SDA Bocconi School of Management
The Leading MBA in Italy
SDA Bocconi is the leading School of Management in Italy and also stands among the top-ranked European institutions. 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.
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 ranks 6th Business School in Europe according to the Financial Times. According to Bloomberg Businessweek SDA Bocconi is the 7th Best International Business School outside the US. The MBA programs ranks in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2018 9th in Europe and 29th worldwide. In the category Top MBAs for Women the program currently ranks 7th in Europe and 25th in the world.
The School offers a Full-time MBA and a Global Executive MBA in English as well as a modular Executive MBA and an Executive MBA Week-End 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.
Accreditation(s): AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
Name of Program: Full-Time MBA, Global Executive MBA
#7 EU - #25 WW Top MBAs for women 2018 , Financial Times
#9 EU - #29 WW Global MBA Rankings 2018, Financial Times
#6 EU European B-Schools Rankings 2018, Financial Times
#5 EU #24 WW Full-Time MBA Ranking 2018, The Economist – Which MBA
#5 The Best International MBAs 2017 (1-year, non-US Programs), Forbes
#6 EU - #39 WW Best B-Schools Rankings 2018, Bloomberg Businessweek
#10 EU #23 WW QS Global MBA Rankings 2019 QS Global MBA Rankings 2019 QS - TOP MBA
#10 EU QS EMBA Rankings 2018 - Europe
#19 WW QS Global EMBA Rankings 2018
Length of Program (months): Full-Time MBA - 1 year; GEMBA - 18
Start of program: Full-Time MBA - September 2019; GEMBA - October 2019.
Campus where classes are taught (own campuses or of partner institutions):
Full-Time MBA: Milano.
GEMBA: Milano, Toronto, Mumbai, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Shanghai, São Paulo
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 and entrepreneurial skills followed by 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.From June on, a two-month real-world, hands-on experience (individual internship or entrepreneurial project) takes place.
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.
Full-Time MBA Key Facts
1-year Full-Time MBA highlights
- An Int’l, game-changing MBA in Milano, for entrepreneurial career switchers.
- A “Triple A” MBA, leveraging on individual Aspiration to change & Ambition to increase their affluence, to forge tomorrow’s global leaders gifted with social Awareness.
- Academic expertise plus practical and applied knowledge.
- 4 Functional Concentrations + 1 Luxury Business Management Concentration
- 1 Path to Entrepreneurship
- Seminar series and events to expose MBA students to knowledge and experience of top international leaders and influential scholars; informal, yet informed, lunch talks on the event of the day, with faculty and guest speakers, flexible opportunities for those willing to learn from real-life cases and unexpected turn of events bearing powerful managerial consequences.
- International Exchange Program
- 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.
- Strategic location for cultural and professional development
Format Global Executive MBA (GEMBA)
The new Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA (Master in Business Administration) is a modular program that combines the expertise and perspectives of a leading European and a leading North American business school in a transformative journey hosted in international business hubs. A launching pad for future career phases and an integrated preparation for senior management roles, GEMBA provides a highly personalized focus on leadership development, and introduces students to a global network of exceptional managers, faculty, executives and thought-leaders.
You’ll immerse yourself in the local cultures of seven international business centers - Toronto, Milano, Mumbai, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Shanghai, São Paulo - and compare European and North American perspectives in our two home cities: Toronto, Canada’s multicultural financial capital and innovation hub, and Milano, a leading center of manufacturing, design and finance.
TRAVELING TOWARDS SUCCESS THE STRUCTURE: Expand your global understanding, and personal horizons as a future leader, in this unique 18-month program spanning seven cities in four continents. GEMBA will change the the way you think, network and do business in some of the world’s biggest markets.
KEY FACTS GEMBA
- 18 Months
- 75 Learning Days
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, Canada, China, Brasil and India.
Academic and management expertise.
Electives and Exchanges.
Executive Career Curriculum.
Student club activities.
Number of nationalities: 33
North America 16%
Latin America 15%
Africa and Middle East 5% Oceania 1%
Men: Women: 67%-33%
Age Range: 25-33
Average Age: 29
Business & Economics 38%
Length of Work Experience:
Full-Time MBA: Average 5.5 years
Minimum work experience: Full-Tima MBA - 2/3 years (average 5.5); GEMBA - 5/6 years (average 12)
Age frame: Full-Time MBA –min 24/25, average – 29; GEMBA – min 29, average – 37
Minimum/Average GMAT: no minimum, average - 660
Tuition fee: Full-Time MBA - 57,000 €; GEMBA: 100,000
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.
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.
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.