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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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Via Sarfatti, 10 - 20136 Milano, Italy

+39 02 5836 6307

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
12 months

Date of commencement
October 2019; Program end: December 2020

Class size

Cost / fees
€ 28,000 paid in four installments:

Student grants / Financial assistance
SDA Bocconi School of Management is making available two partial merit-based tuition waivers up to € 10,000 to 2018-2019 MPA candidates with an outstanding profile. Visit the website to learn more about scholarship opportunities and about the MPA Scholarship Fund student-led fundraising initiative Additionally, the School assists candidates with their search for funds by placing at their disposal the documentation required for loan applications. In particular, Bocconi facilitates 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

Student profile
The MPA program is primarily designed for international, post-graduate students and working professionals coming from all over the world, fluent in English and between 23 and 33 years of age.

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students: 21% - 79%
3. Average work experience: 4.5 years
4. Average age: 27

Admission requirements

  • A three-year or higher degree in any discipline received from an Italian or foreign university
  • At least two years professional experience and an international profile
  • Fluency in the English language

  • Program Director
    Alexander Maximilian Hiedemann MPA Director, Class of 2019

    Contact details for application
    SDA Bocconi Masters Division
    Recruiting and Admissions Service
    Via Sarfatti, 10, 20136 Milan - Italy
    Tel +39 02 5836 6307
    Fax +39 02 5836 3272
    Email: mpa.recruiting(at)

    SDA Bocconi School of Management

    Master of Public Administration (MPA)

    Smart solutions to public challenges.

    The Master of Public Administration (MPA) offered by SDA Bocconi School of Management is a one-year full-time program taught in English to students from around the world. It is an accredited Master which offers 70 ECTS credits.

    The MPA helps international students develop specialized knowledge and personal qualities for professional work in the public sector and associated institutions both locally and globally.

    State-of-the-art scientific background, actionable knowledge, professionalism and openness to diversity make the MPA a unique, once-in-a-life learning experience for future managers of public interests.

    The MPA is designed for students who are looking for solid public management tools and want to pursue a managerial career in governmental and non-governmental organizations, international institutions, as well as private businesses working with the public sector.

    MPA is the Master for you if
    • You find managing public interests not only useful but also highly rewarding.
    • You are looking for a highly ranked School of Management with a strong reputation and a public management department founded in 1976, devoted to the development of applied public management studies through research and education and has a solid international reputation.
    • You are an established professional seeking leadership responsibilities in the international public sector.
    What MPA can offer you
    • Will provide you with the skills and tools required to be a manager in the public sector.
    • Will also teach you about international policies and best practices, while encouraging you to have an independent, transparent and flexible approach to public management.
    • You will benefit from the MPA’s collaboration with a network of governmental institutions, international organizations and NGOs, which could eventually become your next career move.


    Following the agreements signed between the universities, the Dual Degree Master students have an opportunity to apply to their second year of study at SDA Bocconi in Milan.

    By combining their studies with the MPA at SDA Bocconi, the dual degree students are exposed to international methods and innovative ideas through overseas experience and gain different perspectives on the same challenges and processes of public sector management faced in their home countries. This also allows them to network internationally and increase their employability opportunities internationally.

    Available Dual Degrees:

    MPA Dual Degree arrangement with Kazakhstani Academy of Public Administration
    MPA Dual Degree arrangement with the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Republic of Korea
    MPA Dual Degree arrangement with Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)

    Other courses offered by SDA Bocconi

  • Master in Arts Management and Administration
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  • Master of Management in Food & Beverage
  • Global Executive MBA
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  • Executive Master in Luxury Management
  • Executive Master in Marketing & Sales
  • Full-time MBA

  • 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 Universitą 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, Designed for your World, 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.

    Accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

    Current ranks:

    #9 EU - 29 WW Global MBA Rankings 2020
    #3 EU European B-Schools Rankings 2019
    #3 EU - #4 WW Custom Education Rankings 2019
    #7 EU - #9 WW Executive Education combined Rankings 2019

    #3 EU Full-Time MBA Ranking 2019
    #13 WW Full-Time MBA Ranking 2019

    QS - TOP MBA
    #10 EU QS Global MBA Rankings 2020 - Europe
    #23 WW QS Global MBA Rankings 2020
    #8 EU QS EMBA Rankings 2019 - Europe
    #16 WW QS Global EMBA Rankings 2019

    # 5 - European B-Schools Ranking 2019

    #4 - The Best International MBAs 2019 (1-year, non-US Programs)