Rochester-Bern Executive Programs is a foundation based on a 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 Rochester-Bern Executive MBA was established in 1995 and is addressed to national and international executives, who have several years of work experience and want to broaden their theoretical and practical management knowledge besides a demanding job. The courses take place in Switzerland (Thun), USA (Rochester, NY) and China (Shanghai). Since 1966, the Simon Business School is AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited and has been ranked in top positions among business schools worldwide. Since the beginning of 2007, Rochester-Bern also offers company-specific programs and seminars. Degree courses such as the Certified Board Member  or CAS for SME round off the versatile, high-quality offering of Rochester-Bern Executive Programs.

The Rochester-Bern Executive MBA is a first-class general management education for leaders. Our EMBA provides you with a holistic understanding of all management topics, helps you develop your leadership skills, and prepares you for a professional future where change, digitalization, and the demand for sustainability are omnipresent.

  • Why Rochester-Bern?

  • Financial framework: Build expertise in making data-driven business decisions with the holistic program that is rated #2 worldwide for economics and #8 for finance
  • Business Agility: Dive into all aspects of general management and equip yourself with the tools you need to lead with greater impact
  • Modularity: Benefit from our flexible, modular course structure with several options for pursuing your EMBA
  • Global faculty: Our renowned faculty from top business schools worldwide will help you gain a variety of business perspectives
  • Dual degree: Obtain an EMBA from the University of Bern and an MBA from the University of Rochester
  • Alumni network: Join up to four different alumni networks upon graduation



  • Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Simon Business School University of Rochester & Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Bern
  • Start: February (regular start) / October (start on request)
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Courses: 17
  • ECTS: 75 (equiv. 45 U.S. credits)
  • Format: Partime, biweekly: Fri and Sat, modular structure
  • Language: English
  • Program Cost: CHF 75,000
  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Early Enrollment Incentives: May 31: CHF 5,000 & September 15: CHF 3,000   
  • Rankings: No 2 in the world for economics (FT 2020), No 8 in the world for finance (FT 2020)
  • Accreditation: AACSB International (Simon Business School) since 1966

Student Body

Gender: 20% female students

Age: 37 (avg. age)

Work Experience: 15 years (avg. years of work experience)

Management Experience: 8 years (avg. years of work experience)


The diversity of profiles in the classroom is an important characteristic of our EMBA. Classes are composed of executives whose backgrounds range from business to engineering to medical studies. To be admitted to the program, candidates need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Middle- or senior-level manager with the potential for taking on increased responsibilities within their organization
  • University degree (or equivalent) plus at least 5 years of management experience (as a project or line manager) OR 10+ years of managerial and leadership experience in lieu of academic qualifications
  • Convincing character with a team spirit
  • Ability to set priorities and balance family, job, and studies
  • Fluency in English


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 Asia, matriculation and exam fees as well as graduation.

We know that the investment in further education can be substantial. That is why the Rochester-Bern Fund is proud to provide incentives, scholarships and reductions. For more information on these as well as information on how to apply, please visit our website:

Rochester-Bern Executive Programs
Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern

phone: +41 31 684 34 77

COO: Christine Kreis

EMBA Manager: Marisol Zorrilla