Master's in Business Administration

The Master’s program conveys in-depth knowledge of Business Administration and encourages academic engagement with business-related issues. The program builds on previous knowledge obtained in a Bachelor’s program.

The “Master of Science in Business Administration, Universität Bern” is a mono program and can be completed in a standard study period of three semesters. As a result, it is not possible to take on a minor subject.

The benefits of a MSc BA include the vast range of courses on offer and the opportunity to organize the program independently and flexibly. The pairing of theoretical and practical approaches to solving business-related problems, as well as the independent work, provides an ideal starting point for a career in every area of businesses or public administrations.

Students are able to further hone their professional profile by choosing a specialization in one of the four focus areas in Business Administration on offer:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Information Systems
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Basic information
Degree: Master of Science in Business Administration, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 90 ECTS 
Degree programs:
  • Single subject 90 ECTS 

 

Offer for other degree programs:

  • Business Administration 30 ECTS 
  • Business Information Systems 30 ECTS 
Duration: 3 semesters
Languages: Business Administration: German or English

Business Information Systems: German or English

Beginning studies: Fall or spring semester

In accordance with the SP MSc BWL 2015, the MSc in Business Administration comprises 90 ECTS and includes the following elements:

Compulsory electives (42 – 60 ECTS)

Subject Module (Fachmodul) 9-13.5 ECTS

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 topic modules, each consisting of 9 – 13.5 ECTS credits (i.e. a total of 36 – 54 ECTS credits). Each topic module includes 2 – 3 assessments that are related in terms of content. A topic module is passed when all its assessments have been successfully completed. An overview of the topic modules on offer can be found in
    Appendix 1 (only available in German) of SP MSc BWL 2016.

Within the compulsory electives, students are also required to complete a Business Administration seminar (6 ECTS). It is recommended that students complete the seminar before starting to write their Master’s thesis. Moreover, many institutes require the seminar to have been successfully completed before students apply for the thesis. As a result, we also recommend choosing a seminar with an eye to the desired topic for the Master’s thesis. Please be aware of the registration deadlines on CTS and on the websites of the individual institutes.

Electives (10 – 28 ECTS)

The electives consist of an elective module (10 – 28 ECTS) comprising courses listed in the Business Administration lecture program that cannot be credited to a topic module.

It is possible to obtain up to 9 ECTS credits from non-BA courses, i.e. Master’s courses taken outside the department or faculty. More information on this can be found in Appendix 3 (only available in German) of the SP MSc BWL 2015.

Compulsory elements (20 ECTS)

In order to complete the Master’s program, it is compulsory for every student to write a Master’s thesis (20 ECTS). Students can take up to a maximum of six months to complete their Master’s thesis. It is recommended that students have already obtained at least 45 ECTS credits during their Master’s studies before starting to write their Master’s thesis. A maximum of three students can work on a thesis project together.

Students are expected to consult the institutes in question (or their websites) well in advance regarding requirements, regulations and the process of writing. It is not an obligation, but also not an entitlement, to write the Master’s thesis in the chosen specialization.

Specialization

During the MSc BA, students are able to choose a specialization encompassing at least 36 ECTS credits. The specialization consists of a minimum of two topic modules as well as specified electives and/or a seminar. A specialization can be chosen in the following focus areas:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Information Systems

The specialization will be disclosed in the Diploma Supplement.

An overview of the available specializations with the courses required for each one can be found in Appendix 2 (only available in German) of the SP MSc BWL 2015.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications entitle the holder to admission to a mono degree in Business Administration:

a) Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university in Business Administration (mono or major) *
b) Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university with at least 60 ECTS credits obtained in the field of Business Administration*
c) Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university with less than 60 ECTS credits obtained in the field of Business Administration*
d) Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university abroad with at least 60 ECTS credits obtained in the field of Business Administration *
An additional requirement is the successful completion of a GMAT test (minimum score of 575) for the mathematic (quantitative) and linguistic (verbal) section. The test results must be enclosed within the application portfolio. It is not possible to complete the GMAT test subsequently, i.e. to submit the test results at a later point.
e) Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university of applied sciences with at least 60 ECTS credits obtained in the field of Business Administration. In addition, courses in Business Administration at Bachelor’s level amounting to 60 ECTS credits (requirements) must be completed at the University of Bern.
* Additional conditions or requirements may be requested (max. 60 ECTS). Requirements are to be met by the end of the student’s Master’s program and conditions have to be satisfied before the student is admitted to the Master’s program. The respective ECTS credits at Bachelor’s level will be disclosed in the Diploma Supplement as extracurricular academic attainments.

Please consult the SP M Sc in BWL for requirements regarding minor subjects.
The academic degree of relevance for the assessment (Einstufung) must not be more than six years old.

Swiss bachelor's degrees/programs

from the University of Bern

which authorize the holder to be admitted without an assessment (Einstufung):

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 120 or 150 ECTS credits
  • Bachelor Minor in Business Administration, 60 ECTS credits

from other Universities

 
from Universities of Applied Sciences

which authorize the holder to be directly admitted to the requested Master’s program with corresponding requirements (document in German) (PDF, 122KB)

 

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

Application and admission

Admission requirements
Application deadlines

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M Sc in Business Administration, 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 further questions regarding the application and admission procedure, please contact the Admissions Office.