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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.

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  • Study programme 2019-2021

    The programme is taught entirely in English and has a strong international orientation.

    The first year offers all the core courses together with some specialized courses. The second-year offers a variety of elective courses, and the possibility of doing an internship (either at a private, or a research institution). Together with the final master thesis (which is written in the last semester), the students will have received the necessary training to undertake independent analysis of many economics problems.

    The standard duration of the Master in Economics is 3 semesters (leading to 90 credits). However, students who wish to amplify their training, have the option of earning additional 30 credits in the form of electives, to be taken either at USI, or our international and national partner universities (leading to a master degree with 120 credits).

    The students have the choice between two minors: a minor in Public Policy, which provides in-depth knowledge in industrial organization, health economics and development, and a minor in Data Science, which teaches students informatics skills, and familiarizes them with coding in different programming languages.

    Master programme 90 ECTS

    1st Semester

    ECTS

    Microeconomics I

    3

    Microeconomics II

    3

    Macroeconomics I

    3

    Macroeconomics II

    3

    Microeconometrics I

    3

    Microeconometrics II

    3

    Industrial Organization I

    3

    Political Economy and Public Finance I

    3

    Political Economy and Public Finance II

    3

    Minor in Public Policy*

     

    Industrial Organization II

    3

    or

     

    Minor in Data Science

     

    Programming I

    3
       

    2nd Semester

     

    Local Public Finance

    3

    Quantitative Methods for Policy Evaluation 

    6

    Topics in Labor, Public and Development Economics

    6

    Minor in Public Policy*

     

    Introduction to Institutions and Economics of Pension and Aging

    3

    Pension Economics and Finance

    3
    Public Policy Analysis

    3

    Managerial economics II 

    3

    Globalization, development and migration

    3

    or

     

    Minor in Data Science

     

    Programming II

    3

    Databases

    6

    Text Analysis and Spatial Data for Economists

    6
       

    3rd Semester

     

    Internship or Electives**

    12

    Thesis

    18
       

    **Suggested Electives: 

    - Economics of Well-Being
    - Analytical Thinking 
    Investments
    - Corporate Finance
    - Programming I (Minor in Public Policy)
    - Industrial Organization II (Minor in Data Science)

     

    3
    3
    6
    6
    3
    3

    * corresponds to the former Master in Economic Policy

    Slight changes in the programme may occur. 

    Master Programme 120 ECTS

    Students who wish to amplify their training, have the option of earning additional 30 credits in the form of electives.

    Course

    ECTS

    Trading and Market Microstructure

    3

    Environmental Law and Policy

    3

    International Trade Law

    3

    Tackling World Challenges

    6

    E-government

    3

    Machine Learning

    6

    Introduction to Institutions and Economics of Pension and Aging (Minor Data Science)

    3

    Pension Economics and Finance (Minor Data Science)

    3

    Public Policy Analysis  (Minor Data Science)

    3

    Managerial Economics II (Minor Data Science)

    3

    Globalization, development and migration (Minor Data Science)

    3

    Programming II (Minor Public Policy)

    3

    Databases (Minor Public Policy)

    6

    Text Analysis and Spatial Data for Economists (Minor Public Policy)

    6

     

  • 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. 

     

    Luigi Benfratello, Poitecnico di Torino e Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

    Vincenzo Galasso, Bocconi University and Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

    Patricia Funk, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

    Giovanni Immordino, Università Federico II Napoli

    Mario Jametti, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

    Stephan Litschig, Institut d'Anàlisi Economica Barcelona

    Giuliano Masiero, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano and University of Bergamo

    Fabrizio Mazzona, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

    Paolo Pinotti, Bocconi University

    Raphaël Parchet, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

    Giovanni Pica, Università degli studi di Milano

     

    Past guest lectures from leading business professionals:

    Thomas Braendle, Economic Advisor, Swiss Federal Department of Finance, Bern

    Elena Crivellaro, OECD

    Enkeleida Havari, European Commission (Joint Research Center) - Center for Research on Impact Evaluation (CRIE)

    Carlos Lenz, Director Economics Department, Swiss National Bank

  • Language

    The admission to English-language Master programmes 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

    B2 First

    TOEIC

    Listening & Reading: 785
    Speaking: 150
    Writing: 160

    *Due to the current health emergency, USI temporarily accepts TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and IETLS Indicator as alternatives to the standard tests.
    TOEFL: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/
    IELTS: https://www.ieltsindicator.com/

     

    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

    C1 Advanced, grade C or above
    BEC (Business English), grade C or above

    TOEIC

    Listening & Reading: 945
    Speaking: 180
    Writing: 180

    We only accept the English qualifications mentioned above. The certificate must still be valid at the point of the application. In general, we are not able to accept language test results older than 3 years, as of September 1st.  

     

    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: further information can be found here.

    Exceptional Measure for the A.Y. 2020/21: when do I have to submit my English language certification?

    • Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society / Economics / Informatics: by 30 December 2020. 

      If a student/student fails to obtain the required level of English by the deadline, enrolment in the 2021 winter session will be cancelled, the exams taken in the intermediate session will be invalidated and admission to the Master's degree will not be confirmed.
      ​Candidates will also be required to reach level C1 by the deadline for obtaining the degree.