Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Profile Economics

The curriculum is entirely taught in English and represents the University’s flagship course in Economics. The programme is equivalent to a two-year Master of Science in Economics. It provides students with a solid training in Economics emphasizing rigorous analytical thinking and advanced quantitative methods. Faculty members are internationally recognized economists. Our aim is to train economists suited both for academic and non-academic careers.

During the first year, students will study the foundations of economics and quantitative analysis, whereas the second year is devoted to field courses that will expose them to recent developments at the frontier of economic research in a variety of topics. At the end of the second year students will work on their final dissertation.

Besides taught courses, the curriculum also offers an internship programme with either economic research institutions located in the Milan area or within the University’s Department of Economics and Finance, where student are offered the opportunity of working as applied economists on real world economic issues, as well as meeting prospective employers.

The skills acquired through the Economics programme prepare students to pursue their careers both in academia through further education at the PhD level as well as in the labour market as applied economists in firms, banks and institutions.

The programme is now at its eighth edition and so far it has performed very well in terms of placement in the labour market (World Bank, Bank of Italy, Eurizone, Deloitte, Oxford Policy Management, Intesa San Paolo, Chatham House) and in the academia (some of our students are now completing their PhDs at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, University of Nottingham, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and at Cattolica itself, and include winners of prestigious scholarships granted by the Bank of Italy).


  • 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, Change management, Cross cultural management - 16 ects
  • One Law course (GDG) among the following: Transnational business law, Principles of financial regulation - 8 ects


  • 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

¹Besides 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.