The EMBA strives to create public sector managers who are productive and lead their organisations effectively. In this work-study EMBA you will benefit from our fundamental knowledge of the public sector. After your leadership training, you will be able to cope with a variety of complex tasks. Furthermore, you will become familiar with the mechanisms of public administration and approach the challenges they entail positively. You know how to approach and implement business management in administration.
With your knowledge of the public sector, you will be able to foresee difficulties and approach them systematically to minimise risks and achieve the best results possible. This will demonstrate your technical and management competence and a positive attitude towards personal development to any prospective employer.
Goals & Competencies
This EMBA in leadership and management provides you with the necessary tools and expertise to face the continuous modernization process in public administration.
You acquire fundamental business management knowledge, master leadership tools and develop an in-depth understanding of the special tasks and mechanisms of the public sector.
You develop a methodical approach to complex issues.
You gain the qualifications necessary for demanding management positions in the public sector. In particular for line management positions as a departmental manager, social services manager, office manager, project manager etc. Your future employers are the government, cantons, cities and larger municipalities, state companies and non-proﬁt organizations, as well as private sector contractors for the public sector.
This EMBA is modularly structured: Four CASs and the subsequent master’s thesis will lead you to an EMBA degree. You are free to choose the order of the CASs.
The core studies focus on business management issues. You complete one CAS business administration and one CAS in leadership:
CAS Business Administration for Specialists and Executives or CAS Business Administration for experienced professionals (compulsory CAS 1) If you already have several years of experience in public management then you should attend the CAS Business Administration for Advanced Students.
CAS Leadership or CAS Leadership for Advanced Managers (compulsory CAS 2). Again, if you have some management experience then you should attend the CAS Leadership for Advanced Students.
You complete two of the following CAS:
CAS Public Management & Politics
CAS Public Management & Development
CAS Public Affairs & Lobbying
CAS Digital Organisation
The CAS Public Affairs & Lobbying is offered by the BFH Business School in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences in Neuchâtel.
Do you have a sound educational background? Then you can choose from additional CASs. Please contact the head of the programme who will advise you about your options.
The practical nature of the course complimented by the types of assessment, which are very much geared to operational and practical situations. The primary form of examination is a “transfer report”, in which course content is applied to the student’s own organisation, experience etc. The type of assessment and didactics used in each CAS varies according to the learning objectives of the course.
Title + conclusion
Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the Bern University of Applied Sciences with a major in Public Management (60 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.
Head of Degree Programme
Eligibility & Entry
Are you an ambitious specialist or manager? Then we will be happy to guide you along your chosen career path. If you want varied subject matter and individual freedom, this EMBA is perfect for you.
You will be admitted to the course with a university degree and at least two years of related work experience. Admission is also possible with an equivalent education or training and several years of work experience. If this is the case, you must attend the course Introduction to Scientific Study. This is compulsory for all students without a university degree. You may be granted dispensation from this module if you have already it as part of another CAS.
The so-called "passerelle" is a special bridging course for graduates of the canton of Bern’s municipality training programme that allows them to study for this EMBA without previous academic qualifications.
The target audience is primarily canton of Bern’s municipality training programme. However, it is also open to managers in public administration with an equivalent education, who wish to further their knowledge of the topic and improve their workplace performance. The program is specifically aimed at lower and middle management who work in demanding functions in public administration.
Please contact the head of the programme to find out more about the exact requirements.
Content, costs and impact
You will write four scientific reports. In these reports you will describe, analyse and apply your previous educational experience to your current role in public administration. In order to write these repots successfully, you will have to attend the necessary training courses in advance.
The cost of the passerelle is CHF 4'500.
Parts of your previous education can be credited toward the "EMBA Public Management". Thus, reducing the duration and cost of your course
Further information Passerelle EMBA in Public Management (in German)
The maximum duration for completion is 8 years. Admission for the program is possible according to the starting dates of the individual CAS. The application deadlines are found in the descriptions for the specific CAS.
All tuition fees for the individual CAS courses conclude to a total of CHF 34,000. Additional costs for the master’s thesis module (CHF 2,500) are not applicable if all ECTS credits have been earned at the BFH or within the framework of our cooperative study programs.
All compulsory literature, course materials and proof of competence are included in the costs.