Master's in Business Administration | SDA Bocconi Business School

1 Year: A flexible MBA Curriculum that Balances Learning and Career

The SDA Bocconi Full-Time MBA is an ambitious undertaking: it requires drive and motivation, but it gives you a unique opportunity to improve personally and professionally.
You will be plunged into a very intensive period of full-time work that accommodates learning and practice in just one year. Core Courses and Concentrations sequentially occur in 9 intense months of class, between September and May. From June onwards, and for up to six months, you can flexibly choose among individual internship, entrepreneurial project or group business lab to practice what you learned. More alternatives for the Fall Term include staying on campus to test and consolidate your soft skills with business games, 360-degree cases and other final courses, or going on exchange to other top international business schools.

The Full-Time MBA is a postgraduate and post-experience degree in general management, with a wide scope for specialization, guaranteed by the fact that electives are clustered in 4+1 concentrations among which students have to take choices.

Economic Scenarios with Lucrezia Reichlin - Nowcasting: How to Make Useful Economic Prediction
Economic Scenarios with Lucrezia Reichlin - Nowcasting: How to Make Useful Economic Prediction

The SDA Bocconi MBA's integrated curriculum:

  • Is based on real- world management knowledge.
  • Draws directly on our faculty's current research work,
    as well as on influential leaders' experience, to provide real-world learning opportunities.
  • Blends the analytical and social dimensions of managerial issues and takes a careful look on at the production of ethical and sustainable value.
  • Takes place in a unique learning environment: theoretical and practical, diverse, teamwork-oriented, open to the world, and fostering interpersonal communication.

MBA is demanding, sometimes stressful, but it is also sustainable, allowing a proper balance between career aspirations and personal life, as well as fostering awareness of the importance of what's beyond the boundary of firms. Lunch & Learn (L&L) Talks, Leadership Series Seminars and extra-curricular activities offer ample opportunities for life-long networking and friendship.

Leadership Series - Patrizio Bertelli
Leadership Series - Patrizio Bertelli


46th Edition 2020 - 2021


Come and experience the essence of your MBA year. Our program starts with a four-day MBA boot camp to learn about your school, class, future career and MBA.

Sep 2020


The sequences of Core Courses take place in 5 Terms from September to March: Term 1 (September/October), Term 2 (October/November), Term 3 (November/December), Term 4 (January/February), Term 5 (February/March). This sequence represents the competence requirements of a global manager.

Sep 2020 / Mar 2021


This is the period during which you can focus your path on specific managerial areas that best fit your preferences and abilities. Each year during the concentrations the MBA offers about 20 electives to choose from, to allow you to gain in-depth expertise on topics of major relevance in today's business world. The Electives are grouped into 4 Concentrations running in parallel groups of 2.
Students are required to take 2 Concentrations, one for each period, that is 10 courses across two periods.

Mar / May 2021


In addition to the 4 functional concentrations, SDA Bocconi's Full-Time MBA program gives you the opportunity to further customize your curriculum through the field-based concentration in Luxury Business Management (LBM), held in collaboration with Gucci, LVMH and Valentino, three of the biggest players in the luxury sector all over the world. The active involvement of managers and professionals in the program guarantees an ideal interaction between theory and practice.

Mar / May 2021


In this path you will team up to develop a business or social entrepreneurship idea. It is a blended learning experience with face-to-face sessions, online learning, group tutoring, and experiments outside the classroom.

Mar / May 2021


From June onwards, and for up to 6 months, you can put what you have learned in the classroom into practice and face real and challenging business problems by flexibly choosing among individual internships, entrepreneurial projects and group business labs.

June / Nov 2021


Enhance your education with an experience abroad. The MBA gives you the opportunity to attend exchange programs at business schools in other countries within a prestigious international network.

Sep / Nov 2021


In this step you will fine-tune your skills by measuring yourself with active learning methods applied to specific areas such as:

  • Project Management
  • Business Games
  • New Media Case
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • The Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) Week: Discovering Italian Excellence

Oct / Nov 2021


We organize a grand finale worthy of this great adventure that is the SDA Bocconi MBA.

Nov / Dec 2021


Dec 2021

Other Features of the Full-time MBA

Alongside the activities that make up its main structure, the SDA Bocconi Full-time MBA offers you other initiatives to support and enrich your overall preparation and give you an alternative look at some aspects of business, the economy, and our society.

Optional MBA Online Pre-Courses

You don’t have a sound economic and financial preparation? Don’t worry! Starting in January the school provides optional online pre-courses that include Introduction to Financial Accounting, Quantitative Methods, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. And if you want, you can also learn Italian and the main IT tools.

Leadership Series

This is an initiative organized to expose our students to knowledge and experience from top leaders of international companies. A unique opportunity to learn from their hands-on experience and talk with them during the cocktail following the event.

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Lunch&Learn Talks

Informal meetings between MBA students and influential  experts during their lunch break to tackle the topics that emerge from news and current affairs, and that have a significant impact on the economic and managerial world.

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Learning Model

The structure of the program is demanding and requires you to be fully committed, but in turn provides you with the necessary edge to learn and develop the right skills, tools, and command over processes.

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The MBA Experience

An MBA Friday in Milano
An MBA Friday in Milano
Milano, Italy - The SDA Bocconi Advantage
Milano, Italy - The SDA Bocconi Advantage

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SDA Bocconi organizes events and meetings throughout the year, both online and offline, where you can interact with the Director and other members of the MBA Community.