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University Bocconi

University Bocconi

University Bocconi


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
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
Masters in Finance Pre-experience 2018
7 in Europe
8 worldwide
Global MBA 2018
9 in Europe
Executive Education Customised Programs 2018
6 in Europe
Executive Education 2018
7 in Europe
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


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