Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Admission Criteria

The Graduate School of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore invites Pre-applications to its PhD in Economics and Finance. The length of the PhD Program is three years, starting in early November 2018. The precise starting date of the Program will be announced in due course.

We offer five fellowships (for a period of three years) to the highest ranked applicants. Our fellowships pay a grant of € 15.343 (gross income) per year. The monthly allowance can be increased up to 50% for our PhD students visiting academic or scientific institutions abroad. The number of scholarships may increase if sponsorships on specific research projects become available. There will also be allowances (research funds) for short-period mobility (from the second year).  

Information concerning the program can be found at http://scuoledidottorato.unicatt.it/defap .

Selection procedure

There is a two stages selection procedure, which take place via the University website, as detailed below.

Stage 1 (Pre-Application stage). Candidates can apply to Stage 1 by uploading the required information and documents (see below). Candidates – who are supposed to have a solid background in Economics – will be evaluated according to their academic qualifications. Stage 1 applicants will be informed as to whether they are encouraged to pursue with Stage 2.

No application fee is due at Stage 1.

The deadline for pre-applications is:  May, 11th.

The evaluation of each applicant will be available by May 25th. Each candidate will be immediately informed by e-mail.

Stage 2. The official Call for Applications (Bando di Concorso) is expected to be published in the Italian Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale) in late May 2018 and also posted on the University and on the PhD Program websites.

Candidates who wish to proceed with Stage 2 will be required to pay a € 100 fee. Payment will require the usage of a credit card. Details about payment methods will be available in the official Call for Applications.

All the documents that have been uploaded during Stage 1 are considered valid for Stage 2.

Stage 1 (Pre-Application stage). Candidates can apply to Stage 1 by logging at http://immatricolazioni.unicatt.it/portaleaccesso. After a registration procedure, and the provision of the pertinent personal data, Candidates can upload the required documents (but for the recommendation letters – see below). Some notes on how to deal with this procedure are available on our webpage.

Submitting a Pre-Application: some hints

Candidates will be evaluated according to their academic qualifications; the Admission Committee retains the option to ask for a skype interview.

Pre-Application requirements

Pre-Applications will be accepted from applicants of all ages and nationalities who hold:

  • an Italian degree (Diploma di laurea quadriennale, laurea specialistica, laurea magistrale) or a an Italian degree obtained according to the regulations existent before the implementation of the Ministerial Decree of 3 November, 1999, n. 509 and its subsequent amendments and supplements;
  • a foreign academic qualification already recognized as equivalent by academic authorities, or recognised in accordance with inter-university agreements of co-operation and mobility;
  • a foreign academic qualification that has not yet been recognized equivalent to an Italian degree, provided the candidate includes the documents necessary to reach a decision regarding equivalence, for purposes of admission to the Ph.D. programme only.

Pre-Applications may also be submitted by candidates of all nationalities who have not yet graduated but who expect to receive their degree by the 31st of October. In this case, the admission to the program is conditional on the candidate submitting a valid certification of the obtained degree. Should this not occur, her/his application will be automatically discarded.

Qualifications and Documents

The following documents are to be uploaded when submitting the complete pre-application form  to the PhD Program in Stage 1:

  • a CV/résumé;
  • for graduates, a certificate of an acceptable Italian or foreign degree, plus a transcript including the final overall grade granted as well as the complete list of courses attended and grades received;
  • if qualification is pending, a certificate of enrolment to one of the acceptable Italian degree programs or to a foreign academic program, plus a transcript including courses attended and grades received;
  • certification of further qualifications, such as a Master degree and any other post-graduate course, with transcripts of courses attended and grades received;
  • publication (of any type) that the candidate wishes to submit to the selection committee
  • a research statement (max. 15.000 characters) in which the candidate outlines her/his research interests, and provides information any other useful information;
  • copy of an identification document
  • two confidential letters of recommendation, to be sent directly by the recommenders to the following e-mail address: dottorato.economia@unicatt.it . Notice that it is not possible for the candidate to directly upload the recommendation letters on the website.

Documents that can increase the likelihood of a successful application, but are not compulsory:

  • GMAT or GRE;

A certification concerning proficiency in English, such as:

  • Anglia Examination England
  • Bulats
  • Business English Certificate
  • Certificate Advance in English
  • Certificate Proficiency in English
  • First Certificate in English
  • PTE Academic          
  • PTE General
  • Preliminary English Test
  • TOEIC Listening and Reading
  • TOEIC Speaking and Writing

Each applicant is required to clearly mention in her/his CV a skype contact for allowing the selection committee to contact her/him for a telephone interview, if deemed necessary.

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore does not take any responsibility in the case of mailing delays or of documents losses due to incorrect or incomplete handling by candidates.
Information concerning: Composition of the Selection Committee, Selection procedure, Scholarships, Rights and Duties of Doctoral Students, Awarding of degrees, Acts and documents written in a foreign language, and other relevant issues are contained in the official call, which will be published in the Italian Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale) and uploaded to the Ph.D. website in due time.

For further information on the Pre-Application and Application procedures, please do not hesitate to contact: