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.
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.
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.
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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.
At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.
MASHLM welcomes applications from individuals with:
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.
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