Master in Humanitarian Action


Candidate Profiles

  • Professionals in humanitarian and/or development organisations who want to improve their competencies as well as reflect and capitalize on their experiences.
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to deepen their understanding of the contemporary humanitarian enterprise. 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree requiring three years of study, plus a minimum of two years work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector.
    At least five years work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector.
  • Good level of English language skills: proof of level of competence through a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS certificate or other proof of English language competency.

Application Deadlines

  • Regular academic year (starting in September) with scholarship/visa: For candidates who wish to apply for a scholarship and/or who need an entry visa for Switzerland, application deadline is February (before the academic year).
  • Regular academic year (starting in September) - other candidates, applications are open until August
    (before the academic year).
  • Modular programme for maximum flexibility: Candidates without scholarship can also enroll to the Masters during the current academic year or do the Masters over two or three years. For deadlines and details, please check Options.

Application Submission

To submit your application:

  • duly fill in the form on the online application platform
  • upload all requested documents (check your scholarship eligibility beforehand: see paragraph below)
  • register to the correct programme
  • submit

You will receive a confirmation E-Mail.

In case of questions, please send an E-Mail to

Documents required for your online application

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of the certificate for the highest educational qualification obtained
  • Proof of English language competence (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent)
  • Copies of work certificates from last two job positions
  • Details of two persons willing to act as referees from current and previous employment
  • A passport photo (jpg format)

Admission Process

The MAS is open to maximum 30 students per year. Admission is based on the overall quality of the application, including academic achievement, quality of application documents, relevance of previous work experience and English language skills. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Selection Committee examines the quality of the applications and aims to reach a balance between the number of men and women, educational profiles and professional experience, geographical distribution and financial contribution.

Scholarship Eligibility

You can apply for a scholarship if you are from and work in one of the countries designated in the DAC List of ODA Recipients either as 'least developed', 'other low income', or 'lower middle income'.
Candidates who are unable to pay the total cost of the programme and/or their living expenses for the whole period of the programme may add a request for a scholarship in their online application.
You will have the possibility to apply for the scholarship while filling in the online application form.