Master's degree program IT Security: Admission requirements

Master’s degree programs build on a completed bachelor’s degree program and allow students to specialize or focus on topics in greater detail or to expand their existing expertise.

The academic requirements for admission to the IT Security master’s degree are a completed, relevant UAS bachelor degree or another degree of equal value at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institute (at least 180 ECTS points). If such equivalence basically exists, and only a few elements are missing to achieve full equivalence, the leader of the degree program is authorized to require the student to sit exams, which must be taken during the respective master’s degree, to establish equivalence.

The Bachelor's certificate must be handed in latest by 15 December 2020. This means that you do not have to wait for the Bachelor's degree to successfully apply for a Master's program.

When is my bachelor’s degree considered to be relevant?

The relevance of bachelor degrees is determined as follows, with a distinction made between full and basic equivalence:

1. Full equivalence is determined by completion of the following courses sorted by study program groups, by way of example:

  • Computer science, software
    • Software engineering, computer science, business informatics, mobile computing, information and communication systems, information management, information technology, information engineering, computer security, IT security, secure information systems

2. Basic equivalence is established by defining 5 to 7 core subject areas with a total score of approximately 60 ECTS. The core subject areas describe the central requirements students should meet so as to be able to successfully complete a master’s degree program.

Core subject area
Fundamentals of natural sciences (e.g. mathematics)
Information and communication technologies (e.g. network technology, operating systems, software development, web engineering)
Information management and information security (e.g. databases, data management, process management, network security, cryptography, application security)
Special technical subjects
Soft skills (e.g. English, personality training, legal aspects)


If such equivalence basically exists, and only a few elements are missing to achieve full equivalence, supplementary exams amounting to a maximum of 30 ECTS must be submitted at a later date to achieve full equivalence. If the required supplementary exams exceed 30 ECTS, the admission criteria shall not be deemed met.

Which requirements must I meet as an overseas applicant?

The required language skills for the respective study program are the equivalent of at least B2 of the Common European Framework Reference for Languages and evidenced by means of corresponding certification. Applicants that have a school-leaving certificate or university degree in the required language are not required to submit a certificate confirming their language ability.

A number of documents (e.g. leaving certificates) are required to show that you meet the admission requirements for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. If your documents were issued abroad, you will need to have these certified in line with the relevant guidelines so that they can be recognized in Austria – and thus by UAS Technikum Vienna. If your documents have not been issued in German or in English, you must also submit a German or English translation which must also meet certain criteria. You can select the country in which your documents were issued on the following page, from which you are then forwarded to the associated legalization regulations and translation rules.

List of countries with legalization regulations

The program director can determine on an individual basis whether an applicant meets admission requirements.