USI Master's at a glance

The Master of Science or Master of Arts degrees are full-time graduate-level specialisation programs (3 or 4 semesters) awarded with 90-120 ECTS points.

 

Master's degrees are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Humanities

Master in Architecture
- Master in History and Theory of Art and Architecture
Master in Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana
Master in Philosophy

  • Finance

Master in Finance
- Master in European Studies in Investor Relations and Financial Communication (Master in Financial Communication until A.Y. 2019/20)
Master in Financial Technology and Computing

  • Tourism

Master in International Tourism

  • Political economy

Master in Economia e politiche internazionali
Master in Economics (Master in Economic Policy until A.Y. 2018/19)
Master in Public Management and Policy (PMP)

  • Management and marketing

Master in Management
Master in Management and Informatics
Master in Marketing and Transformative Economy
Master in Digital Fashion Communication
Master in Corporate Communication
Master in Public Management and Policy (PMP)

  • Health studies

Master in Communication, Management and Health
Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication
- Master of Medicine

  • Media and Communication

Master in Media Management
Master in Communication, Management and Health
Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication
Master in Corporate Communication
Master in Digital Fashion Communication
Master in European Studies in Investor Relations and Financial Communication (until the A.Y. 2019/20)

  • Informatics

Master in Informatics
Master in Artificial Intelligence
- Master in Software and Data Engineering
Master in Management and Informatics
Master in Financial Technology and Computing

  • Computational science

Master in Computational Science
 

The Master's degrees at USI are defined by their high level of specialization, leading to international careers both in the professional and academic fields. Distinguished faculty in the respective disciplines provide innovative and quality teaching with a strong interdisciplinary approach and in collaboration with local and international institutions. The direct dialogue with professors and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Univeristy are the elements that enable students to broaden their views and to define their education individually. Theory is applied in case studies and consulting projects for companies and other business entities (field project).

Study credits

All courses are awarded ECTS points. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) guarantees that credits are compatible and transferable within all European universities. A full-time academic year consists of 60 ECTS (30 credits each semester).

 

Admission requirements

  • General requirements

Bachelor's (undergraduate) degree from an acknowledged university. Holders of a Bachelor’s degree are admitted unconditionally to a Master’s program in the same subject area. Admission to programs in other subject areas can be subject to the addition of levelling courses, by assessment of the competent Faculty in charge of evaluating the application.

Students who have exceeded the number of attempts to pass exams (definitive failure) in any Swiss or foreign university cannot be admitted to the same Faculty or subject area (Art. 6, Regulations for admissions and enrolment).
 

  • Specific requirements:

Please refer to the individual Master program websites, in the 'Admissions' section (see above for the list of programs). 

Admission of candidates with academic curricula other than those indicated for each Master's program above is assessed individually. Program directors may require such candidates to include additional courses in their study plans when deemed essential for their academic curriculum.
 

  • 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 IELTS 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.  

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.