Management Skills

Are you looking for a time-flexible further education in management? This degree programme builds up your business management skills.

Do you want to determine the rhythm of your continuing education yourself? 

  • You plan your studies individually. You are free to choose the order of the CAS. 

  • You can choose the duration of your studies according to your own needs (1.5 to 5 years). 

  • You develop your business management skills. 

  • You will further develop your personal leadership skills. 

  • You can upgrade your DAS degree to an EMBA. 


  • Degree/Certificate Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS)
  • Duration Between 1.5 and 5 years
  • Schedule Depending on chosen CAS
  • Application deadline Depending on chosen CAS
  • ECTS credits min. 30 ECTS-Credits
  • Costs CHF 18,300
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern, Schwarztorstrasse 48
  • School Business School
  • Next session Depending on chosen CAS

Content + Structure


This course of study has a modular structure. It combines two CAS and one DAS diploma thesis which you write on a topic from the two CAS: 

  • CAS Leadership or CAS Leadership Advanced* 

  • CAS Business Administration or CAS Business Administration Advanced 

* Leadership experience, a current management position and at least ten days of training or further training in leadership to attend the CAS Leadership Advanced 

This self-contained continuing education in management leads to a diploma at university level. The DAS Digital Leadership is allowable to the EMBA in Leadership and Management.  

Training objective

You will acquire basic business management knowledge and deepen existing specialist and methodological skills. Also, you will develop your social and leadership skills, analyse your own leadership behaviour and reflect on current, future-oriented issues in class. 

You will write a DAS diploma thesis on a topic from the two CAS. In this way you show that you can find a competent solution to a complex topic using scientific methods. 

At the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Business School, you combine two CAS and a DAS thesis into one DAS. The CAS Leadership or the CAS Leadership Advanced is a compulsory module of every DAS. You will attend the CAS Business Studies Advanced if you already have a degree in Business Administration or Business Information Technology. 

For the DAS Diploma Thesis, you will select a suitable topic from one of the two CAS. The thesis comprises a maximum of 35 pages. You will also write a media article on the topic of the thesis. You will have eight weeks to complete the thesis and submit it on time. To register for the DAS thesis, please contact the DAS study organisation. 

In an empathic and modern atmosphere, you can expect a wide variety of learning forms. 

  • Lectures, teaching talks and exchange of experience

  • Simulations, group work

  • Company simulation, company visits

  • Study of best practice examples, case studies

  • E-Learning learning platform Teams

  • Individual coaching, development meetings, development centre

The examination forms in the CAS are modern and suitable for adults. Traditional written knowledge examinations are not usually used.  

The proof of competence of the DAS Diploma Thesis module consists of the diploma thesis and an accompanying media report.  

Title + degree

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) of the Bern University of Applied Sciences in "Management Competence" (minimum 30 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

Do you want to set individual content focus during your studies? This part-time further education in management is open to people from various professional groups and sectors.

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.

Important to know:

Specific admission requirements apply to the individual CAS.

Language skills

The language of instruction is always German. The compulsory literature is also in German. In some CAS a few texts are in English.

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 DAS programme ranges from 1.5 to 5 years.

Different teaching models are possible depending on the choice of the individual CAS. The dominant model in the DAS Management Skills is the full-day teaching block (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) approx. every 3 to 4 weeks.

Please register via the CAS study programmes.

Admission to the programme is possible according to the starting dates of the individual CAS programmes. The registration deadline for the CAS programmes is 6 weeks before the start of the respective CAS.  

The number of participants in each CAS is limited. We therefore recommend early registration. Registration for the module DAS Diploma Thesis takes place directly with the study organisation.  

CHF 18'300 
The tuition fee includes the costs of the two CAS (CHF 8,500 each) and the costs of the module DAS Diploma Thesis (CHF 1,300). All compulsory literature, course materials and the costs of proof of competence are included in the tuition fee. 


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

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