Program Description


The Higher Diploma in Business Administration explores, in more depth and in more complex contexts, how businesses design and operate internal structures and systems that support the businesses’ goals, ensuring that these gain and maintain their competitive advantage. The qualification has a flexible structure and includes a range of optional units. This enables candidates to tailor the course to their specific needs while maintaining the consistency of the qualification. This program is equivalent to the second year of the three years Bachelor of Business Administration Program. The program awards 60 ECTS.


This qualification is designed to help you gain an appreciation of:

  • Managing systems as an integrative activity
  • Key concepts of higher-level business discourse
  • Major principles involved in managing organizational resources
  • The tools and techniques associated with managing finance, projects and facilities
  • Theory and practice of managing human resources in an organization

Level 5 qualifications are at a level equivalent to intermediate Higher Education qualifications such as Diplomas of Higher Education, Foundation and other degrees.


Entry Criteria

Students seeking admission to the Diploma program must have completed their secondary education equivalent to:
  • One year of undergraduate Business Administration studies at a reputable university
  • SSM Diploma in Business Administration
  • You need a sound command of English: spoken and written
Advanced Accounting

Get a comprehensive understanding of consolidated financial statements and how to prepare them. Focus on the accounting principles, methods and techniques that relate to particular types of business and nonbusiness entities, including corporations, partnerships, government units, estates and trusts, and nonprofits. Limited time is devoted to exploring certain tax aspects of consolidated financial statements.
Understand buyer behaviour and the purchase decision-making process
Be able to use marketing research techniques
Be able to assess market size and future demand
Be able to measure customer satisfaction

Venture Capital and Private Equity

Venture capital (VC) is money provided to seed early-stage, emerging and growing companies. Venture capital funds invest in companies in exchange for equity in the companies they invest in, which usually have a novel technology or business model in high technology industries, such as biotechnology and IT. The typical venture capital investment may occur from a seed funding round as the first round of institutional capital to fund growth (also referred to as Series A round) in the interest of generating a return through an eventual exit event, such as an IPO or trade sale of the company. Venture capital is a type of private equity.
In finance, private equity is an asset class consisting of equity securities and debt in operating companies that are not publicly traded on a stock exchange.

A private equity investment will generally be made by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm or an angel investor. Each of these categories of investors has its own set of goals, preferences and investment strategies; however, all provide working capital to a target company to nurture expansion, new-product development, or restructuring of the company’s operations, management, or ownership.

Managing information and knowledge

This course is the second part of Managing Information & Knowledge (MIS) 1. This is not a technology course, although we do explore a number of core technologies used in modern enterprises; nor is it designed to teach you how to use computers effectively, although we certainly take advantage of a range of software applications in our analysis.

Instead, the focus is on how to leverage information systems to effectively operate and grow an enterprise. Whether the organization is a new entrepreneurial start-up, an established business, a non-profit, or a government enterprise, its ability to deliver its mission and implement its strategy could be significantly impeded without knowledgeable individuals to guide the design, acquisition, effective use and support of the information systems that provide the foundation for the organization.

Because the role of MIS is critical for many organizations, it has become an exciting career choice that allows you the flexibility to apply the skills you develop through your study of management information systems to a broad range of disciplines. An organization is made up of four key components; technology, data, processes, and people. A career in MIS can offer you many options, such as taking a strategic approach and becoming a systems or enterprise architect who is an expert in integrating across these components, or becoming a specialist in data analytics, process redesign, or technology management. What distinguishes MIS from other types of information technology is the recognition of the role and the importance of people in both enabling and constraining organizations.

The guiding principle behind this course is that for an enterprise to run efficiently, its information systems need to work efficiently. Modern organizations are simply too complex, with too many people and too much data for work to be done manually or inefficiently.

Human Resource Management

Human resource management is a function in organizations designed to maximize employee performance in service of an employer’s strategic objectives. HR is primarily concerned with the management of people within organizations, focusing on policies and on systems. HR departments and units in organizations typically undertake a number of activities, including employee benefits, design and recruitment, “training and development”, performance appraisal, and rewarding (e.g., managing pay and benefit systems). HR also concerns itself with industrial relations, i.e. the balancing of organizational practices with requirements arising from collective bargaining and from governmental laws

Marketing 2

Marketing is about communicating the value of a product, service or brand to customers or consumers for the purpose of promoting or selling that product, service, or brand. The oldest, and perhaps simplest and most natural form of marketing, is ‘word of mouth’ (WOM) marketing, in which consumers convey their experiences of a product, service or brand in their day-to-day communications with others. These communications can of course be either positive or negative.

Money and Banking Business

Banking in its modern sense evolved in the 14th century in the rich cities of Renaissance Italy, but in many ways it was a continuation of ideas and concepts of credit and lending that had their roots in the ancient world. In the history of banking, a number of banking dynasties — notably, the Medicis, the Fuggers, the Welsers, the Berenbergs and the Rothschilds — have played a central role over many centuries.
The money supply of a country consists of currency (banknotes and coins) and, depending on the particular definition used, one or more types of bank money (the balances held in checking accounts, savings accounts, and other types of bank accounts). Bank money, which consists only of records (mostly computerized in modern banking), forms by far the largest part of broad money in developed countries.

Total Quality Management

Total quality management (TQM) consists of organization-wide efforts to install, and make permanent, a climate in which an organization continuously improves its ability to deliver high-quality products and services to customers. While there is no widely agreed-upon approach, TQM efforts typically draw heavily on the previously developed tools and techniques of quality control. TQM enjoyed widespread attention during the late 1980s and early 1990s before being overshadowed by ISO 9000, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma.

International Economics

International economics is concerned with the effects upon economic activity from international differences in productive resources and consumer preferences, as well as the international institutions that affect them. It seeks to explain the patterns and consequences of transactions and interactions between the inhabitants of different countries, including trade, investment and migration.

Information Systems

Any specific information system aims to support operations, management and decision making. An information system is the information and communication technology (ICT) that an organization uses, and also the way in which people interact with this technology in support of business processes.

Sales Management

Sales management is a business discipline which is focused on the practical application of sales techniques and the management of a firm’s sales operations. It is an important business function as net sales, through the sale of products and services, and resulting in profit, drive most commercial business. These are also typically the goals and performance indicators of sales management.

Principles of Finance

In Financial Accounting, we learned that firms are required to keep detailed financial records so that organized reports can be distributed to managers, shareholders, and government regulators. Principles of Finance will focus on what these managers, investors, and government agencies do with this information. It is an introductory course to various fields of finance and is comparable in content to courses that other institutions label as “corporate finance” or “financial management.”

Finance is a broad term. You will find that both managers that compile the financial reports we discussed in financial accounting and stockbrokers working on Wall Street will claim that they work in finance. So what exactly is finance? Finance is the science of fund management. It is distinct from accounting in that. As accounting aims at organizing and compiling past information, finance is geared towards deciding what to do with that information.

In this course, you will be exposed to a number of different sub-fields within finance. You will learn how to determine which projects have the best potential payoff, to manage investments, and even to value stocks. In the end, you will discover that all finance boils down to one concept: return. In essence, finance asks: “If I give you money today, how much money will I get back in the future?” Though the answer to this question will vary widely from case to case, by the time you finish this course, you will know how to find the answer.

You will learn how to use financial concepts such as the time value of money, pro forma financial statements, financial ratio analysis, capital budgeting analysis, capital structure, and the cost of capital. This course will also provide an introduction to bonds and stocks. Upon completion of this course, you will understand financial statements, cash flow, time value of money, stocks and bonds, capital budgeting, ratio analysis, and long term financing, and apply these concepts and skills in business decisions.

Intercultural Management

The globalization of the economy, with increased cross-border alliances, ventures and global relocations, as well as the advent of e-commerce, has brought about major changes in the field of international customer relations and intercultural diversity management. This has led to an increased appreciation by companies that managing cultural differences properly can be a key factor in getting things done effectively across borders. With increased contact of personnel and customers from diverse cultural backgrounds, there is a growing demand for businesses to understand and manage the diverse values, perceptions, business worldviews and behaviour of corporations, staff, and its customers. Intercultural communication and management is an interdisciplinary human resources field concerned with facilitating communication, management and effective interaction of personnel and customers across borders.

Organizational Behavior

This case and experience-based course focuses on behavioral aspects of the firm and its employees. It strives to trace a path that is informed by various science-based disciplines (most notably social psychology) and is directly relevant to the practice of management in firms of today and tomorrow.

The course is organized into four modules:

  • Leadership and Transformation
  • Motivation, Incentives, and Organizational Control Systems
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Decision Making

The first three are extensive and in-depth, while the last is shorter. The readings and class assignments are serious and challenging. It is not simply a master class on steroids, but a rigorous and demanding graduate level course.

Leadership and Change Management

During your Diploma studies, you have learned to use Leadership as a way to structure and plan the future. You were designing your roadmap for the future. In the second year, you will use your leadership skills to motivate and lead others to change or to make a change.

Foreign Language

In the second your of your Bachelor Studies you will learn another new language and culture.


Time for completion and start of the program


There are several intakes a year. Please contact us to know when the next intake will be. The maximum duration of the program is of one year. Classes are three times a week each lasting three hours excluding school and National holidays.


Each of the four assessment groups is assessed by a three-hour written examination.


Once completed, this program leads to direct entry into the final year of the Bachelor Degree or to join one of SSM’s partner universities for the Top-up Degree.


Cost of the program



Application Fees:
Euros 200 (due immediately)
Total Tuition Fees:
Euros 8,650

Tuition shall be paid as following:

Enrolment Fee:
Euros 3,000
(due immediately after acceptance)
First Installment:
Euros 2,350 (due after two months)
Second Installment:
Euros 2,300 (due after four months)

Application Procedures






NOTE: Do not fill in by hand and scan.
Hand written forms will not be accepted.


Upon receiving an email from SSM
stating we have received
your application,
pay the € 200 application fee


Application Procedures



the following documents

  • All university transcripts (copies)
  • All degree certificates/diplomas (copies)
  • Electronic passport Photo (No hard copy required)

Original Documents
to send via MAIL:

  • Signed application form and application attachments
  • Copy of Official transcripts
  • Official degree certificates/diplomas
  • Send all original documents to:
    Swiss School of Management – Admissions
    c/o University of Washington Rome Center
    Piazza del Biscione 95
    00186 Rome, Italy

Note: Application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received electronically and the application fee has been received


Apply for a Diploma in Business Administration

Undergraduate Application Form

Fill out the application form for the SSM program and send it back to us at to begin the process of applying.

Note: Application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received electronically and the application fee has been received.