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:
- Master in Informatics
- Master in Artificial Intelligence
- Master in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems
- Master in Software and Data Engineering
- Master in Management and Informatics
- Master in Financial Technology and Computing
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).
All courses are awarded with 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).
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 assessement 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).
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.
Admission to English-language graduate-level (Master) programmes at USI requires a good command, or advanced knowledge, 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 equto the C1 level, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR), or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).
The C1 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledge exams:
|TOEFL||Internet based: 100|
|Cambridge English||CAE (Advanced certificate), grade C or above
BEC (Business English), grade C or above
|TOEIC||Listening & Reading: 945
Students who are able to provide a B2* certificate with their application but who have not yet received a C1 certificate by July 31st, may be admitted on condition that they obtain the C1 level by the end of the calendar year.
Students who fall short of these requirements are invited to take prompt action to improve or perfect their command of the English language. For instance, by visiting an English-speaking country, or by taking advanced level classes, such as the 3-week intensive English course organised at USI before the beginning of the semester, followed by a C1 preparation course during the semester.
* B2 level reference table:
|TOEFL||Computer based: 183
Internet based: 65
Paper based: 513
|Cambridge English||FCE (First Certificate English)|
|TOEIC||Listening & Reading: 785