Master's degree in Economic Sciences

Study Programme Course LM-56

The Master's degree in Economic Sciences at the Niccolò Cusano University offers very specific knowledge and competences related to the field of Economic Science and company policies. This course is fully delivered online and, through additional services, on campus.

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Master's degree in Economic Sciences - programme overview
The two-year degree course in Economic Sciences enables students to acquire a command of mathematical and statistical tools and to gain knowledge of the different principles and institutions of the national and international legal community. A graduate from the course, therefore, has a sound knowledge of economic and business analysis and can apply the correct methodology to analyse the complexities of contemporary society and address socio-economic problems, taking into account, where necessary, innovations related to gender issues. The course includes the study of at least one European language and aims to make students fluent both in speaking and writing the language, together with an extensive vocabulary related to the discipline. Students are also encouraged to carry out internships in banks, businesses, and national or international government or private organisations.

Online degree
The MA degree in Economic Sciences (online) is designed for those who are unable to attend a traditional education programme due to distance or professional commitments.
Through Unicusano e-learning platform, it is possible to attend the Economics degree classes online, to study using computer storage media at home, at your own pace and take the exam at the nearest exam centre. Thanks to the teaching quality and to the broad number of authorised exams centres spread across Italy, Unicusano is today the best choice for students willing to earn an online degree in Economics.

Job profiles
Experts in financial, management and control activities

Graduate students can gain access to management positions (executives, middle managers, clerical staff).
Some of the available careers for graduates are:

  • Finance Specialist
  • Accountant Specialist
  • Public Bodies Management Specialist
  • Private Enterprise Management and Control Specialist
  • Specialist in the Organisation of Work
  • Specialist in Business Management

Acquired Competences
Graduates in Economics possess advanced skills in Business Administration, Marketing and Finance, Merceology, International Finance, Economic and Financial Statistics (for the data collection, elaboration, management, monitoring and analysis, useful for descriptive and forecast purposes in the various corporate areas) and in Commercial Law.

Career opportunities
The Master prepares the student to the free exercise of the profession in corporate and financial field or as an accountant, in compliance with current Italian legislation.

A Master's degree in Economics prepares students to the following careers (ISTAT DATA):

  1. Specialists in the management and supervision in private businesses (2.5.1.2.0);
  2. Specialist in the Organisation of Work (2.5.1.3.2);
  3. Accounting Specialist (2.5.1.4.1);
  4. Financial Activity Specialist (2.5.1.4.3).

Entry requirements
Students in possession of a 1st cycle degree in classes L-18 or L-33 can be admitted to the degree course. Admission can also be granted to those possessing a bachelor's degree in other classes, or other academic qualifications obtained abroad and recognised as equivalent, or a four-year degree obtained under pre-existing regulations, provided that they meet the following curricular requirements related to knowledge of the basic disciplines in Economics, Business, Mathematics, Statistics and Law.

  • a minimum of 12 credits in the SSD SECS-P/01 and/or SSD SECS-P/02;
  • a minimum of 9 credits in the SSD SECS-P/07;
  • a minimum of 6 credits in the SSD IUS/01;
  • a minimum of 6 credits in the SSD IUS/04;
  • a minimum of 6 credits in the SSD SECS-S/01 or SECS-S/03;
  • a minimum of 6 credits in the SSD SECS-S/06.

The student must remedy any deficiencies before the beginning of the course and taking the entry test.

Each student will be given an entry test to assess their skills in these disciplines. The degree course regulations will specify which additional educational skills are necessary if a student fails to achieve a positive result in the entry test.
The course regulation establishes the assessment modalities. General knowledge of English must correspond to the B1 level of the European framework. For English courses, a level B2 is required.


Applications
If a three-year undergraduate degree does not lead to a Master's Degree Programme straight forward, during the application stage, the University will verify the ECTS earned in the scientific area in order to allow the applicant to enrol in Laurea Magistrale. If the ECTS are not sufficient for the Academic Regulations of the Master's Degree in Economic Sciences, the applicant should integrate them as required by the Academic regulations.
The University system aims to allow students to complete their career within the legal duration of the course and to rapidly exercise their chosen profession. In addition, access to the Master's degree course requires prior basic knowledge of:

  • Business Management (accountancy, management);
  • Statistics;
  • Political Economic and Public Economics;
  • Corporate Law

The procedures for admission and verification of the curriculum of the candidate to enrol in the Master's Degree in Economic Sciences are decided by the University, as per the Academic Regulations of the Degree in Economic sciences. They include an online test to be carried out on the e-learning platform of the University.

Educational aims and course plan outline
The degree course in Economic Sciences aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge in the different disciplines related to economic, business, mathematical-statistical and juridical issues, using a multidisciplinary approach.
For this reason, the acquisition of a number of credits in the following sector is compulsory:
Political Economy (SECS-P/01), Economic Policy (SECS-P/02), Public Economics (SECS-P/03), Economic History (SECS-P/12), Political Economic Geography (M-GGR/02), Business Administration (SECS-P/07), Economics of Financial Intermediaries (SECS-P/11),

The strength of the course is the interaction between theoretical and practical knowledge, that can offer students various job opportunities, in particular in the public and private sectors or in national and international research institutions.
Additional activities such as internships and other activities in companies or institutions are compulsory, in order to improve students' language and IT skills.

As a final exam, the students must write and discuss a thesis, under the guidance of a supervisor.

Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and comprehension skills
Graduates in Economic Sciences have to achieve a solid background in business disciplines, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, and Law as well as a thorough understanding of the relevant concepts and an ability to make interdisciplinary connections.
The degree course aims to develop critical analysis skills and the conditions in which students can develop the concepts acquired. Students are given self-assessment tests during the course to evaluate their acquisition. In addition, students are invited to participate in research projects on topics chosen by the teacher to improve their knowledge on the discipline.
The course offers the opportunity to put theory and skills learned in the classroom into practice during the degree.

Graduates in Economic Sciences Economics will have extensive knowledge on:

  • functioning and interdependence between real markets and financial markets, both in national and international frameworks;
  • analysis of the economic and administrative accounting situation of companies;
  • study on the relationship between institutions and market;
  • innovative processes of production and marketing of goods.

Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension skills
Graduate students in Economic Sciences should have achieved a solid background in Business disciplines, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, and Law as well as a thorough understanding of the relevant concepts and an ability to make interdisciplinary connections. Students are given self-assessment tests during the course to evaluate their acquisition.
In addition, students are invited to participate in research projects on topics chosen by the teacher to improve their knowledge of the discipline. The overall assessment is carried out by means of oral and/or written examinations.
Graduates in Economic Sciences should be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a professional manner and should have also acquired expertise in the economic sphere.
These abilities are developed through:

  • training in virtual classrooms;
  • face-to-face seminars;
  • exercises;
  • direct experiences in the world of work, such as internships and project work.

Making judgements
Independence of Judgement

Graduate students in Economics should be able to analyse different business situations, to make a correct assessment of any problem that may arise, and to suggest decisions to address and solve them. They should have acquired a systematic overview of the tools and methods of analysis which enable them to address complex situations. This is achieved through exercises, group-work and role-playing simulations on specific case studies.

Communication skills
Graduate students in Economics should be able to communicate clearly and interact with the business and professional world. These skills are acquired during the course, both in the preparation of exams and in specific educational activities. The achievement of learning outcomes is principally tested by means of oral and/or written examinations and in the design and discussion of the thesis.

Learning skills
Graduates should have developed an appropriate level of flexibility in their interpretative and learning abilities, along with the analysis and scientific assessment of economic and business issues. Graduates should be able to use the knowledge, tools and methods acquired during their studies to develop their skills independently in their professional or research careers. They are capable of managing and updating their knowledge of the discipline.
Graduates in Economics should be able to:

  • work autonomously;
  • upgrade their knowledge;
  • identify the appropriate training tools and paths to achieve the expected goals.

Final exam
The final exam of the Laurea Magistrale in Economic Sciences consists in an original research, i.e., thesis dissertation, in Italian or English, prepared under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of the course, and it will be focusing on a subject related to the field of the course of study.