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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Economics and Management of the Public Sector

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 authorities or to improve public services at an international level?

Course description

This master educates and trains future managers and professionals of public institutions, chambers of commerce, publicly-owned companies or charities. These professionals have to face an everyday reality that is getting increasingly complex and that requires a diverse set of skills.

Both programmes available - one focused on European and international organisations and the other on the specific requirements of local authorities - will enable you to handle confidently the legal, statistical, economic and management tools to perform well in this kind of role.

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
Places available: 50 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.345,50 per year

Structure of the course

The modules offered on this Master degree course include disciplines from the fields of Law, Economics and Management.

The multidisciplinary approach of the degree is apparent in the range of subjects that you will study, among which: Political Economy, Strategy, Social and Institutional Communication, Project Cycle Management, Government Statistics, Public Budget, EU and member states Law, Principles and Laboratory of Administrative Law.

Workshops and analysis of case studies are regularly organised by the faculty in order to improve our students' problem-solving skills and make them familiar with the real challenges that managers in the public sector have to deal with on a daily basis.

Prof. Mirco Tonin unibz


Degree Course director: Prof. Mirco Tonin (photo)
Student representative in the Course Council: Rei Jegeni

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with more than 50 partner universities all over the world. During the two years of this course, you will also do an internship - of at least 150 hours - in local government offices in Trentino or South Tyrol; in the local chambers of commerce; in government-owned companies (in the health, transportation or education sector); or in not-for-profit, European and international organisations, depending on the availability of places and your preference.

The course includes a study trip to Rome or Brussels.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working in management positions in government organisations - local, national or international - in state-run companies, charities and private companies that provide services or 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 Master degree course or compete for a PhD.

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)

Emanuela Vedovati

Sustainability consultant, Terra Institute, Brixen-Bressanone

L’università non è mai un percorso semplice e senza ostacoli, e ogni università ha i suoi pregi e difetti, ma posso assicurarvi che se dovessi tornare indietro nel tempo e trovarmi di fronte alla decisione di dove studiare non avrei alcun dubbio nel scegliere di nuovo unibz! L'orientamento alla pratica, l'armonizzazione delle scienze sociali con la disciplina economica, il rapporto di vicinanza con i professori e con i compagni di studio, la possibilità di trascorrere periodi di studio in ottime università partner - io ad esempio ho trascorso il mio Erasmus all’Università di Witten, in Germania: questi sono gli ottimi motivi per studiare a Bolzano!


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Studying at unibz

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International Applicants

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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.

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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