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MPP and MPA Programs

Università Bocconi, SDA Bocconi School of Management - MPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: Università Bocconi's Master of Public Administration is delivered through the SDA Bocconi School of Management, an academic unit within the university, founded in 1971 and dedicated to post-experience management education (at, accessed 13 February 2015). The MPA is one of a suite of management programs delivered by the School, where the focus is "on the development of managerial skills for a variety of industry sectors: public administration, finance, fashion & design, food & beverage, healthcare, entrepreneurship, real estate, arts, non-profit, marketing, human resources and welfare" (at, accessed 13 February 2015). 

Curriculum Design: The SDA Bocconi MPA degree requirement of 13 courses is in the middle quintile of the programs reviewed. The typical student takes about 77% of her course work in subjects that we classify as Tools and Skills or Management Functions and about 15% of her study is in economic or quantitative courses. This places the SDA Bocconi MPA degree in the "mid-length, high tools/management less quantitative" category, along with such programs as the American University MPA, the Oxford MPP, and the Victoria MPA. The SDA Bocconi MPA requires an internship. Among programs with mid-length curricula, the SDA Bocconi MPA has as a relatively low number of elective courses taught within the school.

Professional Program Features: The SDA Bocconi MPA includes the "opportunity to participate in a Coaching Program ... based on a series of one-on-one meetings with a certified coach from the SDA Coaching Team" (, accessed 13 February 2015) and other extra-curricular activities organized together with MBA programs such as club activities providing "practical laboratories for new ideas, networking opportunities, and for putting managerial skills to the test" and the European Business Plan Competition among top international B-Schools.

Program Summary


University: Università Bocconi

Location: Milan, Italy

Degree: Master of Public Administration

Marketing Approach: "The MPA helps international students develop specialized knowledge and personal qualities for professional work in the public sector and associated institutions both locally and globally. State-of-the-art scientific background, actionable knowledge, professionalism and openness to diversity make the MPA a unique, once-in-a-life learning experience for future managers of public interests. The MPA is designed for students who are looking for solid public management tools and want to pursue a managerial career in governmental and non-governmental organizations, international institutions, as well as private businesses working with the public sector. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) offered by SDA Bocconi School of Management is a one-year full-time program taught in English to students from around the world." (at, accessed 13 February 2015)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: SDA Bocconi School of Management is an academic unit within the university.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The related degrees are listed at and the other schools in the university are listed at

Posted Tuition: € 28,000 tuition and fees per year for 2015-16 (, accessed 13 February 2015). 

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary: Following Online Pre-Courses on Quantitative Methods and SPSS/STATA in September, the October to April period provides Core Courses organized around three cornerstones (Managing and Innovating; Measuring and Evaluating: and Leading People and Processes) and Seminars addressing four competencies and values (Public Speaking; Project Management; Ethics & Citizenship; Public Administration & Law). In the spring, students select two of four concentrations: City Management and Competitiveness; International Public and Non-profit Management; Business and Government Relationships; and Cultural Heritage. The final Spring-Summer session is devoted to Internships and Summer Projects.

Duration: One year

Academic Prerequisite: University Degree in any discipline; international profile with at least two years professional experience; fluency in English (candidates whose mother tongue is not English are required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CPE result); GRE/GMAT or SDA Test; admissions interview.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 13 (An estimate; see Note 1 below.)

Note 1: From the information available on the SDA Bocconi website, it is difficult to determine the appropriate equivalencies of individual modules and of the total program. However, it is described as "an intensive, one-year full-time program" beginning in September with Internships and Summer Projects continuing throughout the following summer. It is also noted that "The MPA requires total dedication and maximum intellectual commitment. Class attendance is mandatory thus the MPA is incompatible with any additional professional activity" (at, accessed 13 February 2015). This would appear to be similar to the Oxford MPP, which we have estimated to be equivalent to 13 one-semester courses (see Oxford Blavatnik). We have assigned 1 course-equivalent to the total of the September "Pre-Courses," 0.5 course-equivalent for each of the 12 components of the "cornerstones" in the core, 0.5 course-equivalents for each of the four seminars, 1 course-equivalent for each of the two concentrations, and 2 course-equivalents for the Internships and Summer Projects.  

Number of Required Courses: 11 (which represents all the course equivalents listed in Note 1 except the 2 for the concentrations). 

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 2

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 4 (but note that students are required to select 2 of these).

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: Yes

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: Yes

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2015-2016 courses is found at  

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions, but no syllabi are available to the public online.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm. 



I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Ratio of Quantitative Courses to Total Courses Required


Sum of Tools and Skills and Management Functions


Source: At and related sites (accessed 13 February 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 13 February 2015, last updated 8 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Program Comparison Highlights is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

SDA Bocconi MPA Course Map
 C o u r s e s  L i s t e d,  o r g a n i z e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  Evidence-based Decision Making (R/2)
  Public Management for Competitiveness (R/2)
  Operations Strategy and Management (R/2)
  International Public and Non-profit Management

 Economic Analysis

  Economics for Public Decisions (R/2)

 Quantitative Methods

  Quantitative Methods (R/2)
  Quantitative Analysis for Public Managers (R/2)

 Analytic Methods

  Project Management (R/2)
  Performance Management and Control (R/2)

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

  Public Speaking (R/2)

 Professional Practice

  Internship (2R)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  Public Organizations and Process (R/2)
  Public Administration and Law (R/2)

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  Ethics and Citizenship (R/2)

 Social and Political Context

  Context of Public Administration (R/2)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  Public Budgeting and Finance (R/2)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  Policy Analysis and Evaluation (R/2)

 Human Resource Management

  Managing People (R/2)

 Information Management and Technology

  Managing Information (R/2)

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  Business and Government Relationships

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  City Management and Competitiveness

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

  Cultural Heritage

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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