• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Master prepares students for current and emerging technologies in computer science by deepening their theoretical knowledge and sharpening their practical skills. 

The program is designed for both Bachelor students who wish to complete their  education and professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge and sharpen their skills. 

The Master of Science in Informatics from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) combines the study of fundamental aspects of computer science with a practical hands-on approach, preparing professionals for successfully pursuing a career in research and development across any application domain.


Informatics is both the infrastructure and the engine of today's society. In Switzerland, it plays a key role in industry (pharma, manufacturing of machinery, chemistry, etc.) as well as in the service sector (banking, insurance, trade, transport, administration, etc.). The national education and research institutions have acquired a considerable reputation worldwide, in particular in the field of Information Technology. 

Many IT companies, some of them world leaders, have or are planning to have research and development centres in Switzerland.  

Considering this, graduates in Informatics have excellent opportunities on the job market. The demand for well-educated specialists in Informatics is very high and is expected to grow even more.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Algorithms & Complexity
  • Distributed Systems
  • High Performance Computing
  • Information Security
  • Machine Learning
  • Software Engineering
  • Advanced Java Programming
  • Computer Aided Verification

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degrees in Informatics is a Bachelor's degree granted by a recognised university in the field of Computer sciences or related disciplines.
  • Candidates with a Bachelor's degree of a recognised University of Applied Sciences may be admitted with 30-60 additional ECTS to be earned during or before the beginning of the programme, with Bachelor courses according to a study program defined by the scientific director. Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7334 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3667 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3666 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1833 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • National: CHF 2000 
  • International: CHF 4000 

Living costs for Lugano

  • 1516 - 2140 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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