SDA Bocconi School of Management Full-time MBA

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About SDA Bocconi School of Management Full-time 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. SAD 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 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 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.

Programme Presentation

Format Full-Time MBA

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 International, 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

  • What Recent Grads Say

    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
  • Encouragingdonations 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.


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    Quick Stats
  • Financial Times: #7 EU - #25 WW Top MBAs for women 2018
  • The Economist: #5 EU Full-Time MBA Ranking 2018
  • The Economist: #24 WW Full-Time MBA Ranking 2018
    12 months
    *Full-Time MBA Campus where classes are taught in Milan
    September 2019
    End date: November 2020
    Deadlines: 10 April 2019
  • Tuition fees: 57 000 EUR
    Yes, all of them merit based - full and partial More for Full-Time MBA
    Admission Requirements
    2/3 years (average 5.5 years)
    min 24/25 years old
    *(average – 30 years old)
  • GMAT: competitive score (class average 660)
    Student Body
  • Number of nationalities: 32
    • Italy 23%
    • Europe 22%
    • Asia 14%
    • North America 19%
    • Latin America 20%
    • Africa and Middle East 2%

  • Male to Female ratio: 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:
    • 6-10 years: 40%
    • 3-5 years: 55%
    • 2-3 years: 5%
  • Contacts
    SDA Bocconi School of Management Masters DivisionRecruiting and Admissions ServiceVia Balilla 18 - 20136 Milan - Italy
    + 39 02 5836 3278-3125
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