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SDA Bocconi School of Management

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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: its hallmark is innovation and far-reaching modeling that manifest themselves through a wide array of executive courses and master programs.

The School offers a Full-time MBA and a Global Executive MBA in English as well as a modular Executive MBA and an Evening Executive MBA in Italian. It also offers 10 Full-time Specialized Master Programs (5 International + 5 in Italian) and 6 Executive Specialized Master Programs (2 International + 4 in Italian). For more info: Furthermore, the School offers a large variety of Executive Education Open and Custom Programs each year.

SDA Bocconi prides itself for: strategic location, an unparalleled faculty, global outlook, its diversity, 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 added-value is that of having on one side the academic excellence and tradition, guaranteed by "Università Bocconi", its reputation, strong faculty and research centers, on the other, an eye constantly opened on the market, on the business world needs, a practical, business oriented approach when facing contents and situations.

SDA Bocconi is globally focused. Students come at SDA Bocconi from across the globe. Every year, the campus is exemplification for diversity, internationalism and gender heterogeneity; the classes bring together individuals from different professional backgrounds with no industry dominating over the other.

Worldwide network's pillar of strength lies in the quality of the partnership SDA Bocconi holds with key business institutions around Italy and across the world. SDA Bocconi alumni operating in major cities around the world represent a concrete global network.

The 1-year Full-Time MBA is the School's flagship program and begins each October with around 100 new MBA students. Great importance is given in the program to soft skills, such as decision-making, personal leadership, negotiation and governance. 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 group consulting project), plus final Concentrations. In addition to 5 functional-based Concentrations, such as Strategy, Corporate Finance, Investments, Innovation and Marketing, the Program offers participants the possibility to further personalize their development by choosing the sector-based Track in Luxury Business Management (LBM) in partnership with Bulgari, one of the global players on the luxury market. Particular emphasis is given to in-company projects (both individual and group), where students, supported by tutors, check out on the field what they have learnt in class.

Most students choose to take the entire MBA at SDA Bocconi in Milano, but some can apply for the Exchange Program option and spend 3 to 4 months at one of over thirty prestigious business school partners located all around the world.

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 of national and international companies. Website:

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The leading School of Management in Italy and the only Italian School on the top of the charts of all main International Rankings, SDA Bocconi has established itself as a European leader in higher education. SDA Bocconi placed 6th in Europe in the QS Global 200 Business School Report 2012, based on the assessments of Recruiters. The MBA program also allowed the School to reach 4th place amongst the top non-US Business Schools in the Forbes ranking, which is mainly based on return on investment. In addition, SDA Bocconi started 2011 by placing first in the world in the Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking for Full-Time MBA Return On Investment and ended the year reaching the 7th position in the Financial Times' Best European Business Rankings, gaining ten positions. SDA Bocconi also ranks 15th in Europe and 42nd worldwide and remains the only Italian Business School in the latest Financial Times Global MBA Rankings, which has seen a general downgrade of European Schools in favor of U.S. Schools. SDA Bocconi, however, ranks 4th in Europe for salary increase three years after graduation, in spite of the negative impact of the financial crisis on MBA graduate salaries: new international and growth-oriented initiatives have been implemented, in line with the School's decision in 2008 to move from a bilingual MBA to an International program entirely taught in English.

Full-time Courses: International Master Programs offered in English

MAFED - Master in Fashion, Experience & Design Management

A 12-month master that blends management with creativity. MAFED focus is in fact to prepare young professionals interested in taking on management roles in fashion and design, discovering how results-oriented creativity and inventiveness can successfully interact with strategy, operations and marketing. The program also provides an intense living experience in Milano, one of the world's cities richest in opportunities. MAFED is run in collaboration with Altagamma, an association of internationally renowned Italian companies operating at the high end of the luxury brand market.


MFB - Master of Management in Food & Beverage

Two examples of excellence - SDA Bocconi sound record in management education and innovation along with Italian culture and tradition - come together to create a master that prepares managers for one of the fastest growing sectors. 12 months of top level partnerships, exceptional Italian experiences and strong International business models applied to the Food & Beverage sector. A field project is part of the program as well.


MCF - Master in Corporate Finance

A 12-month program whose mission is to prepare students to offer high quality solutions to financial problems. Participants acquire innovative competences, combining the most advanced techniques of Financial Management with an accurate knowledge and understanding of the principles that lie behind sound financial decisions. A distinctive feature of this program is its international corporate perspective, through a rigorous and exhaustive curriculum leading to a variety of internship opportunities in corporations in the main European financial centres.


MIHMEP - Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy

By attending this 12-month program, students gain a thorough knowledge of the economic, political and social context of healthcare management at international level. They acquire the specific skills and abilities needed to take on management roles within governmental institutions, NGOs, healthcare organizations and private companies, along with a sound qualitative and quantitative basis for successfully managing organizational and policy change.


MPM - Master of Public Management

Public Management is about having an impact on real lives, so the aim of this 12-month program is to promote value in the public sphere, providing students with solid tools for public management while paying close attention to international best practices. The MPM is built on a foundation of networking developed over time between various players from governmental institutions, international organizations and NGOs.


Part-time Courses: International Master Programs offered in English

EMMS - Executive Master in Marketing & Sales

A 14-month international program offered jointly by SDA Bocconi School of Management and ESADE Business School. EMMS offers a truly cross-cultural experience thanks to the international mix of personal and professional backgrounds and face-to-face classes run in three vibrant cities: Milano, Barcelona, and Madrid. The program serves as a framework for managers and executives with marketing and sales background. The modular format alternates face-to-face and distance learning, so that participants can develop their career path while continuing to work, boosting their skills and living a unique experience with a distinctive touch of Mediterranean style.


EMSHRM - Executive Master in Strategic Human Resource Management

EMSHRM is designed to shape HR managers and professionals able to take on the role of strategic business partners at the top management level and drive organizational performance through best practices in Human Resource Management. Taught in collaboration with Cornell University Faculty - CAHRS (Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies), this 10-month master strengthens the strategic and leadership role of HR; face-to-face class modules alternate with distance learning project assignments, allowing participants to study, work and immediately apply their learning.

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    • Visiting address
    • Via bocconi 8
    • 20136 Milan, Italy
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  • Bruno Busacca
    Bruno Busacca
  • Gianmario Verona
    Gianmario Verona
    Program manager
  • Maurizio Poli
    Maurizio Poli
    Program manager
  • Rossana Camera
    Rossana Camera
    Director of admissions