Master in Economic Policy

Posted on: 
Apr 24, 2017
Start Date: 
Sep 1, 2017
Duration of the Program: 
24 months
Application Deadline: 
Jun 30, 2017

Master in Economic Policy

Posted on: 
Apr 24, 2017
Start Date: 
Sep 1, 2017
Duration of the Program: 
24 months
Application Deadline: 
Jun 30, 2017

Program Details

Master's Programs
Title after Completion of Studies: 
Master of Science in Economics, major in Economic Policy
Study Options: 

Regular Fee: 
€2 000,00

International Student Fee : 
€4 000,00


Tuition fees for the Master's degrees amount to CHF 4,000 per semester. Applicants whose official residence was in Switzerland (including Liechtenstein and Campione d'Italia) at the time of the final high school exam (Maturità) pay a reduced semester fee of CHF 2,000.

Tuition fees are payable at the beginning of each term, by the deadline indicated on the invoice; fee payment is an essential condition for matriculating or renewing one's enrolment.

Further information on tuition fees and study grants or scholarships, please refer to  the MEP webpage :

Funding Options Available: 
One-off scholarships of CHF 4000 each are granted by USI based on merit. Details here:
via G. Buffi 13
6904 Lugano

The MSc in Economic Policy (MEP) is an advanced graduate program offered by the Faculty of Economics at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The purpose of this Master is to teach students how to analyze economic problems at the national as well as international level and how to identify the most appropriate policy instruments. In a cordial environment and in close interaction with Faculty, the students will be equipped with the quantitative methods and the analytical tools necessary for a successful career as professional economist with a strong policy orientation. The Master will also drive interested students into a PhD programme.

The standard duration of the Master in Economic Policy is 3 semesters (leading to 90 credits). However, students who wish to amplify their training, have the option of earning additional 30 credits in the form of electives (leading to a master degree with 120 credits).

Why MEP?

  • Program entirely taught in English, with a strong international orientation
  • International Faculty from USI and abroad
  • Guest lectures from leading practicioners
  • Opportunities for short-term research assistant positions for selected students
  • Excellent professor-to-student ratio

Overview of Courses: 

For the complete study plan please refer to:

Application Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in related discipline
  • Personal data/curriculum vitae
  • Transcript of records
  • Certification of academic achievements

The formal requirement for admission is a Bachelor's degree from a recognized academic institution in Economics, Business Economics or other related fields, preferably with some quantitative background.

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree of a recognised University of Applied Sciences may be admitted with 30-60 additional ECTS to be earned during or before the beginning of the programme, with Bachelor or Master courses according to a study program defined by the scientific director. Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis.

The places offered are limited, therefore the selection can be effected on the basis of the academic results.

Language Requirements: 
The official language of tuition is English. Non-native English speakers are required to provide a C1 level language certificate (CEFR), or equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS).

Class Size: 
10 - 20 students

Average % of International Students: 
around 50%

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