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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
1 October 2021

Class size

Cost / fees
USD 100,000 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: 64% men – 36% women
2. Average Work Experience: 14
3. Average age: 38

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 new 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.

    The program gathers people with deep professional backgrounds allowing for a fertile context for benchmarking and a good opportunity to learn from the experience of classmates. What is learned and shared in the classroom can be immediately used and applied to each student’s own companies, the idea is to have a continuous and effective exchange of experiences between work and class.

    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 and you will gain insights into multiple industries and sectors.

    GEMBA Key Facts

  • 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
  • Master in Corporate Finance
  • Master Program in Fashion, Experience & Design Management
  • Master of Management in Food & Beverage
  • 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, ASFOR, ISO 9001:2008

    Current ranks:

    #5 European B-School Rankings 2020
    #5 EU - #12 WW Global MBA Rankings 2021
    #4 EU - #5 WW Custom Education Rankings 2020
    #9 EU - #12 WW Executive Education combined Rankings 2020
    #25 EU - #47 WW Executive MBA Ranking 2020
    #25 WW Overall Satisfaction Executive MBA Ranking 2020

    3 EU Full-Time MBA Ranking 2020-2021
    #6 WW Full-Time MBA Ranking 2020-2021
    #1 EU for Faculty Quality Full-Time MBA Ranking 2020-2021

    QS - TOP MBA
    #10 EU QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 - Europe
    #23 WW QS Global MBA Rankings 2021
    #1 WW Return on Investment QS Global MBA Rankings 2021
    #8 EU QS EMBA Rankings 2019 - Europe
    #10 WW QS Global EMBA Rankings 2021: Joint Programmes

    # 5 - European B-Schools Ranking 2019

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