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 programme 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 organisations today. It should also help to develop the skills necessary to perform successfully in business organisations from start-ups to multinational companies, which are reflected in courses like Entrepreneurship and International Business. However, as most tasks in organisations 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 programme. 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 rigour 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. Instead of the field project, students can also decide to do an individual internship.
Study Programme 2020-2022
First Degree in Economics or Management (30 ECTS)
6 6 6 6 6
First Degree in any other Subject (30 ECTS)
3 3 6 6 6 6 Sem. II
Core Courses (21 ECTS)
6 3 3 3 3 3
Electives* (9 ECTS)
3 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Core Courses (9 ECTS)
Sem. III 3 3 3
Electives* (21 ECTS)
3 3 3
Communication and Marketing Ethics
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 6 3 Sem. IV
Capstone Work (30 ECTS)
Field Project / Internship
* The electives listed are recommended by the Master in Management; however students are free to choose electives offered by other Master programs with the approval of the Master’s director.
Slight changes in the study programme may occur.
The tracks are structured as follows (the structure might be subject to slight changes):
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
3 International Business
Human Resources Management
ECTS 3 3 3
3 3 3
Socially Responsible Management
ECTS 3 3
3 3 3
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:
Listening & Reading: 785
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:
C1 Advanced, grade C or above
BEC (Business English), grade C or above
Listening & Reading: 945
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.
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.
Academic Year 2021/22
When do I have to submit my English language certification?
Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society / Economics / Informatics: by 31 October 2021.
Candidates admitted with a B2 level will also be required to reach the C1 level by the deadline for obtaining the degree.