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SDA Bocconi School of Management


SDA Bocconi School of Management

SDA Bocconi School of Management
Motto Empowering lives through knowledge and imagination
Established 1971 (1971)
Type School
Parent institution Bocconi University
Dean Bruno Busacca
Location Milan, Italy
Former names Business School of Bocconi University
Website .it.sdabocconiwww

SDA Bocconi School of Management was founded in 1971 as the Business School of Bocconi University. SDA Bocconi offers executive, custom and MBA programs, as well as specialised masters, and regularly takes on research projects on commission.

In 1998, SDA Bocconi was the first school in Italy to be accredited by EQUIS[1] and it’s now one of only 56 Business Schools worldwide to hold the so-called “triple crown”,[2] having been accredited by three international accreditation associations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA (Association of MBAs).[3] The School has also been accredited by CSQNet and holds the ISO 9001:2000 quality rating from the Funded Projects Services Center.[4]


  • Memberships 1
  • Rankings 2
  • MBA programs 3
    • Full-Time MBA 3.1
    • Global Executive MBA 3.2
    • Executive MBA 3.3
    • Executive MBA - Evening course 3.4
  • Master programs 4
    • Full-Time International Masters 4.1
    • Full-Time Masters 4.2
    • Executive International Masters 4.3
    • Executive Masters 4.4
  • Executive Open Programs and Custom Projects 5
    • Executive Open Programs 5.1
      • International Executive Open Programs 5.1.1
    • Executive Custom Programs 5.2
  • Research 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


SDA Bocconi is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development,[5] AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business),[6] EABIS (The Academy of Business in Society),[7] ECGI (European Corporate Governance Institute),[8] PIM (Partnership in International Management),[9] CEMS (Community of European Management Schools and International Companies)[10] – the last two alongside Bocconi University – and ASFOR (Associazione Italiana per la Formazione Manageriale).[11]


SDA Bocconi was placed 8th in the European Business School Ranking[12] and 25th amongst the international Business Schools featured in the 2012 Executive Education Rankings published by the Financial Times.[13] SDA Bocconi is also the only Italian School amongst the top 100 in the FT Global MBA Rankings, and the first and only Italian institution for the Full-Time MBA.[14] SDA Bocconi also features in the rankings of the Wall Street Journal, Forbes[15] and Businessweek.[16]

MBA programs

SDA Bocconi offers four MBA programs:

  • Full-Time MBA
  • Global Executive MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Executive MBA (Evening course)

Full-Time MBA

A 12-month full-time program in general management, taught entirely in English. The course is designed for professionals with a few years’ industry experience and is open to students from all over the world.

The Program starts with Opening Week: a one-week MBA boot camp, during which you are asked to understand and live the essence of your forthcoming year.

SDA Bocconi 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 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 LVMH, the renowned leader in the worldwide luxury business. The very last part of the MBA will take place in the Arrivederci Week: Arts and Business, Telco and New media, Government-related finance, Pharma and Health, and first-hand “Made in Italy” business models). 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.[17]

Global Executive MBA

A 20-month international executive program in general management that combines distance learning modules and class-based lessons. Taught entirely in English, the Global Executive MBA includes 3 months at partner Business Schools abroad (UCLA Anderson School of Management,[18] Fudan University,[19] Copenhagen Business School [20]) and offers the possibility to follow elective courses while abroad through partner organizations.

Executive MBA

A 21-month executive program in general management taught entirely in Italian. The course combines distance learning modules with class-based lessons, allowing participants to study while working full-time.

Executive MBA - Evening course

A 20-month executive program in general management taught entirely in Italian. Classes are held at the School’s campus in Milan and take place in the evening and at weekends to enable participants to study while continuing to work full-time.

Master programs

Full-Time International Masters

All full-time international Master programs last one year and are taught in English. In addition class-based lessons, they include seminars, group projects and field-based projects. The international Master programs cover the following subject areas:

Full-Time Masters

Full-time Master programs last one year and are taught in Italian. The courses include class-based lessons, work placements and field-projects. The Master programs cover the following subject areas:

Executive International Masters

Executive Masters combine class-based lessons with distance learning. The courses are taught in English and cover the following subject areas:

SDA Bocconi School of Management also offers a conjoint International Executive Master in Marketing & Sales degree in partnership with ESADE Business School of Barcelona.

Executive Masters

Executive Masters are taught in Italian and are designed to allow participants to continue working while taking a specialist course in one of the following areas:

  • Public Administration
  • Management for Healthcare and Social Care Providers
  • Corporate Finance & Banking

Executive Open Programs and Custom Projects

Executive Open Programs

Open programs are aimed at managers with different degrees of experience and responsibility working in one of the following fields: large corporations, banks, insurance and financial intermediaries, fashion and design, healthcare, non-profit organizations, small and medium-size businesses, public administration, real estate, sport and tourism. As well as being sector-specific, the programs are designed based on different job functions: administration and control, corporate finance, marketing, sales, communication and distribution, organization, human resources, risk management, information systems, strategy and entrepreneurship, technology and operations. There are also more generic programs covering areas such as general management, project management, quantitative methods and leadership. Class-based lessons are combined with individual assessments, study tours, distance learning, role playing, experiential learning, web-based simulations, field visits, company visits, tutoring and coaching.

International Executive Open Programs

In addition to the 200 Executive Open Programs aimed at Italian professionals, SDA Bocconi School of Management has designed a number of International Executive Open Programs on subjects such as finance, retail management, marketing and communication. Some of these have been developed in collaboration with institutions, sponsors and international trade associations.

Executive Custom Programs

In order to address the specific needs of companies and organizations, SDA Bocconi School of Management has developed what they call the Modello di Corporate Empowerment© (i.e. Corporate Empowerment Model), designed especially to create custom programs that are able to strengthen and value organizations. SDA Bocconi’s Executive Custom Programs are run by three divisions, each dedicated to one of the School’s main target sectors. The divisions are: DIM (Divisione Imprese), for businesses, DIBA (Divisione Banche, Assicurazioni e Intermediari Finanziari), for banks, insurance companies and financial intermediaries, and DAP (Divisione Amministrazioni Pubbliche, Sanità e Non Profit), for public administration, healthcare and non-profit organizations.


The Research Division, founded 22 years ago by Prof. Claudio Demattè and named after him, uses the outcomes of the latest studies to address the needs and challenges of managers working in companies and in financial and public institutions. The division believes that knowledge plays a key role in increasing competitiveness, efficiency and quality, as well as in fostering change and innovation. SDA Bocconi’s research helps shape the School’s programs, divulge scientific knowledge and encourage debate across different subjects. Research projects can take one of the following shapes:

  • Custom research projects
  • Academic research projects
  • Labs


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External links

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