Master of Advanced Studies In Sport Administration & Technology Degree
The primary mission of AISTS is to master sport by positively contributing to sports management through a multidisciplinary approach to education and sciences and by remaining at the forefront of
the sports industry’s development and the Olympic movement’s evolution.
The AISTS focuses its activities around three pillars:
Education │ Applied Research │ Connections
The AISTS office is located in Lausanne – the Olympic Capital – on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by a breath-taking view of the Alps. Home to the International Olympic Committee, the
surrounding region hosts over 60 international sport organisations, together with a concentration of internationally renowned universities and research centres.
The AISTS is a non-profit organisation, founded in 2000 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the EPFL, University of Geneva (UNIGE), University of Lausanne (UNIL), IMD Business School, Ecole
Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), City of Lausanne and Canton of Vaud.
AISTS MAS - MASTER IN SPORT ADMINISTRATION AND TECHNOLOGY
As an academy, the mission of the AISTS is to generate rigorous and relevant knowledge and provide high quality education in order to prepare sport administrators to satisfy the needs and expectations of the sports industry. To achieve this, the AISTS has offered the AISTS MAS (Master of Advanced Studies in Sports Administration and Technology) since 2003; a unique international postgraduate degree taught over 15 months in Lausanne. The AISTS MAS degree is co-signed by AISTS, EPFL, University of Geneva and University of Lausanne.
Sport managers today need a broad knowledge base to understand the various issues facing sport organisations and federations. With this in mind, the academy’s primary goal is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to sports management education. To accomplish this goal, the AISTS applies the following scientific Modules to sport:
The teaching approach combines relevant case studies, field observations, interactive seminars, online teaching, and on-site visits organised as part of the Transdisciplinary topics.
An international staff of more than 100 lecturers and speakers teaches the participants. Professionals from the sports industry teach 50% of the classes, while lecturers from academic institutions lead the other 50%.
AISTS academic lecturers are professors from the leading universities in Europe and beyond, while speakers from the field are directors and project leaders from:
- World sports organisations such as the International Olympic Committee, Fédération Internationale des Sports Universitaires (FISU), International Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAIFS), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), etc.
- International sport federations from sports such as volleyball, skiing, football, basketball, archery, rowing, athletics, tennis, squash, modern pentathlon, gymnastics, swimming, hockey, cycling, air sports, etc.
- Sports companies (agencies, media, consulting etc) such as Infront, CAA Eleven, European Broadcast Union (EBU), European Club Affairs, LaLiga, Event Knowledge Services, Sports Recruitment International, Shankai Sports, etc.
- Sports event organisers such as Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, Rio 2016, Freeride World Tour, Geneva Open, etc.
- Governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations such as the World Anti-Doping Agency, Court of Arbitration for sport, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, etc
The program aims to provide participants with a 360° view of sports administration, together with tools to further develop their career and leadership.
The MAS classroom is located on the University of Lausanne campus, in the Synathlon building, which is part of a centre for sport education and research, hosting various other sporting institutions.
The AISTS MAS includes:
- 9 months of teaching (lectures, case studies, activities, seminars and field trips), including exams and assignments (academic year from the end of September until the end of June)
- 7.5 months on the Team Project (from November to June)
- 10 months on the Research Paper (from November to August)
- A minimum of 2 months work experience in the sports industry (between July and December)