"We'll change the way you think. - It is not a slogan, it is reality. The Rochester-Bern Executive MBA with its global apporach teaches you how to think out of the box."
Andreas Jurt, Managing Director, Credit Suisse
In 1994, the Simon School at the University of Rochester was the first business school to offer a U.S. MBA degree for executives in Switzerland. Today, the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA program is still the first choice of leaders looking for an applied general management education of highest quality with an international focus, outstanding customer care, and valuable networking opportunities.
Dual Degree: Without interrupting their careers, the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA program allows participants to earn an international MBA degree from an accredited, top-ranked U.S. business school (University of Rochester) as well as a national EMBA degree from a distinguished Swiss university (Universitat Bern).
People: Students have extensive management experience, work in different industries, and come from all over the world. Faculty members have outstanding track records and live, teach and consult all over Europe and in the United States. Throughout the program, participants have several opportunities to work with students of the parallel executive program in the United States.
Format: The program starts yearly in January and takes 18 months. Courses are held every other Friday and Saturday in Switzerland (Thun). The curriculum is enriched by an intense summer session at the Simon School in Rochester (6 weeks block) and an educational trip to China (1 week block in Shanghai). The bi-weekly format is designed for executives who need a schedule compatible with their business responsibilities.
Content: The Rochester-Bern EMBA Program focuses on general management. It is built on a cross-functional curriculum grounded in sound economic and financial principles. The courses follow a logical sequence proceeding from fundamental tools to strategy considerations. They cover all aspects of general management and at the end of the program, participants are able to see the overall picture and manage accordingly.
The different aspects covered in the courses come together during the capstone project when students work in teams on a real-life business plan. This business plan project marks the end of the program and substitutes the master thesis required in a consecutive Master program. Additionally to the regular courses, a closely monitored assessment cycle supports the students in the development of their personal and leadership skills. The program is fully taught in English.
Accreditation/Rankings: The Simon School at the University of Rochester is accredited by AACSB International since 1966. Financial Times ranks it #7 in the world for finance and #8 for managerial economics (2013). Moreover, the Simon School is ranked as top #1 private U.S. business school for return on investment (ROI) by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Program Title: Rochester-Bern Executive MBA
Type of Course: part-time Executive MBA
Starting Dates : 9 January 2014
Length of Course: 18 months
Accreditation: AACSB (University of Rochester, since 1966)
Application Deadlines: Since the getting-started courses take place in November, we recommend to apply by the end of October at the latest. Early applications by June 15 are encouraged and benefit from a discount. Late applications will be given consideration if space is available.
University degree or equivalent
Language fluency: English
The tuition fee of the program is CHF 70,000, expenses amount to CHF 23,000. Expenses include accommodation and all meals at the Hotel Seepark Thun, accommodation and some meals in Rochester and Shanghai, matriculations at Universities of Bern and Rochester, all required books and materials, an iPad with accessories, examination fees, and the graduation ceremony. Tuition is to be paid in three installments, the first installment before program start and the following two installments after respectively six months.
Address: Rochester-Bern Executive Programs
CH - 3012 Bern
Telephone: +41 31 631 3477
Fax: +41 31 631 8421
Dean : Mark Zupan
MBA program director: Claudio Loderer
MBA admissions director: Petra Joerg