Master of Science in Economics and International Policies

Università della Svizzera italiana
4 semesters
Master's degree
On campus
Fall 2023

About this program

Master in Economics and International Policies

The Master in Economics and International Policies (MEPIN) is offered by the Faculty of Economics of Università della Svizzera italiana, USI, based in Lugano, in collaboration with Alta Scuola di Economia e Relazioni Internazionali (ASERI) of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, based in Milan. The full-time study programme comprises 120 ECTS for a usual duration of 4 semesters and gives the possibility of obtaining a double degree, i.e:

  • a Swiss Master's degree awarded by USI (Laurea Magistrale under Swiss law);
  • a first-level university Master's degree issued by the ASERI of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan under Italian legislation.

In the new edition, more space has been given to economics and political science subjects and two courses in Methodology of Social Research have been introduced. The MEPIN offers a wide range of scientific tools and specific skills that are indispensable for understanding the economic and political phenomena linked to globalization and the functioning of public and international institutions. The proposed Master's program develops its curriculum around the interdisciplinary study of economics, finance, law, international institutions, and international politics. It will also provide multidisciplinary and managerial knowledge necessary to address issues such as sustainable development, economic and financial ethics, and, more generally, forms of cooperation between public authorities and private economic operators aimed at achieving a common objective, such as the provision of a service or the creation and management of a project.

The program is taught in Italian.

Admission requirements


Bachelor's degree from a recognized university in Economics, Political Science, or Law. Candidates from different university backgrounds may also be admitted to the Master's program, subject to assessment by the Master's Director.

Students coming from a recognized University of Applied Sciences may be admitted to the Master's course by filling a training debt of 30 to 60 ECTS with Bachelor's or Master's courses, according to a study plan defined by the Scientific Directorate. Admissions will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

In certain cases provided for by ASERI, the Declaration of Value may be requested in advance of the semester to be spent in Milan, i.e. during the enrolment procedure. 

The prevailing language in the courses is Italian. Some courses are taught in English, so a good understanding of the language is assumed.

The course has a maximum number of 35 students.

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Scholarships & funding

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The registration fee is CHF 4,000 per semester, while the non-resident semester is CHF 1000 (total for four semesters: CHF 13,000). For those benefiting from the inter-cantonal agreement, ie those who received their high school diploma in Switzerland, the matriculation fee is half, i.e. CHF 2,000 (total for four semesters: CHF 7,000).

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Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

USI Università della Svizzera italiana is a member of the Swiss universities system and the only Italian-speaking University in Switzerland. It is a multi-lingual university with courses taught in Italian and English and it has a strong international orientation. USI’s...

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Why study at Università della Svizzera italiana

USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education in which they can be fully engaged and take center stage.

Seven reasons for choosing USI:

  • Quality of the Swiss university system
  • International faculty
  • Leading interdisciplinary education
  • Teacher/student ratio 1 to 9
  • Strong ties with the business world
  • Flexible structure, open to the exchange of ideas
  • International, dynamic and welcoming environment

Contact info

Università della Svizzera italiana

Via Giuseppe Buffi 13,
6900 Lugano

Phone no: + 41 58 666 47 95

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