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Master of Science in Politics and Policy Analysis

This MSc aims to provide an advanced education in Political Science and the topics of public policy analysis. Students will understand the complex political, economic and social dynamics of the modern world, how national and international institutions deal with them and how to act in such contexts. They will acquire advanced training in the methods of analysis and study of both public policies and the institutions which lead the decision making process.

Specifically, the program:

  • Gives students a complete preparation in the two major areas of Political Science (Comparative Politics and International Relations), integrated with knowledge of the role of laws and of the evolution of population dynamics in political contexts
  • Gives a complete preparation with advanced quantitative skills in both theoretical and empirical methods, which will be applied to evaluating public policies, the public sector, the policy decision making process and political dynamics
  • Develops competencies promoting soft skillssuch as teamwork, the ability to present and discuss effectively, the capacity to think critically and to understand major political and policy-making issues
  • Develops skills through interdisciplinary teaching activities organized into workshops, which foster the understanding of political and social problems from different perspectives. Teaching methods support interaction between faculty and students and among students.

The MSc in Politics and Policy Analysis offers three different paths, which will expose you to different international learning environments (Politics and Policy Analysis, LSE-Bocconi Double Degree, Sciences Po-Bocconi Double Degree).

You can choose the program that best fits your individual needs and preferences.

Applicants to LSE-Bocconi Double Degree and Sciences Po-Bocconi Double Degree are required to complete a specific application.

Program Structure

FIRST YEAR at Bocconi (Milan)

First Semester 

Main topics:

  • Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
  • Comparative Politics
  • Functioning of Public Sector
  • Public Economics

Students learn the key concepts of political theories and phenomena in a comparative perspective as well as quantitative methods for theoretical (game theory) and empirical (statistics and econometrics) analysis regarding politics and public policy, and the organization of public administration and its interaction with political systems 

Second Semester 

Main topics:

  • Legal Aspects of Policy Making
  • International Relations
  • Population Dynamics and Demography

Students acquire advanced knowledge of international relations, they become familiar with the legal and institutional aspects of negotiation and implementation of international agreements, and they understand the crucial role of population dynamics and demographic changes (such as aging, migration, fertility and the evolution of gender roles) on political behavior and on the policy making process.   

SECOND YEAR at Bocconi (Milan) and /or abroad

Free Track

  • 4 electives to be chosen among a wide range of courses offered by Bocconi. Students can choose courses offered in the traditional areas of expertise of economics and management, as well as courses which will be activated in the major areas of Political Science, such as, for example: Political Violence, War and Conflicts, Migration and Refugees, Human Rights, Political and Economic Development, Gender and Politics, Geo-Politics and History of Africa and Middle East (courses to be confirmed).

Career Opportunities

There is an enormous and growing need worldwide of graduates with extensive knowledge and a complete international perspective in the context of policy-making. Our graduates have access to both the national and the international markets. They are expected to develop decision-making careers in international organizations, diplomatic services and the private sector.

As Politics experts, our graduates will analyze and evaluate political issues related to the global socio-economic and political scenario, and they will contribute to the design and implementation of innovative political strategies. As Policy Analysis experts, our graduates will define, evaluate and implement policies of public intervention in the economy in different socio-economic-political contexts. Graduates will work in political organizations, international organizations, think tanks and lobbies, NGOs and non-profit organizations, public administration, embassies, large companies and consultancy firms.


Visit the Master of Science in Politics and Policy Analysis page on the Bocconi University website for more details!

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