The Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA.
Truly global, distinctly personal


The new 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 students to a global network of exceptional managers, faculty, executives and thought-leaders.


GEMBA Perspectives
GEMBA Perspectives


The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA is 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.


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, or remotely by phone or Skype.


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.


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
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Key Facts


from top-ranked Int'l schools


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


In partnership with
Rotman School of Management

“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. We strongly believe that business schools should practice what they preach. This is what we do at SDA Bocconi, and, consequently, our GEMBA learning experience talks AND practices globalization challenges, thanks to a contextual learning model that takes you around the world.”

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Ferdinando Pennarola
GEMBA Director

"We are at a time when it has never been more important to build bridges across nations and business communities rather than erect barriers. I’ve worked with my colleagues in Italy and Canada to design a program for this emerging world and its leaders."

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Brian R. Golden
GEMBA Director



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I started GEMBA with the classical motivations you can read in every MBA brochure: access to the know-how of a well recognized school, great network, a program that polishes your skills, making you ready for the “next step” in your career and life.
What no brochure can tell you is the energy, the vibe, the incredible drive that GEMBA offers! Motivation is at its height, teams are incredible, colleagues are smart and from all over the world, professors are outstanding, ideas are fabulous. The satisfaction you get continuously rewards you to make things happen, time becomes elastic and yes, you are growing with every single day that passes. This was amazing and unthinkable before.

Adina Bigas - Romanian
GEMBA 2015
PFA, Owner & Consultant,

GEMBA is much more than an executive education program: it is a unique opportunity to broaden perspective, challenge conventional thinking, and build meaningful relationships on a global scale. Diversity, knowledge, experience, and support are the norm, from the world-class faculty, to classmates, to staff, and beyond. I can easily place the GEMBA experience among the very most rewarding of my educational and professional endeavors.

Jennifer Epting - American
GEMBA 2015
Financial & Accounting Analyst, Nucor Corporation

Next Steps

11 Feb 2019
I Application Deadline
6 May 2019
II Application Deadline
22 Jul 2019
III Application Deadline
4 Oct 2019
Program Start
Mar 2021
Program End

The SDA Bocconi Experience

SDA Bocconi
@sdabocconi 27 Apr
GEMBA participants in Michigan Ross for the module Steering Business and People
Ferdinando Pennarola
@pennarola 8 Jul
@sdabocconi @gemba just came back from Mumbai, India. A great learning in a country that grows 7%
SDA Bocconi
@sdabocconi 29 Jun
Our GEMBA 10 in Mumbai: they're almost done with their first module abroad, congratulations #GEMBA #MUMBAI ...
Mario Garau
@mariosardinia 17 May
#GEMBA11 visiting @PrysmianGroup and understanting how #diversity is a key driver for growth and profitability. ...
Gianluca Colombo
@GLucaColo 6 May
Bocconi MBA Reunion 2017 workshop and networking. Orange Team working about #innovation @AlumniBocconi ...
Germano Buttazzo
@GermanoButtazzo 6 May
#MABReunion #SDABocconi
@MBA_Journal 12 Nov
SDA Bocconi und Rotman mit neuem Global Executive MBA …
@startuphereTO 11 Nov
New Partnership for a Global Executive MBA Program Announced by University of Toronto’s Rotman School ...
#Repost @m2ohajer ・・・ #classof2015 🎓 #gemba7 ...
SDA Bocconi School of Management
SDA Bocconi School of Management 26 Jul
“Reading Global Conflicts: The Age of Chaos or a New World Order?”: last Friday Federico Rampini hold ...
SDA Bocconi School of Management
SDA Bocconi School of Management 26 Jul
Our GEMBA 10 in Mumbai: they're almost done with their first module abroad, congratulations
SDA Bocconi School of Management
SDA Bocconi 29 Jun
#GEMBA participants are almost done with their first module abroad, well done, guys! #COPENAGHEN #ENTREPRENEURSHIP ...
SDA Bocconi
29 Jun
#GEMBA participants are almost done with their first module abroad, well done, guys! #COPENAGHEN #ENTREPRENEURSHIP ...

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