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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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).

Petra Joerg

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.


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). In the spring of the second year a study week in Shanghai (China) completes the curriculum.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Total fees approx.
CHF 75000
Program Fees: CHF 75,000
This includes tuition, all required books/materials, online assessment 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 study week in Shanghai (China)
  • Trips to Israel, India, South Africa (optional)

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Rochester-Bern Executive Programs is a foundation based on the longstanding cooperation between 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 1994 and has been extended to company-specific programs and seminars. Clients include companies such as SBB, Berner Kantonalbank, Fresenius Medical Care and UBS Wealth Management. Degree courses as for example 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. Since 1966, the Simon Business School is accredited AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is one of the leading private universities in the United States. Its faculty and alumni have included twelve Nobel Prize and thirteen 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

Thun & Bern, Switzerland
In Switzerland, classes are held every other Friday/Saturday at the Hotel Seepark in Thun or in the main building of the University of Bern over a period of 17 months.

Rochester, USA

In the United States, you will spend four intense course weeks at the University of Rochester as a full-time student.

Shanghai, China
In China, you will enhance your knowledge of Asian ways of doing business during an intense study week filled with company visits and presentations by faculty, Asian executives, and expats.

Course guidance

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Rochester-Bern Executive Programs

Rochester-Bern Executive Programs
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