Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM)

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Program Description

Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM)

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

The way forward for your humanitarian career

The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) is a part-time executive program designed for humanitarian professionals who want to enrich their capacities and enhance their careers.

MASHLM provides training in the key areas of supply chain management, process and project management, strategic management, and humanitarian action. Students attend 6 blocks in Lugano, Switzerland.

  • Blocks 1 - 5 are 7 days
  • Block 6 is 12 days and includes thesis defense and graduation

The entire program takes 1 year to complete. This format allows participants to earn their master's degree while still working full time.


Work & Study: The part time format allows students to work full time while earning their degree.

Relevant: Learning is based on real-world humanitarian challenges. Students take the tools and methodologies learned in class and immediately apply them in the field.

Career Enhancement: MASHLM students have been rewarded with greater work responsibilities and job promotions.

Networking: Students and faculty come from all over the world and a wide range of organizations, bringing a global perspective to relevant humanitarian issues.

Academic Excellence: Faculty come from leading universities and humanitarian organizations including MIT, Georgia Tech, USAID, and the Red Cross.

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


Course work is organized into 5 main areas of study: supply chain management, humanitarian action, strategic management, process and project management, and research methods.


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.


Each two-week block is followed by final exams and assignments which students work on in their own time and deliver via the internet. Exams are administered online using the Moodle e-learning platform.


Between the study blocks in Lugano, students will work individually or in small groups on 2 different projects designed to allow participants to put into practice what they have learned in class.


Students earn 60 credits in the European Credit Transfer Accumulation System (ECTS).


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.

Recent thesis topics include:

  • Supply Chain Optimization of the Distribution of Mosquito Nets
  • Improving Non Food Items Management and Accountability
  • Participatory Games as a Possible Road to Safety
  • A Systems Dynamics Approach to Evidence-Based Policy Design for HIV/AIDS Response Programs


Students earn both a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate.


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.

In special cases, candidates age 25 or more, although lacking the above mentioned university qualifications, may be admitted if their training and work experience is deemed to be sufficient and relevant.

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Students requiring a visa for Switzerland are strongly urged to apply as early as possible. The visa process can take up to 3 months.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 20, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
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Aug. 27, 2017
1 year
Part time
18,000 CHF
Switzerland - Lugano
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