The world is entering a period unlike any since the Great Depression and that economic downturn has, alongside so many practical difficulties, brought with it uncertainty for many – not least those who, as lockdowns came into force around the world, were seeking employment or career enhancement. 

A Master’s degree now is the smart choice and can provide both short-term and long-term solutions to some of these problems.

With the economy and job market set to shrink further over the coming months, graduate school gives the opportunity to build up your skills while the toughest initial period plays out, and prepares you to step (back) into the career mode equipped with a highly regarded qualification.

The same goes for those students on the brink of graduating during a globally shrinking job-market. By enrolling in graduate school, students can not only continue to build upon the passions they discovered at undergraduate level but they have the opportunity to upskill while the global economy gets back on its feet, thus maintaining the momentum of their undergraduate degree, rather than risking its stagnation in.a hard-pressed job market.

All three of our Master’s programs emphasize practical learning in the field alongside theoretical education in the classroom. Graduate students therefore accrue a solid understanding of how their topic of study is applied in a professional context, and have ample opportunity to acquire all-important work experience – not to mention invaluable networking opportunities – through stimulating internship placements.

AUR is the only university in Europe offering U.S. accredited (MSCHE) Master’s degrees (taught exclusively in English) in the disciplines of Food Studies, Peace Studies, and Sustainable Cultural Heritage. Our students choose AUR’s Graduate School based on its unique, experiential academic offering, the opportunities afforded to them by its location in Rome, its world-class faculty, and because it is where they feel they will receive the best preparation for tackling the critical issues facing their chosen discipline.

Graduate study is of course a significant investment, one which we understand students might be apprehensive to make given the current climate. We strive to make our M.A. programs as accessible as possible by offering a range of scholarships and financial aid, plus the possibility to pursue our graduate programs part-time as well as full-time. Furthermore, our tuition rates are significantly lower than the average of U.S.-based graduate schools, and we are based in a city that is affordable (not to mention the myriad of other advantages to living in Rome).

If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us at, take a virtual tour of our campus, or use the links on the right to navigate through some key information on the Graduate School website.