PhD Business Administration and Management

| Milano, Italy
This is a 4-year program designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire the research and analytical skills of the international scientific community in business and managerial disciplines. It is designed for students seeking jobs in academia as well as those who wish to acquire the skills of professional academic research to work in knowledge-intensive firms, multinational companies, government agencies, financial institutions, consulting firms, international agencies.



Bocconi PhD in Business Administration and Management is a 4-year full time program designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire top research and analytical skills in business and managerial disciplines. It is primarily designed for students seeking jobs in academia but it also provides know-how that is appreciated by multinational companies, government agencies, financial institutions, consulting firms and international agencies.

The program provides a sound methodological basis, exposure to forefront methods, and the ability to design and implement research projects in business disciplines. This is achieved through a balanced mix of full time courses, advanced seminars, field projects, research placement at Bocconi and other leading universities, interaction with international teachers and scholars, and a carefully tutored dissertation project.

The Faculty is composed of research oriented scholars with international scientific standing, mainly from Bocconi but also from other Italian and foreign universities. The program is composed of two main curricula areas (Management and Marketing) and by five different majors and minors which students can choose from (Accounting, Marketing, Organization, Strategy and Technology and Innovation Management).

Bocconi encourages applications from international students. It values their presence in the program as an important contribution to its diversity and intellectual richness. While the program is designed to specialize students in one field of business administration and management, it provides them with the interdisciplinary knowledge that is welcome in the administrative and managerial sciences. It also combines training in the collection and analysis of business data and information with the ability to approach problems logically and from a theoretical perspective. It emphasizes both quantitative and qualitative methods of business research and decision making.

Throughout the program students will find an atmosphere congenial to scientific research and to participation in the international scientific debate. The PhD thesis is expected to show an autonomous ability to identify problems, and to design and conduct original research. It is expected that students will produce articles publishable in top international journals.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee Not specified
Duration full-time 48 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Project Type Predefined

Course Content

Courses and Requirements

Lessons start at the beginning of September. You can not attend the program through distance learning.

FIRST YEARIn the first year students have to attend 1 Precourse in Mathematics + 8 courses compulsory
for both the curricula. Then, given the curriculum chosen:
  • CURRICULUM MANAGEMENT: 4 compulsory courses (major field). Major fields are: Strategy, Organization, Technology & Innovation, Accounting
  • CURRICULUM MARKETING: 4 compulsory courses
On top of the exam at the end of each course, at the end of the first year you should pass the Major Field Exam (called General Exam)SECOND YEARIn your second year you must choose: 1 field major, 1 field minor + 3 electives + track in Advanced Methods (compulsory) to reach a total of 12 courses. The fields among which students can choose their major and minor include: Accounting, Marketing, Organization, Strategy, Technology. Each field consists of three courses.You have an exam for each course and then, at the end of the year, you have to pass the Field Exam concerning the field major you have chosen.Before you enter your third year, you have to start writing your Research Proposal.Third year / Fourth year The third and fourth years are largely devoted to research and the preparation of the thesis. You will have to:
  • attend the PhD Seminar in Business Administration & Management
  • attend two Advanced Topics offered by the Program:
- Advanced Topics in Organization and Management Theory (12h) (A. Brief)
- Advanced Topics in Marketing (12h) (J. Nunes)
  • give two seminar presentations on their research, at least one in Bocconi

English Language Requirements

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During their first year, students attend the three core sequences which are meant to

provide solid tools for business research and decision making.

Students are expected to have basic background knowledge of microeconomics,

mathematics, statistics and management.

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Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Milano, Italy

Italy 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.