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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).

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 Archictecture
  • Master in Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana
  • Master in Philosophy


Finance

  • Master in European Studies in Investor Relations and Financial Communication
  • Master in Finance
  • 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 in Medicine


Media and Communication

  • Master in Communication, Management and Health
  • Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication
  • Master in Corporate Communication
  • Master in Digital Fashion Communication
  • Master in Media Management


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

Why USI

Seven reasons for choosing USI:

  • Quality of the Swiss university system
  • International faculty
  • Leading interdisciplinary education
  • Teacher/student radio 1 to 8
  • Strong ties with the business world
  • Flexible structure, open to the exchange of ideas
  • International, dynamic and welcoming environment

USI is a young and agile university that offers to its students a quality education and an enhancing study experience. International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach, leaving room to practical application.

The quality of the study curricula is complemented by USI small size, by its cosmopolitan environment and its informal and dynamic culture.

These elements make USI a hub of opportunity open to the world, where students can engage in direct dialogue with their professors and define their educational path, discover unexpected horizons, and embrace international careers.

Applicants must be in possession of one of the following qualifications:

a) Swiss diplomas, awarded in Switzerland:

Maturità federale and Maturità cantonale recognised by the appropriate Federal Commission;

Maturità commerciale cantonale (Scuola cantonale di commercio, Bellinzona);

Final diploma from a university of applied sciences or diploma of a technical college recognised by the appropriate federal authorities: in these cases, where the field of study selected is the same as the previous one, the single Faculties may recommend admitting candidates to an advanced level of the programme and exempt them from particular examinations or from the internship period.

School-leaving certificates issued by Swiss schools abroad are equally accepted.

b) Overseas certificates

Applicants in possession of a foreign secondary education and/or of a foreign university diploma considered to be equivalent are admitted to the undergraduate programme. As a rule, reference is made to the guidelines of the University Admissions Commission of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities. Should there be doubt about the equivalence of a foreign qualification, this can be resolved by means of an interview or exam; language requirements and/or supplementary courses may also be required.

Italian diplomas

Secondary education (or high school) diplomas conferred by the following types of schools are considered equivalent and therefore acknowledged for admission to the Bachelor programmes:

Classical Gymnasium (or Lyceum);

Scientific Lyceum;

Language Lyceum;

Social sciences (or Humanities) Lyceum.

The following secondary education diplomas are also considered equivalent:

Arts Lyceum, limited to the Bachelor programmes in Architecture and in Italian language, literature and culture;

High school degree in Administration, Finance and Marketing, conferred by a vocational high school (or trade school in economics), limited to the Bachelor programmes in Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics;

High school degree in Informatics and Telecommunications, conferred by a vocational technical high school, limited to the Bachelor in Informatics.

All other secondary education diplomas conferred by high schools or vocational high schools are not deemed equivalent. Exceptions can be taken into consideration for similar subject areas of study and upon fulfilment of the guidelines of the Admissions' Commission at swissuniversities (formerly CRUS, or Rector's Conference of the Swiss Universities).


With concerns to degrees conferred prior to the implementation of the current set of rules and regulations, the convergence tables for secondary education programmes, as foreseen by the previous regulatory system for the high school and vocational high school system, shall apply. However, diplomas conferred by teacher training schools, professional art schools and all other four-year secondary education schools will not be acknowledged.


The University, through the Career Service, offers to its students a series of activities and contact services with the job market.

In particular, the Service:

  • promotes and develops internship opportunities, coordinating curricular internships;
  • helps students who are seeking their first jobs, providing counselling and career-oriented services;
  • organises information sessions on a variety of companies and organisations, in the private and public sector, nationally and internationally.

More in detail:

  • The internship: Find an internship / job, Internship stories / Info stage
  • Application dossier
  • Career grants
  • Meet the companies
  • USI Career Forum
  • Long Night of the Careers
  • USI & Careers Guide

About

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).

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 Archictecture
  • Master in Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana
  • Master in Philosophy


Finance

  • Master in European Studies in Investor Relations and Financial Communication
  • Master in Finance
  • 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 in Medicine


Media and Communication

  • Master in Communication, Management and Health
  • Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication
  • Master in Corporate Communication
  • Master in Digital Fashion Communication
  • Master in Media Management


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

Why USI

Seven reasons for choosing USI:

  • Quality of the Swiss university system
  • International faculty
  • Leading interdisciplinary education
  • Teacher/student radio 1 to 8
  • Strong ties with the business world
  • Flexible structure, open to the exchange of ideas
  • International, dynamic and welcoming environment

USI is a young and agile university that offers to its students a quality education and an enhancing study experience. International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach, leaving room to practical application.

The quality of the study curricula is complemented by USI small size, by its cosmopolitan environment and its informal and dynamic culture.

These elements make USI a hub of opportunity open to the world, where students can engage in direct dialogue with their professors and define their educational path, discover unexpected horizons, and embrace international careers.

Applicants must be in possession of one of the following qualifications:

a) Swiss diplomas, awarded in Switzerland:

Maturità federale and Maturità cantonale recognised by the appropriate Federal Commission;

Maturità commerciale cantonale (Scuola cantonale di commercio, Bellinzona);

Final diploma from a university of applied sciences or diploma of a technical college recognised by the appropriate federal authorities: in these cases, where the field of study selected is the same as the previous one, the single Faculties may recommend admitting candidates to an advanced level of the programme and exempt them from particular examinations or from the internship period.

School-leaving certificates issued by Swiss schools abroad are equally accepted.

b) Overseas certificates

Applicants in possession of a foreign secondary education and/or of a foreign university diploma considered to be equivalent are admitted to the undergraduate programme. As a rule, reference is made to the guidelines of the University Admissions Commission of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities. Should there be doubt about the equivalence of a foreign qualification, this can be resolved by means of an interview or exam; language requirements and/or supplementary courses may also be required.

Italian diplomas

Secondary education (or high school) diplomas conferred by the following types of schools are considered equivalent and therefore acknowledged for admission to the Bachelor programmes:

Classical Gymnasium (or Lyceum);

Scientific Lyceum;

Language Lyceum;

Social sciences (or Humanities) Lyceum.

The following secondary education diplomas are also considered equivalent:

Arts Lyceum, limited to the Bachelor programmes in Architecture and in Italian language, literature and culture;

High school degree in Administration, Finance and Marketing, conferred by a vocational high school (or trade school in economics), limited to the Bachelor programmes in Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics;

High school degree in Informatics and Telecommunications, conferred by a vocational technical high school, limited to the Bachelor in Informatics.

All other secondary education diplomas conferred by high schools or vocational high schools are not deemed equivalent. Exceptions can be taken into consideration for similar subject areas of study and upon fulfilment of the guidelines of the Admissions' Commission at swissuniversities (formerly CRUS, or Rector's Conference of the Swiss Universities).


With concerns to degrees conferred prior to the implementation of the current set of rules and regulations, the convergence tables for secondary education programmes, as foreseen by the previous regulatory system for the high school and vocational high school system, shall apply. However, diplomas conferred by teacher training schools, professional art schools and all other four-year secondary education schools will not be acknowledged.


The University, through the Career Service, offers to its students a series of activities and contact services with the job market.

In particular, the Service:

  • promotes and develops internship opportunities, coordinating curricular internships;
  • helps students who are seeking their first jobs, providing counselling and career-oriented services;
  • organises information sessions on a variety of companies and organisations, in the private and public sector, nationally and internationally.

More in detail:

  • The internship: Find an internship / job, Internship stories / Info stage
  • Application dossier
  • Career grants
  • Meet the companies
  • USI Career Forum
  • Long Night of the Careers
  • USI & Careers Guide

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