All the Requirements to Join the MAFED Class

To guarantee the best quality of learning we need you and the other participants to have a good educational background and a certain professional experience.
For this reason the participation requirements and selection criteria for the MAFED are rigorous and demanding.



You are required to have:

  • A university degree in any discipline. If you have studied disciplines other than business administration you have to attend online pre-courses starting in November.
  • Two years professional experience with an international profile.
  • Fluency in English. If your mother tongue is not English you are required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CPE result.
  • Italian language instruction. Although the program is conducted mostly in English, if you are not fluent in Italian it is highly recommended that you take the Italian course for beginners during the program.
  • SDA test and MAFED essay. Details on the essay and on the SDA test will be communicated by Admissions Service once the pre-selection is complete.
  • Candidates may be required to have an interview with the program director either in Milan at SDA Bocconi or remotely (by phone or over the internet).


Tuition Waiver Application Deadlines
Round 1: 6 May 2024
Round 2: 1 July 2024
Round 3: 9 October 2024

Application Deadline
9 October 2024

We invite you to apply on time


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 120 admissions fee (using the special form within the application form)

How to Apply

Fill out and submit the online application through our website and upload all required documents online. The application deadline is 9 October 2024.


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.


NOTE: Candidates from disciplines other than business administration are advised to submit the application well in advance, in view of the recommended attendance of online pre-courses.

Official transcripts and/or certified copies should be both uploaded and sent by conventional mail to:


SDA Bocconi, Masters Division

Recruiting and Admissions Service - MAFED

Via Sarfatti, 10

20136 Milan, Italy


Applicants may use our application website to verify the arrival of their documents and to upload the digital documentation. Documents can be uploaded after your online application has been submitted.

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

SDA Bocconi, Masters Division

Recruiting and Admissions Service - MAFED

Tel +39 02 5836 3117 

Admission Process

The selection process begins in March 2024. The application is available exclusively online

You may verify the arrival of your application and confirm that all the documentation has been received through our application website.

Applications are examined on a rolling basis and, given the high number of applications, those received much in advance of the deadline have a greater chance of being admitted. Therefore, it is in your best interest to submit your application as early as possible.

When we receive your application, we carry out a pre-selection based on the documents sent. The Admissions Committee lets you know if you are considered suitable to proceed with the selection process.
If so, you may be required to have an interview with program director, which may be held at SDA Bocconi in Milan or remotely. This will allow you to show that you have the essential skills, talents, and motivations that are essential to getting the most out of our MAFED program.

The final result will be communicated once the application is complete, which means all documents must have been received and tests completed. You will receive a formal letter from Admissions Service (results are never communicated via telephone).

Tuition Fees

The total fee for 2025 is € 36,000 to be paid in four installments

First Installment

€ 9,000
on acceptance of your admission to the Master Program

Second Installment

€ 9,000
no later than 28 February 2025

Third Installment

€ 9,000
no later than 30 April 2025

Fourth Installment

€ 9,000
no later than 27 June 2025



The fees include:
  • Internal teaching material used during the program (some books are not included)
  • Visits to companies and institutions (includes organization and transport – excludes lodging and food)
  • Courses in Italian language, with the possibility of attaining the CILS qualification of Italian language proficiency
  • Access to the Bocconi University library and online database.


Other costs:
  • Admissions fee: € 120
  • Personal Expenses
    Of course, personal expenses will vary significantly depending on each individual's lifestyle. In general, the cost of living in Milano is comparable to that of other major European cities. We aim to provide you with an accurate expectation of monthly expenses based on information provided by MAFED students in recent years:

    - Housing: € 800 - 1500
    - Meals: € 450
    - Transports: € 100
    - Misc. Expenses: € 350

    Total: € 1,700-2,400


Scholarships & Tuition Waivers

Each year multiple scholarships and tuition waivers are available for outstanding candidates, thanks to the ongoing support of companies, other organizations, as well as our Alumni and current students.

Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Analysis of the requirements indicated in the specific notice of competition
  • Analysis of academic and professional record
  • Results of the MAFED selection process.




To be eligible for a tuition waiver, you must:

  • Have sent the application
  • Look at the pre-requisites for the tuition waiver
  • Send the tuition waiver application form and résumé by the deadline indicated (even though your selection process is still in progress)


The tuition waivers will be awarded during the selection process and no later than the starting date of Master.

You can apply to the scholarship/tuition waivers even though your selection process is still in progress.

Loans and Funding

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 (International studentsItalian students), thanks to agreements with partner banks. Loan applications must be submitted by the end of month that follows your Master starting date.

Furthermore, the University provides international students with information about possible sources for financing in several countries. For further information, please visit the Università Bocconi website.

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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