FAQ

We frequently get these questions:

As noted in the application package, a certified copy of you undergraduate diploma is required. This means the copy of your diploma must be stamped by your university. Your original diploma must be brought with you to Switzerland and shown at the EPFL the first day of class.

Given that a good number of international competitions take place every year (Summer & Winter Olympics, Summer & Winter Youth Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Football World Cups, World Championships organised by all international federation, etc.) there is a constant interest from sport enthusiasts in taking part in the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration with a view of joining the organising committees for these events.

Your must submit at least 2 recommendation letters with your application for the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration. These letters should be addressed to the AISTS and can be included in the general application, or sent directly to our offices. Letters can be written by a previous employer or a professor and should be in English.

The return on investment in terms of time is completely dependent on the person and the background that person has. The ROI can be immediate, like it can be a few years long.

The investment to take part in the programme, is financial (tuition fees and living costs), but also a personal investment, as participants typically leave their jobs to adapt to an intensive academic schedule.

 

The MAS in Sport Administration stands for Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology.

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme offered through the AISTS is classified as a Master of Advanced Studies in the Bologna system. Not to be confused with the Bologna Master, the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) 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 EPFL may accept students into our programme with a 4 year undergraduate degree, if they have years of work experience. The ideal candidate for this course is someone who has an undergraduate degree, a masters and/or work experience, and is interested in developing or strengthening a career in sports management.

The average age of participants is approximately 29 years old.

Candidates have an average of 7 years work experience before attending the programme. Please note that this is an average age, i.e. we do have younger (and older) participants. Do not be discouraged to apply if you are under the average age. Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.

Also see FAQ: Am I too young to apply?

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration Scientific Committee, who is in charge of the selection process, looks at a combination of factors with equal measure: professional experience, education, motivation, background in sport, age (e.g. not too young), nationality (to ensure a reasonable mix of nationalities in the class), level of English (fluency necessary), etc.

In addition, the beauty of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme is that our participants reflect a wide variety of professional backgrounds, nationalities, sports, ambitions, and skills, meaning that no particular skill-set or work experience is required in order to apply for the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme, apart from the basic application requirements (see below).

  • Participants must possess a university degree
  • Participants must be planning to pursue a career in the sports world
  • Participants must be fluent in English as all lectures are given in English
  • Participants should have some years of work experience
  • Participants must complete the online application form and attach all requested documentation

See also: How to Apply

The benefits of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration start with having a consistent class "community," where the participants learn from each others' varied backgrounds in addition to what they learn from the lectures. By attracting renowned professors and experts from within the sports industry to lecture at our programme, the knowledge is not only scientific and academic, but also comes from practical experiences.

As a result, the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration​ blends scientific knowledge with real world understanding to prepare students for the development of a successful career as future leaders in modern sport. The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is designed for professional individuals wishing to broaden their knowledge in the multi-disciplines applied directly to sport: management, law, sociology, technology and medicine, to get a stronger skill set for their existing or desired career in sport management.

Also see FAQ: 'Why is the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration unique compared to other programmes?'

The AISTS typically receives between 100 and 200 applications, competing for approximately 35 spots on the programme. With candidates applying from all 5 continents, the competition is truly international.

AISTS MAS in Sport Administration applications are reviewed after the deadlines, respectively. You can expect an answer from us 4 – 6 weeks after the deadline by which you submitted your application.

See also FAQ: When is the deadline to apply for the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration?

Unfortunately, there is no opportunity to do this course online. From September to July, students will be expected in class in Lausanne. After the classes end in July, students can either return to their home country, or stay in the area for the remainder of the year while working on their personal project and completing at least 8 weeks of full time work experience.

The work experience or internship portion of the programme is a requirement to fulfill before graduating, but must be secured by the candidate (and can be anywhere in the world).

See also FAQ: What is the schedule like?

No, the AISTS does not provide health insurance to participating candidates. It is highly recommended that participants extend their existing health insurance to Switzerland and should contact their insurance company directly upon acceptance.

We review results from a number of different evaluation systems but this is not the sole basis for accepting or rejecting candidates. Please feel free to submit a GRE score if you have one.

 

Applicants to the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration must submit English language exam results (either TOEFL or IELTS) when applying for the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration to prove English fluency (written & oral). 

Candidates must be fluent in written & oral English to participate in the programme. All classes, coursework, and presentations will be in English. Confirmation of English ability through either a TOEFL or IELTS exam will prove beneficial for an applicant.

  • TOEFL min scores: 550 paper, 213 Computer, 85 Internet (min. 20 for each section)
  • IELTS min score: 6.5 (with no section score under 6.0)

​​English-Speaking University Graduates:

Completing studies at a University taught solely in English is not sufficient to prove your level of English. The Selection Committee will require the submission of English test results, either a TOELF or IELTS exam.

Native English Speakers:

Please specify in your motivation letter that you are a native speaker.

1. Location

  • Lausanne, the Olympic Capital which is home to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) as well as around 50 international sports governing bodies
  • Switzerland, synonymous with excellence and quality

2. Olympic Movement

  • The IOC is a founding member of the AISTS
  • IOC Speakers contribute significantly to the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration Programme
  • The International Sport Federations play a key role in the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme

3. Extensive Network

  • 10 years of existence
  • 120 lecturers and speakers
  • Strong relationships with key sport actors
  • 310 graduates dispersed in the sports industry

4. Multi-Disciplinary Approach (360 degree approach)

  • Five disciplines
  • Trans-disciplinary (modules like film-making or event organisation and management)
  • Extended learning (real world understanding, practical not just theoretical)

5. Academia
Diploma co-signed by 3 universities (founding members of the AISTS):

  • EPFL
  • UNIGE
  • UNIL

The programme is indeed the same for all the participants of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration. The essence of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is to equip students with holistic and specialist knowledge in Sport. Our multidisciplinary approach means that you will tackle a number of challenging topics in sports medicine, sports law, sports marketing, sports ICT, etc. 

You can however, specialise yourself, in the choice of your research paper topic, which is supervised by our leading academics. Participants are also divided into groups and assigned a group project from a sports organisation or federation. As these are concrete projects, the objectives and clients of each project are different.

No, French is not required to apply to the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration. However, we do strongly encourage participants to begin studying French upon their acceptance to the programme. It is important to bear in mind that French is the spoken language in Lausanne and the region, so it will help participants during their AISTS MAS in Sport Administration year. Lastly, if participants want to stay and work in the region after they graduate, then French will help in their future job search as it is sometimes required by employers.

The average age of our participants is between 27-30 years old, but that does not mean that most participants are of that age. We have no real limits with regards to the age of the candidates, and each application is reviewed on a case-by-case manner.

The main issue with being of a young age (20-22 years old), is that it tends to be tied to the fact that you have little professional experience.

However, we have made exceptions in the past and accepted younger participants into the programme. Essentially it is about balancing all the requirements. We may find that your application has strengths elsewhere in which case your age will no longer be seen as a disadvantage.

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration Scientific Committee, who is in charge of the selection process, looks at a combination of factors with equal measure: professional experience, education, motivation, background in sport, age (e.g. not too young), nationality (to ensure a reasonable mix of nationalities in the class), level of English (fluency necessary), etc.

This question underlines one of the true advantages of pursuing the sports management programme with the AISTS. The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is a unique sports management programme of its kind; its curriculum has been built around a blend of academic disciplines, which are all necessary to understand the complexity of sports management and to broaden one’s vision of the sports industry in its entirety.

The approach is therefore multidisciplinary, and AISTS MAS in Sport Administration participants study all five of the following modules applied directly to sport: Management & Economics, Technology, Law, Sociology, Medicine.

In addition to the topics covered in each of the above fields, important topics will be covered in dedicated trans-disciplinary sessions, to blend disciplines and their specific knowledge and obtain a 360 degrees perspective of the main issues and solutions in modern sport.

The tuition fees amount to CHF 29'000 for the 2019 AISTS MAS in Sport Administration edition.

Applicants who are successful will need to pay the CHF 29'000 in two installments.

More information on Deadlines, Fees & Funding

Upon acceptance, payments must be made by bank transfer only (checks and credit cards are not accepted) to the EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

  • Name of the bank: Swiss Post, Postfinance
  • Address : Nordring 8, CH-3030 Berne, Switzerland
  • Clearing : 09000 SWIFT/BIC : POFICHBEXXX
  • Account # : CCP 17-611378-1
  • IBAN # : CH890900000017611378

See also FAQ: What are the living costs like in Lausanne?

As placements are required, close to 100% of the participants obtain work experience in a sports organisation during the programme. The number is not exactly at 100 % because some participants choose to work on an entrepreneurial project of their own. The AISTS also credits entrepreneurial projects towards completion of the Master of Advanced Studies.

In addition, it is not uncommon for placements to convert themselves into jobs, or for participants to be offered a job directly, in which case the AISTS will credit the participant having obtained a job directly with the same number of credits as for a placement. 

AISTS MAS in Sport Administration participants go on to pursue a wide array of jobs, depending on how they made use of the opportunity to study sports management in Lausanne. A large proportion of the class integrate international sports federations and sports related organisations every year.

The availability of scholarships for the AISTS MSA programme varies from year to year.

Please visit our page www.aists.org/scholarships to view the full list of scholarships offered for this year’s edition of the AISTS MSA.  

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration offers a full-time study programme from the end of September to June the following year, with lectures covering a variety of topics from the sciences of Management, Technology, Law, Sociology, and Medicine. Trandisciplinary modules as well as Career and Leadership modules complement that programme. Lecturers, topics and events change yearly.

During that period, the participants attend approximately 25 hours of lectures per week and are expected to work outside class hours, on team projects for example, thus reaching about 50 hours of study per week (including lectures). Candidates can expect to have classes from Monday to Friday. The class schedule is normally from 9:00-12:30am, 1:30-3:00pm, depending on the module, site visits, and additional project assignments. 

A syllabus overview of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is available on our website www.aists.org/msa . Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of the subjects covered in the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration and that the selection of subjects can change from year to year.

The remaining 5 months (July - December) are dedicated to the completion of practical deliverables, i.e. team projects, research papers and work placement.

See also FAQ: It is possible to work part-time while studying the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration?

There are three deadlines to apply to the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration:

  • 1st November
  • 1st February
  • 1st May

Application requirements are exactly the same for each deadline. 

You should expect an answer from us within 4-6 weeks from the date of the next application deadline, i.e. if you apply prior to the 1st November deadline, you will receive a response 4-6 weeks after the 1st November.
Application for the next edition of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration will be closed after the 3rd deadline, i.e. 1st of May each year.
We have three deadlines in order to give the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration Scientific Committee more time to process the applications.

We have had students work part time in the past but we do not recommend it at all.

It is really difficult to predict how much free time you will have during the week, and although we try not to overload the schedule there are the other course requirements and responsibilities which take up a fair amount of time.

In addition, you will need to identify if you are legally permitted to work part-time and as of when (period after your arrival) to ensure that you are not in breach of Swiss employment law. This varies from person to person depending on their nationality and student permit.

No. The student permit does not substitute as a work permit. To fulfill the 8 week work experience / internship required to get your degree, an employer will need to submit a "convention du stage" or internship agreeement (signed between the AISTS, the participant and the employer) as well as some additional paperwork to the local employment office to obtain a temporary work permit.

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is an international postgraduate programme that equips with the necessary skills to find work in an international sports organisation (as well as in more local organisations) so participants are absolutely equipped to work internationally.

Many of our graduates stay in Lausanne as it is the Olympic Capital and therefore many (over 50) international sports governing bodies are based in the city and region, but some of them also return to their country or go abroad. For example we had Brazilian graduates work at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as Korean graduates currently working towards the organisation of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is well known and valued amongst international sport organisations, particularly those based in the Olympic Capital, Lausanne and the surrounding region.

However please note that while at least 8 weeks of full time work experience in sports management is required to complete the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme, students are responsible for finding their own placement.

The AISTS will do everything in its power to help students find something suitable to their strengths by providing career support through an experienced career coach, utilising contacts, providing networking opportunities, constantly disseminating opportunities to the class, and setting up partnership agreements with sports organisations.  

Ultimately, though, it is the participant’s responsibility to secure work placement based on their personal career strategy.

See also: What is the placement percentage that the university offers?

The average living cost for one person in Lausanne in 2014 according to the city authorities, amounts to approximately CHF 2’400 per month. 

Absolutely. The requirement is at least 8 weeks, but ultimately the goal is to secure full time employment, so this would be, of course, a welcome way of fulfilling the work experience requirements.

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is truly an international programme. The class counts each year over 20 different nationalities from all 5 continents for approximately 35 participants. The requirements are the same for all participants, regardless of the nationality or country of origin.

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration has 90 ECTS credits broken down per discipline as follows :

  • Law: 10 ECTS
  • Sociology: 8 ECTS
  • Technology: 8 ECTS
  • Medicine: 8 ECTS
  • Management: 16 ECTS
  • Trans-disciplinary courses: 12 ECTS
  • Team Project, Research Paper, Work Experience: 28 ECTS

It will be relevant mainly if you are applying for the AISTS Athlete Scholarship or if your work experience has been exclusively as a professional athlete. What is required from all participants however is to be passionate about sport, and have a strong motivation to pursue a career in sport.

See also: Scholarships

 

No, the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration does not prepare you for a PhD. Our graduates who have successfully completed PhDs either have already possessed the necessary academic background or followed additional university courses to be admitted into a PhD programme. Most PhD programmes have specific requirements depending upon the degree and line of study. It is best to contact specific PhD programmes of interest, to determine their particular requirements as the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is not a substitute for a Bologna Master which is often a pre-requisite for preparing students to start a PhD.

AISTS MAS in Sport Administration participants are registered as EPFL students as classes take place on the EPFL campus, although the course is organised and coordinated by the AISTS, and the diploma is co-signed by 3 of the founding members: EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne), University of Lausanne (UNIL), and University of Geneva (UNIGE).

To apply, please fill out the online application form under the How to Apply section of the website.

Applications must include:

  • one passport-size picture;
  • a copy of your passport;
  • a motivation letter;
  • a Curriculum Vitae – Résumé;
  • two letters of recommendation (in English);
  • certified (signed and stamped by the University) copies of your University degree and grades (transcripts) in French or English;
  • for non-native English speakers, a language test by an approved institution (i.e. TOEFL or IELTS).

Please note that we have a new online application form which can be paused and continued at a later stage. Only on-line application forms which have been completed and validated will be taken into account.

If, after validating your on-line application, you would like to amend your data or if​ you have any issues using the online application form, please send an email to info@aists.org or call the AISTS office on +41 (0) 21 353 03 90

AISTS MAS in Sport Administration participants typically have about 6 years of work experience, although we only ask for a minimum of 2 years of work experience in order to apply to the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration. 

The reasoning behind this requirement is the following: the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is a Master of Advanced Studies and therefore it is ranked higher than a Master’s degree. This means that a Master’s degree is usually necessary to apply for a Master of Advanced Studies. Nevertheless we are in measure to accept students who do not have a Master’s degree if they have relevant work experience.

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