MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Business Engineering (BE)

From materials procurement to the finished product, from market and customer analysis to service delivery: with an MSE degree in Business Engineering you will be prepared to successfully take on challenging tasks in industry or in the services sector.

Outline of profession

The MSE in Business Engineering will prepare you for a career in industrial or service enterprises or in consulting. You will work in the fields of business development and business engineering or in quality, risk, technology and innovation management. As a Business Engineer you will be responsible for the management of industrial goods and services, or for the operations and systems through which these goods and services are produced, e.g. logistics and supply chain management, life cycle management of products and facilities, and the use of analytical methods to answer questions in the fields of business and production. As a graduate of the Business Engineering profile, you will be prepared to extract relevant information from business data and use it, along with digital technologies, to transform business models and create new opportunities to generate revenues and value.
The MSE profile in Business Engineering teaches advanced problem solving and methodological skills to prepare students for a leading role in managing complex systems.

Profile contents

The Business Engineering profile includes a wide range of subject areas:

  • Project Management
  • Product Management
  • Business Development
  • Business and Data Analysis
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Production Management
  • Technical Asset Management
  • Quality Management
  • Service Engineering
  • Sales Engineering
  • Risk and Reliability Engineering

Professional Skills

The MSE in Business Engineering will enable you to leverage engineering and design-centred approaches, business data analytics and digital technologies to define, develop, supply and sell products, solutions and services. Taking into account relevant technological and business constraints and opportunities and viewing issues from a risk, quality, and lifecycle perspective, you will be able to develop business models and to plan, analyse and manage relevant industrial and product-service systems. You will be able to professionally manage projects and lead small teams.

Entry skills and enrolment process

Specific qualifications are required to enrol in this profile. Students holding one of the following bachelor’s degrees with above-average marks generally fulfil these entry requirements.

  • BSc in Industrial Engineering
  • BSc in Business Engineering
  • or equivalent BSc

Assessment of entry qualifications is part of the enrolment process of each school. Students who do not hold one of the above-mentioned bachelor’s degrees will be individually assessed for their suitability by the relevant University of Applied Sciences.

Recommended theory modules

The theory modules comprise 30 out of 90 ECTS. The modules are taught by professors from all over Switzerland at various locations. You will take these modules together with other MSE students. You can find the recommended theory modules for the MSE, Business Engineering profile here.

Additional skills relative to Bachelor of Science

Compared to graduates of a bachelor’s degree course, an MSE in Business Engineering enables you to acquire additional competencies in the application of scientific concepts, methods and tools. While BSc programs tend to focus on competencies required to work at an operational level, the MSE program also conveys skills needed to work at a more strategic level.

Discover more

Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) offering the Business Engineering (BE) profile are shown below. Find out more about the courses of study at the individual UASs. 

Study language

Specialisation studies in English or German (Biel), theory modules in English, German or French

Main focus

  • Sustainability management to optimize life cycle and impact 
  • Product, service and business development
  • Process management using data science 
  • Production management and maintenance strategies
  • Supply chain management and collaboration platforms
  • Innovation and startup management

Check profile at BFH

Study language

Theory modules: English
Technical specialization: mostly German

Main focus

  • Development of intelligent business processes and digitization using digital analysis methods and machine learning algorithms
  • Organizational design and implementation of inter-company supply networks and collaboration platforms
  • Use of agile and classic project management and project controlling methods based on systems engineering

Check profile at FHNW

Study language

German and English

Main focus

The graduates leverage engineering and user-centred approaches to supply and develop products, services and businesses. Taking into account relevant technological and business constraints and opportunities and viewing issues from a risk, quality, and lifecycle perspective and use Design Thinking, Lean Start-up and agile approaches.

Go to profile at HSLU

Study language


Main focus

  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Operations and Production Management
  • Service Engineering
  • Business and Production Analysis
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Life Cycle Management

Go to profile at OST

Study language


Main focus

  • Digital transformation of production systems
  • Design and optimization of Production Systems
  • Industrial sustainability
  • Customer driven collaborative production networks

Go to profile at SUPSI

Study language

Mix English / German (English only possible)

Main focus

  • Industrial Product and Process Innovation
  • Service Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering: Production, SCM/Logistics, Quality/Reliability, Technical Assets
  • Traffic and Mobility, Smart Cities and Regions
  • Sustainable Energy Systems: New Business Models, DSM

Go to profile at ZHAW