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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Public Policies and Administration

Would you like to build a set of professional skills to contribute to your community? Are you interested in working in the civil service, for your local authority or to improve public services at an international level? Would you like to study in a trilingual programme with a strong international orientation?

Course description

This master educates and trains future managers and professionals of public institutions, chambers of commerce, publicly-owned companies or charities, as well as of private enterprises that have business relationships with public entities. These professionals have to face an everyday reality that is getting increasingly complex and that requires a diverse set of skills. This course provides you with the legal, statistical-economic and management tools you need to do so.

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At a glance

Italian degree class: LM-63
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 50 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: ca. € 1350 per year

Structure of the course

The modules offered in this Master include disciplines from the legal, economic, organisational-managerial and data analysis fields.

After a common first year, the course consists of two streams:

  • Public Policies – focused on the analysis of the motivations and instruments of public policies and on the economic-quantitative techniques used to evaluate their effects;
  • Public Administration – focused on the implementation of public policies from a legal-administrative and managerial point of view.

The multidisciplinary perspective is evident in the choice of subjects from which you can choose, including: Public Sector Economics, Public Sector Management and Organisation, Public and Administrative Law, Public Sector Statistics.

These short videos show some of the issues dealt with during the courses.

Courses include workshops, group work, case studies, guest lectures and study trips (e.g. to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and to the Constitutional Court in Rome) to sharpen students' problem-solving and team-work skills and put them in touch with the concrete issues that public sector managers are called upon to address in their daily work.


Degree Course director: Prof. Alexander Moradi (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Alion Dalipi

Exchange programmes and internships

We currently offer exchange programmes with partner universities around the world and cooperate with an extensive network of companies for internships in Italy or abroad. Attendance in Bozen-Bolzano can be combined with an exchange with a foreign university, in Europe or elsewhere.

During the two years of the programme, you will also complete an internship of at least 100 hours in the local administrations, in the Chambers of Commerce, in public companies (e.g. health, transport, school), in non-profit organizations or in European or international organizations, depending on the availability of places and your preferences.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working in management positions in government organisations - local, national and international - in state-run companies, charities and private companies that provide services and products to government organisations.

If you already have a job, you can strengthen and widen your knowledge and skills in order to progress further in your career. If you are interested in postgraduate education, you can apply for a PhD after finishing this programme.

You will be well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

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Matthias Cologna

Chamber of Commerce of Bozen-Bolzano

"This master's degree has given me the opportunity to learn about the economic, managerial and legal challenges of the Public Sector and to explore how to find innovative answers by managing the public good in the best possible way. A close relationship with professors and fellow students, the trilingual environment and seminars with experts from various fields, have further enriched my learning experience and made my studies a truly stimulating time. In addition, I was given the opportunity to do my internship at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Rome and after graduation I worked at the Bank of Italy: in short, if you are passionate about the challenges of the public sector then this is the right master for you!"


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From March you can book a tour of the Bozen-Bolzano campus with one of our Student Ambassadors and have the chance to visit unibz and get a glimpse of your future student life.

Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 27/04/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17/03/2023 (registration: 1-10/03/2023) and 13 - 14 and 17 - 18 - 19/04/2023 (registration: 23/03-03/04/2023)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 16/05/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 25/05/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 12/07 - 13/10/2023 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 17/05 - 18/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 26/06 - 01/07/2023 (registration: 17/05 - 18/06/2023)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 04/08/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 22/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from publication of ranking lists - 13/10/2023 (by noon local time) 

Super Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 20/09 - 29/09/2023 (by noon local time)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 13/10/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 20/10/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: by 20/10/2023 (by noon local time)

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 04 - 22/09/2023 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Mathematics pre-course: 25/09 - 06/10/2023
Freshers Days: 02 - 03/10/2023

1st semester

Classes: 02/10 - 23/12/2023
Exams (extraordinary session): 14 - 22/12/2023
Holidays: 24/12/2022 - 07/01/2024
Classes: 08/01 - 27/01/2024
Exams: 29/01 - 24/02/2024

2nd semester

Classes: 04/03 - 28/03/2024
Holidays: 29/03 - 01/04/2024
Classes: 02/04 - 15/06/2024
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 25/05/2024
Exams: 17/06 - 13/07/2024

Autumn session

Exams: 26/08 - 29/09/2023

The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).

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