Master of Advanced Studies
in Humanitarian Logistics and Management



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Combine the academic excellence of the MAS with the flexibility to choose the most relevant courses for your professional development.

Tailored Program in Humanitarian Logistics and Management gives the following option:

Certificate of Advanced Studies

Choose 1 of the 6 blocks corresponding to 1 week of study.


CAS | Sustainable Project Development and Data Management

Develop entrepreneurial skills for implementing sustainable social innovation with human centred design. Learn advanced tools for conceptualising complex systems to then improve managerial decision making. 

▼ Content

  • Project Development
  • Statistics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • System Dynamics

▼ Core Competencies

  • Logistics Data Management
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Assets Management
  • Risk Management
  • Forecasting
  • Collaborative  Planning
  • Customer Service Desk
  • Inventory Management

▼ Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of social innovations adopting a Human Center Design (HCD) approach as a driving force through the different design process stages, such as discover, ideate and prototype
  • Generate robust ideas for social innovations by following structured processes
  • Apply the principles of statistics to common humanitari- an contexts
  • Understand concepts in probability and statistics models and their applications
  • Use excel to address applied statistical problems
  • Understand the mechanics of financial accounting and the various links between operating variables and finan- cial performance
  • Evaluate and act upon relevant information from the financial and non-financial reports used in managing modern firms
  • Employ the basic language and tools to assess and communicate the impact of logistics on a firm’s financial performance
  • Assess the impact of a decision in terms of the difference between the various types of costs involved
  • Understand the basic theory and practice of system dynamics
  • Conceptualize the dynamics of any system, focusing on the dynamics of supply chains and other structures such as epidemics and work-accomplishment
  • Gain exposure of the ways in which system performance can be improved



CAS | Operations, Optimization, and Crisis Information Management

Create efficiency in your organization with innovative approaches and practical tools that improve the impact of humanitarian operations. Learn systematic processes for determining and addressing needs and managing information effectively.

▼ Content

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Optimization Models
  • Needs Assessment
  • Crisis Information Management

▼ Core Competencies

  • Logistics Procedures and Compliance
  • Logistics Set-up and Design
  • Quality Management
  • Logistics Data Management
  • Forecasting
  • Collaborative  Planning
  • Customer Service Desk
  • Inventory Management
  • Market Analysis and Sourcing
  • Supplier Management
  • Warehousing
  • Transport
  • Distribution
  • Fleet Management and set-up
  • Car pool and dispatch organization
  • Air Operations Management

▼ Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and assess various trade-offs present in manag- ing distribution and routing of supplies and incorporate uncertainty in decision-making
  • Understand principles and practices of management science models for the analysis and improvement of humanitarian systems
  • Develop mathematical models that improving processes and decisions in humanitarian contexts
  • Implement models learned in class using excel
  • Develop an intuitive understanding of widely-used ana- lytical techniques and their applications (e.g., Linear and Integer Programming)
  • Understand methodologies, processes, and planning related to assessing needs in a crisis environment
  • Apply methods to assign needs severity to an affected population
  • Understand Information Management principles as ap- plied to the humanitarian environment and coordination structures
  • Leverage geographic information with user-friendly, free tools available online related to the development of an Information Management Strategy
  • Estimate populations through various techniques and to develop a Population Management Strategy
  • Analyse humanitarian situations using basic principles of visualization of information



CAS | Lean Six Sigma and Process Management for Humanitarians

Make an immediate impact in your organization with the globally recognized Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, the performance improving method that systematically removes process defects and waste.

▼ Content

  • Humanitarian Action
  • Process Management
  • Lean Six Sigma

▼ Core Competencies

  • Logistics Procedures and Compliance
  • Logistics Set-up and Design
  • Quality Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Quality Control

▼ Learning Outcomes

  • Apply, define, and describe the concepts, tools, and tech- niques fundamental to Process Management using Lean Six Sigma, including the DMAIC methodology
  • Analyze complex processes using suitable process anal- ysis techniques and make sound recommendations for improving processes
  • Evaluate performance measures in humanitarian logistics processes in terms of cost, quality, speed, service, and flexibility
  • Understand basic concepts of humanitarian action and its relations with international development cooperation, including developments and trends in the world society, and their humanitarian consequences
  • Analyze the international response to humanitarian crises and the architecture of humanitarian action including an overview and typology of actors



CAS | Climate and Disaster Risk Management

Explore how innovation can contribute to limiting climate related hazards. Integrate humanitarian action with planning and analysis tools during a simulated emergency to experience the changing nature of humanitarian preparedness and response.

▼ Content

  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Innovation in Climate Risk Management
  • Capstone Simulation in Humanitarian Assistance

▼ Core Competencies

  • Disaster  Risk Management
  • Climate Risk Management
  • Integrated Supply Chain Strategy
  • Development and Humani- tarian Nexus
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Disaster Preparedness

▼ Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the linkages between development and emergency related concepts of risk, hazards, vulnerability, capacity, assets, governance and discrimination
  • Critically review different approaches and tools used in practice in disaster management
  • Apply planning and analysis tools and approaches to different types of crises and emergencies
  • Understand the basics of how science, technology, and organizational innovations can help the humanitarian sector understand and address climate-related hazards, focusing on the strengths and limitations of forecasts at different time scales
  • Work with experts from other disciplines in order to jointly identify the constellation of means, relationships, and processes that can enable forecast-based decisions to save lives and livelihoods
  • Understand the humanitarian system and the tools and approaches required to deal with the changing nature of humanitarian preparedness and response in the field and at headquarters
  • Discuss the major questions about the future of humani- tarian assistance
  • Appreciate the need for organizations to be accountable to a wide constituency, including beneficiaries, donors, the public, and the press




Organized by PhD students in the Humanitarian Operations Team, two tutorial sessions are scheduled during each block. Tutorials give participants the chance to practice what they learned in class, ask for clarification, and review theory in a lab-style atmosphere.


During each block throughout the year, academics and practitioners from all over the world visit USI to teach intensive courses in the MASHLM program. The Humanitarian Insights seminar series was designed to share the opportunity to interact with our visitors with our colleagues, our friends, and the community.

Seminar topics range from societal impact issues and activities, management and operations, to current events and tools. Each seminar is followed by an informal gathering.


CAS | Certificate of Advanced Studies | 10 ECTS



CAS | Certificate of Advanced Studies | 10 ECTS -  CHF 5'000



USI Università della Svizzera italiana is one of 12 universities under the Swiss university system, coordinated by the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (swissuniversitites). swissuniversities represents all 12 Swiss universities and maintains relationships with other accredited universities outside Switzerland. As a recognized university that is part of the public system, the degree-granting body of the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management is USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

To ensure international recognition, in 2002 USI became the first Swiss university to adopt the Bologna Reform and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The Bologna Declaration mandates that all taught courses and coursework are to be quantified in ECTS points. The ECTS guarantees that credits are wholly compatible and transferable within and across the broader European university system.


Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Education