Rochester-Bern Executive MBA (EMBA)

Rochester-Bern Executive Programs
Master EMBA
3 semester(s)
Master MBA
3 semester(s)
Thun, Bern area, Switzerland
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Master EMBA, Rochester-Bern Executive MBA (EMBA) - Das Studium
The Rochester-Bern Executive MBA allows participants to earn an international MBA degree from an accredited, leading U.S. business school (University of Rochester) as well as a national EMBA degree from a distinguished Swiss university (Universität Bern).
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Target audience

Master EMBA, Rochester-Bern Executive MBA (EMBA) - Target audience
Candidates are middle- or senior-level managers with the potential for taking on increased responsibilities within their organizations. They have an academic or equivalent educational background and several years of management experience. Within their positions, they have demonstrated leadership and team qualities, are able to set priorities, and are fluent in English.


Master EMBA, Rochester-Bern Executive MBA (EMBA) - Emphasis/Curriculum
The program begins in January and takes 17 months. Courses are held biweekly on Fridays and Saturdays in Switzerland. The part-time format of the program is designed for executives who do not want to interrupt a successful career and need a schedule which is compatible with their business responsibilities. All courses are taught in English.

Rochester-Bern builds on an open architecture and works with outstanding professors from well-known Business Schools world-wide who combine impressive achievements in academia with extensive business experience and didactic excellence.

Practical relevance

The general management program provides a holistic understanding of all aspects of business and the interconnections between them; courses are well-integrated and grounded in economic principles. Throughout the program, participants develop their personality and leadership skills.

Most courses of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA are held in Thun (Switzerland). During the summer of the first year, there is an intense four-week summer session at the Simon School in Rochester (USA), followed by an optional one-week trip to Silicon Valley. In the spring of the second year a study week in Shanghai (China) completes the curriculum.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Total fees approx.
CHF 75000
Tuition: CHF 63,000
Selected expenses: CHF 12,000

The overall costs include tuition, all books/materials, online assessments and two follow-up coaching sessions, cooperation with an alumni mentor, lunches and refreshments on regular class days in Switzerland, accommodation and some meals during mandatory educational trips to Rochester and China, matriculation and exam fees as well as graduation.

Program fees can be supported by a scholarship:


Language(s) of instruction: English
Going abroad: obligatory

  • 4 weeks summer session at the Simon School in Rochester (USA)
  • 1 week trip to Silicon Valley (optional)
  • 1 study week in Shanghai (China)

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Master EMBA, Rochester-Bern Executive MBA (EMBA) - Organisation
Rochester-Bern Executive Programs is a foundation and based on a longstanding cooperation be-tween the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester (NY, USA) and the Institut für Finanzmanagement of the Universität Bern (Switzerland). The collaboration started with the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA in 1995 and has been extended to company-specific programs and seminars for companies such as SBB, Berner Kantonalbank, Fresenius Medical Care and UBS. Degree courses such as the CAS in General Management for Board of Directors or further education in Banking and Finance in cooperation with the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) round off the versatile, high-quality offering of Rochester-Bern Executive Programs.

University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is one of the leading private universities in the United States. Its faculty and alumni have included eight Nobel Prize and twelve Pulitzer Prize winners. The Simon Business School is one of the seven schools that make up the University of Rochester. It looks back on over 50 years of experience in the Executive MBA market.

Universität Bern
The Universität Bern is one of ten universities in Switzerland and has a distinguished reputation in economics. The cooperation with the University of Rochester goes back to the early 1970s. As of 1995, the Universität Bern has been – thanks to the cooperation with Rochester-Bern – the only Swiss university to offer a U.S. MBA degree in Switzerland.

Studying in Thun

Master EMBA, Rochester-Bern Executive MBA (EMBA) - Studying in Thun
In Switzerland, classes are taught at the Congress Hotel Seepark in Thun. This four-star hotel right next to the lake provides an ideal setting for intensive study away from the hectic pace of day-to-day work. Located south of Bern, Hotel Seepark is easily accessible by car or train. The hotel offers all the usual amenities as well as meals and accommodations on class days and recreational facilities such as a whirlpool and sauna.

In Rochester (NY, USA), classes are taught at the Simon School in its executive program facilities. Accommodation is at the Rustic Village Apartment Community in Rochester. Breakfast and lunch are provided for students on all class days. At school as well as in the apartment community, students find the necessary infrastructure for their studies. The University is also well equipped for a variety of individual and group sports activities.

A study week in Shanghai, completes the curriculum. This stay is intended to enhance students' knowledge of Asian ways of doing business and to give them a better appreciation of cultural differences. Students discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China, visit local companies, and listen to presentations by Chinese managers, academics, and expatriates. Classes are organized with local partners and in various production sites and service centers around the city.

Course guidance


Rochester-Bern Executive Programs

Rochester-Bern Executive Programs
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