Business Administration

University of Bern

18 months
1900 USD/year
1500 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The master's degree program serves to extend business administration knowledge and academic debate regarding business administration issues. It builds on previous knowledge acquired by means of an applicable bachelor's degree program.


The "Master of Science of the University of Bern in Business Administration" master's degree program is completed over three semesters (standard duration of study) and is a mono program. Consequently, no subsidiaries (minors) are permitted.

Benefits of the MSc BA include the large selection of courses and the opportunity to organize study independently. The combination of theoretical and practical approaches to problems of business administration and independent working is the ideal starting point for a career in all functional areas of business or the public sector.

Students choose a professional profile-oriented specialism from one of the four special qualifications offered in Business Administration:

  • Financial Management and Accounting
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Information Systems

Programme Structure

The Business Administration program is worth 90 ECTS credits and consists of the following elements:

  • Special qualification (30-55 ECTS credits)
  • Optional area (15-40 ECTS credits)
  • Master's thesis (20 ECTS credits)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

For fall semester: April 30, August 31*

For spring semester: December 15, January 31*

*Late application is only possible if no visa for Switzerland is required.


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in German
IELTS or TOEFL needed


  • Mono program 90 ECTS credits


Minors offered for other degree programs:

  • Business Administration 30 ECTS credits
  • Information Systems 30 ECTS credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Individual academic requirements & language requirements


General application and Admission requirements

Applicants with Swiss qualifications and applicants with international qualifications are subject to different admission requirements.

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 950 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    1500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 750 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.

Tuition fee, Semester fee and Student Union Membership: Swiss students 805 CHF/semester, international students 1005 CHF/semester


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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