Who and how

Career opportunity

TSD graduates may apply to international organizations, UN agencies and the private sector. The Masters’ courses are designed to impart the full spectrum of skills required to deal effectively with the challenges facing today’s development professionals in their pursuit of social and economic progress, while preserving the living environment for future generations.

Students will have the chance to explore different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds and can usefully apply their interdisciplinary knowledge to the stimulating environment of the international job market.

 The Masters are intended for

  • university graduates from developing and developed countries who intend to work in the field of development;
  • professionals in the public and private sector, UN, EU and multilateral agencies, foundations and NGOs.


  • have successfully completed a first-level university degree (of at least 3 years);
  • be fluent in the English language (evidence of English language fluency required).

Please note

Non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations and by the University of Turin (see recognition of foreign degrees).
A first level Master’s degree does not give access to any PhD programmes unless students hold an academic qualification of a minimum of 5 years.

How to apply

In order to apply for one of the Master’s courses at the Turin School of Development, please fill in the online application form (all requested fields) and provide the related supporting documents. Before applying, please check the prerequisites for admission and the technical requirements for the distance learning component.

Please note

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
If you are unable to submit the application form online, please contact the school or the course secretariat for your course.


A limited number of partial scholarships may become available through contributions by public and private sponsors in Italy on a competitive basis. These partial scholarships are intended to supplement the financial capability of deserving participants from developing and transition countries who would otherwise not be able to pursue their Master’s study without any external financial support.


Tuition fees vary, depending on the Master’s programme, from 7,000 to 8,000 euros.

Methodology and Learning support service

“Differentiation” is the invariable hallmark of the full range of Master’s and Postgraduate Programmes offered by the Turin School of Development.  Such differentiation starts with programme design and extends to the packaging of learning content and is finally carried out through programme delivery as illustrated below. Learning is experiential and results-based; methods are participatory, application-oriented, and make extensive use of information and communication technology.

All Master’s programmes are designed for blended delivery through a succession of Internet-based distance learning followed by face-to-face sessions and applied research work.

  • The e-learning period is typically 17 weeks, and is intended to provide participants with diverse entry profiles with the necessary preparatory learning needed to pursue a multi-disciplinary course. This arrangement allows smooth cruising through an intensive face-to-face period of approximately three months at the ITC campus designed to minimize participants’ leave of absence from their jobs as well as the financial burden of pursuing a postgraduate degree in Europe.
  • The face-to-face period is a blend of interactive presentations that cover the entire learning content of the programme. These presentations make use of innovative participatory methods that enable exchanges of experience among participants. During the face-to-face period, participants embark on the conceptualization of their thesis or research work under the supervision of the Scientific Directors of these programmes and then proceed to complete their research work from home, of approximately 3-6 months supported by a designated online tutor/professor.

Technical requirements

The ability to use computers and the internet is an essential requirement for the distance learning component of the course.

In order to be able to visualise the contents of the website and the distance learning platform properly, you need:

  • Access to the internet
  • An e-mail address
  • A browser: Chrome, Internet Explorer 8.0 or above or Mozilla Firefox 3.6
    You can download them by clicking here: Download Chrome, or download Internet Explorer, or download Mozilla Firefox
  • Screen size: not less than 800 x 600 pixels.
  • Colour: at least 64.536 colours (16-bit).
  • JavaScript: your browser must be JavaScript-enabled.
  • Microsoft Word 97 (or above) or Open Office Writer
    You can download Open Office Writer from: download Open Office Writer
  • Acrobat Reader 7 or above. You can download it from: download Acrobat Reader


if your system fails to meet any of the above criteria, we cannot guarantee that the content will be displayed correctly.

Please visit our specific Master’s pages and feel free to contact us for additional information at:phone: +39 011 6936945
             +39 011 6936607

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