MASHLM is a part-time executive master for humanitarian professionals who have at least 3 years of experience. Students attend 6 sessions in Lugano, Switzerland. Sessions 1-5 are each 1 week. Session 6 is 12 days and includes thesis defense and graduation.
The program is taught in English and takes 1 academic year to complete.
Coursework 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 one-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.