Leaders in business, public administration and the non-profit sector now find themselves confronted by problems of an increasingly challenging nature. The conditions of a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) place high requirements on leaders in many areas. It is essential to make purposeful use of all available information to deliver, under time pressure, practical and clearly understood solutions. The people involved are a major factor in the success or failure of this mission and therefore merit careful attention.
Traditional leadership training courses often concentrate on administrative aspects and on understanding day-to-day operations (finances, controlling, marketing, macro and micro economics, etc.). They rarely address the specific themes which gain in relevance in exacting situations (decision-making, human factors, information management). The "Master of Advanced Studies in Effective Leadership" ("MAS in Effective Leadership") fills a gap in that it trains the skills required for leadership in situations with an acute need for action.
The “MAS in Effective Leadership” combines a scientific foundation with proven methodology through a partnership between the University of Lucerne and the Swiss Armed Forces College (SAFC). Thus, the “MAS in Effective Leadership” is ideal for reserve officers, and, precisely for its teaching of content of military leadership training, also for participants from a non-military background.
In this respect, the “MAS in Effective Leadership” differs from other degree programmes due to the following unique features:
- Focus on exacting, high-intensity situations;
- Practical positioning ensured by training partnerships and practical application of theoretical content through exercises;
- Acquisition and consolidation of ability to make elaborate and justifiable decisions;
- Focus on leadership as an instrument for delivering effects;
- Continuous course development in step with science and practice.
Goals and Benefits
The added value for participants may be summarised as follows:
- This programme provides students with the skills to deliver effective solutions to complex problems in the time available, even when confronted with a lack of information.
- The combination of academic research (University of Lucerne) and practical application (SAFC) provides an ideal basis for understanding and experiencing leadership in exacting situations, and for growing through that experience.
- Assessment of own performance via a unique practical exercise held over several days enables students to identify personal potential for development.
The “MAS in Effective Leadership” is aimed at experienced decision-makers in business, public administration and the non-profit sector. This target group acts in an environment of changing external factors and is therefore confronted with periods of high intensity (project management, incident management, highly complex problems under time pressure, etc.).
Applicants for this course should be leaders with a higher education qualification (university, university of applied sciences, university of teacher training). The board of the programme will decide on eligibility for admission of candidates without a higher education qualification (on submission of dossier). All candidates must have the required language skills (one of the national languages plus English).
Structure and Content
The “MAS in Effective Leadership” consists of three certificate courses plus a master module building on the content of the certificate courses. The master module links the content of the individual certificate courses, drawing it together in a practical simulation exercise over several days to deliver a complete, interdisciplinary work.
Participants may undertake certificate courses in any order.
The course is led by a board made up of an equal number of representatives from the University of Lucerne and the SAFC. The members of the board are:
Prof. Dr. Bruno Staffelbach
Rector and Full Professor at the University of Lucerne
Major General Daniel Keller
Commandant of the Swiss Armed Forces College
Dates and Deadlines
Applications for the full "MAS in Effective Leadership" programme 2018 – 2020 should be submitted by 6 July 2018. Note this is also the final application date for the "CAS in Decision Making and Leadership" 2018.
Participants may also opt to complete the CAS courses individually and register for the master module later.
The individual CAS courses and master module will be offered once a year. This will allow participants to complete the "MAS in Effective Leadership" programme at a rhythm tailored to their professional activity.
The first "CAS in Human Factors in Leadership" will be organised in summer 2019. The "CAS in Information Management and Leadership" will be offered for the first time in early 2020, followed by the first master module. A candidate who registers in 2018 may therefore expect to complete all course content, including the "MAS in Effective Leadership" by 2020.
Candidates who complete all modules and successfully submit a master thesis will earn a "Master of Advanced Studies in Effective Leadership of the University of Lucerne", worth 60 ECTS credits.
Testimonials are available in German.
Fees, Admission and Rules
The cost of each CAS is CHF 11,500 (including examination and certificate fees), plus CHF 6,000 for the master module, including master thesis. Candidates who register directly for the entire programme will pay a total of CHF 36,000. The price includes course documentation, access to our electronic learning platform (OLAT) and all administrative services. The fee does not include travel, food or accommodation. Participants who attend the "CAS in Decision Making and Leadership" in 2018 will be offered an exclusive opportunity to register for the MAS after completion of the "CAS in Decision Making and Leadership" at the reduced total price.
Participants with prior military training may be partially exempt from modules offered by the Swiss Armed Forces College. The conditions and extent for exemption may differ between the individual CAS courses (final decision upon course admission). In case of eligibility for exemption, the fee will be reduced by maximum CHF 5,500 per CAS. There are no exemptions for the master module or master thesis.