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LUISS Guido Carli


QTEM Program Curriculum

Study plan

Students that participate in the QTEM program must complete a minimum of 22 ECTS of quantitative courses at each host university, and successfully complete a minimum of 50 ECTS of quantitative courses earned abroad. Quantitative courses are those rated “highly quantitative” or “semi-quantitative” in the QTEM course database.

Among the 50 ECTS credits, students will need to take 20 ECTS in one of the following QTEM Elective Modules:

QTEM Modules QTEM sub-Modules (as per the QTEM course database)
Finance and Risk Management Controlling & Accounting
Finance - Actuarial Sciences
Finance - Banking and Management of Financial Institutions
Finance - Corporate Finance
Finance - Financial Markets and Derivatives
Risk Management
Applied Economics and Public Policy Microeconomics, Contract & Auction Theory
Policy-Making, Regulation and Pricing
Tax Management and International Optimization Strategies
Macroeconomic Models and Forecasting, Computational Economics
Innovation and Strategy Entrepreneurship
Strategy; Industrial Organization; Applied Game Theory
Marketing and Supply Chain Marketing and Sales
Supply Chain, Operations and Logistics Management
Business Intelligence and Big Data Quantitative Techniques & Tools
Business Intelligence

In order to obtain the QTEM certificate, students will also need to:

  • Undertake an internship of minimum 300 hours which can be done in Italy, in a country within the QTEM network or in a country outside the QTEM network, as long as it is compliant with QTEM requirements. The internship may be carried out during or after the 2 years of the master.
  • Produce the Final Degree Thesis according to LUISS Student Office rules. To be eligible for the QTEM Master’s Thesis Award the thesis must be written in English, be in a subject related to a quantitative topic, and have significant quantitative content (see next section).



A professional internship must be completed by each QTEM student.

The QTEM internship must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Covers a period equivalent to a minimum of 300 hours full-time (usually corresponding to two months full-time). The timing is at the discretion of each QTEM participant, however the internship must last at least two consecutive weeks. Students can do more than one internship to fulfill this minimum requirement.
  • Can be done during or after the master.
  • Can be done at home or abroad.
  • Does not necessarily earn ECTS credits.
  • Must be related to a quantitative topic and have a significant quantitative content. Each QTEM student is responsible for finding his or her own QTEM internship and for submitting the "QTEM Internship Form" to the local QTEM Academic Coordinator for formal approval of the internship. Every internship is subject to prior approval by the local QTEM Academic Coordinator (who checks that the QTEM rules have been followed and submits the "QTEM Internship Form" to the QTEM central office.
  • QTEM students must submit a standard QTEM Internship Report for each internship (i.e., if two internships are done, two QTEM Internship Reports must be submitted).

The QTEM internship validation process, to be followed by all QTEM students (cf. the "QTEM Internship Form"), is:

  • Proposal submitted by the QTEM student to the local QTEM Academic Coordinator;
  • Approval by the local QTEM Academic Coordinator;
  • Confirmation by the company;
  • Final professional evaluation submitted by the company;
  • Final academic evaluation and approval of the QTEM internship report by the local QTEM Academic Coordinator.


Students are required to select a supervisor at LUISS and to follow the rules established by the LUISS Student Office.

Students must comply with LUISS procedures in order to discuss the thesis at LUISS during one of the official graduation sessions.

QTEM Master’s Thesis Awards

To be eligible for the “QTEM Master’s Thesis Awards,” the QTEM student must have written a master’s thesis that meets the following requirements:

  • The master’s thesis must be written in English;
  • The master’s thesis must follow the rules of the student’s home institution (this can be a "business field thesis,” i.e., a master's thesis focusing on companies/institutions, that analyzes a concrete business issue and delivers practical business and economic policy recommendations);
  • The master's thesis subject is related to a quantitative topic and has significant quantitative content;
  • All necessary documents must be submitted to the QTEM Central Office by the deadline.

Additional information

“In a nutshell, the secret recipe of this network is simple: delivering elite and talented students (supply side), satisfying international companies and organizations (demand side), thanks to committed high quality academic institutions, a sound governance and a dedicated QTEaM.” Bruno van Pottelsberghe - Dean, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and QTEM Chairman.

The QTEM program is offered by LUISS University, only Italian university within the network, and the following academic partners:

  • Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM)
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA),
  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Goethe)
  • Université de Lausanne (UNIL, HEC)
  • BI Norwegian Business School (BI N.)
  • Waseda University
  • Universidade do Porto
  • Monash University
  • EDHEC Business School
  • Zhejiang University
  • Hanken School of Economics (HANKEN)

More information

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For more information on the QTEM Master, see the QTEM official webpage.