Course description

  • Department/School
  • Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care
  • Head of course
  • Daina Matise Schubiger e Andrea Huber (co-heads a.i.)
  • Qualification awarded
  • Bachelor of Science SUPSI in Leisure Management
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (180 ECTS over three years) NEW from September 2022 Part-time course (180 ECTS over four/six years)
  • Language
  • Italian, English and German
  • Application fee
  • A CHF 200 fee must be paid when the application is made. This fee is not reimbursable, and cannot be deducted from the semester fee.
  • Course fee
  • The semester fee amounts to CHF 1,600. This sum is reduced to CHF 800 for students who benefit from the application of the ASUP Intercantonal Agreement for Vocational Universities (Swiss nationality or civil and fiscal domicile in Switzerland or in Liechtenstein). Specific agreements apply for students residing in Campione d’Italia. Contribution to didactic costs: CHF 200.
  • Centre
  • Manno
  • Start date
  • 18 September 2023
  • Application deadline
  • 30 April 2023
  • Description
  • The programme focuses strongly on practical skills and linguistic competences, essential in the various Leisure Economy sectors. Classroom lessons are backed up by professional internships, distance teaching, group work and time dedicated to individual projects. Students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial in terms of their education, and, with the help of their teachers, construct a customised itinerary that as closely as possible relates to their preferred professional field.


The SUPSI Bachelor in Leisure Management aims to construct a versatile and proactive profile, someone who can cope with complex and intense situations (seasonality, periods of peak activity, etc.), also communicating in a language other than their mother tongue, focussing strongly on the specific context and on how their activities may be affected by external changes.


Leisure Management graduates develop managerial expertise specifically tuned to the industry and services sector associated with free time (tourism, sports, culture, events, entertainment, etc.), focussing particularly on the aspects related to digitalisation, sustainability, ethics, interculturalism and innovation. Their ability to interpret the context, together with their understanding of traditional and creative problem-solving techniques, will allow them to anticipate and deal with complex problems. Certified linguistic competences will allow graduates to operate in full autonomy, also in international settings.

Admission requirements

The ranking examination is open to applicants holding one of the following qualifications:

  • leaving examination from a commercial secondary school
  • certificate from a cantonal commercial high school, or from an equivalent institute 
  • leaving examination from a vocational secondary school other than those specified above, or high school diploma, provided they have acquired at least one year of work experience congruent with the contents of the study programme.

Applicants admitted on the basis of prior learning
Applications are also accepted from those who are aged more than 25 and who lack the required qualifications, but whom the Course Directors believe possess an education and a work experience that are significant and appropriate for the sector. These applicants must take an oral test on the fundamentals of management. Successful completion of this test will qualify them to take the ranking examination.
The preliminary oral exam for admission on the basis of prior learning will take place on Tuesday, May 18th 2021 or on Wednesday, May 19th 2021. The procedure, the time and the duration of the examination will be communicated by e-mail to all candidates a few days in advance.

Career prospects

The Bachelor in Leisure Management degree opens the door to a range of organisations differentiated by sector (sports, tourism, culture, etc.), by typology (businesses, associations, foundations, public administration bodies, etc.), by dimension and by geographic market (local, Swiss, international).

Potential roles range of across different operational areas in accordance with the structure of the organisation. Examples include:  digital marketing manager for a sports team, event organisation support in a sportswear company, project manager in a public institution, in an association or in a small company, marketing specialist in a sports federation, destination manager, event manager, and many others.

In addition to being qualified to embark on a professional career, graduates may also enrol on Master programmes.