Minimal Entry Requirements

I.       A first (at least three-year) degree covering one or more of the humanities or social sciences and including at least 36 credits (ECTS or international equivalent) in one or more of the following areas:  demography, economics (not including business studies) and statistics; modern or contemporary history; political studies (including political philosophy) ; public, private or international law; sociology.

For students taking their first degree at an Italian University, these disciplinary areas are given official classifications (settori scientifici disciplinari). To view these classifications and other information for Italian applicants, click here. The admissions committee has no discretion regarding these classifications.

II.      Proficiency in the English language at the level of the European standard C1. Candidates are strongly advised to submit one of the following English language certificates with their application (this point does not apply to students who have completed a course of higher education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, or UK, or who can demonstrate, by means of certification from the relevant university, that their previous degree was taught and examined in English):

        TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT), with a score of at least 90;

        TOEFL Paper-based test (PBT), with a score of at least 570;

        IELTS (Academic version), with a score of at least 6.5;

        Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), Grade C;

       Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Grade C.

Candidates without an English language certificate at the time of application who satisfy the other minimal entry requirements will nevertheless be interviewed. If the admissions commitee is then satisfied that the student meets the minimal language requirement, it may decide to waive the requirement of the certificate. Otherwise, in the case of students who have applied by one of the first three deadlines, admission may be made conditional upon submission of the certificate by September.

In the case of students applying for the September deadline, the committee must either accept or reject the application on the basis of the candidate’s qualifications and the interview.

Applicants taking their first degree at an Italian University must have acquired at least 150 credits by the relevant application deadline.

The admissions committee will assess applicants’ academic qualifications (both overall and in the relevant disciplines), their academic potential in the relevant fields, and their level of English. Academic potential will be assessed in part through an interview (by skype or in person) held shortly after the relevant application deadline.