Bocconi School of Management (Bocconi University)

City: Milan
Country: Italy
Year founded: 1971
Average GMAT: 665

About #

The SDA Bocconi School of Management is ‘designed for your world’. Driving change in both their student’s personal and professional lives, Bocconi School of Management prepares students for their futures. Bocconi underscores the importance of learning experiences meant to address real-world needs and rigorous research constantly changing the world of business education. Bocconi is built around the values of independence, critical thinking, scientific rigor, Imagination, Entrepreneurship, people-centric, Responsibility, and global centricity.

Featured Professors #

Andrea Beltratti

Professor Beltratti is a professor in the Department of Finance at Bocconi. He teaches courses in Real Estate Investment and Business Strategy. He has previously been a visiting professor at Stanford University and a visiting scholar at LSE. He is well-published with his work appearing in such journals as the Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Risk. He received his BA from the University of Turin at Economics and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Rankings #

Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking: #12
USNews – Best Business Schools: #13
QS Global MBA Rankings 2021: #23

MBA Program Structure #

Brief Overview

The Full-time MBA program at Bocconi is 15 months in length, giving MBAers the chance to learn and grow within the dynamic city of Milan. Consistently ranked within the top world MBA programs, Bocceni transcends managerial knowledge and connects students to real-world and hands-on experiences which offer new perspectives.

Year One Description #

The first phase of the MBA program takes about 9 months. Here MBA students begin their journey with 4 day MBA boot camps to get acquainted with the system and cohort Then, core courses are required between September and march where students build their understanding of what it means to be a global manager.

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes:

Term 1

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Microeconomics for Managers
  • Business Analytics

Term 2

  • Financial Planning and Budgeting
  • Understanding Investments
  • Strategic Economic Analysis
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behaviour

Spring Semester Mandatory Classes:

Term 3

  • Banking and Capital Markets
  • Macroeconomics for Managers
  • Cost Management and Profitability Analysis
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Corporate Strategy

Term 4

  • Decisions & Uncertainty
  • Operations Strategy
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Managing People in Organizations

Term 5

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Performance Management and Control
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Year Two Description #

During the second phase (April and May), students are able to mold their studies to best suit their goals by attending elective courses. From June to the end of the year, students put their theoretical knowledge into practice with internships, entrepreneurial projects, and MBA group business projects.

Total Costs #

Tuition – €59,000 (Payable in 4 Installments)

Room and Board – €1,700 per month 

Fees – €100

Application Process #


Two recommendations from a professional or academic background



Fee description: €120

Traits to Emphasise Core Values: 

  • Motivation
  • Ability to contribute
  • Enthusiasm
  • Professional growth and background
  • Teamwork
  • Responsibility

Video Pre Interview

With the video pre-interview, applicants are asked a series of questions that they must answer while recording themselves.

Unique Aspects #

Learning Model

The learning model at Bocconi uses Case Analysis, Business Games, Simulations individual projects, and group work in order to teach. Students at Bocconi have busy and challenging days, however, this is all part of Bocconi’s plan. Simulating the hustle and bustle of the real world, while also maintaining a good work ethic shapes the MBA program. Students are exposed to more than just lectures. They attend speaking events and company days. They have the opportunity to participate in Club Activities and social events so that they are constantly growing their network and building relationships.

Hands-on Experience

Bocconi embraces the idea that students learn best by doing. Because of this, students are given the opportunity to participate in individual internships entrepreneurial projects and group business labs. Each of these experiences is a tangible learning opportunity that students take with them throughout their academic careers and beyond.

Student Life #

At Bocconi students live in the hustle and bustle of Milan while absorbing all this historic town has to offer. The new Bocconi campus is built to be state-of-the-art and highly sustainable. Meeting and studying spaces are available for students to talk, engage and grow with each other.

Employment Reports #

Class of 2020

  • Accepted an Offer: 95%
  • Median Salary: €86,274
  • Other Guaranteed Compensation (Guaranteed): €32,600

Top Industry Destinations:

  • Tech/E Business
  • Pharma or Biotech
  • Financial Services
  • Consulting

Top Function Destinations:

  • Marketing Sales
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • Finance

Location Destinations:

  •  81% Located in Europe
  • 65% Non-EU working in EU

Top Companies Recruiting:

  • Amazon
  • Bain
  • Lillz
  • Infosys
  • McKinsey

Class Profile 2021 #

  • Program Length: 15 months
  • Total Enrollment: 90
  • Average Age: 29 years
  • Women: 34%
  • Countries Represented: 30
  • Average Work Experience: 5.5 years
  • Previous Work Locations/Fields: 
    • Services 24%
    • Financial Serv/Ins. 20%
    • Energy & Utilities 11%
    • Care & Pharma 10%
    • Fashion, Design & Luxury 9%
    • IT/Telecoms 8%
    • Services 7%
    • Other 7%


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