The Leading MBA in Italy

SDA Bocconi
European MBA

Founded in 1971, with its over 40-year experience, SDA Bocconi School of Management is a pioneer in business education in Italy: its hallmark is innovation and far-reaching modelling that manifest themselves through a wide array of executive courses and master programs. The School offers a Full-time MBA and a Global Executive MBA in English as well as a modular Executive MBA and an Evening Executive MBA in Italian. It also offers 10 Full-time Specialized Master Programs (5 International + 5 in Italian) and 6 Executive Specialized Master Programs (2 International + 4 in Italian). For more info: Furthermore, the School offers a large variety of Executive Education Open and Custom Programs each year. SDA Bocconi prides itself for: strategic location, an unparalleled faculty, global outlook, its diversity, powerful networks. The school is positioned in the heart of Milano, a major capital of industry, finance, arts, media and, above all, fashion. SDA Bocconi is globally focused. Students come at SDA Bocconi from across the globe. Every year, the campus is exemplification for diversity, internationalism and gender heterogeneity; the classes bring together individuals from different professional backgrounds with no industry dominating over the other. Worldwide network's pillar of strength lies in the quality of the partnership SDA Bocconi holds with key business institutions around Italy and across the world. SDA Bocconi alumni operating in major cities around the world represent a concrete global network. 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. 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, the renowned leader 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. Website: The SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA is a 20 month program that alternates between face-to-face modules and distance learning platforms. Participants take a total of 10 modules every other month (covering 61 F2F full-time equivalent days), 8 delivered for one week, plus two 9-day modules. Four modules take place at international Partners such as UCLA Anderson School of Management (Los Angeles - USA), Fudan University (Shanghai - China), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and FIA-Fundação Instituto de Administração in São Paulo. After a core curriculum phase participants have the opportunity to take advanced topics focused on business process, areas and industries. Electives can then take place at SDA Bocconi or at another top international business school that is part of the Global EMBA exchange network. The SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA is unique in that it combines a truly global perspective with an intense experience rooted in a dynamic European context. The program gathers people with deep professional backgrounds allowing for a fertile context for benchmarking and a good opportunity to learn from the experience of classmates. What is learned and shared in the classroom can be immediately used and applied to each student's own companies, the idea is to have a continuous and effective exchange of experiences between work and class.

Programme Info

Type of Course:
- Full-Time MBA
- Global Executive MBA
Accreditation: EQUIS, AMBA, ASFOR
Ranking: Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, Which MBA
Starting Dates:
- Full-Time MBA: October 2014
- Global Executive MBA: March 2014
Length of Course:
- Full-Time MBA: 12 months
- Global Executive MBA: 20 months

Student Body

(Full-Time MBA)
Number of nationalities: 32 Italy 27%
Europe 29% Asia 19% North America 12%
Latin America 8% Africa and Middle East 3%
Oceania  2% Men: Women: 3:1
Age Range: 25-34
Average Age: 29
Degree Background:
Business& Economics 48%
Engineering 29% Humanities 13%
Sciences/tech 7% Law 3%

Length of Work Experience:
Full-Time MBA:
Average 5 years - Min.2 years
Global Executive MBA: Average 10 years - Min. 5-6 years


  • University degre
  • Detailed CV
  • GMAT
  • Interview
  • References (Full-Time MBA only)
Application Deadlines:
- Full-Time MBA: 30 April 2014
- Global Executive MBA: 10 December 2013


Tuition fees:
- Full-Time MBA: 46,000€
- Global Executive MBA: 58,000€
Estimate for accommodation/living costs, insurance: between 1,500€ and 1,800€ per month



Address: Via Balilla 18,
20136 Milan, Italy
Telephone: +39 025836.3125
Fax: +39 025836.3272
Dean: Bruno Busacca

Global Executive MBA Director Maurizio Poli

Full-Time MBA Director Gianmario Verona

MBA Admissions Director Rossana Camera


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