This page provides information about admission requirements specific for the MSc in Economics. Note that there are differences in the procedure to be followed by candidates holding an Italian Laurea degree and candidates (defined "international students") holding a degree from a non-Italian university.

To be admitted to the MSc in Economics, candidates should possess:

  • skills and competencies in mathematics and statistics;
  • notions of micro and macroeconomics at an intermediate level;
  • basic skills in econometrics;
  • a certified English skill of level B2.

Normally, students admitted hold a three-year degree (B.A.) in economics, or a in business with strong quantitative competencies. Students with a B.A. in other social sciences can be admitted if they show to possess good competencies in economics.

Students with a strong background in mathematics and statistics may be admitted even if they have no previous training in economics.

Candidates can be admitted on the basis of their GRE score in the quantitative section (a score equal or higher than 760, though not strictly required, is recommended).



The following information are specific for students holding an Italian Laurea degree. More detailed information on the procedure are available here (in Italian).

Required Laurea degree

Admission is possible for students holding an Italian laurea degree in one of the following classes (as defined by DM 270/2004):

  • L-18 Scienze dell’economia e della gestione aziendale
  • 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

Students with a degree in a class not included in the list above, or defined by pre-2004 Italian legislation, can consult Art. 7 of the Regolamento didattico (see Appendix here) for a complete list of admissible degrees.

Assessment of skills and competencies

The application is evaluated by an Examining Board, which checks that the requisites for admission are satisfied and assesses the candidate's skills and competencies.

Candidates may be required to sit for a written exam and/or an interview, aimed at verifying their skills and competencies (a list of topics and textbooks is available at the link specified below)

The exam/interview is waived (“Ammissione diretta”) if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  • the candidate has obtained a minimum of 36 ECTS in economic disciplines: SECS-P/01 Economia politica; SECS-P/02 Politica economica; SECS-P/03 Scienza delle finanze; SECS-P/05 Econometria; SECS-P/06 Economia applicata; SECS-P/12 Storia economica
  • the candidate has obtained a minimum of 28 ECTS in quantitative disciplines: SECS-S/01 Statistica; SECS-S/03 Statistica economica; SECS-S/04 Demografia; SECS-S/05 Statistica sociale; SECS-S/06 Metodi matematici dell’economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie; MAT/02 Algebra; MAT/05 Analisi matematica; MAT/06 Probabilità e statistica matematica; MAT/09 Ricerca operativa
  • the average grade obtained in each of the two groups of disciplines is 26/30 or higher.

Remark: the exam is always mandatory if the final grade in the previous laurea degree is below 95/110.


International students wishing to enrol in the MSc in Economics must submit their application through the on-line application form (link below). An Enrolment Committee will assess the candidate's competencies and skills.

Candidates are required to hold a three-year degree (B.A.) in economics, or a in business with strong quantitative competencies. Students with a B.A. in other social sciences can be admitted if they show to possess good competencies in economics. A strong background in mathematics and statistics is appreciated.

The Enrolment Committee will evaluate the applications periodically: you will be notified about acceptance within two months from your application.

On-line application for 2nd cycle degree programmes at the University of Siena for international students

Entry Exam

The entrance exam will be held on:

June 28 at 3pm
September 12 at 3pm
October 10 at 3pm
November 28 at 3pm
January 9 at3pm

The Commission for Economics will be composed of Prof. Massimo D'Antoni and Prof. Alberto Dalmazzo