An Inside look at the Admissions process of SDA Bocconi’s International Master in Business(IMB) program


SDA Bocconi is the leading School of Management in Italy, currently ranked third Business School in Europe by Financial Times and is one of the few elite business schools worldwide to have the triple crown accreditation – AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.

The International Master in Business (IMB) program is a specialized master program offered at the Asia Center, Mumbai. The program comprises of two 11-month modules, which includes a four-month semester at the Bocconi Milan campus. On graduating the IMB candidates are awarded a Master diploma by SDA Bocconi, Italy and become a part of global Bocconi Alumni Network.

What is the Admissions Committee looking for?

The selection process is driven by holistic evaluation of a candidate’s profile not limited to the performance in the test scores. The admissions committee specifically looks at:

  • Academic Abilities:

Candidates with a consistent academic background and a demonstrated ability to cope with the academic rigors across your 10th, 12th and under graduation years will have an advantage in the selection process.

  • Test Scores:

Applicants must score well in the admission tests (CAT, GMAT, GRE, NMAT by GMAC, or the Bocconi Test). While SDA Bocconi Asia Center does not indicate a “cut off” restriction, in a highly competitive admissions cycle it is advantageous to target a “safe score” as described by the Admissions team it is : CAT -90 percentile, NMAT – 225, GRE – 314, GMAT – 640. If in the case that you are unable to match these safe scores, you may connect with the Admissions Team to know more about the Bocconi Test.

  • Extra-Curriculars & Soft skills:

SDA Bocconi has always emphasized greatly on a well-rounded profiled. Management experience, leadership potential, entrepreneurial experience, communication skills, creativity, excellence in sports or cultural arts, and involvement in community projects/social clubs are additional considerations which can be leveraged to your advantage.

  • A strong performance in the Personal Interview round:

Interviews are conducted following an initial pre-selection based on the dossier submission. Candidates are evaluated on multiple parameters such as problem-solving skills, communication, and overall profile.

How does the Personal Interview Round work?

The most competitive candidates who meet the criteria will receive an invitation to interview. The invites are shared on a rolling basis in each Admission Round, the specific release dates are communicated over email by the SDABAC admissions team.

The interview panel usually comprises of a member(s) of – Senior Faculty, Senior Management Team or Alumni. While in the previous years, a candidate could be asked to attend an in-person interview or an online interview; in the current admission cycle all the interviews are being conducted online through Zoom.

What happens after the Personal interview round?

For each admission round, results are declared once all the applicants of the admission round are processed. The tentative date of result declaration is shared to the candidate through email notifications, info-sessions and webinars. Admission results are communicated to the accepted candidates in writing via email through an offer letter. The tuition waivers or scholarships are also part of the same offer letter if awarded to a particular candidate. In case of non-acceptance, the candidates cannot apply in the later rounds.

Lastly, I would like to share few important links for your reference:

  1. Please note the IMB Admissions cycle is divided into 4 rounds. The important dates can be viewed here.
  2. Placement and internship reports can be found here.
  3. You can start your IMB application by registering here.

Wishing you a successful IMB/MBA journey!


About the author:

Suganthan Asokan is a BTech in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. With over five years of experience of working with renowned companies such as Accenture, the Times of India Group, he is now working as an Assistant Marketing Manager at SDA Bocconi Asia Center.