EMBA – the International Dual Degree Program
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Benefit from renowned academics from top business schools around the world. Exchange ideas with established business leaders who will enhance classroom discussions with dynamic guest lectures. There are also company visits throughout the program.
Upon successful completion of all examinations, you will receive a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from the University of Rochester. In addition, you will be awarded an Executive Master of Business Administration degree (EMBA) from the University of Bern if you write a Master thesis (CHF 3,000). These degrees equip you for both international and national careers in all kind of industries.
To gain more flexibility, also for your employer, you can divide your educational journey into three parts over five years: two Diplomas of Advanced Studies (DAS in Finance or DAS in General Management) and a subsequent Rochester residency.
After graduation, you can choose to become a member of different alumni/-ae associations: the Rochester-Bern Leaders Circle, the Alumni UniBE, and the Simon Business School alumni/-ae community. Benefit from exchanges between classes and institutions both in Switzerland and internationally.
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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.
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.
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.
This course applies the fundamental tools and concepts of microeconomics – economic behavior, marginal analysis, opportunity cost, supply and demand analysis, and alternative market structures – to managerial decision-making. The course also uses economic analysis and tools to provide insights into internal organizational policies, including decision-right assignment, performance evaluation, and compensation plans. The course aims to help you develop your economic intuition about a broad range of problems related to business and everyday life, so that a business approach becomes second nature.
This course aims to provide the main tools for understanding the macroeconomic environment in which a company operates. It covers the key concepts for addressing a wide range of macroeconomic questions. We emphasize intuition and application of the concepts. Furthermore, we try to give an overview that covers the most important macroeconomic areas and topics such as growth, business cycles, monetary policy, exchange rates, and financial crises.
In the era of data science, managers need to have a good understanding of the foundations of uncertainty modelling and business analytics. In this course, you will first learn about the underlying concepts of uncertainty management. Subsequently, you will study both the opportunities and the limitations of data analysis in business. Finally, you will tackle some challenging business problems using regression analysis, perhaps the most important tool of modern data science.
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:
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.
To use Information Technology competitively, your organization must embed it within its structure, culture, and business strategy. The Information Systems for Management course teaches you how to seize the vast opportunity presented when you understand the role of IT correctly. We plan to critically look at cases and stories that show how companies are using technology, as well as the opportunities and threats arising from the rapidly evolving digital transformation. The course explores a number of themes, including big data, business analytics, e-commerce, block chain technologies, and deep learning.
This course tackles the managerial challenge of creating a marketing strategy: a long-term positioning for a brand, product, or service, which can guide the continuous interactions with an organization’s customers. The Modern Marketing course introduces a framework for putting customers at the center of decision-making. As an outcome of this framework, the course introduces a rigorous and structured marketing planning process that is valuable for business managers, entrepreneurs, and consultants alike.
You will address the managerial challenges of implementing and controlling all the dimensions of your marketing strategy: defining the product, setting price, working on the distribution, and communicating with consumers. These challenges demand a clear understanding of markets and how they react to decisions, as well as constant monitoring of the actions of firms and competitors.
Pricing is one of the most important, least understood, and most controversial decisions firms have to make. Doing it poorly is easy; doing it well is a challenge. Not surprisingly, there is a growing and largely unmet demand for talented executives who have the expertise and training in pricing techniques and strategies to improve bottom-line profits. This course offers you the opportunity to delve deeper into the most relevant pricing topics, including demand modelling, product line pricing strategy, price elasticity estimation, regression analysis, competitive pricing strategy, advanced pricing analytics and cost allocation.
Operations & Supply Chain Management is at the core of any organization when it comes to designing, producing and delivering products and services that satisfy external and internal customer needs. Throughout the course, you will develop an understanding of the complex and crucial interactions between operations and other functions, particularly marketing and finance. You will identify effective measures to improve operational performance and show how this in turn improves the organization’s financial results.
Data has become an essential asset for companies to be able to operate and compete effectively. In fact, four of the six top companies in market valuation – Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, and Alibaba – base their business models exclusively on the use of data to optimize advertising. Moreover, SMEs are starting to benefit substantially from analyzing data about their operations, finances, clients, and employees. It is therefore essential that business managers understand data as a production factor and know how to extract the value it contains. This course introduces data as a production factor, explaining its unique attributes (what makes this factor of production different from others), and examines how data can transform existing organizations and give rise to new business models. Once students understand data as a production factor, this course shows them how to generate insights and gain value from it by means of various analytical and graphic tools.
This course will help you to understand yourself better through your own assessments and reflections and will encourage you to engage with your peers to self-reflect and exchange feedback. The ultimate aim of the course is for you to build on strengths and compensate for weaknesses so that you can lead your peers, teams, and organizations to your full potential. We will focus on the following:
More than ever before, technological innovation and disruption affect the way business is conducted and new wealth is created. How to master technological change and profit from innovation are therefore key questions for business leaders. They are essential for developing a competitive advantage and boosting performance in all company types – new and old, large and small – across all industries. In this course, you will not only be exposed to the latest thinking about entrepreneurship, technological change and innovation but also apply new business tools that allow you to master technological disruption. Furthermore, you will develop an innovative, real-life business project by working in small teams.
This course is designed with the objective of understanding distribution channels and how organizations can leverage them to create value, differentiate themselves in their markets, and gain a competitive advantage. Product proliferation, media fragmentation, intermediary power, e-commerce, omnichannel strategy, among other things, have converged to place a premium on effective channel design and management. The success of Apple, Alibaba, Amazon, Coupang, Mercado Libre, Rakuten, Reliance, Walmart, BlaBlaCar, Uber, Grab, Airbnb, Expedia, etc., indicates that careful attention to distribution can be tremendously rewarding. The course covers channel issues that are internal (salesforce management, account management, sales-marketing-organization interface) and external (retailing, wholesaling, trade relationships, channel conflict, channel coordination) to a firm. The contexts used to explore these issues are a mix of B2B and B2C settings. At the end of the course, you will be able to appreciate the complexity and central role of the sales and distribution functions and the vital part they play in implementing the marketing strategy.
Strategic management takes the perspective of the general manager involved with managing a business unit in its totality. The course focuses on the underlying conditions that permit a firm to develop, sustain, and capture the value of a superior strategic position. At the end of the course, you will have gained an actionable understanding of the strategy concept, enabling you to participate confidently in the strategic dialogue within your organization.
Most industries are currently exposed to the galvanizing forces of globalization. Global operations are no longer confined to mining, petroleum, or manufacturing firms but include also a growing number of small firms, even start-ups including born globals, that are looking for global opportunities. This course is designed to provide theoretical and practical frameworks that enable managers to formulate and implement an effective global strategy, specifically in the context of emerging Asian economies.
We will examine how multinational corporations can create and manage competitive advantages in response to the opportunities and challenges they encounter in global competition. The major objectives of this course can be categorized as follows:
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Please note that courses and dates can be subjects to change.
You will receive a grade for each of the 17 courses in our program. Your professors will evaluate your performance through individual online exams, group homework and case studies, individually written papers, presentations, and class participation. To culminate what you learned throughout the program, you will work in small teams on a real-life start-up idea and present your “capstone projects” to a jury of experts. After successfully completing this step, you will earn an MBA from the University of Rochester. You also have the opportunity to submit a Master’s Thesis for an EMBA from the University of Bern (dual degree).
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 require:
Fees for the EMBA program amount to CHF 75,000 (excl. Master thesis).
You may pay in three installments spread over three fiscal years to benefit from a tax reduction*. In detail:
In case you opt for the Master thesis you pay an additional amount of CHF 3,000 (payable before the start of the Master thesis).
The cost includes tuition, materials, lunches and refreshments on regular class days, accommodation abroad, university registration and exam fees, and the graduation ceremony.
The fees do not include accommodation in Switzerland or any airfare.
*Since 2016, EMBA students can deduct up to CHF 12,000 annually from their federal taxes for further education (exact amount determined by individual cantons).
Since investing in further education requires a substantial financial commitment, Rochester-Bern offers a limited number of early enrollment incentives, scholarships, reductions, and additional sources of financial support for EMBA students. We evaluate candidates’ eligibility for awards and discounts based on the time of enrollment, financial need and qualifications, as well as the select memberships below. These are not cumulative. Should a candidate qualify for more than one reduction, the larger amount applies.
Early applications benefit from a reduction.
Based on our cooperation with companies, Alumni/-ae and the Forté Foundation, we offer scholarships for exceptionally qualified individuals who receive no financial support from their employer.
To apply for a scholarship, please speak with one of our recruiters for further details and include the following in your online application:
Members of our partners can benefit from a discount for our EMBA Program. Our partners are listed here.
Please complete the online application form for your respective program choice and upload it into the application tool. We require you to submit the following and tick all confirmation boxes in the tool:
If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to participate in two personal interviews, one with an alumnus/-a of the program and one with the Academic Director.
We will let you know of our decision within one week after the second interview.
Upon acceptance into the program, we will send you an acceptance letter and ask you to pay a CHF 7,000 deposit to complete the process. We will apply the deposit towards your first tuition payment. Once we receive the deposit, we will send you further information to help you prepare for the program.
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.
“The Rochester-Bern EMBA has helped me plant the seeds which will continue to grow during future business challenges. Being able to put into practice what I just learned from outstanding professors and smart, ambitious fellow students is game-changing in VUCA times.”
“The Rochester-Bern EMBA has provided me with a comprehensive package of knowledge and application to master all aspects of a business. The excellent international faculty and the inspiring class of peers from different industries made the program truly deliver on its promise to change the way I think.”
“I really like the focus on business and finance, the outstanding faculty, as well as the customer care I received from the Rochester-Bern team! With each new course, you build on the knowledge you gained in the previous one, and the learning curve is steep. The dual degree is, of course, a plus too.”
“To successfully manage digitalization you need a holistic view and be able to connect the dots and create new digital offers. For this, an Executive MBA is an essential instrument.”
Omega awards the best Rochester-Bern EMBA student with a luxurious timepiece.