Rome promises breathtaking architecture, mouthwatering food, unparalleled art, and a milieu of history that dates back thousands of years. Among centuries of cultural tradition, the foundations of modern academia can be unearthed. Dante, Boccaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Julius Caesar, and Machiavelli are just a scant few of the Italian philosophical, artistic, engineering, and political giants that changed the course of humanity with their innovation. Today, thousands of scholars from around the world flock to Rome to conjure forth modern reflections within the hallowed churches, crumbling ruins, and expansive museums. However Rome is not ensconced solely in the past.
Throughout the Eternal City students can engage in contemporary studies, including marketing, international business, political science, and food security. Italy serves as a crossway between East and West, hosting a variety of NGOs, international business organizations, and private international companies like the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, Amnesty International, the ICC, GE, Johnson & Johnson, and Eni. Today, more and more graduate programs are being offered that capitalize on Rome’s environment of international commerce and political negotiation. Furthermore, master’s programs offered in English are becoming more prominent.
Below is a list of five successful, multifaceted, and novel master’s program in Rome as of 2016. All are aimed at appealing to an international student market and all offer local internships and job-placement opportunities both during the program and after graduation.
Sapienza – Università di Roma
La Sapienza, one of the world’s oldest and most prominent universities, now offers master’s programs taught exclusively in English. 21 degree programs are available, encompassing a wide range of disciplines, including engineering, environmental studies, fashion, business, computer technology, and international relations. Several degree options allow for study in the second year at a partner university abroad. Students may also opt to take a single course rather than enrolling in an entire degree program. This can be a valuable compliment to any alternative master’s program done in Italy or abroad. All Sapienza degree programs are accredited by the Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca. A variety of scholarships, including work-study and academic excellence financial awards are available to students. Tuition for foreign students is a €1000 yearly flat rate fee. Internships specific to the degree are also offered in tandem with the degree program. All degree programs can be completed within two years. Students with non-Italian prerequisite degrees must provide a dichiarazione di valore for their foreign academic education to be accepted by the Italian government.
The campus is located in the city center at Piazza Aldo Moro. The sprawling academic complex provides a wide range of student services, including access to 59 libraries and 20 museums. La Sapienza boosts over 21,000 Masters program students annually with over 1000 being foreign participants, making La Sapienza one of the most diverse and multifaceted universities in Rome. La Sapienza is currently ranked as the best Italian University in Rome by U.S. News and Times Higher Education.
For more information go to http://en.uniroma1.it/study-us/courses-and-programmes/second-single-cycle-programmes/english.
John Cabot University
Located in Trastevere, John Cabot University is an accredited American liberal arts university garanting Bachelor of Arts degrees since 1972. Beginning in the fall 2017 semester, JCU will also offer a US-accredited Master’s degree in Art History. Under the guidance of an international faculty of art-historical researchers, archaeologists, curators, and artists who are also experienced and dedicated teachers, students will cultivate professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history through first-hand study in Rome. Designed to be completed in three semesters of full-time study, the MA consists of 36 hours of graduate-level coursework, including a professional apprenticeship and a Master’s thesis. Tuition for the full program is €21,000; outstanding applicants will be considered for fellowships and other forms of financial support. Courses are taught in English.
For more information go to http://www.johncabot.edu/admissions/graduate-and-continuing-education/art-history-ma.aspx#
The European School of Economics
The European School of Economics (ESE) is a Private Business School offering Bachelor’s Degree, Master of Science, MBA, as well as short programmes at its centres in London, Rome, Milan, Florence, Madrid, New York and online blended courses.
ESE graduates are among the most competitive business professionals on the market, prepared for leadership roles in international marketing, finance, communication and management. With the ability to individually tailor their course of study, ESE students can: study abroad and travel between all ESE centres; specialise in cutting-edge business sectors, such as fashion, events, music, sport, art, media and human resources among others; complete internships, selecting from more than 1500 leading organisations around the world.
The Rome centre is located in the heart of the Eternal City, close to Piazza Venezia. It offers full-time degree programmes with prices ranging from 12.700EUR to 17.000EUR. They also offer Short Courses in Management, Marketing, Finance, Event Management, Fashion and Luxury Goods and many more, for a 4.500EUR fee. Tuition fees can be paid in instalments as well as in full. London Metropolitan University and the European School of Economics have entered in a Memorandum of Understanding with an intention to collaborate on an educational project leading to a British Degree.
For more information, visit their official website www.eselondon.ac.uk/
Rome Business School
The Rome Business School, based in Rome, Italy, but present on the global stage, is an Institute that provides excellent managerial training and research resources. It has currently trained professionals of over 140 different nationalities.
Its objective is to close the existing gaps between the spheres of academia and work by providing managerial training aimed at transferring the know-how required to initiate or boost professional careers or business activities.
The Rome Business School’s goal is to aid entrepreneurs, managers and, professionals who aspire to achieve their full potential in terms of competency and to advance both their business and work ethics, thus enabling them to be active contributors in the creation of an economic humanity and of a richer and fairer social construct, one which acknowledges and values the central position occupied by the individual.
The Rome Business School provides its students with flexible learning options; providing lectures that can be attended either in person on-campus, or remotely via a modern distance learning application.
The Rome Business School’s 1-Year MBA provides a faster return on investment. It can be started anytime, either on campus or online (or both), offering the unique opportunity of fitting today’s professionals’ need for freedom and flexibility.
The programme is structured to enable you to continue to work full-time and study for your MBA part-time, connecting what you learn to current global and relevant organisational issues. This is ideal if you are unable to take significant time out of work to study and want greater flexibility over how, when and where you achieve your MBA qualification.
For more information, go to romebusinessschool.it/en/admission-mba.
St. John’s University
Located in Prati, the St. John’s University Rome campus is the Italian branch of the Queens, New York-based university. Operational in Italy for over 12 years, SJU Rome offers a Masters in Government and Politics as well as a Masters in Business Administration. Both degrees, offered only in English, can be completed fully on the Italian campus or split between New York and Rome. Classes range in size from 4 to 20 students, and all professors are permanent SJU faculty based in New York. Courses range between 33 and 36 credits and both degrees can be completed in 1-2 years. Tuition ranges between $33,000 and $38,000. Full and partial scholarships are available for all programs. All courses are offered during the evening and operate on a quarterly system with a Spring, Summer, and Fall program schedule. Non-native English speakers are required to show proof of English-language competency.
SJU has a long-standing relationship with WFP and many of the students engage in internships there during their studies, going on to become full-time employees after graduation. The MBA program also organizes the final capstone course with a major Italian or U.S. company so that students can engage in real-world business marketing and project development. A Master’s in Social Justice is also offered in part on the Rome campus, with the first and last classes being completed in Italy and the majority part of the degree being facilitated in Queens or on the SJU Manhattan campus.
For more information go to www.stjohns.edu/campuses/rome-campus/programs-study.
American University of Rome
Located on the Gianicolo hill, the American University of Rome was most well known for their comprehensive undergraduate program. Recently, however, they have expanded into offering graduate degrees. Currently, AUR offers master’s programs in Arts Management, Food Studies, and Sustainable Cultural Heritage. AUR is not a U.S. based institution, but they are fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offer all courses in English. All three degree programs, each ranging between 36-39 credits with each program valued at a total cost of $17,550, engage the student either on a career path of professional development or towards further research and a doctorate. All programs require certain prerequisites specific to the field of study and non-native English speakers must show proof of English-language competency. Classes are facilitated on the AUR Rome campus.
AUR collaborates with FAO, ICCROM and other high profile organizations to allow students real-world experience, including internship opportunities that count towards their overall academic credits. Degrees can be earned between 15 and 24 months, depending on full or part-time enrollment. Classes are offered during Spring, Fall, and Summer sessions. Tuition cost is nearly half that of most U.S. master’s programs.
For more information, go to www.aur.edu/gradschool/.
LUISS Business School
Located on Viale Pola, LUISS offers an English-language MBA degree program and several English-language MA programs, including Corporate Finance, Tourism Management, and Management in the Energy Industry. The MBA, when done at a full-time pace, is 15-month structured program while the MA degree programs, offered only full-time, are 12 months in length. All programs incorporate a Field Project into the final 2-5 months of study. This Field project takes the form of project work in an established company, development of a personal business project, or personal research work. LUISS also offers career services for additional professional development for all students.
LUISS is accredited by the European Quality Improvement System, the accrediting body of the European Federation for Management Development. LUISS boasts that 33% of their enrollment is comprised of international students. LUISS also offers a limited amount of scholarships of up to 50% tuition, which ranges between €11,000 and €18,000, a total fee paid over the course of the degree program in three installments.
For more information see businessschool.luiss.it/en/programs/master/.