Welcome to HWZ

University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich

With 2500 students and approx. 800 lecturers, the HWZ is the largest university with exclusive focus on part-time education in economics in Switzerland, offering a full suite of courses: bachelor, masters, doctorate and other courses.

The HWZ Study Model:

  • Optimal combination of at least 50% employment and university studies
  • High qualified professors and lecturers
  • Small study groups (typically 20–30 students)
  • Excellent reputation
  • Valuable Network of Alumni
  • Valuing teamwork, performance, leadership

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Executive MBA – Digital Leadership

Discover our program that consistently integrates digital technology and leadership.

The EMBA – Digital Leadership offers executives with digital ambitions a 16-months state-of-the-art program that can be carried out part-time while working. Highlights of the program include an independently organised TEDxHWZ conference, a digital innovation challenge that culminates in a pitch contest with potential investment for participants’ business ideas, personal development coaching sessions and three study-abroad trips (CH, USA, CHN). The maximum number of participants is limited to 20.

Master Degrees: An Essential Step to Excellence

Do you want to keep your knowledge up-to-date? Increase your practical and theoretical skills and boost them to excellence? If you want to do that with the least possible disruptions to your current career, then the HWZ is the right place for you.

The Master Degrees at the HWZ offer you practice-oriented study courses that allow you to continue to pursue your full-time career. Experience how the study course broadens your previous skill-sets with new practice-oriented knowledge.

When you undertake a Master Degree course, you will not only benefit from the knowledge of your lecturers, but also from the knowledge of your fellow students. The exchange with your fellow students is both a personal as well as a professional enrichment.

The HWZ is your companion in reaching the top of your career: networking with the Alumni brings you together with UAS graduates from throughout Switzerland. As a member of the HWZ Alumni you will automatically become a member of the UAS Switzerland.

All our degree courses are based on the internationally accepted Bologna model, and therefore take the latest scientific findings and practical applications into account. The Master Degree is internationally recognized and is the educational gateway to the world. The program has been designed and optimized for working students and it allows you to continue your career (our students usually work 80%) during the entire course. Our central location in the heart of Zurich (three minutes from the main train station) saves you unnecessary travelling time and increases your flexibility.

With a Master Degree course at the HWZ, you not only invest in your professional career, but above all in yourself!

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About HWZ

The HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich is a member of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZFH). It was founded in 1986 as the part-time HWV Zurich (Higher School for Economics and Administration) by the Kaufmännischer Verband Schweiz and the Juventus Schools Foundation of Zurich.


The Institute for Strategic Management: Stakeholder View is the research unit of the HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich. The institute is headed by Sybille Sachs, a renowned stakeholder theorist, and conducts research in the areas «Stakeholder Management & Engagement», «Digital Management» and «Leadership». The insights from this research are part of dissertation projects and other publications. Apart from research, the institute also offers teaching and other services such as consulting.