Entrepreneurship and innovation - a.y. 2019/20

This graduate program trains future business developers with an entrepreneurial mind-set and an open-minded approach through the acquisition of knowledge, competences, and frameworks useful to support the rise and growth of firms acting in the current digital scenario and working in a global setting.  


Level: Master

Field of study: LM-77 - Management

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Start date: October 2019

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates or non-European candidates residing in Italy: unlimited; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 30 (5 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Course description

The course allows participants to master business development processes – being in the form of growing trajectories of existing firms or new start-ups - from multiple perspectives.

On the one hand, the course provides a deep understanding of business models and value creation processes connected to the dynamic global competitive scenario, the management of a variety of markets, and the opportunities offered by digital technologies.

On the other hand, the course explores the innovation frontiers going beyond technological innovation to include also market-driven innovation and social innovation, and its implications for the competitive advantage of firms.

Students will not only benefit from theoretical analyses and cutting-edge research developed at DSEA, but they will also go through learning-by-doing processes within the managerial labs proposed in EI.

A large number of case study presentations and business events are organized to further enhance internship and work opportunities. Meetings with entrepreneurs and events oriented to explore entrepreneurial opportunities are also offered.

  Course structure

The course spread over four semesters is designed to thoroughly prepare students in the areas of management, economics, legal, and quantitative business management. During the first year, courses develop competences in the analysis, measure, control, and development of markets and organizations at a global scale. In the first semester of the second year, course units develop additional specialized expertise on Entrepreneurship, Economics and Human resource management, as well as service-oriented firms. In the second semester of the second year, course units are oriented to enhance theoretical and practical knowledge through interactive laboratories (managerial labs) and focused on selected topics (doing business in emerging economies and economic and economic growth). Courses are based on active learning perspective.

  Career opportunities

The Course aims at transferring knowledge and develops skills to access managerial and entrepreneurial careers:

  • in small and medium-sized firms that have started strategic paths of growth, internationalization, or innovation that require professionals to understand macro-economic and sectoral trends.
  • roles that support the implementation of new business strategies in large firms that, through spin-offs or dedicated business units, are carrying out business innovation processes or new strategic paths
  • in KIBS (Knowledge Intensive Business Services) that are implementing paths of strategic growth or managerial innovation

 In innovative sectors of manufacturing, services, and culture.

  Entry requirements

Candidates wishing to enroll in the Master's degree course in Entrepreneurship and Innovation are expected to hold a degree or a three-year Italian Diploma Universitario or other qualification earned in Italy or abroad recognized by the current legislation.

Moreover, thay must meet specific minimum curricular requirements (50 university credits - ECTS):

  • at least 12 ECTS to certify knowledge in one or more of the following areas: business administration, economics and business management, corporate finance, corporate organization, financial markets and institutions;
  • at least 12 ECTS in political economy, economic policy, public economics, econometrics;
  • at least 10 ECTS in Mathematics, statistics, Economic statistics, computer science, information processing systems;

To achieve the 50 ECTS required, the following areas may also be added to the previous ones and taken into consideration: Private law, Public law, Agricultural law, Commercial Law or International Law, Economic Law, Labour Law, EU Law;  history of economic thought, economic history, sociology of economic processes and labour; design, industrial design, sociology of cultural and communication processes; industrial engineering design and methods, processing technologies and systems, mechanical industrial plants, economics and rural assessable value, general and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry; general botany and comparative anatomy.

Candidates are also expected to have already acquired good command of the English language (B2 level) and the ability to use the main IT tools (word processors, spreadsheets, database design and management, presentation tools).

The assessment of the curricular requirements, as well as the evaluation of the candidates’ educational background, is carried out by a Commission made up of the chairman (or its delegate) of the Degree Course Teachers’ Council, a member to be designated by the Degree Course Teachers’ Council and a member to be designated by the relevant Department.

At the end of the assessment process, the Commission will decide whether or not the candidate meets curricular requirements and has an adequate educational background; a merit list will be drawn up only for non-EU citizens residing abroad. This list will solely to be used in the event that the number of eligible candidates exceeds the number of places available.


Candidates with a foreign Bachelor’s degree

The first Call for applications 2019/20 expired on 28th February 2019.

The second Call for applications is open from 15th April to 15th July for European candidates or non-European candidates residing in Italy. Please note that the Call will be officially confirmed before May.

All applicants are required to use the new online procedure (apply.unipd.it).

The payment of the application fee (€30,00) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying to.


Candidates with an Italian Bachelor’s degree

They must follow the instructions of the Call for applications which will be published in June on the University’s website


  Tuition fees

Information on 2020/21 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2019/20. Please check: www.unipd.it/en/tuition-fees.

The total amount (€2600,00 for a.y. 2019/20) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees > Key Documents.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information: