Master of Public Administration

  • 1 Year Duration
  • English Language
  • Full-Time Format

Smart solutions to public challenges.

SDA Bocconi’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a one-year full-time program taught in English to students from around the world. It develops your specialized knowledge and personal skills to work in the public sector and associated institutions, both locally and globally. If you want to make a high-yield investment in your professional future, and look for a solid scientific background and effective and innovative management tools, this is the Master for you.

MPA Perspectives
MPA Perspectives


An MPA means:

  • Building your professional future with the leading School of Management in Italy
  • Acquiring advanced managerial skills specific to the international public sector
  • Learning an independent, transparent, and flexible approach to public management
  • Belonging to a prestigious network of PA professionals

Key Facts

Int'l Students

from 10 Countries




Experience in the PA Sector



Class Size




Average Work Experience


Average Age

“MPA is so much more than a Master's program - it is a laboratory where participants use their professional experiences to think creatively and elaborate new solutions to common problems. MPA is a fully tailored, hands on degree which will strengthen your profile and heighten your visibility, equipping you for future professional challenges in the public sector.”

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Alexander Maximilian Hiedemann
MPA Director

My name is Jay and I am a US Fulbright Grantee. From the perspective of a US student coming to SDA Bocconi as an MPA student, I am ecstatic. In the US, a lot of schools state they are diverse, that they have different perspectives but I have never seen such diversity like here. I am in a class where we have international presence of most continents in the world covered. I have pride in knowing that my perspectives and ideals are going to be challenged, which is one of the reasons I came to Europe. I could have done an MPA program in the US but I wanted to gain international exposure.

In globalized world, one of the most important factors is to have a global perspective and be able to sympathize and empathize with fellow classmates from China, Taiwan, Kazakhstan . . . some of the countries represented in my class. I love engaging with classmates and being part of the discussions, and even outside the class, I have the pleasure discussing with them, hearing wonderful stories of their home countries, their plans and they inspire me.
I have just set up a business few days ago and received plenty of advice from my classmates. They are taking a keen interest in my development and vice versa. This is the type of networking I was looking for and SDA Bocconi offers it naturally and the international presence is impactful. I will not only receive an MPA degree but I will have the international perspective that many of MPA students in the US do not.  


Jay Arzu - USA
MPA 2017

Fulbright Scholarship Recipient
I am thrilled to be awarded the Fulbright scholarship to attend the Masters of Public Administration at SDA Bocconi this year. As a daughter of educators, I am a firm believer that education empowers us to develop personally and become more politically active. Throughout my studies, I have always been active on a community level and found ways to make contributions of change. I am eager to take advantage of the excellent opportunities that Bocconi provides and continue to grow upon my skills and ultimately find the right career path.
I am motivated to pursue this degree in Public Administration through the SDA Bocconi School of Management to assist and enhance the development and evolution of international cities facing adaptation issues. In the past year, there has been a record for human migration with masses of people arriving in Europe to escape political upheaval. There is no doubt that cities will continue to grow with the constant migration of populations to urban communities. Yet, creating positive change through legible and understandable policy can guarantee that cities benefit current residents and future generations as well. Having lived in several international cities myself, I am extremely interested in learning the skills necessary to make cities more livable for all.
SDA Bocconi School of Management allows for an interesting opportunity not only to concentrate in city management, but to engage in a hands-on experience through a summer internship program. I plan to use this opportunity to specifically assist in real management issues affecting cities either in Italy or around Europe. I could not be more thrilled for this opportunity that the Fulbright Commission has provided for me. Not only am I motivated by the curriculum and institution, however, this diverse group of individuals with whom I will be working give me the chance to learn from different backgrounds, experiences, and expertise.

Amaya Amigo - American
MPA 2018
Personalized Orientation

MPA is a challenge to be taken on with a strong dedication. 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 by phone or Skype.

Next Steps

Oct 2018
Program Start
Dec 2019
Program End

News & Social

26 July 2017
A competition among MPA students, in collaboration with EIB
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05 October 2017
The new MPAs started their journey
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