Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International

Graduate programmes




What is the difference between 2-year M.Sc. degrees and 1-year Specialising Masters?



  • Is an academic degree of 120 ECTS.
  • Requires a similar academic background for access.
  • Provides advanced academic knowledge in highly specialized areas. You will write a final dissertation.
  • The degree enables you to apply for a PhD at any Italian or international university, as well as to internships/ job opportunities.


  • Is a professionalizing diploma of at least 60 ECTS
  • Welcomes students from different academic backgrounds
  • The program focuses on specific topics and provides practical skills. There is dedicated time for an internship/project work and you will not write a final dissertation
  •  The diploma does not give you direct access to a PhD but leads to internships/ job opportunities