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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Via Bocconi, 8 - 20136 Milano, Italy

+39 02 5836 3592 - 3125

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
12 months

Date of commencement
2 October 2017; Program end: December 2018

Class size
Max 40


Student grants / Financial assistance
SDA Bocconi School of Management is making available two partial merit-based tuition waivers up to € 10,000 to 2017-2018 MPA candidates with an outstanding profile. Visit the website to learn more about scholarship opportunities and about the MPA Scholarship Fund student-led fundraising initiative Additionally, 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.

Admission 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).

Programme Director
Greta Nasi
Director of Research for Government - Government, Health and not for Profit Division Departement

Contact details for application
SDA Bocconi Masters Division-MFB
Recruiting and Admissions Service
Via Balilla, 18 - 20136 Milano, Italy

SDA Bocconi School of Management

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. It is an accredited Master which offers 70 ECTS credits.

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 2017 - April 2018

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).


October 2017 - April 2018

Core Courses

The MPA program Core Courses are organized around three cornerstones, which represent the competence required of a global manager.
• Managing & Innovating
• Measuring & Evaluating
• Leading People & Processes


• Sharing Economy
• Power Relations
• Transparency in Government
• Public Speaking


Spring 2018


• A. City Management & Competitiveness
• C. International Public & Non-profit Management


• B. Business and Government Relations
• D. Political Institutions and Public Sector Efficiency


Spring - Summer 2018


Managing and Innovating
  • Context of Public Institutions
  • Public Management for Competitiveness
  • Managing Innovation in the Public Sector
  • Strategic Public Management
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

  • Quantitative Analysis for Public Managers
  • Evidence-based Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Performance Management and Control
  • Economic Prospects
  • Public Budgeting & Finance Management
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
  • Managing Organisations and Motivating People
  • Operations Strategy & Management
  • Economics for Public Decisions
  • Project Management
  • Ethics and Citizenship
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.

  • Sharing Economy
  • Power Relations
  • Transparency in Government
  • Public Speaking
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.



A. City Management and Competitiveness
This concentration is designed to provide knowledge and skills for professionals seeking careers in local governments. The aim of this concentration is to train students to face management challenges within local governments worldwide and develop the skills and knowledge to enhance the capacity of cities to make effective decisions which stimulate the business and social environment.

City Management and Competitiveness
City Branding
Co-production in Service Excellence
C. International Public and Non-profit Management

This concentration is designed to provide knowledge and concrete managerial skills for professionals seeking careers in international public and non-profit organizations. This concentration covers important management topics such as interagency coordination, stakeholder management and cross-sector partnerships, how actors involved in decision-making manage successful negotiation and manage complex projects.
Inter-agency Collaborative Practices
Fundraising, Advocacy and Communication
Management of Complex Projects

B. Business and Government Relations

In today's world, understanding and managing the complex interactions between Businesses and Governments is crucial both for public and private managers. Business - Government Relations (hereafter BGRs) refer to a multiple set of interactions. Under a more traditional way, BGRs refer to the effects generated by public policies and regulation on business activity.

Other forms of BGRs, which are less relational and more transactional, refer to Public Procurement strategies and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure and service delivery. Actually, PPPs represent one of the main important challenges for Governments from across the world, which face a huge infrastructure gap of more than 80 trillion US$ and curtailed public resources. Beyond the attraction of private capital, Public Authorities need to leverage the private sector know how and innovation capacity to deliver more cost-effective services. This concentration will provide a deep understanding of the dynamics and features of BGRs, with specific reference to PPPs, thanks to a hands-on approach, based on the discussion of cases and the interaction with the most relevant international public and private players.

Financing development
D. Political Institutions and Public Sector Efficiency

The MPA Concentration in Political Institutions and Public Sector Efficiency introduces the nature, structure, operation, accountability and behavioral consequences of political institutions and modern bureaucracy in 21st century global public affairs. Students will gain an in-depth understanding on the role of bureaucracy, political parties, legislation, public participation, civil society and various interest groups in government policy making.

The courses offered under this track will focus on evaluation methods, limitations and criteria of public policies based on the concepts of normative political theory, ethics, behavior of political institutions and bureaucracies. The aim of the Concentration is to improve the quality of public administration by introducing innovative methods to increase public participation, integration and interaction of political institutions with public bodies. Specifically, class discussions will be focused on various processes that strengthen and transform institutions based on the needs and demands of modern public sector.

MPA students specializing in Political Institutions and Public Sector Efficiency will become experts to lead public sector organizations efficiently and deal with modern bureaucracies effectively to provide better services to the public and contribute to improving standards of governance as professional public sector managers.

Governance and Public Policy Issues
Open Government and Big Data for the Public Sector
Consulting for the Public Sector
Suggested paths will be:
  • Experts in Management of International Cities: A+B
  • Experts in International Development and Public Policy: C+D
  • Experts in Local Growth and Social Capital: A+D
  • Experts in Management of International Public Sector Institutions: B+C

Following the agreements signed between the universities, the Dual Degree Master students have an opportunity to apply to their second year of study at SDA Bocconi in Milan.

By combining their studies with the MPA at SDA Bocconi, the dual degree students are exposed to international methods and innovative ideas through overseas experience and gain different perspectives on the same challenges and processes of public sector management faced in their home countries. This also allows them to network internationally and increase their employability opportunities internationally.

Available Dual Degrees:

MPA Dual Degree arrangement with Kazakhstani Academy of Public Administration
MPA Dual Degree arrangement with the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Republic of Korea
MPA Dual Degree arrangement with Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)

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  • 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 Università 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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    The leading School of Management in Italy and the only Italian School on the top of the charts of all main International Rankings, SDA Bocconi has established itself as a European leader in higher education.

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