Admission requirements

Application and admissions: free.

The programme is intended for top-level international students.
Admission is based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent; a strong interest and/or previous studies in political science, sociology or related subjects; a sound knowledge of spoken and written English.

The evaluation process will take into consideration the applicants’ prior academic record, their motivation and performance through an interview (see below). 

Academic record

Are eligible for admission:

  • applicants who obtained their bachelor’s degrees from Italian Universities only if they hold a “laurea” degree belonging to any one of the “classi di laurea” (degree classes) listed below
  • applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities if they hold a bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, economics or other broadly related subjects (from history to philosophy,and so on), provided that their bachelor’s degree may be regarded as equivalent to one of the Italian “laurea” degrees listed below.

Degree classes - Classi di Laurea
Filosofia (L-05); Lingue e Culture Moderne (L-11); Mediazione Linguistica (L-12); Scienze dei Servizi Giuridici (L-14); Scienze dell'Amministrazione dell'Organizzazione (L-16); Scienze dell'Economia e della Gestione Aziendale (L-18); Scienze della Comunicazione (L-20); Scienze Economiche (L-33); Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali (L-36); Scienze Sociali per la Cooperazione, lo Sviluppo e la Pace (L-37); Scienze del Servizio Sociale (L-39); Sociologia (L-40); Statistica (L-41); Storia (L-42).


Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. They must have earned at least 9 ECTS credits or equivalent in statistics. The ECTS credit value of foreign applicants’ undergraduate studies will be assessed by the GPS admissions committee.
    • Applicants holding an Italian bachelor’s degree must have earned the required credits within the set of admissible “settori scientifico-disciplinari” (disciplinary scientific sectors): SECS-S/01 Statistica; SECS-S/03 Statistica economica o SECS-S/05 Statistica sociale;
    • Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities should exhibit a comparable academic record or competence in statistics.
  2. Non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English, either by showing they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where the language of instruction is English, or during the interview. The possessing of a IELTS or TOEFL will also be taken into account. At least a B2 level language knowledge of English is required.

Motivation letter
When entering their application, applicants shall upload a letter where they explain their motivation for joining the programme. The personal statement is an opportunity to illustrate whether personal reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Students meeting the minimum requirements are invited for an interview (in English) with the Admissions Committee, composed of members appointed by the Teaching Board. The interview, which can also be carried out remotely, is aimed at verifying candidates’ skills and as well as their knowledge of the English Language equivalent to the B2 level.

Applicants, both foreign and Italian holding a bachelor’s degree or expecting to obtain it by December 31st, 2019, must apply for admission to the GPS programme according to deadlines listed below.
Non EU Applicants from outside Italy holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree or expecting to obtain it by December 31st, 2019, must submit a pre-application at the Italian Embassy of their own country.


Application period: from 03-10-2020 to 07-06-2020
Enrolment period: from 04-15-2020 to 09-30-2020

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:

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including: