The AISTS MSA (Master of
Sports Administration) is a unique 14 months international postgraduate
programme in sports management, endorsed by the International Olympic
Committee, and located in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The AISTS MSA is a
Master of Advanced Studies (MAS). MAS programmes target meeting the needs of
working professionals and as such fall in the category of continuing education
or professional development.
The AISTS MSA’s full
denomination is Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and
What makes the
AISTS MSA degree unique?
- The strong connection with the Olympic Movement having
the International Olympic Committee, which is also a founding member of
the AISTS and International Sport Federations lecture in class creates a
deep understanding and appreciation of the Olympic Movement and Values
- The location of Lausanne, as Olympic Capital, with
its high concentration of International Federations, the International
Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and international sporting events like
Athletissima provides the ideal setting to study sports management
- The academic weight of having three prestigious
universities co-sign the degree namely the EPFL, University of
Geneva and University of Lausanne.
- The multi-disciplinary approach provides
individuals a 360° view of sport management with a wide range of topics
covered namely Management, Law, Sociology, Technology and Medicine
- The rich network of over 120 lecturers and
speakers consisting of approximately 50% academics and 50%
practitioners brings theory and practice together providing a complete
perspective of sports management
Who is the AISTS MSA
The AISTS MSA is
targeted at candidates who have a university degree and previous work
experience but wish to re-orientate their career in the sports industry.
Experience in the sports
industry is therefore not a prerequisite but experiences related to sport is a
plus, ie, athlete, volunteer, member of sport event organising committee,
member of club’s committee, journalism in sport, coaching etc.
athletes who participated in world championships, Olympic Games, etc. are also
welcome to the programme.
A dedicated scholarship
is also offered to such athletes (see AISTS Athlete Scholarship).
To ensure a
personalised, interactive environment, the programme is limited to 30-40
For the 2015 participant
profile brochure, visit the following link: http://www.aists.org/2015
What is the outline of
the AISTS MSA programme?
Held in Lausanne, the
Olympic Capital, participants are trained by experts in sport and academics, in
the following multidisciplinary fields applied directly to sport: Management
& Economics, Technology, Law, Sociology, and Medicine.
This sports management
education programme includes 8 months in the classroom (lectures, case studies,
activities and field trips), 2 months of work experience in the sports
industry, with the rest of the time spent on a team project and research paper.
- January – September: Lectures and Course Assignments,
Written Exams & Team Project (must be completed in Lausanne) -
- April – November: Research Paper
- October – February (of the following year): At least 8
weeks of work experience
- February (of the following year): Graduation Ceremony
The Master of Advanced
Studies is not to be confused with the Bologna Master. The AISTS MSA is a
continuing education degree, similar to an MBA that is typically taken in
addition to a Bologna Master. In lieu of the prerequisite Bologna Master’s
degree, the programme may accept students with a 3 year undergraduate degree
(Bologna Bachelor degree), if they have years of work experience.
institutions sign the AISTS MSA degree?
The AISTS MSA is a one
year full time postgraduate programme which is delivered in Lausanne, the
Olympic Capital, Switzerland.
It is organised by AISTS
on behalf of some of the best academic and technology institutes of Switzerland
who co-sign the degree:
- UNIL (University of Lausanne)
- UNIGE (University of Geneva)