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Master of Public Administration (MPA)
SDA Bocconi School of Management


Address Via Bocconi, 8 - 20136 Milano, Italy
Tel. No. +39 02 5836 3176
Fax No. +39 02 5836 3272
E-mail address
Web address Master of Public Administration website
Course Master of Public Administration
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 12 months
Date of commencement 03 October 2016; Program end: December 2017
Application deadline 16 May 2016
Class size Max 40
Cost/Fees 28.000 €
Financial assistance The School assists candidates with their search for funds by placing at their disposal the documentation required for loan applications. In particular, Bocconi facilitates opportunities for low-interest loans available to admitted students, thanks to agreements with some partner banks.
Furthermore the University provides international students with information about possible sources for financing in several countries
Student profile The MPA program is primarily designed for international, post-graduate students and working professionals coming from all over the world, fluent in English and between 25 and 35 years of age.
Admissions requirements Applicants should have:
• University Degree in any discipline.
• International profile with at least two years professional experience.
• Fluency in English (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CPE).
• GRE/GMAT or SDA Test.
Course director Greta Nasi
Director of the Public Management and Policy Departement
Contact details for application SDA Bocconi Masters Division
Recruiting and Admissions Service - MPA
Via Balilla 18, 20136 Milan - Italy
Tel +39 02 5836 3176
Fax +39 02 5836 3272
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About the Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Smart solutions to public challenges.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) offered by SDA Bocconi School of Management is a one-year full-time program taught in English to students from around the world.

The MPA helps international students develop specialized knowledge and personal qualities for professional work in the public sector and associated institutions both locally and globally.

State-of-the-art scientific background, actionable knowledge, professionalism and openness to diversity make the MPA a unique, once-in-a-life learning experience for future managers of public interests.

The MPA is designed for students who are looking for solid public management tools and want to pursue a managerial career in governmental and non-governmental organizations, international institutions, as well as private businesses working with the public sector.

MPA is the Master for you if
  • You find managing public interests not only useful but also highly rewarding.
  • You are looking for a highly ranked School of Management with a strong reputation and a public management department founded in 1976, devoted to the development of applied public management studies through research and education and has a solid international reputation.
  • You are an established professional seeking leadership responsibilities in the international public sector.
What MPA can offer you
  • Will provide you with the skills and tools required to be a manager in the public sector.
  • Will also teach you about international policies and best practices, while encouraging you to have an independent, transparent and flexible approach to public management.
  • You will benefit from the MPA’s collaboration with a network of governmental institutions, international organizations and NGOs, which could eventually become your next career move.
Core Courses

October 2016 - April 2017

The sequence of Core Courses and Seminars take place in 3 Terms from October to April: Fall Term (October - December), Winter Term (January - February), Spring Term (March - April).

Core Courses

The MPA program is organized around three cornerstones, which represent the competence required of a global manager.

Managing and Innovating
  • Context of Public Administration
  • Evidence-based Decision Making
  • Public Management for Competitiveness
  • Managing Information
This sequence is focused on a detailed understanding of the innovating process as critical factor for the development of the public sector.

Specific attention is given to the ability of the decision making process and competitiveness useful to management and innovation in administration affairs.

Measuring and Evaluating
  • Public Budgeting & Finance
  • Policy Analysis & Evaluation
  • Performance Management & Control
  • Quantitative Analysis for Public Managers
Measuring the value produced by an organization is the starting point to understand the opportunities it faces and the investments it can sustain. Starting from a thorough understanding of public budgeting and finance, the second sequence provides tools for measurement and evaluation useful for managers of public sector.

Leading People and Processes
  • Public Organizations & Processes
  • Managing People
  • Operations Strategy & Management
  • Economics for Public Decisions
Core competences of an organization lie in smart people and in effective and efficient organizational processes. This sequence aims to understand how to design the organization, fuel it with the energy of smart and committed people and orchestrate a system of incentives that aim to both exploit existing competences and explore new scenarios.


Modern managers succeed because of their competences and also because of their soft skills and values. The ability to communicate, manage teams and projects, comply with rules, regulations and social norms are all fundamental elements that complement the competence sphere and that are covered by this sequence of seminars. The values that inspire a manager are also a crucial element in the development of Public fields.

About SDA Bocconi School of Management

The leading School of Management in Italy and the only Italian School present in all of the most important International rankings (Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Forbes), SDA Bocconi has established itself as a European leader in higher education.

SDA Bocconi School of Management is part of Universitą Bocconi, the first Italian University to grant a degree in economics. For over a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy’s social and economic modernization.

SDA Bocconi has been engaged in the promotion and organization of executive education since 1971, with an International approach. The School’s vision of empowering life through knowledge and imagination lies behind its program offerings: Executive Education Open and Custom Programs, MBA and Master Programs, for the development of individuals, companies, institutions and economic systems.

Choosing SDA Bocconi and coming to Milano means choosing a vibrant environment, the entrepreneurial, financial and industrialized center of Italy, a doorway to Europe. In short, a wealth of international contacts and opportunities.

And Milano, of course, is culture, fashion, design, food and the art of living.

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