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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Via Balilla 18 - 20136 Milan - Italy

+39 02 5836 3278 - 3125

+39 02 5836 3272

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
12 months

Date of commencement
September 2018

Application deadline
10 Apr 2018

Class size
100 in 2 sections in English


Student grants / Financial assistance
There are several scholarships and tuition waivers offered by the School, as well as by companies, consultancy firms and other organizations.
These are usually awarded before the Program begins.
Admission to the Program is independent of the award of any scholarship or tuition waiver.
The School assists candidates in their search for funding by supplying the necessary documentation and encourages them to explore all scholarships and loans possibilities in time. Bocconi grants opportunities for low-interest loans available to admitted students, thanks to agreements with some partner banks. Furthermore the University provides international students with information about possible sources for financing in several countries.

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
The Boston Consulting Group
Credit Suisse

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students: 24% - 76%
2. Ratio of Men / Women: 70% men – 30% women
3. Average age: 29

Admission requirements
See below

Programme Director
Stefano Gatti

Contact details for application
SDA Bocconi
Masters Division - Recruiting and Admissions Service
Via Balilla 18 - 20136 Milan - Italy
Tel: +39 02 5836 3228 / 3278 / 3297 / 3298 / 3299
Fax: +39 02 5836 3272

SDA Bocconi School of Management

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Full Time MBA in Short

Empowering lives through knowledge and imagination: this is the mission that has always directed the SDA Bocconi School of Management. The SDA Bocconi MBA places among the top programs in the world as the best value for money, the investment in MBA education which pays itself back most quickly. According to the latest Forbes ranking of return on investment (ROI, the average time graduates need to earn back tuition fees), the SDA Bocconi MBA is the 4th best non-US program in the world.

SDA Bocconi remains the only Italian Business School to feature amongst the 100 top international MBA programs in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2016, moving up 1 position and ranking 25th worldwide and 9th in Europe.

SDA Bocconi offers a Full-Time MBA and a Global Executive MBA in English as well as a modular Executive MBA, an Executive MBA Week-End and an Evening Executive MBA in Italian.

Full-Time MBA Key Facts

1-year Full-Time MBA:
A challenging life time experience to learn the art of management and grow personally and professionally.
Academic expertise plus practical and applied knowledge.
One-to-one interaction between students, faculty and dedicated Staff.
A 360 degree learning experience, a rich and diverse community with students from over 30 countries and mixed academic, professional and cultural backgrounds.
New career opportunities and a network of relations worldwide.
Student club activities.
Seminar series and events to expose MBA students to knowledge and experience of top international leaders and influential scholars.
Strategic location for cultural and professional development

The 1-year Full-Time MBA is the School’s flagship program with just about 100 MBA students.

The Program starts with Opening Week: a one-week MBA boot camp, during which you are asked to understand and live the essence of your forthcoming year.

Full-Time MBA structure is organized around three cornerstones: Planning and Innovation, Leading people and Processes, Controlling and Investment. These core courses represent the competence requirements of a global manager.

Students spend the first eight months of the program taking foundation courses and developing management skills followed by a two-month real-world, hands-on experience (individual internship or group consulting project), plus final Concentrations. In addition to 4 functional-based Concentrations, such as Finance, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, the Program offers participants the possibility to further personalize their development by choosing the sector-based Track in Luxury Business Management (LBM) in partnership with LVMH and Gucci, the renowned leaders in the worldwide luxury business.

The very last part of the MBA will take place in the Arrivederci Week: Arts and Business, Telco and New media, Government-related finance, Pharma and Health, and first-hand “Made in Italy” business models.

As a major international school of management, SDA Bocconi is engaged in an active and prestigious network of exchanges, collaborations and interactions with peer institutions. The International Exchange Program offers selected candidates the opportunity to spend 3 to 4 months of the program at another top business school. MBA students have full access to Career Service, which organizes one-to-one career advising and coaching, workshops, corporate presentations, company days, CV book and job postings. Career management and recruiting activities allow participants to get in touch with a wide range of national and international companies.

The SDA Bocconi MBA places 1st in the world as the best value for money,this is according to the latest Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of return on for the best MBA programs around the world.


PRE COURSES – September

• Accounting
• Economics
• Quantitative Methods
• Italian


CORE COURSES – October / April

• Planning & Innovating
• Controlling & Investing
• Leading people and Processes


• Soft skills & Values


• Telecom Italia project
• Simulation on Growth


• Individual Internships
• Entrepreneurial projects
• Group Projects
• Research Papers

In partnership with LVMH

CONCENTRATIONS – September/ Early November

• Finance and Financial Istitutions
• Customer Marketing and Social Media
• Innovation, Product Development, Execution
• Private Equity, Entrepreneurship and Renawal

International Exchange program – September / December Alternative option



Tuition Waivers for the 2014/15 MBA Edition

SDA Bocconi School of Management made available 26 total/partial merit-based tuition waivers to 2013-2014 MBA candidates with an outstanding profile. The number and assignment criteria of total or partial tuition waivers are defined and acknowledged by a special Commission whose decision is final and will be notified to beneficiaries by the beginning of the Program.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

• Analysis of academic and professional record;
• Analysis of the requirements indicated in the specific notice of competition;
• Results of the MBA selection process.

International Exchange Program

The opportunity to complete the MBA abroad at one of the top international Partener Institutions. As a major international school of management, SDA Bocconi is engaged in an active and prestigious network of exchanges, collaborations and interactions with its peer institutions. The International Exchange Program offers selected candidates the opportunity to spend the last months of the program at around 30 prestigious international institutions

The Exchange Program Network

ESSEC Business School (Cergy-Pontoise); HEC MBA (Jouy-en-Josas); IE, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid); KOC University, Graduate School of Business (Istanbul); London Business School (London); MBS, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (Manchester); RSM, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Rotterdam)

Babson College (Babson Park, MA); Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (Durham, NC); The Johnson School at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY); Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (Hanover, NH); UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC); The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Chicago, IL); Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL); Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA);

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON); Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC); Schulich School of Business, York University (Toronto, ON);

AGSM MBA Program Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW);

FGV-EAESP, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (São Paulo)

CEIBS, China Europe International Business School (Shanghai); HKUST Business School - The School of Business and Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong); Tsinghua SEM - School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University (Beijing)

ISB - Indian School of Business (Hyderabad)

Graduate School of International Management, International University of Japan (Niigata); Keio Business School, Keio University (Yokohama Kanagawa)

Admissions Requirements and Procedure

A rigorous selection process designed to enroll the right class each year.

The selection process is based on a variety of soft factors and how they match with our MBA: skills, talents, enthusiasm, motivation, ability to contribute, as well as motivation to grow as a manager and a person.

Of course, applicants must also score well on the formal admissions requirements including previous university study, test scores and work experience.

Application form

The application is available exclusively online, and must be completed in English. The application includes several short-answer questions, which are carefully designed to help us understand more about your personal and professional experiences and your reasons for wanting to attend our MBA program.

Video pre-interview

The video pre-interview integrates your written application form, providing us a better understanding of your profile. You will be asked to answer a series of questions recording a video of yourself; the on-line platform, will be guiding you through easy steps. The link to the platform will be available on-line with the application form.

Degree certificate, transcript

You are required to submit an original/official or certified original transcript of grades (in English or Italian) from the college or university attended. This must include grades for individual subjects with the grading scale, the type of degree, the date of graduation and the dates of enrolment. Applicants who obtained a university degree in Italy must provide a self-declaration of the Degree Certificate and Transcript (form provided by their university). This self-declaration is only for students graduated from Italian universities.

Professional experience, detailed CV

On average, students in our MBA program have five years work experience, with the range between two and ten years. Younger candidates are eligible for admission if they have an excellent academic background, test scores, soft skills and motivation. We do not expect each applicant to have traditional managerial experience, instead we are more concerned with professional growth, management potential, capacity to work in teams, and willingness to take on responsibilities. In addition, the business sector or function is less important than the quality of the experience gained in that sector.

Proficiency in English

The MBA program is held entirely in English, thus all applicants must be highly proficient in written and spoken English. If English is not your mother tongue, you must submit a result of the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic or CPE tests. At the testing site, you can specify that your results be sent directly to SDA Bocconi (TOEFL School Code - 0698, PTE School Code - R7G-6R-23). If you have already taken one of these tests, the original results must be sent directly to the school. Test results prior to January 2014 are no longer valid.

A test result may be waived for mother-tongue English speakers and for students who took their degree in English or can document significant professional experience in an English-speaking country.


This is mandatory for all applicants. The GMAT must include the Analytical Writing Assessment and the Integrated Reasoning. The GMAT and GRE are internationally recognized tests in English that evaluates your quantitative, verbal, and analytical skills. Although there is no required minimum score for admission, a high score is beneficial during the admission process. When the test is taken, the name of the School should be specified, which will allow our Admissions Service to receive the results directly. The identification code for our MBA program are: GMAT 3WJ-L8-42, GRE 3710.

Test results prior to January 2011 are no longer valid. (*)

* As an exception, and for very specific reasons, candidates can ask the Admissions Service the authorization to take the SDA Test as an alternative to the GMAT/GRE. The SDA Test is organized by SDA Bocconi, and assesses quantitative,logical and verbal skills. Enrolment for the test is organized directly through the Admissions Service after submission of the application for admission. The fee for the SDA Test is EUR 100.

Two letters of reference

Reference letters must be from people who know you well, and can comment knowledgeably about your professional and/or academic background and provide a detailed evaluation of your qualifications for our MBA. The SDA Bocconi reference form (available online with the application form) must be used. Reference letters should be e-mailed directly by the referees from their company email address to

Application from sponsor companies

If your company intends to financially support your participation in the MBA program (through partial or total payment of the tuition fee), an additional document must be completed by a company representative.

A special form is available on our online application. Interview

After an initial review of your application, a select number of candidates will be invited for an admissions interview. This will allow you to show that you possess the essential skills, talents and motivations that are essential to getting the most out of our MBA program. The interview may be held:
  • in Milano at SDA Bocconi. In addition to the interview, this format allows you to get to know us better by being on-campus and assessing the environment, which could soon see you as an MBA student.
  • in/near your current city of residence. The Admissions Service has alumni interviewers collaborating with us on admissions interviews throughout Italy and throughout the world. For those unable to travel to Milano for an interview, we will attempt to connect you with the alumni interviewer located most conveniently to your current location. (*).
  • remotely (via webcam). In some cases the interview may take place remotely.
* It is important to note that there is no greater chance for admission if an applicant takes their interview on-campus in Milano. The global nature of our applicant pool makes it challenging for many applicants to travel the vast distance from their current city to Milano for an interview, and the interviewing format has been constructed to accommodate this reality. The application must also be accompanied by:
  • Photo to be uploaded to the online application
  • Copy of your passport or ID
  • Payment of EUR 100 application fee (using the special form in the application form)

Other courses offered by SDA Bocconi

  • Master in Arts Management and Administration
  • Master in Corporate Finance
  • Master Program in Fashion, Experience & Design Management
  • Master of Management in Food & Beverage
  • Global Executive MBA
  • Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy
  • Executive Master in Luxury Management
  • Executive Master in Marketing & Sales
  • Master in Public Administration

  • About SDA Bocconi School of Management

    The leading School of Management in Italy and the only Italian School present in all of the most important International rankings (Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Forbes), SDA Bocconi has established itself as a European leader in higher education.

    SDA Bocconi School of Management is part of Università Bocconi, the first Italian University to grant a degree in economics. For over a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy’s social and economic modernization.

    SDA Bocconi has been engaged in the promotion and organization of executive education since 1971, with an International approach. The School’s vision of empowering life through knowledge and imagination lies behind its program offerings: Executive Education Open and Custom Programs, MBA and Master Programs, for the development of individuals, companies, institutions and economic systems.

    Choosing SDA Bocconi and coming to Milano means choosing a vibrant environment, the entrepreneurial, financial and industrialized center of Italy, a doorway to Europe. In short, a wealth of international contacts and opportunities.

    And Milano, of course, is culture, fashion, design, food and the art of living.

    Latest SDA Bocconi Rankings

    The leading School of Management in Italy and the only Italian School on the top of the charts of all main International Rankings, SDA Bocconi has established itself as a European leader in higher education.

    Accreditation(s): AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

    Current ranks:

    #7 EU - #25 WW - Top MBAs for women 2018, FINANCIAL TIMES