Bachelor in Business administration

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Bachelor of Science HES-SO in Business Administration



At grass-roots level

The Bachelor degree can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. It is close to the grassroots level and is deeply rooted in practice. In this respect, the School of Management Fribourg integrates faculty members who work in businesses and at the School of Management’s three research institutes.

The first semesters enable students to develop their knowledge of the fundamental subject matters of economics and management (financial management, taxation and law, management and human resources, marketing, political economy, instrumental fields, languages, and communication).

During the final two semesters, besides the standard obligatory classes, student can choose their branch options:

  • Finance & Accounting

  • Banking & Finance

  • Marketing & Strategy

  • Leadership & HR

  • SME & Entrepreneurship

These options enable student to immerse themselves in conditions that are close to professional practice. One- quarter of the course (options and Bachelor studies) can thus be personalized.



A new highlight was introduced in autumn 2010: the trilingual program, which enables students with good grades to complete their studies in German, English, and French.

In addition, the Bachelor course can be pursued in either French or German, while there is also a bilingual French and German option.

The qualities of our graduates 

Entrepreneurial spirit.
This is essential for an economy that requires individuals who are entrepreneurial and innovative, and can anticipate change.

Motivation and professional competences.
The Bachelor course is demanding. Quantitatively, it represents the equivalent of 5,400 working hours. Specializations are possible in business management, marketing, finance, and human resources, and our participants are exposed to both theoretical and practical concepts.

Social and leadership competences.
The course not only provides training that is specifically oriented around these qualities, our graduates have spent many hours studying in order to strengthen and nurture their skills in these fields.



Admission policy

The admission regulations for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree programme are based on the regulations for the Universities of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland HES-SO. The objective of the admission policy is to achieve the preliminary training needed to complete a university of applied sciences study programme: 

Admission Regulations



Federal vocational baccalaureate for commercial professions 1

​Unconditional admission

Federal vocational baccalaureate in Economics and Services (Economics)1

​Unconditional admission

Baccalaureate with a VET In the field of expertise 1

​Unconditional admission

Baccalaureate with a VET outside the field of expertise1

Admission with professional experience

Other officially recognised baccalaureate

​Admission with professional experience

Federal vocational education and training (VET) without baccalaureate ​

​No admission

Commercial diploma without a baccalaureate

​No admission

Other Diplomas

Please contact the secretary’s office
​Foreign Diplomas ​Please contact the secretary’s office

1 List of federal vocational education and training (VET) in the field of expertise:
Commercial employee VET/ Retail sales personnel VET/ Retail employees VET/ Mediamatician VET/ Logistician VET


Conditions governing professional experience

Professional experience must be related to business or administrative fields of activity.
Although one year of full-time professional training is not a requirement for graduates holding a baccalaureate and a VET in the field of expertise, it is highly recommended that candidates have gained a certain amount of professional experience before embarking on a study programme at a university of applied sciences business school.

Accounting skills

The entry level in accounting skills corresponds to the exit level of the professional baccalaureate. Graduates holding a non-commercial professional school leaving qualification or a qualification issued by a secondary school must strive to reach the required entry level through self-study or by attending accounting courses.
In this regard, it could be helpful if candidates completed their professional internship in a position where mainly accounting tasks are carried out.

Language competence

To begin studies students must have attained Level B1 of the Council of Europe Language Portfolio in French and English, or German and English depending on whether they are German- or French-speakers. Students are encouraged to close any existing gaps in these foreign languages before beginning their studies.



Enrolment procedure 

The application deadline is 30 April.

The deadline for students with foreign diplomas is 31 January of each year (firm deadline, no exception possible).
Enrolment requests must be submitted using the enrolment form on this page.

The enrolment fee is CHF 150.

Nota bene: We process only complete files.


School fees

The fees per semester are CHF 500 (not including facility charges). 

Students are obliged to take out insurance to cover the risk of illness and accidents.

Academic year

The academic year commences on the Monday of the 38th calendar week.

All details of the academic calendar are displayed opposite.


Professional prospect


Participants in the business administration programs are preparing for leadership. They are joining a course where they hone their skills to design visions, missions, and strategies as well as to implement key projects with tangible results.
Students also benefit from developing their personal skills and multidisciplinary abilities by mastering contemporary management tools, as well as by learning the conceptual approaches of organizations. As future business executives, our students enhance their autonomous abilities by improving their qualities, values, and sense of corporate social responsibility.

A fast track to employment

School of Management Fribourg graduates are very attractive to employers owing to their extensive range of competences and their pragmatic approaches to problem-solving, and they have the opportunity to actively pursue their chosen professional career.
By undertaking bilingual or trilingual training, they also significantly increase their integration potential within the employment market. Thanks to the contacts established with regional, national, and international businesses as well as public bodies and various other organizations, our students enjoy a rich network that is beneficial to them in the future.


Studies organisation

Two study options: Full time (FT) or part-time day release (PT)



​3 ans

​4 ans


​16 à 33 par semaine

​17 à 19 par semaine




 1 minimum 50% occupation


  • Classes commence in mid-September of each year

  • There are 16 weeks of classes during the autumn semester and 17 weeks during the spring semester

  • Exams and other activities may take place outside of the semesters

Subjects taught

The Bachelor's degree studies are characterised by a general approach that is reflected through a wide variety of classes:

  • Management - Human resources                     17%

  • Political economics - Economy and society    10%

  • Accounting - Finance - Taxation - Law             17%

  • Marketing - Communication - Languages       19%

  • IT - Statistics - Mathematics                              11%

  • Branch options and Bachelor studies              26%

In line with the introduction of the Bologna Convention, the School of Management Fribourg offers a modular course. One module corresponds to a structured regrouping of several classes. One passed module results in a certain number of credits (points). Awarding credits increases the transparency of the challenges and facilitates student mobility on both a national and international scale. 180 credits are required in order to obtain the degree.

See the study plans opposite for full-time students and those on part-time day release.

During the final study year, students can opt to specialise further in one of the chosen fields. The main options (referred to as «majors») include the fields of marketing, human resources and finance. Students at the School of Management Fribourg can choose to specialise in entrepreneurship, a field in which the school also offers a specialism as part of the consecutive Master's degree and applied research. Finally, a number of classes are available as secondary options («minors»).


Important dates​

Study start 2019/2020:

 - 16 September 2019


Bachelor Secretariat

School of Management Fribourg
Room 107 (1st floor)
Ch. du Musée 4
CH-1700 Fribourg
T : +41 26 429 63 70


Monday to Friday​
08.00- 11.0​0 and 14.00 - 16.00​

Brochure Bachelor 2019


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