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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.

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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 Technology.

 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 for? 

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. 

International level 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 students.

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) - Full-time.
  • 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. 

Which academic 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:

  • EPFL 
  • UNIL (University of Lausanne)
  • UNIGE (University of Geneva) 
Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology (MSA) - Campus

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 Technology.


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Essar Gabriel General Secretary IAAF
Our experience with the AISTS MSA participants at the IAAF World Athletics Forum in 2013 was very positive and was an illustration of the sport administration skills and capacity that are fostered and encouraged through their AISTS programme.
 
Antony Scanlon Executive Director International Golf Federation (IGF)
When the federation’s headquarters moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, and the IGF Board was formed, it was very helpful for us to have the AISTS MSA programme close by, as we found in the class that year, the person we needed exactly at that moment. Thank you for providing the International Golf Federation with such professional sports individuals.
 
Fredi Schmid Director General International Skating Union (ISU)
The AISTS MSA is unique in that it is the only academy to be a part of the tight circle of international sports federations based in Lausanne. I do not think there is a better way of understanding what we, the federations, want or need, than by attending the same meetings, and meeting on a regular basis.
 
Tom Dielen Secretary General World Archery
Having a pool of professionals like the AISTS MSA participants, with different fields of expertise and who all share an understanding of the mechanics of the sports industry, is a huge asset for us. What’s more is that these individuals are all passionate about what they do.
 
Cornelius Marculescu Executive Director FINA
I believe the strength of the programme is that it provides in-depth and practical understanding of the challenges faced by the international governing bodies of sports nowadays. I have noticed over the years that the AISTS MSA class reflects very well our staff, in that it is a very diverse and multinational group. That is probably the best training you can get for what awaits you in the world of sports federations
 
Jean-Marie Ayer Secretary General World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)
The AISTS MSA is the only programme to my knowledge, that is also continuously evolving and changing, in an effort to match the sport industry’s needs. The programme brings forward some exceptionally bright professionals every year, and prepares them for the reality of the sports industry.
 
Eric Saintrond Secretary General & CEO International University Sports Federation (FISU)
The AISTS has supported FISU in several ways over the past few years. The AISTS MSA participants carried out two projects for FISU that have provided new and innovative ideas, and a number of our staff have attended AISTS Open Modules and the AISTS SEMOS. Both provide valuable insights and a solid foundation and are essential to understanding the real work done in the organisation of sport events. As the leading organisation for international university sports, FISU considers the AISTS as an excellent educational partner.
 
Shiny Fang Secretary General & CEO International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM)
Since my first visit to AISTS in July of 2013, UIPM has started and continued to have different AISTS MSA interns at our headquarters in Monaco; each of them with excellent experience and all keen to do and to learn. We have established full confidence in the AISTS, and continue to work with AISTS MSA participants through work placements and Team Projects. Collaborating with a group of enthusiastic and bright future sport leaders on the recent Team Project is exactly what UIPM needed to face the reality of our sport and to further think about the action plans for the future. These positive experiences shows us the quality of AISTS as well as the incredible leadership of Claude Stricker. We look forward to closely working with the AISTS for a long time to come
 
NameTitleEmployerClass
Mario Azevedo Sponsorship Director FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) 2009
Ben Cohen Governance & Legal Affairs Senior Manager FIBA (International Basketball Feeration) 2008
Anne Gripper CEO Triathlon Australia 2006
Richard Heath Secretary General European Golf Association (EGA) 2005

 
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