What will I learn?

The Master in Economics and Finance is a graduate program that allows students, who already hold a Graduate degree (e.g. Master degree), to complete their training in economics providing them with a thorough understanding of the role and working of the economic and financial markets and institutions in modern economies.

The Master is a full-time, intensive course, with a maximum enrollment of 20 students. The Master offers courses taught in English and it is accessible to students of all countries. The diploma, issued by Università Cattolica, is recognized as a second level Master’s degree by the Italian Government.

Learning objectives

The Master will allow students to acquire the knowledge and research experience needed in order to pursue further studies with a Ph.D. in Economics, allowing students to integrate their academic experience with professional skills of theoretical and practical relevance.

Graduate students are invited to take part in the seminar series, organized by the Department of Economics and Finance on a weekly basis.

During the last two years, the seminars have featured scholars from top European and US institutions, such as Northwestern University, UCLA, Columbia University, Harvard Business School, London School of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, European University Institute, University of Zurich, Goethe University Frankfurt, European Central Bank. Our research environment also benefits from many initiatives, such as an “Annual Lecture” in Political Economy, which, in recent years, has been delivered by prominent academics such as James Robinson (Harvard University), Peter Howitt (Brown University), Howard Rosenthal (Princeton University), and Daron Acemoglu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT).

Project work and final exam

The Master is granted upon the completion of all coursework and of a research project by which the candidate shows her/his ability to dominate the topics covered in the coursework undertaken in the first three terms. Typically the research project takes the form of a research paper written under the supervision of a faculty member or of a researcher approved by the Director of the Master. Under certain circumstances, a student may be given the opportunity to undertake an internship on a project that is evaluated by the Director of the Master being consistent with the Master goals. In these cases, the research paper can be substituted by an essay detailing the results achieved during the internship, to be written under the supervision of a faculty member and/or of the external tutor supervising the internship activity.

Career Opportunities

Students will be able to integrate their academic experience with professional skills of theoretical and practical relevance for building a professional career in the research departments of banks, governments and international organizations such as IMF, World Bank, OECD and ILO, as well as in the financial domain.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€10,000.00 (US$ 11,096) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected November 2020


Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Largo A. Gemelli, 1,



20123, Italy

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completion of an undergraduate degree, obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS). Program specific entry requirements: Applicants may have various backgrounds with a preference for students from Business Administration, Economics or Engineering studies. English Language Requirements: TOEFL iBT overall score of at least 80,or an Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0, or Successfully completed a degree program taught in the English language.

For international students

Program-specific entry requirements:

  • Students need to hold a degree that allows access to a Ph.D. program in the awarding country of the degree.
  • The degree must be obtained before the start of the program

Language proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to have either:

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of at least 80, or
  • Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0, or
  • Successfully completed a degree program taught in the English language


About this uni

Università Cattolica is a leading Italian university distinguished for academic and employer reputation and services for international students.

  • 4 campuses across Italy
  • 12 Subjects in the TOP 250 global rankings
  • 500 + study abroad destinations
  • Exceptional ties with industries & employers