Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM), Postgrad.Cert.

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    Application Deadline
  • 20 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) is a part-time executive program for humanitarian professionals, developed in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The scale of the disaster and the challenges faced in dealing with this crisis led to a worldwide outcry for improved logistics in humanitarian relief operations.

MASHLM bridges the gaps that exist between strategy and tactics, and tactics and operations. The program supports the global humanitarian community by providing key training in supply chain management, project and process management, strategic planning, Lean Six Sigma etc.

The master consists of 18 classes. Students attend five blocks in Lugano, Switzerland, with each session lasting two weeks.

Studies take approximately 20 months to complete and all courses are taught in English. This format allows participants to earn their master's degree while continuing to work full time.

In addition to the master ’s degree, students receive a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

MASHLM is unique, in terms of the quality of its professors, the quantity of courses offered, and the breadth of topics covered.


The MASHLM program corresponds to 60 ECTS representing the equivalent of a full year of academic study.

Programme Structure


MASHLM courses are interactive. Lectures are complemented by games, simulations, case studies, and group work. Students actively contribute to classroom discussions, adding their practical know-how to academic theory.


The culmination of the program is the delivery of a master's thesis. The thesis typically consists of an in-depth analysis of a humanitarian challenge: evaluating current policies and existing shortcomings, proposing different approaches, exploring alternatives, assessing consequences, and discussing results.


Humanitarian practitioners with minimum three years of relevant experiences.


Faculty from leading universities and humanitarian organizations including MIT, Georgia Tech, Naval Postgraduate School, USAID and ICRC.

Students earn a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt certification in addition to their Master (MAS) degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please visit the programme's website for the application procedure.
  • Full-time duration 20 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Duration part-time 20 months

      Block 1 April 16 – April 28, 2017 Block 2 August 28 – September 8, 2017 Blocks 3 - 5 tba

    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 ECTS

    The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) is a part-time executive program for professionals. The program takes 20 months to complete, with students attending five sessions in Lugano, each session lasts two weeks. MASHLM allows you to continue working while you earn your master's degree.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
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Academic Requirements

In order to apply please send by e-mail to

  • A complete and updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Application Form (please fill it out and send it as signed PDF)
  • Motivational Essay
  • Two letters of reference (signed and stamped)
  • Diplomas (scanned copies)
  • Digital photo
  • Digital passport copy

Please put MASHLM 09 APPLICATION as the subject of your email.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates who meet the initial requirements will be invited for a skype / phone interview for further assessment. 

Students requiring a visa for Switzerland are strongly urged to apply as early as possible. The visa process can take up to 3 months.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

MASHLM welcomes applications from individuals with:

  • at least three years of relevant work experience;
  • a Bachelor degree or an equivalent professional diploma awarded by a recognized institution in the area of logistics, humanitarian aid, public service, or non-profit management.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 16782 International
  • EUR 16783 National
The total tuition cost is CHF 18,000.

Travel expenses, visa fees, and accommodation are not included in the tuition.


The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) offers four scholarships in the amount of 4,500 CHF. The award is applied to the 2nd year's tuition.

Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic performance, and personal motivation.

Priority is given to students from developing countries.

MASHLM Scholarships are kindly financed by Fondazione del Ceresio.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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