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Bocconi University

Via Sarfatti 25 Milan,
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Bocconi University 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, finance, economics, data science, political science, cyber risk 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 endeavours. Bocconi University 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 of Science, 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 favouring 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.

Bocconi. Knowledge that matters.

  • 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

COVID-19 Information:

• What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours? 
All recruitment activities have been switched online: we organize webinars about our academic offer and services, as well as live streaming events featuring professors and alumni; we offer prospective students a platform to connect to current students and we have a virtual reality campus tour application available.
We are also in touch with recently admitted students to reassure them and support their journey to Bocconi until September.

• How can applicants contact the university about their application?
Candidates can contact Bocconi via email or phone, as well as through our social media accounts.

• How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?
We are checking the main test providers’ solutions to this emergency: in particular GRE and GMAT are delivering or planning to deliver online test in April. This would solve our current international candidates issues, as at the moment we would not be able to waive the test requirement. Our last deadline to apply is 28 May so we are confident there will be still time for students to sit the required tests.

• What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed?
We are also exploring alternatives to English language test requirements and may include new options very soon. In any case, all students attending a Bsc in English will not need to provide any other evidence.

• How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?
The student visa application process to Italy usually happens in May/june so at the moment we haven’t had any advice from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Embassies worldwide. 

•  Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?
We are accepting applications until 28 May and look forward to the new academic year. No restrictions have been put in place for international students so far: it will depend on each country’s situation in summertime.

• How are applications for university accommodation being handled?
Our residence halls are currently open to students and fully operating for their benefit. Applications for housing for next academic year have been scheduled regularly starting from May 2020.

• Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e. test results, required documents)?
We are monitoring the situation and postponing deadlines when possible ( especially for Italian students who need to sit a test on our campus). We will continue to keep students and candidates informed in a timely manner regarding any important updates.

Last, we are also guaranteeing the students that there will be the option to attend the Fall 2020 term online, in case of impossibility


All our MSc programs start in early September.

Applicants can specify up to 4 additional choices in addition to their first choice.

Applications for the 2020-2021 AY are now openFive selection rounds are available for international applicants.

International applicants (applicants with a non-Italian undergraduate degree) are selected based on:

  1. GMAT or GRE (Bocconi requires only the verbal and quantitative sections); no minimum mandatory
  2. GPA of exams or courses passed during the undergraduate program (no need to be graduated yet by the time you apply) – mandatory
  3. Evaluation of the applicant's profile by the MSc Director, including:
    1. Curriculum Vitae  mandatory
    2. Personal Statement ­ (just one for all the choices) – mandatory
    3. Video Presentation  not mandatory


Applicants will not be evaluated if any of the mandatory elements above is missing. To apply for programs taught in English, it is not necessary to prove any knowledge of the Italian language, but it is necessary to demonstrate an English language knowledge.

Work experience is not compulsory.

Reference letters are not required. 



There is one remaining application sessions for programs starting in September 2020. Please keep in mind that if you are not admitted to one session you may still apply for the following academic years.

  • Spring Session (2020-2021 a.y.):
    • Online applications: from 12 March to 12 May 2020
    • Bocconi test: 30 May 2020
    • Results and beginning of enrollment: 7 July 2020

If you are admitted to Bocconi then you will have approximately one month to confirm your spot by enrolling and paying a deposit of the tuition fees. 

  • Early Session (2021-2022 a.y., first round dedicated to last -year secondary school students willing to apply in advance):
    • Online applications: from early July to 24 September 2020
    • Bocconi test: 10 October 2020
    • Results and beginning of enrollment: 12 November 2020


Elements of evaluation

All applications and documents must be submitted digitally through the MyApplication portal. You can find the MyApplication portal by going to www.unibocconi.eu and clicking on apply. You will be asked to create an account, once this account is confirmed you can begin your application. 


The documents we will ask you to provide are the following:

  • Grade transcripts
    • We will require the transcripts from the second-last and third-last years. Predicted grades are not accepted, we will need the official grades that are published at the end of the academic year.
  • Admissions test (SATACT, or the Bocconi Test)
    • SAT/ ACT – You will be required to upload your score report with your application. We accept the highest achieved composite score. We do not accept super scores.
    • The Bocconi Test – Applicants who will take the Bocconi Test instead of the SAT/ACT must register for the test on the MyApplication Portal then come to the test location on the specified date.
  • CV/Resume
    • A document listing your involvement in activities such as volunteering, working, athletics, clubs, etc. Many students also include languages and computer skills. 
  • 1-Page motivational letter
    • In this document you should specify why you have decided. Explain your interest in the program and why you would be a good fit for the class.

Admitted students will be asked to meet the English language prerequisite. 


Thanks to programs with a strong theoretical background and an emphasis on real-world applications, Bocconi graduates are highly regarded by major international recruiters. Our Career Service provides personalized support throughout the career orientation and job search processes: tailored tools to successfully enter the job market and opportunities to meet major employers in Italy and abroad.

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

  • 8,985 internship offers, 1,143 of which abroad
  • 2,328 placement opportunities, 541 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, 4 editions in Brussels, 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 with individual companies
  • 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 job market, counseling on professional planning and aptitude orientation for a total of 4,299 meetings.

University Highlights

Total students - 12,776


International students - 1,942


Total faculty staff - 837


Total students - 12,776


International students - 1,942


Total faculty staff - 837



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English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.