Admission requirements

They can access the second cycle degree course in Data Science and Economics, graduates with a degree awarded in Italy (ex d. 270/04) of the following classes:

l-7 Ingegneria civile e ambientale
l-8 Ingegneria dell'informazione
l-9 Ingegneria industriale
l-16 Scienze dell'amministrazione e dell'organizzazione
l-18 Scienze dell'economia e della gestione aziendale
l-20 Scienze della comunicazione
l-30 Scienze e tecnologie fisiche
l-31 Scienze e tecnologie informatiche
l-32 Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e la natura
l-33 Scienze economiche
l-35 Scienze matematiche
l-36 Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali
l-37 Scienze sociali per la cooperazione, lo sviluppo e la pace
l-41 Statistica

and students with a degree awarded in Italy (ex dm 509/99) in the equivalent classes to those listed above.
A verification of the minimum access requirements is foreseen in the measure of:

12 CFUs in the area of computer science and mathematics, disciplinary sectors: MAT-01 - MAT-09, INF-01, ING-INF/05
12 CFUs in the area of economic and statistical sciences, subject areas: SECS-S/01, SECS-P/05, SECS-P/01, SECS-P/02, SECS-P/07, SECS-P/08

In particular, the preparation required for the computer and mathematics area includes: general mathematics, linear algebra, programming and basic computer science; for the economic-statistical area: inferential statistics, basic econometrics, basic microeconomics, basic macroeconomics and elements of business sciences.

The possession of linguistic skills at least at B2 level in the English language is a requirement for access.
Candidates can prove their English language knowledge by presenting:
a certificate, at least level B2, of proven international validity (e.g., TOELF, IELTS, etc.);
a certificate attesting a B2 level test organized within the University;
a certification attesting a higher education qualification (bachelor) obtained in English;
a certification certifying the achievement of a university exam or English language qualification at least level B2, clearly stating the level achieved;
a certification attesting the achievement of at least 60 ECTS in teaching activities carried out in English during the university course in Italy or through international mobility programs.
Minimum curricular requirements cannot be considered as a verification of personal competencies and skills, which is mandatory. Admission is conditional on the assessment of the personal qualification by the Admission Board, whose member are appointed by the Faculty Board Collegio Didattico.
Assessment of personal competencies and skills is based on academic curriculum
(quality of the previous degree as well as the average grade obtained in the bachelor program. Grades obtained in mathematics, statistics, computer science and economics courses are also part of the evaluation) and choice coherence (coherence between the academic curriculum and/or activities previously carried out and the learning objectives of the MSc in Data Science and Economcis).
The Admission Board reserves the possibility to request the applicant an oral interview or written text for admission, held in English language and exclusively done via electronic devices (eg.: via skype or other platforms). The oral interview is aimed at verifying the individual preparation mentioned above. A complete detailed list of topics that may be requested during the interview is published on the website.

Students with a foreign qualification are also required to ascertain the basic requirements equivalent to the minimum requirements for students with an Italian qualification.

The master's degree program also reserves the right to evaluate the possible inclusion of a programmed number, determined from year to year by the competent academic bodies, after evaluation of the structural, instrumental and personnel resources available for the functioning of the same.

Applicants must obtain the bachelor degree by 31st December 2021.


Application for admission: from 12/03/2021 to 30/06/2021

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2021 to 15/01/2022

Please note

Admitted students who have already graduated must enroll by 30 September 2021, while those who will achieve the qualification or requirements set by 31 December 2021 must enroll by 15 January 2022.

Prospective students and applicants are invited to read the FAQ document prepared by the DSE Faculty with the cooperation of DSE students.


The application must be submitted online, through the proper “Admission” (see at the bottom of this page). Before that, you have to login into the system, by following the instructions provided at this page.

  1. Fill out the application form;
  2. Submit the documents demanded:
    • Standard documentation: (i) degree certificate and (ii) transcripts attesting exams taken, grades and credits (ECTS/CFU) in English or Italian;
    • Passport/ID card;
    • A short CV;
    • English language certification (IELTS, TOEFL, University exams);
  3. Pay the application fee. The payment form is available at the end of the application procedure. Online payments via credit cards are allowed.

Please note: incomplete or multiple submissions will not be considered.

CV recommended format

Curriculum Vitae should preferably be submitted in the recommended format below (formats: PDF, Word, OpenOffice)

Recommended CV template
  1. The members of the Admission Board verify if the candidate meets the entry requirements;
  2. Verified the entry requirements, the Admission Board will assess the qualifications and will decide whether to admit or reject or ask the candidate for an interview (via Skype or other electronic means);
  3. The candidate will receive the letter of admission/rejection, through the students’ application portal .
  4. In case of admission, the applicant will be able to proceed with enrolment and pay the annual fees. As soon as the procedure opens, we kinldy suggest proceeding with the enrollment

Some applicants may be requested an interview (via Skype or Teams). The interview aims at ascertaining the applicants’ personal knowledge, competences, and skills in the core areas of the DSE programme.

Interviews are generally carried out in June for VISA applicants and in July for non-VISA applicants.

For an idea of the appropriate level of knowledge, competences, and skills, candidates may consider the arguments listed in the PDF file.

In order to review the required skills and competences, candidates can consider the following books, or other on-line resources.


Knut Sydsæter, Peter Hammond, Arne Strøm, Andrés Carvajal - Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis - Pearson (5th edition) 2016, Chap: 1-9 (Calculus I), 15-16 (Vector and Matrices).


Varian H. (2009) Intermediate Microeconomics. A Modern Approach, 8th edition, Norton, New York, N.Y. Chapters: 1-6; 10; 12; 14-16; 18-28.

Blanchard O. (2010) Macroeconomics, 5th edition, Pearson Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2010.

Statistics and Econometrics

Trosset M.W. (2009) An introduction to statistical inference and its applications with R, CRC Press. Chapters: 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14.

One of the following two options:

  • Stock J., Watson M. (2010) Introduction to Econometrics, Part I-III, 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley, Pearson
  • R. Carter Hill, William E. Griffiths, Guay C. Lim., Principles of econometrics, 4th ed., Wiley, 2011

Computer Science

J. Farrell. Programming Logic and Design, Comprehensive (8th ed.). Delmar Learning, 2014. Chapters: 1-6.

T.H. Cormen, C.E. Leiserson, R.L. Rivest. Introduction to Algorithms. 3rd Edition, MIT Press, 2009. Parts I-III and VI.

P. Atzeni, S. Ceri, S. Paraboschi, R. Torlone. Database Systems – Concepts, Languages and Architectures. Mc-Graw Hill, available on-line at Chapters: 1, 2, 4 (only 4.1 and 4.2).

One of the following two options:

DSE interview - list of arguments

Students who decide to study in Italy often find themselves thrown into a system and a culture which are very different from those of their own countries; they must also deal with unfamiliar and, at times, complex bureaucratic procedures.

At our University they can now count on the Welcome Desk a service designed for students, doctoral students and interns who have come to Milan for the first time, but also to those who already live in the city and need to verify the validity of academic qualifications obtained abroad in order to enrol on one of our courses.

The Welcome Desk is aimed to be the international students’ point of reference for all the initial necessities of their new adventure in Milan and at the University.


Welcome Desk
via S. Sofia, 9/1 – 20122 Milan

The office only receives by appointment. Book through the Infostudenti service, selecting ‘First year international students’ from the drop-down menu.
Applicants who are not enrolled, yet, can register to the service..

Further information

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

  • lowering for students who meet high merit requirements 
  • fixed amounts calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group for those with income/property abroad
  • support for students who have political refugee status.

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

L’Ateneo fornisce inoltre una serie di agevolazioni economiche a favore dei propri studenti con requisiti particolari (merito, condizioni economiche o personali, studenti internazionali) come: