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Roberto Sarfatti,  Milan, Italy

SDA Bocconi MBA Overview

An intensive, international MBA in the heart of Milano, Italy’s cultural and innovation capital, and at SDA Bocconi, one of the world’s top-ranked management schools and a pioneer in European business education. A one-year MBA with personal attention and worldwide exposure, designed to satisfy the demands of students on a flexible basis. A programme that goes beyond traditional management expertise and links students with top-tier, inspirational CEOs and iconic brands such as Google, Starbucks, and Illy. This programme provides students with new perspectives and opportunities through a variety of Special Seminars, Leadership Series, Extra-curricular and Club Activities. SDA Bocconi is one of the highest-ranked schools of management globally and a trailblazer in European business education. The 1-year MBA is designed to flexibly meet the needs of students, with personal care and global exposure.




SDA Bocconi School of Management


Bocconi University is a prestigious private university in the heart of Milano, Italy, that was founded in 1902. Ferdinando Bocconi is the founder. It holds “triple crown” accreditation. In various fields, the institution provides bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and research degrees. Milan is the world’s fashion capital. After Rome, it is Italy’s second-most populous city. Business, leisure, and education all intersect in the cultural city. Bocconi University has a cutting-edge infrastructure that allows it to provide the best learning experience possible. Modern classrooms, seminar halls, art studios, a library, and an IT lab are all available. In addition, seminars, conclaves, and cultural events are held at the university.

International MBA, Executive Master in Business Administration, Global Executive MBA, Master of Management in Food and Beverage, Master in Corporate Finance, Master in Fashion Experience & Design Management, and Executive Master in Marketing & Sales are some of the specific programmes offered at the B School. It also has an option for custom programs. In addition, Bocconi University has a strong industry connection that helps students find internships and job possibilities.

Executive Master in Business Administration

Do you want to widen your horizons in terms of your professional development? The Executive Master in Business Administration (taught in Italian with certain modules in English) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in your future while maintaining your current lifestyle. The option to choose between a Modular and a Weekend format (and, for the latter, between Milan and Rome locations) as well as the various combinations of weekend sessions with weekly periods of intensive training make these formats even more flexible, allowing you to tailor them to your specific needs while still ensuring an excellent learning experience. It also helps to incur leadership development.


Another type of MBA called Global Executive MBA is also taught at SDA Bocconi School of Management. The Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA (Master of Business Administration) is a modular programme that brings together the knowledge and perspectives of a top European and North American business school in a transformative journey held in worldwide business centres. Global Executive MBA delivers a highly focused focus on leadership development and introduces participants to a global network of elite managers, academics, executives, and thought-leaders, serving as a launching pad for future career phases and an integrated preparation for senior management jobs.

SDA Bocconi MBA Highlights

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SDA Bocconi MBA Highlights

Master Programs and Curriculum

The SDA Bocconi MBA is an ambitious undertaking and a transformative journey: Core Courses and Concentrations sequentially occur in 9 intense months of class, between October and June. Then, from June onwards, and for up to six months, you can flexibly choose among individual internships, entrepreneurial projects or group business lab to practice what you learned. More alternatives for the Fall Term include staying on campus to test and consolidate your soft skills with business games, 360-degree cases and other final courses, or exchange to other top international business schools.

The Global Executive MBA programme is a unique 18-month curriculum that will revolutionise the way you think, network, and do business in some of the world’s most important markets, while also providing you with a larger range of possibilities, contacts, and experiences. The Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA programme is provided in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

The sequences of Core Courses take place in 5 Terms from September to March: Term 1 (October/November), Term 2 (November/December), Term 3 (January/February), Term 4 (February/March), Term 5 (March/April).

Term 1

  • Populism and the Economy
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Microeconomics for Managers
  • Business Analytics

Term 2

  • Financial Planning and Budgeting
  • Understanding Investments
  • Strategic Economic Analysis
  • Predictive Analytics of Big Data
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour

Term 3

  • Banking and Capital Markets
  • Macroeconomics for Managers
  • Cost Management and Profitability Analysis
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Python Coding and Application (non-mandatory)

Term 4

  • Decisions & Uncertainty
  • Operations Strategy
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Macroeconomics in Action
  • Bloomberg (non-mandatory)

Term 5

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Organizational Design in the Information Age
  • Performance Management and Control
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Perspectives on Emerging Markets (non-mandatory)


    The electives are clustered in 4+1 concentrations, among which students have to make choices.

    1. Finance and Financial Institutions

    • Structured and Project Finance
    • Real Estate Investment
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Derivatives & Hedging
    • Investment Banks: Mastering Deal Execution

    2. Innovation, Product Development, Execution

    • Strategy Execution
    • Making Innovation Happen: Scenarios, People, Practices
    • Ideating and Launching New Products
    • Digital Enabled Business Transformation
    • Innovating in the Global Landscape

    3. Customer Marketing

    • Pricing
    • Brand Management
    • Ecommerce
    • Non-Market Strategies
    • Digital Strategy

    4. Private Equity and Entrepreneurship

    • Change and Renewal Strategies
    • Corporate Entrepreneurship
    • Private Equity
    • Entrepreneurial Finance
    • Managing Alliances

    5. Luxury Business Management

    • Retail
    • Merchandising
    • Digital/CRM
    • Go-to-Market and Going Global
    • Product
    • Brand
    • Retail Deep Dive
    • Global Mindset
    • In-Company Project

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      SDA Bocconi MBA program requires a strong investment in relationships, cooperation and teamwork. It will be a transformative journey. This environment builds candidates with a truly global mindset and strong diversity management skills. As a result, almost all of them pursue a substantial change in their careers in either industry sector, function or country, and they are invariably successful. The MBA Career Services division works with you for the entire duration of the program to support your professional development.

      € 80,862




      Top 3 Sectors

      1. Consulting
      2. Technology
      3. Financial Services
      Consulting 25%
      Technology 20%
      Finance 12%
      Consumer Goods 11%
      Industrial 10%
      Luxury 8%
      Health 6%
      Energy 2%
      Hospitality 2%
      Others 4%

      Companies recruiting from SDA Bocconi MBA

      Consulting Sector

      • McKinsey & Co.
      • PricewaterhouseCoopers
      • Bain & Co.
      • Boston Consulting Group
      • A.T. Kearney


      • Google
      • Amazon
      • Microsoft
      • Uber
      • Infosys


      • Credit Suisse
      • Generali Investments
      • Zurich Insurance Group
      • PIMCO
      • UBS

      Return on Investment (ROI)

      Tuition Fees     € 59,000
      Cost of Living + € 19,800
      Average Impact of Part-Time Jobs –  € 5000
      Total Investment      € 73,800
      Average Salary     € 80, 862
      Amount Recovery (setting aside 25% of earnings)      3.6 years


      SDA Bocconi Alumni Info

      Bocconi University has over 114,000 alumni, with 16,000 alumni coming from SDA Bocconi. This dynamic network of people based in more than 110 countries is an invaluable asset. Through the alumni network, you can access a wealth of experience and knowledge and build strong and lasting relationships.

      Some Famous Alumni

      • Kaarel Ots – the Chairman of the Management Board of Nasdaq Tallinn
      • Andrea Illys – the Chairman of illycaffè S.p.A.,
      • Dubravka Nègre – Head of EIB Regional Representation for the Western Balkans

      SDA Bocconi MBA : Class Profile

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      Useful Information

        Concentration in Luxury Business Management. This is an almost unique option among concentrations offered by the SDA Bocconi MBA program. It is also strategically located in the heart of Milano, one of the world capitals of fashion and luxury. The concentration addresses both theoretical and practical aspects, allowing you to interact directly with industry managers, visit some of the most iconic luxury Maisons in the world, and provide you with professional knowledge and skills to succeed in your job. It also has an option for custom programs.


        The eligibility criteria for the SDA Bocconi MBA program are:

        Class 12th No specific cutoff mentioned

        No specific cutoff mentioned

        • Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in any discipline
        Work experience


        • Work experience is required
        • On average, students in the program have five years of work experience, with the range between two and ten years

        TOEFL: Accepted

        IELTS: Accepted

        PTE: Accepted

        GRE: Accepted

        GMAT: Accepted


         € 59,000




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        Application Information

        The application fee for the direct application is € 100 for SDA Bocconi MBA.

        Application Documents

        The documents for the SDA Bocconi MBA, either Global or Executive Master programs, are the same. They are:

        • Degree certificate(s) or current certificate of enrolment.
        • A one-page resume (CV).
        • All official up-to-date academic transcripts and official GPA.
        • GMAT official test score report.
        • English language proficiency test score report (TOEFL or IELTS or Cambridge or PTE).
        • Copy of Passport or ID card.
        • Two completed online reference forms.
        • Passport-style photo in .jpg or .jpeg format only.


        SDA Bocconi is the only school in Italy to have “triple crown” accreditation. The SDA Bocconi MBA, Executive Master in Business Administration and Global Executive MBA programme, is based on real-world management expertise, combining the analytical and social dimensions of managerial difficulties while establishing ethical ideals. It provides a practical and innovative curriculum that caters to the realities of the industry by pushing students to think creatively and solve problems responsibly, rather than following traditional business paradigms. It also has an option for custom programs.

        Around 100 students from 30+ countries take up this course. It is for various experiences who are willing to engage in high-return management education, concentrated in as little time as feasible to successfully address market difficulties.

        This course is also for professionals who wish to take the famous ‘triple jump’ in their careers, switching industries, functions, or countries, or for those who want to take the next step toward a full-fledged career in general management. It will help in leadership development as well. Goal-oriented individuals seeking a transformational learning experience to help them become change agents in their organisations also take up this course.

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