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About Continuing Education

The requirements of professions and the world of work are becoming increasingly complex and are changing rapidly. Our extensive range of continuing education courses offers an answer to this: they are based on sound principles and combine the current theory with real life applications.


MAS - Master of Advanced Studies

This title refers to the completion of a practice-oriented and demanding programme of continuing profes-sional education. The MAS is aimed at individuals with an academic qualification at degree level or similar who are already working in their chosen profession and who wish to specialise further. In its compact form (60 ECTS points), the course takes around two years to complete (in parallel to work).

MBA (Master of Business Administration)

An MBA provides professionals such as engineers, lawyers and medical practitioners with the requisite management tools. MBA programmes provide a broad business administration overview, although there are those that focus on knowledge and expertise in specific vocational areas, such as consultancy. The MBA is more biased towards practical applications than postgraduate studies in Business Administration. Accreditation organisations such as AACSB, OAQ, FIBAA, ACQUIN, ZEvA and others ensure that the minimum standards required for a master's programme are upheld.

DAS - Diploma of Advanced Studies

A DAS is a continuing education diploma programme with at least 30 ECTS points.A DAS is a continuing education diploma programme with at least 30 ECTS points.

CAS - Certificate of Advanced Studies

The certificate programme CAS is offered with at least 10 ECTS points. It is also often available as a module within an overall MAS and, at the FHNW, takes around six months to complete (in parallel to work). A CAS is completed by the issuance of a certificate on its successful completion.

Continuing education courses

Continuing education courses generally last between one and five days. They can be attended on a one-off basis or as part of the elective offering of some CAS courses. An attendance certificate is issued for continuing education courses.


Conferences are generally short (half a day to two days) and support participants in refreshing their knowledge on a specific topic, familiarising themselves with action approaches and discussing experiences with colleagues.

ECTS points

In the continuing education programmes of the FHNW, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) applies (excludes courses and conferences). One ECTS point corresponds with average independent work performance of approx. 25-30 hours (contact tuition, guided and independent self-directed study, time spent on performance monitoring, project work, MAS theses, etc.).

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