The Master in Economics and International Policies (MEPIN) is offered by the Faculty of Economics of the USI Università della Svizzera Italiana, based in Lugano, in collaboration with the “Alta scuola di economica e relazioni internazionali” (ASERI) of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, based in Milan. The full-time study program includes 120 ECTS for a usual duration of 4 semesters and gives the possibility of obtaining a double degree ('double degree'), ie:
- and a Swiss Master's degree issued by USI (Master's Degree under Swiss law);
- is a title of 1st level University Master's Degree issued by ASERI Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore based on Italian legislation.
In the new edition, more space was given to economic and political science subjects and two courses in "Methodology of social research" were introduced. The MEPIN offers a wide range of scientific instruments and specific competencies, indispensable for understanding economic-political phenomena linked to globalization and the functioning of public and international institutions. The basis on which the entire program is developed is linked to the study of economics, finance, law and institutions, and international policies. We will also provide multidisciplinary and managerial knowledge necessary to address issues such as sustainable development, economic-financial ethics and, more generally, forms of cooperation between public authorities and private economic operators aimed at achieving a common goal, which the provision of a service or the creation and management of a project.
Structure and content
The Master in Economics and International Policies (MEPIN) offers a wide range of scientific tools and specific skills, essential for the understanding of economic-political phenomena related to globalization and the functioning of public and international institutions.
The basis on which the entire program is developed is linked to the study of economics, law and institutions, and international policies. We will also provide multidisciplinary and managerial knowledge necessary to address issues such as sustainable development, globalization of markets, population aging, migration phenomena and, more generally, forms of cooperation between public authorities and private economic operators aimed at to the achievement of a common goal, such as the provision of a service or the creation and management of a project.
The study of the areas of intersection between public and private, from the local to the global level, requires skills both in the economic-financial sector and in the public policy sector, as well as the knowledge of the regulatory legal and communication aspects relating to the relationships between the parties. Participants are offered a series of courses on the Lugano campus and Milan campus. The program is completed with the development of a thesis and an internship in a national or international institution. The multi-faceted and interdisciplinary training offered by MEPIN has enabled its graduates to enter quickly and successfully into multinational companies, banks and finance companies, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, teaching and research institutes. The graduates of this Master's degree possess both multidisciplinary skills and specific knowledge, particularly in economics and political science, which allow them to work in all those sectors in which public and private cooperate.
Bachelor's (Bachelor's degree) from a recognized university in Economics, Political Science, Law. Access to the Master is possible, subject to evaluation by the Management, including candidates from different university backgrounds.
Students from a recognized University of Applied Sciences and Arts can access the Master's degree by filling a formative debt from 30 to 60 ECTS with Bachelor's or Master's courses, according to a study plan defined by the scientific direction. Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis.
In some cases provided by ASERI, the Declaration of Value may be requested in advance of the semester to be performed in Milan, or during the registration procedure.
The language prevalent in the courses is Italian. Some courses are taught in English, so a good understanding of the language is assumed.
The course has a maximum number of 35 students.
To ensure a high quality of the courses and a good level of interaction, the course includes a closed number of 30 students (extendable, in the opinion of the Master's direction, up to a maximum of 35 participants).
The selection of students takes place progressively, based on the order of receipt of the admission applications. Applications for admission received in advance will be more likely to be successful.
To register, candidates are invited to follow the instructions for completing the online form at https://iscrizione.lu.usi.ch/intro.aspx.
Registration for the program also takes place by sending the registration form and the required documentation in paper format (registrations by e-mail or fax are not accepted) to the following address:
Università della Svizzera italiana, USI
Dean’s office of the Faculty of Economics
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
- Registration form;
- Photocopy of academic qualifications (bachelor's degree, license, degree, maturity);
- Certificate of Bachelor/degree (transcript) exams certified translation of diplomas not written in Italian, German, French, English or Spanish;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Letter of motivation prepared by the candidate;
- A certificate certifying knowledge of English or Italian (not necessary for the Academy of Architecture);
- Photocopy of an identity document;
- Photocopy of the residence permit for foreign candidates already resident in Switzerland;
- Portfolio (book) in A4 format (only for the Academy of architecture).
Photocopy of qualifications obtained
If the candidate has not yet fulfilled the conditions for obtaining the Bachelor's degree, the license or the degree, the copy of the degree can be sent later, but not beyond the beginning of the matriculation period. In this case, it is necessary to specify the date by which the degree is to be obtained and to present a certificate to that effect issued by the university of origin.
A motivation letter means a text of at most one page, in which the candidate briefly introduces himself and explains what are the reasons for his interest in the Master chosen.
Certificate attesting knowledge of the English language
Candidates who intend to follow a Master's program in English must be able to demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in the English language. Applicants are invited to produce a document certifying this level.
Registration for the Autumn Semester will open in mid-November.
The deadline for registration is August 31st. The registration deadline for students who require a visa is May 31st.
The registration fee is CHF 4'000 .-- per semester, while the non-resident semester is CHF 1'000.- (total for four semesters: CHF 13'000.-). For those benefiting from the inter-cantonal agreement, ie those who received their high school diploma in Switzerland, the matriculation fee is half, ie CHF 2'000.- (total for four semesters: CHF 7'000 .--).
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