Department of Management

Global Strategic Decision Making

My Studies



In the 1st semester we focus on advanced fundamentals. In the 2nd semester we will move on to the applications of theoretical knowledge in various settings, with a focus on the chosen specialisation. In the 3rd semester you will study at one of our numerous partner universities and carry out a company project abroad. We start the 4th semester with blocked courses followed by reduced classroom-teaching to allow you to focus on your master’s thesis and master’s exam preparation.

Study mode, individual study, and attendance

We believe that practice makes perfect. Therefore, this Master's degree programme in Global Strategic Decision Making (specialisation in the Global Strategic Management course) is organised in a work-friendly manner. You can obtain valuable knowledge inside and outside of your studies through lectures, student projects, and part-time work. E-learning is used in some classes, while the weekends are in general free.

Lecture times

In order to guarantee a good work-life-balance, our courses generally take place during the following times:

  • Wednesday: from 12:15
  • Thursday and Friday: all day

Exceptions and deviations are possible, especially for tutorials and examinations. During the second semester, lessons are also planned on Mondays and / or Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. In the fourth semester, classes are scheduled from Wednesday to Friday (all day). The fourth semester is blocked before the Easter break, any classes that are scheduled after the Easter break will take place online. However, students have to physically attend their respective Master’s exam at FH JOANNEUM in Graz.

Individual Study

Learning takes place inside and outside of lectures. An ECTS credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 to 30 hours. Lectures total 30 ECTS per semester – this is equivalent to a workload of between 750 and 900 hours. Around a third of these are lectures requiring mandatory attendance with teaching taking place in the lecture hall and occasionally via e-learning or in the form of field trips. The remaining time is used by students for preparation ahead of lectures and doing follow-up work as well as studying for exams.


Attendance is compulsory for all the courses of the master's degree programme and overseen by the respective lecturer. The lectures are keeping attendance lists for each course, and they transmit them to the secretariat of the master's degree programme by the end of their course.

Failure to fulfil the required attendance of a course can be compensated by completing appropriate additional work, after the approval of the respective teacher. If this is not done, the failure to fulfil the compulsory attendance is equal to a negative assessment of the respective course. In this case, the student will have the opportunity to make up for the missed class by proving the required evidence of performance (first repetition). A negative assessment of this first repetition automatically leads to an examination before a committee (second repetition).

The relevant provisions of the FH JOANNEUM Study and Examination Regulations apply in their most recent version.