Master’s degree courses
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2 years
Department of Economics

Course description

The master program in Global Entrepreneurship, Economics and Management (GEEM) aims at providing wanna-be managers, entrepreneurs and analysts with in-depth skills in management, innovation, internationalization, and economics.

Globalization and innovation are the dominant traits in the current market scenario. In this respect, GEEM provides students with a unique mix of managerial and economic competences and skills.

Job opportunities might be found in large and multinational companies, SMEs, startups, international/transnational/domestic/regional economic organizations. During the two-year program students will have frequent in-depth interactions with executives and managers from different companies and organizations, through workshops, laboratories, and stages.

The program is articulated in two curricula:

  • International Business and Entrepreneurship (IBE), tailored to international management and entrepreneurship.
  • Economics of innovation (EI), focused on applied economics.

The course also offers opportunity of double degrees and student exchange programs. In particular, the GEEM is characterized by:

  • A double degree program with the University of Jena, Germany
  • A double degree program with the University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • A double degree program with the University of Bordeaux, France
  • A double degree program with the Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany 
  • A double degree program with the Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • A student exchange with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), India

Curriculum: International Business and Entrepreneurship (IBE) - Coordinator Professor Alberto Onetti

The curriculum in International Business and Entrepreneurship (IBE) aims at providing students with the managerial tools required by companies operating in the international markets. Globalization, Entrepreneurship and Innovation are key competitive factors for all companies–both SMEs and large and multinational companies–and industries, both mature and innovative.
The course provides a unique set of managerial and entrepreneurial competences and skills that can open multiple career opportunities (either as executive and/or consultant/entrepreneur). Specifically, the program provides advanced knowledge in:

  • entrepreneurship and innovation/startup management
  • international business and international marketing
  • business modeling
  • fundraising and business planning
  • corporate and venture finance,
  • human resources and information systems
  • international trade law.

Curriculum: Economics of innovation (EI) - Coordinator Professor Raffaello Seri

The curriculum in Economics of Innovation (EI) provides a qualified learning track in applied research topics on Innovation Economics and International Economics. Specifically, the program provides advanced knowledge in:

  • industrial economics,
  • innovation processes and interaction between firms
  • markets and institutions in a context of increasing international competition.

Students in Economics of Innovation are trained to become applied analysts in dynamic innovative business sectors
and in local and international institutions and organizations. The skills acquired during the program will enable graduates to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economic environment from a macroeconomic perspective (economic growth and international integration) with a high-level knowledge of microeconomic mechanisms (new technologies, new markets, new customers and suppliers, international business and de-localization).

Degree classification: Management
Presidente del Consiglio di corso: ALBERTO ONETTI
Credits: 120

What you need to know

  • 100% English 
  • DD Programs
  • International environment
  • Exchange programs in emerging countries

Enrolment to the Master Degree Course GEEM is without a selecting entry test.

Students can apply on-line at the webpage of the Students Registrar Office (Segreteria studenti), according to the rules and administrative dead-lines

  • Students with an Italian BA belonging to the sections listed in the Manifesto degli Studi can enroll provided  they got a minimum final BA mark 85/110.  The Coordinators  will evaluate the requisites and if it is necessary fix an appointment before the formal enrolment in order to give suggestions about the gaps to be plugged, if any.
  • Italian and Eu students with a foreign BA have to be evaluated before the enrolment. They must ask the Diploma Supplement of their BA (if they graduated in an European university) or the Diclaration of Value of their BA and High School certificates (in case the European University can’t issue a Diplome Supplement or if they graduated in an extra-EU university).
  • Extra Eu students with a foreign BA can apply according to the rules and administrative dead-lines of the Students Registrar Office. A committee will evaluate their requisites. Extra Eu students need an official admission letter before applying for a VISA for study reasons. International students can be accepted according to the maximum number established by the Dept. of Economics.

If you are a EU National, you may stay in Italy for as long as you like: you only need a passport or ID card.
If you are a NON-EU National, you'll have to carry out some formalities.

Foreign Students’ Office 
Gabriella Franchi e-mail: foreign.students.eco@uninsubria.it 

Curricula and study plans

To consult teaching courses of previous Academic Years, at the top of this page click on "Course data sheet", then choose the Academic Year of your enrollment and click on "Study plans".

Opportunities and support

This course offers you the opportunity to attain a Double degree.

For information on scholarships and other benefits, consult:


Applications for Degree seekers a.y. 2024/2025

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Do you think that this course fits you? Enroll and start studying with us!

Attending classes

First semester

  • Classes
    from October 2nd to December 21st, 2023
  • Exam period
    from January 8th to February 10th, 2024

Second semester

  • Classes
    from February 12th to May 25th, 2024
  • Mid-term exams 
    • first mid-term exam
      from March 25th to April 6th, 2024
    • second mid-term exam
      from May 27th to June 1st, 2024
  • Exam period
    from June 3rd to July 27th, 2024
    from September 2th to September 14th, 2024



  • November 1st
  • December 8th
  • from December 27th, 2023 to January 7th, 2024 (Christmas break)


  • from March 28th to April 2nd (Easter break)
  • April 25th-26th
  • May 1st
  • May 8th

Studying, taking exams and graduating

To consult the teaching material:

  1. go to https://elearning.uninsubria.it/ 
  2. log in with your university credentials: email username and password (without typing the @studenti.uninsubria.it part)
  3. choose the courses of your study plan in the I miei corsi (My courses) section
  4. there you will find all the materials that the teacher makes available.

To consult the exam dates and times go to the Servizi Web Segreterie studenti (Student Secretariat Web Services)

https://uninsubria.esse3.cineca.it/ListaAppelliOfferta.do (in Italian)

In the Menu select one or more options:

  • the day scheduled for the exam
  • the teaching structure, i.e. your Department or your School
  • the course of study, i.e. your degree course
  • the teaching course, i.e. the title of the teaching
  • the teacher.

To submit your examination entry, you must access your personal area of the Student Secretariat Web Services.

Go to the reserved area 

  1. Log in with your university credentials: email username and password (without typing the @studenti.uninsubria.it part)
  2. Esami > Appelli
    Then, select the exam session you want to submit your entry for and proceed following the instructions.


The final dissertation of the Master Degree in Global Entrepreneurship, Economics and Management has to be written and discussed in English with an abstract in Italian. It consists in the presentation and defense of a written work under the guide and help of a supervisor chosen by the student.

The dissertation is presented in front of a Faculty Committee composed by at least five lecturers  of the Department of Economics. Among them there is the supervisor and an assistant supervisor chosen by the Director of the Department of Economics.

Students can choose their supervisor among the lecturers of the Department, it is recommended to ask to a lecturer whose course is in the study-plan of the single student. The subject must be selected together by the student and the lecturer.

Administrative procedure:

The procedure to apply for the final graduation at the University of Insubria is on line.

The application has to be done within 45 days before the day of the defense. Students conclude and  upload the final degree thesis online and in electronic format (the only accepted format is PDF/A-2b) 20 days before the day of the defense.

The thesis will be approved by the supervisor by the fifteenth day before the beginning of the graduation session to which the student is regularly enrolled. Failure to approve will result in non-admission to the graduation session.

Students can start from the Homepage www.uninsubria.it, click on “Servizi Web – Segreterie Studenti” and log with the login used to enroll to exams.

The Master Thesis has to be sent to by email to:

-the supervisor

-the second supervisor

A paper copy of the Master Thesis must be handed in to the Committee on the day of the Defense.

Admission to the defense

The Supervisor will admit the candidate to the Defense only if he/she:

- has analyzed  the topic of the dissertation in an adequate way

-has underlined the links between the main topic and the related economic theories

-has taken into consideration the economic background of the main topic and shown a deep knowledge of the literature about the topic

-has followed the rules while drawing up the Master Thesis

After having written the thesis, the dissertation can be defended in the following months: February, March, June, July, September and November.

The Degree Board decides the final mark according to the opinions of the supervisor and of the assistant supervisor. The final mark ranges from 66/110 to 110/110 and it is calculated by summing:

•grade point average

•0.33 for each “cum laude”

•global judgment about the dissertation and the personal defense of the student

• for the students first enrolled from the a.y. 2015-2016 a bonus of two points is additionally assigned provided they conclude their university career in two years

The evaluation of the dissertation will be done according to the following criteria:

•Negative marks: the dissertation shows many lacks and the Committee agrees that it can’t be improved.

•From 0 to 2 marks: the dissertation is a mere exposition of other texts and has limits and gaps.

•From 3 to 4 marks: the dissertation meets the minimum standards, it shows a limited knowledge of the matter and it tightly concerns the subject.

•5 marks: the content is exposed in a clear and orderly way. The essential bibliography has been consulted and it is inclusive; models and practical investigations are correctly exposed; the construction is coherent

•From 6 to 7 marks: the candidate has deepened not only the main subject but also the related themes. The dissertation reflects the ability of the student to make comparisons and thematic connections, as well as to treat critical and problematic aspects.

•From 8 to 10 marks: the dissertation shows a strong autonomy of judgment, notable critical abilities, a deep analysis of specific aspects, extensive bibliographical knowledge and investigations on the matter. During the defense the candidate shows a deep interest and a strong competence.

The request of a mark over 7 points (with eventually the distinction “cum laude”) has to be communicated by the supervisor to the Director of the Department and to the assistant supervisor at least 15 days before the discussion date of the thesis in a written format and by indicating the most significant parts of the dissertation. It is necessary to name a second assistant supervisor if the starting average point is 102/110.

If the dissertation shows particularly remarkable and original contents, the Committee, with an unanimous deliberation, shall give out the final mark “cum laude”. At the same time the Committee can also deliberate an encomium and award the right to publish the dissertation in scientific journals or similar publications.

Insubria and Jena Double degree students can decide whether to write their dissertation in Jena or in Varese but they have to defend it in Varese in front of a Graduation Committee (a video conference presentation may be organized). The defense is mandatory according to the Italian rules in order to obtain an official Master Degree Diploma. The Graduation Committee in Varese will take into consideration the evaluation of the foreign supervisor of the partner University and will award a mark to both the dissertation and to the defense of the candidate.

Insubria Double degree students must write their dissertation in Hohenheim but they have to defend it in Varese in front of a Graduation Committee.

Hohenheim Double degree students must write and defend their dissertation in Varese in front of a Graduation Committee. Once at home they will hand it to their University.

DD students are invited to communicate in advance (50 days) the date of their discussion to Gabriella Franchi (foreign.students.eco@uninsubria.it) in order to fill in all the necessary documents.

The next Defenses will take place on the following days:

  • December 11th, 2023   – On-line application from September 12th  to October 30th 2023. Exams must be concluded by November 16th 2023.The Master Thesis must be uploaded by November 21st 2023. 
  • February 19th 2024 On-line application from November 21st 2023 to January 8th 2024. Exams must be concluded by January 25th 2024. The Master Thesis must be uploaded by January 30th  2024. 
  • March 18th  2024  – On-line application from  December 19th 2023 to February 2nd 2024. Exams must be concluded by February 22nd 2024. The Master Thesis must be uploaded by February 28th 2024.
  • July 15th  2024 On-line application from April 16th 2024 to May 31st 2024. Exams must be concluded by June 20th 2024.The Master Thesis must be uploaded  by June 26th 2024.

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