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CAS Finance Boost

Managerial Finance & Accounting
Whether you work in IT, engineering, human resources, marketing, or another function, possessing a solid understanding of financial topics has become an essential management skill. Join our international Executive MBA class for select courses and learn to measure and track success, plan and finance your activities, and analyze data to generate new business with the CAS Finance Boost.


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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Finance
University of Bern
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Course start
February 9, 2024
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Bern/Thun, Switzerland
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Fri and Sat (Feb - Jul)
Icon of a Stopwatch – Duration
4 months
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Application Deadline
December 31, 2023
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Program Language
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Program Fees
CHF 16,600

International Excellence

In the World for Finance
Financial Times 2020
In the World for Economics
Financial Times 2020

Study Modules

Module 1 Financial Accounting

In the Financial Accounting course, we discuss the different types of financial information that stock market companies prepare. Financial Accounting creates transparency in financial markets and helps capital providers make good decisions when allocating funds. After the course, you will understand the different financial statements (balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements) that a company publishes externally. You will also understand how estimates impact the financial information that companies publish externally.

Module 2 Valuation

This course provides the conceptual framework necessary to help managers decide what investment decisions make best sense. We start with investment projects, such as replacing machines, launching new products, or building new factories, and end with the exciting topic of computing the value of companies and negotiating agreements about the acquisition and sale of companies. The perspectives presented here cover both theoretical and practical issues. While the course’s focus is on investments, the principles we develop apply to management decisions in general with a view to helping you make better choices.

Module 3 Managerial Accounting

The Managerial Accounting course uses case studies to show how managers can apply internal information within companies to make better decisions and create value. One of the key contributions of the finance function in companies is strategic decision-making and strategic performance measurement. After the course, you will understand how reports prepared by financial managers can help other managers make better decisions and how financial managers can measure the strategic process of a company.

Module 4 Corporate Financial Policy

In this course, you learn how firms interact with capital markets and why that is relevant. At the core of our considerations are three financial policies:

  • Financing policy: How should firms finance their business activities?
  • Investment policy: Which factors should guide a firm’s investment activities?
  • Payout policy: How much and how should firms return capital to their investors?

You learn how financing instruments can be used to bridge disagreements, make deals more valuable, set the right incentives, and even serve as a truth serum. You discover the power of these tools in financing decisions throughout the lifecycle of a firm, including seed financing, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings. Finally, we extend this logic to financial risk management and learn how different financial instruments can be used to mitigate risk.

Program Details

Goals & Benefits

Understand the corporate financial statements that reflect your company’s performance, optimize financial instruments to make data-driven investment decisions and mitigate risk and make informed financing decisions along the lifecycle of a firm.

You will benefit from renowned academics from different business schools, as well as exchanges with established business leaders. If desired, you may complete additional courses after the CAS Finance Boost to obtain a DAS in Finance or the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA.

Modules, Dates & Professors
Financial Accounting
09.02. – 23.03.2024
Filip Roodhooft
Professor Filip Roodhooft
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vlerick Business School, Belgium
09.02. – 20.04.2024
Claudio Loderer
Professor Claudio Loderer
University of Bern, Switzerland
Managerial Accounting
24.02. – 23.03.2024
Filip Roodhooft
Professor Filip Roodhooft
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vlerick Business School, Belgium
Corporate Financial Policy
15.06. – 13.07.2024
Urs Wälchli
Professor Urs Wälchli
University of Rochester, U.S.

Please note that courses and dates can be subjects to change.

Applied Assignments

You will receive a grade for each of the four courses in the certificate program. The professor will measure your performance through individual online exams, group homework and case studies, individual written assignments, and class participation.

Target Audience/Requirements

Classes are made up of executives and managers whose backgrounds include finance, manufacturing, business administration, IT, engineering, law, medicine, and other fields.

To qualify for the program, we ask that you have:

  • A university degree (or equivalent) and at least five years of management experience (as a project or line manager)
    Over ten years of high-level managerial and leadership experience in lieu of academic qualifications
  • Middle or senior management experience with the potential for taking on increased responsibilities within the organization
  • A convincing character and the ability to work in a team
  • The ability to set priorities to successfully balance your job, studies, and personal life
  • Fluency in English
Program Fees

Program fees amount to CHF 16,600 (in one installment). The price includes tuition, materials, lunches and refreshments on regular class days, university registration, and exam fees. The fees do not include accommodation in Bern or Thun.

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Step 1
Online Application

Please complete the online application form for your respective program choice and upload it onto the application tool. We require you to submit the following and tick all confirmation boxes in the tool:

  • Two recommendation forms
  • Statement of company approval
  • CV/resume
  • Official diploma and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation
  • Portrait photo
  • Copy of passport or ID card
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Step 2
Personal Interview

If you meet the admissions requirements, a member of our recruitment team will contact you to set up a personal conversation. We let you know of our decision within one week after your personal interview.

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Step 3
Payment & Preparation for the Program

Upon acceptance to the program, we will send you a letter of acceptance and ask you to pay the program fee of CHF 16,600 to complete the process. Once we receive your payment, we will send you further information to help you prepare for the program start.

Class Statistics

In our classes, we seek to combine a diversity of profiles to provide you with the most beneficial classroom experience and professional network possible. Here you can find the statistics of a typical class.


Functional Background

Industry Background

(female students)
Work Experience
Management Experience
23% 39 16 9

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Modular EMBA

To provide you with additional flexibility, we offer a modular version of our EMBA. You have the option of beginning with a Certificate or Diploma of Advanced Studies (CAS or DAS) and pursuing the rest of the EMBA within five years. It is also possible to complete a certificate or diploma without continuing further EMBA studies.
Asia Experience
1 week
DAS in General
8 months

DAS in General Management

After successfully completing the general management portion of the program (CAS Business Transformation, CAS Big Data & Supply Chain and Asia Experience), you will be awarded a DAS in General Management with focus Business Agility.

Executive MBA
16 months

Executive MBA

The Rochester-Bern EMBA begins in February and runs for a period of 16 months. For additional flexibility, you may split your studies into three parts over five years: two Diplomas of Advanced Studies (DAS in Finance or DAS in General Management) and a subsequent residency at the University of Rochester.

DAS in Finance
6 months

DAS in Finance

Once you successfully complete the foundational courses in finance and economics (CAS Finance Boost and CAS Economics & Statistics), you will receive a DAS in Finance with focus Business Analysis.

CAS Business
CAS Big Data
& Supply Chain
Rochester U.S.
4 weeks
CAS Economics
& Statistics
CAS Finance

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