SDA Bocconi Mumbai Admission 2024: Offers 2-year ‘International Master in Business’ with 4-months Study at Bocconi Italy; Check USPs, Fees, Placements; Last Date to Apply-March 22, 2024

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Updated on March 19, 2024
SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai is closing its Round-3 application on March 22, 2024 for IMB admission 2024. SDA Bocconi offers International Master in Business (IMB) and International Executive Master in Business (IEMB) programs apart from other management programs. The IMB program taught by SDA Bocconi's global faculty in Mumbai offers the opportunity to study for 4 months at the Bocconi Italy campus. SDA Bocconi accepts CAT, NMAT, GMAT, GRE test scores, and its own Bocconi Test
SDA Bocconi MBA Admission 2024

SDA Bocconi is closing its admission for 13th Batch of International Master in Business (IMB) 2024-26 on March 22, 2024. The IMB program is taught by SDA Bocconi's Global Faculty in Mumbai and includes a 4-month international immersion in Milan, Italy. Upon completion of the program, the candidates are awarded International Master in Business by SDA Bocconi, Italy with SDA Bocconi alumni status joining 130,000+ alumni worldwide. 

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SDA Bocconi IMB Admission 2024 Highlights
Key highlights for SDA Bocconi IMB Admissions 2024 are as below:

Programs Offered
International Master in Business (IMB)
International Executive Master in Business (IEMB)
Exams & Safe Scores
CAT (90%ile), NMAT (234), GMAT (640), GRE (314), Bocconi Test
SDA Bocconi Mumbai Fees and Scholarships (For 2 Years full time IMB)
Rs.19,40,000+ GST
Merit based tuition waivers up to 80% and scholarships worth 2 lacs is awarded on merit.
Placements 2023
Highest Package: Rs. 39.24 LPA
Average Package: Rs.14.30 LPA
#1 European B-School Rankings 2023 by Bloomberg
#3 Worldwide
Full Time MBA Ranking 2024 by Financial times 
#5 European
B-School Rankings 2023 by Financial Times
#3 Faculty quality in Europe 2022, The Economist
International Accreditation
SDA Bocconi IMB Admissions 2024 
Closes on March 22, 2024

SDA Bocconi Asia Center Mumbai, offers the International Master in Business (IMB) program which is equivalent to 2 year PGDM/MBA program offered by leading Indian B-schools. One of the program highlights is the opportunity to study cutting edge specializations for 4 months at the Bocconi Italy campus, which is ranked amongst the top global B-schools at #1 in Europe by Bloomberg BusinessWeek Business School Rankings 2023. Read this indepth article to know about this unique program, placements, international immersion, admission process and more.

Table of contents

  1. SDA Bocconi Asia Center & IMB Program – Key highlights & USPs
  2. SDA Bocconi – Top Global B-school
  3. SDA Bocconi Asia Center Leadership
  4. SDA Bocconi International Master in Business (IMB) Program – Overview
  5. SDA Bocconi Fees
  6. SDA Bocconi Asia Center Placements 2023
  7. SDA Bocconi Seats
  8. SDA Bocconi Faculty, Curriculum, Specialization
  9. SDA Bocconi Admission Eligibility Criteria 2024
  10. How to Apply for SDA Bocconi Asia Center Admission: Step by Step Guide
  11. SDA Bocconi Mumbai Admission Dates
  12. SDA Bocconi Asia Center Admission Criteria 2024
  13. Bocconi Test – Exam Structure & Benefits
  14. SDA Bocconi Final Admission Offer: Key Components & Weightage

1. SDA Bocconi Asia Center & IMB Program: Key highlights & USPs


  • International Master in Business by SDA Bocconi, Italy
  • 90% taught by SDA Bocconi global faculty in Mumbai
  • 4 months international immersion in Milan, Italy
  • Alumni status with 130,000+ global network
  • 105 credits under European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) - equivalent to globally recognised specialized masters by SDA Bocconi School of Management, that allows graduates to seek PR in international movement.

1.1 Highly Ranked: SDA Bocconi is ranked #1 Business School in Europe by Bloomberg BusinessWeek 2023, Ranked #3 in the world for full time MBA Rankings by Financial Times 2024 and #7 worldwide for Business & Management education by QS World University Rankings

1.2 Internationally Accredited: SDA Bocconi is one of the few business schools worldwide to hold the triple crown accreditation - AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. 

1.3 SDA Bocconi Asia Center Placements 2023: SDA Bocconi Asia Center has a consistent 100% placement with YoY 20% increase in the average placements. Placement 2023 has recorded an average salary of Rs.14.30 LPA and the highest salary of Rs.39.24 LPA

1.4 SDA Bocconi International Immersion: SDA Bocconi offers the opportunity to study cutting edge specializations for 4 months at the Bocconi Italy campus in Milan.

1.5 Top Recruiters at SDA Bocconi Campus: Marquee companies including Loreal, Microsoft, AB InBev, Barclays, Unilever, Credit Suisse, EY, KPMG, Deloitte, ZS Associates visit SDA Bocconi for campus placement

1.6 SDA Bocconi Scholarships: SDA Bocconi Asia Center offers up to 80% merit-based tuition waivers to the eligible candidates and also has Scholarship awards for Women in Leadership, Sports and Cultural Arts.

2. SDA Bocconi Milan – Top Global B-school
Here is a quick overview of the International B-school:

2.1 Legacy for 50+ years: Established in 1971, SDA Bocconi School of Management is the best international business school in Europe. 

2.2 International Accreditation: SDA Bocconi is one of the very few business schools in the world to hold the “triple crown” accreditation, which is awarded by three of the most prestigious school accreditation associations worldwide:  AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

2.3 Global MBA Rankings: SDA Bacooni is ranked amongst the top global B-schools at #6 in the world by prestigious Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2023

2.4 Location: Cosmopolitan Milan makes SDA Bocconi an interesting place to be for international students and executives.

3. SDA Bocconi Asia Center Leadership
Alessandro Giuliani is the Managing Director of the SDA Bocconi Asia Center. He is the President of Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Board member of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Italy. He is also the board member of the SME Chamber of India and Institute of Risk Management (IRM India). He has worked, set up businesses, and lived in 5 different countries -- Italy, France, Spain, China, and India. 

Professor David Bardolet is the Dean SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai. He is an Associate Professor of Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at SDA Bocconi School of Management. He teaches courses in business strategy, corporate strategy and entrepreneurship.His works have been published in Journal of Management, Strategic Management Journal among others. He has won the Bocconi Teaching Excellence Award three times.Professor Bardoletearned a degree in Industrial Engineering from UniversitatPolitècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain), an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona (Spain) and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of California Los Angeles (U.S.).

4. SDA Bocconi International Master in Business (IMB) Program – Overview
IMB is the flagship management program and is the MBA/PGDM equivalent program. It offers great learning experience followed by high career prospects. According to SDA Bocconi, “The International Master in Business (IMB) is a specialized master program fully equivalent to a postgraduate program that brings to India the expertise and the international standing of SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy.” Upon completion of the program, participants are awarded an International Master in Business by SDA Bocconi in Italy with an alumni status joining 130,000+ alumni worldwide. 

5. SDA Bocconi Fees and Scholarships
The total fees payable by students for IMB programme is Rs. 19,40,000 + GST. This includes the 4 months tuition fee at Milan, Italy but does not include travel and stay permit expenses at Milan. 

SDA Bocconi Asia Center can award up to 80% merit-based tuition waivers to the eligible candidates. SDA Bocconi Asia Center also has Scholarship awards such as Women in Leadership, and Sports and Cultural Arts, and Dean’s Scholarship for Academic excellence of INR 200,000. etc. Awards are only granted to the candidates with an outstanding profile. The selection is carried out by a committee whose decision about numbers, amount and recipients is final and unquestionable.

6. SDA Bocconi Asia Center Placements 2023 & 2022
Full-fledged placement kicks off in mid-January:
While international immersion keeps our students busy overseas in the fall, the full-fledged placement process officially starts in the second week of January upon their return to India.

Milan semester advantage: During their Milan Semester, students had the unique chance to participate in the Bocconi Job Fair, opening doors to exciting international career prospects.

Career Development Service: There is a dedicated CDS team to equip students with the necessary skill set to put their best foot forward while appearing for placement interviews. 

Below are shared the key highlights of SDA Bocconi Asia Center Placements 2023 & 2022:

6.1 SDA Bocconi Placements 2023: Key Highlights
The Placements for IMB class of 2023 were carried out in a hybrid format with various pre-placement talks, shortlisting tests to various interview rounds. 

  • Sector-wise highest offers were made from IT/ ITES at 38% followed by Consulting/ Analytics at 29%
  • Function-wise strength was showcased with roles offered in Consulting/strategy Consuting/ Strategy/ Research at 30%, Marketing at 16% followed by Finance at 14%
  • During the Milan Semester, the candidates also get the opportunity to participate in Bocconi and jobs in Bocconi, Milan (Bocconi job fair)
  • Internships & placements are both supported by the School and to make the placement process smoother, the Career Development Services team works on individual profiles
Salary Year 2022 Year 2023
Highest 36.28 Lakhs 39.24 Lakhs
Average 13.74 Lakhs 14.30 Lakhs
Median 12.74 Lakhs 13.40 Lakhs

The above data represents salary in lakh pa 

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7. SDA Bocconi Seats
SDA Bocconi seats for IMB 2024-26 batch are 330 students.

8. SDA Bocconi Faculty, Curriculum, Specialization
Let us know about each of these three education pillars which have global perspective

8.1 Faculty
SDA Bocconi Asia Center emphasizes upon rigorous inquiry, quality of teaching, independence and respect for individuals. The B-schools has global faculty and staff to ensure that they bring the best of Western and Eastern worlds in the program, with deep knowledge of India’s corporate reality as well as of international best practices in every industry.

SDA Bocconi is ranked #3 in Europe for Faculty Quality by The Economist 2022. Professors at SDA Bocconi are chosen based on their academic and scientific prestige, communication skills, personal charisma, reputation in the business world, and professional experience. SDA Bocconi's world class faculties fly to Mumbai to teach the IMB candidates.

8.2 Curriculum
SDA Bocconi IMB program is built with a combination of theory, case-study methodology, international experiences and corporate exposure. It is specifically designed to create responsible, reliable, and effective business leaders. The program curriculum comprises two 11-month modules, which includes a 4-month specialization semester spent at the Bocconi main campus in Milan, Italy in the second module. It is an intense experience that maximises learning opportunities in a limited scope of time. It allows students to specialize while offering the experience, the international outlook and the multicultural environment essential for a successful career in a global economy.

8.3 Specializations
SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai offers specializations in 2nd year of the IMB programme.

The specialization happens during a 4-month semester in Bocconi, Milan where IMB candidates will have the opportunity to choose among a wide variety of specialized courses from different Departments, thus building their own specialized track and study with exchange students that come to Bocconi Milan from different nationalities.

SDA Bocconi Admission Process: Overview
The admission process at SDA Bocconi consists of two stages – Application submission and Final Selection. The details are shared below.

9. SDA Bocconi Admission Eligibility Criteria 2024
SDA Bocconi Mumbai Eligibility Criteria for IMB admission 2024 have following key points:

9.1 SDA Bocconi Eligibility Criteria for Academics

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or currently in their Final Year with work experience ranging from 0 to 5 years
  • SDA Bocconi eligibility criteria for academics is a minimum of 55% marks in 10th, 12th and under graduation and 70% as an average of (10+12+undergraduate)

9.2 SDA Bocconi Eligibility for Entrance Exam Score
For IMB admission 2024, SDA Bocconi Asia Center accepts Bocconi Test, CAT, NMAT by GMAC, GMAT and GRE as given below

Entrance Exam Acceptable Exam & Years
Bocconi Test 2023/2024
CAT  2022/2023
NMAT by GMAC 2022/2023
GMAT Taken After Junuary 1, 2021
GRE Taken After January 1, 2021

10. How to Apply for SDA Bocconi Asia Center Admission 2024? Step by Step Guide

SDA Bocconi Asia Center application process has a simple application form to apply online for IMB 2024 admission. The application fee of Rs.3000/- should be paid online through any Credit card/Debit card. There is no SDA Bocconi cut-off for applying for IMB admission 2024

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To complete your SDA Bocconi Application process, you need a scanned copy/images of your photo, signature, Mark-sheets of previous academic examinations (10th, 12th and Graduation); score card of acceptable entrance exams (If not taking Bocconi Entrance Test) to be uploaded in your Application or emailed to the Admissions email id. 

10.1 Step by Step Guide to Apply
You can complete and submit the SDA Bocconi application process in 3 simple Steps:

  • Step 1: Start Your Application
  • Step 2: Complete the form, Upload the available documents (or email) and Submit it.
  • Step 3: After submission, you will be redirected to the payment gateway where you have to pay the application fee of INR 3000.

11. SDA Bocconi Mumbai Admission 2024 Dates: Last date to Apply – March 22, 2024
SDA Bocconi has invited application for IMB admission 2024. Candidates seeking admission to International Master in Business (IMB) program at SDA Bocconi Asia Center can apply on the basis of their NMAT, CAT, GMAT, GRE test scores or can appear in ‘The Bocconi Entrance Test’ – own entrance test of SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai. The earlier you apply, the more are your admission chances. Deadline to apply for admission 2024 is March 22, 2024

11.1 SDA Bocconi Admission 2024: Important Dates & Application Deadlines
SDA Bocconi has announced three rounds of application deadlines and the 4th application round may be there subject to availability of seats. However, candidates are encouraged to apply early as after each round, admission chances are reduced due to availability of fewer seats. Below are the SDA Bocconi application deadlines for admission 2024:

Application Rounds Last date to Apply
Round-1 November 22, 2023
Round-2 January 22, 2024
Round 3 March 22, 2024
Round 4 TBD (Subject to availability of seats)

12. SDA Bocconi Asia Center Admission Criteria 2024
SDA Bocconi Asia Center admission process comprises of following stages.

  • Stage-1: Appear in Entrance Test
  • Stage-2: Apply for SDA Bocconi Admission 2024
  • Stage-3: Check SDA Bocconi Shortlist Criteria: Based on Entrance exam score & Profile. There is no SDA Bocconi cut off and candidates with scores around the preferred/safe scores with outstanding profile factors might get shortlisted for the PI round. 
  • Stage-4: Participate in SDA Bocconi Mumbai Selection Criteria: Consists of PI Round
  • Stage-5: Check Merit List: SDA Bocconi Final Merit list is generated based on Overall Profile, Academic Consistency, Entrance Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, and performance in Personal Interviews. Check Details below

13. Bocconi Test – Exam Structure & Benefits
SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai will conduct its own entrance test ‘The Bocconi Entrance Test’ for admission 2024. Salient features of the exam and key benefits of appearing in Bocconi Test are:

  • You can apply for the Bocconi test while filling up the application form at SDABAC’s website
  • No additional fee is to be paid for taking up the Bocconi Test
  • The test is normally scheduled within two weeks of applying and results are declared within a week of taking the test
  • You can appear in Bocconi Test even if you have taken other entrance exams
  • It is a computer adaptive test
  • The test does not penalize with negative marking for wrong answer
  • The test expects more from the candidate if he/she marks a right answer i.e. the test will adjust the level of difficulty according to the response provided by the candidate.
  • The Bocconi test is relatively different from its counterparts as it tests a candidate not just on hardcore aptitude concepts but also on workplace adaptability

13.1 Bocconi Test Pattern

  • The Bocconi Test is divided into 3 broad sections
  • Each section has 30-35 questions
  • Overall test is timed at 60 minutes
  • The test pays specific attention to reasoning ability in different scenarios and is relevant from a professional perspective
  • Calculator is allowed in the testing hall
  • There is no negative marking.

13.2 Bocconi Test: Sectional Composition

Section Time Allotted
Verbal Reasoning 18 Minutes
Numeric Reasoning 18 Minutes
Inductive Reasoning 18 Minutes

13.3 Benefits of Taking Bocconi Test

  • While evaluating the overall profile of the candidate, SDA Bocconi Asia Center takes into consideration a candidate’s best test score. So, Bocconi Test is a good shot for those who have not achieved a benchmark score in other tests
  • In case of low scores or If you have not taken other entrance tests, you can apply to the IMB program directly by taking the Bocconi Entrance test without paying any fee as it is part of SDA Bocconi application form
  • The test schedule and process is sent to the candidates via email after they submit application for admission.
  • The test features a constantly updating question bank without negative marking

14. SDA Bocconi Final Admission Offer: Key Components & Weightage
In its final selection process, SDA Bocconi will award due weightage to following components:

14.1 Academic Abilities
Candidates with good academic background will have an advantage in the selection process. They will be evaluated on their Soft skills and talents, such as enthusiasm, ability to listen, concentration, involvement, responsibility and motivation.

14.2 Entrance Test Scores
Applicants must also score well on admission test scores (CAT, GMAT, GRE, NMAT by GMAC or Bocconi test).A high test score is desirable, but an average score could be compensated by the candidate’s excellence in other areas.

14.3 Work Experience
Candidates with 0-5 years of work experience are eligible to apply at SDA Bocconi. Relevant work experiences and recognition for leadership adds a lot of value to the application.

14.4 Extra-Curricular Activity
Management experience, leadership potential, social work, entrepreneurial experience, communication skills, creativity, art, sports and involvement in the community are considered in the final selection process.

14.5 Personal Interview
In the Personal Interviews candidates are evaluated on multiple parameters such as problem-solving skills, communication, and overall profile.

14.6 Pay Fee on Getting Final Admission Offer
Final admission results are communicated to the accepted candidates in writing via email through an offer letter along with the acceptance date. The tuition waivers or scholarship are also part of the same offer letter. Candidates have to accept the offer before the expiry of the enrolment date and pay the admission fee.

In case of non-acceptance, the candidates cannot apply in the later rounds. Deferment may be requested by the candidate for the next year, but confirmation of admission is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy is a leading institution in management training with a legacy of over 50 years. The School’s mission is to help individuals, companies, and institutions grow by promoting managerial culture, knowledge, and innovation. Wide offering of MBA programmes is aimed at professionals from all over the world and from all sectors of the economy. SDA Bocconi is among the leading Business Schools in Europe and is among the very few institutes to have gained the triple accreditation – EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB which puts it in the élite of Business Schools worldwide.

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