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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Public Policies and Administration

Would you like to build a set of professional skills to contribute to your community? Are you interested in working in the civil service, for your local authority or to improve public services at an international level? Would you like to study in a trilingual programme with a strong international orientation?

Course description

This master educates and trains future managers and professionals of public institutions, chambers of commerce, publicly-owned companies or charities, as well as of private enterprises that have business relationships with public entities. These professionals have to face an everyday reality that is getting increasingly complex and that requires a diverse set of skills. This course provides you with the legal, statistical-economic and management tools you need to do so.

At a glance

Italian degree class: LM-63
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 50 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.347,50 per year

Structure of the course

The modules offered in this Master include disciplines from the legal, economic, organisational-managerial and data analysis fields.

After a common first year, the course consists of two streams:

  • Public Policies – focused on the analysis of the motivations and instruments of public policies and on the economic-quantitative techniques used to evaluate their effects;
  • Public Administration – focused on the implementation of public policies from a legal-administrative and managerial point of view.

The multidisciplinary perspective is evident in the choice of subjects from which you can choose, including: Public Sector Economics, Public Sector Management and Organisation, Public and Administrative Law, Public Sector Statistics.

These short videos show some of the issues dealt with during the courses.

Courses include workshops, group work, case studies, guest lectures and study trips (e.g. to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and to the Constitutional Court in Rome) to sharpen students' problem-solving and team-work skills and put them in touch with the concrete issues that public sector managers are called upon to address in their daily work.


Degree Course director: Prof. Mirco Tonin (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Matteo Bergamaschi

Exchange programmes and internships

We currently offer more than 50 exchange programmes with partner universities around the world and cooperate with an extensive network of companies for internships in Italy or abroad. Attendance in Bozen-Bolzano can be combined with an exchange with a foreign university, in Europe or elsewhere.

During the two years of the programme, you will also complete an internship of at least 150 hours in the local administrations, in the Chambers of Commerce, in public companies (e.g. health, transport, school), in non-profit organizations or in European or international organizations, depending on the availability of places and your preferences.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working in management positions in government organisations - local, national and international - in state-run companies, charities and private companies that provide services and products to government organisations.

If you already have a job, you can strengthen and widen your knowledge and skills in order to progress further in your career. If you are interested in postgraduate education, you can apply for a PhD after finishing this programme.

You will be well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

go to the survey (in Italian)

Matthias Cologna

Chamber of Commerce of Bozen-Bolzano

"This master's degree has given me the opportunity to learn about the economic, managerial and legal challenges of the Public Sector and to explore how to find innovative answers by managing the public good in the best possible way. A close relationship with professors and fellow students, the trilingual environment and seminars with experts from various fields, have further enriched my learning experience and made my studies a truly stimulating time. In addition, I was given the opportunity to do my internship at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Rome and after graduation I worked at the Bank of Italy: in short, if you are passionate about the challenges of the public sector then this is the right master for you!"


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This course is particularly suitable for graduates in Economics, Law and Political Science, but not exclusively. In the admissions guidelines you will find all the information you need about access to the course if you are a graduate in other disciplines.

In order be admitted to the course, you will be required to prove that you have a C1 level of competence for the first language and B2 in the second language. If you don't have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.

Selection Criteria
Grades of the first degree and language levels. 

There is no admission exam or interview.

Online Application
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 11 July 2019, noon

Publication Ranking Lists
Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 30 July 2019

More info in the Study Manifesto.

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form.

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