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Programme in ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE (EPS)

Type of Programme Master Degree
Academic year2016/2017
Academic fields LM-56/LM-62, SCIENZE DELL ECONOMIA / SCIENZE DELLA POLITICA
Type of degree awardedDottore magistrale
Active curricula
Length of the programme2 years
ECTS credits required for admission180
Credits120
Activated years1st year, 2nd year
Admission
Entry requirementsThe programme is intended for top level international students. About 40 students are expected to enrol each year, which will guarantee an optimal ratio between instructors and students.
Admission is based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent; a strong interest and/or previous studies in economics, political science or related subjects; undergraduate or graduate training in mathematics and quantitative methods or a strong motivation to quickly fill their gaps in these fields; a sound knowledge of spoken and written English. The evaluation process will take into consideration the applicants’ prior academic record, their motivation and performance at the interview (see below).
More specifically, applicants who obtained their bachelor’s degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a “laurea” degree belonging to any one of the “classi di laurea” (degree classes) listed below under the heading "Note 1".
Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, or other broadly related subjects (from history to industrial engineering, from management to mathematics, from philosophy to sociology, and so on), provided that their bachelor’s degree may be regarded as equivalent to one of the Italian “laurea” degrees listed below.
Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

a) They must have earned at least 60 ECTS credits or equivalent in the following fields: business administration, computer science, economics, law, management, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology or statistics. The ECTS credit value of foreign applicants’ undergraduate studies will be assessed by the EPS admissions committee. Applicants holding an Italian bachelor’s degree must have earned the required credits within the set of admissible “settori scientifico-disciplinari” (disciplinary scientific sectors) listed below under the heading "Note 2".

Among these, at least 6 credits should have been earned within the following “settori-scientifico disciplinari) (disciplinary scientific sectors): MAT/01 - Logica matematica ; MAT/02 – Algebra; MAT/03 – Geometria; MAT/05 - Analisi matematica ; MAT/06 - Probabilità e statistica matematica ; MAT/08 - Analisi numerica; MAT/09 - Ricerca operativa ; SECS-S/06 - Metodi matematici dell'economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie.

Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities should exhibit a comparable academic record or competence in logics, statistics and mathematics.

Candidates who have not already earned 6 credits in these disciplines, should satisfy the admission requirements before being admitted to the EPS programme by following a preliminary course on mathematical and quantitative topics that will be held before the beginning of the normal courses.

b) Non-native speakers of English must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English either by showing they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where the language of instruction is English, or during the interview
The possessing of a IELTS or TOEFL will also be taken into account

c) A GRE or GMAT will be taken into account

Applicants meeting the above requirements will be invited to an interview.
Interviews may be held on-site or by videoconference (see below).
Admission without debts from the following Bachelor's Degrees

Introductory overview

The two-year masters degree in Economics and Political Science (EPS) aims at developing a highly qualified learning track in the fields of economics and political science.
In modern times economics and political science have been growing out of the same trunk, represented by moral and political philosophy. While drawing their origin and inspiration from this common matrix, the two fields have soon organised themselves according to autonomous epistemological statutes, to which distinct conceptual frameworks correspond. Nevertheless they have preserved their tight relationships, mutually affecting one another over the centuries.
Indeed, not only their common origin, but also the extensive sharing of the very object of study have fostered the methodological and theoretical similarities between the two social sciences. Over the last two centuries, in particular, the increased public intervention in the economic sphere in all types of socio-economic systems, market economies included, has drawn the two disciplines closer, making them face a common set of issues and questions.
In present-day research activity one can find countless instances of theoretical and empirical investigations where the boundaries between the two sciences become blurred and the tools and methods of analysis - from rational choice theory to game theory, from political philosophy to econometrics, from the theory of justice to welfare economics - turn out to be essentially the same. To cite just a few examples, one can mention the analysis of individual and collective choice in both the economic and the political field; the examination of the relationships existing between political institutions on one hand and economic growth or social welfare on the other; the discussion of public policies and their effects on individual and aggregate economic variables; the study of the interaction between government actions and business cycles.

Educational and learning aims

The design of the EPS master’s degree is highly innovative in the Italian university system. Even if inter-disciplinary second-level degrees are not altogether missing in the Italian context, no two-year master’s degree in economics and politics is presently offered by any Italian university.
What is inexistent in Italy, however, is common in the academic tradition of most EU and non-EU countries. In the English-speaking world, in particular, the undergraduate and graduate programmes in Philosophy, Politics and Economics have represented for more than a century the privileged access to prestigious professional careers in both the economic and the political field, in public and private sectors alike. Similar experiences are also familiar in the French- and German-speaking university systems.
These deeply rooted traditions are another factor behind the intention of organising the EPS degree as a fully internationalised programme, promoting mobility and joint degree agreements with similar courses offered by foreign universities. The language of instruction is English.

Skills and competence

The EPS master’s programme aims at providing its students with advanced and complete training in both economics and political science. Such training should be comparable to that offered by any leading international master’s programme in each of the two disciplines separately taken.
Specifically, the EPS master’s programme aims at forming professional economists and political scientists. EPS graduates will not only be endowed with high-level analytical and operational skills, but they will also be characterised by such an open and critical vision of economic, political and social issues, and such a cultural depth that could hardly be achieved by attending a programme centred on a single or prevailing disciplinary field.
EPS students will be able to reach highly qualified theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in each of the following fields: mathematics, probability and statistics, with applications to economic, political and social sciences; econometrics; microeconomics; macroeconomics; economic policy; public economics; welfare economics and politics; history of economic analysis; comparative politics, theory of European integration; positive and normative political theory; decision theory; game theory; social and political choice theory; theory of justice.

Careers

The EPS degree is designed to train students in advanced methodologies, analytical tools and quantitative and qualitative techniques used in all fields of economics and political science.
EPS graduates will be ready to undertake a wide array of career paths in multinational companies, political institutions, public organizations, and other professions demanding high intellectual skills, robust technical competencies and versatile knowledge. They will also be well prepared to engage in further academic research in top PhD programmes.