“Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organization and Management of Olympic Events”

The Department of Sports Organization and Management of the Faculty of Human Movement and Quality of Life Sciences of the University of Peloponnese with the support of the International Olympic Academy organizes for the Academic year of 2014-2015 the Master’s Degree Programme with the title “Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organization and Management of Olympic Events”.

The Master’s Degree Programme for the Olympic Studies constitutes an innovation in the Olympic Movement at an international level. The educational programme is based on the three pillares of the Olympic Movement: Education, Sports and Culture, which constitute the foundation for Olympism and Olympic Pedagogy. The philosophy of the programme is consistent with the values of the Olympic movement for the diffusion of the Olympic ideal worldwide, the promotion of knowledge and research in Olympic issues and global participation.


The Master’s degree Programme’s title is “Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organization and Management of Olympic Events” (MSc)


  • The promotion of knowledge and research on issues of Olympic philosophy and education, organization and management of Olympic Games, big athletic events and in general Olympic and athletic studies.
  • To provide students with specialized knowledge at a postgraduate level on issues related to Olympic Studies as well as the necessary means for their academic, professional or research career.
  • To provide a specialized workforce that will organize and direct Olympic and athletic institutions, promote the growth of programmes of Olympic education in international level and that will contribute in the creation of a scientific background for the growth and organization of sports.


The following categories of Greek students may be admitted to the Master’s Degree Programme; degree holders from Greek and foreign Higher Educational Institutions, preferably officials of National Olympic Academies, National Olympic Committees, the International Olympic Committee and EU Committees for Education, Culture and Sport or graduates of Centers for Olympic Studies, Schools of Sports Organization and Management, Physical Education, Journalism, Economic Faculties and other Departments, as well as corresponding Departments of recognized institutions of equivalent status in Greece and abroad and degree holders from Technology Institute Departments in related subject areas.


The duration of the programme is three (3) semesters. Students are required to attend two semesters of lectures in Greece and the third semester is done at student’s place.

Dates of Lectures in Greece:

First Semester:                         18/9/2014-14/11/2014

Second Semester:                     17/4/2015-17/6/2015

The dates of the second semester are subject to change.


The programme takes place at the facilities of the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia and the facilities of the University of Peloponnese in Sparta.


The presence of the students at all the lectures is mandatory and the submission of module assignments and examinations at the end of each semester as well as the dissertation project at the end of the 3rd semester will determinate the success of the participants in this programme.

1st Semester

Mandatory Modules 

Μ.1.1- The birth of sports. The history and philosophy of sport in Antiquity.

Μ.1.2-  The modern Olympic Games (revival, historic development of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games – social, political and cultural aspects of the Olympic Games – Olympic Institutions – Olympic Law)

Μ.1.3-  Olympic Pedagogy I: Development and implementation of Olympic education programmes in school.

Μ.1.4-  Sport and Ethics – Olympic Philosophy

Optional Modules (1 from below) 

Ο1-The role, organization and operation of Olympic museums and libraries

Ο2-Financial management of sports organizations

Ο3-International relations and the Olympic Movement.

2nd Semester 

Mandatory Modules 

Μ.2.1-  Olympic Pedagogy II: Development and implementation of Olympic education programmes for schools

Μ.2.2-  Evaluation of Olympic education programmes; Research methodology.

Μ.2.3-  Olympic Games Organization and Management (technology, media, financial management, communication, etc.)

Μ.2.4-  Olympic sponsoring and marketing

Optional (1 from below) 

Ο4-Special Olympic Movement issues: Media – Technology and Olympic Games, doping, fair play, racism and sport, intercultural education, volunteerism etc.

Ο5-Strategic and operational planning of major sports events

3rd semester 

Preparation, submission and presentation of Master’s Thesis.

All lectures are held in English.


The total fees for the programme are 3000 Euro for the three semesters. They are due and payable before the beginning of each semester (2 installments). The fees include tuition fees, accommodation and full boarding for nine weeks per semester (duration of lectures), group transportation from Athens to Ancient Olympia and Sparta and travelling costs for the educational tours (accommodation, boarding, transportation, museum visits) in the prefecture of Peloponnese (4 days) and North Greece (4 days). There is also the possibility of providing scholarships given by other institutions, i.e. Olympic Solidarity.


The required documents for the application are:

  • Application form
  • Certified copy of Diploma or Degree with detailed marks
  • CV – curriculum vitae of the applicant
  • Two recommendation letters one of which has to originate from a University Professor. Any other recommendation letter especially from National Olympic Academy or National Olympic Committee or other athletic organizations will be taken into consideration.
  • Certified copy of any language certificate.
  • Certified copy of Passport or ID Card (ID Card only for European Countries)
  • Copy of any published academic work
  • Two passport size photographs of applicant with adequate identification

All document copies must be certified by an official institution.

The short listed applicants will be interviewed via skype.

All applications of the Greek applicants with all the required documents must be submitted till the 16th June 2014 to the secretariat of the Master’s Degree programme at following address:

Master’s Degree Programme on Olympic Studies

Director Prof. K. Georgiadis

52, Dimitrios Vikelas Avenue

152 33 Chalandri – Athens, Greece

For any other information please contact the Secretary of the Master’s Degree programme at telephone numbers: +30 210 6878952, +30 26240 23181, fax: +30 210 6878840 or by email: