Master of Science (MSc) in Management and Law

ZHAW School of Management and Law

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Master of Science (MSc) in Management and Law

ZHAW School of Management and Law

MSc Program in Management and Law

The world is getting faster, more connected, and more complex. This MSc program at the intersection of management and law helps prepare you for demanding roles in strategic, operational, and legal change and project management.

What You Will Learn

An MSc in Management and Law will promote advanced strategic and effective operational abilities and provide the methodological competence needed to use legal instruments efficiently. You will immerse yourself in the intricacies of international standards and cross-border problems and issues. You will learn to understand risk factors, deal with them appropriately, and apply the law as a steering and management tool. You will further develop your competencies in the areas of planning, strategy, organization, funding, as well as implementation and monitoring.

Your Career Prospects


  • Management of strategic projects (exploitation of new markets, joint ventures, collaborative ventures, investment projects)
  • CFO or CEO staff units
  • Compliance officer
  • Intellectual property
  • Governance of competition and regulation
  • Quality management and certification
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Contract management
  • Consulting and management functions


  • Internationally active industrial, commercial, and service companies in all sectors
  • Consulting companies
  • Trade associations
  • State authorities in the area of economic development and competition policy

As Flexible as You

The MSc program in Management and Law allows you to continue working a 50% job. After completing this two-year course of study, you will therefore not only have a Master's degree, you will have also gained valuable professional experience. If you prefer to work a 70 to 80% job, you will be able to complete your studies within six semesters. The MSc in Management and Law is offered jointly with Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. You will benefit from the know-how of two leading universities at the intersection of management and law. Instruction will be in German and English (50% of each).

What You Need to Qualify

Bachelor's degree from a Swiss or a foreign university worth a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in:

  • Business law
  • Business administration without legal specialization
  • (requires additional academic achievements in legal studies)
  • Legal studies
  • (requires additional academic achievements in business studies)
  • Another academic field with a strong legal component
  • (admission on merit)

In addition to sound knowledge of either Swiss business law or the business law of another country, you will need the following:

  • Systemic knowledge of international business law
  • Basic knowledge of EU law and Anglo-American law
  • Proficiency of German and English (orally and in writing)
  • Ability to conduct applied scientific research at Master's level

At a Glance

  • Title: Master of Science (MSc) in Management and Law
  • Start of Program: Mid-September
  • Workload: 90 ECTS credits (corresponding to approx. 2,700 hours of study)
  • Duration: 4 semesters (while enrolled in the program, students can hold a part-time job or do family work not exceeding a workload of 50%)
  • Location: Switzerland/Winterthur (weekly instruction) and Luzern (instruction blocks)
  • Semester Fee: CHF 720
  • Admission Requirements: Admission Procedure
  • Language of Instruction: German/English (each at approx. 50%)
  • Career Prospects: The MSc in Management and Law program is tailored to graduates who will need to take on demanding roles as project managers and handle professional and managerial responsibilities in internationally active companies and organizations. These include areas such as strategic projects, business development, corporate governance, compliance, supervision of anti-trust and regulatory compliance, corporate social responsibility, and intellectual property management.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

Last updated September 7, 2016
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Duration 4 semesters
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