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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 2020

Date of commencement
September 2021

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

    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.

  • Benefits of choosing a Master in Arts Management and Administration

    Excellence in the field and a powerful network
    SDA Bocconi has formed several prestigious partnerships with leading arts and cultural institutions, which will not only lend their expertise and offer students valuable opportunities, but will also ensure that participants emerge with skills highly valued by the industry.
    The MAMA Community of Practice will act as a reference point for the industry, bringing together practitioners from sponsoring companies and collaborating institutions with students and alumni for annual meetings on topics in arts management and to share best practices.

    Training managers for the Arts
    We designed this master to educate talented people with a passion for arts and to develop the managerial culture needed for the arts industry to achieve its desired level of excellence.
    In the modern world, there are numerous tensions and trade-offs between ensuring the artistic integrity and the economic viability of arts organizations. The increasingly complex nature of these problems requires a specifically tailored managerial approach, which will have a fascinating cultural impact.

    Professional Development
    The program is aimed at young professionals, typically humanities graduates, who are already working in the arts and culture sector. They may have junior or middle management level positions in public sector and non-profit arts organizations, be involved in the organization of festivals or other cultural events, work for consulting firms dedicated to the arts, or be professionals (e.g. artists, lawyers, consultants) who want to transition to management positions in the arts and culture sector.
    MAMA intends to advance your professional development, giving you a specialized managerial background and an entrepreneurial outlook, which will enable you to fill crucial positions in a wide range of organizations operating in the arts sector.

    Milano, Italy As a future manager in the world of arts and culture, Milano gives you exposure to a thriving and globally famous cultural environment, as well as being the perfect base to explore a country that has had a vast influence on art throughout its long and significant history. Whether the specific excellence of celebrated venues such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, leading cultural festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia, or the many illustrious works of art to be found on a Grand Tour of Italy, each offers their own valuable lessons in the management and administration of arts. Immersing yourself in these experiences, with expert guidance and support from MAMA’s faculty, partners and guest speakers, will be exceptionally rewarding personally and professionally.

    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, 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)