Master of Public Administration

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

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

In my experience, SDA Bocconi was the best platform to develop and improve my skills, giving me the right exposure to accomplished and international profiles - referring not only to professors but also to my colleagues. The international environment, along with the dynamism of the program's structure, not only motivates students to be competitive but also provided us with unique experiences that can only be learned in a full time, intense, and challenging program such as this. It gave me the skill set necessary to succeed while working in international teams, and a strong network of contacts that I call on daily to help continue growing the company I started with one of my MPA colleagues.

Ana Lucia Canales Herrerias - Mexican
MPA 2017
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CAPOLAVORO SRL) - Milan, Italy

SDA Bocconi leverages on Milan's ideal location in the heart of Europe, offering academic rigor as well as proximity to experts in finance, innovation, and management. This allows students to evaluate what they gain from the classroom against live examples, giving them the tools to succeed and the platform to kickstart a career in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.

Alina Urbanic - American
MPA 2017
Portfolio Analyst at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) - Geneva, Switzerland
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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