Are people at the centre of your job? Do you want to update your leadership skills? In this CAS we reflect together on your leadership style.

As a manager it is your job to deal imaginatively with people and resources and coordinate them. With this work-study CAS in leadership, you will be able match people with resources to make the most of their potential. Meaning that you will be able to do your job better.

  • You will examine your leadership skills.
  • You will benefit from our development centre with supportive development coaching sessions.
  • You will understand the high practical value of structured tools and methods for personnel management.
  • You will conduct a leadership case simulation to reflect on your leadership decisions.


  • Degree/Certificate Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
  • Duration 21 study days
  • Schedule Thursday, Friday and 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


Up to date. Versatile. People-oriented. With our CAS Leadership you can manage and motivate employees every day. In doing so you will take your leadership skills to the next level. Our Development Centre with individual development coaching sessions and our leadership case simulations represent the cutting edge of leadership training. Our novel methods will enable you to individually challenge and encourage your employees and improve the impact of your leadership style.

Course objectives

Lead practically with vision. By completing this CAS in leadership, you will be ready to take on extensive leadership tasks at middle management level. 

  • You will strengthen your ability to develop employees and entire teams in a creative way.
  • You will review the impression you make professionally and improve your communication skills.
  • You will actively reflect your attitude towards leadership.
  • You will lead change processes in a supportive and confident manner.

People are at the centre of this part time work-study course in leadership. This means the human aspect of leadership emphasized throughout the wide variety of modules that it offers:

  • Development centre for personal development. This consists of a development day and individual development coaching sessions.
  • Leadership case simulation: personal experience and in-depth reflection of your management decisions
  • Organisation and leadership from a systemic perspective
  • Communication and conflict management
  • Promoting and developing people
  • Lif balance not burn-out
  • Ethics and leadership
  • Leading change processes
  • Positive teamwork
  • Professional appearance

Our CAS Leadership emphasizes the human side of leadership. In this course you pursue your challenges individually to develop your leadership skills. 

  • Presentations, classroom seminars, expert talks 
  • Personal development coaching
  • Simulation 
  • Group work 
  • icrosoft’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), Bern University of Applied Sciences in 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. 

Conditions of admission

Do you want to deal with fundamental leadership issues? Do you attach importance to your leadership? Do you manage employees at lower or middle level or are you preparing for a management position? Then our CAS Leadership is just right for you. Benefit from our practical training.

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.

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. Approximately once a month full-time Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Development coaching is arranged individually. Maximum number of participants 24.

To register, please visit the German website. 

If you have 4 - 5 years of leadership experience and other leadership training, the CAS Advanced Leadership may be right for you. Feel free to contact us.

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!

E-mail: weiterbildung.wirtschaft@bfh.ch 
Phone: 031 848 34 02

Location + Facilities