Public Management

Do you work at the convergence of administration, politics and the public? Then this EMBA in Public Management is the perfect match for you.

Do you work in the public administration or in a non-profit organization? In this EMBA you will: 

  • become qualified for demanding management positions in the public sector. 

  • deepen your understanding of special tasks and mechanisms in the public sector  

  • refine your management skills and acquire basic business management knowledge. 

  • learn how to approach complex issues methodically. 

  • be able to apply the practical cases you study during this course  

  • network with experienced managers. 

  • be able to structure the duration and intensity of your studies, thanks to the modular structure of this EMBA 


  • Degree/Certificate Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
  • Duration max. 8 years
  • Schedule Depending on the chosen CAS
  • Application deadline Depending on the chosen CAS
  • ECTS credits 60 ECTS-Credits
  • Costs CHF 34,000
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern, Schwarztorstrasse 48
  • Department Business
  • Next session According to chosen CAS

Structure + Content


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. 

Core Studies

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. 

Advanced studies 

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.   

You benefit from innovative teaching and working methods: 

  • Expert lectures, discussions and exchanges of experience  

  • Business games, group work, action learning  

  • Company simulation  

  • Study of best practice examples, case studies  

  • Learning and working groups, intervision  

  • E-Learning, learning platform   

  • Development Centre, development meetings, individual coaching 

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. 

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. 

Admission requirements 

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 head of the programme decides according to your application - "sur dossier" - after you have applied.

Applications from abroad 

Please register with the online registration form or contact the responsible head of programme. 

The course Introduction to Scientific Study is compulsory for all students without a university degree. It provides the students with methodological skills for the successful CAS degree.  

Passerelle to the EMBA in Public Management

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.

Target audience 

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)

Student advisory service

If you have any questions you can contact the administration. 

Head of Degree Programme Passerelle

Organisation of Studies


The registration takes place online via a registration form. As part of the online registration process, we require the following documents from you (in PDF format, max. 1 MB per document): 

  • Diplomas 

  • tabular resume 

  • Passport photo (in JPG format) 

Please upload these documents even if you have already submitted them as part of another application. 

Application + Practicalities

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.

Please register directly via the specific CAS.

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. 

Information about the EMBA

CHF 34,000 

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. 


Student advisory service

If you have any questions you can contact the administration. 

Head of Degree Programme EMBA Public Management

Organisation of Studies EMBA Public Management

Location + Facilities