Application FAQ

What makes me the Ideal Candidate for POLIMI?

There is no “ideal” candidate. Nevertheless, your bachelor studies must satisfy the conditions required by our regulation for admission to the local Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. Both study tracks, Data Science and Human-Computer Interaction and Design, are implemented within that specific MSc programme at POLIMI.

The following conditions will make you a very suitable candidate and greatly enhance your chances of being admitted at POLIMI level:

– Make sure you have a competitive academic record, with a grade point average (GPA), e.g. more than 3.4/4 or 4.24/5 or B+. The higher the better, obviously. Although GPA score is important, it is not the only element which is evaluated as part of the selection process. The admission committee will review also your CV, your working experience and your letter of motivation.

– Make sure you have well-suited bachelor to apply for ‘Computer Science and Engineering’ Master of Science: basically, this means a strong base of ICT, computer science, programming and engineering courses in your transcript of records, including math courses at academic level (e.g. calculus, discrete, stats) and physics.

Please note that, on the basis of your previous studies, the Admission Committee of Polimi can specify some constraints on the individual study plan of the first year, within the choice of the elective courses, in order to compensate possible lacks in basic prerequisites (personalised study plan).

If you are a bachelor student from POLIMI, we suggest that you take in your bachelor study plan all the courses which are mandatory for admission to the Laurea Magistrale in Computer Science and Engineering (e.g. Fisica Tecnica, Meccanica). If you haven’t taken those exams during your bachelor, the Admission Committee will likely put them as “to-do” in your first-year Master’s study plan. So we advise you to include those courses in your Bachelor’s study plan (even as extras) and take them before graduating.


I have a bachelor obtained outside Italy. Why do I have to submit an application at Polimi level in advance, before I know the results of my EIT Digital application?

If you have a non-Italian academic qualification (or if you are currently completing your bachelor’s studies outside Italy), POLIMI’s International Admission Office needs to process in advance your local application, before the results of your EIT application are known, in order to meet our internal calls for application and evaluation procedures. If we wait the end of the selection process, it would be too late for you to apply at POLIMI level.  So we ask you a “provisional” or “conditional” application, in order to have your documents processed in time, in case of admission to the EIT Digital Master School. So, in the end, everything would be ready for finalising your local enrolment.

Being a conditional application means that your admission to POLIMI is subject to the admission to the EIT Digital Master School.  If you are finally admitted at EIT Digital level with POLIMI as your entry university, our local Admission Office will get in touch with you just to finalise the last steps for enrolling.

Please, let us know (email at: eitdigital@polimi.it) if you are going to apply for any other Master of Science at POLIMI independently of the results of the EIT Digital selections.


I cannot find/select “EIT Digital”, “Data Science” or “Human-Computer Interaction & Design” programmes for my POLIMI application. Where I can find them / What programme should I apply for?

The local Master of Science that you must choose for your POLIMI application is Computer Science and Engineering, as both “Data Science” and “Human-Computer Interaction & Design” are implemented as study tracks within this local Master’s Degree programme.

You won’t be able to select your specific EIT Digital track when applying for Computer Science and Engineering at POLIMI level. You can select, at this step, only the general Master’s Degree programme. If your EIT Digital application is accepted, our Student Office will move you to the correct EIT Digital study track, according to your Master School application.


Do I have to send the application documents by post to POLIMI’s International Admission Office, as stated in the general instructions for international candidates?

If you are applying for an EIT Digital programme at POLIMI and you want to be considered only for EIT Digital Master School, you are exempted from sending anything by post to POLIMI’s International Admission Office. Your online application is enough. Then, if you are accepted in the EIT Digital programme with POLIMI as your entry university, you’ll be reached out and asked to finalize your online registration. In September, you will ‘hand-in’ the original documents, when you arrive on campus for starting classes. Our Admission Office will get in touch with you in time, providing further information and practicalities about enrolment, accommodations, etc.


What documents are required for my application at POLIMI level? Can I use the same documents submitted for my EIT Digital Master School application?

Here’s the list of the required documents for your POLIMI application.

As for the transcript of records, your Bachelor qualification (degree or a proof of current enrolment in the last year), English proof, and Curriculum Vitae, you can use the same files as the ones you uploaded to EIT Digital application portal. Your letter of motivation can be the same as well, or you can tailor it more specifically for POLIMI (it’s up to you).

Additional documents (required for completing your POLIMI application)

Only if your bachelor is done outside Italy, you need to upload also a letter of recommendation/reference, written by a current or former professor of your university. In case you have completed your studies a few years ago and it is not possible to get a letter from your former professor, a letter written by your manager or employer may be accepted. You can upload the recommendation letter by your own, together with all the other application documents when submitting your application online, or you can have the letter sent by your referee directly to our local office at POLIMI: eitdigital@polimi.it. Please, let us know if there is any problem with this regard.

Applicants with a bachelor from other universities (in Italy or abroad) must upload also a file with the programs of bachelor courses: a brief but detailed description of the contents and basic topics covered in each course taken. The study programs can be taken directly from the website of your university (also as screenshots) or it can be copied from the university course catalogue/syllabus. Please, make a single pdf file and upload it in your application section. This file with the programs of courses can be uploaded also in a later stage of your application process.


I’ve just received the Letter of Acceptance from EIT Digital Master School Office, confirming that I’ve been admitted at POLIMI for my entry year. What to do next?

Congratulation and welcome aboard!! Make sure you get everything ready for starting your next academic year in Milano, following the admission guidelines at this link: https://www.mastereit.polimi.it/admissions/