About Bocconi University

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.


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



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.