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Master in Arts Management and Administration (MAMA)

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Via Sarfatti, 10 - 20136 Milan - Italy

+39 02 5836 3228/3125

+39 02 5836 3272

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
12 months

Application review start
November 2022

Application deadline
May 2023

Date of commencement
September 2023

Cost / fees

Student grants / Financial assistance
Every year SDA Bocconi makes available some partial merit-based tuition waivers to MAMA candidates with an outstanding profile.
To discover more: Cost, Scholarship, and Funding

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students: 30% - 70%
2. Average work experience: 4 years
3. Average age: 27

More about our Student profile

Admission requirements
You are required to have:

  • A university degree
  • Two years significant experience with an international profile
  • Fluency in English.
  • SDA test
  • An interview with the program director

  • More info: Requirements, Process, Application

    Program Director
    Andrea Rurale

    Contact details for application
    SDA Bocconi, Masters Division
    Recruiting and Admissions Service - MAMA
    Tel +39 02 5836 3228
    Email: admissions.mama(at)

    SDA Bocconi School of Management

    Master in Arts Management and Administration (MAMA)

    Master in Arts Management and Administration (MAMA) is a full-time, international, one-year program that is taught entirely in English and attracts students from all over the world. MAMA aims to support artistic innovation and cultural development worldwide, by strengthening the leadership and management skills required for arts organizations to thrive.

    Leveraging on Italian excellence in cultural heritage and artistic production, the program will strengthen your cultural background as well as your professional skills, which will allow your career to flourish.

    Program Structure and Calendar

    MAMA is an intense full-time program. The learning model provides class sessions and case studies together with many active methods such as assignments, simulations, company visits etc. You will meet experienced SDA Bocconi Arts Management faculty, but also international visiting professors from leading business school from all over Europe and the USA, as well as professionals, artists, and executives in the field. Extra-curricular activites, such as Italian course for non-Italian speakers, or Excel course, are also offered to students.

    Grand tour in Italy. In the second part of the program, students participate in a study tour of some of the most important cultural institutions based in Italy. The MAMA Grand tour gives participants an opportunity to understand a managerial perspective of Italian best practices in the arts sector. During the Grand Tour, participants will experience the strategic role of Italian culture at national and international levels, through visits and meetings with top practitioners

    Partners and collaborating institutions

    Partners and collaborating institutions share MAMA's mission: supporting and innovating the arts through the development of specific and art-respectful managerial skills. Main partners meet MAMA's participants during visits to their facilities, during seminars with their own practitioners and managers, through assigned field projects and have the opportunity to select MAMA participants for internships.

    MAMA is the Master for you if

  • You are passionate about arts and culture.
  • You want a career as a professional, manager, consultant or entrepreneur in arts and cultural fields.
  • You want to improve your managerial expertise in one of Europe’s leading Schools of Management.
  • You want to learn about the Italian and European artistic traditions and how they are supported and developed.

  • What MAMA can offer you

  • Solid foundations in management, including practical, creative and professional skills.
  • Specific knowledge to operate successfully in the arts and culture sector.
  • Direct contact with top Italian and International arts organizations and their leaders, who are often guest speakers in the program.
  • A stimulating environment, focusing on an international market with a multidisciplinary approach.
  • A dedicated arts management faculty, who has close ties with the arts world and the arts management community.
  • The MAMA Grand Tour, taking you out of Milan to experience world-famous centers of Italian culture.
  • MAMA Internships – a chance to work for one of MAMA’s main partners or collaborating institutions.

  • Coaching program
    The office of Career Services is designed to support your professional development throughout the program. SDA Bocconi also coordinates events and initiatives dedicated to the larger community of specialized Master programs, which MAMA candidates are welcome to attend.

    Career Advising

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  • About SDA Bocconi

    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)