Department of Business Administration

The Department of Business Administration offers a comprehensive programme of education and executive education courses as well as research and consulting services. Since its birth in 1970, the Higher Economics and Administration School (HWV) St. Gallen has enjoyed an excellent reputation. Students studying Business Administration or Business Information Technology at the Department of Business Administration receive a practice-oriented education that enables them to integrate quickly into the business world and makes them highly sought-after graduates by companies in Eastern Switzerland and beyond.

The Department of Business Administration promotes scientifically sound, implementation-oriented skills and solutions in the areas of corporate management and development as well as information and process management. This is facilitated by course content that has a high degree of practical relevance, combined with lecturers who have close ties to the business world. The representatives of the Department of Business Administration serve as reliable partners and sources of inspiration for businesses and institutions.

Facts and Figures

The retention rates for the Department of Business Administration's degree programmes show what percentage of first-year students go on to successfully complete their course. Students who leave do so either voluntarily or because they fail to progress. The following figures are averages calculated over the last five years.

Bachelor's programmes (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Business Information Technology)

Assessment stage (foundation course)
72% of first-year students successfully progress to the main course.

Main course​​​​​​​
More than 97% of students on the main course successfully complete it.

Master's degree programmes (Master of Business Administration and Business Information Technology)

Between 73% and 79% of students successfully complete the Master's programme.

Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA)

More than 90% of students successfully complete the EMBA programme.