Master's in Business Administration | SDA Bocconi Business School
A rigorous selection process designed to enroll the right class each year

To be able to welcome you in the MBA class we need to understand if this challenging path is for you.

The selection process is based on a variety of soft factors and how they match with our MBA: skills, talents, enthusiasm, motivation, ability to contribute, as well as motivation to grow as a manager and a person. Of course, you must also score well on the formal admission requirements, which include previous university studies, test scores, and work experience.

What we need from you

The application must also be accompanied by:

  • Photo
  • Copy of your passport or ID
  • Payment of EUR 100 admissions fee

to be uploaded to the online application.

How to apply

The Application Form must be submitted by 10 April 2019.

Fill out and submit the online application through our website and upload all required documents online. The application deadline is 4 May 2020.

Kindly notice the application portal is an independent system, therefore your SDA Bocconi website ( credentials are not to be used. Please proceed with a new registration.

Official/original or certified degree certificate/transcript should be both uploaded and sent by land mail to: 

SDA Bocconi, Masters Division
MBA Recruiting and Admissions Service
Via Sarfatti, 10 - 20136 Milan, Italy

Official/original degree certificate/transcripts can also be sent directly by the candidate’s University to

Applicants may verify the arrival of their application and the status of their application directly on the online application.

Documents can be uploaded after submitting your application.

For further clarification on individual applications, please contact the Admissions Service.

SDA Bocconi, Masters Division
MBA Recruiting and Admissions Service
Via Sarfatti, 10
20136 Milan - Italy
Tel +39 02 5836 3115/3299/3215

Admissions Process

The MBA Admissions Process is a rigorous one, designed not only to determine whether candidates are qualified for the MBA program, but also whether the program will meet each candidate’s expectations and career goals.

We Look for Highly Motivated Candidates With Well-Defined Goals

The MBA applications review begins in September 2019 and ends in July 2020. As soon as we receive your application, we carry out a pre-selection process based on the documents sent. Once pre-selection is complete, we'll let you know if your application is suitable to proceed to the selection process. The final selection result is communicated to you within 12 weeks of receiving a complete application, i.e. after all tests have been completed and all documents received.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and, given the large volume of applications, those received well in advance of the final deadline have a greater chance of being admitted. Therefore, it is in your best interest to submit the application as early as possible.


Admissions Results

As soon as the selection process is completed you will receive a formal letter from Admissions Service which will inform you of the admissions decision. The results are never communicated by telephone.


The selection process will yield one of the following results:

  • Admission: If you are accepted, alongside the official admission notice you will receive a participation contract.
    If all available places are occupied, the school may decide to put you on a waiting list or offer you admission for the following year.
    Admission to the program is valid for the year the application is submitted. However, you can request deferment for the following year, but approval of deferment is on a case-by-case decision by the Admissions Committee.


  • Non-Admission: Admission to the program is highly selective. The selection process assesses the profile of the individual candidate while taking into account the composition of the MBA class, which must be consistent with the quality and diversity the school requires. While we are aware of the deep commitment all candidates must make to go through the selection process, the school does not provide further clarifications to non-admitted candidates.

Fees & Expenses

A Challenging but High-Yield Investment

An MBA is a program that requires a significant financial commitment but always repays itself with a wide margin. Here is an overview of costs.

SDA Bocconi's MBA is an intensive program and participation is mandatory for the entire duration. This is necessary to achieve the desired results. For this reason during the MBA it is impossible to engage in professional activities that provide financial support for participation.


Tuition Fees - The total fee is € 59,000 to be paid in four installments:

First Installment

€ 10,000

on acceptance of admission offer

Second Installment

€ 16,500

by 30 October 2020

Third Installment

€ 16,500

by 29 January 2021

Fourth Installment

€ 16,000

by 30 April 2021


The fees include:

  • Most teaching materials (although some texts must be purchased separately)
  • Access to the school's databases

Participants must provide their own laptop.

Other Costs

  • Admission Process Fee: € 100
  • Personal Expenses: Of course, personal expenses will vary significantly depending on each individual's lifestyle. In general, the cost of living in Milan is comparable to that of other major European cities. We aim to provide you with an accurate expectation of monthly expenses based on information provided by MBA students in recent years:
    - Housing: € 600 - 900
    - Meals: € 450
    - Transports: € 100
    - Misc. Expenses:€ 350
    - Total: € 1,500 - 1,800

Scholarships & Tuition Waivers for the 2020-2021

Each year multiple scholarships and tuition waivers are available for outstanding candidates, thanks to the ongoing support of companies, other organizations, as well as our Alumni and current students.

Student and Alumni support is the foundation on which SDA Bocconi sets the basis to provide scholarships for future promising young leaders who will, in turn, serve as models and contribute to lead global changes starting in the classroom and ending with a new professional path. Therefore, scholarship recipients may consider giving back to help the School conceive, design and implement new initiatives and a better program, as well as create a stronger sense of community. Even a small gift has impact and may change lives.

SDA Bocconi School of Management is making available 40 total/partial merit-based scholarships and tuition waivers to 2020-2021 MBA candidates with an outstanding profile. Please note that the final round application deadline for ALL SDA Bocconi tuition waivers has been postponed to 4 May 2020.

The tuition waivers / scholarships are usually awarded before the start of the program. A special commission decides the number and the criteria for the assignment of total or partial tuition waivers. The decision is final and is notified to the beneficiaries according to the dates indicated in each “notice of competition” and not later than the beginning of the program.

Admission to the program is independent of the award of any scholarship or tuition waiver.

Applications to the tuition waivers 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 you must:

  • Have sent the application to the 2020-2021 MBA Program;
  • Look at the pre-requisites for each scholarship/tuition waiver;
  • Apply for the Scholarship or Tuition waiver on the online application Portal by the deadlines indicated (more than one applications are possible).


You can apply to the scholarship/tuition waivers even though your selection process is still in progress.

If you meet more than one requirement, you can apply to multiple scholarhsips/tuition waivers.




› 1 Total Scholarship



In memory of Prof. Claudio Dematté

Europe (Italy excluded)

 › 1 Total Tuition Waiver (up to 100%)

Outside Europe

› 1 Total Tuition Waiver (up to 100%)


› 1 Total Tuition Waiver (up to 100%)



Outstanding candidates

› 9 Partial (up to 60%) Tuition Waivers


Africa and Mediterranean Area (Italy excluded)

› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver

China and Far East

› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

India and South Asia

› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

East Europe and Central Asia

› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

Western Europe (Italy excluded)

› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

North America

› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

Central and South America

› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver


› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver


› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

Degree in Humanities, Law or Sciences

› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

Digital Sector

› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver


› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver


› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

30% Club

› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver for Female Candidates

Sailing Club

› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver

Healthcare Club
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver
Ski Club
› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver
MBA Reunion Scholarship Fund
› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver

› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver


› 1 Partial (up to 50%) Tuition Waiver


› 1 Partial (up to 70%) Tuition Waiver


SDA Bocconi thanks the following organizations for their contribution:

Loans & Funding for Candidates

The School assists you in your funding search by providing the necessary documentation, and encourages you to explore all scholarships and loans possibilities in good time. Bocconi also gives all admitted students the possibility to obtain loans at a subsidized rate, thanks to agreements with some financial institutions.

Recruiting & Admissions Service

A whole team of experts is here to assist you during your decision process: our recruiting people will be meeting you during our events in Italy and abroad; a team of professionals will then assess and select your profile and also guide you throughout your admissions process.

Rossana Camera
Head of Recruiting & Admissions Service


Joana Franco
Francesca Roveda
Paula Rotaru
Marta Tettamanti
Tyler Henderson
Summer Wu


Elena Ruffinazzi
Giulia Rivino
Viviana Puricelli
Lorenzo Starita
Tamara Kolundzija
Laura Matera

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