Master's in Business and Law

The course serves to extend knowledge of Business Administration and Law to master's level.

The Master of Arts in Business and Law degree program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Law (RW) and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (WISO). It is a mono program earning 90 ECTS credits. Consequently, no subsidiaries (minors) are permitted.

Students following the Business & Law degree program should be optimally prepared for interdisciplinary aspects of the professional world. The combination of studying both Business Administration and Law provides you with comprehensive tuition to prepare you for work in multinational companies, accountancy, non-profit organizations or the public sector.

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Basic information
Degree: Master of Arts in Business and Law, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 90 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono program 90 ECTS credits
Duration: 3 semesters
Languages: 70% German / 30% English 
Beginning studies: Fall or spring semester

The Master of Arts in Business and Law degree program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Law (RW) and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (WISO). It is a mono program earning 90 ECTS credits. Consequently, no subsidiaries (minors) are permitted.

Students following the Business & Law degree program should be optimally prepared for interdisciplinary aspects of the professional world. The combination of studying both Business Administration and Law provides you with comprehensive tuition to prepare you for work in multinational companies, accountancy, non-profit organizations or the public sector.

The master's degree program in Business and Law earns 90 ECTS credits and lasts for three semesters (standard duration of study). You need to achieve a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in Business Administration and 30 ECTS credits in Law. Courses are offered in German and, in some cases, English. Studies consist of the following elements:  

1. Courses earning 70 ECTS credits are offered in both Business Administration (BWL) and Law:

  • 30 ECTS credits in Business Administration: Students must successfully complete at least one course from each of the special qualification core areas in Financial Management and Accounting, Management, Marketing and Information Systems. A list of the courses offered and the core areas can be found in appendix 3. Please note: the remaining ECTS credits must be earned from other courses in the four core areas.
  • 30 ECTS credits in Law: At least 20 ECTS credits must be earned from courses in the core area of Economic Law. The remaining ECTS credits can be freely selected from the core area or from the catalog listing the optional subjects offered. A list of the courses from the core area and optional subjects offered can be found in appendix 4.
  • At least 1 seminar in one of the two subject areas
  • Free choice of courses earning 10 ECTS credits from the core areas of Business Administration (appendix 3) or from the core area of Economic Law and the optional subjects offered (appendix 4). 

2. Master's thesis earning 20 ECTS credits in Business Administration or Law (maximum of three students as joint authors)

Please note: for academic credentials in the Faculty of Law, particularly with regard to the dates for performance assessments, registration and deregistration for performance assessments and those authorized to conduct, performance assessments, the study program regulations (RSL RW 2007) for the University of Bern Faculty of Law apply.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in Business and Law (mono):

a) Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with either a major in Business Administration or Economics (and a minor in Business Administration with at least 30 ECTS credits)
  For both options, students need to have completed one of the following minors in Law: 
  - Swiss Code of Obligations 30 ECTS credits
  - Swiss Code of Obligations and Economic Law 30 ECTS credits
  - Constitutional Law and Theory of the State 30 ECTS credits
  - Principles of Law 30 ECTS credits
  - Penal Law and Criminology 30 ECTS credits
  - Public Law 60 ECTS credits
b) Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a mono in Law and courses at bachelor's level in Business Administration (minimum 30 ECTS credits)
  Students must also have obtained the following (cumulative requirements):
  - Introduction to Management 3 ECTS credits
  - Introduction to Financial Management and Accounting 3 ECTS credits
  - Introduction to Marketing 3 ECTS credits
  - Introduction to Information Systems 3 ECTS credits
  - Quantitative methods in Business Administration I 6 ECTS credits
  - Other Business Administration courses at bachelor's level (main studies) minimum  12 ECTS credits

Additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits may be required. These can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

The degree used for assessment purposes may not be more than six years old.

Language requirements

All courses are conducted in German and English. 

German language skills

Additional attainments (introductory courses etc.) are mainly conducted in German; written or oral examinations are taken in German.

If you are applying with a foreign academic qualification and need to satisfy admission requirements (in German), you will need – before starting your studies – to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in German comparable with the German test regulations set out by the Executive Board of the University of Bern.

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Application and admission

Admission requirements 
Application deadlines
 

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M A in Business and Law, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration
   

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Assessment
Steps from application to registration
 

Application with an international degree

Online application
CHECKLIST - Documents for your application / Important information
Steps from application to registration

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.