Business Administration

Kick-start your career with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Our practice-oriented, interdisciplinary degree programme prepares you for specialised management functions.

This degree programme:

  • is aimed at individuals who are curious, solution-driven and eager to learn;
  • requires you to demonstrate a level of suitability for the field and approach your studies with motivation, an interest in business topics, versatility, healthy ambition and enthusiasm;
  • offers experiential, interdisciplinary business training at a first-rate educational institute;
  • thoroughly prepares you for leadership and other positions in industry, services or administration.
Bachelor Business Administration

Factsheet

  • Title/Degree Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Administration
  • Specialisations Accounting & Controlling (German)
    Banking & Finance (English)
    Digital Business Management (English)
    Digital Government (German)
    Human Resource Management (German)
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship (English)
    Sustainable Business (German & English)
    Global Management (English)
    Marketing (German & English)
  • Mode of study Full-time (6 semesters), Work-study/Part-time (8 semesters)
  • Start date Autumn: Calendar week 38 with two orientation days in calendar week 37
  • Application deadline 31 July
    (guaranteed spaces until 31 March)
  • ECTS credits 180 ECTS credits
  • Study language German, some English
  • Location Bern
  • Department Business

Downloads (in German)

  • Programme Handbook

Studienführer BSc Betriebsökonomie

  • Brochures

FAQ - Antworten auf häufig gestellte Fragen

Content + Structure

Our Bachelor's programme in Business Administration offers students the perfect combination of study and career and prepares you for the complexities of everyday work life. The degree is also the basis for a consecutive master’s degree (MSc) or for possible further education courses.

Portrait

The degree course in Business Administration deals with internal and external company processes as well as various tasks and functions within the company (marketing, finance and accounting, controlling, human resources, production, logistics, strategy and planning, etc.). Future-oriented questions concerning the orientation of the company as well as the appropriate  design of the environment and optimal interaction with the environment are the focus of attention. 

The course content ideally combines professional, methodological, social and personal competence. The result is a course of study that is optimally geared to the requirements of a future specialist and a management career. 

Training objectives

At the end of your studies: 

  • you have sound basic and specialist knowledge in the various fields of business administration, 

  • you will be able to recognise, analyse, network, and solve economic issues and interrelationships from practical experience, 

  • you have acquired the relevant skills to compete in the digital world successfully, 

  • you also have those skills that are particularly important in 21st century working environments: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, 

  • you work efficiently and set the right priorities, 

  • you can reflect on your behaviour and are able to work in a team and manage conflicts,  

  • you are able to work under pressure and adapt flexibly to new situations and requirements. 

Study form + duration

The course is modular, i.e. the different topics are dealt with in separate modules. Upon completion of a module, students receive the corresponding ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). An ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 30 hours.
A module for which 3 ECTS credits are distributed thus corresponds to a workload of 90 hours.

This workload is divided into teaching hours, preparation and follow-up work (independent studies), the processing of e-learning material, examination preparation, task processing and other examinations.

Full-time studies usually take 3 years or 6 semesters. The amount of work involved is roughly equivalent to a full-time job. Classroom courses take place from Monday to Friday. 

In the special and examination weeks, attendance events can take place from Monday to Saturday; the concrete dates will be communicated in good time. No compulsory courses take place during the attendance-free period. 

Part-time studies usually last for 4 years or 8 semesters - longer with lower workload is also possible. Contact lessons during the first three semesters take place on Mondays and Tuesdays full day and occasionally on Saturdays until 16h00 at the latest. From the 4th semester onwards, the attendance depends on the modules you’ve chosen and your specialisation. Approximately 2.5 days are to be expected for contact lessons.

If you pursue a professional career while studying and can prove that you have applied what you have learnt at the Business School to your job, you can apply for credits towards your degree (max. 12 ECTS).

In the special and examination weeks, attendance events can take place from Monday to Saturday;, the concrete dates will be communicated in good time. No compulsory courses take place during the attendance-free period 

Specialisation

This specialisation is especially designed for students who want to work in financial management, auditing or controlling. After completing this specialisation, you will have knowledge of the latest accounting and tax standards and controlling systems. In addition, you will use state-of-the-art digital tools - and all this in cooperation with leading auditing companies.

With over 200,000 employees, the financial sector plays an important role in the Swiss economy. This specialisation gives you a sound basis in financial economics and financial management. It focuses on topics relating to asset and risk management. In addition, you will be prepared for an increasingly digital financial world by integrating quantitative methods and tools.

With over 200,000 employees, the financial sector plays an important role in the Swiss economy. This specialisation gives you a sound basis in financial economics and financial management. It focuses on topics relating to asset and risk management. In addition, you will be prepared for an increasingly digital financial world by integrating quantitative methods and tools.

In the greater Bern area, the public sector plays an important role as both employer and customer. Basic knowledge of how the digital transformation is taking place in the public sector is a plus on the labour market. This specialisation deals with the changes and adjustments in the public sector triggered by digitalization. Digital Government focuses on digital democracy and participation, data and infrastructure as enablers of transformation, as well as innovation and the associated processes of change.

This specialisation is for students who are interested in personnel management not only in its traditional form but also in new forms of organisation and work. In three modules, you acquire specific HR  management skills, become familiar with various HR tools and instruments and critically reflect on their application. In exercises and training sessions you reflect on your own attitudes and behaviour. You will also learn how to deal with stress effectively.

Innovations are the engine of our economy and have the potential to solve social problems. It is often start-ups that change our lives with innovative products and services. In this specialisation, you will learn how to create value through innovation and make strategic decisions that benefit both companies and society.

The specialisation deals with the topics corporate sustainability, sustainable demand and circular economy. The modules are designed not only to appeal to students who are already interested in business' impact on our environment, but also to attract others to the subject. In this specialisation you will explore the strong links between environmental sustainability and many other areas, such as international management, innovation, entrepreneurship and digitalisation.

Today, all companies are part of a globalised world economy. Corporate management and the conduct of business are global issues. In the in-depth course, you will have the opportunity to apply and expand your knowledge from the basic subjects and  to develop a global mindset. You will gain practical skills by dealing with the complexity of international markets and different cultures. 

Marketing and communication are undergoing a fundamental change, particularly as a result of the digital transformation of companies and our society. This specialisation gives you insight into the conceptual and strategic issues surrounding companies' communication with their customers and stakeholders. You will also explore how companies choose their communication channels and the type of content they publish. This specialisation is especially aimed at students who want to acquire digital marketing skills in a diverse and interdisciplinary environment.

Additional information

 The BFH Business School has numerous partner universities all over the world. A semester abroad at another university can last one or two semesters. The courses you take during your exchange are usually credited towards your degree at your home university. 

Our International Office provides a wide range of support if you want to study abroad. 

For more information please visit International Office

Certificate of Global Competence

In addition to the bachelor's degree, you can also acquire the "Certificate of Global Competence". It offers you the opportunity to provide evidence of your intercultural competence.

Career Services

We accompany and support you with a range of services relating to job seeking with our Career Services. Look out for more information when you enrol at the Business School.

Diploma thesis + Projects

Thesis

In the last year of the degree you will write a bachelor’s thesis. Many students choose a topic closely related to their specialisation.

Eligibility + Entry

The following specific requirements must be met to be admitted to the Bachelor's programme in Business Administration.

Entry requirements

Our business administration programme is mainly designed for those who already hold a basic qualification in business.
Applicants with the following qualifications will be accepted:

Switzerland

  • Vocational Baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität) with a (Swiss) Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET/EFZ) in one of the related professions/fields or one year's full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields
  • Gymnasial Baccalaureate (gymnasiale Maturität) plus one year’s full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields
  • Specialised Baccalaureate plus one year’s full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields
  • PET (professional education and training) college qualification with a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET/EFZ) in one of the related professions/fields or one year’s full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields

Auditors and guest students

It is possible to take part in modules without doing the whole degree. You will find all information including the application form here.

Language skills 

Good knowledge of German and English is required. 

Most lessons are held in German. If you are not a native German speaker, you must have German language competence at C1 level (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat C1). 

However, some  technical literature can also be in English. Parts of the lessons are also held in English. If in doubt, we recommend that you attend an intensive course in English before beginning your studies.

Entry into higher semester

Entry into a advanced  semester is possible 

If you are interested in entering an advanced semester, please note this in the comments during online registration and contact us to clarify your options.  

Preparatory courses

Are the contents of the vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität) no longer fully present and need to be refreshed before starting studies? We are happy to support you.

We offer preparatory courses in accounting as well as mathematics for our German-speaking students.

The courses take place in the calendar weeks 32 to 37 (each subject contains 20 lessons - 5 evenings from 17.30 to 21.00). For students who have already registered for their studies the cost of the course is CHF 150.00 per subject including books (CHF 600.00 for external interested parties).

The registration window as well as the detailed timetables and contents will be published at the end of April.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the course administration.

Qualification + Career prospects

As the holder of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, you will possess well-founded knowledge in various aspects of business and will be well equipped for a professional career.

Degree + Title

Students who successfully complete our bachelor’s degree programme are entitled to use the title Bachelor of Science BFH in Business Administration with Specialisation in [major in specialisation]. (Title abbreviation: BSc BFH [in Business Administration])

This bachelor’s degree is recognised nationally and internationally. It is a university degree and entitles the holder to enrol in consecutive master’s degree programmes at other universities in Switzerland or abroad.

Career prospects

Perspectives and fields of work 

We prepare you for a career as a specialist and manager. The skills training, geared towards professional qualifications will enable you to take up a related position in business, administration and non-profit organisations after a short familiarisation period. Our graduates work in regionally, nationally and internationally active service companies such as banks, insurance companies, trust companies, and management consultancies. They carry out tasks in the public administration of the municipalities, the cantons or the federal government or become involved in start-up companies.   

After the studies

After obtaining your Bachelor's degree, a wide range of career options are open to you in a very attractive and exciting job market in Germany and abroad. Your degree will also open doors  to obtaining a consecutive master’s degree at the BFH, another university of applied sciences, or a university in Germany or abroad. If, after entering professional practice, you feel the need for additional education or continuing education in the form of a consecutive or executive master’s degree or other continuing education, your Bachelor's degree usually fulfils the admission requirements for such continuing education programmes. 

Circular economy in the concrete industry with neustark. Co-funded by a BFH Business School Graduate.

Application + Practicalities

If you think you would like to study at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), then please do not delay. Register now! By registering online you’ll easily be able to see the progress of your application process.

You may only apply for our bachelor’s degree programme via the online application form.

Documents required for online application:

Domestic applicants:

  • Passport-sized photo
  • Copy of passport or ID (back and front)
  • CV/Resumé (in simple tabular form)
  • Baccalaureate certificates and record of marks (if not yet received, a letter of confirmation from the school or a semester report/certificate)
  • EFZ (Federal VET Diploma) with grades (if not yet received, a letter of confirmation from the school or a semester report/certificate) - in the case of having undertaken or undertaking an apprenticeship
  • Work reference/s with experience documented including details on duties, scale of employment in percentages and exact dates of employment period/s
  • Ex-matriculation confirmation, if you have already attended a Swiss university of applied science

International applicants:

  • Passport-sized photo
  • Copy of passport or ID (back and front)
  • CV/Resumé (in simple tabular form) 
  • College / University certificates (as required by swiss universities)
  • Work reference/s with experience documented including details on duties, scale of employment in percentages and exact dates of employment period/s

Online registration: Study start autumn semester 2021

If you have obtained qualifications from other universities or equivalent institutions of higher education based in Switzerland or abroad, you can apply before the start of your degree programme for recognition of these qualifications. Applications will only be assessed after admission to a degree programme. 

Please click on the ‘Qualification recognition’ check box during your online registration. The following additional documents must be submitted after successful registration:

  • Proof of successfully completed course module(s) (certificates)
  • Module description(s)
  • Curriculum

Degree programme application deadline

31.7. (guaranteed study place until 31.03.

Entry into higher semester deadline

15.6.

Recognition of previous university courses

15.8. (Before starting your studies)

Deadline for cancellation of application

31.7.

Official start of semester

1.8.

Induction week

2 days in calendar week 37 (compulsory)

Course commencement (classroom lessons)

calendar week 38

The dates of block weeks and examination weeks can be found in the academic calendar:

The dates of block weeks and examination weeks can be found in the academic calendar: Enlarge image

External people may participate in courses as a guest (with no credits given) or as an auditor (with credits). The costs amount to CHF 100 per 1 ECTS-Module and is subject to availability.

Application deadline

Spring semester: 20 December
Autumn semester: 15 July

Fees

Application (per application)* / Matriculation

CHF 100.–

Tuition fee (per semester)

CHF 750.–

Tuition fee for intemational students* (per semester)

CHF 950.–

Performance assessment (per semester)

CHF 80.–

Material fees (per semester)

CHF 95.–

Voluntary contribution to the student body (per semester)

CHF 15.–

Fee for social, cultural and sport offerings (per semester)

CHF 24.–

Costs for study trip (approx.) 
Please note:
only for Master of Science in Business Administration and 
Master of Science in Digital Business Administration

CHF 1000 - 3000.–

 

 


* International students are defined as persons of foreign citizenship who at the time of obtaining their university entrance qualification were domiciled under civil law neither in Switzerland nor the Principality of Liechtenstein. This rule applies as of the 2018/9 autumn semester.
In addition to the above costs, charges will also be levied for various study-related resources, such as photocopies, literature/books and internet access. Students will also be expected to have a Notebook computer and broadband internet access at their disposal. Students who leave the programme in mid-semester will be required to pay the full fees and charges for the semester.

Grants

There are legal stipulations that provide for scholarships for those studying at Bern University of Applied Sciences. Very helpful information on the scholarships available in Switzerland can be found at educa.ch.

Information

Want to know more?

We organize Information Events/Open Days for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. You will find the information here as soon as possible.

Information events (in German)

Student advisory service

If you have any questions regarding admission, study contents or the compatibility of studies, career and private life, you can contact the administration.

Student Services

Bern University of Applied Services
Access Point
Brückenstrasse 73
3005 Bern

Phone  +41 31 848 34 00

e-mail   business@bfh.ch

Opening hours during the semester

Counter 

Monday to Friday 8.00 to 16.00 h
Closed Wednesday from 12.30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday closed

Telephone hours

Monday to Friday 8.00 to 12.30 h, 13.30 to 16.00 h
Wednesday not served from 12.30 noon
Saturday/Sunday closed

Opening hours buildings

Monday to Friday 7.00 to 18.30 h
Saturday 7.00 to 13.00 h
Sunday closed

Location(s) + Facilities

The campus at Brückenstrasse 73 in Bern is in the Marzili quarter, within walking distance of Bern's old town and the main railway station.

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