The Master in Public Management and Policy is offered by the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI, situated in Lugano and is promoted by the Swiss Public Administration Network (SPAN). This full-time study program comprises 120 ECTS, for a usual duration of 2 years.

The public sector has radically changed in recent years and creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities that require new appropriately qualified professionals. The variety of abilities, skills, and knowledge required by anyone wishing to occupy a position of responsibility and promote change in the public and in the private nonprofit sector are exactly what the Master in Public Management and Policy offers.

Awarded degree

With the successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts in Economics and Communication, Major in Public Management and Policy.

Structure and contents

The content of this section is under revision. For updated information please refer to the Italian version of the website.

The public sector has radically changed in recent years, as a result of major reforms affecting the operational management of administrations and organizations as well as their political functioning. The most obvious example is the growing impact of the supranational sphere of influence. Recent economic events on the global scale have also placed the public sector back at the heart of socio-economic systems. At the same time, the activities of the non-profit sector have expanded to cover, for example, the provision of utility services. On the whole, public and non-profit private sectors are expected to become key players in this innovation, supporting families and individuals in their economic, cultural and social activities. In this context, while the public sector creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities at the local, regional, national and international levels, it also requires new appropriately qualified professionals.

The Master's program in Public Management and Policy (PMP) teaches notions and know-how that are indispensable to future professionals in the public and non-profit private sectors, nationally and worldwide. The variety of abilities required by anyone wishing to occupy a position of responsibility and promote change in these sectors are exactly what PMP-USI offers. The PMP teaching curriculum is:

  • Interdisciplinary: by combining the competencies of the Faculties of Communication and Economics, the program proposes a unique, all-round education in fields such as politics, communication, management, public economics, law, and sociology;
  • Inter-university: this Master program is part of the "Swiss Public Administration Network" subsidized by the Swiss Confederation. Besides promoting the mobility of students, this university partnership (USI, Berne, Lausanne/IDHEAP) offers a wide range of specializations, one of which takes place in Lugano. After completing the core courses (1st year) students may decide to undertake the subsequent specialization stage at another University in the network;
  • Intercultural: the organization and teaching methods of this graduate course echo some of the unique aspects of Switzerland: multiculturalism, multilingualism, and federalism. An approach which is attentive to cultural differences, the choice of teaching languages, and the different origins of the students: all these factors together underpin the acquisition of intercultural skills and enrich the students' language proficiency - crucial prerequisites for future professionals in this field.

Thesis and internship

Research thesis: 30 ECTS

The Master's thesis consists of research work in the area of one of the different sectors of the Public Administration. The work, supervised by one or more master's professors, may focus in particular on theoretical or empirical aspects: in any case, students have to demonstrate to be able to apply appropriate concepts, methods, and tools acquired during the program.

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Internship thesis: 20 ECTS (thesis) + 10 ECTS (internship)

Students have the opportunity to combine an internship with the thesis, which has to be developed on the same subject.

Career Prospects

The public sector has radically changed in recent years and creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities that require new appropriately qualified professionals. The variety of abilities, skills, and knowledge required by anyone wishing to occupy a position of responsibility and promote change in the public and in the private nonprofit sector are exactly what the Master in Public Management and Policy offers.

A PMP graduate will be well equipped to gain access, both in Switzerland and abroad, to positions of responsibility in public administration (federal, cantonal and local), or in international as well as private non-profit organizations. PMP-USI's specialization in Public Communication and Management prepares students for professions which are of primary importance in these sectors. It is expected that the PMP Master's degree will in a relatively short time become the main gateway for a large segment of the Swiss civil service: for this reason, it enjoys the support of both federal and inter-cantonal authorities.

Admission

The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Public Management and Policy is the completion of a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university in public economics, business management, politics, sociology, law, communication sciences, or an equivalent university degree.

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree of a recognized University of Applied Sciences may be admitted with 30-60 additional ECTS to be earned during or before the beginning of the program, with Bachelor or Master courses according to a study program defined by the scientific director. Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis.

Language

Core courses (1st year) are taught in Italian, courses of the Public Communication and Management specialization (2nd year) are taught in English.

Language certificates are not required.

Application Procedure

To submit your application, please refer to the indications for filling out the online form available here: http://application.lu.usi.ch.

Paper Application

Applications can also be submitted with the application form and required paper documents (email or fax submissions will be rejected) to the following address:

Università della Svizzera italiana
Faculty of Economics
Admission Office
Via G. Buffi 13
CH-6900 Lugano
Switzerland

Required documentation:

The following pieces of documentation have to be sent in paper form:

  • The completed application form (you may download it in pdf format);
  • Photocopy of past diplomas (Bachelor, licentiate, four-year degree, maturity);
  • Official transcript of results of university examinations;
  • Certified translation of any diplomas written in a language other than Italian, German, French, English, or Spanish;
  • Curriculum vitae (Resume)
  • Personal letter of motivation drafted by the candidate;
  • Official certification of proficiency in English;
  • Photocopy of an identity card or other documents;
  • Photocopy of residence permit for foreign nationals already domiciled in Switzerland.

Photocopy of past degree certificates

Where a candidate has not fulfilled all the requirements for the Bachelor's degree, licentiate or other, copy of the diploma may be sent at a later stage, but in any case no later than the beginning of the matriculation period. If so, please indicate the expected date of the award and enclose an official document issued by the awarding institution confirming these terms.

Letter of motivation

Candidates are required to draft a letter (not more than one page) introducing themselves and explaining their particular interest and reasons for seeking admission to a given Master's degree.

Registration fee

The Lisbon convention regulates the recognition of university degrees between signatory countries and considerably simplifies the administration of admission procedures. For this reason, candidates whose previous degree studies were completed in countries outside this Convention (see list below) are invited to pay an application fee of SFr. 100 accounting for the higher administrative costs of processing more complex files. If the candidate is admitted, the fee will be deducted from the amount of the tuition fee for the first semester. The administrative fee is not refundable in other cases: if admission is not granted, or if the candidate decides to withdraw or fails to matriculate.

Application deadline

Applications will be accepted starting from mid-November.

The application deadline is June 30.

The application deadline for candidates who need a visa is April 30.

Late applications will be considered only in case of available places.

Fees

Tuition fees for the Master's degrees amount to CHF 4,000 per semester. Applicants whose official residence was in Switzerland or Liechtenstein at the time of the final high school exam (Maturità) pay a reduced semester fee of CHF 2,000.

Tuition fees are payable at the beginning of each term, by the deadline indicated on the invoice; fee payment is an essential condition for matriculating or renewing one's enrolment.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Last updated August 30, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
Duration
4 semesters
Full-time
Price
16,000 CHF
Applicants whose official residence was in Switzerland or Liechtenstein at the time of the final high school exam (Maturità) pay a reduced semester fee of CHF 2,000 per semester.
Deadline
Apr 30, 2020
April 30th 2020 for students who need a visa; June 30th 2020 for other students.
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Application deadline
Apr 30, 2020
April 30th 2020 for students who need a visa; June 30th 2020 for other students.
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