Certificate of Advanced Studies


The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is a postgraduate academic qualification. CAS programs offer specialized knowledge, enabling students to acquire additional qualification in a certain subject area and enhance their professional development. CAS courses are completed through part-time study while working and are considered as higher continuing education programs.

Who is it for
Our CAS programs are designed for young professionals with some work experience and a desire to acquire specialized knowledge and skills in a chosen subject area and enhance their career development.

What topics are covered?
Participants can choose any of the following CAS options:

  • CAS in Project Management -  equips you with specialized project management knowledge and the specialized courses to prepare you for successful completion of the IPMA® certification.
  • CAS in Strategic Consulting-  prepares participants to effectively participate in strategic decision making and apply systemic thinking to manage organizations.
  • CAS in Leadership for Systems Thinking -  helps participants enhance their leadership performance and prepares them to address some of the most immediate issues many organizations are facing.
  • CAS in Data Analysis - prepares and guides students to complete the Udacity.com-designed Nanodegree in either Data Analysis or Tech Entrepreneurship.
  •  CAS in Sustainable Finance - introduces a holistic perspective on mainstream financial theory by integrating key principles of sustainability and shared value.

Program Details

These programs are only available to Swiss citizens or EU passport holders due to due to visa restrictions of the Swiss Embassy, related to the number of hours of academic study per year.

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How long does it take
The BSL CAS programs include 3 courses that are taken within a 9-12 month period as part-time studies next to work. Class attendance requires 4-8 hours per week* depending on the term. Each course involves 40 hours of classroom time and 80 hours of personal study time (thus representing 5 ECTS credits for each course).

*The CAS in Sustainable Finance follows a different schedule where class attendance requires 8 hours (one full day) every week or every two weeks depending on the term, allowing participants to have less frequent yet full-day classes.

How many credits does it provide
The CAS program is worth 15 ECTS.

How much does it cost
The CAS costs 6,000 CHF
Administration Fee: 800 CHF (single fee to be paid after acceptance to the program)

What you need to apply

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years of work experience, OR High School Diploma / Apprenticeship with 6+ years of work experience
  • Sufficient English knowledge to follow the course in English – to be confirmed by a satisfactory grade obtained in first course
  • CV
  • Completed Application Form (download here)
  • The CAS in Data Analysis requires a prequequisite course in Statistics and Introduction to Computer Science

When to apply

The CAS programs start every September, November, February and May (starting date may differ depending on the specialization).

The application process is ongoing throughout the year. Applicants must send their application at least 4 weeks before the start of a course and ensure payment of the course fee at least 2 weeks before the program start.