Università Bocconi, founded in 1902, was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics.

For a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy's social and economic modernization. It has remained true to its founding values of being a major research university, with democratic values and open to the world, as well as financially and politically independent.

Università Bocconi believes that excellence can only be based on a person's academic profile as well as on his or her values and cultural and ethical background. This is why the University offers numerous activities, special occasions for people to enrich their knowledge.

For generations, enterprising students have come to Bocconi to become something greater. We offer undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. and executive programs to future leaders and entrepreneurs who want a strong foundation, and a transformative network.

Why Bocconi

Bocconi isn't just an education. It's a springboard for your ambitions.

For generations, we have shaped the knowledge and values of innovators and future leaders. We understand that tomorrow's great achievers need more than qualifications. They need confidence, vision, and a strong set of values.

We were founded in 1902 to help advance social and economic progress across Europe and beyond. It is a mission that is shared by our community of over 100,000 alumni in industries across the globe.

Many schools will try to mold you to fit the world. Bocconi will prepare you to change it.

Our economics, management, and finance programs are among the best in the world. The QS World University Rankings listed us among the ten best institutions in Europe in these fields, while the Financial Times ranks our Master degrees in Finance and Management among the top ten worldwide.

Education quality rankings in the world

Within the realm of international higher education, a number of rankings with widely varying levels of quality, methodological rigor and authority are published. Bocconi University regularly appears in the most prominent rankings which cover its areas of expertise in economics and management, and more generally the social sciences.
Due to its nature of a specialized institution, Bocconi doesn't appear in the rankings qualified as "overall" - i.e., QS, THE and Shanghai rankings - which involve Universities covering a wide spectrum of subjects and fields.

Here we show the updated results of some of the most important and widely-recognized of these. More information concerning our standing in other specialized or sectorial rankings will be published in the sections about the individual programs.

1. QS (Quacquarelli Symonds)

In the QS World University Ranking, published by London-based QS, Bocconi’s worldwide performance in the Social Science segment over the last three years was as follows:

  • 2018, Social Sciences & Management, 11th rank
  • 2017, Social Sciences & Management, 17th rank
  • 2016, Social Sciences & Management, 22nd rank

QS themselves mention Bocconi in the ranking’s presentation pages, explaining why Bocconi is not listed in the comprehensive ranking but only in the more specific “Social Sciences” subgroup. See the Getting Specific article.

Bocconi is also featured in the subject rankings published separately by QS:

World University Ranking by Faculty - Social Sciences and Management
4thin Europe
11th worldwide
Employer Reputation 93
World University Ranking by Subject - Accounting and Finance
6thin Europe
29thworldwide
Employer Reputation 86.3
World University Ranking by Subject - Economics and Econometrics
4thin Europe
16th worldwide
Employer Reputation 88.4
World University Ranking by Subject - Business and Management
6thin Europe
10th worldwide
Employer Reputation 86.1

Note: "Employer Reputation" is one of the ranking’s indicators and gauges companies’ opinions about graduates from any individual university. The top one has a conventional score of 100.

2. Financial Times

Bocconi is also present in many rankings by Financial Times. More precisely, SDA Bocconi School of Management (Bocconi’s Business School), is in the following rankings: MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA), Executive Education Custom Programs, Executive Education Open Programs and European Business Schools. MSc courses offered by Bocconi’s Graduate School are listed in the Master in Management and Finance rankings. Here are the updated positions at European and worldwide levels.

Masters in Management 2018
6 in Europe
6worldwide
Masters in Finance Pre-experience 2018
7 in Europe
8 worldwide
Global MBA 2018
9 in Europe
29worldwide
Executive Education Customised Programs 2018
6 in Europe
7worldwide
Executive Education 2018
7 in Europe
11worldwide
European B. School Ranking 2017
6 in Europe

3. U-Multirank

The recently launched U-Multirank project, like other rankings, aims to help choose a university but with a quite different approach from others. After setting the desired criteria, the user obtains a list of universities with the indication, for each chosen parameter, of each university’s performance compared to the group average. U-Multirank thus shifts the main focus from the simple position in a ranking to the mix of characteristics of a given university.

4. Shanghai Ranking

The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy lists the best universities in the world in specific research areas. The Academic Subjects are divided into five macro-areas (Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences). In the Social Sciences area, Bocconi is present in five Academic Subjects:

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Economics
12 in Europe
40 worldwide
Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Finance
9 in Europe
50 worldwide
Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Management
7 in Europe
41 worldwide
Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Public Administration
51-75 worldwide
Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Business Administration
101-150 worldwide

Programs taught in:
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This BSc is a program in economics, but highly interdisciplinary in nature and grounded in solid quantitative and methodological foundations. With its particular blend of ... [+]

This BSc is a program in economics, but highly interdisciplinary in nature and grounded in solid quantitative and methodological foundations. With its particular blend of economic, quantitative and social science topics, this innovative program finds synergies among subjects, to attain different perspectives on leading international economic issues.

It is among the pioneering programs in Europe, in proposing a new integrated view of economics and social sciences. Today, sociologists make use of game theory, and demographers use economic models to analyze population dynamics. Similarly, economists talk about crime and incentives, analyze the mind as philosophers and psychologists do, and study social stratification among other areas of multidisciplinary convergence.... [-]

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This BSc is a unique program, at the cutting edge of today’s digital revolution. Among the first bachelor programs internationally, it aims to train the new generation of ... [+]

This BSc is a unique program, at the cutting edge of today’s digital revolution. Among the first bachelor programs internationally, it aims to train the new generation of digital talents, a generation in which the combination of quantitative skills and rigorous thinking is essential for success.

This program addresses young talents who wish to play a leading role in the data-driven era. The overall objective is to comprehend – and enable decision makers in firms and institutions to grasp – the strategic implications of quantitative information for economic, managerial and financial decisions.

New technologies and social media are revolutionizing the economy. Artificial intelligence and Big Data are changing decision and policy-making and creating new business opportunities. New professional roles are steadily emerging. The EU Coalition for digital jobs estimates 825,000 jobs in the digital economy by 2020 in Europe alone. Responding to the challenge requires talents that combine quantitative and computer science skills, with the rigorous thinking of the economic and management sciences.... [-]

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The program gives you a strong preparation in the field of Economics and Business along with a distinctive focus on the humanities, enhancing your critical assessment ski ... [+]

The program gives you a strong preparation in the field of Economics and Business along with a distinctive focus on the humanities, enhancing your critical assessment skills. The variety of subjects covered is what sets it apart from the other Bocconi BSc programs.

Graduates of this program work at a wide range of companies and institutions in different industries, but the program’s approach and teaching methods make it particularly suitable to students interested in artistic industries (museums, theaters, and auction houses), cultural sectors (publishing, music, and television) and creative areas (fashion, design, communication, and urban development).

It offers a comparative approach. Management and entrepreneurial professionals are prepared for international environments requiring the ability to adapt to and interact with different cultures and languages.... [-]

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The program trains the future generation of economic and financial experts, who can adapt to an environment that is constantly subject to change, in order to perfect thei ... [+]

The program trains the future generation of economic and financial experts, who can adapt to an environment that is constantly subject to change, in order to perfect their inclination towards a global thinking perspective.

You will understand and analyze economic and financial phenomena from an international perspective and get a solid education built on rigorous quantitative and qualitative tools.

You can choose between two majors. In the Economics major, a sound methodological background gives you the tools to understand a large set of issues: the effects of globalization, the role of central banks and monetary policy, competition policy, the functioning of the labor market, how to spur development of poor countries, the link between political institutions and economic outcomes. ... [-]

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The program focuses on management tools typical of companies with a significant international dimension and operating in different and increasingly integrated economic sy ... [+]

The program focuses on management tools typical of companies with a significant international dimension and operating in different and increasingly integrated economic systems.

Content is tailored to give you a strong preparation in the field of international economics and business and a distinctive international perspective.

You will learn to understand and analyze the dynamics of the globalization of cultures and operations and the relationships among countries at the European and extra-European levels.

Through a comparative approach, you will study how cultural differences can influence these dynamics, and how institutions, firms and the financial system as a whole operate in the global context.... [-]

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This BSc is the first undergraduate program offered by Bocconi in the field of political science, with a small multicultural class group of selected, highly motivated stu ... [+]

This BSc is the first undergraduate program offered by Bocconi in the field of political science, with a small multicultural class group of selected, highly motivated students, and a dedicated international faculty. Due to its flexibility, students spend one semester studying abroad at a partner university and have the option of doing an internship.

You will learn how to interpret the evolution of social, economic and political systems in an international perspective, to understand the mechanisms of decision-making within national and international institutions, and develop skills needed for implementing and evaluating policies.

You will acquire a toolbox of soft and hard skills through active learning from a wide array of subjects: politics, economics, management, law, history, and quantitative methods. Great emphasis is placed on three moments of policy-making: designing public policies which are both economically efficient and politically sustainable; implementing public policies with an effective approach; and evaluating public policies using modern quantitative and qualitative techniques.... [-]

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Three World-Class Universities, Three Continents, Three Degrees: One Unparalleled Experience

It is a unique 4-year program, developed with two prestigious partner universities: USC University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles and HKUST the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Students, in a small class of about 50 students coming from all over the world, study at a different location and university each year, spanning three continents: in fact, they spend the first year in Los Angeles, the second in Hong Kong, the third in Milan and the fourth at their choice of one of these schools.

It represents an exciting study and life experience that requires strong motivation, cultural openness, and high flexibility to adapt to new environments and situations. Selected students learn from internationally renowned teachers and scholars, exploring diverse cultures and pushing themselves to new limits. It’s is the first undergraduate partnership of its kind, designed to engage intellectually curious students in a business curriculum that connects leading-edge teaching methods with cultural immersion and real-world experiences. English is the common language of the WBB, and students become versed in the language of business in Asia, Europe, and North America during extracurricular activities and internships arranged in each country. This is a new approach to education that will prepare a new generation of leaders for the opportunities of an interconnected world.... [-]

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