The Leading MBA in Italy

SDA Bocconi
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Italy
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European MBA

Founded in 1971, with its over 40-year experience, SDA Bocconi School of Management is a pioneer in business education in Italy, having on one side the academic excellence and tradition, guaranteed by ‘Università Bocconi’, its reputation, strong faculty and research centres, on the other, through its faculty and programs, an eye constantly opened on the market needs, a practical, business oriented approach when facing contents and situations. SDA Bocconi also has a public management department founded in 1976, devoted to the development of applied public management studies through research and education and with a solid international reputation.

The School 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. It also offers 1 Full-Time International MPA (Master of Public Administration), 7 Full-Time Specialized Master Programs (5 International + 2 in Italian) and 5 Executive Master Programs (2 International + 3 in Italian). Furthermore, the School offers a large variety of Executive Education Open and Custom Programs each year.

SDA Bocconi prides itself on its strategic location, unparalleled faculty, global outlook, diversity, and powerful networks. The school is positioned in the heart of Milano, a major capital of industry, finance, arts, media and, above all, fashion. Milano is a real-life laboratory for SDA Bocconi. The city is home to a myriad of companies and stock markets to which students are directly exposed.

SDA Bocconi is one of the few schools of management in the world to have earned the “triple crown” accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA), and remains the only Italian School to feature amongst the 100 top international MBA programs in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2016, moving up 1 and ranking 25th worldwide and 9th in Europe.
The SDA Bocconi MBA also 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 1-year, non-US program in the world. 
Bocconi University is currently ranked 22nd worldwide in the QS University Ranking for Social Sciences and Management


Full-Time MBA Profile

The 1-year Full-Time MBA is the School’s flagship program with 100+ MBA students.
The Program starts with the 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 entrepreneurial project), plus final Concentrations. In addition to 4 functional-based Concentrations, such as Finance, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, the SDA Bocconi Full-Time MBA Program offers participants the possibility to further personalize their development through the field-based Concentration in Luxury Business Management (LBM) in partnership with GUCCI, LVMH and Valentino, the renowned leaders in the worldwide luxury business. This unique option is one of the very few Concentrations in Luxury Business Management within a top ranked International MBA.
The very last part of the MBA will take place in the Arrivederci Week: Arts and Business, The Sharing Economy, Government-related Finance, The Transformational Impact of Big Data Marketing, and first-hand “Made in Italy” business models and Blue Chip Companies.

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


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

 


Global Executive MBA Profile

The Global Executive MBA (Master of Business Administration) is a modular program which provides a high-quality business education for executives who desire to expand the scope of their careers and lead global challenges.
The Global EMBA is a launching pad for future career phases and an integrated preparation for senior management roles.
The GEMBA takes place at SDA Bocconi, in the center of Milano, a city that combines a dynamic global reality while reflecting the unique aspects of the European marketplace. Gaining this kind of understanding and experience will be essential when projecting your future career.
In addition, four modules are conducted at international partner schools: Michigan Ross School of Business (Ann Arbor, MI), Copenhagen Business School, Mumbai International School of Business, China Europe International Business School (Shanghai). Furthermore, you can apply for an elective offered by partner Schools including Recanati (Tel Aviv), Rotman (Toronto), WHU – Otto Beishmein School of Management in Vallendar (Germany), EIPM French Geneva Campuses – European Institute of Purchasing Management, and IBSS – International Business School Suzhou (China), in addition to the electives offered at SDA Bocconi.

KEY FACTS GEMBA
20-months, 10 face-to-face modules + distance learning
A blend of face-to-face and distance learning to balance career development with executive education.
Global Mindset with Local Sensitivity; International Networking.
Class Modules in Europe, North and South America, China.
Academic and management expertise.
Electives and Exchanges.
Executive Career Curriculum.
Student club activities.

Programme Info

Accreditation(s): AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

Name of Program: Full-Time MBA, Global Executive MBA

Current ranks:  Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2016 #9 EU, #25 WW; Financial Times European B-Schools 2015 #7; Which MBA - The Economist  2016 Full-Time MBA Ranking  #10 EU, #38 WW; Bloomberg Businessweek Top Int'l B-School 2015 (non-US Programs) #12WW, #10 EU; Forbes - The Best International B-Schools 2015 (1-year, non-US Programs) # 4 WW

Length of Program (months):  Full-Time MBA - 12 months; GEMBA - 20 months

Start of program: Full-Time MBA - October 2017; GEMBA - 10th March 2017

Campus where classes are taught (own campuses or of partner institutions):
Full-Time MBA: Milano
GEMBA: Milano, Mumbai, Copenhagen, Ann Arbor, Shanghai

Format Full-Time MBA:

  • 1-year full-time, the School’s flagship program with 100+ MBA students. A multi-faceted and stimulating approach to management, a challenging life experience to 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.

Format specifics (countries to visit, study, exchange opportunities, projects):

  • The Program starts with the Opening Week: a one-week MBA boot camp, during which you are asked to understand and live the essence of your forthcoming year.
  • The first months students take foundation and delving deeper courses centered around 3 topics - Planning & Innovating, Controlling & Investing and Leading People & Processes; next, 8 to 12 weeks are dedicated to real-world experience - Summer Projects;  final stage includes field-based Luxury Business Management Concentration, (May-November) as well as 4 functional Concentrations (final 2 months)
  • Summer Projects include the following activities:
    • individual internships (strong connection that may turn into a job offer) - vast network of international recruiters of all industries who interview and select students for individual internship projects;
    • entrepreneurial projects - under the supervision of a professor in entrepreneurship participants create their own business plan, organize a start-up or contribute to a company business development project;
    • research papers - under the supervision of a Faculty member and upon approval of the MBA Director
  • Concentrations: Finance, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Marketing
  • Luxury Business Management Concentration - in partnership with Gucci, LVMH and Valentino
  • International Exchange Program (3-4 months) - With 30+ top partners worldwide, (to name just a few: IE, LBS, HEC Paris, Babson College, Kellogg, Stern NYU, Chicago Booth, Wharton, Rotman, CEIBS, HKUST, AGSM Sydeny, Melbourne, etc.)
  • New career opportunities and a network of relations worldwide. 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
  • 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

Format Global Executive MBA (GEMBA)

  • 20-month blended program, designed for globally minded executives.
  • 8 highly concentrated one-week modules plus 2 nine-day modules conducted every other month; one-week modules run from Monday through Saturday while long modules run from Friday to Saturday of the following week.
  • Class modules in Europe, America and Asia, GEMBA to enable students to acquire global mindset, while experiencing Milano, a vibrant city, the entrepreneurial and financial center of Italy, the capital of culture, fashion, design and food.

Format specifics (countries to visit, study, exchange opportunities, projects):

CEIBS - China Europe International Business School, Going Global

  • Optional electives at At SDA Bocconi or at our Partner Institutions:
    • Rotman School of Management University of Toronto;
    • Recanati Executive MBA, Tel Aviv University;
    • WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management;
    • EIPM - European Institute of Purchasing Management, Geneve;
    • IBSS International Business School, Suzhou.
  • A blend of face-to-face and distance learning to balance career development with executive education.
  • Global Mindset with Local Sensitivity; International Networking.
  • Class Modules in Europe, North and South America, China.
  • Academic and management expertise.
  • Electives and Exchanges.
  • Executive Career Curriculum
  • Student club activities.

 

 

Student Body

(Full-Time MBA)
Number of nationalities: 32 
Italy 23%
Europe 22% 
Asia 14% 
North America 19% 
Latin America 20% 
Africa and Middle East 2%
Men: Women: 64%-36%
Age Range: 25-33
Average Age: 30
Degree Background: 
Business & Economics 42% 
Engineering 33% 
Humanities 13%
Sciences/tech 5% 
Law 7%

Length of Work Experience: 
Full-Time MBA:
 Average 5.5 years

Admission

Education: BA
Minimum work experience: Full-Tima MBA - 2/3 years (average 5);  GEMBA - 5/6 years (average 11)
Age frame: Full-Time MBA –min 24/25, average – 30; GEMBA – min 29, average – 37
Minimum/Average GMAT: no minimum, average - 660

Costs

Tuition fee: Full-Time MBA - 49.000 €; GEMBA: 70.000
Scholarships Available (yes/no): yes, all of them merit based - full and partial; More for Full-Time MBA,  but also available for Executive MBA programs.

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Alumni

The SDA Bocconi MBA is a never-ending experience.

Alumni are one of the greatest assets of business schools throughout the world.

The Bocconi Alumni Association brings together over 12,000 SDA Bocconi Master Alumni who have graduated from SDA Bocconi MBAs and Specialized Masters Programs. The Association aims to spread the value of a shared experience and culture, strengthening ties among Alumni, regardless of the program they attended.

The Association also aims to maintain a relationship between Alumni and SDA Bocconi, with the intention of increasing the School's prestige and influence in national and international economic, financial and corporate spheres.

 

COMMENCEMENT DAY 2014

Bocconi Alumni carry out a series of initiatives, in Italy and abroad, in order to achieve its objectives:

  • Encouraging the exchange of experiences and networking among Alumni
  • Gaining visibility and prestige for SDA Bocconi at a national and international level
  • Promoting international development and the growth of SDA Bocconi
  • Encouraging donations to the School from individual members and supporting fundraising activities that benefit SDA Bocconi initiatives.

Services for Alumni include an on-line directory, a calendar of events, newsletters, Chapter and Club news, and many other services that help foster networking among Alumni, and relations between Alumni and the School.

     
 

This year we have transformed, both personally and professionally. And without a doubt, SDA Bocconi has been instrumental in this process. The MBA has been a dream.
A dream for most of us before it even began, a dream that we lived through
during turbulent times. However it is a dream that we have fulfilled today and we
stand here awakened and empowered only to dream bigger.

Shahana Mustafa, Indian | MBA 2012
Business Management Program - Adidas Group - Germany

Contacts:

SDA Bocconi School of Management
Masters Division
Recruiting and Admissions Service
Via Balilla 18 - 20136 Milan - Italy
Tel. + 39 02 5836 3278-3125
Fax. + 39 02 5836 3272
Email: md@sdabocconi.it
Web: www.sdabocconi.it/mba

 

 

 

 

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