Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

a) Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies at foreign universities are eligible for admission if they hold a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, or other broadly related subjects (from history to industrial engineering, from management to mathematics, from philosophy to sociology, and so on).

b) All candidates holding a different bachelor’s degree must have earned at least 6 ECTS credits  economics and/ or mathematics/ statistics. The ECTS credit value of foreign applicants’ undergraduate studies will be assessed by the MLS admissions committee. Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies at foreign universities should exhibit a comparable academic record or competence in logic, statistics and mathematics.

c) Non-native speakers of English must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English either by showing they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where the language of instruction is English, or by possessing a certification which proves one of the following that they possess a B2 level within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (see here a comparison table for other certifications).

d) All candidates shall complete an online test to ascertain their knowledge. The test is composed of multiple choice questions. The link to the test will be sent by email to candidates AFTER they apply and their applications are validated formally (which might take one to two weeks). Candidates need to prepare on the following topics:

  • Labour Economics
  • Labour Law
  • Sociology of Work
  • Social and Work Policies
  • Organization Theory & Design
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Beahvior

Candidates can prepare on the following textbooks:

1. Labour Economics

George Borjas, Labor economics, McGraw Hill 2012 

2. Labour Law

A. S. Bronstein (2009), International and comparative labour law: current challenges, Palgrave Macmillan

3. Sociology of Work

R. Swedberg (2003), Principles of Economic Sociology, Princeton UP

C. Trigilia (2002), Economic sociology: State, Market and Society in Modern Capitalism, Wiley.

4. Social and Work Policies

Francis G. Castles, Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis, Herbert Obinger, and Christopher Pierson (Eds.) (2010), The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Oxford University Press, in particular parts V (Policies) and VII (Worlds of Welfare)

A. Hemerijck (2012), Changing Welfare States, Oxford University Press.

5. Organization Theory and Design

Daft, R., L. (2010). Organizational Theory and Design. South-Western Cengage Learning.

Morgan, G. (2006). Images of Organization. SAGE Publication.

6.Strategic Human Resources 

Dessler, G. (2015). Human Resource Management, 14th Edition. Pearson Edition.

7. Organizational Behaviour 

Schultz D. & Schults S.E. (2010). Motivation, Job Satisfaction and Job Involvement. Psychology and Work Today (pp. 180-205). Tenth Edition. Pearson Edition.

e) Applicants shall:

  • prepare a letter where they explain their motivation for joining the programme, and
  • request (at least) one recommendation letter, which describes past academic or professional accomplishments, identifies strengths and weaknesses, evaluates the candidate in terms of academic (or professional) performance, commitment, and teamwork.

f) All documents will need to be uploaded as part of the application process. You can find detailed information here.

g) Admissions will be continuous during the Admission window (Feb 5th – Sep 14th). Final decisions will be communicated with the following calendar:

  1. Max 10 candidates admitted within Apr 30th
  2. Max 10 candidates admitted within May 31st
  3. Max 20 candidates admitted within Jun 30th
  4. Max 15 candidates admitted Sep 14th

Once approved, candidates shall wait for the enrolment window. Further details can be found on the Admission website for the University of Milan at Deadline are summarised at this page

Admission will rely on a combined score which takes into consideration the results of the online test, curriculum, motivation letter and recommendation letter(s).

How to Apply
Applications for the coming Academic Year open between March 1st 2019 till September 13th 2019. There could be another window for Italian students between September and December 2018, but it is not granted. However, we strongly advise international students to complete the admission procedure by June in order to be able to address visa issues in time for the starting of courses.

The website for applying is here.

[Note: once logged into the Online Services portal (SIFA), you have to proceed through the second link “Master programmes without entrance examination” and then select the course you want to apply for.]

The detailed description of fees can be found here. University enrollment fees vary from a minimum of about 693 Euros to a maximum of about 3,950 Euros to be paid in two installments:
• the first, of about 693 Euros, is the same for all students and must be paid by the date of enrolment;
• the second, which varies according to the student’s economic situation, must be paid by May 2020.