Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Structure of the program



The Master will allow students to acquire the needed knowledge and research experience in order to pursue further studies with a Ph.D. in Economics; allow them to integrate their academic experience with professional skills of theoretical and practical relevance.

Graduate students are invited to take part in the Seminar series, which is organized by the Department of Economics and Finance on a weekly basis. During the last two years, it has featured scholars from top European and U.S. Institutions, such as Northwestern University, University of Southern California, University of Maryland, European Central Bank, CEMFI-Madrid, Université de Toulouse, Tel Aviv University, Queen Mary College of London and Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona.


Our research environment also benefits from many initiatives, such as the “Annual Lecture” in Political Economy, which, in recent years, has been delivered by prominent academics such as James Robinson (Harvard University), Peter Howitt (Brown University), Howard Rosenthal (Princeton University) and Daron Acemoglu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT).



1st term (October 2024 - December 2024)

  • Mathematics (8 ECTS/CFU)

2nd term (January 2025 - March 2025)

  • Econometrics (10 ECTS/CFU)
  • Microeconomics (10 ECTS/CFU)

3rd  term (April 2025 – July 2025)

  • Macroeconomics (10 ECTS/CFU)
  • Research Methods (6 ECTS/CFU)
  • Corporate Finance (8 ECTS/CFU)

4th term (September 2025 – October 2025)

  • Project work (8 ECTS/CFU)

For further information: http://scuoledidottorato.unicatt.it/defap-courses-first-year#content


The Master is granted upon the completion of all the coursework and of a research project by which the candidate shows her/his ability to dominate the topics covered in the course work undertaken in the first three terms. Typically the research project takes the form of a research paper written under the supervision of a member of the Master faculty or of a researcher approved by the Director of the Master. Under certain circumstances, a student may have the opportunity to undertake a stage on a project that is evaluated by the Director of the Master being consistent with the Master goals. In these cases, the research paper can be substituted by an essay detailing the results achieved during the stage, to be written under the supervision of a member of the faculty and/or of the external tutor supervising the stage activity. Both in the case of a research paper and of a stage essay, the candidate will have to defend the results of her/his research during an oral final exam, in which the overall performance of the candidate in the Master will also be assessed.