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One-year Master’s Program at La Pietra

NYU’s Department of Italian Studies offers the possibility to obtain an M.A. in Italian Studies in one year at its beautiful site in Florence, the historic Villa La Pietra. Students may take all 32 credits for the M.A. while studying at La Pietra. The 12-month program includes seminars and coursework at NYU Florence and the Università degli Studi di Firenze, as well as independent studies directed by faculty in New York or Florence.  Students attending the MA program in Florence receive a 30% tuition discount.

With seventeen full-time faculty and a number of adjunct faculty, the Department of Italian Studies at New York University is one of the strongest in the country. It offers a wide range of courses in areas from Italian philology to the history of fascism, from the Sicilian school of poets in the 13th century to contemporary literature, art, politics and media. With its undergraduate major and minor in Italian as well as an M.A. and Ph.D, the department boasts a curriculum that attracts students from all over the world. Each academic year, a visiting faculty member from the Department of Italian Studies directs the program at La Pietra, advising students on their masters’ theses and collaborating on the organization of the Graduate Studies Seminar, which draws scholars, curators, and artists from around the country to present talks and meet with students. The M.A. program is also served by the Coordinator for Graduate Programs and Advanced Research at NYU Florence, Professor Bruce Edelstein, who is an Italian Renaissance art and architecture specialist.  Professor Edelstein facilitates access to local resources, including important libraries, museums, and archives, and also serves as a mentor with a lifetime of experience working in Florence as well as a keen understating of the U.S. higher education system.

M.A. students have a number of resources at Villa La Pietra at their disposal, including a spacious office on the third floor of the villa open seven days a week. Students have access to the Villa’s gardens and grounds as well as the academic center at Villa Ulivi and standing invitations to all campus events. La Pietra also hosts a number of conferences and events throughout the year to which graduate students are welcome. Recent conferences include “Remembering Primo Levi,” “The Future of Humanities,” “Art Historians at NYU: A Transatlantic Conversation,” “Dante at La Pietra”. Recent M.A. graduates are now in Ph.D programs at the University of Cambridge, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Texas at Austin and NYU. Other students are working in areas of the arts, tourism, publishing, and education.

Please review the MA in Florence Student Handbook (please see the link below) for more information about the program and/or contact the faculty and staff listed at the bottom of the page with specific questions.

Student Handbook




Address and contact information in Florence

NYU Florence
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese 120
50139 Firenze

Bruce Edelstein, Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Advanced Research
e-mail: edelstein@nyu.edu, phone: +39-055-5007246
Sabrina Melillo, Immigration and Facilities Coordinator
e-mail: sabrina.melillo@nyu.edu, phone: +39-055-5007451
Office of Student Life: florence.studentlife@nyu.edu, phone: +39-055-5007450
Office of Academic Support: florence.academicsupport@nyu.edu, phone: +39-055-5007291 or +39-055-5007319

Address and contact information in NYC

New York University
Department of Italian Studies
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
phone: 212-9988730
Fax: 212-995-4012

Genevieve Brightwell, MA Program Coordinator
e-mail: genevieve.brightwell@nyu.edu, phone: 212-998-3859
David Forgacs, Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies, Director of Graduate Studies
e-mail: david.forgacs@nyu.edu