Is the University for Continuing Education Krems a public or private university?

The University for Continuing Education Krems is one out of 23 Austrian public universities – organized according to the University Act and the Federal Law on the University for Continuing Education Krems.

What distinguishes the University for Continuing Education Krems from other Austrian universities?

The University for Continuing Education Krems is the leading public university for continuing education in Europe and the only public university for continuing education within the German-speaking countries. Consequently, it specializes in the higher qualification of working professionals and dedicates its teaching and research to current and future societal challenges. Our study model is oriented toward the specific requirements of adult learners in all phases of life and especially to the needs of working professionals. At the beginning of their studies more than half of the students have over ten years of work experience. Combining this expertise with the experience of our teaching staff a high-level knowledge and competence transfer is provided equally important to the studies, ahead of the curve, and developed by the University for Continuing Education Krems as one of its key strengths. The university holds the quality seal of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) throughout combining ongoing innovation in research and teaching following highest quality standards.

What continuing education study programs and shorter continuing education programs does the University for Continuing Education Krems offer?

The University for Continuing Education Krems offers master's and bachelor's degree programs in continuing education as well as shorter continuing education programs (Academic Expert Programs, Certificate Programs and Micro-Credential Programs). Study programs that serve the purpose of continuing education are extraordinary studies and are referred to as university courses in the Universities Act 2002.  

PhD programs can be taken as regular studies at the University for Continuing Education Krems.

In which fields of study can university courses be taken?

The University for Continuing Education Krems offers university courses in the following areas:

  • Building and Environment
  • Education
  • Health and Medicine
  • Art and Culture
  • Media and Communication
  • Migration and International Affairs
  • Psychotherapy and Social Services
  • Law and Administration
  • Sensors & Digitalization
  • Economics and Business Management

In addition to the continuing education bachelor's and master's programs and shorter continuing education programs such as "Academic Expert Programs" or "Certificate Programs", the University for Continuing Education Krems is currently conducting PhD studies in the following areas:

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Migration Studies
  • Technology, Innovation, and Cohesive Societies
  • Applied Evidence Synthesis in Health Research

For a specific search for courses, please use the online course search.

The amendment to the Universities Act passed in 2021 reorganizes continuing education studies in Austria. Will the studies at the University for Continuing Education Krems change in the future due to the Austrian reform of higher education?

With the reform package of academic continuing education, which has been implemented since October 2023, academic continuing education in Austria is being reorganized. The framework conditions for continuing education studies in Austria will be standardized and adapted to the Bologna structure (Bachelor – Master – PhD). The equivalence of academic degrees enables permeability between regular and continuing education studies. In future, the completion of a bachelor‘s degree in academic continuing education will thus entitle the holder to admission to a (regular) master‘s degree program at another university. The reverse is also true: the completion of a bachelor‘s degree entitles the holder to admission to a master‘s degree program in continuing education. In addition, persons who have completed a master‘s degree in continuing education will in the future be entitled to enroll for a PhD program. 

What is a „Bachelor Professional“ (BPr)?

A Bachelor Professional (abbreviated BPr) is the academic degree awarded for a practice-oriented continuing education study program. The program is conducted in cooperation with extra-university educational institutions, with a focus on applied theory and transfer into practice based on academic quality standards. Admission to the program requires a relevant professional qualification or several years of relevant professional experience. Thus, the continuing education study program leading to the degree "Bachelor Professional" enables professionally experienced persons without a general university entrance qualification (Matura) to access academic further education. Information on admission requirements can be found on the respective study pages. Further information is available from the study directors and the Service Center for Students.

Comprising 180 ECTS credits, the Bachelor Professional is equivalent to other bachelor's degree programs and qualifies students for a continuing education master's degree program as well as for a regular master's degree program.  

The continuing education study program leading to the degree "Bachelor Professional" (BPr) is anchored in the Austrian University Act 2002 since the reform of academic continuing education 2021. The degree must be distinguished from the German title of the same wording: The German "BPr" is not an academic degree, but a professional title awarded by the Chambers of Crafts, Industry and Commerce of Germany. 

How should the Bachelor's and Master's degrees obtained through continuing education studies be assessed?

According to the Universities Act 2002, bachelor's and master's degrees in continuing education are Austrian academic degrees that can be used without restriction (e.g. use on business cards) and entered on certificates in Austria.
With the amendment of the Universities Act 2021, the framework conditions for continuing education studies in Austria were standardized and integrated into the Bologna structure (Bachelor - Master - PhD). This ensures permeability between regular and continuing education studies.

A bachelor's degree in continuing education qualifies for both a postgraduate continuing education master's degree and a regular master's degree; a master's degree in continuing education qualifies for a subsequent doctoral degree.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) degrees are supplemented by the term "Continuing Education" (CE). This suffix ensures the visibility of continuing education programs and provides evidence of specialized expertise.

What admission requirements must I consider in order to study at the University for Continuing Education Krems?

The admission requirements at the University for Continuing Education Krems vary depending on the type of continuing education study program you are aiming for.

Usually, the general university entrance qualification and several years of professional experience are required for admission to a bachelor's degree program at the University for Continuing Education Krems. An exception to this is the Bachelor Professional (BPr), for which a general university entrance qualification is not mandatory.  
Admission to a continuing education master's degree program at the University for Continuing Education Krems requires a relevant bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree in continuing education and several years of professional experience; the only exception to this is the EMBA. Admission to a PhD program at the University for Continuing Education requires the completion of a master's degree in continuing education or a regular master's degree program. 

Please refer to the respective curricula for further specific admission requirements for the individual continuing education (study) programs.

Find general information on admission here.

Am I permitted to use the Master's degree of the Continuing Education by name?

In accordance with the University Act 2002 holders of a master‘s degree in continuing education are entitled to use the full title or abbreviated version (e. g. MA (CE), MSc (CE)) after their names as well as the right to register the abbreviated form in official documents.

Am I permitted to use the Continuing Education Bachelor's degree by name?

In accordance with the University Act 2002 holders of a bachelor‘s degree in continuing education are entitled to use the full title or abbreviated version (e. g. BA (CE), BSc (CE)) after their names as well as the right to register the abbreviated form in official documents.

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