Advanced Leadership

Are you an experienced manager but still uncertain about how to lead your organisation into the future? This CAS will prepare you for the challenges ahead.

As a experienced manager, you are the right person for this work-study course in leadership. The course will build on your current leadership experience and make the most out of your potential.

  • You will deal with your own leadership skill.
  • You will benefit from a development centre with individual development discussions.
  • You will use   current, practical techniques for professional employee management.
  • You will reflect on the impact of leadership decisions through a leadership case simulation.
  • You will attend a workshop with "Living Cases"   to gain more experience in dealing practically with change.


  • Degree/Certificate Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
  • Duration 21 study days
  • Schedule Thursday, Friday, Saturday, approximately once a month
  • Application deadline 6 weeks before start, later registration also possible if places are available
  • ECTS credits 12 ECTS credits
  • Costs CHF 8,500
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern, Schwarztorstrasse 48
  • School Business School
  • Next session Please visit the German website for more information

To register, please visit the German website. 

Content + structure


Enthusiastic and challenging. The CAS Advanced Leadership deepens your knowledge in key areas of leadership. It takes you to the next rung of the leadership ladder. You will benefit from individual coaching sessions our Development Centre, a leadership case simulation and a live case  in our "Leadership in Change" module. You will also have ample opportunity to network with peers as part of this course designed to fit around your work schedule  . All this will give you the opportunity to integrate your new found knowledge and experience into your job.

Course objectives

Do you want to refine your leadership skills and advance your understanding of leadership? This course gives you the opportunity to do so.

  • You build on your professional management experience with state-of-the-art knowledge.
  • You take full advantage of potential in a variety of management areas.
  • You will gain lively insight into the leadership activities of other experienced leaders.
  • You work in a structured manner on your individual needs.

This course hones your leadership skills through a wide variety of modules.

  • Development centre for your personal development process. This consists of a development day and individual coaching sessions.
  • Leadership case simulation: active experience and individual reflection on your decisions
  • Leadership in Change - Live Case: working on change projects in your own company
  • Positive professional development
  • Positive Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Coaching as a leadership attitude
  • Team diagnosis and team development
  • Live balance not burn-out
  • Communication is key
  • Mastering challenging discussions
  • Professional appearance
  • Cultural and organisational development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Build confidence and become a better leader. Our CAS Leadership for Advanced Managers helps you achieve your potential and supports you in leading from the front.

  • Presentations, classroom seminars and talks by experts
  • Personal development coaching
  • Simulation
  • Group work
  • Microsoft’s Teams platform for document management, class material distribution, video conferencing and chats

You must attend at least 90% of the classes, write a transfer report and make a presentation. You will be required to participate in the Development Centre, Leadership Case Simulation and the "Leadership in Change" module. In the transfer report, you must demonstrate that you are able to put what you have learned in the CAS programme into practice. The third assessment is the presentation. In this assessment you will be given three situations, your task is to present to a panel of experts how you would deal with each case.

Qualification + Title

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) of the Bern University of Applied Sciences in "Advanced Leadership " (12 ECTS credits)


Our lecturers are proven experts with extensive practical and theoretical knowledge in their subject areas. They have at least a university degree plus many years of experience in higher education. 

Requirements + admission

Have you been leading people in projects or companies for several years? Have you already completed some other kind of leadership training or self-assessment? Do you want to reflect on your leadership skills, learn new approaches and broaden your horizon? This programme is designed for experienced managers.

University degree

You will be admitted to the programme with a degree from a university, university of applied sciences, university of teacher education, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, or an equivalent foreign university and at least two years of professional experience.

Higher vocational training

If you have a qualification from a higher vocational education institution (Diploma Höhere Fachschule HF, Federal Diploma, Federal Certificate of Proficiency) and several years of professional experience, you will also be admitted to the programme. However, you will be required to attend our Introduction to Academic Study before starting the CAS. Completion of this module is a prerequisite for admission to the CAS.


In exceptional circumstances applicants may still  be admitted. The head of the degree programme will make a decision based upon your application and extenuating circumstances. Please contact us. If you are admitted, you will in any case attend the course «Introduction to Academic Writing» (in German) before the first CAS.

Knowledge & Skills

  • You have management responsibility
  • You have at least 5 years management experience
  • You have completed other courses in leadership

Language skills


For all students of our CAS programmes we offer a half-day course Effective Learning. Attendance is recommended and is free of charge for CAS students. At this event, you will learn about the practice-oriented learning style used at universities of applied science.

Organisation + Registration

The duration of the programme is 21 study days, development coaching sessions are arranged individually. Classes take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08.30 - 16.00, approximately once a month. The maximum number of participants is 24.

Direct to the online registration

To register, please visit the German website. 

Documents required for registration

You can register online via registration form. For registration we require following documents (in PDF format, max. 1 MB per document): 

  • Diplomas 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Passport-sized photo (in JPG format) 

Please upload these documents even if you have already submitted them for another application. 

Organisational aspects of the CAS

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, from 08.30 - 16.00 hrs, approximately once a month.

The registration deadline for the programme is 6 weeks before the start. Demand for the programme is always high, so we recommend that you register early. If places are available, it is also possible to register later.

CHF 8,500

All compulsory literature, course materials, examinations, the Development Centre and the coaching sessions are included in the price.

Advice and information events

Study Counselling

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Information events

In addition to the information events we offer you our personal advice. By telephone or directly online via MS Teams.

Please contact us!

Phone: 031 848 34 02

Location + Facilities