Organised by the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) in partnership with three universities, De Montfort University in Leicester (England), SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan (Italy) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), the FIFA Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport was created to promote management education within the sports world. It has developed to become a top graduate programme developing all-around managers who can cope with the increasingly complex world of sport.
A unique programme
The FIFA Master takes its graduates on a unique journey through three different European countries to study sport. Three distinguished universities in England, Italy and Switzerland, which are among Europe's most sports-oriented countries, have come together to provide a one year programme that combines top-class academic teaching and practical case studies supplemented by guest lecturers and field visits. The course focuses on three key and inter-related aspects of sports humanities, management and law. Once the programme successfully completed, postgraduates receive a joint-diploma delivered by the three universities.
Developing unique people
The FIFA Master offers a dynamic international environment with around 20 different nationalities represented in a class of approximately 30 postgraduates that are selected each year. The international multi-disciplinary approach provides postgraduates with the opportunity to learn a broad range of subjects and develop their analytical skills to better cope with the fast-changing trends in the sports industry.
For a unique industry
The FIFA Master offers a unique opportunity to meet top executives from high-level international sports federations, clubs, agencies and organising committees, enabling students to build up their own network of contacts - one of the keys to a successful career in sport. On top of these opportunities, each graduate also becomes a member of the FIFA Master Alumni Association (FMA). The FMA plays a crucial role in connecting all alumni of the FIFA Master, creating lifelong bonds between graduates.
Criteria for applying
The FIFA Master seeks to attract a diverse profile of applicants, those who exhibit a variety of skills and accomplishments. This is in contrast to some courses which target one standard candidate profile. In order to create the most stimulating environment possible for all postgraduates, we consciously select a complimentary student body, one that not only reflects a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities but a wide range of personal interests and professional ambitions.
The common characteristics of our postgraduates are demonstrated by leadership potential and a capacity to thrive in a rigorous academic environment.
All prospective candidates must:
- Have completed a full course of university study in any discipline and successfully obtained a degree by the application date;
- Have an excellent command of English, TOEFL minimum score of 100 Internet-based test or IELTS minimum score of 7.5 (or demonstrate a level of proficiency);
- Have previous work experience;
- Have an international outlook;
- Be able to demonstrate an active level of involvement/interest in sport (not just as a participant but in the administration/management of sport);
- Be motivated and determined to succeed;
- Be flexible and able to meet the challenges of the course;
- Have an extensive general knowledge and culture;
- Be able to work in a group (group work is a key part of the course);
- Recommended but optional: submit the score from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE;
Failure to fulfil any of the above criteria will mean that your application will not be taken into consideration.
FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, ranked No.1 Course in Europe 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, by the SportBusiness International global rankings.
Organised by CIES in partnership with De Montfort University (United Kingdom), SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).