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44,500 EUR
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SDA Bocconi School of Management Full-time MBA programmeThe SDA Bocconi Full-time MBA - 12 months full-time in Milan

Big steps forward

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 4 functional-based Concentrations, such as Finance, Innovation, Entrepreneurship 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


Starting in the middle of the third term of the MBA program (mid-May), the LBM track offers students  the opportunity to focus their  path on subjects related to general management in luxury business. The approach the managerial peculiarities of these businesses is from 360°, from strategy to finance, from operations to legal issues.
The track is  held in Rome at Bulgari headquarters. The active involvement of Bulgari managers in the program assures a unique interaction between theory and practice.

The courses are grouped into two main parts: Foundation and Advanced Courses. The foundation courses will take place from mid-May to late June. During this portion, students will also participate in a three-day Bulgari Business Game on managerial issues in luxury brands. Advanced courses will be held in October. From July to September, internships and field projects with an international perspective will be offered.
The LBM track will be held in Rome at Bulgari headquarters. The active involvement of Bulgari managers in the program will assure an ideal interaction between theory and practice. This unique track is the only one in Luxury Business Management within a top ranked International MBA.

Students come at SDA Bocconi from across the globe; 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 at the major cities around the world represent a concrete global network.

Global outlook
SDA Bocconi is globally focused. Competitive and successful businesses need MBAs who are ready to succeed not only at the regional level but at the global one as well. Our students are trained to have a grasp over cultural intricacies, cross-borders communication and the peculiarities of the marketplace.

World-class Faculty
The SDA Bocconi faculty is our academic power that fuels the reputation of our school's programs at an all-time high ranking among the most prestigious business schools worldwide.

Students come from across the globe. Every year, our campus is an incorporation for internationalism and gender heterogeneity. Our classes bring together individuals from different cultural and professional backgrounds.

Powerful Worldwide Network
Our 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 key positions around the world represent a concrete and solid business network.

Milano advantage
The school is positioned at the heart of Milano. Such a location has its perks. Indeed, Milano represents a major capital of industry, finance, arts, media and 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 via a series of facilities and opportunities the school provides.

Key FactsSDA Bocconi School of Management MBA programme

Next starting date: 30th September 2013
Duration: 12 months
Language: English
Class size:100-110 in 2 sections in English
Average age: 29
Average experience: 5

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Suitability - Who should attend?

MBA is looking for highly motivated candidates, with diverse profiles and well-defined personal talents

The SDA Bocconi Full-time MBA has a number of admission requirements and a very rigorous selection process, conducted by dedicated professionals and consultants.

Selection process is based on an overall analysis of various factors. Skills, talents and formal pre-requisites:


ability to listen


motivation to grow as a manager and a person

You must also score well on the formal admissions requirements:

a degree in any discipline

tests score

work experience

The admission process includes various stages, including:

Application form

Degree certificate, transcript

Detailed CV: Between 2 - 11 years professional experience (average of 5 years)

Proficiency in English


Two letters of reference

Application from sponsor companies (n the case that your company intends to financially support your participation in the program)


Contact SDA Bocconi to learn more here Please contact SDA Bocconi to learn more about their admission requirements and the application process here

Full-time MBA Curriculum

4 phases, 12 months: the new MBA curriculum, for the right balance between career and life.SDA Bocconi School of Management Full Time MBA programme

The SDA Bocconi MBA is an ambitious undertaking. While it requires drive and motivation, it offers you a unique opportunity to improve, personally and professionally. From day one and throughout the Program, you will be plunged into a very intensive period of full-time work that progresses in set stages.

It is demanding, sometimes stressful, but it is also sustainable, allowing to set a proper balance between career aspirations and personal life.

The SDA Bocconi MBA: an integrated and innovative curriculum.

  • is based on real world management knowledge;
  • draws directly on our faculty's current research work;
  • blends together the analytical and social dimensions of managerial issues and instills ethical values;
  • takes place in a unique learning environment: academic as well as practice-based; diverse, teamwork oriented; open to the outside world and fostering interpersonal communication.

The MBA also involves you outside the classroom and after hours: extra-curricular activities actually belong to the mainstream program and offer an unrepeatable opportunity to make life-long friends and to network.



* Accounting

* Economics

* Quantitative Methods

Format: distance learning or attendance at the School

Test: compulsory for all students after the pre-course phase (no matter whether or not they followed the pre-courses)

Language pre-courses to be taken on campus

* Italian for foreigners (optional)

* Intensive English (optional)

FIRST PHASE Towards Managerial Excellence

*Company Information

*Company Architecture

*Company Operations

*Company Finance

*Company Competitiveness

SECOND PHASE Full Spectrum Management Skills

*Applied Decision Making - Making decisions in complex situations through:

- Large Scale Business Case

- Large Scale Business Game

*Project Management - Learn the best practice on the way project management methodologies and behaviours are customised for specific situation and needs.

*Entrepreneurship and Business Planning - Plan and manage entrepreneurial ventures both in a start-up context and within existing corporations:

- Evaluate opportunities

- Structure and write a Business Plan

- Forecast and simulate economic and financial results of the venture

- Present and sell your Business Plan

*Leadership and Change Management - Learn how to lead in:

- Project Management

- Change Management

*Business Law and Corporate Governance - The legal structure and the power games taking place inside corporations:

- Company Law

- Contract Law

- Economics of Corporate Governance

*Corporate Citizenship - Understand the relationships a socially responsible company undertakes with stakeholders:

- Map both market- and non-market stakeholders

- Manage relational liabilities through corporate citizenship practices in multi-cultural environments

- Ensure that corporate citizenship practices are coherent with broader corporate political strategies

THIRD PHASE Action Learning - The project

*In-company Individual Internship:

To support students interested in securing an internship, the Career Development Service brings onto the campus a select group of companies that offer the opportunity to run an individual project with them. If, after completing the application procedure and one or more rounds of interviews, you succeed in receiving an offer that you accept, you will fulfil your project requirement by working at the company for at least 8 weeks from June to the end of August. Participants may also search for an internship on their own, should this better fit their personal and career aspirations. If so, however, you should secure an approval by the MBA Director upon presentation of a detailed internship proposal.

*Group Project:

Through the Career Development Service, selected companies offer students the chance to develop a full-scale consultancy project. Students work as a consultancy team in groups of three to five with the assistance of a school tutor and company staff. Teams have eight weeks to complete the assigned project and provide the company with innovative and practical solutions. The group project is highly educational, both for technical learning and teamwork experience.

*Entrepreneurial Project:

Should you be interested in starting your own company or in undertaking a specific business project inside a company, you may choose the “enterpreneurial project”. Under the supervision of a professor in entrepreneurship, you have the opportunity to develop a business plan, organize a start-up or take part in a company business development project.

*Research Project:

Should you be interested in further investigating a relevant managerial topic of your interest, you may submit a research proposal to the MBA Director. If accepted, you will fulfil your project requirement by writing an original research paper under the supervision of a faculty member.

*Facts and Companies:

Some examples of Group Projects

Companies offering Summer Projects

Student Project Testimonials

FOURTH PHASE Concentration



- Channel and Brand Management

- Customer Value Management

- Digital and Interactive Marketing

- A Quantitative Approach to Marketing

- Regulations and Antitrust

*Corporate Finance:

- Structured and Project Finance

- Mergers and Acquisitions:

- Derivatives in Corporate Finance

- Private Equity and Corporate Restructuring

- The Practice of Finance


- Corporate Political Strategies

- Going Global: Internationalization Strategies

- Strategic Decision Making

- Corporate Development Strategies: Mergers, -  - Acquisitions and Partnerships

- Change and Organizational Renewal Strategies



- New Product Development and Design

- Ideating and Marketing New Products


- Asset Management

- Real Estate Investment

Tuition Waivers for the 2012/13 MBA Edition

SDA Bocconi School of Management is making available 34 total/partial merit-based tuition waivers and 3 total scholarships to 2013/14 MBA candidates with an outstanding profile. The number and assignment criteria of total or partial tuition waivers are defined and acknowledged by a special Commission whose decision is final and will be notified to beneficiaries by the beginning of the Program.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Analysis of academic and professional record;
  • Analysis of the requirements indicated in the specific notice of competition;
  • Results of the MBA selection process. 

To be eligible for the scholarships/tuition waivers applicants must:

  • Have sent the application to the 2013/14 MBA Program
  • Look at the pre-requisites for each scholarship/tuition waiver
  • Send the Scholarship or Tuition waiver Application Form (one for each scholarship/tuition waiver) and a Résumé by the deadlines indicated (even though their selection process is still in progress).

Scholarships and tuition waivers will be awarded during the selection process and no later than the date of the MBA Program's beginning.

Financial Aid

The School assists candidates with their search for fundind by supplying the necessary documentation and encourages them to explore all scholarships and loans possibilities in time.

Bocconi grants opportunities for low-interest loans available to admitted students, thanks to agreements with some partner banks. Furthermore the University provides international students with information about possible sources for financing in several countries. 


Fees and expenses of this SDA Bocconi Full-time MBA

Admissions Procedure Fee: EURO 100

Tuition Fees: The total fee is EUR 44,500, to be paid in four instalments:

The fees include:

  • most teaching materials (although some texts must be purchased separately)
  • use of the School's desktop PCs
  • access to the School's databases

* Each participant must have their own laptop.

The intensive nature of our twelve-month course makes it impossible to engage in professional activities that might provide you with financial support - contact us here to learn more.

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SDA Bocconi fulfilled all my expectations: practically oriented courses, a highly stimulating intellectual environment and a first rate managerial education. While studying for my MBA, SDA Bocconi proved to be a fertile ground for establishing strong connections, both on the personal and the business level. This degree from a business school of ...
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