The Rochester-Bern Executive MBA program offers a variety of benefits to executives searching for a future-oriented international further education. Here are some of the key characteristics of the program:
The program is offered by the University of Rochester (NY, USA) in cooperation with the Universität Bern (Switzerland). Participants come from all over the world and study in Switzerland, the United States, and China. During their studies, they have the opportunity to work with students of the parallel executive program in the United States.
Graduates earn an international Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Rochester (Simon Business School) as well as a national Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from the Universität Bern. The Simon Business School has been accredited by AACSB International since 1966.
The program is built on a cross-functional curriculum grounded in sound economic principles. It provides the mindset for leaders who want to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s business world. Courses are well integrated and follow a logical sequence proceeding from fundamental tools to strategic considerations and leadership skills.
The program is designed for executives and taught by outstanding, international professors. Participants come from different industries and have several years of management experience; professors teach and consult all over Europe and in the United States. Class discussions focus on real-world examples, with an emphasis on immediate application in the workplace.
The cost of the program is CHF 75,000 and payable in three installments spread over three years. It includes tuition as well as a big fraction of the expenses. Different scholarships are available (see our website for more details).
The program begins in January and meets biweekly on Fridays and Saturdays until mid-May in Switzerland. Participants then spend an intensive summer residency of four weeks at the University of Rochester. Thereafter, instruction continues in Switzerland from mid-August until graduation in May of the following year. In spring, a one-week seminar in Shanghai completes the educational experience. The total duration of the program is 17 months.
Benefits for executives
The biweekly format of the Swiss part of the program is designed for executives who do not want to interrupt a successful career and need a schedule, which is compatible with their business responsibilities. Moreover, the format enables program participants to critically review, assimilate, and apply what they have heard in class. Learning requires time and perspective, which is what the format is designed to provide. Classes are held at the Congress Hotel Seepark in Thun. Some class sessions can be attended online to reduce the time out of the office.
The general management program offers a sequence of 18 well-integrated credit courses (60 U.S. credit hours, equivalent to 90 ECTS points) which follow a logical sequence proceeding from fundamental tools to strategic considerations. In addition to acquiring management knowledge, participants develop their personality and leadership skills throughout the program. Current challenges for management (e.g. sustainability, leading change) are addressed in the framework of the courses and by senior leader guest speeches. All courses are taught in English.
Applicants may apply directly to the program or be nominated by their current employer. Selection is based on business experience, academic achievement, the potential for professional growth, and the motivation and drives to succeed in a challenging Executive MBA program.
Candidates for the program are middle- or senior-level managers with the potential for taking on increased responsibilities within their organizations. They have an academic or equivalent educational background and several years of management experience. They hold positions of high responsibility, have demonstrated the potential for advancement, and are fluent in English. Moreover, they are able to set priorities and balance family, job, and studies.
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