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Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA

Truly global, distinctly personal. Offered by two leading business schools, the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA is a transformative program with a highly personalized focus on leadership development.

Transform your potential

Leadership is changing. In an interconnected world, the future of management belongs to those who embrace an outlook that transcends limitations and crosses borders. At the Rotman School of Management, we have a history of developing leaders with global impact. We are therefore proud to partner with SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, to offer the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA (GEMBA).

Spanning 18 months and four continents, the program will transform the way you think, network and do business internationally.

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The partnership

Hosted in international business hubs, the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA allows you to network with thought leaders, develop your career strategy, and broaden your impact as a leader – globally.

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Toronto is Canada’s largest city and its financial, commercial and cultural capital. Consistently ranked one of the best cities in the world in which to live, Toronto is home to the third largest financial, technology, health sciences, and film and television sectors in North America.

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SDA Bocconi and Milan

Based in Milan, Italy, SDA Bocconi School of Management is the graduate business school of Bocconi University and is considered one of the most prestigious business schools in the world.

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Invest in your potential

The benefits of the Rotman-SDA Bocconi program are both personal and professional. You gain an internationally recognized degree from two of the world’s most prestigious universities, and access to some of the top business minds anywhere.

What we're looking for

At Rotman, we look for intellectually curious individuals with high potential for leadership and professional achievement.

If this sounds like you, get started by reading about our admission requirements, attending a webinar, coffee chat or information session, or sending your resume to our admissions team. We encourage you to talk to us before starting your application so we can help you showcase your best qualities. After reviewing your work and academic history, we can help guide you through the application process.

What we look for in the GEMBA program: Global Experience + Leadership Experience + Professional Achievement + Communication Skills
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Who should apply?

The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA attracts a powerful and accomplished group of professionals from a range of industries.

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Admission requirements

We take a ‘whole picture’ approach to applications, giving equal weight to grades, professional achievements, interpersonal skills and leadership potential.

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Fees and expenses

Find out more about the fees and expenses you can expect during the program, and what they cover.

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Financing your GEMBA

The Rotman School strives to recruit the best candidates to its programs. We present a broad range of financial options which may help you finance your education.

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Frequently asked questions

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Grow your leadership on the global stage

Expand your global understanding and business skills – and your personal horizons as a future leader – in this unique 18-month program spanning seven cities on four continents. The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA will change the way you think, network and do business in some of the world’s largest markets: North America, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

This intensive program allows you to rapidly develop your leadership potential while maintaining your career in your home country. You’ll build a network of international contacts, learn invaluable tools to advance your career, and gain the ability to tackle the global business challenges of the future.

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Program delivery

The program will transform your strategic and operational capabilities while giving you the practical tools, creative insights and hands-on experience you need to accelerate your journey toward senior leadership.

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What you’ll learn

Deepen your grasp of business fundamentals such as finance and accounting while building your knowledge and skills for the new global economy.



Experience a career transformation that takes you around the world. Delivered over 18 months, the Rotman-SDA Bocconi builds your practical skills in doing business across four continents.

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Program schedule

Expand your horizons as a future leader, while gaining first-hand experience of some of the world’s most important markets.

Chart your course

In a competitive job market, it takes focus and drive to achieve your full potential. We’ll equip you with the skills and strategies you need to succeed as a high-achieving professional.

After graduation, you will gain access to the far-reaching alumni networks of Bocconi University, SDA Bocconi, the University of Toronto and the Rotman School, and benefit from lifelong career support.

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Career Services

You will benefit from expert coaching and networking support as you move to the next phase of your career.

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Through a personal leadership development plan, one-on-one coaching and experiential learning, discover and achieve your true career potential.

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The combined strength of the Rotman and SDA Bocconi brands will position you for lifelong success.

Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA class profile

Average Age



Icon - female36% Icon - male64%

Average work experience

14 Years

Average management experience

9 Years

Nationalities represented


United Kingdom
United States


41% Manager
34% Director
20% C-Suite
  2% Vice-President
  2% Other

Industry background

16% Chemical and Energy
16% Financial Services
11% Technology
  7% Telecommunications
  5% Construction
  5% Industrial Products
  5% Not-for-profit/Economic Development
36% Other


27% Management
14% Operations
11% Sales/Communications
  9% Strategic Planning
  9% Technology
  5% Human Resources
25% Other

You've researched your program, met our admissions team, and reviewed our requirements. Now it’s time for the next step.

To get started on the application process, we invite you to read about our admission requirements, attend a webinar, coffee chat, or info session, or send your resume to our admissions team.

Our personalized approach aims to streamline your application. After reviewing your work and academic history, we can help guide you through the application process or help you decide which program is the right fit for your professional goals.

Informal pre-assessment

Send us your resume for an informal pre-assessment; it’s a great way to get the conversation started. 

Admission requirements

  • Current resume
  • Two professional reference forms
  • Official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Employer consent form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $195 CDN
  • Successful completion of the Rotman Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT), or GMAT/GRE if required

Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Apply early as space is limited. A member of our admissions team will get back to you as soon as a decision on your application is made.

If you have any questions about your application, feel free to contact us.

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Introducing the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA

Truly global, distinctly personal. Building bridges across nations and businesses.

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