All the Requirements to Join GEMBA

When SDA Bocconi receives an application for admission, it carries out a pre-selection process based on the initial documents received. Before the application submission, we encourage candidates to contact the Recruiting and Admission Service for a first evaluation of the basic requirements that make them suitable to proceed with the application process. The final assessment of each application will take place once the candidate has completed all required tests and submitted all required documents. Candidates admitted into the Program must confirm their participation based on deadline set by the Admissions Service.


You are required to have:

  • Bachelor Degree (in any discipline)
  • 5+ years of full-time work experience
  • 2+ years of mid-to senior  management experience (people, project or budget experience)
  • Proficiency in English
  • Current Full-Time employment
  • Strong motivation
  • Good leadership and interpersonal skills

What We Need from You

The application must also be accompanied by:

  • Photo to be uploaded to the online application
  • Copy of your passport or ID
  • Payment of EUR 130 application fee to be uploaded to the online application

How to Apply

Fill out and submit the online application through our website. Required documents may be added to your application after you've submitted it.

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.

We encourage you to apply early to maximize your chances for admission.  

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

SDA Bocconi, Masters Division

GEMBA Recruiting and Admissions Service

Tel +39 02 5836 3299/3215 

We Look for Highly Motivated Candidates

The application is available exclusively online and must be filled out in English. You may verify the arrival of your application and confirm that all the documentation has been received through our application website.

Admissions Process

The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA admission process is a rigorous one where candidates are selected according to a specific set of admissions criteria defined by the School. The criteria are in place to guarantee participants and companies the highest quality educational experience. The selection process aims to evaluate each candidate's academic and professional experiences together with their motivations and individual skills. The process must not only determine whether candidates are suitable for the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA, but also whether the Program will meet each candidate's expectations and career goals. We devote significant time and effort to the selection and admissions process because the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA owes much of its uniqueness to the diverse talents of its students who add extraordinary value and drive to the class.

This is an 18-month course starting on 27 September 2024.

We encourage candidates to initiate the process by submitting their application for admission to the Admissions Service then send in the required documents and tests (GMAT, TOEFL, etc.) as soon as possible. The selection process is based both on a candidate profile and the arrival date of their application, while ensuring that the class framework is consistent with a high level of diversity and geographical heterogeneity promoted by the School for the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA.

Admissions Results

Candidates will receive a formal letter from the Admissions Service informing them of the admission decision as soon as the selection process is completed.
The selection process will yield one of the following three results:


  • Admission
    If accepted, the candidate receives an official letter of admission and a contract for participation. If all available places have been filled, the School may decide to place the candidate on a wait list or offer admission for the following year.


  • Deferment
    Admission to the Program is valid for the year the application is submitted. Deferment can be requested for the following year, but approval of deferment is on a case-by-case decision of 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 Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA class, which must be consistent with the quality and diversity the School requires. We are aware of the deep commitment all candidates must make to go through the selection process, and the School cannot provide individual answers to non-admitted candidates.

Fees & Expenses

Participation in the 18-months GEMBA program implies a fair financial commitment. But it is a strategic investment to enter the international dimension of business administration, and it certainly offers high future returns.

Tuition Fees

The total fee is USD 110,000 to be paid in five installments

First Installment

USD 10,000
on acceptance of admission offer

Second Installment

USD 25,000
by 28 October 2024

Third Installment

USD 25,000
by 3 February 2025

Fourth Installment

USD 25,000
by 7 July 2025

Fifth Installment

USD 25,000
by 12 January 2026



The fees include:

  • Most teaching materials and the use of the School's support facilities, class-day meals, as well as accommodation for the modules taught outside Italy and Canada.

Travel visas, travel expenses and accommodation in Italy and Canada and incidentals are not included.


Other costs (not included in tuition fees):

  • Admission fee: € 130


Scholarships & Tuition Waivers

Thanks to the contribution of the Bocconi Alumni Community, SDA Bocconi School of Management makes available 300,000 USD in merit-based Tuition Waivers for 2024-2026 Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA candidates.

Tuition Waivers (up to 25% of the GEMBA Tuition Fee)

The tuition waivers are usually awarded during the admissions process and before the Program begins. The number and assignment criteria of partial tuition waivers are defined and acknowledged by a special Commission whose decision is final and will be notified to beneficiaries according to the dates indicated in the Notice of Competition and by the beginning of the Program.


Applications are 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 Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global EMBA selection process.

Admission to the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global EMBA is independent of the award of any scholarship or tuition waiver.

To be eligible for a tuition waiver, applicants must:

  • Have sent the application to the 2024-2026 Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global EMBA Program;
  • Look at the pre-requisites for the tuition waiver;
  • Apply for the tuition waiver on the online application Portal by the deadline indicated.


Candidates can apply to the tuition waivers even though their selection process is still in progress.
The tuition waivers will be awarded in the rounds indicated in the notice of competition and within the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global EMBA Program's beginning.

We encourage candidates to apply early to increase their chances of a Tuition Waiver.




For the assignment of (at least) 2 Tuition Waivers priority will be given to Women with an outstanding profile.

Please contact for any further information.

SDA Bocconi thanks for the contribution:


Loans & Funding for Candidates

The School assists candidates with their search for funding by supplying the necessary documentation and encouraging them to explore all scholarship and loan possibilities. SDA Bocconi provides opportunities for low-interest loans to admitted students:

  • Prodigy Finance for international students and Italian students (Italian students are only eligible if they meet certain conditions: please refer to the eligibility criteria).
  • Italian Banks for Italian students and European  students. Italian Banks loan applications must be submitted by the end of month that follows your Master starting date.

Funding for International Students

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

Giorgia Bava

Recruiting Coordinator

Fabrice Charlot
Priscilla Gatto
Tyler Henderson
Valentina Mardegan
Tommaso Panzavolta
Marta Tettamanti
Summer Wu
Mario Adamo
Tamara Kolundzija
Gaia Laudicina Rossi
Giusy Marchesano
Viviana Puricelli
Elena Ruffinazzi
Lorenzo Starita
International Student Care
Francesca Roveda

If you want to learn more about our International Student Care service, click here.

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