Executive Master in Management of International Organizations

  • Jan 2021 Next Start
  • 12 Months Duration
  • English Language
  • Executive
  • 16 years Avg. working
  • Milano Where

Time to Steer International Challenges.

The Executive Master in Management of International Organizations (EMMIO) is a part-time blended program that successfully prepares participants to tackle the biggest managerial challenges of modern international organizations (among which: United Nations, International NGOs, Intergovernmental and Supranational Organizations), compacting an impressive workload and a full-fledged executive master program into a nine-month educational path compatible with full employment. By providing you with knowledge, methodological frameworks, and operational tools directly applicable to daily professional challenges, the EMMIO makes you feel an immediate connection with your working environment.

Welcome to EMMIO
Welcome to EMMIO

COVID-19: SDA Bocconi is open.

Safety and flexibility are our guiding principles to ensure continuity of education including alternative ways of program delivery.

Who is EMMIO for?

  • For mid- and senior-level professionals with at least 5 years of professional experience, who are already working or interested in pursuing a career in International Institutions and NGOs.
  • For mid-and-senior level professionals willing to unlock their managerial potential and strenghten their leadership capacity.

EMMIO is therefore the ideal program for professionals who want to:

  • enhance their ability to think and to act strategically in today’s international cooperation scenarios
  • develop their ability to effectively lead organizations through sustainable and successful innovation.
  • improve their distinctive managerial skills, including the ability to build and manage successful partnerships, raise critical resources to achieve their organization’s mandate and successfully leverage on human capital.
  • advance their distinctive competencies to manage resources effectively, identify and manage risks, improve program management and reach operational excellence.

Why choosing EMMIO

1. A unique value proposition

A fully tailored, hands on degree which will strengthen your fit for purpose and heighten your visibility, equipping you for your future professional challenges.

2. An innovative learning model: from theory to practice

Why compromise between world class academic contents and cutting edge business practices? EMMIO allows you to get the best of both worlds, combining a hands-on approach with a solid theoretical component, anchored around management frameworks and tools tailored to the operational and institutional specificities of international organizations. Different and complementary learning methodologies will be adopted, to generate the participants’ highest active learning involvement.

3. Think creatively and elaborate innovative solutions

EMMIO is so much more than a Masters’ programme – it’s a laboratory where participants pour their professional experiences to think creatively and elaborate new solutions to common problems. The EMMIO cohort blends professionals from both the international development and humanitarian assistance sectors with twenty or more organizations represented. This diversity and complementarity of backgrounds helps to foster a systemic and strategic thinking among our participants.

4. A blended formula for a “fit to measure” education

At SDA Bocconi we believe that your education should fit your needs, and work around your schedule. Our blended formula allows you two main benefits: maximum flexibility to complete the on-distance course workload throughout the year, and a concentrated face to face course delivery in two sessions of two and half weeks each. You will earn your degree in only nine months while taking full advantage of the flexible programme schedule.

5. SDA Bocconi: a real knowledge “creator”, not a simple “dispatcher”

SDA Bocconi fully invested in the advancement of business practices and support the ongoing reforms strengthening IOs’ ability to deliver public value. Concretely, Bocconi delivers original research and knowledge to advance the agenda of communities of practice and networks including the Association of Human Resource Management in IOs (AHRMIO), the Career Development Roundtable (CDR) and the Global Food Security Cluster (GFSC).

6. World-class Faculty experienced in International Public Management

SDA Bocconi has invested in the EMMIO all the strength of its four-decade commitment for shaping public management reforms. The strength of its faculty lies in the extraordinary network that unites internationally renowned scholars with senior managers of UN system organizations, innovators, and change agents.

7. A rich network of Partners

Many organizations in the fields of International Development are participating in the EMMIO program with lectures, capstone projects and thematic workshops. The strong relationship between EMMIO and its community of professionals vaunts a network that increased every year with new connections and partnerships with both Organizations serving International Development and the private sector.

8. Milano – the place to be

SDA Bocconi’s location allows you to get the most out of your advanced education by taking in the Milan experience. Milan is a global business hub synonymous with style, art, design, innovation and well-being. Get inspired in the most vibrant Mediterranean city, immersed in a dynamic environment open to international business leaders and global policy makers alike.







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Key Facts


Class Size

93% Int'l


Years (10 years modal value)

Average Work Experience

since 2015

Represented Org.

“International organizations play a critical role in global governance and in enabling their partners to navigate increasingly complex and inter-related development challenges. The EMMIO aims to build a cadre of professionals with the skills and knowledge required to make a mark as international civil servants and to contribute to their organizations’ effectiveness and operational excellence. The program combines solid academic frameworks with dynamic teamwork and a strong focus on emerging trends and themes of the global development agenda. Join the EMMIO program - be part of the future leaders of international organizations.”

Greta Nasi
EMMIO Director

What they say about EMMIO

"EMMIO has been a fantastic experience. I learned a lot about myself and how to deal with multiple tasks and deadlines, about how to organize and to bring out the best of myself. I gained confidence. I would recommend it as a mean to grow your knowledge and your mind, as a step to transform your professional life."

Carole Vergères-Dürsteler
EMMIO 2017-2018

"It is a known fact that promotions don’t easily occur in most international organizations. As is the case in my organization, all promotions have to be well justified and supported with concrete achievements and milestones.
In addition to all achievements, the committee considered my EMMIO certificate as a factor to support my promotion. EMMIO was the crowning achievement! I call it the EMMIO effect"

Esther Okoh
EMMIO 2015-2016
Personalized Orientation

The Director and the Recruiting & Admissions team will be happy to arrange an individual orientation meeting at school to answer your questions and give you personalized advice. We can also do this 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.


    The COVID-19 global crisis has turned the world upside down and drastically changed our routines. Business rules are being re-written and that is exactly why, today more than ever, management education is the most crucial asset for people and organizations to reset their vision and account for this new reality. Making the choice to grow professionally means being confident about the future and ready to change for the better.
    Take advantage of the expertise of our team who can advise you on how to find the best way to reach your professional goals. They will provide you with customized information and support to choose the program that best fits your profile. You will find details here for all our meetings and initiatives.


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


Phone: +39 02 5836 6109 / 6217

Email: emmio@sdabocconi.it

Next Steps

Nov 2019
Application Review Start

Go to admissions

Jan 2021
Program Start
Feb 2022
Program End

News & Social

14 November 2019
Celebrating 100 Years of Multilateralism
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29 November 2018
New collaboration between SDA Bocconi and the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG)
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