We Are Looking for Highly Motivated Public Servants

The MPA is a I level Master program, following Bocconi University’s application procedure. To guarantee the best quality of learning we need you and the other participants to have a good educational background, a certain professional experience, and a strong push for innovation. For this reason the participation requirements and selection criteria for the MPA are rigorous and demanding.


You are required to have:

  • A three-year or higher degree in any discipline received from an Italian or foreign university
  • At least two years professional experience and an international profile
  • Fluency in the English language

What We Need from You

Admission to the program depends on a rigorous selection process based on several factors including graduation, curriculum, references, and, last but not least, an interview. As places fill up gradually we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.

How to apply

To welcome you to the MPA we need the following from you:

  • Online Application: apply through the “My Application” Admissions portal. Download the Guidelines for the Online Application (pdf).
  • Degree certificate and transcripts, showing type of degree, enrollment and graduation date, list of exams taken, and grade point average in original language plus official translation in Italian or English together with the grading scale, indicating the minimum passing grade and maximum achievable.
  • Two letters of reference from people who know you well, and can comment knowledgeably about your professional and/or academic background, and provide a detailed evaluation of your qualifications.
    However, applications from graduates with no work experience but interested in a career in the public sector could be taken into consideration by the Director.
  • Proficiency in English: you must be highly proficient in written and spoken English. You are required to submit an English language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, or CPE).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • GRE or GMAT official test score, if available.
  • Online Video Interview (strongly recommended, not compulsory)
  • Interview: after an initial review of your application, a selected number of candidates will be invited for an admission interview. This will allow you to show that you possess the skills, talents and motivations that are essential to getting the most out of the MPA program. The interview will take place remotely (via webcam).
  • Admissions fee: euro 100 to be made by credit card through the PayTool

If you need a visa for study purposes, we recommend you apply within the first or second round of selection, considering that obtaining a visa for Italy is normally a time-consuming process, and visas are normally released by the competent Italian authority during the summer.

Timeline and Selection Criteria MPA 2018-2019






Results by / Enrollment from

I Round

by 31 January 2018

7 February 2018

II Round

1 February - 4 April 2018

11 April 2018

III Round

5 April - 14 June 2018

21 June 2018

IV Round

15 June - 4 September 2018

7 September 2018


Tuition Fees

Participation in the MPA requires an ongoing commitment for 12 months and is an economic investment with a high return in terms of an international career.


The total fee is € 28,000 to be paid in four installments:

First Installment

€ 7,000

on acceptance of admission to the Program (non-refundable)

Second Installment

€ 7,000

no later than 22 October 2018

Third Installment

€ 7,000

no later than 28 January 2019

Fourth Installment

€ 7,000

no later than 26 April 2019


Fees include:

  • Most teaching material
  • Access to the school’s database and facilities.

You have to provide your own laptop.


Other Expenses

Personal expenses will vary significantly depending on your lifestyle. In general, the cost of living in Milan is comparable to that of other major European cities. We provide you with a forecast of monthly expenses as experienced by MPA students in recent years:

  • Housing € 600 - 900
  • Meals € 450
  • Transport € 100
  • expenses € 350
  • Total € 1,500-1,800

Scholarships and Tuition Waivers

SDA Bocconi makes scholarships and tuition waivers available to candidates through the publication of calls for tender. The facilities are allocated on the basis of merit criteria and any other methods of recognition that are expressed by the notice.


Tuition Waivers for the 2018-2019 MPA Edition

Admission to the MPA Program is independent of the award of any scholarship or tuition waiver. To be eligible for a tuition waiver, you must:

  • Have sent the application to the 2018-2019 MPA Program
  • Look at the pre-requisites for the tuition waiver
  • Send the tuition waiver application form by the indicated deadline (even though your selection process is still in progress)



Outstanding Profiles

1 Partial Tuition Waiver
> Tuition Waiver Application Form

Chinese Candidates

> 1 Partial Tuition Waiver
> Tuition Waiver Application Form

Outstanding Profiles contributing to the 2030  Agenda

> 1 Partial Tuition Waiver
> Tuition Waiver Application Form

Women in International Development

> 1 Partial Tuition Waiver
> Tuition Waiver Application Form


MPA Scholarship Fund: A Fund-Raising Initiative

The MPA Scholarship Fund is an initiative that seizes the opportunity to create a long-lasting impact through the empowerment of women from the Global South involved in policymaking.

Find out more about MPA Initiatives


INPS Scholarships for Italian Civil Servants

For 2017-2018, the MPA was accredited under INPS’s “Gestione Dipendenti Pubblici” scheme. For further details (information is available only in Italian), click here.

Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme

The MPA is one of SDA Bocconi’s Master programs listed as eligible by the Jean Monnet EU scholarship scheme (JM). The JM scholarship is awarded to Turkish citizens willing to join EU universities (1-year full-time Master programs taught in English). Once the candidate is admitted to the MPA, they may apply to the JM scholarship directly within the deadline indicated on the JM website, where all scholarship criteria and application instructions are also provided.

More information is also available in the JM’s Hosting Institution Catalogue.

Scholarship Program “Bolashak” - 2018

The submission period for the Bolashak CIP 2018 will be available later in the year. For more information please refer to the Bolashak Program’s official website (in Kazakh language).