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


Course name Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM)
Institution Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
Location Switzerland, Lugano
Language English


Course objective

The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) is a part-time executive program designed for humanitarian professionals. Participants learn to optimize supply chains, improve operational processes, think more strategically, and manage projects more successfully.

Sector Other
General course topics Humanitarian Action, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Management, Process and Project Management, Research Methods
Specific course topics

Supply Chain Principles | Operations and Supply Chain Management | OptimizationModels | Introduction to Humanitarian Action | Disaster Risk Reduction | Humanitarian Assistance | Security | Monitoring & Evaluation | Fundraising | Legal Aspects | System Dynamics | Strategic Planning | Crisis Information Management | Managerial Accounting | Process Management & Lean Six Sigma | Project Management Principles | Project Strategy and Scenario Planning | Project Development | Statistics | Analytical Thinking |

Total time commitment 47-days
Focus commodity Any or other commodity
Accredited Yes
Accredited by Swiss Higher Education Institutions
Certificate name Degree
Degree name Masters of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management
Attendance mode In-person
Attendance description

Students attend 6 sessions in Lugano. Each session lasts 1 week, except the final session which is 12 days and includes thesis defense and graduation. The full program takes 1 year to complete.

MASHLM is designed for humanitarian practitioners with at least 3 years of experience. Participants come from diverse fields within the humanitarian context including logistics, procurement, HR, ICT, WASH, child protection, and transportation.

Incentives No
Incentives description


Logistics Topics Coverage % (estimate) 40
Audience Open Enrollment
Pre-requisites Yes
Pre-requisites description
  • At least three years of relevant work experience
  • A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent professional diploma awarded by a recognized institution in the area of logistics, humanitarian aid, public service, or non-profit management
  • Very good level of proficiency in spoken and written English
Course fee $18,050
Course fee description

Tuition is paid in Swiss Francs (18,000 CHF).

Travel expenses, visa fees, and accommodation are not included.

Discount available Yes
Discount description

Some scholarships available

Course included in analysis Yes
Additional comments

In between the study blocks in Lugano,  students work from home on pre-assignments, on-line exams, and projects. The program culminates with a written thesis. Students earn an Advanced Master's Degree and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

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