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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 3.33k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 6.66k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    MEC - Master ('Laurea Magistrale') in Economics - is a two-year full-time program that provides advanced training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics together with the technical skills to analyze economic and social data and events. Specifically, it equips home and international students with in-depth knowledge about the behavioral rationale behind economic interactions and the influence of institutions on human interactions.

    MEC also provides significant practical experience through a dynamic teaching methodology which involves case studies, group work and field projects. MEC students are trained to acquire effective strategic thinking which allows them to convert their theoretical knowledge in the field of applied and international economics into policy recommendations.

    MEC is organized by the University of Trento (highest-ranked in Italy) and is aimed at graduates and young professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities. The program is specifically designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the economic dynamics at international level, with solid foundations in law, through a quantitative approach and the exposure to a mix of world-wide cultures. The multi-cultural environment, based on the long-term international relationships which globally connect the University of Trento, fosters a stimulating learning process.

    MEC lasts 2 years full-time (in-take in September each year), the official language is English and it is based on a varied teaching methodology (traditional lessons and case studies).

    Career Opportunities
    MEC graduates learn to evaluate problems from an economic perspective, assess strategic issues within companies, public institutions and government bodies, work in groups with a strong focus on the result and possible policy recommendations and strategies. This makes them fit to work for multinational corporations, banks or government institutions, as well as for research institutions and public administrations. Specifically, MEC graduates are skilled to manage the strategic governance of private firms, work for private organizations or public institutions to evaluate policies at state and European community level, and analyze and evaluate the economic aspects of international trade. In addition, this MEC provides students with the necessary foundations in economics and econometrics to proceed to a PhD.

    Intensive courses

    * Introduction to Mathematics
    * Introduction to Statistics
    * Introduction to Economics



    * Microeconomics and Game Theory
    * Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy
    * Economic and Business History
    * Advanced Data analysis and Mathematical Models 1
    * Advanced Data analysis and Mathematical Models 2
    * Econometrics
    * Industrial Organization
    * Management and Business Decisions


    Students must collect 60 ECTS in the second year:

    * 16 ECTS in the area "Economics"
    * 6 ECTS in the area "Law"
    * 8 ECTS in the area "Management"
    * 12 ECTS in the area "Elective"
    * 4 ECTS in the area "Lab"
    * 14 ECTS for the Master Thesis


    * Economics of Institutions
    * International Economics
    * Law and Economics
    * International Corporate Strategy
    * Strategy and Innovation Management
    * Behavioral Economics
    * Decision Theory
    * Ethics and Economics (and CSR)
    * Lab of Experimental Economics
    * Lab of International Economics
    * MEC - Master Thesis


    Note: According to the Sorbonne (1998) and the Bologna (1999) Declarations, degree courses in the European Higher Education Area are structured in university credits = ECTS. A university credit corresponds to 25 hours of student workload, time for personal study included. The average annual workload of a full-time student is conventionally fixed at 60 credits.


    To apply for MEC, please access the MEC online application form and complete it accurately. Please note that no paper applications will be accepted.In order to be considered for admission to the MEC program, a Bachelors degree (preferrably in Economics, Social Sciences, Mathematics or Physics, Engineering) is required, as well as certified English knowledge (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or similar). The GRE/GMAT test is crucial, and selection is based mainly on test scores. A curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and a letter of motivation are also required.Minimum requirementsFollowing minimum requirements must be fulfilled by MEC applicants: * a three- or four-year-Bachelors degree from an internationally recognized institution at university level * working knowledge of the English language (min. B2 level of the European Common Framework) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80


    The University of Trento aims to bring management training to those people who excel in personal and professional aspects of their lives, even if they do not have the resources to access the program.

    Therefore, a number of scholarships are awarded each year to UniTN students, covering the tuition fees as well as most of the living expenses. The Opera Universitaria Scholarship (OUS) is awarded to accepted students according to their academic performance and to their financial situation.
    The award of OUS is subject to availability of funds.

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