (bio)pharmaceutical and medical device companies in a competitive international environment.


Generally participants have an academic degree (bachelor’s or master’s degree) or an equivalent qualification as well as seven years work experience on average in the Biotech & Pharmaceutical Industry.

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