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Global Executive MBA

Via Bocconi, 8 - 20136 Milano, Italy

+39 02 5836 3278 - 3125

+39 02 5836 3272

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
20 months

Date of commencement
9 March 2018

Application deadline
12 Dec 2017

Class size


Student grants / Financial assistance
SDA Bocconi is making available 2 partial merit-based tuition waivers. These are usually awarded before the Program begins. Admission to the Program is independent of the award of any scholarship or tuition waiver.

The School assists candidates with their funds search by placing at their disposal the documentation required for financial support applications. In particular, Bocconi grants opportunities for low-interest loans available to admitted students, thanks to agreements with some partner banks. Furthermore the University provides international students with information about possible sources for financing in several countries.

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students: 50% - 50%
2. Ratio of Men / Women: 75% men – 25% women
3. Average age: 37

Admission requirements
To be considered for admission, candidates must fulfil the following minimum requirements:
- Degree Certificate in any discipline and a Detailed CV
- Minimum of 5 years professional experience
- GMAT, GRE or SDA Test
- Proficiency in English (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CPE)
- Interview

Programme Director
Maurizio Poli

Contact details for application
Masters Division - Recruiting and Admissions Service
Via Balilla 18 - 20136 Milan - Italy
Telephone: +39 02 5836 3228 / 3215/ 3297 / 3299
Fax: +39 02 5836.3272

SDA Bocconi School of Management

Global Executive MBA

The GEMBA takes place at SDA Bocconi, in the center of Milano, a city that combines a dynamic global reality while reflecting the unique aspects of the European marketplace. Gaining this kind of understanding and experience will be essential when projecting your future career. In addition, four modules are conducted at international partner schools: UCLA Anderson School of Management (past GEMBA Classes), Copenhagen Business School, Mumbai International School of Business, China Europe International Business School (Shanghai). Furthermore, you can apply for an elective offered by partner Schools including UCLA Anderson, Recanati (Tel Aviv), Rotman (Toronto), WHU - Otto Beishmein School of Management in Vallendar (Germany), EIPM French Geneva Campuses - European Institute of Purchasing Management, and IBSS - International Business School Suzhou (China), in addition to the electives offered at SDA Bocconi.

The SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA is unique in that it combines a truly global perspective with an intense experience rooted in a dynamic European context. The program gathers people with deep professional backgrounds allowing for a fertile context for benchmarking and a good opportunity to learn from the experience of classmates. What is learned and shared in the classroom can be immediately used and applied to each student’s own companies, the idea is to have a continuous and effective exchange of experiences between work and class.

GEMBA Key Facts
  • 20-months, 10 face-to-face modules + distance learning
  • A blend of face-to-face and distance learning to balance career development with executive education.
  • Global Mindset with Local Sensitivity; International Networking.
  • Class Modules in Europe, North and South America, China.
  • Academic and management expertise.
  • Electives and Exchanges.
  • Career Coaching.
  • Student club activities.

Program comprehensiveness is a key factor that ambitious individuals often cite as their decision to pursue the SDA Bocconi Global EMBA. The School has gathered its vast expertise in Executive education to deliver a remarkable program dedicated to experience molding.

As a Global EMBA student, you will travel towards success over a period of twenty months, taking eight highly concentrated one-week modules plus two nine-day modules conducted every other month, for a total of 61 classroom days, and take part in over 150 distance-learning sessions.

One-week modules run from Monday through Saturday while long modules run from Friday to Saturday of the following week.

This is a format that maximizes learning opportunities into a compact amount of time. Four modules are conducted at four partner schools:
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management (past GEMBA Classes)
  • CEIBS - China Europe International Business School
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • MISB Bocconi - Mumbai International School of Business (SDA Bocconi offshore campus)
This format enhances thinking through a cross-cultural context and, more importantly, this diversity of locations channels interactions with various industries. We also create an environment for participants to gain tangible insights into how management theories and practices manifest in different business settings.

During the first year, the GEMBA core Program will be a series of focused and relevant courses that provide a strong foundation of fundamental business skills, making up a substantive portion of your academic experience at SDA Bocconi.

During the second year, students move towards more advanced topics. The value of such courses is fostered by electives, both at SDA Bocconi in Milano and at international partner schools including:
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management;
  • Rotman School of Management University of Toronto;
  • Recanati Executive MBA, Tel Aviv University;
  • WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management;
  • EIPM – European Institute of Purchasing Management, Geneve;
  • IBSS International Business School, Suzhou.

Year 1

March - Module 1 – Building Foundamentals (Milano)
May – Module 2 – Management (Milano)
July – Module 3 – Developing Innovation (Mumbai)
September – Module 4 – Sales & Operations (Milano)
November – Module 5 – Strategy & Organizations (Copenhagen)

Year 2

February - Module 6 – Finance & Financial Markets (Milano)
April – Module 7 – Going Global (USA)
June – Module 8 – Growth and Sustainability (Shanhai)
July to October – Module 9 – Electives (Milano or Partner Schools)
November – Module 10 – Corporate Governance & New Trends ( Milano)


Other courses offered by SDA Bocconi

  • Master in Arts Management and Administration
  • Master in Corporate Finance
  • Master Program in Fashion, Experience & Design Management
  • Master of Management in Food & Beverage
  • Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy
  • Executive Master in Luxury Management
  • Executive Master in Marketing & Sales
  • Full-time MBA
  • Master in Public Administration

  • About SDA Bocconi School of Management

    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 of empowering life through knowledge and imagination 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.

    Accreditation(s): AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

    Current ranks:

    #7 EU - #25 WW - Top MBAs for women 2018, FINANCIAL TIMES