Master of Advanced Studies

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A Master of Advanced Studies or Master of Advanced Study (MAS, M.A.S., or MASt) is a postgraduate degree awarded in various countries. Master of Advanced Studies programs may be non-consecutive programs tailored for "specific groups of working professionals with well-defined needs for advanced degree work"[1] or advanced research degrees.[2] With the exception of the several schools in the UK, advanced studies programs tend to be interdisciplinary and tend to be focused toward meeting the needs of professionals rather than academics.[3][4] The Master of Advanced Studies is also often referred as Executive Master because it is aimed at working professionals (see the LSE in the UK programs for example or INSEAD and HEC programs in France)

United Kingdom[edit]

The University of Cambridge began offering the Master of Advanced Study in 2010[5] as a one-year master's degree in Mathematics as a replacement for the "Part III exam in Mathematics". Cambridge currently offers Master of Advanced Study degrees in four fields of study. The University of Warwick has approved the introduction of a Master of Advanced Study (MASt) degree in Mathematics for the 2013/2014 year.[6][7]

United States[edit]

In the United States, the Master of Advanced Study or the Master of Advanced Studies[8] degree is a post-graduate professional degree issued by numerous academic institutions, but most notably by the University of California. M.A.S. programs tend to "concentrate on a set of coordinated coursework with culminating projects or papers rather than emphasizing student research" and frequently are structured as interdisciplinary offerings.[9]

France and francophone countries[edit]

A master of advanced studies in France exists. It is not to be confused to the diplôme d'étude approfondie (equivalent to Master 2 in France and Mphil in the UK) program[10] and the French MBA and Mastère which titles are not accredited by the State in France[11].The Master of Advanced Studies is open to people with a 4 years undergraduate degree (Master 1) and a minimum of 4 or 5 years of experience. It is usually taken by full-time workers. It is a selective degree. It is compliant with the Bologna ECTS and provides 60 ECTS.[12] The majority of executive masters have full days (no more than a full week) of courses per month over a period of two to three years.

The Master of Advanced Studies is also known in France as Executive Master.

German-speaking countries[edit]

Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Program

The degree of Master of Advanced Studies is awarded in Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein as a continuing education (Weiterbildung) degree. In Switzerland, the degree is recognized by federal law. Generally, a university degree is required for admission, but also work experience and non-formal education can be considered in addition to formal education.[3][13][14] A MAS requires 60-120 ECTS.[15][16] and usually consists of course work, independent study and a masters thesis.[17]


This degree also exists in Spain under the name "Diploma de Estudios Avanzados". It confers a higher qualification credential than a Master of Philosophy or Master of Studies but lower than old doctorate prior to European Higher Education Area (EHEA), however equivalent to new (EHEA) doctoral degree. The so-called "DEA" was achieved in two years: one year of coursework, which included research methods and theoretical approaches of the discipline at stake (depending on the area of specialization) and one year of research. All the work of the first and second years was defended before a panel. The DEA was for the elaboration of the old PhD proposal and the commencement or a prerequisite of PhD research in Spain before European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and Bologna process.

European Union[edit]

Students of the College of Europe (an independent university institute of postgraduate European studies with its campuses in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Poland) receive an advanced master's degree (formerly called Diploma and Certificat) following a one-year intense programme. The one-year study programme at the College of Europe leads to an accredited degree of 66 ECTS.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ University of California Academic Initiatives "Master of Advanced Study" Archived 1999-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Example of Research Master of Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia "Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture | Ubc Sala". Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  3. ^ a b "Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming - Onderwijs - databanken" (PDF). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  4. ^ "National report" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  5. ^ T. W. Körner. "Award of the Master of Mathematics and the Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics". Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  6. ^ "University Of Warwick" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  7. ^ "Master of Advanced Study in Mathematical Sciences". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ Example of Master of Advanced Studies degree in the United States: List of Master of Advanced Studies offered at the University of California San Diego Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Hayward, Brad. "UC to offer 'Master of Advanced Study' degree", The University of California, Santa Cruz Currents, July 27, 1998.
  10. ^ "Définition - Diplôme d'études approfondies / DEA / DEA | Insee".
  11. ^ "Financement, contenus, positionnement… les MBA contraints de se réinventer". Le 17 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Qu'est-ce que l'ECTS ?".
  13. ^ P, Bundeskanzlei -. "SR 414.712 Verordnung des WBF vom 2. September 2005 über Studiengänge, Nachdiplomstudien und Titel an Fachhochschulen". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming - Onderwijs - databanken" (PDF). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  15. ^ "swissuniversities" (PDF). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  16. ^ "UNIL enseignement - Advanced programmes". Archived from the original on March 29, 2010.
  17. ^ In Switzerland there are three levels of continuing education qualifications: the Certificate of Advanced Studies, the Diploma of Advanced studies and the Master of Advanced Studies. The Master of Advanced Studies is the highest of these qualifications.Swissuniversity – Master of Advanced Studies
  18. ^ "Recognition of the diploma - College of Europe". Retrieved 19 April 2018.