Truly global, distinctly personal.

Next Start 27 Sep 2024
Duration 18 Months
Language English
Format Modular
Avg. working
15 years
Where Milano, Roma, Toronto, 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 eight 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 eight 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

Milano, Roma, Toronto, Mumbai, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Shanghai, São Paulo: immerse yourself in the local cultures of eight 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.



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


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“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?
After changing my career from public accounting and consulting to the sports industry, I spent several years considering the type of program that would best suit my professional and personal interests. The opportunity to travel internationally, study in-person, and network abroad made it clear that the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA was the best choice for me.

Which personal/professional needs/motivations lie behind your choice?
It was important to select a program that would allow me to best manage the coursework and travel despite professional commitments. It was this balance that would enable me to put into practice the key learnings from courses in between modules.

How is this choice satisfying your needs?
I began realizing the value of the GEMBA early on. The takeaways from each module accelerated my professional and personal development, and better prepared me for the next chapter in my career. That immediate sense of return validated the reasons why I chose the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA and further stressed the importance of continuous education.

What is your most important takeaway in attending international modules across the world?
The international modules provided me with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and experiences inside and outside of the classroom. They also enabled me to network and create new connections in my industry.

Describe your GEMBA experience in 3 words/adjectives.
Transformative. Relationships. Enlightening.

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Christopher (Chris) Savino - American
GEMBA 2023

Why did you choose to undertake the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA?
My life credo is moving forward and building strong foundation for present and future achievements, which is impossible to execute without constant personal and professional development in nowadays transforming world. Let me introduce GEMBA as a program that enables to shape and leverage on experience, makes you adaptive and sustainable to changes, trains to process the information and act appropriately at higher speeds and higher quality. I am a Retail Banker with 16 years of experience in banking industry that largely determined my choice in favor of Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA. SDA Bocconi is famous for its strong and outstanding faculties in finance, banking and business management disciplines. SDA Bocconi graduates hold leadership positions in most successful companies worldwide. As we usually say: “Bocconi is everywhere”. At the same time the program is dual degree and it is not only about the advantage of having titles from American and European business schools, but it is also about the combinations of teaching and learning techniques. The two business schools balance each other and are complementary to each other. This is a great opportunity to get access to the job markets of both regions and gain network from two continents.

Which personal/professional needs/motivations lie behind your choice?
Actually, my personal decision to enroll GEMBA was driven by the desire to get helicopter view in the fields and industries that I was not enough familiar with. My primary request was to enrich professional capital and prepare myself for a new role, to gain value as a leader on a larger stage, to enhance personal skills through working and studying in the environment of diverse and talented people

How is this choice satisfying your needs?
I truly believe that this is the best choice that could have been made. During the program, I switched from Retail credit risk management to the new role in Retail Business, successfully led and closed the acquisition deal with an international partner, overcame various complicated challenges in management of the team out of 400 people, and many more to mention. That was the experience of GEMBA in action. Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA is about getting the knowledge on main aspects about how businesses are managed and organized in any company and any industry, about common “green thread” that connects economic growth, increased social equity and a healthy environment.

What is your most important takeaway in attending international modules across the world?
It is hard to imagine Executive MBA without attending international modules and without opportunity of visiting companies. That would not be full –fledged learning and networking experienced. As one of the examples, I will bring module in San Francisco. We were running the corporate strategy course and the given framework in class was ideally demonstrated in practice by hosting companies. We were given priceless company insights, and we met a lot of interesting experts and professionals. Company visits are essential for connecting all puzzle pieces. Our cohort became a big family during international modules since we spent all the time together, learning from each other and having great time never be forgotten.

Describe your GEMBA experience in 3 words/adjectives.
Stability. Opportunity. Advantage.

Anything else - like a personal note - you may wish to add.
Be committed. Be ready to be there. Look inside and around to be sure it is the right time for you to enroll. If you are ready, jump in and you will never regret.

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Salome Pirtakhiya - Russian
GEMBA 2023


Upcoming face-to-face meetings
Jul 2024 08:30 - 09:30 | LOCAL TIME
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Upcoming online sessions
Jul 2024 18:00 - 19:00 | CEST
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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

27 Sep 2024
Program Start
Mar 2026
Program End

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