Minimum requirements for students holding a qualification obtained in Italy
- essential skills in agricultural and environmental sciences;
- existing skills in investigative research methods as well as the ability to apply research findings to real problems;
- graduation mark of 95/110 or higher.
Direct access is granted to applicants from the Italian first cycle degree courses Class 20 DM 509/99, Class L- 25 DM 270/04, Class L-32 DM 270/04 and Class L-38 DM 270/04.
Proficiency in English at B2 level or equivalent (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL) according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required. If the candidate is an English native speaker or has completed his/her high school and/or Bachelor/first cycle degree in English, no language certification is required.
Applicants holding an Italian first cycle degree that does not grant direct access, must have at least 25 credits (CFU), according to the following subject areas:
AGR/01, AGR/02, AGR/03, AGR/04, AGR/07, AGR/11, AGR/12, AGR/09, AGR/13, AGR/19.
Maximum tolerance of 10% of the required credits is acceptable. If the applicant does not hold the curricular requirements (qualification or minimum number of credits needed for access to the second cycle degree course) then admission is subjected to a preliminary assessment by the teaching committee. The personal motivations and the required skills for the admission will be verified through a face-to-face or an on-line interview.
Minimum requirements for students holding a qualification obtained abroad
A successful applicant for admission to the second cycle degree course must hold a first cycle/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification that guarantees:
- essential skills on agricultural and environmental sciences;
- existing skills in investigating research techniques as well as the ability to apply research findings to real problems.
Proficiency in English at B2 level or equivalent (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL) according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required. If the applicant is an English native speaker or has completed his/her High School and/or Bachelor/first cycle degree in English, no language certification is required.
Admission to the course is subject to an assessment by the Teaching committee that verifies, possibly also through an on line interview, the applicant’s motivations, knowledge and skills.
The Teaching committee takes into account the applicant’s skills in agricultural and environmental sciences.
Should there be difficulty in establishing the equivalent Italian First Cycle degree classification of the applicant’s foreign degree and the final degree grade, and in identifying the specific required skills the Teaching committee will evaluate the applicant’s overall curriculum.
Additional admission requirements for students applying to the double-degree programme:
- English Language Proficiency Requirement: Students whose primary language is not English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores that are not more than two years old. If submitting the TOEFL: a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or overall score of 80 on the Internet Based Test (IBT) with at least 20 on speaking and 20 on writing. If submitting the IELTS: a minimum overall band-width of 6.5, with no single band (score) below 6.0.
Students who have received degrees from institutions in countries where English is the primary language usually are not required to submit the TOEFL (or IELTS) scores unless the degree was received more than two years prior to application to the Graduate School.
- Entrance Test Score GRE: Scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required (minimum score 300). The general test of the GRE is offered year-round as a computer-based test at centers worldwide. Advance registration for tests is required.