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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 remains the only Italian School to feature amongst the 100 top international MBA programs in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2017, moving up 3 and ranking 22nd 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.
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
Current ranks: Financial times - #6 EU - European B-Schools Rankings
#5 EU - #18 WW - Top MBAs for finance 2017.
#9 EU - #22 WW - Global MBA Rankings 2017.
#3 EU - #4 WW - Custom Education Rankings 2017.
#8 EU - #14 WW- Executive Education combined Rankings 2017.
BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK - #8 - Best International Business Schools.
Rankings 2016 (non-US MBA Programs).
THE ECONOMIST - #10 EU - Full-Time MBA Ranking 2016.
#38 WW - Full-Time MBA Ranking 2016.
FORBES - #5 - The Best International MBAs 2017 (1-year, non-US Programs).
Length of Program (months): Full-Time MBA - 1 year; GEMBA - 20
Start of program: Full-Time MBA - September 2018; GEMBA - 9 March 2018.
Campus where classes are taught (own campuses or of partner institutions):
Full-Time MBA: Milano.
GEMBA: Milano, Mumbai, Copenhagen,Shanghai Partner.
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.
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; informal, yet informed, 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.
- Strategic location for cultural and professional development
Format Global Executive MBA (GEMBA)
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: ROTMAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, 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, Canada, China 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 - 52,000 €; GEMBA: 72,000
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.