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The Rotman - SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA

School accreditation

Via Sarfatti, 10 - 20136 Milano, Italy

+39 02 5836 3125

+39 02 5836 3272

E-mail address

Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
18 Months

Application review start
From Nov

Date of commencement
29 September 2023

Class size

Cost / fees
USD 110,000 paid in five installments

Student grants / Financial assistance
SDA Bocconi is making available partial merit-based tuition waivers. These are usually awarded before the Program begins. Admission to the Program is independent of the award of any scholarship or tuition waiver.

The School assists candidates with their funds search by placing at their disposal the documentation required for financial support applications. In particular, Bocconi grants 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
1. Ratio of Men / Women: 66% men – 34% women
2. Average Work Experience: 14
3. Average age: 39

More info about the class profile

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor Degree (in any discipline)
  • 5+ of full-time work experience
  • 2+ years of mid-to senior management experience (people, project or budget experience)
  • Proficiency in English
  • Current Full-Time employment
  • Strong motivation
  • Good leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Program Directors
    Ferdinando Pennarola
    Brian R. Golden

    Contact details for application
    SDA Bocconi, Masters Division
    GEMBA Recruiting and Admissions Service
    Tel +39 02 5836 3299/3215
    Email: admissions(at)

    SDA Bocconi School of Management / University of Toronto

    The Rotman - SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA

    The Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA (Master in Business Administration) is a modular program that combines the expertise and perspectives of a leading European and a leading North American business school in a transformative journey hosted in international business hubs.

    A launching pad for future career phases and an integrated preparation for senior management roles, GEMBA provides a highly personalized focus on leadership development, and introduces students to a global network of exceptional managers, faculty, executives and thought-leaders.

    This unique 18-month program, spanning seven cities in four continents, will change the way you think, network and do business in some of the world’s biggest markets and will give you a wider range of opportunities, contacts and experiences.

    The curriculum, which includes twenty-four courses plus electives, will deepen your grasp of business fundamentals while building your knowledge and skills for the new global economy. You will benefit from our schools’ leadership in areas such as design thinking and analytics. You will gain insights into industries and sectors where our schools have special expertise: for example, luxury brands at SDA Bocconi and fintech at Rotman. And you will build a network of international contacts, while learning invaluable tools to advance your career.

    The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA is offered in partnership with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada.

    GEMBA Key Facts

  • 18 Months
  • 75 Learning Days
  • 63 Out of Office Days
  • 3 9-Day Modules (Friday-Saturday noon), 8.5 learning days/6 working days each = 25.5 total learning days (classroom+company visit)/18 work days (participants' out of office)
  • 8 1-Week Modules (Monday-Saturday noon, including Elective Module Weeks), 5.5 learning days/5 working days each = 44 total learning days (classroom+company visit)/ 40 work days (participants' out of office)
  • 1 Elective Module (either in Milano and/or, Toronto or to exchange partner schools), 1 Week (Monday-Saturday noon) = 5.5 learning days/5 working days

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    Other courses offered by SDA Bocconi

  • Master in Arts Management and Administration
  • Executive Master in Business of Events
  • Master in Corporate Finance
  • Master Program in Fashion, Experience & Design Management
  • Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy
  • Executive Master in Luxury Management
  • Executive Master in Management of International Organizations
  • Executive Master in Marketing & Sales
  • Full-time MBA

  • 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, Designed for your World, 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.

    Latest SDA Bocconi Rankings

    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.

    Accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

    Current ranks:

    #4 European B-School Rankings 2022
    #3 EU - #6 WW Global MBA Rankings 2023
    #3 EU Return on Investment Global MBA Rankings 2023
    #2 WW Environmental impact Global MBA Rankings 2023
    #3 EU - #4 WW Custom Education Rankings 2022
    #9 EU - #13 WW Executive Education Open Rankings 2022
    #7 EU - #7 WW Executive Education combined Rankings 2022
    #16 EU - #34 WW Executive MBA Ranking 2022

    #2 EU Full-Time MBA Ranking 2022
    #13 WW Full-Time MBA Ranking 2022
    #3EU for Faculty Quality Full-Time MBA Ranking 2022

    QS - TOP MBA
    #10 EU QS Global MBA Rankings 2022 - Europe
    #23 WW QS Global MBA Rankings 2022
    #1 WW Return on Investment QS Global MBA Rankings 2022
    #10 WW QS Global EMBA Rankings 2021: Joint Programmes

    #5 European B-Schools Ranking 2022

    #4 - The Best International MBAs 2019 (1-year, non-US Programs)