How to graduate in Economics and public policy

To graduate with a master degree a student must obtain at least 120 credits.

A student obtains credits awarded in the final exam following discussion of the master degree thesis, which is a piece of original work drawn up by the student under the guidance of a lecturer who performs the role of supervisor.

A student is admitted to the final exam:
after having completed at least the credits relating to the exams in the curricular courses, both obligatory and those freely chosen as per the regulations for each course, and 3 University credits regarding training activities for the preparation of the thesis (present in a number of second-cycle degree courses, certified by the course director); 
when their supervisor considers that the thesis drawn up is satisfactory and signs the title page.

If an internship is included in the master degree course, it is aimed at preparing for the degree thesis and does not give rise, in itself, to the recognition of credits. In addition, such internship must be organised in such a way as to allow the student to combine their study and thesis preparation with the work activities performed in the relevant organisation.

Assignment of the thesis
A student may request the assignment of a topic for the second-cycle degree thesis and of a supervisor when a maximum of 15 credits are missing for completion of their studies (obligatory and free choice exams).

Students are assessed by an appropriate commission, appointed by the faculty board for each second-cycle degree course. The thesis topic and the name of the supervisor (involving an up-to-date review of theses assigned) are assigned for the purpose of:

a) allowing for a fair distribution of teaching commitments between course lecturers;
b) avoiding excessive periods of time for the completion of a thesis and the obsolescent nature of certain theses.
Every second-cycle degree course has its own rules regarding the procedures for assigning students degree theses to be prepared, as described below.

Access to the final exam: rules and deadlines
In order to be admitted to the final exam students have to:

  1.  access the ESSE3 reserved area  and fill in the online Graduation application form at least a month before their graduation application
  2. Upload their theses to Morethesis (see instructions)
  3. Hand in the following documents ( at least  21 days before Graduation) to the Registrar’s Office     (Vi a Università  4):
  • A printed copy  of the Graduation application form  filled in online, completed with a revenue stamp and  signed by the thesis supervisor
  • Thesis frontispiece and declaration of thesis  electronic filing
  • Embargo modules, if any
  • Receipt certifying online filling in of Alma Laurea Questionnaire

Students who do not want their data  to be inserted into Alma Laurea database must declare it by filling in the online form in the “Domanda di Laurea” (Graduation Application)section.

All exams must be taken within 21 days of the first graduation session. For any information, send an email to

If students wish to use slides while presenting their dissertations, they must send their files (with name and surname) via email to Mrs Aurelia De Siena by  midday of the day  before the beginning of the graduation session (it is usually on Wednesday). Name, surname, telephone number are requested, moreover, in  the subject line the phrase “Invio file presentazione tesi di laurea” must be written. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent.

As an alternative, students may hand in their CDs or any storage devices to the  West Wing Reception Desk, by  midday of the day  before the beginning of the graduation session.

The following formats can be used: Microsoft Powerpoint (.pps. ppsx ppt. pptx), Adobe (.pdf) and Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx).

The use of USB pendrives during the presentation is not allowed. 

The final exam: mark
A mark of up to 6 points out of 110 are assigned by the Degree Commission in the final exam; in the event of theses of a particularly high standard, attested in writing by the supervisor, the Commission may attribute a higher mark, up to a maximum of 10 out of 110.

The final mark for the second-cycle degree is established by summing this mark with the “base” mark, calculated as an average of the marks awarded in the exams on obligatory subjects and in the exams on chosen subjects, weighted for the credits awarded over the second-cycle degree course.

If the credits awarded for free choice subjects exceed those provided for in the regulations for the course of study, they are considered the best marks regarding credits provided for.

If the final mark reaches or exceeds 110 one hundred and tenths, the Commission considers the possibility of assigning “honours”.

Certain second-cycle degrees may be assigned a number of bonuses, which increase the base average to which the marks from the final exam are added.

Some information on the format of the thesis
While the students are free to choose the format of their thesis, a minimum page size is, nevertheless required: at least 24 lines of at least 65 characters.

Those students writing with computerised means may use the following specifications:
• the character type is Times New Roman or similar;
• the dimension of the character is 12 points;
• the line spacing is 1.5 and no more (if anything, less, for example, exactly 15 points);
• the page dimension is A4 (29.7 cm - 21 cm);
• the distance from the margins of the page must not be less than 2 cm and not greater than 3 cm, except for the left-hand margin, which can also be 3.5 cm to facilitate binding.

Students are advised to submit theses written on both sides of the page, using, if possible, recycled paper.