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 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.
Study programme 2019-2021
The MSc in Management is a full time study programme entirely offered in English. The 120 ECTS are spread over 4 semesters, which correspond to a usual study duration of 2 years.
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.
By clicking on the names of the various lectures in the table below, you will be able to read a detailed description.
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 3 Sem. III
Electives* (30 ECTS)
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 Sem. IV
Capstone Work (30 ECTS)
* 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 Master of Management (MMG) programme has introduced a new track system in the 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 programme. 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.
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
Admission to English-language graduate-level (Master) programmes at USI require a good command of the English idiom. Non-English native speakers applying for such programmes, 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
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:
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
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.