The MSc in Economics (ME)* is an advanced program offered by the Faculty of Economics at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The goal of the Master is to teach students how to analyze economic problems at the national as well as international level and how to identify the most appropriate policy instruments. In a cordial environment and in close interaction with the Faculty, the students will be equipped with the quantitative methods and the analytical tools necessary for a successful career as a professional economist in the private or public sector. To optimally prepare for different career paths, the students have the option to acquire additional programming skills (minor in data science) or additional tools relevant for public policy analysis (minor in public policy). The master will also drive interested students into a Ph.D. program.

Why ME?

  • Program entirely taught in English, with a strong international orientation.
  • International Faculty from USI and abroad.
  • Guest lectures from leading practitioners.
  • Opportunities for short-term research assistant positions for selected students.
  • Excellent professor-to-student ratio.
  • Choice of two minors (Public Policy and Data Science), which allows the students to specialize according to their interests.

Awarded degree

After the successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Economics.

*Please be aware that the Master in Economics is an evolution of the former Master in Economic Policy.

Structure and contents

The Master of Science in Economics (ME) prepares professional economists with a policy orientation, with an eye to the skills required to be employed in national and international policy and research institutions, including central banks, development banks, economics and statistics research offices but also in high ranks of the public administration. Due to the skills acquired during the master, the ME is also a pathway to higher studies in Economics and Economic Policy.

The Master offers knowledge in various fields of applied economics combined with a sound background in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. To understand, evaluate and propose economic policy instruments in the current world with all its global challenges, the teaching methodology is to combine economic theory with relevant real-world applications of today.

Teaching

The ME courses are taught by professors from USI and abroad. In line with the international spirit of this Master, excellent researchers from abroad build part of the teaching team and contribute to the diversity of thoughts. Regular guest lecturers from the private and public sector complement the academic knowledge with relevant policy applications.

Career Prospects

The Master in Economics provides the foundations for a successful career as an applied economist. Due to the rigorous coursework in microeconomics, econometrics and macroeconomics, combined with knowledge in more specialized areas, national as well as international organizations alike will have a strong interest in hiring ME-students. Next, to the possibilities offered by the private/public sector, the students are well prepared for continuing education in the form of a Ph.D.

Admission

The formal requirement for admission is a Bachelor's degree from a recognized academic institution in Economics, Business Economics or other related fields, preferably with some quantitative background.

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.

The places offered are limited, therefore the selection can be effected on the basis of the academic results.

Language

The admission to English-language Master programs at USI requires a good command of English. Non-native English speakers applying to the Master’s or whose previous degree was obtained in another language, are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

The B2 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:

IELTS 5.5
TOEFL Computer-based: 183
Internet-based: 65
Paper-based: 513
Cambridge English FCE (First Certificate English)
TOEIC Listening & Reading: 785
Speaking: 150
Writing: 160

Students admitted under the above-mentioned condition must achieve a C1 competence in English within the maximum time required to obtain the Master's degree.

The level can be certified either by attending a language course offered at USI during the Fall and Spring semester, and by taking the final exam, or by providing an internationally acknowledged language certificate*.

* The C1 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:

IELTS 7.0
TOEFL Internet-based: 100
Cambridge English CAE (Advanced certificate), grade C or above
BEC (Business English), grade C or above
TOEIC Listening & Reading: 945
Speaking: 180
Writing: 180

Italian

As Lugano is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, students might be interested in acquiring the basics in Italian.

The Università della Svizzera italiana offers a free of charge Italian language course.

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

How to apply for a Master's program in Economics

Applications to the Master program 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

Applications by email or by fax are not accepted.

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

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Last updated August 28, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
Duration
3 semesters
Full-time
Price
12,000 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
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April 30th 2020 for students who need a visa; June 30th 2020 for other students.
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