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Bocconi University

Location Bocconi University Campus, Milan Italy
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Ranking

# 6

QS WUR Ranking By Subject
PGicon

8

Undergraduate programs
PGicon

13

Postgraduate programs
International

1942

International students

Bocconi University was established in Milan in 1902, with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant. Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi 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.

Bocconi University was established in Milan in 1902, with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant. Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi 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.

University information

Bachelors Admission

Three sessions are available for international applicants:

  • Early: closed
  • Winter
  • Spring  

Applicants are selected on the basis of: 

  • Grade transcripts 
  • Admissions test (SAT or ACT or the Bocconi Test) 
  • CV/Resume and motivational letter 
  • Language Certificates (optional) 

All applications and documents must be submitted digitally through the MyApplication portal, by going to www.unibocconi.eu and clicking on apply. Applicants will be asked to create an account.

Masters Admission

All Bocconi MSc programs start in early September.

Applications for the 2022-2023 AY are open: five selection rounds are available for international applicants, who can specify up to 4 additional choices in addition to their first choice.

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 compulsory elements of evaluation:

1.       Results of the GMAT (or GRE) test

2.       Grade point average of exams passed in the Undergraduate program

3.       Evaluation of the Curriculum vitae and Personal statement  

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



IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

7

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

88

Maximum score

100

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

7

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

88

Maximum score

100

  • The SPORT CENTER is an innovative, versatile and eco-sustainable environment for individual and team sports. It is the fulcrum of social sporting life of our University, which hosts all the activities of the Bocconi Sport association. Students can take advantage of amazing facilities, including an Olympic-size pool. 
  • 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.
Total students

12,776

UG students

55%

PG students

45%

International students

1,942

UG students

56%

PG students

44%

Total faculty staff

837

Domestic staff

82%

Int'l staff

18%

Student life

  • 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

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 (including individual counseling on professional planning) and job search processes: tailored tools to successfully enter the job market and opportunities to meet major employers in Italy and abroad. 

4,000 employers. 540 involved in recruiting events

7,000 placement and internship offers, 13% abroad (in 2020)

120,000+ Alumni worldwide


A wide range of opportunities to enter the job market:

  • Virtual Bocconi & Jobs 
  • Digital Bocconi & Jobs abroad 
  • Investment Banking Virtual Career Fair 
  • Recruiting Dates (Financial Services & Fintech, Web Companies, Government, Public Services & International Organizations, Retail, Fashion Luxury & Beauty, Arts Sport & Entertainment)

Rankings & ratings

QS WUR Ranking By Subject

  • 2013
    #17
  • 2013
    #21
  • 2014
    #31
  • 2014
    #20
  • 2015
    #=28
  • 2015
    #17
  • 2015
    #7
  • 2016
    #27
  • 2016
    #17
  • 2016
    #10
  • 2017
    #33
  • 2017
    #16
  • 2017
    #11
  • 2017
    #17
  • 2018
    #=11
  • 2018
    #251-300
  • 2018
    #10
  • 2018
    #=29
  • 2018
    #16
  • 2019
    #=18
  • 2019
    #=8
  • 2019
    #16
  • 2019
    #16
  • 2020
    #16
  • 2020
    #16
  • 2020
    #7
  • 2020
    #17
  • 2021
    #14
  • 2021
    #7
  • 2021
    #351-400
  • 2021
    #18
  • 2021
    #16
  • 2022
    #10
  • 2022
    #15
  • 2022
    #6
  • 2022
    #16

Ranking criteria

91.4
Overall
96.2
Academic Reputation
84.9
Employer Reputation
86.2
Citations per Paper
91.6
H-index Citations

Available programs

Bocconi University is internationally renowned as a point of reference in teaching and research in the fields of economics and business, as testified by the increasingly higher positions held in many of the best worldwide rankings.


In the 2022-2023 a.y., Bocconi University will offer a variety of Bachelor of Science Degree programs, coordinated by the Undergraduate School, in the fields of Economics, Management, Finance, Data Science, Maths for AI and Political Science


The campus is located in the heart of Milan, a cosmopolitan and modern city that combines the best of Italy’s past and present, while looking towards the future. Students study and work with classmates and faculty members from all over the world, immersed in a rich and stimulating academic environment. The teaching model adopted for all Bocconi BSc programs emphasizes constant interaction between students and faculty through group projects, simulations and case history analysis. Students are encouraged to broaden their horizons with a choice of study abroad opportunities at leading international universities, and our Career Service helps arrange internships that provide on-the-job experience.  

Undergraduate programs usually last three years: only the World Bachelor in Business, jointly developed in partnership with the Marshall School of Business – University of Southern California and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, is a four-year program. 


Founded in 1902, Bocconi University was the first university in Italy to offer degrees in business and economics, and today, after over a century of development and expansion, Bocconi is widely recognised as one of the top European institutions of higher learning and research in the fields of management, economics, finance, data science, cyber risk and political science. Bocconi is constantly striving to combine a strong theoretical background with real-world applications, and to attract the kind of talented students who are potential future business leaders.

Choosing a Bocconi Master of Science degree is a smart move for a number of reasons, and will provide you with the opportunity to:

– study at a university that is highly placed in the most prestigious international rankings

– benefit from a complete learning experience

– take advantage of our preferential relations with top employers worldwide

– apply for one of the international opportunities offered by our network of partner schools

– enjoy an international experience in Milan, the Italian capital of finance, fashion and design

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