Characteristics of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA
Participants who complete the 18-month program successfully are awarded two degrees. Namely, the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Rochester (it is the same degree they would receive if they studied full-time MBA in the United States) and the degree of Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the Universität Bern. Both degrees have an excellent reputation in Switzerland, the US as well as in the rest of the world.
The Rochester-Bern Executive MBA is offered by the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester in collaboration with the Universität Bern.
Students come from all over the world and study in Switzerland, the United States (4 weeks in Rochester, 1 optional week in Silicon Valley) and China (1 week in Shanghai). During their studies, they have the opportunity to work with students of the parallel executive program in the United States.
The program is built on a cross-functional curriculum grounded in sound economic principles. It provides the mindset for leaders who want to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s business world. Courses are well integrated and follow a logical sequence proceeding from fundamental tools to strategy considerations. Leadership capabilities are further improved during classes and communication workshops, teamwork and senior leader talks. The lectures are interactive and offer opportunities for close interchange among faculty and students from a variety of professional backgrounds.
Class discussions and projects focus on real-world examples, with an emphasis on immediate application in the workplace. Students are motivated to seek out new challenges, share their knowledge with coworkers, and bring new, high-powered business tools to the workplace. With this, they instantly increase the value of the sponsoring organizations. The program develops students' abilities to distinguish what is important from what is unimportant and to solve problems.
Outstanding support enables students to focus on their learning and networking activities. Program management is always available to discuss problems and offer help. The program team gives every kind of assistance needed on class days and takes care of all logistics such as ordering books, preparing materials, or making hotel reservations. Whatever difficulties arise, individual solutions are found in order to support the successful completion of the program.
The program is designed for executives and taught by outstanding international professors. Participants come from different industries and have several years of management experience; professors teach and consult all over Europe and in the United States.
Throughout company-related assignments but also outside the classroom, participants have the chance to discuss their daily challenges with professors and classmates. Moreover, they benefit from an alumni mentoring program which allows them to get career advice from experienced leaders.