University of Lugano

University of Lugano (USI)



Via Buffi, 13

Lugano, Ticino


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc. in Economics, major in Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSc in Management provides graduates with the necessary tools and skills for understanding modern management, creating the best possible start for a successful career. The program has theoretical and practical elements, allowing students to understand the theory while at the same time being able to apply the knowledge to practical management situations. The last semester is a combination of academic rigor -writing a thesis- and of applied or consulting work - the fieldwork - which is done in groups for a real company. The goal of the course is to create an understanding of the management processes that are the basis of organizations today. It should also help to develop the skills necessary to perform successfully in business organizations from start-ups to multinational companies, which are reflected in courses like Entrepreneurship and International Business. However, as most tasks in organizations become increasingly inter-disciplinary it is also important to be able to work across traditional areas, which is another skill that we actively encourage within the program. This is also reflected in the variety of different teaching methods used including lectures, case studies, group work, games and fieldwork. However, all our teaching methods stress an interactive approach or dialogue with the students rather than the more traditional lectures. The Faculty and the students are an international group, with experience of working and education in different countries. This further increases learning and cultural exchanges, as students also learn to work effectively with people from different cultures. We have two streams in the first semester. Students with a background in economics or management will follow a set of courses which are designed to further build on these areas. Students without any background in economics and management will follow a set of courses which provide the understanding and fundamental insight into the management disciplines.


The Master of Science is offered by the USI University of Lugano, one the 12 Swiss public universities.

International Student Requirements:

The Master in Management is taught entirely in English. Applicants whose first degree was not taught in English, are required to at least have earned a B2 certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or an equivalent level of another proficiency certificate - e.g. TOEFL, IELTS.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 4000 CHF

Out State Tuition (per year): 8000 CHF

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