SDA Boconni MBA

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INTRODUCTION

SDA Bocconi is the leading School of Management in Italy and also stands among the top-ranked European institutions. The School offers a Full-time MBA and a Global Executive MBA in English as well as a modular Executive MBA, an Executive MBA Week-End and an Evening Executive MBA in Italian and 6 Executive Master Programs (3 International + 3 in Italian). Furthermore, the School offers a large variety of Executive Education Open and Custom Programs each year.

SDA Bocconi prides itself on its strategic location, unparalleled faculty, global outlook, diversity, and powerful networks. The school is positioned in the heart of Milano, a major capital of industry, finance, arts, media and, above all, fashion. Milano is a real-life laboratory for SDA Bocconi. The city is home to a myriad of companies and stock markets to which students are directly exposed.

SDA Bocconi is one of the few schools of management in the world to have earned the “triple crown” accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA), and remains the only Italian School to feature amongst the 100 top international MBA programs in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2017, moving up 3 and ranking 22th worldwide and 9th in Europe.

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Reflecting the proximity of Italy’s industrial region, 28% of the 100 students who take the 12-month MBA come from industry, and 39% have engineering degrees. The school is ranked fourth in Europe by the Financial Times for salary increase in 2018 after three years, and fifth by Forbes for ROI among non-U.S. schools. In the last cohort, 79% changed either location, industry, or function, with 30% taking jobs in technology or e-business, just above the 28% who went into consulting. Amazon and Microsoft were the two biggest recruiters.

It’s not all heavy industry and tech, though. One of the Bocconi MBA’s five “concentrations” is in luxury business management, run in partnership with Gucci, Valentino, and LVMH. And just to underline the variety of businesses nearby, a recent field trip took in a visit to the Maserati car factory, while Italian insurance giant Generali organized a three-day hackathon with Bocconi MBAs to dream up innovative ideas for the insurance industry.

Of the MBA class, 84% take internships with local and international businesses, and the rest undertake an entrepreneurial project. Partners for international exchanges include top-flight schools such as Duke Fuqua, CEIBS, and HEC Paris. And it if all gets to be too much, there are plenty of extracurricular activities: the school organizes both a regatta in summer and a snowsports competition in winter.

The SDA Bocconi MBA also places among the top programs in the world as the best value for money, the investment in MBA education which pays itself back most quickly. According to the latest Forbes ranking of return on investment (ROI, the average time graduates need to earn back tuition fees), the SDA Bocconi MBA is the 4th best 1-year, non-US program in the world.

RANKINGS

24
The Economic Times
31
The Financial Times

SDA Boconni Class Profile

SDA Boconni Placement Report

SAMPLE WINNING ESSAY
SDA Boconni Essay 1: What interests and occupations do you pursue in your free time?

In my free time, I primarily pursue 2 interests – Oriental belly dancing and Costume designing.

Oriental belly dancing – As a kid growing up in a traditionally rich Bengali culture, I was always interested in pursuing various forms of arts such as painting, singing, dancing, and creative writing. While I enjoyed engaging in all of them, dancing became a passion for me. I continued to practice and learn various dance forms till my undergrad.

I started Oriental belly dancing around 3 years back and since then my crew and I have performed in all the metro cities in India. In last 3 years, I have performed solo as well as with my dance group in multiple public events. My passion for dancing motivated me to inspire and educate others about dancing and appreciate dancing as a way of life to stay fit and confident. Currently, I am a part of troupe members in Payal’s Dance Academy and I have….continue reading here.

APPLICATION ESSAY TIPS

SDA Bocconi Essay 1: What interests and occupations do you pursue in your free time? (approx. 1390 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 2: What do you think you gained from your university studies? Conversely, what important things do you think your studies lacked? (approx. 1390 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 3: Explain the most significant goals you think you have achieved so far and the reasons for their importance in your personal growth. (approx. 1500 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 4: Describe your strong points, personal and professional, explaining why you see them as such. (approx. 1500 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 5: Describe your weak points, personal and professional, explaining why you see them as such. (approx. 1500 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 6: What are the reasons that lead you to apply to the MBA program at this point in your life? (approx. 2400 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 7: What other possibilities have you seriously considered, apart from the MBA program, for reaching your goals of personal and professional growth? (approx. 2400 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 8: Have you applied to other business schools in Italy or elsewhere? If yes, which ones and why? (approx. 2000 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 9: Where do you wish to pursue your profession after receiving the MBA diploma? Italy? My home country? Elsewhere? Why? (approx. 2300 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 10: What are your short-term professional goals (within the next four years)? (approx. 2300 chars)

SDA Bocconi Essay 11: What are your long-term professional goals? (approx. 2500 chars)

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