Candidates are required to have

  • University Degree in any discipline.
    Candidates from disciplines other than business administration must attend online pre-courses from November;
  • International profile with at least two years professional experience;
  • Fluency in English. Candidates whose mother tongue is not English are required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CPE result;
  • Italian language instruction: although the program is conducted in English, participants not fluent in Italian are highly recommended to 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 the Admissions Service once the pre-selection is complete;
  • Applicants may be required to have an interview with the program Director either in Milano at SDA Bocconi or in alternative remotely (via webcam).

The admissions process

The selection process begins in February 2018.
The application is available exclusively online and must be completed in English.
Applicants may verify the arrival of their application and confirm that full 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 the interest of all candidates to submit their application as early as possible.
When the School receives your application, it carries out a pre-selection based on the documents sent. The Admissions Committee lets the candidates know if they are considered suitable to proceed with the selection process. The final selection result is communicated to the candidate once the application is complete, which implies all documents received and tests completed.


  • Degree Certificate and Transcript
    You are required to submit an original/official or certified original transcript of grades (in English or Italian) from the college or university attended. This must include grades for individual subjects with the grading scale, the type of degree, the date of graduation and the dates of enrolment.
    Applicants who obtained a university degree in Italy must provide a self-declaration of the Degree Certificate and Transcript (form provided by their university). This self-declaration is only for students graduated from Italian universities.
  • Proficiency in English
    If English is not your mother language you must submit a result of the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic or CPE tests.
    At the testing site, you can specify that your results be sent directly to SDA Bocconi (TOEFL School Code -  0698, PTE School Code -  R7G-6R-23). If you have already taken one of these tests, the original results must be sent directly to the school. Test results prior to January 2016 are no longer valid. 
    A test result may be waived for students who took their degree in English or can document significant professional experience in an English-speaking country
  • Two letters of reference
    Reference letters must be from people who are well acquainted with your performance in a work or academic setting. The SDA Bocconi reference form (available online with the application form) must be used. The reference letters should be emailed directly by the referees from their company email address to:
  • SDA Test and MAFED Essay
    The SDA Test, offered in English, assesses quantitative, logical and verbal skills. Candidates are also required to prepare a MAFED Essay: a power point presentation on “Personal Branding”. Enrolment  for  the SDA Test and guidelines on the MAFED Essay will be communicated by the Admissions Service once the pre-selection is complete.
  • Application from sponsor companies
    If your company intends to financially support your participation in the MAFED  program (through partial or total payment of the tuition fee), an additional document must be completed by a company representative. A special form is available on our online application.
  • Passport-size photo to be uploaded to the application form
  • Copy of ID or Passport
  • Payment of EUR 100 application fee (using the special form in the application form)

How to apply

Fill out and submit the application through our website and upload all required documents.
NOTE: Candidates from disciplines other than business administration are advised to submit the application in advance in view of recommended attendance of the online pre-courses, available from November.

Official/original or certified degree certificate/transcript  should be both uploaded and sent by land mail to: 
SDA Bocconi, Masters Division
Recruiting and Admissions Service - MAFED

Via Balilla, 18 - 20136 Milano, Italy
Tel: +39 02 5836 3177
Fax: +39 02 5836 3272

Applicants may verify the arrival of their application and confirm that full documentation has been received through our application website.
For further clarification on individual applications, please contact the Admissions Service at the above indicated address.

Next Steps

February 2018     Application Review Start
28 September 2018     Application Deadline
November 2018     Online Pre-courses Start
January 2019     Program Start
November 2019     Program End 
December 2019     Graduation Day