The Master in Management is offered by the Faculty of Economics of the Università della Svizzera italiana situated in Lugano - Switzerland. This full-time study program comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English.
The MSc in Management has been designed to provide graduates, from a wide variety of backgrounds, with the necessary skills and tools for understanding modern management concepts. It creates the best possible conditions for a successful career in business from start-ups to multinational companies.
Introducing the New Track System
The Master of Management (MMG) program introduces a new track system in the upcoming academic year (2018/19). Students have the possibility to specialize in their studies. They can choose one of three different specialization tracks:
- Strategy and Entrepreneurship
- Organization and Human Resources Management
- Socially Responsible Management
Each track consists of 18 ECTS, offered in six 3 ECTS courses in the second and third Semesters.
Students do not have to specialize, though. Thus, if they want, they can still follow the previous, general Master program. The completion of each specialization track will result in a “Minor”. The specialization tracks represent highly important areas in the modern business world and thus give the students the opportunity to develop particular expertise in these fields to develop a clearer profile upon entering the job market.
After the successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Economics, Major in Management.
Structure and contents
The MSc in Management is designed to provide graduates, from a wide variety of backgrounds, with the necessary tools and skills for understanding modern management, creating the best possible start for a successful career. The Degree provides both a broad background in management as well as the opportunity to go into more depth in selected topics by choosing electives. The program has theoretical and practical elements, allowing students to understand the theory while at the same time being able to apply the knowledge to practical management situations.
The goal of the course is to create an understanding of the management processes that are the basis of organizations today. It should also help to develop the skills necessary to perform successfully in business organizations from start-ups to multinational companies, which are reflected in courses like Entrepreneurship and International Business. However, as most tasks in organizations become increasingly interdisciplinary it is also important to be able to work across traditional areas, which is another skill that is actively encouraged within the program. This is also reflected in the variety of different teaching methods used including lectures, case studies, group work, games, and fieldwork. However, all teaching methods stress an interactive approach or dialogue with the students.
The Faculty and the students are an international group, with education and work experience from across the world. This further increases learning and cultural exchanges, as students also learn to work effectively with people from different cultures.
The degree has two streams in the first semester. Students with a background in economics or management will follow a set of courses which are designed to further build on these areas. Students without any background in economics and management will follow a set of courses which provide the understanding and fundamental insight into the management disciplines. From the second semester the two streams will combine and continue to develop new insights into management processes.
The last semester is a unique combination of academic rigor through the writing of a thesis and a piece of applied or consulting work - the field project - which is done in groups for a real company.
The program develops the skills necessary to perform successfully in business organizations from start-ups to multinational companies.
The range of career opportunities for graduates of the MSc in Management is quite wide. In fact, as a Master in Management is not highly vocational, it does not narrow down the professional paths into something really specific. Graduates can find good opportunities in small and medium-sized enterprises, large organizations, banks, and they can also start their own company. This last entrepreneurial career is much more common as in the past.
USI's Master in Management gives really good opportunities thanks to the strong relationships that it could develop with the local enterprises, with the national environment, and also with the international contest.
The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Management is the completion of a Bachelor's degree from a recognized academic institution.
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.
Admission to English-language graduate-level (Master) programs at USI requires a good command of the English idiom. Non-English native speakers applying for such programs, 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:
||FCE (First Certificate English)
||Listening & Reading: 785
Students admitted under the above-mentioned condition (with the exception for the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication) 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:
||CAE (Advanced certificate), grade C or above
BEC (Business English), grade C or above
||Listening & Reading: 945
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.
To submit your application, please refer to the indications for filling out the online form available here: http://application.lu.usi.ch.
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
Via G. Buffi 13
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.
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.
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.
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.