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Profile Economics

The Economics program is intended to equip students with the main tools of the professional economist, aiming to work in the private sector as well as in research institutions, banks, governments, central banks, international organizations. The curriculum is entirely taught in English and represents the University’s flagship course in Economics. The program is equivalent to a two-year Master of Science in Economics and emphasizes analytical thinking, problem solving and advanced quantitative methods.

The first year of the program focuses on the foundations of economics and quantitative analysis. The second year is devoted to field courses that will expose students to recent developments at the frontier of economic research in a variety of topics. In the last part of the second year students will work on their final dissertation.

The skills acquired throughout the program prepare students to pursue their careers both in academia, through further education at Ph.D. level, as well as in the labour market as applied economists in firms, banks and institutions. For this purpose, the curriculum offers an internship program developed jointly with economic research institutions mostly located in the Milan area, where students have the opportunity to work as applied economists on real world economic issues, as well as meeting prospective employers (recent partners include: Intesa San Paolo, Nomisma, REF, Ipsos, and others). Finally, for those students interested in pursuing a PhD career, the University’s Department of Economics and Finance offers Research Assistantship positions to work on current research projects alongside faculty members.

First year

Microeconomics - 8 ects

Macroeconomics - 8 ects

Mathematics for economics analysis - 8 ects

Empirical economics - 8 ects

Statistical modelling - 8 ects

Two Business courses (GDA) among the following:
Public management, Supply chain management, Performance measurement, Corporate governance and social responsibility, Business communication - 16 ects

One Law course (GDG) among the following:
Transnational business law, Principles of financial regulation - 8 ects

Second year

Three Economics courses (GDE) among the following:
Monetary economics and asset pricing, International economics, Political and public economics, Industrial organization, Labor economics, Policy evaluation, Political economy of the European Union - 24 ects

One of the following (student’s choice subject to approval) (1): a course in Economics (GDE) or Internship programme or a course among:
Quantitative methods for finance, International corporate finance, Corporate finance (options, futures and derivatives), Project management, Applied statistics and big data (business analytics) or a course in Business (GDA) or a course in Law (GDG) - 8 ects

Final Dissertation - 24 ects


(1) Besides the lists reported above, students can propose an elective course among any of the other courses taught in English. The submitted proposal must be in line with the aim of the program and must be approved by the program coordinator.

Duration 2 years
Intake 40
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from candidates with a quantitative background and knowledge in Economics. Details and conditions are available in the Application Requirements and Procedures section.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to have either:

  • a TOEFL iBT overall score of at least 83 to 85.
  • Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0 to 6.5.
  • Other language certificates may be accepted (full list available here).
  • Successfully completed a degree program taught in English.

Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Faculty members are internationally recognized economists.

Each course’s contact hours are approximately 60 hours. This includes sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Some courses give students the opportunity to improve their skills through both tutorials and Computer/laboratory sessions.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of a written and/or oral exam. Depending on the course, classroom presentations, problem sets, and take-home assignments will contribute to the final grade.

Learning objectives, course content, teaching and assessment method vary: please see individual courses programs for further details.

RA and internship programs are held in the second year of the program, typically in 3rd term (exact dates may vary). The two programs are alternative to each other, but share common features:

  • minimum duration of 10 weeks between April and July
  • 8 CFU/ECTS
  • Eligibility: at least 26/30 GPA – 40 CFU
  • Aim: exploit and put into practice the set of competencies acquired during the course of studies


Research assistantship program is targeted to students interested in academic research. Students attending the program will be given the opportunity to work with a member of the Department of Economics and Finance on an ongoing research project. Topics of the project range across different fields in economics and may be empirical as well as theoretical.


The internship program is targeted to students interested in pursuing a particular professional career in national and international firms, private and public national and international institutions, research institutions, banks and financial institutions. Partner institution include, among others, IRS (Istituto per la ricerca Sociale – Institute for Social Research), Nomisma, REF Ricerche, Intesa San Paolo research unit, Ipsos, Assolombarda, Ispra Joint Research Center (European Commission).

The program offers the opportunity to spend a term or a full year abroad in a partner Institution. The full list of partner institutions and information on application procedures can be found here

The program is now at its ninth edition and to date has performed very well in terms of placement in the labour market (European Central Bank, Eurizon, Deloitte, Oxford Policy Management, Intesa San Paolo, Chatham House, REF Ricerche, Deutsche Bundesbank) and in academia (some of our students are now completing their Ph.D. at Brown University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, University of Nottingham, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and include winners of prestigious scholarships granted by the Bank of Italy).

The university offers various sessions/events on career guidance. The Career Service organizes meeting with companies, one-to-one career advice, job interview simulations, and a continuously updated list of available job postings. For detailed information on internships and job postings, as well as the full list of services provided by the Career Service click here.

Luca, Ph.D. Candidate at Goethe University Frankfurt and research assistant at Deutsche Bundesbank

“The LM Economics program substantially broadened my knowledge of economics. In particular, I attended yearly courses in theoretical as well as computational econometrics, where I learnt how to program and perform statistical analysis in R. The knowledge I gained proved to be crucial for developing my thesis in econometrics, which I mostly developed at Copenhagen University thanks to the International Thesis Scholarship provided by the Catholic University.”

Francesco, Ph.D. Candidate at Brown University and winner of the Bonaldo Stringher Scholarship

“The LM Economics program provided me with a set of analytical and theoretical tools that allowed me to be admitted in one of the top 10 PhD programs worldwide. I have had the chance to meet some of the leaders in the field of economics thanks to the excellent research environment.”

Luca, Analyst at Bank of Italy and winner of the Bonaldo Stringher Scholarship

“Thanks to the Premiers Scholars Program sponsored by Università Cattolica, I had the chance to spend a term at the University of Chicago, which proved to be crucial for my future career development. After completing my PhD in Economics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona financed by the Bonaldo Stringher Scholarship, I started working at the division of advanced economies at international finance at the  Department of Economics of Bank of Italy.”

Camilla, Trainee at the European Central Bank

“The LM Economics program endowed me with the necessary skills needed to work as data analyst, one of the most in-demand occupations of the coming years. The courses I followed   provided me with sound economic background, which facilitated my professional career in a diverse and multicultural environment.”

Lorenzo, LM Economics graduate December 2018

“Università Cattolica formed me as a person, even before than a student. I had the chance to study abroad (Australia) for one term during the first year of the LM program in Economics.  I developed countless personal connections with incredibly skilled students, both locals and Internationals, attended classes with terrific professors, and studied very hard. Knowing this, I decided to keep my expectations very high, and started applying for jobs overseas. After dozens of applications and a few interviews, I got my opportunity: a sales manager position for a company headquartered in Italy with a sales office in New Jersey.”

Applicants holding a B.Sc from an Italian university click here 
Applicants holding a B.Sc from a non-Italian university click here

Please visit the section Tuition fees and Scholarship for 2-year graduate programs for detailed information.

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