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Bocconi University

Via Sarfatti, 25 Milan View map
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Università Bocconi was established in Milan in 1902, with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant. Named for his lost son, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi thus became the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics. Since its inception, Bocconi has stood for liberalism, pluralism, and social and economic progress. While a private institution, Bocconi has traditionally been more than an elite university. It has consistently promoted and practiced equality of opportunity among its many generations of students, by actively subsidizing the education of disadvantaged and deserving students. In the words of its first Rector and President, Leopoldo Sabbatini, Bocconi's mission is to "promote harmony between school and life." Today, Bocconi is a research university of international standing in business, economics, and law. Its research projects are funded by national and supranational institutions. By virtue of being a major node in the European and global network of business and economics universities, Bocconi exchanges faculty and cooperates on large projects with like-minded European and American universities and business schools. Bocconi has close relations with major corporations and international agencies, as well as their managers and officials, and constantly interacts with the business and economic environment to assess new issues, implement new techniques, and start new research endeavors. Università Bocconi has an Undergraduate School, a Graduate School, a School of Law and a PhD School. SDA Bocconi School of Management, founded in 1971, takes care of the post-experience management education. Bocconi grants Bachelor, Master of Science, and PhD degrees in Management, Economics, Law and other disciplines. It also offers a number of post-experience programs, and administers hundreds of advanced courses to managers and professionals in all realms of private and public management. In keeping with the ideals of its founders, Bocconi seeks to address the research and education needs of the European and global economy, by favoring cultural progress, international exchange, and economic integration. Bocconi conceives higher education as a continuous process that spans the entire professional life of an individual. The University promotes both economic advancement and civic values, by instilling in Bocconians solid analytical skills and a strong emphasis on ethics, so that they can contribute to the innovation and development of European business and society.

  • The ONE-STOP SERVICE CENTER is a welcome point for all administrative procedures and a place where you can access the front offices for all services.
  • The BOCCONI LIBRARY is one of the most well stocked libraries in Italy in the fields of economics, business administration and social sciences. The Bocconi community can access the Library’s digital collections from anywhere on any device 24/7. The print collections are available for loan and/or consultation onsite in two reading rooms and in the study spaces (27 rooms and 30 group study rooms) with about 690 seats. The Library is often open until 11pm or midnight, including on Saturdays and Sundays during the academic year to accommodate anyone studying for classes or exams.
  • The LANGUAGE CENTER and the IT EDUCATION SERVICES CENTER offer, respectively, curricular courses in foreign languages, cultural courses and the Film Festival-Movies & Languages and curricular and extracurricular courses in computer skills.
  • COUNSELING AND SELF-EMPOWERMENT helps students settle in on campus, improve their abilities, develop new skills, acquire a study method and face personal and/or academic problems.
  • Student HEALTH AND WELLNESS is an important topic. Students who may have health issues while on campus can take advantage of agreements with several healthcare facilities in Milan that offer health services and exams to Bocconi students at discounted fees.
  • The University’s publishing house, EGEA, also has a recentlyrenovated bookshop, with books for class, as well as literature and
  • non-fiction. You can attend events with authors, intellectuals and journalists at the bookshop that are open to the public.
  • Students have several options for eating on campus: there are 3 DINING AREAS and coffee shops open to the Bocconi community. Students who meet need-based requirements can apply for reduced rate meals.
  • The BOCCONI SPORT TEAM promotes sports on campus at a competitive, university or amateur level: basketball, golf, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Several sporting events are also organized throughout the year, including Bocconi Sport Days and the Soccer Cup, which take place on campus.
  • There are around 100 STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS that organize meetings, debates, events and recreational activities every day. If your association does not yet exist, or you feel existing associations do not fully reflect who you are, new groups can be created at any time, allowing you to get the most of your experience on campus.
  • Social engagement is a value that is essential to Bocconi’s institutional identity. The COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT project advances and develops all academic and non-academic social initiatives at Bocconi, including the Volunteer Desk, and the student association Students for Humanity.
  • From food to entrepreneurship, as well as arts, fashion, music and so many other opportunities to have fun: there is something appealing to everyone! The CAMPUS LIFE office provides the spaces and resources needed for a variety of activities:
  • Interdisciplinary courses on various topics not strictly related to economics and legal issues (history, geopolitics, literature, philosophy, science and more)
  • Performing arts, including theater productions, musicals, choral ensemble, concerts and exhibitions on campus
  • wellness and leisure with courses on yoga, first aid an self-defense
  • Bocconi is much more than just classrooms and lectures. Our students experience campus in all its aspects and directly manage a STUDENT MEDIA CENTER, which includes RadioBocconi, the newspaper Tra i Leoni and the web TV channel BocconiTV

Selections for 2019-20 a.y. have closed.

In case you are interested in applying for 2020-2021 a.y., we suggest you to rely on 2019-20 a.y. deadlines and procedures as a reference also for 2020-21, but please get back to us from October 2019 on to double check for any updates on the procedures. 

Procedures 2019-2020 a.y.

International applicants (applicants with a non-Italian undergraduate degree) are selected on the basis of a process that takes into consideration all elements of their profile, focusing on 3 components:

  1. Results of the GMAT or GRE test. Bocconi requires only the verbal and quantitative sections of the GMAT or GRE; no minimum score is required to participate in the selection. The test is mandatory.
  2. GPA of exams or courses passed during the undergraduate program
  3. Evaluation of the applicant's profile by the MSc Director, including:

a.Curriculum Vitae - mandatory

b.Personal Statement - mandatory

Moreover, International applicants may also upload an additional personal Video Presentation on the Kira Talent Platform. This video is not mandatory.

Applicants will not be evaluated if any of the mandatory elements above is missing.

To apply for MSc programs work experience is not mandatory.

Reference letters are not required. 

All our MSc programs start in September

In addition to their first choice, applicants can specify up to four additional choices

If MSc Programs are offered in different languages (i.e. both in Italian and in English), applicants can select them as separate choices.

Admission to the Specific Double Degree Programs takes place at specific times, namely:

For the CEMS MIM and CHINA MIM and BOCCONI-ESSEC Double Degree programs, it takes place at the same time as admission to the MSc: each option is independent from the other MSc Programs.

In particular: CEMS MIM and CHINA MIM programs are independent choices from International Management; the BOCCONI-ESSEC Double degree program is an independent choice from Management.

Please note that the choice of the CHINA MIM program in the application will be available in the first 4 rounds of selection but, due to deadlines compatibility, interested candidates are strongly recommended to apply by the 3rd round.

Further elements of evaluation are required (a statement of motivation and a video interview) for applicants to the CEMS MIM and/or CHINA MIM and/or Bocconi-ESSEC Double Degree international programs, which strongly weighs qualitative/motivational aspects.

Applicants to the Bocconi-Sciences Po Double Degree and Bocconi-LSE Double Degree programs are required to complete a specific application during dedicated selection rounds.

11,313 internship and job offers, 1,684 of which abroad

  • 8,985 internship offers, 1,143 of which abroad
  • 2,328 job offers, 541 of which abroad

 4,679 internships, 1,223 of which abroad 

640 employers attended initiatives and events on- and off-campus:

  • 2 editions of Bocconi&Jobs (career fairs) on campus
  • Bocconi&Jobs abroad, 3 editions in London, Paris and Shanghai 
  • Recruiting Dates, 6 editions dedicated to Arts, Media & Entertainment; Fashion, Luxury & Beauty; Financial Services & Fintech; Government, Public Services & International Organizations; Retail; Web & Digital Companies, with the participation of 1,965 graduate-level graduates and students
  • Investment Bank Days dedicated to leading investment banks
  • Job Market Law and Tax Firms
  • Dedicated recruiting initiatives
  • CEMS Networking Event reserved to Corporate Partners
  • 51 In-Company Training programs (31 abroad) 

107 Professional Orientation initiatives, 40% in collaboration with employers.

Individual activities, counseling on the Italian and international market, counseling on professional planning and aptitude orientation for a total of 4,299 meetings.

University Highlights

Total students - 12,388


International students - 1,662


Total faculty staff - 816


Total students - 12,388


International students - 1,662


Total faculty staff - 816



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