Admission

We strive for a brighter future that works for everyone.

We’re looking for empathetic innovators. Mindful trailblazers. Those who are equally driven by heart and intellect, curiosity and logic. People who are eager to enlarge their perspectives, energize progress, and spark meaningful change for the future. If that sounds like you, you’ll feel at home at TSD.

No two TSD students are alike. Every year, our Masters welcome recent university graduates seeking careers in development and professionals from the public sector—including the UN, EU, and NGOs—as well as private enterprises.

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We transform learning. You reshape the world.

At TSD, we promote a culture of results-based learning. That means you're encouraged to participate in class, apply your skills in research projects, and complete assignments through our online platform.

Our Masters are blended and intensive. You'll work online and in the classroom.

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Here’s what we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university-level academic institution

  • Evidence of English proficiency

If you hold an academic qualification awarded outside Italy, you must provide the course secretary of each Master with the following documentation:

  • Original degree and academic transcripts legalized by the competent ministry or office in charge. Please ensure that the transcripts reference all years of study. If you received your degree from a university in a foreign country, please contact the embassy. For example, if you are from China and hold a degree from a university in Germany, you should contact the German embassy in China.
  • Copy of the Italian translation of your original bachelor's degree and academic transcripts. Please ensure that this translation is provided by an official translator who is recognized by the Italian Embassy.

You should go, with these two documents, to the Italian Embassy of the country in which your university diploma was awarded to request the following documentation:

  • Declaration of value of your bachelor degree (dichiarazione di valore in loco) issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which your degree was awarded. The declaration of value is an official document, written in Italian, that provides a short description of your academic qualifications.

Please note that these documents may be submitted by email, telephone, and/or mail. You will not need to go to the embassy in person.

These documents are compulsory for matriculation in the University of Turin. However, obtaining them is a lengthy process. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you should start the process immediately.

You will be requested to bring these three original documents to Turin. Without them, you may not receive your final diploma from the University of Turin.

The selection procedure is jointly implemented by the Centre and the University of Turin.

The Centre collects all online application forms and required documents. Once the Scientific Committee of a Master completes pre-selection procedures, the records of pre-selected candidates are submitted to the University of Turin. The university then assesses each candidate's eligibility on the basis of the documents submitted in their application form.

The University of Turin has scheduled periods for the submission of documents and the confirmation of candidates’ eligibility:

  • Deadline 1: Applications received by 30 January are confirmed by 28 February
  • Deadline 2: Applications received by 28 February are confirmed by 31 March
  • Deadline 3: Applications received by 31 March are confirmed by 15 May
  • Deadline 4: Applications received by 15 May are confirmed by 30 June
  • Deadline 5: Applications received by 20 June are confirmed by 20 July

Any applications submitted after the last round will only be considered if accompanied by the “certificate of equivalence” provided by CIMEA.

Cancellation of participation in Masters will result in the following penalties:

  • Tuition fees: No reimbursement of tuition fees will be made after the beginning of the face-to-face learning phase.
  • Accommodation fees: No penalty will be applied on accommodation fees in case of written notification of cancellation up to 14 days prior to the start date of the face-to-face phase. Thereafter, a fixed penalty of €1,000 will apply on accommodation fees in addition to the accommodation costs already incurred and calculated on a weekly basis (i.e. actual number of weeks and portions thereof). In case of change of room type or occupancy option, a fixed penalty fee of €500 per person will apply.

Refunds, where and as applicable, will be processed with all bank charges to be borne by the participant or the sponsoring institution(s).

In case of an emergency situation or of force majeure, ITCILO, upon agreement with the other partner institutions, might decide to reconvert the residential phase of the Master into online lessons and exams.

Frequently asked questions
Application, selection, scholarships and cancellation
How can I apply for a Master?
  1. Click on "Apply" on the main page of this Master and you will get to the online application form
  2. Fill in the requested information and attach the supporting documents requested in the form
  3. Once you have completed your application, click on "Submit"
  4. You should then receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application

Note: Before applying, please check the prerequisites for admission and the technical requirements for the distance learning component.

If you are unable to submit the application form online, please contact the school or the course secretariat.

What documents should I submit with my application?

You should attach the requested supporting documents in the Supporting Documents section of the on-line application form (An asterisk(*) indicates that a field is mandatory).

Officials documents should be uploaded in one of the following formats (in pdf. jpeg. word.)

 The documents include a copy of:

  1. A recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Your university degree (undergraduate or previous postgraduate certificate), specifying the results of the examinations (official academic transcripts)
  3. Certificates or other proof of a good level of English (if it is not your mother tongue)
  4. If you are applying for a full or partial fellowship, kindly submit: 
    i) a request for a fellowship; 
    ii) a copy of your personal /family income statement or your salary slip.
  5. If your organization is ready to sponsor your participation in the Master, you will be asked to submit an official letter confirming your organization’s: 
    i) readiness to cover the cost of your participation in the Master (tuition/accommodation costs); 
    ii) permission to take leave from your job duties for the period of your stay in Turin during the face-to-face learning component of the Master.

Important: Only complete application forms will be accepted by the online application system.

What are the prerequisites for admissions to a Master?
  • You should have successfully completed a first-level university degree (of at least 3 years).
  • English language fluency (evidence of English language fluency is required).

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 does not give access to any PhD programmes unless students hold an academic qualification of a minimum of 5 years.

What are the selection criteria for the Master?

The selection criteria take into consideration your education and professional profile as well as your self-financial potential. On your application form, you are kindly requested to indicate the portion of the tuition fee and full board that you are able to finance.

How much are the fees?

Tuition fees vary, depending on the Master, from €8,500 to €9,000.

Are there any scholarships available?

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.

What are the penalties for canceling my participation in a Master?

Cancellation of participation in Masters will result in the following penalties:

  • Tuition fees: No reimbursement of tuition fees will be made after the beginning of the face-to-face learning phase.
  • Accommodation fees: No penalty will be applied on accommodation fees in case of written notification of cancellation up to 14 days prior to the start date of the face-to-face phase. Thereafter, a fixed penalty of €1,000 will apply on accommodation fees in addition to the accommodation costs already incurred and calculated on a weekly basis (i.e. actual number of weeks and portions thereof). In case of change of room type or occupancy option, a fixed penalty fee of €500 per person will apply.

Refunds, where and as applicable, will be processed with all bank charges to be borne by the participant or the sponsoring institution(s).

About the Masters
Once I have been enrolled for the Master, which documents do I need to bring with me?

In order to register at the University of Turin, you need to bring the following documents with you to Turin:

  • The original of your university degree. It will be given back to you after registration.
  • A certified copy of your university degree and academic transcripts, legalized by the competent authority in your country or with an apostille. Both documents should be translated into Italian. You can ask for support from the Italian Embassy/Consulate of the country in which your degree was awarded. Please note that the translation should be done by an official translator from the Embassy. The Embassy should provide you with the list of official translators.
  • A Declaration of Value (“dichiarazione di valore in loco”) of your university degree. You have to ask for this at the Italian Embassy/Consulate of the country in which your degree was awarded. Providing a “Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco” is a normal consular procedure.

Important: Obtaining these documents can be a lengthy process; once you receive the acceptance letter, you should apply for them immediately.

What kind of academic degree I will obtain upon completion of a Master?

Upon completion of the Master, you will be awarded a First Level Master by the University of Turin.

A University Master is a high specialization for an academic improvement and enhancement in a specific content area, in order to provide graduate students with advanced education and training for highly qualified professions in specific sectors. It provides a minimum of 60 university training credits (the equivalent of 1500 hours of study).

For more information please visit: http://www.miur.it/guida/capitolo3.htm or https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/politica_estera/cultura/universita/master_dottorati.html

How can I obtain recognition of this academic qualification in my country of region?

Holders of Italian Masters who wish to have them recognized abroad:

  • If you are in Italy, you can turn to the embassy of the country you would like to recognize your Master in. Foreign embassies in Italy often provide information on the education system in their country. They may also offer such services as legalization of translations from Italian into their national languages.
  • If you are outside of Italy, turn to the national education authorities of the country you need it recognized in, to ask about how to obtain recognition. The procedure varies from country to country.
For whom are the Masters intended?
  • 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.
What is the methodology and learning support service?

“Differentiation” is the invariable hallmark of the full range of Masters offered by the Turin School of Development.  Such differentiation starts with Master design and extends to the packaging of learning content and is finally carried out through Master 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 Masters 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 Master in Europe.
  • The face-to-face period is a blend of interactive presentations that cover the entire learning content of the Master. 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 Masters and then proceed to complete their research work from home, of approximately 3-6 months supported by a designated online tutor/professor.

In case of an emergency situation or of force majeure, ITCILO, upon agreement with the
other partner institutions, might decide to reconvert the residential phase of the Master
into online lessons and exams.

What are the technical requirements?

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

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

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

Living in Turin and Accommodation on Campus
Training facilities and internet connections

During the face-to-face learning phase, lectures will be held in classrooms equipped with all necessary training facilities and Wi-Fi.

Your room (on campus) also has an Internet connection via cable and Wi-Fi.

There is a computer room with Internet connections, open 24 hours a day in the campus reception area.

Can I bring my family?

Yes, but unfortunately no assistance with obtaining visas or accommodation is provided by the ITCILO for family members or friends that wish to stay in Italy during the participant’s period of study at the ITCILO campus.

If you want your family or friends to visit you while you are in Turin, you should arrange their visas, travel and accommodation yourself.

From which date is the cost of my stay at ITCILO covered by the bed and breakfast accommodation fee?

According to ITCILO rules, the bed and breakfast accommodation starts the day before (normally a Sunday) the beginning of the course and ends the day after the end of the course (normally a Saturday).