The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA
Truly global, distinctly personal.

Next Start 27 Sep 2024
Duration 18 Months
Language English
Format Modular
Avg. working
15 years
Where Toronto, Milano, Mumbai, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Shanghai, São Paulo

The Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA (Master in Business Administration) is a modular program that combines the expertise and perspectives of a leading European and a leading North American business school in a transformative journey hosted in international business hubs. A launching pad for future career phases and an integrated preparation for senior management roles, GEMBA provides a highly personalized focus on leadership development, and introduces participants to a global network of exceptional managers, faculty, executives and thought-leaders.


This unique 18-month program, spanning seven cities in four continents, will change the the way you think, network and do business in some of the world’s biggest markets and will give you a wider range of opportunities, contacts and experiences. The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA is offered in partnership with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada.


Who is it for?

The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA will expand your global understanding, and personal horizons as a future leader. GEMBA is the right program for you if:

  • You want to benefit from an inclusive outlook that bridges continents as you earn two credentials from top-ranked Schools with connections worldwide.
  • You want to experience a transformative program hosted in seven key business hubs, immerse yourself in local cultures, while building knowledge and skills for an ever-changing, interconnected world.
  • You want to gain insights into sectors where our schools have special expertise, and compare perspectives in our home cities: Milano - Italy’s entrepreneurial, industrial, and financial center - and Toronto - Canada’s multicultural financial capital and innovation hub.
  • You want to develop a highly personalized focus on leadership challenges and enter a global network of exceptional managers, executives, and thought-leaders.




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Why choose us?

1. Global Advantage: Europe, Americas, Asia

Toronto, Milano, Mumbai, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Shanghai, São Paulo: immerse yourself in the local cultures of seven international business centers, cross borders, bridge continents and transcend insular thinking.

2. Two credentials and two networks

A Global Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. The combined strength of these brands will position you for lifelong success.

3. Insight sharing with thought leaders

Learn from globally focused faculty, who can offer guidance, act as mentors and open doors to new opportunities. And share firsthand insights into global business challenges with corporate leaders on campus and on site tours.

4. Flexible format, timing and location

Combine professional, personal and learning opportunities no matter where you are located, through the flexible executive format that blends residency modules around the world with distance learning.

5. Personalized Leadership Development Program

Grow your potential as a leader through regular personal assessments, skills workshops, coaching conversations and a leadership retreat.



QS Executive MBA Rankings 2023:
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from top-ranked Int'l schools


Milano, Toronto, Mumbai, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Shanghai, São Paulo


In partnership with
Rotman School of Management

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Inside My GEMBA SDA Bocconi programs offer a unique and personalized learning experience. Enter the world of GEMBA to discover its unique contents.

“At SDA Bocconi we take the GEMBA meaning seriously. It is a “global” executive MBA, designed to equip future leaders to manage global challenges: an indispensable prerequisite to prosper with your organization and reinforce your career development.”

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Ferdinando Pennarola

"It is not easy to create truly sustainable value for a business — or for yourself. In this program, we teach you the former and help you achieve the latter, all with a truly global lens."

Jan Mahrt-Smith
Academic Director, University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

What they say about us

Why did you choose to undertake the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA?
Two reasons. First of all, due to the fact I am dispatched from China HQ in Italy. Secondly, I was recommended by my local colleague due to the TOP ranking of SDA Bocconi worldwide. In the meanwhile, I would say that another reason is the cost package vs ROI.

Which personal/professional needs/motivations lie behind your choice?
Enhancing my theoretic knowledge and growing up myself for my future.

How is this choice satisfying your needs?
I have really enjoyed a lot the professionalism and global allocation of all modules.

What is your most important takeaway in attending international modules across the world?
I got the heavy influence from the module in Brazil, related to renewable energy. Therefore, now I changed my job from home appliances to renewable energy business. I do believe this is valuable also environmental protection, and I really enjoyed that.

Describe your GEMBA experience in 3 words/adjectives.
Professional. Influence. Added Value!

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Shubao Sun - Chinese
GEMBA 2023

SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA is an outstanding program, which perfectly fits the needs of a modern executive who is willing to reinforce and properly complement his competences.

I am extremely satisfied with the quality of teaching and lecturers as well as the composition of the classroom. A stimulating environment with great possibilities for long lasting networking, extended by initiatives of the Bocconi Alumni Community.

What I find stimulating is the level of challenge in terms of study. This program requires smart and serious efforts and this contributes to raise the bar in terms of the objective to be achieved: a key feature to a modern executive seekings to keep up with his ambition.

I particularly appreciate the feeling of a perfect blend between rigorous academic study of fundamental subjects together with a well-balanced contextualization into the real working life requirements for leading a company in a contest of complexity, change, innovation and people management.

A very satisfactory and constructive experience which is adding a great deal of value to my overall competence to exploit current and future executive responsibilities.

Giacomo Sofia - Italian
GEMBA 2018
Prysmian Group, Senior Vice President Group Operations


Upcoming face-to-face meetings
Dec 2023 09:00 - 13:00 | LOCAL TIME
Orientation Meetings - Miami
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Dec 2023 12:00 - 19:00 | LOCAL TIME
Orientation meetings - Doha
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Upcoming online sessions
Dec 2023 19:00 - 20:00 | CET
Let's talk about GEMBA
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Jan 2024 10:00 - 15:45 | CET
MBAs Open Day - Online
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Personalized Orientation

The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA is a challenge to be taken on with a strong dedication. The Recruiting & Admissions team will be happy to arrange an individual informational interview at school to answer your questions and give you personalized advice. We can also do this when traveling to your part of the world, and by phone or remotely.


Moreover, every year the school presents the Master through a series of public events, both online and offline. This is an opportunity to speak directly with directors, faculty, alumni, and staff.


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Contact us for more information, to arrange a meeting, request to visit the school, or attend a class.


To learn more about our partner Rotman School of Management, visit the page University Of Toronto’s Rotman School Of Management


Next Steps

Nov 2023
Application Review Start

Go to admission

18 Dec 2023
Application Deadline 1st round
11 Mar & 5 June 2024
Application Deadline 2nd & 3rd round
27 Sep 2024
Program Start
Mar 2026
Program End

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