The international part-time program Master of Arts (M.A.) Olympic Studies is a fully validated Master degree program that implements a high-level, interdisciplinary curriculum in Olympic Studies. The program aims at fostering the links between the academic and the Olympic world.
The Olympic Studies Centre of the German Sports University Cologne (OSC Cologne) is the main operational institution of the program and is responsible for all of the course’s organizational and overall academic elements. Professor Dr. Stephan Wassong, Director of the OSC Cologne, is the Program Leader of the M.A. Olympic Studies and a member of the IOC’s Olympic Education Commission. In the delivery of the teaching modules, the OSC Cologne cooperates with several Olympic Studies Centres worldwide, such as the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany), Loughborough University (United Kingdom) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
Moreover, other highly qualified professors from international academic institutions with long and proven experience in the field of Olympic Studies such as the International Olympic Academy (IOA) (Greece) and the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) teach on the program. Usually, the seminar weeks take place at the German Sports University Cologne but it is aimed to include other teaching locations as well.
The MA Olympic Studies has the official support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The central intentions of the program are:
- To enable knowledge transfer between the academic and the Olympic world in each participant's working environment;
- To enhance the individual participant’s Olympic knowledge in social sciences and humanities;
- To promote the individual participant’s critical appreciation of the ethical and educational dimensions of the Olympic values in the fields of education, economy, governance, and politics in sport;
- To foster critical dialogue on processes of continuity and transformation in the Olympic Movement and on the relationship between Olympism and Olympic practices in wider social and professional contexts;
- To develop the individual participant’s capacity to conduct research projects of practical relevance to the Olympic Movement.
It is the target to reach the objectives of the program through teaching interdisciplinary contents about diverse aspects of the Olympic Movement. The topics include, but are not restricted to Olympic history, commercialization, professionalization, politicization, internationalization, and administration. It is the nature of the M.A. Olympic Studies that all these topics are substantially linked with sport ethical and educational considerations.
This is important for a modern application and legitimization of the Olympic Movement and meets important aspects of the Olympic Agenda 2020. The learning outcomes are to expand the participant’s critical knowledge base as it relates to the modern Olympic Movement.
A more detailed, interdisciplinary understanding of the Olympic world, including its issues and challenges, would also foster the identification of the participant with the Olympic Movement but it is also a benefit for the employing organization/company and its profile to support the development of the Olympic Movement.
The participants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Participants must have at least two years of work experience in an environment relevant to the interests of the Olympic family, including the administration of the IOC, National Olympic Committees, Organising Committees of the Olympic Games, Olympic museums, TOP-sponsors, International Federations, universities, sports academies as well as media and broadcasting companies. The part-time nature of the program with five on-site modules spread over a period of two years enables participants to stay in their professional jobs during the time of their participation in the M.A. Olympic Studies. It is also necessary to prove sufficient English language skills.
A formal application process will be required to join the program. Applicants have to fill in and submit an application form, which can be requested on demand. The screening of application files, as well as the selection process, will be the responsibility of the OSC Cologne and the Program Management of the M.A. Olympic Studies.
The fee for the two-year study program is 5.000€, excluding flights and costs for accommodation. Payments can be made for the full sum or can be split into parts of 2.500€ for each study year. Candidates can apply for scholarships to cover the study fees through the Olympic Solidarity Commission of the IOC. Applications for Olympic Solidarity support have to be made via the candidates' respective National Olympic Committee. The National Olympic Committees have to put forward the application to Olympic Solidarity.
Since its first intake in 2010, the academic reputation of the program has developed increasingly on the international level. Evidence for this is the map with the geographical distribution of the participants of the first five intakes.
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Last updated April 5, 2018