Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Admission Criteria

The Graduate School of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore invites applications to its PhD in Economics and Finance. The length of the PhD Program is three years, starting in early November 2019. 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.

The official Call for Applications (Bando di Concorso) is available on the University's website, in Italian and in English. It is here – please note that the pertinent call is within the first group (the one under the label “Sede di Milano”).

Applications can be sent until July 16th, 2019 (h. 2.00 p.m. – Italian time).

Candidates can apply 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 (except for the recommendation letters – see below). Some notes on how to deal with this procedure are available on our webpage.

Submitting an Application: some hints

In case of doubts please note that we can provide some help on how to fill the Application Form.

The outcome of the selection procedure will be published by July 31st, 2019.

Candidates who have submitted a Pre-Application do not need to upload again at this stage documents which have already been submitted, unless candidates want to provide an updated version. Candidates also need to be sure that their identification document has been properly uploaded.

Applicants are required to pay a € 100,00 fee. The payment is required at the end of the online procedure and can be settled by means of credit cards only (VISA/MASTERCARD).

Application requirements

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 recognized 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 that the candidate includes the documents necessary to reach a decision regarding equivalence, for purposes of admission to the Ph.D. program only.

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 must be included when submitting the complete application form  to the PhD Program:

  • 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 enrollment 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 any other useful information;
  • copy of an identification document, duly signed
  • a passport-size photo
  • 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
  • a copy of the fiscal code (for Italian nationals only).

Students with a degree obtained or to be obtained in NON-EU countries shall provide a translation, authentication and a certificate of equivalence of qualification of their foreign degree certificates, issued by the Italian Consulate/Embassy representative offices in the countries where they have obtained/will obtain the degree. EU students must provide a Diploma Supplement from the University where they completed their studies as an alternative to the certificate of equivalence of qualification.

Documents that can be helpful for obtaining a grant, 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.

For further information on the Application procedures, do not hesitate to contact: