Global Executive MBA

    • Full or part time
      Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      International Business Business & Management - Other
    • Course Start
    • Course Duration
      18 months full-time
    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    The Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA (Master in Business Administration) is a modular program that combines the expertise and perspectives of a leading European and a leading North American business school in a transformative journey hosted in international business hubs. A launching pad for future career phases and an integrated preparation for senior management roles, GEMBA provides a highly personalized focus on leadership development, and introduces participants to a global network of exceptional managers, faculty, executives and thought-leaders.

    This unique 18-month program, spanning seven cities in four continents, will change the the way you think, network and do business in some of the world’s biggest markets and will give you a wider range of opportunities, contacts and experiences. The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA is offered in partnership with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada.

    Who is it for?

    The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA will expand your global understanding, and personal horizons as a future leader: GEMBA is the right program for you if:

    • You want to benefit from an inclusive outlook that bridges continents as you earn two credentials from top ranked Schools with connections worldwide.
    • You want to experience a transformative program hosted in seven key business hubs, immerse yourself in local cultures, while building knowledge and skills for an ever-changing, interconnected world.
    • You want to gain insights into sectors where our schools have special expertise, and compare perspectives in our home cities: Milano - Italy’s entrepreneurial, industrial and financial center - and Toronto - Canada’s multicultural financial capital and innovation hub.
    • You want to develop a highly personalized focus on leadership challenges and enter a global network of exceptional managers, executives and thought-leaders.

    Grow your leadership on the global stage

    Expand your global understanding, and personal horizons as a future leader, in this unique 18-month program spanning seven cities on four continents.

    The new Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA will change the way you think, network and do business in some of the world’s biggest markets.

    Traveling towards success

    The curriculum, which includes twenty-four courses plus electives, will deepen your grasp of business fundamentals such as finance and accounting, while building your knowledge and skills for the new global economy. You will benefit from our schools’ leadership in areas such as design thinking and analytics. You will gain insights into industries and sectors where our schools have special expertise: for example, luxury brands at SDA Bocconi and fintech at Rotman. And you will build a network of international contacts, while learning invaluable tools to advance your career.

    • 18 Months
    • 75 Learning Days
    • 63 Out of Office Days
    • 3 9-Day Modules (Friday-Saturday noon), 8.5 learning days/6 working days each = 25.5 total learning days (classroom+company visit)/18 work days (participants' out of office)
    • 8 1-Week Modules (Monday-Saturday noon, including Elective Module Weeks), 5.5 learning days/5 working days each = 44 total learning days (classroom+company visit)/ 40 work days (participants' out of office)
    • 1 Elective Module (either in Milano and/or, Toronto or to exchange partner schools), 1 Week (Monday-Saturday noon) = 5.5 learning days/5 working days

    See website for full course structure.

    Learning Model

    The Global EMBA is delivered through a variety of learning formats. The learning platform of the Global EMBA aims to make full use of your time by combining lectures, case studies, group projects, and business simulations with distance-learning sessions.


    In Close Contact with the Business World

    Companies are an integral part of the Global EMBA, as sponsors, partners, and educators. The companies that participate in SDA Bocconi’s educational activities share with the school the vision of continuous learning, which starts in the classroom and is firmly based in the real world. For this reason, companies are constantly present throughout the program.

    Career Advising

    During the program, you have several chances to get in touch with the leading companies, both during the lessons in the classroom and in the informal visits by the top managers. In addition, activities and events organized by the MBA clubs are another opportunity for you to share their interests and discover new ones.

    By the end of the program, you can count on a network of direct contacts with companies and professionals from all over the world.

    Executive Career Curriculum

    We have designed an integrated curriculum to accompany you on your career development path. The Executive Career Curriculum (ECC) provides a variety of initiatives and tools that will allow you to discover your personal strengths, explain your professional experience in a compelling way, and identify opportunities for growth.

    Visit the Global Executive MBA page on the SDA Bocconi School of Management web site for more details!

    (Student Profile)

    Eva Majidi

    Why did you choose to undertake the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA?
    In life, learning is an ongoing process. This philosophy is my natural engine in both my personal and professional life. The global pandemic emphasized the necessity to question the rules, and now the world is going through fundamental changes. It is great to be part of the SDA Bocconi international community to learn together and from each other new ways to approach business, brands and people.
    Which personal/professional needs/motivations lie behind your choice?
    I am a woman from centuries old civilization renowned for inherent entrepreneurship and meaningful life philosophies. I would love to unite my western mindset with these foundations and propose a new profile of leadership.
    What are your expectations for the upcoming months within the GEMBA program?
    Learn, share and grow on a human and intellectual level.
    Your GEMBA program in 3 words?
    Structure. Vision. Empowerment.
    If you really believe in it you can do it.
    So just do it.

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    Entry Requirements

    You are required to have:

    Bachelor Degree (in any discipline)
    5+ years of full-time work experience
    2+ years of mid-to senior management experience (people, project or budget experience)
    Proficiency in English
    Current Full-Time employment
    Strong motivation
    Good leadership and interpersonal skills

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