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 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
Master of Theology (at the Faculty of Theology, affiliated to USI)
Master in Interreligious Dialogue: Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions (at the Faculty of Theology, affiliated to USI)
Master in Diritto canonico ed ecclesiastico comparato (at the Faculty of Theology, affiliated to USI)
Master in Cultura e archeologia delle terre bibliche (at the Faculty of Theology, affiliated to USI)

  • Finance

Master in Finance
- Master in European Studies in Investor Relations and Financial Communication
Master in Financial Technology and Computing

  • Tourism

Master in International Tourism

  • Political economy

Master in Economia e politiche internazionali
Master in Economics
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

  • 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 specialisation, leading to international careers both in the professional and academic fields. Distinguished faculty in the respective disciplines provide innovative and quality teaching with a robust interdisciplinary approach and collaboration with local and international institutions. The direct dialogue with professors and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the University are the elements that enable students to broaden their views and define their education individually. The theory is applied in case studies and consulting projects for companies and other business entities (field projects).

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 assessing 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:

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

Students admitted under the above 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, taking the final exam, or 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 cannot accept language test results older than three years, as of September 1st.  

Academic Year 2022/23: when do I have to submit my English language certification?

  • Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society / Economics / Informatics
    The language certification should be included in the application package. Exceptions will be made for those who can prove the cancellation of international certificates exam sessions.