Admission requirements
The 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 will have the possibility to participate to crash-courses of Microeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics organized by the Department. The crash-courses are meant to boost the skills in these three fields.

In the absence of the above requirements, applicants can also prove that they have adequate quantitative skills through satisfactory results in the GRE or GMAT tests.

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.
IELTS or TOEFL results, if provided by applicants, will be taken into account.

c) GRE or GMAT results, if provided by applicants, will be taken into account.

Applicants meeting the above requirements will be invited to a skype interview.

Application period: from 03-10-2020 to 06-30-2020
Enrolment period: from 06-17-2020 to 09-30-2020

How to apply

The admission process consists of:

  • Online application
  • Interview (skype or in presence)

The application must be submitted online, through the proper service “admission” . Before that, you have to register into the system, by following the instructions provided at this page

You will be asked to:

  1. fill out the online application form
  2. upload the following documents:
    • transcript of records: graduation certificate(s) issued by the competent University and transcript(s) recording exams taken, grades and credits in English or Italian
    • Passport/ID card
    • Europass curriculum vitae in English
    • IELTS/TOEFL (optional)
    • GRE/GMAT (optional)
  3. Pay the application fee (not refundable). The payment form is available at the end of the application procedure. Online payments via credit cards are allowed.

There is no Italian test to pass.

After having received your application, the EPS admissions committee will evaluate your academic background and inform you if you have been selected for an interview.

From March to July eligible applicants will be interviewed either via skype or in person.

The interview aims at ascertaining the applicants’ motivations as well as their personal knowledge, competences, and skills in the core areas of the EPS programme. For an idea of the appropriate level of knowledge, competences, and skills, candidates may consult the following textbooks:


  • Blanchard O., Macroeconomics, 5th edition, Pearson Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2010 or previous.
  • Varian H., Intermediate Microeconomics. A Modern Approach, 8th edition, Norton, New York, N.Y., 2009 or previous.

Political science:

  • Clark W.R., Golder M. and Golder S.N., 2nd edition, Principles of Comparative politics, Washington DC, CQ Press 2012 or previous

Quantitative methods (introductory calculus and linear algebra):

  • Haeusserl E. F., R. S. Paul, R. J. Wood, Introductory Mathematical Analysis for Business, Economics, and the Life and Social Sciences, 13th edition or previous, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2010 or previous. Chapters: 0-6, 9-19.
  • Simon C. P., L. Blume, Mathematics for Economists, W.W. Norton and Co., New York and London, 1994. Chapters 1-11.

The EPS admission committee will communicate the result of the evaluation by e‐mail about one week after the interview.

Further information

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

  • lowering for students who meet high merit requirements 
  • fixed amounts calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group for those with income/property abroad
  • support for students who have political refugee status.

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including: