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.
Today, as the humanitarian community faces unprecedented challenges, the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management continues to provide the up to date training practitioners and organizations need to respond.
MASHLM students attend 6 blocks in Lugano, Switzerland. Each session lasts 1 week, except the final session which is 12 days and includes thesis defense and graduation. All courses are taught in English and the program takes 1 year to complete. This format allows participants to earn their master's degree while continuing to work full time.
The MASHLM program corresponds to 60 credits in the European Credit Transfer Accumulation System (ECTS).
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.
The program welcomes humanitarian practitioners with at least 3 years of related experience. MASHLM students come from all over the world and work in diverse fields within a humanitarian context including logistics, procurement, HR, WASH, ICT, child protection, and transportation.
You can apply until:
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Block 1: August 27 - September 2, 2017, Block 2: October 15 – October 21, 2017, Blocks 3: December 3 – December 9, 2017, Blocks 4: February 4 – February 10, 2018, Blocks 5: April 22 – April 28, 2018, Blocks 6: August 26 – September 6, 2018,
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Book IELTS
MASHLM welcomes applications from individuals with:
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The application forms are available at www.mashlm.usi.ch/application
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.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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