Rochester-Bern Executive Programs
Switzerland - USA
Rochester-Bern Executive Programs is the Swiss subsidiary of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester (NY State, USA) and cooperates closely with the Universität Bern. The collaboration started with the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA in 1994 and has been extended to company-specific programs for SBB, UBS Wealth Management and Fresenius Medical Care as well as open-enrollment programs.
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Facts and Figures
Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Simon Business School University of Rochester)
Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) (Universität Bern)
Academic or equivalent background and at least 5 years management experience OR 10+ years of managerial and leadership experience
academic or equivalent educational background
several years of management experience
hold positions of high responsibility
January of each year
AACSB International since 1966 (Simon Business School, University of Rochester)
Biweekly on Fridays/Saturdays and two course blocks abroad
Thun (Congress Hotel Seepark), Canton Bern, Switzerland
Rochester, Simon Business School, USA (4 week block)
Silicon Valley, USA (1 week, optional trip)
Shanghai, China (1 week block)
90 ECTS points
Tuition CHF 63,000 / Expenses CHF 12,000
Students of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA
The quality of an executive MBA program depends not only on its curriculum and faculty but also on its participants. Even though much of the content is taught either by faculty or via books and other learning materials, the exchange with fellow students is a crucial point and marks approximately 1/3 of the learnings.
Therefore, the composition of the class plays an important role. Classes of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA Program are very heterogeneous. Participants have backgrounds ranging from business to engineering to medical studies. They work in different industries and different functional areas.
Learning from peers takes place both in discussions and interactions during the lessons as well as in project work that is done at home. During the program, students work in different teams over a certain period of time. Additionally, each class is joined by the parallel U.S. EMBA class on different occasions.
Study teams are an integral part of the program. They give students an opportunity to work with participants from different industries, educational backgrounds and countries, to learn from each other, and to develop their teamwork abilities and leadership skills. Study teams meet regularly outside of class to review lectures, prepare class assignments, and work on projects. Throughout the program, students will be part of three different teams.
Student progress is monitored through homework, case studies, exams, and team projects. All the assignments connect the knowledge acquired in class to practical application. Students are graded in each class according to the U.S. grading system. No dissertation or thesis is required for the degree, but students must complete the capstone project successfully.
Each class brings together men and women with different backgrounds. They differ in gender, citizenship, education, professional function, and industry. Please find the class profiles here.
Alumni Mentoring Program
In our Alumni Mentoring Program, we connect every current EMBA student with an alumnus of our program who supports him/her in the following matters:
Admission & Application
Applicants may apply directly to the program or be nominated by their current employer. Selection is based on business experience, academic achievement, potential for professional growth, and the motivation and drive to succeed in a challenging executive MBA program. We are at your disposal to support you in the application process and to answer any questions you may have.
Applications can be submitted until November 15, 2017. Early applications by June 15 are encouraged and benefit from a discount. An application received after the deadline will be given consideration if space is available. Find out more about the numerous scholarships we offer.
- middle- or senior-level manager with the potential for taking on increased responsibilities within their organization
- academic or equivalent background and at least 5 years management experience OR 10+ years of managerial and leadership experience
- convincing character with a team spirit
- ability to set priorities and balance family, job, and studies
- fluency in English
The program is designed for executives from different backgrounds and from all industries, i.e. managers, but also engineers, doctors, bankers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, marketing or sales experts, etc. and who represent the corporate environment, non-profit organisations or the public administration. The diversity of profiles in the classroom as well as the exchange with each other are important characteristics of our program.
- Step 1: Submit your application
Please complete the online application form and click on submit. Upload all necessary documents as indicated in the online application. Please contact us in case of questions.
- Step 2: Personal interview
If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to go through two personal interviews, one with an alumnus of the program and the final program interview with our Academic Director. The interviews are based on your CV and focus heavily on business experience, but also on career development and your personality.
- Step 3: Admission decision
Decisions are made within one week after the second interview.
- Step 4: Deposit & preparation for program start
Upon acceptance to the program, a CHF 7,000 deposit is required to hold a place in the class. The deposit will be applied towards the first tuition payment. Once the deposit is paid, we will supply you with the first course books, online podcasts and further information in preparation for your program start.
After successful completion of the program you are awarded two degrees:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Rochester
- Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the Universität Bern
Tuition fees and expenses
The overall cost of the 17-month Rochester-Bern Executive MBA program is CHF 75,000 (tuition fees CHF 63,000, selected expenses CHF 12,000).
Tuition fees: including online assessments and follow–up coaching sessions.
Selected expenses: all required books/materials, cooperation with an alumni mentor, lunches and refreshments on regular class days in Switzerland, accommodation and some meals in Rochester and Shanghai, matriculation and exam fees as well as graduation.
Costs are to be paid in three installments spread over three fiscal years:
- 1st installment: CHF 32,500 (including deposit of CHF 7,000 upon acceptance)
- 2nd installment: CHF 25,500
- 3rd installment: CHF 17,000
During the summer in Rochester, executive MBA participants share the same privileges as all other MBA students in the use of the Simon School Information Technology Centre, the University Libraries, and sports and recreational facilities.
Graduates of the Rochester-Bern EMBA become members of both the international Simon Business School alumni association as well as of the Swiss based Rochester-Bern Alumni Association, the Simonites. These associations offer a valuable network of business people who share the same educational background.
Additionally, the alumni of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA get the chance to be part of the following associations: the Swiss Association of MBAs (SAMBAplus) and Beta Gamma Sigma.
Simon Business School Alumni: http://www.simon.rochester.edu/alumni/simon-school-advancement/index.aspx
Beta Gamma Sigma: www.betagammasigma.org