Dual Degree with Tiffin University
The American University in Switzerland (AUS) and Tiffin University (TU), Tiffin, OH have entered into a new partnership, allowing AUS students to obtain a dual degree from both institutions.

The partnership offers bachelor's and master's degrees in business with multiple specialization options. To receive the dual degrees, AUS students must successfully complete the required AUS curriculum and TU specialty courses. The TU programs will be online with video, discussion rooms, readings and other assignments, as well as in a hybrid format with some instruction provided on AUS's campus.
Collaboration with eCornell
American University in Switzerland (AUS) is delighted to announce a collaboration with eCornell, which will provide AUS students studying a Bachelor or Master program in Switzerland, access to professional certificates from Cornell University, ranked in the top 20 universities worldwide.

The collaboration will allow students to choose from a range of certificate programs, amongst which, Business Strategy, Project Management, Business Analytics, Design Thinking, Python Programming, Digital Transformation, Innovation Strategy, and Fintech.
IATA Authorized Training Center
The American University in Switzerland is proud to be recognized as an official IATA Authorized Training Center.

Offering a degree with a specialization in Aviation Management and specific IATA certified training courses enables students to gain expert industry knowledge from a global organization in air transport. Courses available to students will complement the AUS curriculum and give real-industry insight to support academic knowledge.

Topics such as Air Transport Fundamentals provide an overview of the air transportation system and illustrate the interdependencies among its various components, and Aviation Security Awareness, which looks at introducing security measures and regulations to keep the industry safe.

This opportunity provides students a real advantage when seeking employment by showcasing their expertise and applied knowledge through gaining industry-recognized certifications.

Master's Degree Specializations

Duration
2 years
Entry Dates
September / January / April
Study Mode
Full-time
Credits
90 CH | 120 ECTS
Language
English
Program Overview
The Master of International Business Administration program provides graduates with hands-on experience via internships and through close links to the industry.

At the same time, students benefit from a holistic approach that encompasses Ethics, Law, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship while developing creativity, communication, and team building.

Professors who work within their field of specialization guide throughout and assist students in embarking on their tailored career path.
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In order to continue providing its students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the American University in Switzerland (AUS) is launching a new initiative in which its students will be enrolled in the Dual Degree Program (DDP) with Tiffin University (TU) and graduate with degrees from AUS and TU. The new initiative will start in the Fall Term 2021.

Students will take both AUS and TU courses to complete their required course work. Courses will be taught on campus and remotely, with the possibility of student exchanges to either university. When a MIBA student successfully completes the DDP, the student will graduate, in their chosen specialty, with a Master of International Business Administration (MIBA) from AUS and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from TU. MIBA students will also receive a Professional Certificate from TU in their chosen specialty. Tiffin has US Higher Learning Commission accreditation, which is recognized by most ministries of education.
Why AUS?
At AUS students from over 44 nationalities come together and share their personal and professional experiences guided by professors who work in their field of specialization.
The American University in Switzerland is a private and fully accredited of Higher Education located near beautiful Lake Geneva.
Each course includes theory and hard and soft skill development through two experiential learning activities, such as:
Simulations
Presentations – individual and/or group
Case studies
Projects – individual and/or group, such as:
  • Business plans
  • Research project
  • Marketing plan
  • Program management plan
  • Developing a case study
  • Onboarding plan
A normal course of study to complete a MIBA program over two years requires:
Specialization Options
Core Courses
Innovative Decision Making
This course explores the various aspects of decision making in business organizations. Primary attention is given to the processes that surround and shape the decision making-process. Information processing, attention allocation and preference processing are also examined. Attentional biases and other decision-making pathologies are examined in the hopes of improving the decision making process. a power-based model of decision making is also addressed.
Fundamentals of Quantitative Business
This class is for the MBA students whose undergraduate studies and/or experience need to be supplemented by an additional course in the quantitative skills necessary to be successful in the Tiffin University MBA program. The course provides an overview of foundational skills in the quantitative areas of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, and Operations management.
Management of Human Resources
The focus of this course is the human side of enterprise. The sub-functions of human resource management, diversity in the workplace, rights of the individual, and the various legal and ethical issues in the area are addressed.
Marketing Management
This course examines the role of the marketing function of firms participating in both consumer and business markets, with emphasis on tactical and operating decisions and decision-making processes. Areas studied include market and customer analysis, market segmentation, and marketing mix tactics and implementation.
Managerial Business Foundations
This course is a foundational MBA course for non-business undergraduates. The course will focus on critical thinking and reasoning skills by building knowledge in the qualitative areas of business. Students will be exposed to common professional components within the Tiffin University MBA program in the areas of business, including problem solving, communication, ethic, globalization marketing, and leadership.
Strategic Management
Strategic Management is required as a capstone course in the MBA curriculum because it involves the most sophisticated and comprehensive approach to the process of organizational management. Key elements to the understanding of strategic management are: Internal organizational analysis, analysis of the external environment, and directing a successful fit between the organization and its environment.
Data Analytics
The Data Analytics concentration focuses on the development of managerial competencies related to statistics, accounting, economics, finance, computer information, policy, ethics, law, globalization, and marketing. In addition, the program focuses on self-actualization of a higher level of learning. In addition, this concentration will provide specialized training needed in the advancing technological business environment.
Specialization Courses
Advanced Data Analysis Techniques
This course prepares students for analyzing data using advanced data analysis software and techniques to make decisions on data. Topics include Multivariable Regression, Non-Linear Regression, ANOVA, Cluster and Factor Analysis and Logistics Regression.
Applied Statistics for Data Analytics
This course will explore techniques to analyze data, produce graphical illustrations and draw conclusions using statistical, data analysis and visualization software packages. Focusing on the central tendency, data exploration and analytics, probability distributions and random variables, students will compare and contrast the basics of statistical inference, testing hypothesis and building confidence intervals, correlation and causation, and simple and multiple regression analysis.
Data Visualization, Design, and Presentation
This concentration capstone course will synthesize the previous learning outcomes in the Data Analytics Concentration to compose and construct a final project demonstrating application of data presentation and design. The design of the final project will focus on visualizing data analysis in real-world application by combining techniques of data modeling and data analytics; data processing; mapping data attributes to graphical attributes; and constructing strategic visual encoding based on known properties of visual perception. Additionally, students will justify the effectiveness of visualization designs and critical thinking necessary in design decisions. Students will create their own data visualizations and learn to use visualization tools and software.
Database Design and Data Modelling
This course will investigate principles and practices of database management and design. Student will compare and contrast relational database design, normalization, SQL queries, reports and other interfaces to database data, and documentation. Examination of public sources of data will lead to the practice of applying data sources in real-world examples. This course will utilize spreadsheet (i.e. Microsoft Excel) and database (i.e. Microsoft Access) technology currently used in organizations by applying functions in key field areas such as pivot tables, charts, queries, reports, macros, data load utilities, records and modules.
A specialization in Data Analytics allows you to progress into the following careers:
Finance Management
Analytics Management
Data Engineering
Programming
Finance
Finance is an integral part of decision making in the private sector (for-profit and non-profit organizations), and the public sector (local, state, and national levels). The finance curriculum prepares students for positions in industry (manufacturing), retailing, finance (banks, insurance companies, pension funds, finance companies), and in financial planning. The curriculum strikes a balance between applications and theory.
Specialization Courses
Emerging Markets Finance
This course deals with investment issues that are unique to emerging economies since they are likely to afford significant growth opportunities for global investors. The course will provide a framework for understanding the international financial environment including markets, systems and institutions and will focus on challenges confronting firms that compete in the global marketplace. An array of issues relevant to firms operating on the global stage, including analyzing international opportunities; developing foreign entry, growth and pricing strategies; financing business operations; and leveraging resources and capabilities internationally will be discussed. We will discuss techniques that will enhance investment decision-making by future managers in emerging markets.
Financial Markets and Institutions
This class introduces students to the institutions and markets that form the worldwide economic system of trading financial and real assets. The course will cover concepts of financial theory, institutional detail, regulations, and the history of the financial markets. Students will be exposed to legal, ethical, technological, and global issues facing financial managers, financial markets, and the financial assets traded in these markets. The course is designed to provide an overview of the financial world, the financial assets that are traded, and the people who participate in the financial markets.
International Financial Management
Structure and operation of global financial markets: The international monetary system, global banking, eurocurrency markets, global securities markets, foreign exchange markets, emerging capital markets, and global portfolio management. Financial skills are required for effective management of companies engaged in international business with an emphasis on international financial management, extension of closed economy financial management techniques to the global market environment. Topics include balance of payments and exchange rate determination, the hedging of exchange rate risk, multinational capital budgeting, political risk management, taxation, the corporate management of short-term and long-term assets and liabilities and financing the global operations of firms.
Investment Analysis
This class examines the investment process. Students will learn how to put together a portfolio and understand and interpret news about the financial markets. It will discuss different types of securities (bonds, stocks, mutual funds, derivatives) and how they are combined to form a portfolio. It includes background information relative to these securities. This information includes topics such as types of markets, placing orders, and what interpreting stock indices represent.
A specialization in Finance allows you to progress into the following careers:
Asset Management
Equity Research
Investment Banking
Risk Management
Corporate Finance
Forensics and Fraud Examination
Forensics and Fraud Examination concentration qualifies students for above entry-level positions with auditing firms. These courses utilize the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner's Manual to assist the student in understanding the current field of forensic accounting/fraud. This coursework parallels the content of the Certified Fraud Examiner's Exam and serves to prepare students to receive the certification (CFE) upon completion of the concentration.
Specialization Courses
Financial Transactions and Fraud Schemes
This course emphasizes the understanding of financial transactions that are potential indicators of fraudulent activities. An emphasis is also on the understanding of fraudulent schemes that exist. The content within this course focuses on the material that is covered on the Financial Transactions and Fraud Schemes section of the Certified Fraud Examiners certification of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners certification of a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Students will be required to take the simulated, timed practice exam for the Certified Fraud Examiners certification.
Fraud Investigation
This course emphasizes the understanding of fraud investigations that are essential to understanding how to conduct an investigation of fraudulent activities. The content within this course focuses on the material that is covered on the Investigation section of the Certified Fraud Examiners certification and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners certification of a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Fraud Legal Environment
This course emphasized the understanding of fraud legal environment that is essential to fraudulent activities. The content within this course focuses on the material that is covered on the Legal section of the Certified Fraud Examiners certification of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners certification of a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Fraud Prevention and Deterrence
This course emphasizes the understanding of fraud prevention and deterrence that are essential to prevent and deter fraudulent activities. The contents within this course focuses on the material that is covered in the Fraud Prevention and Deterrence section on the Certified Fraud Examiners certification of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners certification of a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
A specialization in Forensics and Fraud Examination allows you to progress into the following careers:
Governmental Departments/Agencies
Accounting
Financial Consulting
Risk Management
Healthcare Administration
The Healthcare Administration concentration is designed for working professionals employed in the areas of education, childcare, social services, healthcare and business. The curriculum will focus on management systems, decision-making tools, new technologies, financial management, and referral systems as well as current issues in healthcare law and ethics.
Specialization Courses
Current Issues in Healthcare Administration
The course is designed to expose students to significant current issues that impact the healthcare professional. Topic areas will include healthcare industry-specific marketing, technology, finance, human resource management, the political environment, healthcare management culture and other current issues as they relate to the healthcare administrator. Topics will vary as changes to the industry environment dictate.
Healthcare Finance and Process Management
This course is designed to educate students regarding the complex and volatile aspects of healthcare financial management and how these aspects affect the processes associated with provide healthcare services in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics address organizational behavior while focusing on wage and benefit factors, operating revenue by payer sources, healthcare tax status information, managing capital, capitation and fee-for-service reimbursement, healthcare reform regulatory requirements related to reimbursement for all sectors in the industry, capital and financial budgeting and forecasting, managing inventory, strategic planning, and healthcare ratio analysis. Students investigate the application of financial management to an industry where reimbursement from payers has declined for over a decade while the demand for technologically advanced and expensive healthcare services will soon meet a breaking point. The social justice issues of quality, access, and cost for healthcare services is examined within the reality of available funds to provide such services.
Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics
This capstone course will require students to examine general healthcare administration issues within a framework of legislative issues and their impact on healthcare systems in the United States. Special emphasis will focus on the changes in federal governmental regulations and their impact on quality and financial administrative issues. Through the case study approach involving politics, policy, regulatory environments, economics and ethics, students will critically analyze issues for both healthcare providers and organizations related to corporate governance, personal choice, and regulatory compliance. Topics will include applied ethics, conflicts of interest, and allocation of scarce resources, FDA regulations, confidentiality, payment policies, patient rights, data security, professional liability, and global competition.
Managing Healthcare Systems
This course is a comprehensive approach to the multitude of organizations and flow management systems for managing healthcare. Students explore the historical context, social implications, evolution and current state of healthcare services in America. Topics include the types of managed care organizations, provider payment plans, utilization control, negotiations, underwriting and rate setting, and managing efficient and effective organizational structures. The course also addresses marketing and information systems (both onsite and web-based) for business operations and management decision making in the industry.
A specialization in Healthcare Administration allows you to progress into the following careers:
Operations Management
Governmental organizations
Clinic/Hospital Administration
Patient care services
Business Consultancy
Human Resources Management
The MBA with a Human Resource Management concentration enables the student to integrate the knowledge and skills gained from the core coursework for the MBA degree in order to address the issues and challenges faced by today's human resource management professional. Students will benefit from exposure to theories and applications involved in acquiring and developing talented employees, managing the ongoing employer/employee relationship, and providing competitive advantages through strategic human resource policies and practices.
Specialization Courses
Human Resource Planning & Talent Acquisition
This course focuses on workforce planning, recruitment, and selection as tools for facilitating the achievement of organizational goals. Topics covered include short and long term human resource planning, job analysis, internal and external recruitment processes, selection tools, and organizational entry/socialization.
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
This course explores the nature and steps in negotiation strategies for conflict/dispute resolution, labor/management relations and mediation. In addition, the student evaluates interpersonal skills in order to achieve positive outcomes.
Strategic Human Resource Management
This course explores the use of human resource strategies and practices in creating and sustaining competitive advantage for the organization. Topics include: measurement of human resource outcomes and the impact on the bottom line; human resource and organizational strategy; human resource and globalization; and human resource role in other strategic management decisions.
Talent Development & Performance Management
This course centers on training and developing employees and aligning their performance with organizational goals. Topics include: performance appraisal and feedback; compensation, benefits and total rewards; training and development; and human resource information systems (HRIS).
A specialization in Human Resource Management allows you to progress into the following careers:


Training & Development
Recruitment
Staffing
HR Planning and Analysis
International Business
The MBA with an International Business concentration enables the student to build upon the solid foundation from the core coursework in the MBA program and provides students with the knowledge and capability necessary to function effectively as managers in today's competitive and globalized economies. The courses in the IB concentration will give the students an opportunity to learn about the functioning of the international economy and how multinational firms of all sizes, both governmental and non-governmental working in a variety of cultural and political/legal environments, interact with it. The courses will also allow students to learn about international trade theories and agreements, global financial markets and the financial skills required for effective management of companies engaged in international business with an emphasis on international financial management.
Specialization Courses
Global Marketing Management
This course will focus on the application of marketing principles in the globalized markets of the 21st Century. The combination of global free trade philosophies with local market conditions present an array of opportunities and concerns that need to be understood and managed throughout the world. The course will emphasize the global nature of these decisions and their impact on the management of products, services, brands and new market development.
International Financial Management
Structure and operation of global financial markets: The international monetary system, global banking, eurocurrency markets, global securities markets, foreign exchange markets, emerging capital markets, and global portfolio management. Financial skills are required for effective management of companies engaged in international business with an emphasis on international financial management, extension of closed economy financial management techniques to the global market environment. Topics include balance of payments and exchange rate determination, the hedging of exchange rate risk, multinational capital budgeting, political risk management, taxation, the corporate management of short-term and long-term assets and liabilities and financing the global operations of firms.
International Trade and Investment
Strategic Analysis in Global Industry
A specialization in International Business allows you to progress into the following careers:
General Management
Entrepreneurship
Business Development
Marketing and Communications
Business Consultancy
Leadership and Change
The Leadership and Change concentration provides students with a comprehensive organizational perspective, combined with real world applications. Exposure to individual and group theories and practice will prepare graduates to become well-rounded business professionals. Competencies covered will include ethical decision making, interdependence, inclusion, global perspective, technology with courses focused on the individual leadership, behavior and change dynamics, systems thinking, negotiations and conflict resolution.
Specialization Courses
Individual Leadership & Influence
Course focus will be on learning to make a difference as a leader. Discussion and utilization of practical principles of leadership with an emphasis on integrating theory and practices are included. Students will work to create a model and set of related perspectives about how one can become a better leader of one's self as well as the organization.
Internship OR one of the following electives:
Leadership Behavior and Change Dynamics
This course utilizes organizational theory to develop understanding of how individual and group behavior develops leadership and transforms change. This course will include an exploration of the technical, economic, and social dynamics associated with the change process; and, the role of the leader as a change agent. Students will build skills to alter behaviors through negotiation, assessment and diagnosis, action-planning, implementation and evaluation.
One of the following: Systems Thinking & Innovative Teamwork, Strategic Analysis in Global Industry, Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Systems Thinking & Innovative Teamwork

This course will focus on an analysis or organizational leadership and the practice of leading and managing teams. An analysis of systems thinking will explore different organizational structures through intellectual, psychological, political and social sources of leadership. Utilizing the theoretical foundation and practical applications of non-profit, government and corporate organizations will provide a strategic understanding of leadership elements. The concepts of transformational, transactional and other leadership styles are continually examined in global organizations. Students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through strong communication, negotiations, role development, and research projects.

  • Strategic Analysis in Global Industry

  • Strategic Human Resources Management

This course explores the use of human resource strategies and practices in creating and sustaining competitive advantage for the organization. Topics include: measurement of human resource outcomes and the impact on the bottom line; human resource and organizational strategy; human resource and globalization; and human resource role in other strategic management decisions.

  • Another elective per approval

Student to choose and request approval from TU
A specialization in Leadership and Change allows you to progress into the following careers:
Communication and Leadership
Risk Management
Entrepreneurship
General Management
Marketing
The MBA with a Marketing concentration enables the student to build upon the solid foundation from the core coursework for the MBA degree and provides students with the advanced knowledge in marketing products and services. Students will explore the practices and techniques commonly used to increase exposure and market positions. Challenges and benefits in negotiating sponsorships and endorsement deals allow the students to develop competencies to potentially maximize revenue for organizations and individuals. Students will also be exposed to marketing in an international arena.
Specialization Courses
Global Marketing Management
This course will focus on the application of marketing principles in the globalized markets of the 21st Century. The combination of global free trade philosophies with local market conditions present an array of opportunities and concerns that need to be understood and managed throughout the world. The course will emphasize the global nature of these decisions and their impact on the management of products, services, brands and new market development.
Information Systems for Marketing
This course provides students with the key concepts and tools to turn raw data and information into useful marketing intelligence. Students will examine new and existing technologies for data mining and market information access to assist in strategic decision-making. The course will provide an understanding of the role of integrated marketing communications in the overall marketing program and its contribution to marketing strategy.
Marketing Field Analysis
The objective of this course is to develop analytical skills in the formulation and implementation of market driven strategies for selected products and/or services. Students will create a portfolio of their MBA Marketing activities in addition to any professional experience.
Strategic Brand Management
Course will address the strategic importance of branding and will focus on the design and implementation of marketing programs and activities to build, measure, and manage brand equity. It addresses 3 important questions: (1) How do you build brand equity? (2) How can brand equity be measured? (3) How do you capitalize on brand equity to expand your business?
A specialization in Marketing allows you to progress into the following careers:
Digital Marketing Management
Marketing Analyst
Advertising
Social Media Marketing
Branding
Sports Management
The Sports Management concentration is one of just a few programs offered in Switzerland. The Business Degree with Specialization in Sports Management is designed to provide the necessary structure to enhance students' marketability and to improve their business skills. Faculty are prepared to help students make connections with a growing network of alumni working in sports or with the extensive list of sports industry contacts that have professional relationships with our faculty.
Specialization Courses
Business Strategies in Sports
The case study approach will be used in a critical analysis of business concepts related to decision making, leadership, ethics, communication, marketing, sponsorship, budgeting, policy development, public relations and fundraising in the sport industry.
Communication and Fund Raising in Sports
Students will recognize communication as integral to the management, marketing, and operational goals of sport organizations at all levels. Students will also recognize the needs of professional and volunteer fundraisers in an exploration of the tools, tips, and techniques used to fundraise through solicitation, events, and grants common in the sports industry.
Personnel Management in Sport
This course provides a study of the principles of personnel management including recruiting, staffing, development of human resources, maintaining a favorable work environment, compensation administration, benefits, security, and system appraisal as they apply to sport agencies. The course emphasizes the value of diversity and inclusion in human resource practices of sport organizations.
Sport Mentorship
Students are required to participate in 200 contact hours of field experience under the direction of an approved mentor in the sports industry. To enroll in the mentorship, students must complete an online application the semester prior to the requested course enrollment period. Students will maintain an e-portfolio and engage in professional development / career management activities as part of their course requirements. Students must have completed a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for eligibility to enroll in the mentorship.
A specialization in Sports Management allows you to progress into the following careers:
Sports Operations
Corporate Sports Marketing
Promotions Management
Operations Management
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