International opportunities for students

Application Process

Admission to MAIN is selective: the competition is intense, since the class is open for 28 students. The application will be entirely online.

Taking your time when filling in the application is extremely important. It is essential to provide accurate information on your relevant academic and professional achievements along with concerns, aspirations and motivations that could support your application.


The Call for applications 2024-25 is now closed:

  • I call open to all categories (Non-EU citizens living abroad, EU citizens, Non-EU citizens permanently resident in Italy): CLOSED.
  • II call open to EU citizens and Non-EU citizens permanently resident in Italy: CLOSED on 31st May 2024 at 12.00 (noon, Italian time): selection ongoing. The results will be available on Selection and Admission

Application Fee: 15€


  • Read carefully the Call for Admission 2024-25 available at the bottom of the page
  • Read carefully the application's requirements below and the Admission Criteria
  • Apply online
  • Pay the Application Fee (15€) after submitting the application
  • The results will be published by the end of April I Call) and by the end of June (II call) on Selection and Admission
  • The Program will start at the end of August

Compulsory application's requirements

1. Bachelor's degree and Transcript of records

In the application process you must upload a scan of your updated Transcript of records in English or Italian and the Bachelor Diploma, if already obtained. Please express your Grade Point Average (GPA) in percentage terms (e.g. 78%). In order to calculate the GPA (up to 100%) consider the weighted mean of your grades as reported on your Transcript of records and turn it into % through a proportion.

If you have not awarded your Diploma yet, you can submit your application, provided that you graduate: 

  • by the end of June: for Non-European applicants living abroad;
  • by the end of September: for European applicants or Non- European applicants currently living in Italy

A three or four years Bachelor Diploma (Honours) is compulsory for the enrollment to the Program.

2. English language proficiency (B2 level)

The English language proficiency (B2 level minimum) is a mandatory requirement for being admitted to the selection. The B2 level (or higher) can be certified as follows:

  • English native speaker
  • International Certificate: please refer to the art. 2 of the Call for the accepted Certificates (ex. IELTS min. 6, TOEFL, Cambridge FCE, CAE; CPE, etc..)
  • Previous Bachelor Degree entirely in English (upload an official statement from your University that certifies that courses and exams were held in English). 
  • GMAT score 580 or higher
  • Have passed the B2 English language exam or higher in another University

In any case the Admission Committee may require an interview with the applicant during the evaulation process to check the English language knowledge.

3. Statement of purpose

You will be asked to answer the following questions in the application:

  • What does Innovation mean to you?
  • How do you see yourself in the next ten years, and why can the MSc in Innovation Management help you?
  • How do you expect you to be a value added to the class?
  • How do you expect your fellow MSc participants to help you reach your academic goal?

4. CV

A brief but complete CV (pdf) in English should highlight the most important steps of your academic and professional career.

There is not a specific layout required. You can choose the layout you prefer.

5. Two reference letters

At least two reference letters should be written (in English or Italian) by two referees. Referees may be, for example, professors at the University, managers in your Company, internship supervisors, etc... A mixture of academic and business reference letters may be the best solution if you have significant work experience after graduating or as intern during your studies, but it is not compulsory. Just consider that the reference letter should support your application to the Program. 

It is your responsibility to contact the referee and ask for the reference letter. The reference letters can be:

  1. uploaded in the online application by the applicant
  2. be sent to main [at] by the Referees from their institutional/professional email address (name [at], name [at] or similar accounts are not accepted) by the application’s deadline. It is applicant's responsibility to contact the referees and ask them to send the reference letter via email to mim [at] (this option is the preferred one). The University of Trento will send a confirmation email to the referee after receiving the reference letter 

!!Letters sent from personal e-mail addresses, e.g. name [at], as well as reference letters sent in any other way that doesn't respect the mentioned procedure, will not be considered.

Optional attachments

application/pdfBando MAIN 2024-2025(PDF | 215 KB)
application/pdfCall for Admission MAIN 2024-2025(PDF | 248 KB)