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MPA - Public Administration, Master

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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. 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 Public Administration programme a unique, once-in-a-life learning experience for future managers of public interests.

The MPA offered at the SDA Bocconi School of Management 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.

MPA is the Master for you if

  • You find managing public interests not only useful but also highly rewarding.
  • You are looking for a highly ranked School of Management with a strong reputation and a public management department founded in 1976, devoted to the development of applied public management studies through research and education and has a solid international reputation.
  • You are an established professional seeking leadership responsibilities in the international public sector.

What MPA can offer you

  • Will provide you with the skills and tools required to be a manager in the public sector.
  • Will also teach you about international policies and best practices, while encouraging you to have an independent, transparent and flexible approach to public management.
  • You will benefit from the MPA’s collaboration with a network of governmental institutions, international organizations and NGOs, which could eventually become your next career move.

Benefits of choosing MPA

Managing public interests locally and globally

The MPA is a unique experience for every student and we know what it takes to help participants develop the practical skills that are needed on the job. That is why the MPA's pedagogy and working methods consist of a mix of traditional teaching and managerial education.Students and faculty from all over the world as well as strong connections with international institutions make the MPA program a truly international experience.

A learning path

The MPA is more than a package of courses. It is a comprehensive and well-balanced learning path, designed to help students achieve the maximum standards of professional knowledge and behavior.From the basics of public management to concentrations and internships, the MPA's learning environment fosters the development of a creative mindset required to tackle public management issues at a global level.

A broad personal and professional network

MPA students develop a large international network of contacts that typically include colleagues, faculty, guest speakers, public sector leaders, partner organizations, MPA Alumni and the larger Bocconi Alumni Association. This is another of the many benefits of studying at SDA Bocconi.

Milano, a gateway to Europe

The MPA location in Milano, the most international and fashionable city in Italy, provides the perfect environment for making the most of your time. While attending the program, you can enjoy everything the city has to offer. Milano is also a central hub for travelling all over Italy, Europe and the World. Enjoy getting in touch with a variety of cultures and backgrounds, with an Italian flare.

Programme Structure

Core Courses

The MPA program Core Courses are organized around three cornerstones, which represent the competence required of a global manager.
  • Managing & Innovating
  • Measuring & Evaluating
  • Leading People & Processes
  • Seminars
  • Sharing Economy
  • Power Relations
  • Transparency in Government
  • Public Speaking


Block 1

  • City Management & Competitiveness
  • International Public & Non-profit Management

Block 2

  • Business and Government Relations
  • Political Institutions and Public Sector Efficiency

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    70 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

Admission to the program depends on a rigorous selection process based on the following factors:

  • Online Application
  • Degree diploma and transcripts
  • Two letters of reference
  • Proficiency in English
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • GRE or GMAT official test score
  • Interview
  • Application fee Euro 100

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    28000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Milano

  • 850 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Admission to the MPA Program is independent of the award of any scholarship or tuition waiver.To be eligible for a tuition waiver, applicants must:

  • Have sent the application to the MPA Program
  • Look at the pre-requisites for the tuition waiver
  • Send the Tuition waiver Application Form by the indicated deadline  (even though their selection process is still in progress)

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